From Bacon-Flavored Seaweed to Crushing Rubik’s Records: This Week’s Curios


Every day of the year, CEO Justin Kitch writes a quirky fact, known as the Daily Curio, intended to tickle the brains of lifelong learners everywhere. This is a weekly digest.

Last week’s Curios covered the discovery of bacon-flavored seaweed, evidence finally supporting “hot streaks” in sports, and the teen who crushed the Rubik’s world record in a mind-blowing 5.25 seconds.

Curio #769 | Bacon-flavored seaweed?
Great news, bacon lovers! The holy grail of vegetables has just been discovered. Researchers from Oregon State University have patented a new strain of red marine algae called dulse. It’s packed with vitamins and protein and grows extraordinarily quickly. But that’s not the best part. That would be that, when cooked, it tastes just like bacon. Dulse naturally occurs along…keep reading

Curio #768 | Driving under the limit
Over 10,000 people die each year from drunk drivers in the US alone. Not to mention the roughly $60 billion dollars in costs related to the accidents. Since 2008 the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been working on a technology it claims “could virtually eliminate drunk driving.” Known as the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), the NHTSA’s idea is getting close to reality. It’s essentially a built-in breathalyzer that can analyze the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) passively…keep reading

Curio #767 | A young ocean trash collector
In case you are feeling too good about your accomplishments, meet Boyan Slat. He’s a 20-year-young Dutchman who has decided to collect the world’s ocean trash. Slat started a non profit, The Ocean Cleanup, that is attempting to be the first organization to deploy a passive ocean cleaner on a large scale. Ocean Cleanup’s stated goal is to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (also known as an ocean gyre). The —> Read More