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Chew/sip on this: a history of modern-day straws, 500 million of which are used by Americans every day. That’s a lot of plastic waste. Speaking of history, Robert Recorde, the inventor of the equals sign, also made advances in medicine — and met a tragic end. The size of Delaware, 60 times larger than Paris and other ways the massive iceberg that broke off from Antarctica was put in perspective around the world. And turn any image into modern art with Simplify.thatsh.it.


Photo: Brian Kinder, a sophomore at Newark Memorial High in Newark, blows a tiny boat with a straw during a boat race in 2005. (Yuki Saito-Miller/Argus/Bay Area News Group archives)

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