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Rental Goats Clear Brush Better, Beat Cosmonauts in Space Race

Do you remember that anecdote about how America spent millions of dollars developing a pen that our astronauts could use to write with in the...

Do you remember that anecdote about how America spent millions of dollars developing a pen that our astronauts could use to write with in the zero-gravity vacuum of space, and when the Russians were confronted with the same problem they simply gave their cosmonauts pencils? The kernel of usefulness in this anecdote-as it relates to this current blog post-is that sometimes there are solutions to problems which are much simpler and cheaper than we expect. (And that Russians are clever, but we beat them to the moon anyway, and signed our names on it with indelible ink.)With that in mind, take a look at this: brush-clearing goats! That's right, rather than spending tons of money and time on diesel-powered machines, filing the proper permits, and administering dangerous herbicides, the Seattle-based Rent-a-Ruminant organization will loan you a team of 100 goats for all your brush-clearing needs-all at a very modest rates.As Serious Eats explains, the benefits of goats are numerous: they eat just about anything, they can work on uneven ground, you don't need permits to use them, and they can clear a quarter-acre in about three days. What's more, they-ahem-naturally fertilize wherever they go. And of course, they make delicious cheese. In short: better for the environment, the community, and your budget.If you're not convinced, check out the before picture above, and the after pictures below. I'm sold.


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Some beauty pageants, like the Miss America competition, have done away with the swimsuit portions of the competitions, thus dipping their toes in the 21st century. Other aspects of beauty pageants remain stuck in the 1950s, and we're not even talking about the whole "judging women mostly on their looks" thing. One beauty pageant winner was disqualified for being a mom, as if you can't be beautiful after you've had a kid. Now she's trying to get the Miss World competition to update their rules.

Veronika Didusenko won the Miss Ukraine pageant in 2018. After four days, she was disqualified because pageant officials found out she was a mom to 5-year-old son Alex, and had been married. Didusenko said she had been aware of Miss World's rule barring mother from competing, but was encouraged to compete anyways by pageant organizers.

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It is astounding that we've advanced to the point where we've managed to build a probe capable of flying within 15 million miles from the surface of the sun, but here we are. Parker can withstand temperatures of up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit and travels at 430,000 miles per hour. It's the fastest human-made vehicle, and no other human-made object has been so close to the sun.

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Since the mid '90s the phrase "God Forgives, Brothers Don't" has been part of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point's football team's lexicon.

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