Monthly Archives: October 2012

31/10/12

today I learned: there is a word for the day after tomorrow: overmorrow. also, antoile lavoisier, an 18th century french chemist, decided to do a final experiment and told his college that he would try to blink as long as possible after being beheaded. some sources say he continued to blink for 30 seconds. heh… next, the producer of the james bond movies is a woman. she casts bond, his ladies, aaaand decides the stories. barbara broccoli has been in business for 30 years and is leading the most successful cinema franchise. GURL POWER!!~*~!! finally, there is a cheetah “supermom” who is known to have mothered at least 10 percent of all the adult cheetahs in the southern serengeti. woah. oh, and hurricane bonus (hahah): walt disney hired 11 dwarfs for the premiere of pinocchio to dress up like puppets and greet children. left with a day’s worth of food and wine, by mid-afternoon there were 11 naked dwarfs running around screaming obscenities at the crowd. good job guys. good job. 

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30/10/12

today I learned: the actor who played character random task in austin powers (the parody of odd job from 007) is serving a life sentence for torture and rape. yeesh. also, the last words of albert einstein were forever lost because he spoke them in german, a language that the nurse attending him did not speak. next, psychologist george m. stratton wore glasses in the 1890s that made him see everything upside down, and after 5 days his brain adapted to see things as normal. NEAT. finally, “raffi”, beloved childrens singer/musician (think “banana phone”) turned down an offer to play madison square garden because he was afraid the venue was too large to connect with the children in the audience.

29/10/12

today I learned: there was a time capsule buried in 1968 in amarillo texas containing the passbook to a bank account with a $10 deposit, expected to be worth $1 quadrillion when it is opened in 2968. also, a sociopathic 10 year old girl killed two boys. one of the crime scenes was described by the inspector as “there was a terrible playfulness about it.. and somehow the playfulness of it made it more, rather than less, terrifying”. she was convicted and then released at the age of 23. next, greek statues were carved with a small penis because having a bigger package was considered grotesque and disgusting. finally, there was a man who was blind at 10 months old, but underwent surgery to give him vision at the age of 52. however, being able to see terrified and confused him so much that he committed suicide 2 years after the surgery :(. monday bonus: the oldest stone tools found are dated from 2.7-2.9 million years ago…and the species who made them is unknown. COOL.

28/10/12

today I learned: pop-tarts are one of the most purchased items before a major storm. also, there is a variant of chess called “singularity chess” played on a board distorted in the center. due to the distortion, some pieces can make u-turns, attack the same square multiple ways, and bishops can change square colours. next, there is a vinyl record player that uses laser beams to read the sound, thus not deteriorating the record. friggin awesome. finally, at top speed, the bugatti veyron will empty its 26 gallon tank in 12 minutes. halloween party morning bonus: according to kansas state university, the “bible belt” of the US is one of the most sinful areas of the country.

27/10/12

today I learned: a spanish woman claims she legally owns the sun and is trying to charge people for its use. also, a 61 year old man (cliff young) ran an ultramarathon and broke the record by two days. he had no formal training, ran with no sleep, and beat sponsored, young athletes. he remarked that the race “wasn’t easy”. hahah. next, a woman disguised herself as a man for 18 months to write a book on gender. after the experiment, she was institutionalized for depression, and stated that she never felt so glad for being a woman. finally, seth macfarlane and mark wahlberg were both booked on AA flight 11 which crashed into the world trade center. wahlberg decided last minute to fly to toronto, and macfarlane missed it by just 10 minutes due to a hangover. halloween party night bonus: a man had multiple plastic surgeries to look exactly like his partner, who later had multiple surgeries of her own so that they could become the same new person. 

26/10/12

today I learned: new york times author timothy o’brien wrote that donald trump “only” had 250 million dollars, so trump sued him for five billion (he lost. thankfully). also, having an orgasm three times a week helps reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke by 50%! woah! next, the dead kennedy’s started to attract an unwanted group of neo-nazi punk fans in the late 70s. to combat the wave of unwanted fans, they released the single “nazi punks f*ck off”. hahah. finally, there’s a muffin stand in san francisco called “double or muffin”. you buy a muffin and then flip a coin. get heads and you get another muffin for free. tails and you just keep the muffin you bought. so. friggin. cool.

25/10/12

today I learned: there is a 500 year-old statue of a man eating a sack of babies in bern, switzerland…and nobody is sure why. also, many shelters won’t allow black cats to be adopted around hallowe’en, for fear that they may be sacrificed or tortured. poop. next, iceland has more books written, read, and sold per capita than any other country, and 1/10 icelanders will become a published author in their lifetime. finally, the most successful pirate captain was a chinese prostitute controlling 1,500 vessels and having 80,000 sailors working for her (!!!!!)

24/10/12

today I learned: in 1981, 8 percent of personal bankruptcies in the states cited medical costs as a contributing factor, compared to 62 percent in 2009. also, there is a massive monument in georgia (US) which gives instructions in 8 languages on how to rebuild a “better” society after an unknown apocalyptic event, while also functioning as a compass, calendar, and clock. NEAT. next, the man who is the voice of spongebob (tom kenny), is married to the voice of plankton’s computer wife/karen (jill tilley). aaand finally, some vegans won’t eat figs, because when the figs are pollinated by a female wasp, the fig’s inward facing flowers trap the wasp, and her corpse is digested by enzymes in the fig. I am truly sorry if any vegans now won’t eat figs anymore. I’m sure you will miss them greatly. hahahahahaha. figs.

today I learned: youtube has 8 years of content uploaded every day (!!!). also, one of the original names thought up for hannah montana was alexis texas. next, in 1957, a grandmother was hit in the face by a foul ball at a phillies/giants game. as she was being carried out of the stadium on a stretcher, the very next pitch- another foul ball- hit her again. finally, if north korea used its largest nuclear bomb on the empire state building, it wouldn’t even reach central park. regardless….go canada. oh, and in the tv series “lassie”, timmy never actually falls in a well. in fact, the only character to fall in a well in any of the 588 episodes is lassie. hahaha.

23/10/12

today I learned: horses the size of an average duck once roamed north america. also, showing people facts that contradict their beliefs actually reinforces those beliefs. next, “percussive maintenance” is the technical term for hitting something until it works, and finally, the united states ranks 3rd in liking the united states. hahaha. start of the week bonus: an east germany film studio made several successful “westerns”, where the heroes weren’t cowboys, but native americans! 

22/12/10