Monthly Archives: July 2012

31/07/12

today I learned: target’s customer tracking algorithms are so good, they figured out a teen girl was pregnant, and broke the news to her father by accident. next, comic book legend stan lee was one of the 9 men who, upon enlisting in WWII, were hired as “playwrights” for the US army. among the other 9 playwrights were dr. seuss and director frank capra. also, in 1973, a serial killer purchased an old hearse, telling people at his favourite bar that he needed the vehicle to haul all the people he killed to his private cemetery. he was telling the truth. finally (and the one I’ve been super excited to post), a man in Iran tried to rob a bank after paying $500 to a wizard to make him invisible. thinking no one could see him, he strolled into a bank in tehran and started snatching money out of people’s hands. hahahahahaha.

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30/07/12

today I learned: actor tom hardy (bane in the new batman movie) struggled with being an alcoholic and crack addict. he recovered in 2003 and now devotes his life to helping other people do the same :). next, during WWII, canadians staged a nazi invasion as a fundraiser for the war. in one day, 3 million dollars was raised. also, westboro baptist church’s shirley phelps, chris brown, and busta rhymes are on the list of people banned from entering the UK. aaand finally, ants have actually been found to keep domesticated animals- or slaves. they herd aphids as we would cattle. not only that, but some of their slaves sometimes rebel and kill the pupae of their masters. ย that’s a pretty badass fact right there, if I do say so myself.

29/07/12

today I learned: olympic gold is only 1% gold. NICE GUYS. on the sameish note, the lead singer of rammstein was selected as one of the final candidates to compete for germany’s swimming team in the 1980 olympics. next, the character in titanic who drinks from a flask and rides the ship down into the ocean with jack and rose is based on a real person who did just that. he survived and thanked the alcohol. finally, alcatraz was once the only federal penitentiary in the US that provided hot showers for its inmates. prison staff reasoned that inmates who were used to warm, comfortable water would not be able to withstand the freezing san francisco bay during an escape attempt. am I the only one who had no idea virtually all prisoners had to shower in cold water? what’s next? being forced to drink your orange juice AFTER brushing your teeth?!? THE HORROR!

28/07/12

today I learned: skype lets police spy on chats (what a huge bummer). also, a woman was dubbed the ‘luckiest in the world’ for winning multi-million lotteries four times, but was later found to be a university professor with a statistics phd who cracked the system but has still not shared her secret. next, in 2006, NASA admitted that they no longer had the original video tapes of the moon landing because they recorded over them. hahaha. finally, continuum, a magazine focused on AIDS denialism, was shut down when all of its editors died…….from AIDS. oh, and because this one’s too good to leave out, halo was supposed to be turned into a feature film directed by neill blomkamp but fell through. instead, produce peter jackson went and offered blomkamp $30 million to make whatever he wanted- the result was district 9. NEAT.

27/07/12

today I learned: the grizzly bear will ferrell wrestled in the movie “semi-pro” killed its trainer shortly after the scene was shot. yyiiiikes. also, after the 1900 olympics, croquet was discontinued because only 1 spectator watched the event. next, the venom of the brazilian wandering spider can cause an erection that lasts for hours (to which someone replied “every time I get bit by the brazilian wandering spider, my wife gets bit by the american ‘I have a headache and have to work early tomorrow’ wombat” hahaha. but in all seriousness, the bite causes a crazy swelling of the extremities including the weiner, aaand can cause impotence and death…). FINALLY, a pitbull rose to the rank of sergeant through combat alone during WWI, and was given numerous awards for his service. bonus: dave chappelle is the only person to have done commercials for both coke AND pepsi. yesssss.

26/07/12

beauts!! today I learned: american airlines saved nearly $40,000 by eliminating one olive from the salad they served each passenger. also, athletes can compete as independent olympians (not under a country’s flag) at the olympic games. NEAT! next, russians take guns into space to protect themselves against bears if they land off-course. and finally (and my favourite of the day), as an experiment, a man placed rubber animals on the side of the road (easily avoidable by cars) to see who would go out of their way to run over the animals (who look very real). he found that only 6% of drivers swerved to the side of the road to hit the animal- but that 89% of those drivers drove SUVs. I’M LOOKIN’ AT YOU, GAS-GUZZLIN’ VEHICLE OWNERS!! WHYY!?! WHYYYYY!!??

25/07/12

today I learned: surgeons who play video games are 27% faster and make 37% fewer surgical errors. also, in 1140, when the weibertreu castle was defeated by king konrad III, the women of the castle were granted free departure and allowed to take what they could carry. thinking quickly, they carried the men out on their backs. the king kept his word and let the men live :). next, the higher your IQ, the more likely you are to be introverted (which, by the way, does not mean shy or socially inept. it simply means you draw energy from time spent alone and spend it when in groups of people). FINALLY, in 526 AD, there was a world-wide dust cloud that blocked out the sun for a full year, resulting in widespread famine and disease. more than 80% of scandinavia and parts of china starved to death, 30% of europe died in epidemics, and empires fell. no one knows the cause. how mysterious.

today I learned: sling bullets dating from the 4th century B.C. have been found with the words “take that” inscribed on them. also, the two leading cymbal manufacturers (zildjian and sabian) are founded on a sibling rivalry. next, edgar allen poe’s only full length novel featured a scene in which a cabin boy named richard parker is cannibalized by his shipwrecked crew mates. 46 years later, a real ship wrecked crew actually did cannibalize their cabin boy…whose name was richard parker. finally, japanese people traditionally eat KFC for christmas dinner, thanks to a successful marketing campaign 40 years ago. KFC is so popular that customers must place their christmas order two months in advance (!!!!). oh, and fox news is banned from broadcasting over public airwaves in canada, cause the law forbids lying ๐Ÿ™‚

24/07/12

23/07/12

better late than never, right? I’m back from evolve. so friggin happy I got to shower. dirty mau is not the one you want to run into…LET ME TELL YOU. today I learned: black widow bites produce muscle aches, nausea, and a paralysis of the diaphragm that can make breathing difficult; however, contrary to popular belief, most people who are bitten suffer no serious damage- let alone death. also, if you eat a teaspoon of sugar after eating something spicy, it’ll completely neutralize the heat. next, there is a seeing-eye goose that leads around a blind dog. aaand finally, there is a disorder, williams syndrome, where sufferers will befriend anyone.

21/07/12

well, I am off to evolve!!!!! …but hey, I took you guys into consideration aaand decided to leave you with a post since I won’t be able to for the next couple of days ๐Ÿ™‚ today I learned: van gogh’s last words were “the sadness will last forever”. next, the record holder for most survived lightning strikes, at 7, was struck while operating a truck, inside a ranger station, on two separate occasions after running/driving away from the storm, and immediately after the 7th strike, he had to fight off a bear with a tree branch. WOW. also, the ancient romans had a festival in which the slaves and slave owners would switch places. aaand finally, john lennon was offered the role of jesus in the musical “jesus christ superstar”, but would only accept on the condition that yoko played mary magdalene. the offer was then withdrawn (hahah). LOVE YOU GUYS!!! (thanks for reading. reallyreally)