Barley was grown for five months in the Zvezda Service Module on the International Space Station. It had extremely limited results, though.
The barley was only able to produce 250 six packs of beer. They were produced by Sapporo. The six packs will be sold through a lottery system for 10,000 yen, or roughly $110 each, unfortunately; only people in Japan are eligible for the lottery, but all proceeds will go to charity.
The Russian Academy of Sciences, Okayama University, and Russia’s space agency Roscosmos are hosting the lottery. The charity that the proceeds will go to is for the promotion of science education for children and the development of space science research in Japan and Russia.
The barley was also produced, of course, for the purpose of achieving self-sufficiency in food in the space environment. How crazy that their first choice in product was producing barley beer. Have no fear, though, the astronauts can’t drink it.
Dexter Holland’s geek IQ is 170. Offspring’s lead singer is quite the accomplished student. He’s just a dissertation away from being Dr. Holland. The blond rocker was his high school’s valedictorian who continued his education at the University of Southern California where he received his Master’s of Molecular Biology.
He was in the Ph.D program when he bailed to focus on punk rock. He’s a pilot, too. He once took a ten-day solo flight around the world. He survived on Doritos and beef jerky during his journey. Holland did pretty well for himself turning from science to a rocker. He’s even created his own brand of hot sauce called Gringo Bandito.
His daughter, Alexa Holland, whose stage name is Lex Land is also a singer and songwriter, just like her pops is. The Offspring have released nine studio albums and their latest was released this year called Days Go By.
If you've seen The Hobbit, you know that the main goal of the Dwarf company in the movie is to regain the gold that the dragon Smaug stole from them. In the first few minutes of the movie, you can see the amazingly large collection of gold coins, weapons and jewelry that Thorin and company want to regain. This treasure hoard wasn't all digital, and it seems that it was so grand, that the producers of the movie used up all the gold paint that was available in New Zealand. They used up so much, that they had to pick up more from Germany!
Another fun fact about the Hobbit is that all props and makeup had to be intentionally redder than normal. This is because when filming everything at 48 frames per second (as opposed to 24), the cameras pick up a lot more yellow color, and making things redder offsets this effect.
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Check out the video below that shows the amazing feat of going under a limbo bar that's 5 7/8 inches from the ground. It's the lowest limbo ever attempted. What's more amazing is that the rough surface of the track made it more difficult. Even more amazing is that the man who did this is 55 years old!
Mario Segale rented a warehouse to the then budding videogame company, Nintendo as they were working on a videogame called ‘Donkey Kong’. Unfortunately, the starting up company was behind on its rent which awarded a visit from Segale.
After a promise from Nintendo’s president that the rent would be paid, Segale simply left. Legend has it that this encounter gave the developers an idea to rename the character ‘Jumpman’ as ‘Mario’ and the rest is history.
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