Archive for August, 2013

Huge Canyon Discovered Under Greenland’s Ice

greenland_moulin-sAccording to BBC –

The canyon – which is 800km long and up to 800m deep – was carved out by a great river more than four million years ago, before the ice arrived. It was discovered by accident as scientists researching climate change mapped Greenland’s bedrock by radar. The British Antarctic Survey said it was remarkable to find so huge a geographical feature previously unseen. The hidden valley is longer than the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It snakes its way from the centre of Greenland up to the northern coastline and before the ice sheet was formed it would have contained a river gushing into the Arctic Ocean. Now it is packed with ice.

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Classic Far Side Comic – Octopuses?

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Don’t Be Beef-Witted – 11 Obscure Words To Bring Back [video]

Being ‘The New Guy’ Is Always Hard [comic]

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The Arctic vs. The Antarctic [video]

How Old Are Your Ears? Hearing Test [video]

Breakfast In Crisis – The Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist

I just discovered that 60% of Canada’s Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve disappeared last year. Apparently, news of this was hushed up to prevent a panic (just kidding).

maplespillAccording to BusinessWeek On the morning of July 30, 2012, an accountant named Michel Gauvreau arrived at the Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve, housed in a huge red brick warehouse on the side of the Trans-Canadian Highway in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, about two hours northeast of Montreal. Inside, baby-blue barrels of maple syrup were stacked six high in rows hundreds deep. Full, each barrel weighs about 620 pounds. With grade A syrup trading at about $32 per gallon, that adds up to $1,800 a barrel, approximately 13 times the price of crude oil.

He scaled a row of barrels and was nearing the top of the stack when one of them rocked with his weight. He nearly fell. Regaining his balance, he rattled the barrel: It was light because it was empty. He soon found others that were empty. After notifying the Federation’s leaders and returning with them to examine the stockpile, they unscrewed the cap on a full barrel. The liquid inside was not goopy, brown, or redolent with the wintry scent of vanilla, caramel, and childhood; it was thin, clear, and odorless. It was water. The Federation would need two months to tally the losses to the stockpile. Sixty percent, or 6 million pounds of syrup, had vanished, worth about $18 million wholesale.

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