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u/DeltaPositionReady · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Don't frown. Here's a cookbook for you!

>Semen is not only nutritious, but it also has a wonderful texture and amazing cooking properties. Like fine wine and cheeses, the taste of semen is complex and dynamic. Semen is inexpensive to produce and is commonly available in many, if not most, homes and restaurants. Despite all of these positive qualities, semen remains neglected as a food. This book hopes to change that. Once you overcome any initial hesitation, you will be surprised to learn how wonderful semen is in the kitchen. Semen is an exciting ingredient that can give every dish you make an interesting twist. If you are a passionate cook and are not afraid to experiment with new ingredients - you will love this cookbook!

u/zubumafeau · 672 pointsr/todayilearned

The story of Henrietta Lacks is super interesting, but also really sad. Her cells were harvested at a blacks only hospital without her consent or notification. Later, the doc who harvested them went on to make buckets of money selling the cell line to researchers all over the place. People still make buckets of money off that line, and her family never saw, and will never see, a dime of it.

It wasn't all bad, though, as her cell line also helped to produce standards for cell culturing/storage/growth/an entire industry that all began with her cell line. It literally started a new era of research.

If you ever get a chance to read Skloot's book give it a read. Very eye-opening for me in terms of patient rights and medical ethics at the time.

EDIT: As /u/Halsfield pointed out, there actually has been a legal development in the situation. Two of her surviving family members now sit on a committee that controls scientific access to the DNA, as well as recognition in published papers using this line. There's no reported financial compensation, but apparently the family wasn't all that interested in cashing in. In fact, it sounds like it's opened up a ton of lucrative speaking engagements for her remaining family. I'm glad to see a happy ending, hats off to Rebecca Skloot. Without her, Henrietta would be nothing more than a footnote in history.

EDIT2: I am not as good with details as I'd hoped. Hopkins, where she was admitted, had a black wing and a white wing, and the Dr. who collected the sample did not make buckets of cash. It did spring a healthy business producing/shipping the cells to other researchers, but buckets of money might not be the best description. For clarity's sake I'm leaving my original comment as is.

u/GhostofSenna · 43 pointsr/todayilearned

The F117 was designed to be as invisible as possible. When Ben Rich was trying to sell the plane to goverment personnel he would walk into their office and roll a marble across their desk and say "heres your plane", because that represented its radar cross section. That seems pretty damn invisible to me.

I highly recommend the book Skunkworks to anyone interested in first hand accounts of producing some of Lockheed's greatest creations.

EDIT: I was just looking through my copy of Skunkworks to find the passage. Here it is! I found another interesting passage where they were having a F117 model tested by a government official to verify Skunkworks radar claims, and it was virtually invisible.

u/mastersword130 · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

>I think they're gross/unsanitary.

lol this line is really funny. Nothing is more gross or unsanitary than wadding a piece of tissue and smudging crap around in hopes it comes off, even better with wet wipes. Bidets just use water pressure from the line to clean you ass clean, no smudging around down there. After you just pat your butthole dry with a little bit of tissue paper.

>I mean you take a crap, or pee, it gets on the side of the toilet bowl, presumably on the bidet opening, then you're shooting that up into your butthole/crotch region?

this is the one I use and you can see when not in use the nozzle goes back into the guard. Even if you have spraying shit the nozzle will never be hit, also make sure to install it in a right angle so far back enough so your shit won't hit it but enough so the water pressure can clean you off.

The issue is 100% no there at all, and you will clean it like any other product you have in the bathroom. Just anti-bacterial wipes or whatever like how you will regularly clean your toilet bowl.

It truly changed the way of cleaning myself after I use the toilet, so much cleaner now compared to wet wipes or toilet paper only. People laughed at me for buying one until they used it, now they all bought one.

u/orangetsarina · 1 pointr/todayilearned

It depends on your budget. I got this for my dad as a "thank you for helping me fly" present and he loved it. The pictures are what really got me to purchase it. The new edition is available on his website and is slightly cheaper than the original (250ish?). I think it was worth it my dad talked about it for months. Read skunkworks my dad said if you loved that you would enjoy Sleddriver as well... Ah ur link was cheaper mi scusi! I guess the new ones reached amazon now!

u/brinstar117 · 15 pointsr/todayilearned

I'd imagine it's more of a generality than anything else. I'd wager that it is partly based on the fact that certain latitudes were more conducive for successful colonization by European powers. Those latitudes closely approximated the seasonal conditions in which their draft animals and crops thrived. This lead to a larger and more stable base in which to built wealth upon.

I recommend reading Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond as he details reasons why environmental factors are major contributors to why certain societies (ultimately countries) are wealthier than others.

u/VikingWarDrum · 1 pointr/todayilearned

There's a little shower head type thing that is retracted underneath the bottom of your toilet seat but like 8" down(The seats on these are pretty tall) and moves out a little and shoots up stream at like a 30 degree angle at your rear door and sprays it clean. It just all goes off you and down into the water. I've never had any on the nozzle thing or the bowl of the toilet. It's all a rather clean process. The water hose for it is split from the water hose that you have from the sink for drinking water, never from in the toilet....

u/sicktaker2 · 14 pointsr/todayilearned

Yes, they used dummy companies to buy the stuff, which was then turned into super-fast spy planes used to spy on their country. I always thought it was more impressive that the equation for calculating radar reflectivity that allowed for the creation of the F-117 came from a Russian physicist. We took the best they had to offer, and used it to make sure they wouldn't blow us up. If you want more fun, read this.

u/dklax77 · 49 pointsr/todayilearned

It's this kind of thinking that fuels racism. There are too many people who think that Obama being elected as president was a sign of racism ending. This couldn't be further from the truth. Explicit racism is certainly on the decline but it has taken new forms that are more socially acceptable such as racially-motivated policing, constitutional rights being revoked from former convicts, and much more. There's a really great book called The New Jim Crow that details this way better than I can.

EDIT: THANK YOU for the gold! I'm not entirely sure what it does but I definitely appreciate it. Also, I think anyone who reads The New Jim Crow deserves gold in my book.

u/certifeyedgenius · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I'm gonna hijack this thread really quick and say that I have installed those bidets that can fit onto your current toilet seat. I have them in both of my places, and as a dude, have been using them for years. I can say the best advantages are:

u/ay_gov · 69 pointsr/todayilearned

If you haven't already read it and stuff like this interests you I just finished Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed by Ben Rich. Rich was Kelly Johnson's successor and went on to design the F-117. The book was a really good read with a bunch of interesting anecdotes from pilots and engineers involved with all kinds of different skunk works projects.

u/IonOtter · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I used TP for the longest time, and then I tried my mom's baby wipes. I fell in love. Pull it out of the box, use it, then fold it up to a clean side. Use again, fold again, use again, fold again. You could get three, sometimes four good solid wipes out of a single sheet.

Then I found out that wipes don't break down in the septic system. And I found out about the bill for slurping out 2 years worth of baby wipes from the cesspool. So now I had to dispose of them in the wastebasket, or some other separate container.

A...less than ideal sort of solution.

Then I got this. (Oh, you sneaky fuckers. It was $36 when I bought it, now it's $19.)

Now I don't use any TP or baby wipes. I drop a load, then rinse off. And no matter how much Mexican I consume, this baby takes care of it all. And on those days where I'm dehydrated and stoppered? Just pull your cheeks apart and relax, and you'll get a little help in getting it all out.

Best household purchase in my life.

u/SgtBrowncoat · 7 pointsr/todayilearned

If you are interested in the history of the Skunk Works, I recommend the book Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed by Ben Rich. He worked under Johnson on the U-2 and SR-71; Rich was Johnson's successor and went on to become the father of stealth aircraft with the F-117 Nighthawk.

Johnson was pretty incredible, the F-104 Starfighter was also one of his planes.

u/StarblindCelestial · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

I have had this one for a year or two and am happy with it. You should stop considering and just do it you won't regret it.

You could pay less for one without hot water, but cold water is pretty cold (especially in the morning). Cold water in the winter feels freezing. Cold water on your asshole in winter is a nightmare. An extra $25 for ass freezing protection is well worth the cost. There's an added bonus of your sink water being warm right away as well if you have a slower water heater like I do.

u/anomoly · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

> ... and totally not known even remotely enough in general.

I think this is one of the reasons I'm so open about recommending his work. He seems to have the ability to take topics that most people may not be exposed to and make them comprehensible. It's similar to the way I feel about Mary Roach in books like Stiff, Bonk, and Gulp.

Along with that, Bryson has some purely entertaining works like A Walk in the Woods, Notes From a Small Island, and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir that are just a joy to read. I guess I'll stop now because I'm starting to feel like shill.

Edit: spelling is hard.

u/fairdus · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Or you could just save the money of buying a WHOLE OTHER TOILET and with install and new piping... and buy a toilet accessory that washes your booty without having to get off the toilet move to another toilet, wash and move back to wipe dry...
I bought this
works like a charm and I love it. Took me ten minutes to install and yes there is nothing like a clean behind... the wiping consists of a pat dry. and it is just so much cleaner

u/theyeatmyburger · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I've read his book, it is one of my favorites. Truly inspiring, I'll read it again for sure, someday. There are several parts of the book that are really thrilling. Link to his book ->

u/Hobbesaurus · 10 pointsr/todayilearned

Reminds me of "Natural Harvest"

" not only nutritious, but it also has wonderful texture and amazing cooking properties."

u/willsueforfood · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

The best book I've read about nuclear safety protocols, the reasons behind them, and the historical lapses is Command and Control.

I'd recommend it to anyone interested in the subject:

u/gothic_potato · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Amazon has some.

I bought a bag of this two years ago and it is still going strong. Use it like salt when you want a little more umami in your dish. Really great stuff!

u/zxain · 7 pointsr/todayilearned

Feynman was the fuckin man. I strongly suggest that everyone read "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" if they haven't already. It's filled with memoirs and great insight to how he viewed the world. It's a fantastically good read that I couldn't put down until I finished it.

u/penclnck · 8 pointsr/todayilearned

This is a very good book, highly recommend. And it touches on the chicken heart.

u/toraksmash · 13 pointsr/todayilearned

They weren't just dosing citizens for experimental purposes - they would regularly dose each other just for shits and giggles. It began as a search for a mind-control drug.

Acid Dreams is a great book about the history of the CIA's interactions with LSD. You'll also find appearances by the likes of Timothy Leary and Ken Kesey and their kin. It gives a nice contrasting view of the two (or three, or thirty) different ideologies present amongst the assorted Acid taking groups of the 60's in regards to what they could all agree was a chemical that was going to change everything.

u/tnecniVVincent · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I just use a washcloth to dry with and let it dry for next time. It's just water but still I wouldn't want to clean my face with it afterwards.

$36.14 & FREE Shipping at They are easy to install too.

u/zipperseven · 1 pointr/todayilearned

For anyone interested in aerospace design, Lockheed Skunkworks, Cold War military industrial complex bureaucracy, the founding of Area 51, or the design of the U-2, SR-71, and F-117 aircraft; I'd highly recommend the book by Ben Rich, who was the program manager on the 117 and a protege of Kelly Johnson. There's lots of nifty details and anecdotes like this.

u/InscrutableTed · 5 pointsr/todayilearned

Oh geez, who invited Stormfront?

If anyone would like a less bigoted examination of history:

(But if you would rather trust a GIF on the internet than a Pulitzer-prize winning book, go ahead. It's a free country. Be as dumb as you want.)

u/Choralone · 1 pointr/todayilearned

For anyone who finds this type of stuff interesting.... I highly recommend the book Command and Control by Eric Schlosser.

It's a wonderfully written look into all kinds of aspects of the nuclear program, and covers all kinds of things like this.

u/LuminiferousEthan · 3 pointsr/todayilearned

Feynman was one hell of a character. Brilliant man.

Someone did a graphic novel biography of him, if you're interested. Awesome book. And I've never laughed more from a book than from Surely you're joking, Mr Feynman

u/Warlizard · 38 pointsr/todayilearned

For the love of all that's holy, read his book:

It's utterly fascinating. Feynman is the only person I have ever wanted to be.

u/Lewdiville_Tiger · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Depends on what one we are speaking of. Biggest issue is I don't have an outlet close enough or hidden away enough to get a plug in one. I can get warm and cold water blaster just by hooking up to my regular water line from the tank and the faucet. (Granted I have to drill a small hole in the vanity, it is worth it IMO) I personally like the 2nd option cause I want everyone's snatch to be clean.

Bidet attachment w/ hot and cold setting

Bidet with female spray w/ hot and cold settings

u/kronikwookie · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Well, just ordered bidet attachments for my toilets. Went with the Luxe Bidet Neo 320 on Amazon. The best seller is half the price but this one looks nicer and includes the hot water option.

u/BiDo_Boss · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I have never went camping, nor do I know anybody who has.

I'm Egyptian. Egypt is 96% desert. The other 4% are fields and cities. We don't have any forests.

There are portable ones, by the way. Very easy to use and install. They look like this. You should look around for one of those if you're interested.

Check this out.

This or any other one, really. I think they normally cost < $50 so they won't break the bank, either.

u/buchannon · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I bought this bidet because of a similar reddit thread years ago! I never thought I'd be a water-spirtzing type, but it really is awesome.

Get it, install it, own it.

u/kiss-tits · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Mary Roach writes some pretty interesting novels, such as Stiff, the curious lives of human cadavers

I used her as a source for a paper in college and found that book very informative.

u/Aleutika · 3 pointsr/todayilearned

Not OP, but I have this one and it's awesome!

u/Rezexe · 1 pointr/todayilearned

There is a pretty good book about this that goes over what causes the disease, as well as the history of a family that has been stricken by it. It's well worth the read.

u/thomasGK · 1 pointr/todayilearned

You should check out Michelle Alexander's book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness if you are interested in learning more about the cost of incarceration both economically and on American society as a whole. It's a great book.

u/falcons1583 · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I have this one and it is fantastic. So good, that I installed it on both our toilets.

u/TheF0CTOR · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

They also were so fast that they had to be flown mostly by computers. A pilot once took manual control after his computer malfunctioned, and an error in judgement brought him over the wrong country.

They also did a fly-over where they broke the sound barrier over a building (on purpose). The sonic boom shattered the office windows, but the plane was never seen. It was too high to be visible. The plane was later sold and used by the US government.

Do you know why they used Titanium? Any other metal would've melted due to friction caused by drag.

Even if you can get a positive missile-lock (given the title, we'll go for death-ray) on an SR-71, you can't hit it. It would be across your airspace faster than you could give the order. If it's any comfort, getting a positive lock is next to impossible.

Source book on Amazon

u/TASagent · 4 pointsr/todayilearned

And if you like stories about Richard Feynman, "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman" has this story and many more. Him talking about his time at Los Alamos was particularly entertaining.

u/Iamaleafinthewind · 1 pointr/todayilearned

You keep focusing on race.

It had nothing to do with magic race powers. White folks aren't magically superior, Islanders aren't magically inferior.

A low-tech culture encountered a high-tech culture. It had nothing to do with the specific cultures in play - the dynamics are universally bad for the low-tech / undeveloped culture in these situations, from the perspective of retaining independence.

The reality is that they now have self-rule, which monarchy ISN'T, and access to all the benefits of the higher-tech culture, which are desirable by people in general, regardless of WHO manages to develop them first. Yes, new problems arise as technology advances, but that's part of life.

In any case, my point stands - race isn't a determinant in the outcome of these situations. Read Guns, Germs, Steel sometime if you want a better idea what is.

u/Arriettys_mom · 13 pointsr/todayilearned

I get my toilet paper from Amazon as well, but I also got a $25 bidet from Amazon and it has been life changing. You will never ever ever regret it. My husband was a hard sell in trying it, now he won't poop anywhere but at home lol he feels disgusting without it. Took less than 10 minutes to install and only needed a Philips head screwdriver.

Basic $25 bidet

Slightly nicer one for $35

u/Lee_Ars · 5 pointsr/todayilearned

> The mission wasn't known until March 2016.

I don't think that's correct—this exact mission is described in detail in the SR-71 section of Ben Rich's autobiography, and that book was published 20 years ago.

(Ben Rich succeeded Kelly Johnson in running Lockheed's Skunkworks division, and he participated in the design of the U2, SR-71, and F-117A.)

u/ComoImports · 15 pointsr/todayilearned

I would highly recommend Skunk Works by former head of Lockheed Skunk Works Ben Rich

u/GSpotAssassin · -1 pointsr/todayilearned

That's a Cornellian for you.

/year 2000 grad

Plug: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman is one of the best autobios I've ever read.

u/Deedb4creed · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Get his book. Pretty amazing story

Edit: Link fix

Edit2: Actually the title is wrong. On the return trip, he actually ran back instead of crawling. In his book he crawled for three days and inched his way towards his target, ants started to bite him, and NVA patrolled nearly on top of him. He did all this until he reached his location. After he took the shot, he said he woke the hornet's nest. It took him a very short amount of time to run the distance he crawled for 3 days.

u/ewwwwww987 · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Darn, you beat me by 10 minutes. It was a pretty good book. boop

u/soupified · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Acid Dreams covers the history of LSD and the CIA's involvement. Lots of time, money and reckless experimentation went into finding a substance that would consistently allow interrogators to influence the minds of captured spies.

Definitely worth a read - some very, very interesting stuff.

u/kallekilponen · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Fun fact: The plane was painted black (and got its name) because black paint helps to dissipate the heat and keep the plane a little cooler at supersonic speeds. This allowed them to use a more malleable variety of titanium, despite being a little heavier.


u/ice_veins · 21 pointsr/todayilearned

try this bidet feels better than wiping anyway and gets you way more clean plus this model has hot water hookup for those cold mornings

u/mrfudface · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

I recommend a very good book if someone is interested in Nuclear Weapons and their incidents. Here you go

u/Daduckything · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

Very good read there. It's utterly amazing that someone (a country) did not blow themselves off the map during this time period.

Fun fact for the night - there's still a 7600lb nuclear bomb "lost" off the coast of Savannah, Georgia !

u/Wu-Tang_Cam · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I read the book. Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills. It details all of this stuff. He was the father of the Marine Scout Sniper program and an all around BAMF. He is pretty much a god in Marine history, along with Lewis "Chesty" Puller, Dan Daly, Smedley Butler, John Basilone, etc.

u/Mathead314 · 36 pointsr/todayilearned

Get a bidet best $40 purchase ever.

u/laustic · 1 pointr/todayilearned

there's a great book specifically on this disease (and other prion diseases) called The Family that Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery. It's so well-written, not too medically/scientifically dense, and had me hooked.

u/ksobby · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Please read Skunk Works. An argument can be made that civilians made this ... but for no other reason than to give it to the military. The development of the F117 or the SR71 shows you just how far ahead of the curve that military funded R&D is versus civilian products.

And while I agree that cost will take a backseat, reliability is actually QUITE important when coupled with performance. Both must be at their peak for a project to go off the board and onto the tarmac.

u/BrewCrew12 · 1 pointr/todayilearned

There is a trilogy, if you will, written about him. I read them all a few years ago and they were great.
I think the greatest thing he did was when he earned the Silver star for saving 7 other marines lives. The book also talks about how his spotter, Burke, was killed while serving.

u/bmw357 · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

They developed versions that had missiles and gravity bombs, it's talked about in the book Skunk Works by Ben Rich (who designed the inlet spikes on the Blackbird).

u/jeremt22344 · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Not breaking the law is pretty difficult. Not getting caught breaking the law is fairly easy most of the time for most people.

u/PaperParakeet · 3 pointsr/todayilearned

And if you're intrigued about the decomposition of the human body, or what might happen after you donate your corpse to silence, here's a good read!

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

It's one of my long time favorites. It's the first place I read about this skin slippage, termed "gloving."

u/StillARedditor · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I got this one: It only ties in to the water line, nothing more.

I don't have electricity near the toilet, but if we ever remodel, you can bet I'll upgrade. In the meantime, I don't mind the cold water at all, really. Drying, however, would be a treat.

u/tahlyn · 3 pointsr/todayilearned

You can get it here. Not exactly a little bottle... but you can easily put it in a little bottle and keep the rest up in the cupboard.

But if it must be in a bottle, here. It's more expensive than the 1lb bag though.

u/bettorworse · 0 pointsr/todayilearned

I got a bidet before Xmas and I can't recommend it enough. It was simple to install, it's only cold water but that was surprisingly not a problem.

I'm at the point now where I'm telling everyone they should get a bidet.

The one I bought was $40

u/yellowfeverisbad · -1 pointsr/todayilearned

Please read the The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks not justifying or defending anything. I think the Internet is full of Donald Trumps and very rarely a thought out and balanced close look at both sides of the issue. This book did that.

u/BloodInMySaltStream · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I just finished this book. If you want to hear more about human cadavers - its really really cool. I'd advise the audiobook, personally.

u/ten24 · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Yes. Those in power are well aware of this, and if you piss them off, they know how to take advantage of it.

u/elefunk · 12 pointsr/todayilearned

I just finished reading Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, what an incredible person. Makes me sad he's still not alive. Recommended you read it too if you haven't already:

Makes me respect Bill Gates even more than I already did.

u/Major_Fudgemuffin · 176 pointsr/todayilearned

Amazon's current bestseller is similar to the one I got, and is going for $25 here.

They are super easy to install and you will never feel cleaner after taking a shit.

u/mahelious · 88 pointsr/todayilearned

It sounds like a decent book, but with this quote at the bottom of the review

> "The problem is that Krauss – also a theoretical physicist – concentrates a little too heavily on the science, rather then the life, of Richard Feynman"

I would recommend Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman as an immediate companion.

u/MJ_83 · 0 pointsr/todayilearned

I read this one in a college course, and I was enthralled. It is hard to believe that it is all real. Another book that you may enjoy, a little off topic, is Confessions of an Economic Hitman.

u/KingKane · 1 pointr/todayilearned

For those interested this book is about that and other prion diseases.

u/Disincarnated · -2 pointsr/todayilearned

Move the goal post further, maybe you'll eventually not look like a fool. First it was "No, the source doesnt support it." Then it was "maybe, but I dont trust the source" now its "give me more sources."

Sorry but pandering to you is the least of things I'd like to do today. If you doubt the book, why not read it for yourself. The entire book is well sourced, cited, and researched. Over 100 pages of citations in the book, I'm sure you can find the exact amount of evidence that will sate you there.

u/HenryJonesJunior · 87 pointsr/todayilearned

Most of what you're talking about is Hollywood, not reality. Eric Schlosser wrote an excellent book about the history of nuclear weapon controls, and most of the time most of what you mentioned wasn't in place.

u/faedrake · 4 pointsr/todayilearned

Sure. A new book is being written about her. Here's one article and the book link.

u/MissingScrews · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Bought this attachment, super cheap and works well. I hate using public non-bidet toilets now.

u/Crusader1865 · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I received his book ("The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind") as a gift last year and read it. Its a very captivating read, and he talks in detail of having to stop going to school, beginning to go to library to learn, and the ridicule he faced in his village for building his windmill out of junk he was able to salvage. It goes on about how reporters discovered him and how ended up speaking at a TED conference. A really inspirational read.

u/wickedren2 · -1 pointsr/todayilearned

Here's the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

It was excellent and not at all what you expect. The compelling aftermath of Jim Crow racism that places Mrs. Lacks unwitting sacrifice to science in perspective. And Ms. Skloot breaks every rule of a biographer, and lets the story rope her in.

The little known story of the discovery of the Hela cell line and the woman who unknowingly changed science could not have been without the thoughtful voice of Ms. Skloot.

u/that_cad · 7 pointsr/todayilearned

If you haven't, you should read Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond ( Taking a very scientific, objective approach to civilization and the development thereof, it provides an interesting and, in my opinion, highly plausible reason why African countries have typically fared worse than Western-European countries over the past 500 years (and which has nothing to do with race).

u/HyperKiwi · 22 pointsr/todayilearned

If you really want to know what's going on in America you should read the following books.

White Trash

The New Jim Crow

u/poopyfarts · 3 pointsr/todayilearned

Read about United Fruit Co. They were the ones who initially lobbied for an invasion of the Guatemala after the democrats took over and didn't want them pimping their resources.

Literally the exact same situation in Iran when they kicked out the oil companies and didn't want Americans whoring out their land while keeping them in poverty. Gas/Oil companies went to the government and asked for military assistance.

Read more. Confessions Of An Economic Hitman touches things like this USA did all over the world

u/alwaysDL · 8 pointsr/todayilearned

There is actually this really good book that came out recently called "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness". It talks about how the U.S. Justice system has become this form of racial and social control. Felony charges take you out of the voting pool for life and limit you to what what types of jobs you can and can't get. It's very interesting to say the least.

u/killminusnine · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I've never seen it in a grocery store. I buy it by the pound on Amazon for $8.97.

u/ozziewombat · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Yep. Growing up, my grandmother referred to it by one of the brand names, Ajinomoto, I had no idea it was actually MSG.

u/thetacticalpanda · 38 pointsr/todayilearned

In Marine Sniper he describes his escape as being significantly faster than his entry but only because he was crawling prone at a somewhat normal speed, not the snail's pace he used getting into position. Wikipedia says: "He had to crawl back instead of run when soldiers started searching..."

u/redbarff · 19 pointsr/todayilearned

There is a really cool book about the development of these early stealth aircrafts. What I got from it is that they used a specific field of mathematics to calculate the optimal geometry for deflecting the radar signals. And also paint the aircraft with painting that would absorb some of the signal. It was also stated in the book that the reason for the F117 having such sharp angles was due to the limited computational power at that time.

u/TinyPinkSparkles · 8 pointsr/todayilearned

There are a LOT of uses for cadavers.

Reading this book made me want to donate my body to science.

u/GitRightStik · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

One of these requires a screwdriver, a wrench, and 20 minutes.

u/nucular_mastermind · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

If anyone is interested in the insane mechanics of nuclear warfare and warhead safety (it's just dumb luck someone hasn't blown themselves up so far, almost happened several times), there is this book called "Command and Control" - a chilling read.

u/juicius · 1 pointr/todayilearned

There is a book titled [Stiff] ( by Mary Roach. Entertaining and macabre reading. It talks about using human cadaver for crash testing.

u/Pufflekun · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I'd recommend Aji No Moto brand. They're the same exact thing, but yours is over $15 for two pounds; mine is $6 for one pound.

u/waywithwords · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

My husband just reminded me we actually have the Luxe Bidet Neo 320 which can be attached to the hot water line. It is equally inexpensive, and not that tough to install, either.

u/dubsideofmoon · 6 pointsr/todayilearned

Check out the book Acid Dreams . It's fantastic, and it covers this and all the other totally wild things that happened in the early days of LSD. It also includes information on the weaponized hallucinogens that were used against enemy troops in Vietnam.

Just wanted to point out that there are real books on this stuff, and not just websites.

u/Delete_World · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Here's a link to a book about William.

u/jonadair · 1 pointr/todayilearned

His book was required summer reading at some of our schools here.

u/DEM_DRY_BONES · -1 pointsr/todayilearned

Hey! I just read about this last night in Guns, Germs, and Steel. Hit that up for more on domesticating wild plants!

u/STALKS_YOUR_MOTHER · 14 pointsr/todayilearned

Such amateurs...the hollandaise sauce doesn't go on until the steak is cooked!


u/Tagichatn · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Because guys never mention their dicks right?

You might find this book interesting.

u/yodawgiherd · 1 pointr/todayilearned

With that logic we should chip in and buy some Uranium Or a Super lens

u/Lemonage · 1 pointr/todayilearned

You can buy it in some hispanic/asian grocery stores as Ajinomoto.

u/MudvayneMW · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Read this

Lockheed had successfully tested a weaponized version of it, although if I recall correctly the only pilot that lost his life was during this testing (although I could be mistaken and have it mixed up with the D21 incident, or I might just be completely wrong on that part).

I unintentionally read the book in two days. Being as aerospace engineer I really loved it. And I couldn't agree more with Kelly' Johnson's rule #15 (never work with the navy).

u/star_boy2005 · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Well, lets see, here's one book you might want to read sometime. Or this article. Or this one.

> “There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime. … That is not an exaggeration.” -- John Baker, a retired Louisiana State University law professor, in a comment to the Wall Street Journal.

u/namrog84 · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

I am not in the middle east, yet in America, but I installed a bidet in all my toilets where I live. I really don't understand why they aren't more popular in the US.

everyone should install one. this or any other one.

u/wetfinger · 1 pointr/todayilearned

There's a great book about this called The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
I read it years ago but I remember one year that there was a drought the people thought that the windmill was creating "Black Magic" and attempted to destroy it to appease the witch doctors.

Also the witch doctors supposedly kidnap children to play Soccer with their heads.

u/tableman · 2 pointsr/todayilearned
  1. Police officers have been caught using their systems to bully their ex lovers.

  2. US government plot has been exposed whereby they would use the porn habits of political opponents to discredit them.

  3. You have broken federals laws and you don't even know it. In the future it will be easier to convict you of crimes you didn't know you commited using better data processing software. source

  4. If you start speaking out against the government, example you don't like something Trump or Obama does, the government will have a record of every action you have ever performed to fuck you over and black mail you.

    The CIA blackmailed Martin Luther King.
u/Incorrect_Oymoron · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Especially with nukes, the idea was that launch codes and arming/disarming systems are an unnecessary waste of time if ww3 were to happen.

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u/internetcamel · 0 pointsr/todayilearned

Hey you should really [read this] ( I mean yea maybe this one instance is wrong but for sure Native Americans were purposefully infected. It doesnt take a statistician or modern doctor to realize how much more deadly the disease was for them.

u/gngl · 1 pointr/todayilearned

From the available public sources and from common sense. Didn't you study this stuff in high school? I was spending hours in the library virtually every day.

The least remote possibility of weaponizing naval reactor waste would be separating U235, but due to the level of burnout, that's highly unlikely (remember, the proportion of U238, while small, is still non-zero, and it increases as the U235 disappears, thus forcing the need to re-enrich the extracted uranium which is no less difficult than starting with natural uranium in the first place, and that is more accessible to anyone than any military waste), and even if successful, nobody in the 1st world uses U235 in weapons anymore, least of all the US Navy (which was the core of your claim).

u/LooksAtClouds · 15 pointsr/todayilearned

They have to. They need to calibrate the sensors on the crash test dummies.

Read more about it - and many other creative uses for dead bodies - in Mary Roach's book, Stiff.