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February 5, 2019

Do not adjust your TV: Red grass in China

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From Atlas Obscura:

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As we look out across the world's largest wetland area, the swath of marshy flora growing in the shallow waters of Dawa County, China is an eye-popping crimson.

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Despite its otherworldly appearance, the lush red grasses of this Chinese marsh have an all too earthly — if still rare — origin.

The plant is actually a form of Chenopodium (a member of the Amaranthaceae).

This specific species is unique in that it can thrive in alkaline — "sweet" — soil.

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The otherworldly landscape is also known as "home of the cranes," namely the red crowned crane (above and below),

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among the rarest in the world.

This beautiful bird is considered a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity.

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Tourists can walk among the  government-protected rare reeds via specially installed wooden walkways that extend out over the delicate ecosystem.

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February 5, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

When Raymond Chandler met Twitter

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From Dan Piraro's BizarroBlog.

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In Athens — Bernard Spencer

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Below, a marked-up typescript of the poem, used by the typesetter.

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Below, a second draft of the poem, written in blue biro.

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"In Athens" appeared in Spencer's 1963 collection "With Luck Lasting."

Explore the life and work of the English poet (1909-1963) here and here.

His complete poems may be viewed here.

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A Brief History of Cheese

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Tobisho Secateurs

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From the website:

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These secateurs are for general garden pruning of trees and shrubs.

The anvil blade offers a clean cutting edge with great leverage.

Sturdy and comfortable to hold, this tool can cut up to 0.75"Ø.

Tobisho pruners are hand-forged in the city of Yamagata, famous for its blacksmithing and iron casting.

Yasuhito Tobitsuka is the 8th and current blacksmith.

The company has a history of more than 200 years.

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Features and Details:

• High-carbon steel blade

• Blade length: 2.25"

• Overall length: 8"

• Weight: 8.6 oz.

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$98.

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