A new life for tennis balls

Tennis balls are the hardest type of ball to recycle, mostly because they’re not biodegradable, so throwing them out is not the best for the planet. The good news is, flat or broken tennis balls that can’t be used for tennis are easily made into new, usable tools.

  • Give them to your dog, I mean, I think that’s the best idea I’ve had. But just a tip, don’t bring your dog on the court when you play tennis, because it’s very bad for their paws and the pads on their feet will probably bleed afterwards. Instead, when your the balls are worn out, you can cut it open and place a treat inside, then sew it up and you’ve got a training tool.
  • I’m sure you’ve seen this at someone’s house before, but tennis balls are really useful for keeping your floors scratch free. All you have to do is cut open a tennis ball and squeeze it onto the bottom of your chairs. (also very useful for walkers)
  • In addition to keeping your floors nice, you can use the tennis balls as cushions for your doorknobs when the ones installed fall out or get old.
  • Out camping? You can keep the bugs away by covering a tennis ball with Vaseline and hanging it from a tree branch.

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Gummy bears!

No one that I know has truly known my true passion for gummy bears, the way they squish in your jaws and spread a good, soft, feeling through your mouth. So today, I will share with you my ultimate love for gummy bears

  • The genius world records proclaimed the biggest gummy bear 81-pound, 3-ounce gummy bear that stood two feet tall and two feet wide. A Sunday school class teamed up with a restaurant in San Antonio, Texas in 2011 to create the sugary behemoth. Other notable gargantuan gummies include a three-pound, two-foot, 4,000-calorie gummy worm sold online.
  • Well, gummy bears are great, but super unhealthy, is there a way you can eat a gummy bear without regretting it? The answer is YES! For example, people have invented gummy vitamins, which do have a healthy side to them. Scientists are trying to find out how to make gummy bears healthier by adding cavity-fighting xylitol, but are still testing it. Here’s a recipe for homemade healthier gummy bears.(credit desserts with benifits

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Biomimicry: Articles I didn’t write-termites

Mound-building macro termites construct vertical mounds out of soil, saliva, and dung, with some mounds in Africa measuring up to several meters high. While mound structure can vary among termite species, the mounds generally resemble chimneys, with some mounds having large vents while others lack large openings but have porous walls. Inside these mounds, worker termites can dig a complex array of tunnels of various sizes. The termites themselves live in nests below ground in colonies that can contain up to a million individuals.  The most recent published research on termite mounds suggests that they function much like mammalian lungs and act as accessory organs for gas exchange in the underground nests. It was previously thought that termite mounds functioned to continuously maintain the nest’s internal temperature within a narrow range in the face of extreme outside temperature fluctuations, but research on the mound-building termite Macrotermes michaelseni is expanding our understanding of mound function. During the day, changes in internal nest temperature are less extreme than changes in outside temperature, but over the course of a year, nest temperature does vary and closely follows the temperature of the surrounding soil. The soil has a large thermal capacity, meaning it can absorb or lose large Continue reading