In light of the current avocado-obsessed culture (we admit it — we own an avocado fangirl T-shirt and everything), they are one of Mexico's most profitable crops. But this price boom is causing farmers to illegally tear down pine forests to plant more avocados, which majorly affects the local ecosystem and uses twice the amount of water that a typical forest would. (AP)
7 Things You Need To Know Today (August 16)
1. Yikes. Avocado farming could have a serious environmental impact.
2. Check out these toast sculptures by one pretty cool dad.
Due to his daughter's serious food allergies, her breakfasts were feeling kind of bland. So this dad decided to great creative with something she could eat: toast. (Grub Street)
3. With his 22nd gold medal, Michael Phelps has eclipsed the greatest athlete of the Olympic Games.
Leonidas of Greece won 12 individual Olympic medals. With his win in the 200-meter individual medley, Phelps earned his 13th, leaving Leonidas in his wake. In his Olympic career up to now, Phelps has won 23 gold medals and 28 medals total. (CNN)
4. Female cats are more responsive to the emotions of kittens than male ones.
Despite the fact that a lot of people consider cats generally pretty aloof, new research shows that female cats (whether mothers or not) respond more quickly to the cries of distressed kittens than to less stressed ones. (Washington Post)
5. Two gold-medalist Simones took a selfie together, and it's amazing.
Simone Biles, who won gold at the women's all-around in Rio, posted a selfie she took with Simone Manuel, who just became the first black woman to win gold in an individual swimming event. The celebratory image went viral and even first lady Michelle Obama tweeted a response: "You've made us proud!" (The Cut)
6. Want to age gracefully? Lift weights.
While federal data shows that 49 percent of women get the recommended amount of aerobic exercise, only 18 percent are getting the recommended combination of aerobic exercise and strength training. If you're guilty of neglecting your muscles, you might want to start doing biceps curls. According to research, regular weight-bearing exercise lowers your risk for osteoporosis (NPR)
7. Beer may be the secret to living past 100.
Forget turmeric and chia seeds. A 102-year-old South Carolina woman says her 4 p.m. beer is crucial to her routine, and her doctor agrees that her daily brew is doing her nothing but good. (Grub Street)