World Bamboo Day
Bamboos consists of 1439 different species in 116 genera. It is one of the 12 subfamilies of the grass family and the only one to diversify in forests. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on this planet. It has been recorded growing at an amazing 47.6 inches in a 24-hour period. Bamboo is a crucial element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. A grove of bamboo release 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees. Because of this, planting bamboo is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and help fight global warming. Bamboo is a viable replacement for wood. It can be harvest in 3-5 years versus 10-20 for most softwoods. It can out yield pine 6 to 1 in biomass production. It is also one of the strongest building materials with a tensile strength of 28,000 psi. To help give you an idea how much that is, mild steel, measures 23,000 psi. Bamboo can tolerate extreme conditions that most plants cannot. It was actually the first plant to re-green after the atomic blast in Hiroshima in 1945.
National Cheeseburger Day
The “earliest recorded instance of a cheeseburger being served to a customer was in 1924 at the Rite Spot in Pasadena. Legend has it young Lionel Sternberger was working at his father’s roadside stand when he burned one side of a burger and rather than throw it away, he covered the error with cheese and served it to a delighted customer. In 2017, Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar cooked a behemoth burger that weighed nearly 1,800 pounds, giving it the title of the world’s biggest commercial cheeseburger. Hamburgers and cheeseburgers are said to comprise about 71% of beef served up in commercial restaurants accounting for 60% of all sandwiches sold and 71% of all beef sold in restaurants.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
James Gandolfini – Actor Sopranos – born in Westwood, New Jersey
Lance Armstrong – Professional Bicyclist – born in Brooklyn, New York