Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan cream in 1944. He accomplished this development by cooking cocoa butter in a granite coffee pot on his wife’s stove.
Coffee was introduced to Costa Rica from Jamaica in 1779. Called the grano de oro (grain of gold), coffee was Costa Rica’s foremost export for 150 years until tourism surpassed it in 1991. More than 247,104 acres of coffee are planted in Costa Rica, making it the 13th largest coffee exporter in the world.
An energy smart clothes washer is capable of saving enough water in one year that is equivalent to what a human can drink in a lifetime.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. —Maya Angelou
The Saint John’s River is one of the few rivers that flows north instead of south.
To cut down on high levels of pollution, San José, Costa Rica, car owners are forbidden to drive into the city one day out of the week. The forbidden day corresponds to the last number on their car’s license plate.
Incandescent Irk: Incandescent bulbs use 10% of electricity to turn into light, the leftover 90% is wasted energy.
Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. —Henry Ford
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a cable-stayed concrete bridge. Opened in 1987 the bridge coasts through the clouds at 190 feet above water. Its bright yellow support cables spread from the two center pillars. The structure gives drivers unobstructed view of the water during the 4.1 mile trip over Tampa Bay.
Costa Rica’s basilisk, a small semi-aquatic lizard, has been given the nickname “Jesus Christ lizard” due to its habit of rearing onto its hind legs and appearing to run across the surface of the water when alarmed.
Rethink Your Sunday News: Approximately 500,000 trees must be cut down to produce the nations’s Sunday newspapers. Switch to online subscriptions.
These 10 things you may not know about energy efficiency are a fraction of so many ways we can step up and reverse waste while embracing alternative technology at the same time.
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. —Vince Lombardi
Do the Dishwasher
Doing dishes by hand is a colossal waste of water. An automatic dishwasher uses, on average, six gallons less of hot water which comes out to about 2,000 gallons saved per year.
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. —Albert Einstein