SpineOut : February 2012
Copyright © February 2012. All rights reserved. Good Reading Magazine Pty Limited. issue 9 // FEB - MAR 2012 the last bit The key ingredient to the perfect cup of tea may be panda poo. Chinese entrepreneur An Yanshi has grown the world’s most expensive tea crop, which costs almost $35 000 for only 500g, using 11 tonnes of panda poo as fertiliser. The fertiliser, which is rich in nutrients, was purchased from a panda breeding centre in the mountains of Sichuan province in China. An’s mission is to convince the world to protect the environment and replace chemical fertilisers with animal manure. Did you know that petrichor is the name of the pleasant smell that sometimes fills the air when it rains? Petrichor, the name for the smell of rain on dry ground, is from the oils given off by plants, which is absorbed into neighbouring surfaces and then released into the air after a first rain. The word petrichor comes from the Greek petros, meaning stone and ichor, which was the fluid that flowed through the veins of the Greek gods. There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring in your life and the lives of people you love.’ Sophia Loren In a tradition that originated in Ireland during the 5th century, women could ask men to marry them on 29 February. If the man refused, he had to pay a fine of a kiss or a silk dress. People born on 29 February are called Leaplings or Leapers. During non-leap years, Leaplings traditionally celebrate their birthdays on 28 February or 1 March. In Greece, getting married during a leap year is considered to be bad luck. The usual 365 days is shorter than a solar year by almost six hours. The Earth does not orbit around the sun in precisely 365 days, but takes approximately 3651⁄4 days. So every four years we add on an extra day to keep our calendars correct. Check out this trio of Bulgarian accordionists playing a rendition of the Super Mario Bros. theme song. the average Aussie Rules footballer runs about 10-15 kilometres/80minute match, or a staggering 187.5 metres/minute. 26 million meat pies are consumed ever year in Australia, or about 294 a minute every minute 37 Australians are having a break and having a Kit Kat. Every five minutes, enough Kit Kats are manufactured to be stacked higher than the Eiffel Tower. the bestselling book in Australia in 2010 was Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which sold 325 000 copies in Australia alone, or one copy every 2 minutes. Every Minute in Australia by Yvette Poshoglian Scholastic, rrp $14.99 . books books more Read This! Read This! your stuff your stuff more creative inspirations Check out one of the sites below. There’s always someone out there willing to help and listen to you.