When halftime hits and the players leave the pitch, lots of people jump up to refuel on snacks, use the bathroom, and brew up a cup. The halftime of football (read: soccer) matches can only last as long as fifteen minutes, which means there isn’t a lot of time to get everything done and not miss a moment of the action.
During big matches like the World Cup, England power sources have to know exactly when to turn on the extra…energy, or however it works, otherwise, there could be power outages. Not only would people not get their tea, but they also wouldn’t be able to watch their games. Which would probably mean riots.
Time to Tan
When people head to Mexico, there are lots of attractions to take in, but one of the main ones is their long, beautiful, warm beaches. After a number of famous cases that had private property owners block people from their stretches of sand, a law went into effect that made all beaches public property, compensating owners for the use, and imposing fines if the law wasn't followed.
Any foreign or national visitor that wants to enjoy them can. There's even a law in place that can allow the government to demolish buildings that block access to public beaches – a hotel building in Cancun knows this to be true.
It's How He Would Have Wanted It
When Ron Harper of Hull passed away before he could go on a fishing trip with his friends Paul Fairbrass and Cliff Dale, his friends did the next best thing. Harper had agreed to let his ashes be used as a special bait during a trip to Thailand. This bait, called the “Purple Ronnie” bait, ended up snagging a massive carp.
It took the two fishermen three hours to wrestle the carp into their boat. The record for a Siamese carp is 134 pounds, but the International Game Fishing Association stopped keeping tabs on the fish years ago. As Fairbrass told reporters, it seemed like destiny that they would land this big catch.
Skim or Whole Today, Sir?
Whether it's taxi drivers, moms, teenagers, or businessmen, Rwandans love their milk. There are hundreds of milk bars in the capital city of Kigali, and plenty more scattered around the small nation. Men and women of all ages sit on benches and plastic chairs and drink fermented, yogurt-like milk known as “ikivuguto.”
Some like it hot, others cold. Some chug it quickly to respect an old tradition, others sip as they snack on cakes, chapatis (an Indian flatbread), and bananas. There's also fresh milk. Milk, and cows, have long been important parts of Rwandan culture, and that fact is just as true today.
Where Did It Come From?
Herbal medicine's favorite tree, the Gingko, is known as a living fossil. Newly-found specimens are remarkably similar to plants that have been found to be more than a hundred million years old. There are some samples that are several thousand years old, and trees that are hundreds of years old. Fossils reveal that the trees have remained largely unchanged for the past fifty-one million years.
While there are subtle differences – the shape of the leaves, the way seeds are formed – for the amount of time they might as well be exactly the same. If you want to know what dinosaurs snacked on, just look up these trees.