today I learned: that 64,000+ americans were forcibly sterilized during the 20th century to promote “superior genetics”, i.e eugenics. backers included kellogs, the rockerfeller foundation, and carnegie institution. hitler was partially inspired by americans (and, er, canadians too. hitler called the government of alberta for tips on his sterilization policies. yeah, we sterilized a good 4000 people as well). next, after weird al yankovic’s parents died while he was in the middle of a tour, he didn’t cancel it, saying, “I’ve heard from so many people over the years that my music has cheered them up in times of tragedy… well, I thought maybe my music would help me too”. also, caterpillars literally melt down into a sac of fluid cells, which are then used to create the entire new butterfly body from scratch. finally, artificial raspberry flavour is milked from the anal glands of a beaver. how wonderfully appetizing!