Fun fact 12/03/2017

Every once in a while, Aegagropila linnaei (little green algae balls) will form with the right amount of sunshine and the perfect current and wash ashore. In Japan, these balls are referred to as marimo. The named was coined back in 1898 and is a combination of the words for “bouncy play ball” and “plant […]

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Fun fact 11/25/2017

Self-mummification, or Sokushinbutsu, was practiced by Buddhist monks in Japan from the 11th century to at least the late 19th century. It was achieved by only 24 monks by living on a special diet consisting of water, seeds and nuts for 1,000 days, then feeding on roots, pine bark and urushi tea for another 1,000 days. […]

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