I love trivia. One of the things I picked up somewhere along they way is about almonds. There is a big debate in California about how much water is being used in industrial agriculture. I heard a statistic that it takes one gallon of water to produce one almond. This seemed like a lot so I looked it up. Turns out it takes 1.1 gallon for that single almond! Although that doesn't make for a good line - "one gallon of water" just sounds better.
If you don't believe me you can look it up - here is just one source. There are some sources from the USDA but they are a lot harder to read.
I was making a glass sculpture last year, not thinking too much about what I was going to make. I glued up some optical glass blanks and used colored HXTAL (an epoxy glue) that was brownish orange in color. As I ground the blank I noticed that it looked suspiciously like an almond cut in half lengthwise. So if it takes a gallon of water for a full almond then it stands to reason half an almond takes half a gallon.
Here is a picture:
And another view:
Not sure which display position I like best.
I ate about 15 almonds in making this post, so I used my share of H2O for the day!
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