Seed Vault Plans
We've told you about the Seed Vault that is being constructed in the Arctic Circle. Now the plans of the extremely futuristic building are available. It's like something out of a movie, and it will keep all our seeds safe forever.
National Tell a Joke Day dates back to 1944 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was having a meeting with Vice-President, Henry Wallace. The two men were tired and depressed due to the stress caused by leading a country through world war.
During a lull in the meeting, Wallace said, "Frank, to cheer you up I have a joke I'd like to share."
"Let's have it, Henry," Roosevelt replied while ashing his cigarette.
"Why did the chicken cross the road?" Wallace asked. "Not sure," Roosevelt replied.
"To get to the other side," Wallace responded.
Roosevelt laughed so hard that the bourbon he was drinking sprayed out of his nose and onto the floor of the oval office.
The joke was so funny, and did such a great job at lightening both their moods, Roosevelt proclaimed that every year, August 16 would be National Tell a Joke Day.
Nobody knows why National Tell a Joke Day started, but in a world where the President of the United States is trying to buy Greenland, "Beverly Hills, 90210" is back on TV, and the economy is about to go off a cliff, we could all use a bit of levity.
To celebrate National Tell a Joke Day, the people on Twitter responded with hundreds of the corniest dad jokes ever told. Here are some of the best.
Q: What did Earth say to the other planets?
A: Get a life!#NationalTellAJokeDay pic.twitter.com/DAxQvq80Bb
— NASA Goddard (@NASAGoddard) August 16, 2019
Music 🎶 #NationalTellAJokeDay pic.twitter.com/YeIz26wMta
— You Had One Job (@_youhadonejob1) August 16, 2019
I once shook hands with Pat Boone and my whole right side sobered up 🤣
~ Dean Martin#NationalTellAJokeDay pic.twitter.com/VFYTAXipPB
— Deana Martin (@DeanaMartin_) August 16, 2019
Couldn't resist... #NationalTellAJokeDay pic.twitter.com/komOKuhnnz
— Queen Convention (@QueenFanCon) August 16, 2019
Happy #NationalTellAJokeDay! Here's a joke to celebrate: What kind of shoe would a banana wear? Slip-ons! Ahhhhh! #WockaWocka! (You were expecting "slippers"?) pic.twitter.com/dBkVAGio9R
— Fozzie Bear (@FozzieBear) August 16, 2019
"SeaWorld cares." #NationalTellAJokeDay pic.twitter.com/nsIDVChQPi
— PETA (@peta) August 16, 2019
What do you get when you cross a penis and a potato 🥔?
A dictator. #NationalTellAJokeDay pic.twitter.com/7be0geV3so
— Kiersten Warren (@KierstenWarren) August 16, 2019
My wife told me I need to quit playing Wonderwall on guitar.
I said maybe#NationalTellAJokeDay
— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) August 16, 2019
A classic Tommy Cooper gag:
"I said to the gym teacher: 'Can you teach me to do the splits?'
He said: 'How flexible are you?'
I said: 'I can't make Tuesdays.'"#NationalTellAJokeDay pic.twitter.com/6VYag7ujpM
— Karen Griffin Alonso (@KarenAnnAlonso) August 16, 2019
When someone says they are cold, tell them to stand in a corner. It's 90 degrees.#NationalTellAJokeDay pic.twitter.com/xVxqpjKy8i
— Virtual WonderGirl✨ (@em_contact) August 16, 2019
Tomorrow is #NationalTellAJokeDay so in preparation, here is a #dadjoke :
"I bought some shoes from a drug dealer. I don't know what he laced them with, but I was tripping all day!"
— Brad Pridgeon (@bpridgeo) August 15, 2019
Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis , and Arnold Schwarzenegger are making a movie about classical composers.
Sylvester Stallone said, "I'll be Mozart "
Bruce Willis , "So.. I'll be Beethoven."
Schwarzenegger announced , "in that case.. I'll be Bach ."🎶#NationalTellajokeday
— Rachel Williamson (@Rachel_reviewer) August 16, 2019
Batman and Robin walk into a bar, because they can't fly.
— Superman (@SupermanTweets) August 16, 2019
I amuse you? I make you laugh? I'm here to f****** amuse you? #NationalTellAJokeDay pic.twitter.com/EmpDjsQlOP
— ITV4 (@ITV4) August 16, 2019
The Judean date palm was once common in ancient Judea. The tree itself was a source of shelter, its fruit was ubiquitous in food, and its likeness was even engraved on money. But the plant became extinct around 500 A.D., and the prevalent palm was no more. But the plant is getting a second chance at life in the new millennium after researchers were able to resurrect ancient seeds.
Two thousand-year-old seeds were discovered inside a pottery jar during an archaeological excavation of Masada, a historic mountain fortress in southern Israel. It is believed the seeds were produced between 155 B.C. and 64 A.D. Those seeds sat inside a researcher's drawer in Tel Aviv for years, not doing anything.
Elaine Solowey, the Director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies at Kibbutz Ketura in Israel, wondered if she could revive the Judean Date Palm, so in 2005, she began to experiment. "I assumed the food in the seed would be no good after all that time. How could it be?" Solewey said.
But some restrictions on ESAs don't fly with the Department of Transportation (DOT), leading them to crack down on the crack down.
Delta says that there has been an 84 percent increase in animal incidents since 2016, thanks in part to the increase of ESAs on airplanes. Last year, Delta airlines banned pit bulls and pit bull-related dog breeds after two airline staff were bitten by the breed while boarding a flight from Atlanta to Tokyo.
"We must err on the side of safety. Most recently, two Delta employees were bit by a pit bull traveling as a support animal last week. We struggled with the decision to expand the ban to service animals, knowing that some customers have legitimate needs, but we have determined that untrained, pit bull-type dogs posing as both service and support animals are a potential safety risk," Delta told People regarding the new rule.
Trying to get one dog to sit still and make eye contact with a camera for more than half a second is a low-key miracle. Lining up 16 dogs, on steps, and having them all stare at the camera simultaneously is the work of a God-like dog whisperer.
This miracle worker is Liam Beach, a 19-year-old animal management graduate from Cardiff, Wales. A friend of his dared him to attempt the shot and he accepted the challenge.
"My friend Catherine challenged me to try to get all of my lot sat on the stairs for a photo. She said, 'I bet you can't pull it off,' so I thought 'challenge accepted,'" he said, accoriding to Paws Planet.
Americans on both sides of the political aisle can agree on one thing: our infrastructure needs a huge upgrade. While politicians drag their feet on high-speed rail projects, fixing bridges, and building new airports, one amazing project is picking up steam.
The Great American Rail-Trail, a bike path that will connect Washington state to Washington, D.C., is over 50% complete.
The trail is being planned by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit that is working with local governments to make the dream a reality.