Melting Glaciers, Iceland: Land that had been covered in ice since before 1550 is now being revealed. Melting glacial ice is freeing volcanic magma from deep below the ground, and as ice sheets continue to shrink, scientists believe that we will see more eruptions in Alaska, Patagonia, and Antarctica.
A high-flying cable car system called Mi Teleférico now connects El Alto, the world’s highest and Bolivia’s second largest city, with La Paz, the capital that sits in the canyon below. The $234 million project’s first line opened at the end of May, offering an affordable route for the 85 to 90 percent of the population that relies on public transportation. Before Mi Teleférico, the only way to travel between the two cities was the winding, congestion-ridden La Paz-El Alto Highway.
In the 1970s, a movie character drinking a shake made of whipped liver, alfalfa sprouts, bean curd, and spinach just had to be from Los Angeles. So was the case with LA Rams quarterback Joe Pendleton (Warren Beatty), who consumes one of these potent potions before an overeager angel preemptively books him a one-way ticket to the pearly gates—even though the gridiron great hadn’t actually died. Thirty-five years later, protein shakes account for nearly 50 percent of the sports nutrition market, proving that the titular character of Heaven Can Wait was ahead of his time in more ways than one.
Before Jack Tripper (John Ritter), people would look at you twice if you were an American male chef. Nowadays, Michael Voltaggio, Curtis Stone, and Spike Mendelsohn make it easy to forget that Tripper was deconstructing culinary conversations around gender—not to mention, regaling his two female roommates with chauvinistic repartee more than 30 years ago.
Long before genetically modified food created supersize produce and factory farming led to the growth of chickens with double D breasts, there was Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) in a future maybe not even 200 years from now.
Long before vegan cupcake shops populated the American landscape with their agave-sweetened, faux-bacon crumble topping, Mary Ann Summers (Dawn Wells) turned the tropical bounty surrounding her into Gilligan’s (Bob Denver) favorite desert isle dessert. The irresistible appeal of Mary Ann’s vegan coconut cream pie became a running gag on the show, though it would’ve never occurred to the modest Winfield, Kan., farm girl to blog about her recipe.