Cultures

How the NY Cooperage Makes Up to 100 Whiskey Barrels a Week

Adirondack Barrel Cooperage uses traditional coopering methods to build spirit barrels out of American oak. Their one-of-a-kind barrel charring and toasting process imparts complex flavors in spirits, like smoke, coconut, vanilla, caramel, and more. Adirondack (ADK) Barrel Cooperage is owned and operated by Joe & Kelly Blazosky in Remsen, New York. ADK Barrel is the …

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Big Business Season 2 Marathon: Farming

Agriculture or farming is the practice of cultivating plants and livestock. Agriculture was the key development in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that enabled people to live in cities. The history of agriculture began thousands of years ago. After gathering wild grains beginning at least 105,000 years ago, nascent farmers began to plant them around 11,500 years ago. Pigs, sheep, …

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How Rivers Were Built In Libya Right Under The Sahara

Two-thirds of our planet is covered in water, but there isn’t nearly as much freshwater. Only 3% of the world’s water is fresh and it isn’t distributed evenly at all. Many countries have a freshwater deficit and that’s a serious problem for several of them. A problem that’s solved in different ways. The most ambitious …

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The Man Who Accidentally Killed The Most People In History

One scientist caused two environmental disasters and the deaths of millions. Thomas Midgley Jr. (May 18, 1889 – November 2, 1944) was an American mechanical and chemical engineer. He played a major role in developing leaded gasoline (tetraethyllead) and some of the first chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), better known in the United States by the brand name Freon; both products were later banned from common use due …

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What Did Brazil Do in World War II? | The South American Ally

Brazil was one of the Allies of World War II. It was also the only Ally from South America to provide troops. The country made significant contributions to the war effort. They sent an expeditionary force to fight alongside the allies in the Italian Campaign. The Brazilian Navy and Air Force helped the Allies in the Atlantic from 1942 until the end of the war in 1945. The Brazilian …

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