Odds and Ends

About half of the plastic waste produced globally is expected to end up in a landfill – and less than a fifth is expected to be recycled. [Axios PM 3/3/22]

Canada, blessed with greater forest acreage than any other affluent nation, saves money by importing toothpicks from China. [NYT 5/29/22]

Trumpet the Bloodhound makes history by winning Best in Show at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. In doing so he bested over 3,500 dogs of more than 200 different breeds for the ultimate prize. He is the first Bloodhound to win Best in Show in Westminster’s history. The Best in Show winner is selected from seven competitors – Hound, Toy, Non-sporting, Sporting, Herding, Working and Terrier. [USAToday 6/22/22]

Arsenic was so widely used in the 17th-century France to dispose of wealthy, aged relatives that it was nicknamed “poudre de succession” or “inheritance powder”.
[NYT 6/5/22]

Henry Ford, fearful of supply shortages, along with railroads to carry their output to his factories; amassed a fleet of ships; and erected a complex to handle every stage of turning raw materials into a finished automobile. [NYT 6/10/22]

In 2021, 98.3% of federal criminal cases ended up as plea bargains.
[NYT 6/12/22]

Ships carry boats, but not vice versa. Any surface vessel large enough to carry its own boats is a ship. [NYT 6/12/22]

51% of U.S. parents say they’ll spend over 20% of their income on childcare this year. In 2019, only 31% parents said they’d spend that much. [Axios What’s Next 6/15/22]

Rules of Civility

by George Washington

“In disputes be not so desirous to overcome as not to give liberty to each one to deliver his opinion and submit to the judgement of the major part, especially if they are judges of the dispute.”

“Take no salt, nor cut your bread with your knife greasy.”

“If you soak your bread in the sauce, let it be no more than what you put in your mouth at a time: and blow not your broth at table and stay till it cools itself.”

“Rinse not your mouth in the presence of others.”

“Put not another bit into you mouth till the former be swallowed. Let not your morsels be too big.”