If Michael Phelps Swims, Subway Sinks (via @BV)
According to Rule 40 of the International Olympic Committee charter, “Except as permitted by the IOC executive board, no competitor, coach, trainer or official who participates in the Olympic Games may allow his person, name, picture or sports performances to be used for advertising purposes during the Olympic Games.”
Canada’s Climate Warms to Corn as Grain Belt Shifts North (via @BloombergNews)
Growing seasons on the Canadian prairie have lengthened about two weeks in the past half-century. The mean annual temperature is likely to climb by as much as 3 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit) in the region by 2050, according to Canadian researchers.
In Canada, that means amber waves of wheat are giving way to green fields of corn. Farmers sowed a record 405,000 acres of corn in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta last year, double the amount two years earlier and almost eight times what it was 20 years ago. That compares with an estimated 95.4 million acres sown in the U.S. last year.
The Rise and Fall of AIM, the Breakthrough AOL Never Wanted (via @mashable)
The administrator had tried to block AIM, but the program had eventually hopped around until it had attached to something the company couldn’t risk interrupting: the port that synchronized time across the entire company’s computer system.
“The admins had no clue how to block us. We were like malware from their point of view.” The program blossomed, drawing as many as 18 million simultaneous users. Professionals flocked to it. ”AIM became how all Wall Street communicated,” Appelman said.