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Fungus as a Building Material

These bricks aren’t made of clay, but mushrooms. Artist Philip Ross grows one species into useful, durable shapes: Feeding it agricultural waste, Ross grows each prototype onsite in an ultra-controlled environment, using a mold, filtered air, gravity, and pressure to achieve the shape: An armchair took two weeks to grow. Then he kiln-dies them, leaving little [...]

Steve Ross Pays Tribute To His Dad Bob

(YouTube Link) Happy little trees run in the family as far as painters Bob and Steve Ross are concerned. Here’s a brightly colored episode which shows us that Bob’s legacy lives on in the hands of his son Steve, and boy can he paint mountain ranges like a boss! –via TDW

What Happened to Bob Ross’ Paintings?

Bob Ross said he made over 30,000 paintings in his lifetime. He didn’t sell them, and he never put them in a gallery. Where did his army of happy clouds go? We’ll let Bob explain: “One of the questions that I hear over and over and over is, ‘What do we do with all these [...]

11 Cold Hard Facts About Antarctica

If you’re planning a trip to Antarctica, here are some things you should know. 1. Nobody owns Antarctica. Although a few nations, including Australia, Argentina, and the United Kingdom, have tried to lay claim to it over the years, it remains free of government and ownership. In 1959, the Antarctic Treaty was drafted, designating the land [...]

Do Other Animals Laugh When Tickled?

Bizarre Image of Man Tickling Chimp via Shutterstock In 1897, psychologists established that there are two kinds of tickles. Knismesis is caused by very light movement across the skin. It doesn’t make you laugh, and is sometimes accompanied by an itching sensation. Knismesis is often caused by animals and insects crawling across the skin, and may have evolved in a [...]

7 Giant Fences Dividing Good Neighbors

The existing 650-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexican border has been a hot political topic in the States for the last few years, and with the Republican primary campaign in full swing, it’s making headlines again. Already, Michele Bachmann has promised to build a “double-walled fence” along the entire 2,000-mile border, while Herman Cain has said [...]

5 Questions: Ross the Boss

Let’s wrap up the Name Game theme for this week’s multiple-choice 5 Questions quiz. Friday’s challenge: Ross the Boss

Americanisms

As an American, sometimes it’s tough to know which commonly-used words and phrases are particular to America, and sound strange in other parts of the world. There was a fascinating round-up of “Americanisms” on this BBC blog the other day, and I wanted to share a few here. Some I find surprising — what, you [...]

Sir Barton: How the First Triple Crown Winner Wound up in the Army

On Saturday, Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom will try to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive with a win in the 136th Preakness Stakes. At some point in the coverage, an announcer will likely rattle off the names of all 11 horses who have completed the Triple Crown, including familiar names like Secretariat, Citation, and [...]

Sir Barton: The First Triple Crown Winner

On Saturday, Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom will try to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive with a win in the 136th Preakness Stakes. At some point in the coverage, an announcer will likely rattle off the names of all 11 horses who have completed the Triple Crown, including familiar names like Secretariat, Citation, and [...]