Green Eggs and Ham

Who knew? Just yesterday I was saying “I don’t like green eggs and ham”.
Did you know in 1904 on this very day Dr. Seuss was born?

If you’d like to read more, click HERE

Dr. Seuss born

Theodor Seuss Geisel is born in Springfield, MA. After a successful career as a cartoonist, illustrator, and writer, Dr. Seuss will become a household name with books like ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham.’ His books will remain popular for decades, and in 1984 he’ll be awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for his contribution to ‘the education and enjoyment of America’s children.’

Banana Seeds

Thinking about bananas.
She was a third-grader. The question was name fruit with seeds.
She said bananas.
The teacher sharply said bananas don’t have seeds.
She was shamed.
What if the teacher had spoken her name with kind respect saying thank you for saying that and I can see why you think they do. Those little black things in the core of the bananas look like seeds but actually bananas reproduce with rhizomes. But bananas in the wild, not for commercial use, do have seeds. The little black specs you see in the bananas your mother gets from the store are actually tiny immature seeds but they do not reproduce.
The 3rd grader is much older now but she still remembers the sting she felt that day.

Do Bananas have seeds?  The Spruce

If you’re the type to wonder about such things, you may have noticed that the bananas you buy at the store seem to contain no seeds. If that’s the case, how does the banana tree reproduce? Well, it turns out the bananas do have seeds (of a sort) but they aren’t used for reproduction.

Read more  HERE.

Awwww

I like this picture.

Today on Bing

February 19, 2020
Wandering albatross pair, South Georgia island

Flocking together in the Antarctic

These birds are a few days late for Valentine’s Day, but they look like they’re in the mood for love. Wandering albatrosses (also known as snowy albatrosses, white-winged albatrosses, or goonies) live mostly on the open ocean but come on land for mating season. A salt gland located above their nasal passages allows them to desalinate and survive drinking only salt water as they feed on small marine animals. They can float on the sea surface and glide for hours.

The birds are seen here on South Georgia, a remote island in the southern Atlantic Ocean. The British overseas territory has no permanent residents, but is visited by yachts and cruise ships, as tourists come to fish or observe the unique wildlife.

Lets Talk

I happened upon this post today. It intrigued me and I am wondering if it will you too. Do you want to talk about it?

Reblogged here from Return To Now

Organic Burial Pods Could Replace Coffins and Transform Gravestones Into Trees

January 18, 2018, at 4:32 pm
The author is Sara Burrows

These egg-shaped, biodegradable burial pods allow your body to become the “seed” of a new tree when you die


Every year Americans cut down 4 million acres of hardwood forest to bury our dead.

Once our bodies are “preserved” and sealed into wooden or metal caskets, they are buried in vast fields of granite tombstones, along with nearly a million gallons of formaldehyde per year.

These cemeteries or “memorial parks” — which together use up a million acres of otherwise fertile U.S. land — are typically covered in heavily watered and synthetically fertilized lawns.

But dying doesn’t have to take such a toll on the environment.

Italian artists have designed eco-friendly, biodegradable “coffins” that essentially allow you to turn yourself into a tree when you die, instead of cutting one down:

 

The Capsula Mundi is an egg-shaped pod into which the body is placed in the fetal position and then planted with a seed, ideally chosen by the deceased before they die.

The pod then germinates and grows into a tree; “a living memorial to the person we’ve lost,” designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel say.

Citelli and Bretzel hope that one day their pods will transform the cold, grey landscape of cemeteries today into vibrant, green forests for the future.

 

These human-fertilized forests would sequester carbon, rather than releasing it, as cemeteries and land clear-cut for coffins do, creating a healthier environment for future generations.

As our population continues to double in size, natural, woodland burials might become more popular. They are currently legal in much of Northern Europe.

In places where they aren’t, there is a mini Capsula Mundi available for burying a loved one’s ashes, It should be noted, however, that cremated ashes are sterile and do not supply nutrients back into the earth, the way a body left to decompose in the soil does.

If you’re wondering whether a human can really feed a tree, consider the story of an apple tree found growing on top of the graves of Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, and his wife Mary Sayles. The roots of the tree were found to have grown around their bodies and assumed the shape of human skeletons.

The tree literally “ate the humans,” writes Lierre Keith in her book The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability, explaining that the bones provided a good source of calcium for the roots.

If you’re interested in a biodegradable casket or  Carrier before the Capsula Mundi’s become available, there are some nice ones on Amazon:

Organic, biodegradable seagrass casket for green / natural burial