Daily Bread for 10.15.23: Wisconsin Life | Roadside Oddities

 Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 55. Sunrise is 7:08 and sunset 6:11 PM for 11h 02m 57s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 0.5% of its visible disk illuminated.

  On this day in 1956, FORTRAN, the first modern computer language, is first shared with the coding community.

Wisconsin Life highlights roadside oddities:

There is something a bit odd going on in Oshkosh. Mel Schettl’s oddity park is more than five acres of quirky, head turning décor.

Growing the World’s Largest Flower:

When you imagine a plant, what do you think of? Lush green leaves, the sweet smell of a flower or maybe some roots? Well, the world’s largest flower doesn’t have any of these! Rafflesia is a parasitic behemoth that has baffled scientists since its discovery. Taking years to grow from seed to flower, it undergoes most of its long life hidden discreetly on the forest floor. When finally ready, it explodes into the largest flower in the world. As an incredibly fussy grower, Rafflesia is rare even in pristine rainforest environments. Armed with some creative thinking and an endless supply of patience, the team at Bogor Botanical Gardens embarked on an outrageous quest to grow the flower in the middle of a bustling city…
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