today I learned: the distance between europe and africa is only 36 miles, and there are talks of creating the longest bridge ever. also, an 18 year old freshman funded his education by asking 2.8 million people for one penny. awesome. next, the original surveyors of mount everest lied and added 2 feet to its height to make it 29,002 feet, because they didn’t think people would believe them if they said it was really 29,000 feet high. finally, napoleon requested a communication method that would not require light or sound. the result was ‘night writing’, a tactile military code that was rejected as too difficult for napoleon’s troops…but which became the basis for braille. bonus (for no particular reason): every time ian mckellen stays at a hotel with a bible in the bedside table, he rips out the page containing a quote from leviticus that is against homosexuality 🙂


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