“So What’cha Want”. Starring the Swedish Chef, Animal, and Beeker.
The United States will take on Belgium today for some serious World Cup action. Since Americans are still learning how to be soccer fans, it only makes sense to learn a bit about Belgium. Let’s face it, you’ll never probably be more interested in this country anyway. Here are some fun facts.
- Actress Audrey Hepburn was born in Brussels
- Brussels Airport is the world’s biggest selling point of chocolate
- Belgian mathematician Lambert Adolphe Quetelet invented the
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Jean-Claude Van Damme, “The Muscles From Brussels”
- The Belgian Adolphe Sax invented the Saxophone
- French Fries are actually from Belgium
- Marvin Gaye wrote Sexual Healing in Ostend, Belgium
- The Smurfs are from Belgium
- Belgians pay some of the highest tax rates in the world, around 40% of their gross earnings. Taxation represents 45.6 % of the country’s GDP
If you’re trying to get more fresh air, you might have better luck indoors. Kamal Meattle, the environmental activist who pioneered a project to create India’s healthiest building, has good evidence to indicate that cleaner ambient air is simply a matter of growing the right plants inside. Three of them, to be exact.
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The 3 miracle plants
Areca Palm: Instead of splurging on a humidifier, you might want to try one of these. At its full height, this tall, leafy plant transpires up to a full liter (about four glasses) of water, warding off dry office air. The shrub also absorbs particulate matter, some of which can lead to heart disease, asthma and a host of other severe health problems, according to a NASA study.
Mother-in-Law’s Tongue: While many plants inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen during the day, this plant’s long, dark leaves push fresh air into the environment at night, making it a good complement to the areca palm. It also absorbs nitrogen oxide, a fossil fuel and agriculture byproduct that accounts for 6% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and cancer-causing formaldehyde.
The Money Plant: Instead of another cup of coffee, you might want to give this plant a shot. Like Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, the money plant sucks up formaldehyde and other building pollutants. It also absorbs benzene, an air pollutant found in car exhaust that can cause dizziness, drowsiness and headaches.
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Ever wonder what happens in there?
Want the dudes from Nickelback to come and ruin your party? That’ll run ya about $350k-$500k.
Here are the asking prices from a third-party booking agencies that specializes in concerts and shows; as such, the numbers are likely inflated. Actual prices can be negotiated by many of these performers and may be contingent on a variety of factors.
According to this list, a total of eight Degy acts command more than $1 million per show: Taylor Swift, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, James Taylor, Dave Matthews, Bruce Springsteen, and Bon Jovi.
Below, Priceonomics organized the artists by purported booking fees from highest ($100k+) to lowest ($1,000).
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The World Cup kicks off in less than three weeks and Team USA has a 259-to-1 chance of winning the whole thing. (Quick, cue the video)
In other words, your money is probably safer elsewhere. As seen on sports betting/news hub Betfair, you can apparently wager on just about anything, from obscure sports such as darts and snooker to international political races to crap reality television like “Big Brother” or even the weather. Yes, the weather. Seriously, you can bet on almost anything.
And at 259-to-1, anything is a better bet than the boys in red, white and blue bringing home the trophy. Let’s take a look at some far-fetched things that actually have a better chance of happening than Team USA winning it all:
The Minnesota Twins winning the American League pennant: 84-to-1
Minnesota Vikings winning the Super Bowl: 99-to-1
Vikings winning the NFC Championship: 29-to-1
California Chrome winning the Triple Crown: 5-to-4
Andrew Talansky (the most favored American) winning the Tour de France: 249-to-1
Hillary Clinton winning the 2016 presidential election: 5-to-4
Sarah Palin winning the 2016 presidential election: 79-to-1
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobucher winning the Democratic nomination for the 2016 Presidential election: 64-to-1
Ricky Martin being the winning judge on The Voice: 7-to-5
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