Popular Science has an article about why some people can smell ants, and why the most common ant in the eastern part of the US smells like bleu cheese:
The most common type of ant that people find in their homes on the East Coast and in the Midwest is called the odorous house ant, and when squished, it releases a pheromone that smells like blue cheese. This odorous chemical belongs to a group of chemical compounds called methyl ketones. It’s also produced by the Penicillium mold that grows on rotting coconuts and it’s what gives blue cheese its distinctive, pungent odor.
In 2019 North Carolina produced 31 million turkeys, second only to Minnesota’s 40 million birds and just ahead of Arkansas’ 30 million.
Don’t feel like having a big Q-tip shoved up your nose to be tested for COVID-19? Want to be tested from the comfort of your own home? Well, there is an at-home saliva test available from multiple sources, including Costco and Vault Health. The negative is that it will likely run you about $120 and it could take a few days to get results, but given the wait times for swab tests lately it might be worth considering.
In 2019 average sales per pizza store was $445,762 for independent restaurants and $769,171 for chain restaurants.
Google’s Ngram is a tool for researching historical word use in books. You can see when a word or phrase is used and how its popularity changes over time.
Are you a fan of NPR, but don’t want to deal with all the graphics and other distractions of its website? Well, then just use their text-only version of the site. Nice!
Have you ever been watching a movie and wonder how old the actors were when they filmed it? Now there’s a website that can tell you just that. Simply enter the name of the movie or TV show and the site will tell you the age of the actors when it was shot and their age now. Kinda fun.
Found at the always-fun Cool Tools:
iPhones have a built in Air Quality Index (AQI) which will tell you the air quality in your present location. Go to the default Weather app, and just below the week forecast is the AQI, which is measured by local sensors.
If your sink is draining slowly squirt a little dish soap down there and run the hot water. Dish soap is formulated to cut through grease and can cut through the grease that has accumulated in your drain/pipes.
As of November 1, 2020 in the state of Washington you can compost human bodies rather than having them cremated or buried. Of course there’s already a company, called Recompose, offering that service. Details here.