How the hell do they make plywood?

You always see large single pieces of wood, one that are like 8ft by 10ft, and I always wondered how they made it like that when trees are basically never that wide.

Home Depot has the answer, and it’s basically unraveling and layering.

Note: the video falls to the classic corporate video editing failures; horrible stock music and titles.

Apple = 5.4% of Taiwan’s GDP

A ton of manufacturers that Apple gets parts from are located in Taiwan, and it shows.

Taiwan’s 2013 gross national product was $499.8 billion, so this would translate to Apple making up around 3.6% to 5.4% of the country’s GNP, a measure that includes offshore production by Foxconn and other suppliers.

Never ending lego

In terms of things that happen constantly but you never think about, I think shipping Lego across from the world to store shelves in the US ranks pretty high. However, in 1997, one of these ships en route from Tokyo to New York ended up losing an entire shipping container of Lego (4.8 million pieces) into the sea after an ill-timed wave. And, if you thought the Exxon-Valdez was bad, nearly 17 years the Lego are still washing up on shore. Ironically, some of them are nautical themed, and I can’t decide if this is the greatest beach in the world.

PS — on the plural of Lego via here:

Technically, the official plural form for more than one element of LEGO is “LEGO® brand building bricks”. That’s ridiculous, though, so most LEGO fans refer to one or more bricks as “LEGO”, following the grammatical convention of “fish” and “sheep.”

Secret US conspiracy to start a war with Russia

According to (Putin’s) Russian media, Malaysia Airlines flight 17 might be a conspiracy by the American government to start a war with Russia. My favorite theory is:

On the necessary day and hour, it flew out, bound for Malaysia, but inside were not live people, but corpses. The plane was flown not by real pilots; it was on autopilot. Or take-off (a complicated procedure) was executed by live pilots, who then ejected on parachutes. Then the plane flew automatically. In the necessary spot, it was blown up, without even using a surface-to-air missile.

This is obviously in stark contrast to the American media talking points about Putin being a murderer or Russia implicitly allowing someone to shoot a civilian plane. Who said the Cold War ended?

A black hole on earth (literally)

A la Wile E. Cayote above, you yourself will be able to fool people with a black hole if you can get your hands on this new material scientists in England created. Description from the article:

It is so dark that the human eye cannot understand what it is seeing.

Still no idea…

A couple of months ago I posted this about the sudden decline in US miles traveled in vehicles. Here’s another graph showing the same phenomenon that I still have no idea about…

Day in the life of an NYC taxi

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Amazing visualization of single NYC taxi throughout the day with data on routes and fares. Every time you reload you should get another taxi. I already found one cabby that was like 2x as fast as the others ones I looked at. Some of these were taking like 70+ passengers and total fares over $800 a day.