TIL in 1841, 12-year-old Edmond Albius invented the technique to pollinate vanilla orchids without relying on bees, something Europeans struggled to do for centuries. His technique made vanilla be known worldwide.

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  1. I wanted to read this. Cookies? Ok. Notifications? No thanks. Then the f’ing mini video screen appears, then the browser crashed. What is this monster we’ve created called the WWW?

    Still learned about Edmond Albius, though:
    > “In 1841, Albius invented a method to quickly pollinate the vanilla orchid using a thin stick or blade of grass and a simple thumb gesture.”

    Found it all [here](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmond_Albius)

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