by Diana Filer
- Drake won 12 Billboard Awards in Las Vegas this past week, making his career total 27 so far, compared to, for example, Taylor Swift, with 25 Billboards.
- Nurdles are waste plastics from land-based manufacturing industries, accounting for around 80% of ocean pollution. Another major source of ocean plastic pollution is fishing nets and what’s inside them.
- A deacon calf is one that is taken from its mother and bottle fed a milk substitute.
- The Tasmanian mountain ash, a species of eucalyptus, is the tallest flowering plant on earth, second in height only to the coast redwood tree of California.
- Xanadu was the poetic rendering of Shang-tu, the summer palace of the Mongolian general and statesman Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan.