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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.

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Seventy National Stereotypes Debunked – Or Not (via Condé Nast Traveller)

This video from Condé Nast Traveller features seventy people of different nationalities saying what the most common stereotypical perception of their country is.
Some of them concede that sometimes a stereotype is a stereotype for a reason.
And sadly, we don’t all ride kangaroos. Though sometimes we see them hopping down our main street.
I’m a bit crushed to find out they don’t say ‘Hakuna Matata’ in Tanzania.

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“There’s No Winners. If You’re In A Boxwar You’ve Already Lost”

Here’s a simple premise: spend time creating elaborate armour/weapons entirely out of cardboard then demolish them in melee combat with other similarly garbed enthusiasts.
There are rules for construction of the costumes, there are none for the war itself.
It’s a competition in creativity.
Weeks of work destroyed in seconds.

…a metaphor for modern life?

Matthew 6: 19-21: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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The Alaskan Town Where Everyone Has A Bald Eagle Story

In a little while spring will arrive, heralding the season where a variety of birds will start swooping in territorial protection of their young.

But what’s a dive-bombing magpie in comparison to a bald eagle?
Welcome to the town of Unalaska, where bald eagles are so common that ‘everybody in town has an eagle story’.