today I learned: no one has been able to spend more than 45 minutes in the world’s quietest room. also, in russia, in times of economic disparity or high inflation, teachers can be paid in vodka. next, the cymbal company ‘Zildjian’ was founded over 400 years ago in the ottoman empire and is one of the world’s oldest existing companies. finally, volvo invented the three-point seat belt and then gave free licenses to all other auto manufacturers to use it. so nice. saturday bonus: in 14 years and 14 seasons of trying to become the greatest pokemon master, ash ketchum has still never gotten past the semi-finals of the pokemon league. how sad. I’ve been a pokemaster in pokemon blue, red, yellow, silver, gold, and sapphire, I’ll have you all know. that makes me attractive, right guys?!