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It’s a given
Just because you own a business doesn’t mean you know how to run.. a business!

Distributed only in the US is this full-sized weatherproof kegerator designed to serve nitro-infused coffee on tap. The cabinet and door is wrapped in 304 grade stainless steel, with a sealed back designed to protect all electrical components from the elements. Definitely the most intense coffee machine for only the serious caffeine junkies . But what is nitro coffee you ask? Exactly what it
sounds like, a mad dog bean, injected with nitro to keep things as fresh and creamy for as long as possible. Is it healthy for you, well I’m not 100% sure so lets sit and have a pint of Guinness and discus it (most stouts are served through a nitro system).
The nitro coffee end of things originated in Texas in 2013 and in no time Starbucks had over 500 location pumping out fuel. I never realized the word BUCKS$$ incorporated in STAR. So for around two thousand BUCKS, you and your family can be the ultimate coffee mates! Personally I’d rather a pint of Guinness in the morning.
(Please Nitro Responsibly)

Spring To Fame
We all have childhood memories of our favorite toy but very seldom do we actually take the time to go back and see the history of them all. Some may remember the paddle with ball on it, until the ball broke off and your parents used the paddle to beat you with! Nope, I’ll stick with remembering this steel spring that I could never get to do what we would see happen in the commercials like fly down a flight of stairs. The Slinky was invented in 1943 by accident, some may say like lots of great ideas
came from mistakes. Richard James, a simple name and the creator of a simple pastime. James was a naval mechanical engineer stationed at a shipyard in Philadelphia. While developing springs that could support and stabilize sensitive instruments aboard ships in rough seas, James accidentally knocked one of the springs from a shelf, and watched as the spring “stepped” in a series of
arcs to a stack of books, to a tabletop, and to the floor, where it re-coiled itself and stood upright. Experimenting with different types of steel wire over the next year, he finally found a spring that would walk and if it could talk would tell you that after his first presentation to Gimbels, sold 400 pieces within an hour. In its first 2 years, after opening “James Industries” in Albany, sold 100 million Slinkys. At $1 apiece, that would be the equivalent to $6 billion, adjusted for inflation, in gross revenue over those
5 years. Can’t help to think why can’t I make mistakes like that?
(Please Slinky Responsibly)

Dump Island?
You might not know it and have probably driven past many times but Ellis Island sits on almost 28 acres. Originally, it was 3.3. Those 24 extra acres were created using landfill beginning in the 1890s. That’s rite “landfill”, meaning it’s filled with garbage, dirt, rock, and miscellaneous dumped items built into the soil to create space. Most sources, including The National Parks Service, say it came from the construction of the modern subway system—including Grand Central station. So technically this means that NYC’s subway system directly contributed to creating the primary entrance point for millions of new New Yorkers to the state. More facts and the big question about where the landfill came from ended up being extremely important. You see, even though it’s on the New Jersey side of the line, New York has long claimed the island for its own. But in the 1990s, New Jersey actually
took New York to court over it, claiming that all of the “artificial” parts of the island, practically all of it, belonged to Jersey. Part of New York’s defense was that the landfill parts had come from digging the subway tunnels below Manhattan, but NYC’s
council couldn’t actually find the proof they needed. So in the end NY keeps it’s 3.3 and the rest belongs to Jersey. And in the bigger picture the real facts are that most of Manhattan is in it’s self made of landfill and dump site to create and expand the entire area by just spreading shit out, literally! Take the time and some research on how much garbage was used and dumped into the city we hold so close to our hearts.

Stop Bugging Me
Ever wonder if what your eating contains something more than calories? How about bug juice or extract to create beautiful colors to enhance your appetite. Cochineal extract is extracted from the cochineal, specifically the female, a species of insect that belongs to the order entomologists refer to as the “true bugs.” When Europeans descended on South America in the 1500s, they discovered that the Aztecs were producing vibrant, cochineal-dyed fabrics that retained their color for an incredibly long time.
Soon, dried cochineal became a major trade good. Today, cochineals are harvested mainly in Peru and the Canary Islands on plantations of prickly pear cacti, the bugs’ preferred host. There, the insects are sun-dried, crushed, and dunked in an acidic alcohol solution to produce carminic acid, the pigment that eventually becomes carmine or cochineal extract, depending on processing. About 70,000 insects are needed to produce a pound of dye. Until 2009, cochineal was one of many dyes that fell under the umbrella term “natural color” on ingredients lists. But because cochineal provokes severe allergic reactions in some people, the Food and Drug Administration requires carmine and cochineal extract to be explicitly identified in ingredients lists. Which still doesn’t mean shit if you don’t know what a cochineal is! The whole thing just bugs me out…
(Please Bug Life Responsibly)


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