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The Church Ladder No One Can Move

Pastors who watch this video about the immovable ladder of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre may find the scenario to be somewhat familiar.


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How To Tie Shoelaces With One Hand (via Megan Absten)

Megan Absten is an athlete who lost her left arm at age 14.
Here she provides a video tutorial on how to tie shoelaces one-handed.
(A couple of different ways, actually.)


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Australian (Extreme) Dinghy Racing

Dinghy is such a wonderful word.
This three-minute video from Great Big Story about Dinghy Racing in (South) Australia had me at “In 1981, two dinghy pilots in Australia made a wager to determine which one of them could ride their boat to the pub the fastest. Thus, extreme dinghy racing was born.”
Of course it had to be about getting to the pub fastest.
It’s Australia.


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A Field Guide To Millennials

This is a parody nature documentary, narrated by David Suzuki of all people.


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When Coca-Cola Tried To Introduce Vending Machines That Raised Their Prices On Hot Days (via Today I Found Out)

Everyone is used to (but nobody likes) the way that petrol prices rise and fall through the week in a way that has less to do with the cost of production and more to do with increased demand and capacity to pay.
In Australia most mortgages have interest rates that can be raised (and more recently lowered) with no or little notice.
But the same grudging tolerance is not extended towards other products.
This Today I Found Out Story made me think of that.
It’s about a time when Coca-Cola trialled vending machines that had internal thermostats so that they could raise or lower their prices based on what would be understood to be people’s thirst.
It did not prove to be a popular measure.
Perhaps it was simply before its time.
(When I used to drink soft-drink there was a vending machine that sold Coke Zero cheaper than anywhere else and I went out of my way to use it.)
A brief excerpt.

When asked how Coca-Cola as a company planned to take advantage of the amazing revelation that hot weather inexplicably also coincided with an increased demand for cold drinks, Ivester stated that they’d been developing a new line of vending machines that exploited this fact. Specifically, [then CEO Doug] Ivester explained that Coca-Cola had been experimenting with vending machines that contained a thermostat and simple software that would raise the price of the products within the machine once a certain temperature threshold had been reached. As Ivester himself would correctly point out during the interview, neither the technology nor the idea of raising the price of a product in times of great demand was a new concept, noting in regards to the latter that “the machine will simply make this process automatic”.

Read the whole article at Today I Found Out.


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The Sibling Rivalry Behind Adidas Versus Puma (via Great Big Story)

A two minute entertaining background piece on the Dassler brothers whose sibling rivalry resulted in the worldwide show brands Adidas and Puma.


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Bush Cemetery

A funeral for a unique person concluded at the Nelson Cemetery today.

The Cemetery, of which she was a committee member for decades gives insight into her nature.

A sign outside the Cemetery contains pictures of some of the notable native flora that had been sighted in the area. Alongside the photos is a ‘Short List Of Native Plants Found Within This Cemetery’. (The Cemetery is set within a five acre reserve)

You can be certain that somewhere in her home the complete list of native plants found in the cemetery exists as well.

Vale Leila.