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Dirty Secrets of Internet Data Centers

Photo: Ethan Pines/The New York Times Quick: what industry uses 30 billion watts of energy (the equivalent of the output of about 30 nuclear power plants), wastes 90% of that and pollutes the environment [...]

The Founder of Mother’s Day Later Fought to Have It Abolished

Years after she founded Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis was dining at the Tea Room at Wanamaker’s department store in Philadelphia. She saw they were offering a “Mother’s Day Salad.” She ordered the salad and when it was served, she stood up, dumped it on the floor, left the money to pay for it, and walked [...]

The Founder of Mother’s Day Later Tried to Abolish It

Years after she founded Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis was dining at the Tea Room at Wanamaker’s department store in Philadelphia. She saw they were offering a “Mother’s Day Salad.” She ordered the salad and when it was served, she stood up, dumped it on the floor, left the money to pay for it, and walked [...]

Sardine Rocking Chair

Scottish artist Tristan Cochrane spent twelve years in the fishing industry, and the industry is still in him. He makes household items in the shape of sea creatures, such as this rocking chair. It’s made of aluminum formed in wax molds. Link -via Technabob

Newspaper: America’s Fastest Shrinking Industry

Are you working for the fastest shrinking industry in the United States? You are, if you’re working for a newspaper according to this study by LinkedIn and the Council of Economic Advisors. The fastest-growing industries include renewables (+49.2%), internet [...]

12 Homes with serious Christmas decorations

I live near some big homes in Los Angeles owned by some pretty big names in the entertainment industry. They love to go all out during the Holidays decorating their homes, starting with Halloween and then, of course, during Christmas time. Some even hire actors to play parts on their front lawns! No joke. All [...]

The Truth Behind Engineer-Speak

Aha! Just as I have long suspected: engineers are just making it up when they speak like are wont to do. The story behind the clip: Several years ago, Rockwell International decided to get into the heavy duty transmission business. We were getting ready to tape our first introduction video, as a warm up, the professional [...]

100 Acres of Pizza Served Daily in the US

According to a trade organization for the pizza industry, America gets about 100 acres of this food on a typical day: For those of you yet to take lunch, we think it’s the perfect time for a hunger-inducing stat of the day. The Daily tells us, in a profile of healthy pizza purveyor Naked Pizza, that [...]

How Music Industry Greed, Not MP3 or Piracy, Killed the Music CD

Before MP3, there was the music CD. (Note to younger Neatorama readers: ask your parents about it. It’s those shiny round discs that look just like DVDs.) Remember those? And remember why you don’t buy them anymore? Well, the music industry would like to attribute demise of the music CD sales to the rise of digital [...]

The Secrets Behind Your Flowers

In 1967, Colorado State University graduate student David Cheever wrote a term paper on the Colombian cut flower industry. In 1969, he went to Colombia and started a business. Things took off from there. It’s not often that a global industry springs from a school assignment, but Cheever’s paper and business efforts started an economic revolution [...]