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Darwin’s Kids Doodled All Over His Original Manuscript

How the naturalist’s scribbling children accidentally saved a priceless historical artifact

On a page from Charles Darwin’s original manuscript of On the Origin of Species, two mounted swordsmen face off—one’s steed a mighty galloping carrot while the other, wearing a plumed yellow turban, approaches on a menacing-looking, four-legged eggplant. No, this isn’t an early, discarded theory, in which the English naturalist hypothesized a vegetable origin for equine life, but instead, a series of doodles created by his children on the backs of his handwritten manuscript pages. After the book’s publication, Darwin gave his kids these pages, covered on one side with the notes and scrawls that would eventually become one of the most influential scientific works in history, as drawing paper. And it’s a good thing he did; out of the almost 600 pages of Darwin’s original work, only 45 remain and at least four of these are likely to have been preserved only as sentimental mementos of his progeny’s childhood fancies.

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The GOOD Lunch: Morrocan Roasted Carrot Chickpea Quinoa Salad

Every Tuesday and Thursday in 2011, the GOOD team has pledged to take turns to cook and share a big bowl of soup or salad.

Today's GOOD Lunch salad was prepared by Carla Fernandez and was inspired by Closet Cooking (tagline: "Cooking in a Closet-Sized Kitchen").

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Superb Idea: Supermarket Vegetable Packaging Helps You Grow Your Own

British art student Ben Huttly's vegetable packaging is 100 percent biodegradable; what's more, the labels are embedded with seeds.

If you've ever been troubled by the number of rubber bands used to tie together bundles of carrots, asparagus, and celery at the supermarket, this post is for you. British art student Ben Huttly's vegetable packaging is 100 percent biodegradable, with the label text created through laser cutting to avoid the use of ink. What's more, the labels are embedded with seeds, so that your supermarket purchase can also result in a homegrown harvest.

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