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    [–] TIL The phrase "cool as a cucumber" is actually a scientific fact: The inside temperature of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air. istartedi 220 points ago in todayilearned

    If I had to guess I'd say "on the vine". The plant might pull more water from the roots at night. Water has a high heat capacity. Cucumbers are 95% water and shaded by the leaves. I can imagine they'd be considerably cooler than ambient.

    Otherwise, they're cooler because you just took them out of the fridge.

    [–] Mount Everest turns into world’s highest rubbish dump istartedi 1 points ago in nottheonion

    I get that. It's just that in the context of this thread regarding the already desecrated mountain, we got a suggestion to go a bit in the Niagra Falls direction and I decided to take it to its logical conclusion.

    [–] Mount Everest turns into world’s highest rubbish dump istartedi 1 points ago in nottheonion

    That's the least of the problems. You can put them in an area that's usually wind-swept, or worst case scenario heat them and have automated scrapers if necessary.

    [–] Mount Everest turns into world’s highest rubbish dump istartedi 2 points ago in nottheonion

    The roads to Mt. Evans and Pike's peak are both over 14, but only Pike's goes all the way to the summit so technically true.

    [–] Many people pretend to work... but actors pretend, to work. istartedi 10 points ago in Showerthoughts

    If you were a perfect actor, you could do any job. For all you know your brain surgeon is just a fantastic actor with no medical degree or license.

    [–] Mount Everest turns into world’s highest rubbish dump istartedi -4 points ago in nottheonion

    Half-serious. I mean, it's quite a pipe dream. We have roads almost all the way to the top of 14ers in Colorado. The Swiss have cable cars and trams all over the Alps. The idea of facilitating mountain access isn't new; but the scale and the challenge of thin air is off the chart on this one.

    [–] Mount Everest turns into world’s highest rubbish dump istartedi 119 points ago * (lasted edited 18 hours ago) in nottheonion

    Really though, an elevator shaft in the middle would be amazing. Maybe not all the way to the top, but you could have stops along the way, fine dining with an amazing view, and one last stop near the top where you rent O2 and climbing gear, pay some expensive fees and do the summit. Paging Elon Musk's Boring Company. It'll probably never happen though, because it's not what people are demanding from the mountain. Also, we should practice on something smaller first to see what kinds of problems emerge.

    edit -- OK, not just a shaft in the middle. More like a shaft slanting up inside, with side galleries to access the view and some consideration for not disrupting the look of the mountain too much although any windows will inevitably alter the look.

    [–] The UN decided to do a worldwide survey... istartedi 5 points ago in Jokes

    Yes, perhaps they would have sold them down river, and they would have been up a creek. Maybe they'd have flooded the market with cheaper goods. It's all water under the bridge.

    [–] The UN decided to do a worldwide survey... istartedi 613 points ago in Jokes

    If Circuit City had that many stereotypes they might still be in business.

    [–] Where can I get boring American news? istartedi 1 points ago in AskAnAmerican

    AFAIK there isn't one source that does this; but you can ferret out primary sources with a little work. Some things are more easily biased than others. Sports is sports--the teams won or lost. It's impossible to bias that.

    Of course you probably don't care that much about sports. Weather is similar; but once again... OK. Finance is news. Business is also going to be fairly straightforward from stock tickers and feeds regarding mergers and acquisitions provided by a broker, if you've got one, or press releases.

    What else do they report? Crime. Crime happens, but what makes it news? The sensational quality of the crime makes it news, and that's bias. How many of us know the average number of murders here on any given day? Lots I'm sure; but none of them will be reported in the national news unless they involve a mass-shooting, or something heinous. If you want to find out about individual crimes you'll have to go to local news sources.

    Which ones? The ones with the most crime? You can find this out by looking for crime statistics to see which cities have crime, then looking for local papers that have web sites. Trust me, if my community is any measure you'll find some stories that never break out nationwide, and yet they're as gut-wrenching as anything else.

    Looking for something more positive? In those same local papers you'll find stories about local volunteer programs and events. What's a "shad planking"? You'd probably never know if you didn't read a local Virginia paper.

    tl;dr--dig into local papers, go to primary sources, be your own reporter. You can't really escape bias though.

    [–] What's the nearest thing you've got to a superpower? istartedi 4 points ago in AskReddit

    There's no need to spear the lion until it actually attacks you. The rest of your tribe was exhausted from more prosaic forms of hunting and gathering.

    [–] The beach I’m at has a list of commonly found garbage and how long it takes for it to decompose. istartedi 1 points ago in mildlyinteresting

    Along the San Mateo coast in California, I recall reading a sign that said some of the trees were non-natives growing from seeds that had gotten on wagons and then fallen off along the trail. I think some Cypress trees may have been planted on purpose along what was then considered a road, but it's now just a trail. There was a big stink when the park service started cutting them down because they're not native trees. So yep, just chucking an apple could cause some kind of stink 100 years later.

    [–] TIL about "Hemp for Victory" - A film made by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to promote farmers growing Cannabis Sativa for WWII. It's existence was denied by the US Govt until VHS copied were eventually sourced. istartedi 2 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in todayilearned

    It's a dummy. I've got a low-rated comment right now with research to back it up.

    edit: latching on, which is probably what I should have done in the first place: The footage is from the 1926 film Old Ironsides which is public domain. Here is part of the battle scene from which the footage is taken. The fall from the mast is the 2nd staged fall here, timed with the shot from a musket at 1:33:50. Note that there appear to be two men on the yardarm. It's almost certainly an extra throwing a dummy.

    [–] TIL about "Hemp for Victory" - A film made by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to promote farmers growing Cannabis Sativa for WWII. It's existence was denied by the US Govt until VHS copied were eventually sourced. istartedi 2 points ago in todayilearned

    It's most likely that nobody died falling from the mast of that ship. According to Wiki, the footage is from the 1926 film Old Ironsides which is public domain. Here is part of the battle scene from which the footage is taken. The fall from the mast is the 2nd staged fall here, timed with the shot from a musket at 1:33:50. Note that there appear to be two men on the yardarm. It's almost certainly an extra throwing a dummy.