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  • LOOK: The Latest PARTY DRUG Is Being PULLED From The Shelves At HOME DEPOT

    05/15/2016 8:02:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies
    wild941.com ^ | 5/10/2016 | unknown
    Okay, your HIGH is really screwin’ up my LAWN!!! People are IDIOTS and will ingest ANYTHING to catch a BUZZ — the latest — FLOWER SEEDS?! That’s right, people are CHEWING the seeds of: Hawaiian Baby Woodrose Sleepy Grass Blue Morning Glory Because they’re LEGAL, and apparently, mimic the high of LSD.
  • The Sinister, Secret History Of A Food That Everybody Loves [the Curse of the Potato]

    05/23/2016 4:55:48 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 75 replies
    Washington Post 'blogs ^ | April 25, 2016 | Jeff Guo
    "The Spaniards were much impressed with the productivity of manioc in Arawak agriculture in the Greater Antilles," historian Jonathan Sauer recounts in his history of crop plants. "[A Spanish historian] calculated that 20 persons working 6 hours a day for a month could plant enough yuca to provide cassava bread for a village of 300 persons for 2 years." By all accounts, the Taíno were prosperous -- "a well-nourished population of over a million people," according to Sauer. And yet... lacked the monumental architecture of the Maya or the mathematical knowledge of the Aztec. And most importantly, they were not organized in...
  • Ancient flowering plant was beautiful -- but probably poisonous

    02/16/2016 9:19:40 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | Monday, February 15, 2016 | Oregon State University
    Researchers today announced in the journal Nature Plants the discovery of the first-ever fossil specimens of an "asterid" - a family of flowering plants that gave us everything from the potato to tomatoes, tobacco, petunias and our morning cup of coffee. But these two 20-30 million-year-old fossil flowers, found perfectly preserved in a piece of amber, came from the dark side of the asterid family - they belong to the genus Strychnos, which ultimately gave rise to some of the world's most famous poisons, including strychnine and curare. Poisons that would later find their way into blow-gun weapons, rat control,...
  • This Photo of a Potato Sold for Over $1,000,000

    01/22/2016 6:56:52 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    petapixel.com ^ | 01/21/2016 | MIchael Zhang
    The photo, titled "Potato #345 (2010)," is by photographer Kevin Abosch, who charges huge fees to shoot portraits of famous business people in the Silicon Valley tech industry. Business Insider reports that Abosch's "iconic black backdrop" portraits have become a sort of status symbol among the elites of business and entertainment — the rich and famous pay over $150,000 for a photo shoot with Abosch, and up to $500,000 if commercial usage is included. In addition to shooting pricey portraits, Abosch is also a fine art photographer, and that’s how the potato photo came about. "Kevin likes potatoes because they,...
  • The Quest to Engineer the Perfect Potato

    06/05/2015 12:25:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | June 5, 2015 | By Mike Orcutt
    Researchers in the U.K. aim for a new commercial potato that resists many of the worst vulnerabilities of potato crops around the world. Super spuds are coming. A genetically modified potato that could resist destructive blight, defend itself against parasitic worms, avoid bruising, and cut down on the accumulation of a suspected carcinogen during cooking would be worth many billions of dollars per year to potato producers across the world. It could also serve as a model technology for addressing issues that affect many different crops and are increasingly likely to cause concerns about global food security as the population...
  • McDonald's Says No to Simplot's GMO Potato

    11/15/2014 3:28:37 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 128 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 15, 2014 | The Associated Press
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — hasn't. The fast-food giant says it doesn't use genetically modified potatoes, the Idaho Statesman reported. "McDonald's USA does not source GMO potatoes, nor do we have current plans to change our sourcing practices," the company said in a statement.
  • Doctors find potato growing inside Colombian woman, apparently used as a contraceptive

    10/08/2014 8:57:24 PM PDT · by knak · 75 replies
    fox 6 ^ | 10/5/14 | katie delong
    COLOMBIA (WITI) — “My mom told me that if I didn’t want to get pregnant, I should put a potato up there, and I believed her,” the woman said. And that’s just what the woman did! According to Colombia Reports, the 22-year-old woman sought medical attention after experiencing abdominal pains, and medical staff discovered a potato growing inside the young woman. The woman apparently had the potato inside her body for about two weeks before she began to experience abdominal pains. The potato had germinated, and grew roots inside her body. Initially, the nurse who examined the woman thought the...
  • Michelle Obama's Crazy, Embarrassing Potato Manifesto

    05/31/2014 12:40:54 PM PDT · by kingattax · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 31, 2014 | By Susan D. Harris
    It was eleven o’clock at night and the lady in front of me in the supermarket line was buying jars of baby food and bottles of Pedialyte. The cashier pulled some of the jars aside and told the lady they weren’t covered under the WIC program. “But you didn’t have the ones I can buy, the shelf is empty. I can’t buy the other ones because he won’t eat them,” the customer said. “I’m sorry, maybe if you call WIC you can get permission to buy these, but I can’t do anything about it,” the cashier responded. -snip- So when...
  • Potato-wielding man tried to rob store, dry-cleaners

    04/22/2014 8:09:43 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies
    WPRI ^ | April 22, 2014 | Dan McGowan
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Talk about a half-baked crime. Providence police say a man carrying a potato disguised as a gun unsuccessfully attempted to rob a convenience store and a dry-cleaners in the city’s Charles neighborhood Monday afternoon. The first report came around 2 p.m. when police reported to Branch Avenue convenience store where the store’s manager said he chased the suspect off with a baseball bat after he shouted “give me the money” to the cashier, according to a police report obtained by WPRI.com. The suspect was described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male and was about 5’7”...
  • Scientists develop GM potato that’s immune to Irish famine fungus, late blight

    02/17/2014 11:07:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 17 February 2014
    A potato genetically modified to resist the fungus which caused the devastating Irish potato famine of 1845 has been developed by British scientists. Late blight, caused by the organism Phytophthora infestans, remains the potato farmer’s greatest enemy to this day. Each year UK farmers spend around £60 million keeping the infection at bay with pesticides. In a bad year, losses and control measures combined can account for half the total cost of growing potatoes. …
  • 17 year old fingered as author of malware used in Target attack

    01/18/2014 9:03:36 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 92 replies
    January 18, 2014 17 year old fingered as author of malware used in Target attack Rick Moran A 17 year old Russian hacker who goes by the online handle of "ree4" has been identified as the author of the malware that was used to attack Target and Neiman Marcus. The teenager, Sergey Taraspov, is well known in cyber crime circles having developed other malicious codes to hack commercial systems. He apparently sold about 40 copies of his program to criminals who then modified it slightly and used it to sweep up at least 80 million debit and credit card numbers...
  • Humble potato ‘must go to Africa’, Germany insists

    11/21/2013 1:04:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 21 November 2013 | Dario Sarmadi
    Partnering with the private sector, Germany wants more potatoes to take root in Sub-Saharan Africa in an effort to address chronic food shortages there, but development aid groups are skeptical about mixing business interests with public funding. “The potato must go to Africa,” said Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, state secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), a few months ago. Beerfeltz was keeping a straight face as he marked the launch of the Potato Initiative Africa (PIA), which is supported by BMZ. Under the leadership of German potato producer Europlant, a number of companies—including multinational corporations like...
  • 'TomTato' tomato and potato plant unveiled in UK

    09/30/2013 6:27:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 September 2013 | Staff
    A plant that produces both tomatoes and potatoes, called the TomTato, has been developed for the UK market. Ipswich-based horticultural firm Thompson and Morgan said the hybrid plants were not genetically modified. Similar plants have been created in the UK, but the firm said it was thought to be the first time they had been produced on a commercial scale. Guy Barter, of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), said it was looking at the plant with "real interest". Mr Barter said many of these plants - created by a technique known as grafting - had been created before but taste...
  • Researchers Have Finally Solved The Mystery Of The Irish Potato Famine

    05/24/2013 9:45:13 AM PDT · by blam · 31 replies
    http://www.livescience.com ^ | 5-24-2013 | Denise Chow
    Researchers Have Finally Solved The Mystery Of The Irish Potato Famine Denise Chow, LiveScience May 24, 2013, 12:03 PM The Irish potato famine that caused mass starvation and approximately 1 million deaths in the mid-19th century was triggered by a newly identified strain of potato blight that has been christened "HERB-1," according to a new study. An international team of molecular biologists studied the historical spread of Phytophthora infestans, a funguslike organism that devastated potato crops and led to the famine in Ireland. The precise strain of the pathogen that caused the devastating outbreak, which lasted from 1845 to 1852,...
  • 20 Years Later, It Turns Out Dan Quayle Was Right About Murphy Brown And Unmarried Moms

    05/26/2012 1:48:25 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 25, 2012 | Isabel Sawhill
    20 Years Later, It Turns Out Dan Quayle Was Right About Murphy Brown And Unmarried Moms Isabel Sawhill May 25. On May 19, 1992, as the presidential campaign season was heating up, Vice President Dan Quayle delivered a family-values speech that came to define him nearly as much as his spelling talents. Speaking at the Commonwealth Club of California, he chided Murphy Brown — the fictional 40-something, divorced news anchor played by Candice Bergen on a CBS sitcom — for her decision to have a child outside of marriage. “Bearing babies irresponsibly is simply wrong,” the vice president said. “Failing...
  • Question About Potatoes

    02/26/2012 1:40:11 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 51 replies · 1+ views
    February 26, 2012 | Pinkbell
    I have to have an ultrasound of my gallbladder in the morning. Tonight I can only eat fruits and vegetables. WebMD said to eat fat free meal. I was wondering if potato is considered a vegetable and would be safe to eat in some soup? I have found conflicting things on the internet. Thanks for your help.
  • Potatoes: A Complete Planting Guide

    01/18/2012 10:52:44 AM PST · by orsonwb · 61 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | January 18, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    A complete planting guide for potatoes including state specific varieties, planting dates, days to harvest, nutrition facts, fertilizing, watering, insect and disease information.
  • Senate blocks Barack Obama's school potato limit

    10/18/2011 5:34:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/18/11 | BBC News
    The US Senate has blocked a proposal by the Obama administration to limit potatoes in school lunches. The lawmakers also backed an amendment which bars putting any limits on serving other vegetables in US schools. The administration's proposal had envisaged that pupils would have no more than two servings a week of potatoes and other starchy vegetables. Government health officials say pupils should have more diverse diets, because they get enough potatoes already.
  • USDA school-food proposal gets under spud industry’s skin

    10/13/2011 7:48:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 7, 2011 | Gracie Ferrell
    French fries may soon be bullied out of school cafeterias if the government gets its way, but Big Tater isn’t backing down. Rallying around school food service professionals and members of Congress, the spud industry is pushing back against a U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal to limit starchy vegetables in school meals to just one cup per week. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins picked potatoes as a child. “The rule simply goes too far,” she said during an Oct. 5 luncheon hosted by the National Potato Council. “It makes no sense whatsoever.” While the Obama administration points its finger at...
  • Man Seriously Injured In Potato Gun Explosion

    09/06/2011 7:46:20 AM PDT · by Morgana · 60 replies · 2+ views
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A man was hospitalized after being seriously injured in a potato gun explosion. Police said they received a report of a shooting in the 200 block of Alpha Avenue at about 4:15 p.m. Monday, where they found 53-year-old John Berthiaume II lying in the street. Berthiaume suffered injuries to his right arm and leg when his homemade potato gun exploded, Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said. The victim's brother, Tony, said it appeared that his brother put too much black powder into the device. "I guess it stressed the metal out too much, and it blew...