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I guess I’ve never seen Brussels sprout stalks before

Brussels sprout stalks

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Cool picnic table

Cool picnic table

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How to tell if you live on top of an Indian Burial Ground

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3 plants that will clean up the air in your home

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.

Image Credit: Rural-Living-HQ

Image Credit: Rural-Living-HQ

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.

Guitar shaped forest

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Located in the fertile agricultural region of Argentina’s ‘Pampas’ is a guitar shaped forest made up of over 7,000 cypress and eucalyptus trees. At over a kilometer in length (2/3 of a mile) the guitar shaped forest is quite visible for passing planes and satellites above. While it’s sheer size and scale is impressive as a piece of land art, the story of how it came to be is even more touching.

Full story of why the property owner did it can be read here.

Click here to see on Google Maps

Gutter Garden

Want to grow a salad garden but have no room? Try gutters! Affix them to a fence and slope them for drainage.

Gutter Garden

Start out by buying gutter downspout extensions or re-purposing old gutters from a house and attaching them to a fence with screws or clips. Drill holes for drainage and hang at a slight angle. 

Buy gutter downspout extensions here.

downspout extension

Check out other cool gardening tools here.

Duck Duck World News

Speaking out: Joshua Fattal, centre, and Shane Bauer, right, speak in New York after being released from prison in Iran

Speaking out: Joshua Fattal, centre, and Shane Bauer, right, speak in New York after being released from prison in Iran. Source: CNN

1. Joshua Fattal and Shane Bauer were finally ransomed out of Iran and are back safely in the U.S. With all the places on the globe to hike, why would you go anywhere near there? They were either very stupid, or actually were spies. Maybe they were stupid spies?
2. Deformed puppy, rescued from trash, learns to walk. See story.
3. Did you hear about the California couple fined $300 by the city for holding a Bible study in their home? Story here. I have no problem holding a small Bible study in their home. It does appear that Charles and Stephanie Fromm had as many as 50 people at their home twice per week. I think it is time to move a group this large to a nearby church or community building.
4. I thought this was impossible for a human to do? Guess not. Kobayashi chugs a gallon of milk in 18 seconds.

5. Carlsberg beer takes a page from Punked and makes things very uncomfortable for some regular moviegoers as they encounter a theater FULL of bikers. Watch
6. If you don’t like your neighbor, you could always use creative gardening to get back at him.

Helicopter seeds are pure evil

Helicopter seeds are pure evil. They get in your gutters, rock gardens, grass, planters, etc and are a pain to clean up. If you don’t clean them up, small maple trees will start growing out of gutters, gardens, and plant boxes. Holy nightmare. Mother nature can be cruel. If you have a silver maple in your yard, you understand my pain. Can someone please invent something to combat this?

Helicopter seeds

Evil has a face.

Helicopter Seeds

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