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Yes, Virginia, There is a Punky Brewster

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Imagine getting a phone call out of the blue, informing you that someone you barely recalled had named a television character after you and wanted to give you royalties. Nice, right? Now imagine that the television character in question is one of the most beloved children’s characters of all time.


That’s pretty much exactly what happened to Peyton Rutledge in the mid 1980s. About 20 years earlier, Peyton’s dad was a teacher at Lawrenceville School, a prestigious prep school in Lawrence Township, New Jersey, not far from Princeton. Lawrenceville has counted many illustrious alumnus among its ranks, including Michael Eisner, Malcolm Forbes and Huey Lewis (yep). But the alum that matters most to this story is one who graduated in 1966 and went on to become the President of NBC: Brandon Tartikoff.

Apparently, a teenage Tartikoff had a crush on Professor Brewster’s daughter, Peyton - better known then as Punky. Nothing happened between the two of them. In fact, Peyton seemed to admit in a TV Guide interview that she wasn’t overly familiar with him (“I’m sure he knew who I was and I knew who he was”). Nevertheless, Tartikoff found her memorable enough to create a character around the spunky, tomboy girl he remembered from Lawrenceville. He even gave his Punky a “real” first name (Penelope) that no one used, much like Peyton.

When the series was created in 1984, NBC’s lawyers tracked down the real Punky Brewster. Punky had married a lawyer and was presumably pretty excited when she heard that a kid who used to go to her dad’s school wanted to pay her for using her name.

She even agreed to make a brief appearance on Punky Brewster. Here’s Ms. Rutledge in her role as a teacher at Punky’s school. Don’t worry, you don’t have to wait long to see her cameo:

 

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Take a Rare Glimpse Inside the World's Largest Seed Reserve
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Since 2008, the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen has been home to the world’s largest seed storage facility, known as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

The 11,000-square-foot facility contains nearly 865,000 seed samples—many of which are crops—and functions as both a reserve in the event of a catastrophe and as a backup for other seed banks around the world. Countries can send samples for preservation and access the reserves as needed (the effort is funded by Norway in conjunction with the organization Crop Trust). The vault was opened for the first time last year in light of the destruction caused by the Syrian War.

Access to the fault is notoriously limited, but AJ+ has a glimpse inside on its YouTube page. It’s a rare look at a place that isn’t known for its looks, but holds some of the planet’s most beautiful and valuable offerings.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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This Infographic Explains the Difference Between Perfume and Eau de Toilette
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Ever wondered why you can't smell the perfume you dabbed on earlier this morning? Maybe it's because you aren't actually wearing perfume. Instead, you likely applied eau de toilette, cologne, or another type of fragrance.

These sprays contain different concentrations of fragrance oil dissolved in solutions of alcohol and water. Scents with a heavier amount of oil are stronger, they're more expensive, and they also last for longer periods of time. Even the most discerning shopper might not know whether to opt for parfum or eu de parfum when perusing bottles of Chanel No. 5 at the fragrance counter—or even realize there's a difference. 

If you'd prefer to smell like a few roses instead of a field of them, it's handy to know the difference between perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, cologne, and eau fraiche when you're out shopping for a new scent. Lifehacker recently ran this handy infographic by Real Men Real Style, which breaks down the strength of each fragrance along with how long it lasts. Use it as a guide to purchase the perfect product for you.

[h/t Lifehacker]

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