Uh ... oh ... Chocolate as you know and love it could disappear by 2020: scientists [via Nina Reznick]

 Surprised woman caught eating chocolate (Shutterstock)



 According to a recent report by two of the world’s largest chocolate makers, the gap between how much chocolate the world consumes and how much cocoa manufacturers can produce will become unsustainable in 2020.

Disease, drought, an increase in demand from Chinese markets, as well as the rising popularity of dark chocolate — which requires more cocoa to produce — have combined to create what will swell to a 1 million metric ton deficit by 2020, and a potential 2 million metric ton deficit by 2030.

Hershey has responded to this increased demand by upping the price of its bars, and other chocolate makers have followed suit, which is why cocoa prices have skyrocketed by 60 percent since 2012 — the first year in which the world consumed more chocolate than it produced.

Efforts to increase cocoa production have been hampered first by drought in West Africa, then by the Ebola epidemic, which has strangled trade even with countries not stricken by the disease, like the Ivory Coast.

A fungal disease known as “frosty pod” has also ravaged cocoa production in Central and South America, wiping out an estimated 30 to 40 percent of production capability. Many fear that it is only a matter of time before this disease, as well as witches’ broom, will make its way across the Atlantic.

But as Bloomberg’s Mark Schatzker noted, even if supply is able to keep up with demand, chocolate-lovers may not be happy with the result.

“Efforts are under way to make chocolate cheap and abundant,” he wrote, “in the process inadvertently rendering it as tasteless as today’s store-bought tomatoes, yet another food, along with chicken and strawberries, that went from flavorful to forgettable on the road to plenitude.”

Because breeders rarely focus on the flavor of the crop they are trying to improve, the disease-resistant varieties of chocolate developed in recent decades has a flavor profile that ranges from what Ed Seguine, a chocolate expert, called “acidic dirt” to “just average.”

Reposted from Raw Story


Gotta Love Your Dayjob! [via Cacciatore]

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak [via Erica Clark]

At once perfectly simple and ingeniously imaginative, The Book With No Pictures inspires laughter every time it is opened, creating a warm and joyous experience to share—and introducing young children to the powerful idea that the written word can be an unending source of mischief and delight.



29-year-old leaves NFL and $37 million contract to become farmer in order to feed the hungry [via Nina Reznick]


 





 St. Louis Rams center Jason Brown has left the NFL to pursue farming:

    “My agent told me, ‘You’re making the biggest mistake of your life,’” Brown told CBS. “And I looked right back at him and I said, ‘No I’m not. No I’m not.’”

Back in 2009, Brown signed a $37.5 million dollar contract with the Rams, making him the highest paid center in all of football. He earned about $25 million of that contract and decided to leave the final year's $12.5 million on the table. Instead, he bought 1,000 acres of farmland in North Carolina.

    Brown is doing this to help the less fortunate. He grows sweet potatoes and other vegetables and donates his harvest to food pantries. According to the New & Observer, he has given away 46,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and 10,000 pounds of cucumbers this fall.

Keep in mind the fact that Brown left the NFL at 29. He was going to get another pretty large contract to play for a few more years. Instead, in 2012 Brown began watching YouTube videos about farming in order to learn how to farm.

He calls his farm the "First Fruits Farm." And it's not only fruits and vegetables—congratulations are in order:

    Jason Brown, the former NFL star who retired from football so he could grow crops to feed the hungry, delivered his own child Tuesday at his Louisburg home.

    Brown and his wife, Tay, had planned to have help for the home birth, but the mother went through labor so quickly that Lunsford Bernard Brown III made his debut before the reinforcements could arrive.

Everything I've read about him so far is pretty great. So this Thanksgiving, raise a glass to Jason Brown and the many other kind souls who put people ahead of themselves.

Reposted from Daily Kos


Traffic Light That Lets You Play Pong with Person on the Other Side Officially Installed in Germany

Traffic Light That Lets You Play Pong with Person on the Other Side Officially Installed in Germany video games urban intervention safety public interactive Germany


Back in 2012, a trio of interaction design students from HAWK University unveiled a concept for StreetPong, an interactive game of pong installed at a street crossing that allows you to play opponents waiting on the other side. The concept video (above) was viewed a bajillion times around the web, compelling designers Amelie K├╝nzler, Sandro Angel, and Holger Michel to work with design firms and traffic experts to build a fully-functional device. After two years of waiting, the game units have been designed and approved for use by the city of Hildesheim, Germany where they were installed two weeks ago. Rebranded as the ActiWait, the devices aren’t just a clever way to pass the time while waiting for cars, hopefully they disuade impatient pedestrians from darting through traffic. (via Pop-Up City, @Staublfuse, Stellar)





Surprising Photos of Elaborate Bus Stops That Are Beyond Unusual

Waiting for the bus can be boring and inconvenient. And at night, it can even be downright creepy. Don't you just wish all bus stops had discos balls and swings? I know I'd be a lot happier about waiting.

Here's a collection of some of the most creative and unusual bus stops found around the world. As odd as the shark mouth structure is, I think the weirdest for me are the bus stops decorated like houses in Cornwall, England. They just raise so many questions. Who takes care of those little houses? Do they have a housekeeper?


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The Oldest of the Old: 90+ and Beyond

The 90+ study is generating some of its most provocative and surprising findings in the areas of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Flexible paper sculptures bend skulls and minds!


 Li Hongbo is a Beijing-based artist who turns ordinary paper into extraordinary sculptures.

A book editor and designer by trade, Li began by gluing together thousands of sheets to form a large block. He then carved and folded this block into various forms, drawing inspiration from traditional Chinese "paper gourd" toys and decorations. From a distance, the finished products look like typical porcelain or marble sculptures, but their original form suddenly dissipates once expanded, as demonstrated in the video




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Fabulous Unusual Photos [Via Cacciatore]

Waterspouts Over The Adriatic
In the Heat of the Moment!

Airplane’s View Of A Distant Storm

Light Show at the Grand Canyon

"UFO" Spotted In Seattle


Never underestimate the power of someone who you think can’t do anything for you.



Mr. Powell wrote that one day while at the White House he wandered down into the garage where all of the employee’s cars were parked. He was greeted by the attendants who asked him if they could help him. He said he was wondering how they decided who gets parked at the front of the garage and who is parked at the back. The attendants looked at each other somewhat sheepishly. One of them responded, “Well, it’s like this Mr. Powell. If you lower your window, smile and say hello, maybe remember our name, we’ll park your car towards the back of the garage. But if you drive up, don’t acknowledge us or say hello, we’ll park your car at the front of the garage so that you have to wait until all of the other cars are moved.”

Take time to smile or say a kind word to someone for no other reason than it’s the right thing to do.



From former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s book, “It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership.”

THE GINGHAM DRESS [via Mary Calhoun]




 

A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun
threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston and walked timidly
without an appointment into the Harvard University President's outer
office. The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods,
country hicks had no business at Harvard & probably didn't even deserve
to be in Cambridge .

'We'd like to see the president,' the man said softly.

'He'll be busy all day,' the secretary snapped.

'We'll wait,' the lady replied.

For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would
finally become discouraged and go away.

They didn't, and the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to
disturb the president, even though it was a chore she always regretted.

'Maybe if you see them for a few minutes, they'll leave,' she said to
him!

He sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance
obviously didn't have the time to spend with them, and he detested
gingham dresses and homespun suits cluttering up his outer office. The
president, stern faced and with dignity, strutted toward the couple.

The lady told him, 'We had a son who attended Harvard for one year. He
loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago, he was
accidentally killed. My husband and I would like to erect a memorial to
him, somewhere o campus.'

The president wasn't touched. He was shocked.

'Madam,' he said, gruffly, 'we can't put up a statue for every person
who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a
cemetery.'

'Oh, no,' the lady explained quickly. 'We don't want to erect a statue.
We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard.'

The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and
homespun suit, then exclaimed, 'A building! Do you have any earthly idea
how much a building costs? We have over seven and a half million dollars
in the physical buildings here at Harvard.'

For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased. Maybe he
could get rid of them now. The lady turned to her husband and said
quietly, 'Is that all it cost to start a university? Why don't we just
start our own? '

Her husband nodded. The president's face wilted in confusion and
bewilderment.

Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked away, traveling to Palo
Alto, California where they established the university that bears their
name, Stanford University , a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer
cared about.

You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those
who they think can do nothing for them.

---- A TRUE STORY by Malcolm Forbes

Rarely Seen “Enchanted” Moments of US History [via Tom DeCoursey]


A 10 x 15-foot wooden shed where the “Harley-Davidson Motor Company” started out in 1903

Mark Twain in Tesla’s lab, 1894


A Pyramid of captured German ones in front of the NYC Grand Central Terminal, 1918

Testing football helmets in 1912