These genetically modified foods might frighten you

Why am I not surprised:

Everyday foods, fruit and veggies used to look totally different before we started cultivating them. But did you know they haven’t always looked like they currently do? Here are 10 fruits and veggies that looked very different before we started cultivating them!

In this video, we find out that corn, avocado, peach, eggplant, strawberry, tomato, carrot, cucumber, banana and watermelon have been RADICALLY genetically modified. Watch this:

I find the problem with genetically modified food is it almost always leads to allergies and health problems.

This is why I do not eat most fruits, grains or vegetables.

What in the world is a funicular?

My family is always on the lookout for new places to visit.

And I stumbled upon the St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, Utah. Holy wow – this place is almost $3,000 a night during peak season.

Anyhoo, the TripAdvisor description said this:

Located on the slopes of Deer Valley Resort, The St. Regis Deer Valley combines understated elegance with mountain ambiance. As the only resort in North America with a funicular and true slope side ski access, The St. Regis Deer Valley experience is incomparable. With its award-winning Jean-Georges’ restaurant J&G Grill, a 14,000 square-foot spa, split-level infinity pool, ski valet service, and year-round family traditions and recreational activities, unique and memorable experiences are waiting at every turn at this Park City, Utah resort. We offer amazing event space for conferences, weddings, and meetings.

And then I saw the word funicular.

What in the world is a funicular? (I see it has the word “fun” in it).

This is what a funicular looks like:

funicular

According to Wikipedia:

A funicular is one of the modes of transportation, which uses cable traction for movement on steeply inclined slopes. A funicular railway employs a pair of passenger vehicles which are pulled on a slope by the same cable which loops over a pulley wheel at the upper end of a track.

Bonus tip: The cost of room plummets off season – I saw the same room for less than $400 during the month of May. And I hear this resort is just as gorgeous to visit off season, too.

Correlation is not causation (what does this mean?)

All my life I have heard the phrase, “correlation is not causation.”

And like many, I had no clue what it meant.

But today, I use this phrase all the time. And boiled down, “correlation is not causation” means that just because two things correlate does not necessarily mean that one causes the other.

I find it is best to use examples to better explain this:

Every time my face breaks out with acne, the sun rises in the east. This scenario is 100% correlation. But we all know the sun rising does not cause my face breaking out.

Thus, correlation is not causation.

Here is another interesting example…

When Crisco was invented in 1911, scientists discovered atherosclerosis developed about a decade later. This is why we have this war on transfats today.

Statisticians have claimed that Crisco both correlated and caused heart disease. But there has never been a proper scientific study showing a causal link between trans fats and atherosclerosis. I have not seen a single study proving this causation (and I have been hunting one down for most of my adult life). Thus, correlation is not causation…

By the way, there is WAY more potential causal evidence that the introduction of chlorinated water into our water supply is more likely to have a direct link to heart disease.

Ronald Wayne – he could have been one of the richest men in the world

It is true: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were the founders of Apple Computer.

But there was a secret 3rd founder, too. And his name is Ronald Wayne. He was a 10% owner of Apple.

He even designed Apple Computer’s first logo – check it out:

Apple Computer first logo

Yet:

Just 2 weeks after founding Apple Computer, Ronald Wayne was forced to sell all his Apple stock holdings.

Why?

At the time of Apple’s founding, the 3 founders formed a partnership, not a corporation.

This became an immediate issue. Because Ronald Wayne’s failing business (a slot machine company) presented a legal problem. Legally, all members of a partnership are personally responsible for any debts incurred by any partner.

So:

In order to protect Apple from Wayne’s failing business debts, he was forced to sell his holdings. He relinquished his equity for just $800. And he never reinvested back into Apple Computer.

Here is the fascinating part. If Ronald Wayne would have remained a 10% stockholder, he would be worth tens of billions of dollars today.

Instead, Wayne retired to a mobile home park in Pahrump, Nevada. Ironically, he never purchased an Apple product. (Allegedly, he was given an iPad 2 at the Update Conference in Brighton, England in 2011.)

This terrific documentary about the Macintosh Computer features a seldom seen video of Ronald Wayne – about 2 minutes in:

Is this agriculture robot stealing farmer jobs?

Now the robots are taking over our farms:

Sweeper is an autonomous bot that detects and harvests mature sweet peppers. Developed to give Europe a leading edge in agricultural robotics, the bot is considered a first-gen “greenhouse harvesting robot.” Sweeper is built on an autonomous moving platform and uses a robotic arm with plenty of sensors to manipulate crops. The bot can maneuver its way autonomously through the crop until it detects a mature pepper. It can scan the bottoms of the veggies to determine the maturity of the peppers. Once it selects a mature pepper, sweeper approaches it and a cutting tool is deployed to harvest it.

A lot of people complain that robots are killing jobs. But does someone REALLY enjoy picking peppers all day long?