When we think “coconut armor,” the first image that comes to mind is probably a hollowed-out coconut husk used as a makeshift helmet. But craftsmen in the small Micronesian archipelago of Kiribati were far more clever than that.
Their coconut suit was made out of densely woven coconut fiber matting—kind of like wearing really thick carpet. The armor consisted of a cap, body armor, back plate, leggings, and jerkin (a close-fitting jacket). A high collar in the back protected the warrior from stones thrown from his own side, a primitive form of artillery support.
A POP SENSATION:-
Now, you should realize that coconuts are quite the popular fruit. In fact, they’ve been the inspiration for quite a few music sensations. One such song is “Coconut” by Harry Nilsson, a quirky and charming song that popped up in the early ’70s and quickly became a Billboard hit. After its reign on the airwaves, the song made repeated appearances in movies (Reservoir Dogs, Confessions of A Shopaholic), television (The Simpsons, House, Doogie Howser, M.D.), and video games (Alan Wake).
No beach vacation is complete without a refreshing coconut drink to help you kick back and relax. But if you want to party, don’t count coconuts out just yet.In the Philippines, sap from an unopened coconut flower is distilled into a potent drink called lambanog. It’s powerful stuff (easily 80 to 90 proof) but is organic and chemical-free. Lambanog is traditionally homemade, but some commercial distilleries have introduced several flavors into the market, such as mango, bubblegum, and blueberry.
USED IN WORLD WAR I GAS MASKS:-
World War I introduced the concept of large-scale gas warfare, which made gas masks a necessity for survival. Gas masks use carbon to scrub the air clean, but not all carbon is created equal. Gas mask manufacturers in the US developed the use of steam-activated coconut char—obtained by burning coconut husks—as an by Advertise” href=”#16719940″> important component in gas mask production. They found that masks using coconut carbon were superior at filtering noxious substances. Even now, coconut-fired carbon is still an important ingredient in cleaning up radiation and was heavily used in the cleanup project at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
MILK:-Although your average cat will lap up a saucer of milk like it’s sweet ambrosia, the fact is, they are lactose-intolerant. Like some humans, as they grow, cats stop making the enzyme lactase, which breaks down their mother’s milk. What your friend leaves behind in the litter box after this treat will likely convince you to never give her this treat again. Strangely enough, your cat (and his mortal nemesis, the rat), has kidneys efficient enough to allow it to drink seawater to rehydrate, unlike most species.
The phrase “cats have nine lives” has become such a common part of the vernacular that few pause to consider its implications. The cat, with its speed and uncanny agility, would seem to defy death at every turn. The animal’s greatest accomplishment would seem to be its ability to regularly survive falls from any height. Human beings, for want of comparison, are terrible at falling. Although there are cases of people surviving insane tumbles (in 1972, stewardess Vesna Vulovic lived after falling over 9,000 meters—30,000 feet—from a damaged plane), a human is generally in big trouble after about three stories.A falling cat has several mechanisms for survival. Perhaps most by Advertise” href=”#69794492″> importantly, its sense of balance acts as a sort of internal gyroscope called “aerial righting reflex.” After dropping a few feet, it is all but guaranteed to land on all fours. The cat’s loose, muscular legs act as springs upon landing, distributing the sudden impact. Being relatively lightweight, the cat has a much lower terminal velocity (the maximum speed at which it can fall) than a human: cats reach about 60 mph; humans easily double that.This is more than mere conjecture; there are dozens of reports of cats falling from enormous heights and walking away with little more than bruises. In 2011, an elderly cat named “Gloucester” fell 20 stories from an Upper West Side, Manhattan apartment with minor injuries. The following year, a cat in Boston (named “Sugar”) tumbled 19 floors. In 2009, another Manhattan cat fell an astonishing 26 floors, this time with photo evidence taken by nearby window washers. This fortunate feline’s name? “Lucky.”