Monthly Archives: January 2013

31/01/13

today I learned: that 64,000+ americans were forcibly sterilized during the 20th century to promote “superior genetics”, i.e eugenics. backers included kellogs, the rockerfeller foundation, and carnegie institution. hitler was partially inspired by americans (and, er, canadians too. hitler called the government of alberta for tips on his sterilization policies. yeah, we sterilized a good 4000 people as well). next, after weird al yankovic’s parents died while he was in the middle of a tour, he didn’t cancel it, saying, “I’ve heard from so many people over the years that my music has cheered them up in times of tragedy… well, I thought maybe my music would help me too”. also, caterpillars literally melt down into a sac of fluid cells, which are then used to create the entire new butterfly body from scratch. finally, artificial raspberry flavour is milked from the anal glands of a beaver. how wonderfully appetizing!

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30/01/13

today I learned: joe rogan has one of the meanest sidekicks around, with experts calling it the best they’ve ever seen; “if joe hit some guy with that kick, that guy is going down hundred percent”. also, charlie sheen celebrated 365 days of sobriety by drinking at nicolas cage’s house on day 366. next magic erasers are made from melanin foam, which is hard as glass and actually scrapes away stains. finally, voltaire became independently wealthy by exploiting a mathematical flaw in the 1728 french lottery. fer-no-reason-bonus: listening to music, especially instrumental music, can release the same hormones as climaxing during intercourse. people who have strong musical backgrounds are most susceptible 🙂

29/01/13

today I learned: the supreme US court building has a basketball court on the top floor known as “the highest court in the land”. also, in 2009, a retired policeman called geraint woolford was admitted to abergale hospital in north wales and ended up next to another retired policeman called geraint woolford. the men weren’t related, had never met, and were the only two people in the UK called geraint woolford. next, in 1976, an underachieving princeton junior undergraduate wrote a term paper describing how to make a nuclear bomb. he got an A, but never got his paper back because it was seized by the FBI. finally, shrimp is called an abomination 4 times more than homosexuality in the bible. tuesday bonus: the n64 had online capabilities that were never released in north america. BOOO!!!

28/01/13

today I learned: there is a feature length anime movie based on the music of daft punk. it contains no dialogue or sound effects and was called “the best animated movie made in 2003”. also, dwayne johnson was tim burton’s second choice to play the role of willy wonka in ‘charlie and the chocolate factory’ (WAT!). next, will smith turned down the role of django in ‘django unchained’ (ANOTHERWAT!). finally, pineapples are not a single fruit, but a group of berries that have fused together.

27/01/13

today I learned: dr. seuss wrote “green eggs and ham” to win a bet against his publisher who thought that seuss couldn’t complete a book using only 50 words. also, a random pod of dolphins once unexpectedly risked their lives to save 80 beached whales. rescuing fellow mammals (altruistically) is a typical trait of dolphins. next, marie curie’s research papers are still highly radioactive and to access them you must sign a waiver and wear protective clothing. finally, large blue caterpillars secrete sweet fluids to attract red ants. the ants then take the caterpillar back to their nest so it can hibernate. the newly emerged butterfly is escorted by the ants to the surface and will protect it from any predators that attempt to attack the butterfly. 

26/01/13

today I learned: in 1945, dwight d. eisenhower predicted that people would try to dispel the holocaust as a falsehood and ordered innumerable pictures to be taken of the nazi crimes to hinder any such attempts. also, from 1979 to 1993, new york city had upwards of 3000 non-working fire hydrants on sidewalks for the sole purpose of increasing parking violation revenue. next, for the original star wars, lucas paid a fine and resigned from the directors guild rather than obey its demand that he begin with conventional opening credits. finally, jamie foxx used his own horse in django unchained, and his name is cheetah.

25/01/13

today I learned: the pharmaceutical company merck developed a drug called ivermectin to treat river blindness. they donate it to 3rd world countries that can’t afford it, and sell it to farmers to treat workms in their animals. it has helped save millions of lives. also, glen howerton (dennis from it’s always sunny in philadelphia) is fluent in mandarin, spanish, and korean. next, when hitler forced the french to surrender during WWII, he did so on the site where the germans were forced to surrender in WWI. moreover, but he found the same train carriage used in WWI and forced the french to sign a surrender in that same train carriage. finally, bill gates was such a big fan of weezer that every copy of windows 95 came with the full video for ‘buddy holly’.

24/01/13

today I learned: there has been a reported case of human-to-human cancer transmission, where a surgeon cut his hand while resecting a tumor and seeded the patient’s cancer cells on his hand. also, when you remember a past event, you are actually remembering the last time you remembered it, not the event itself (oh, psychology!). next, amy poehler started a website to encourage girls to change the world by being themselves. finally, queen are the only group in which every member has composed more than one #1 single, and so, all four members were inducted into the songwriters hall of fame in 2003. respect.

23/01/13

today I learned: like dogs, it is beneficial to lick your wounds. a variety of compounds in human saliva actually do speed healing. also, there is a really simple, low-cost, effective and reversible gel for men to not ejaculate sperm. injected into the vas deferens, the gel destroys existing sperm and lasts 10 years (but can be reversed anytime). next, getting annoyed at someone when we listen to them eating or breathing is called misophonia, and it’s an actual neurological disorder. finally, the famous photo of albert einstein sticking out his tongue was taken at the end of his 72nd birthday celebration. a photographer tried to persuade him to smile for the camera for a last time, but having smiled for photographers many times that day, einstein stuck out his tongue instead. bonus: a homeless woman in calgary found a purse with $10,400 in it and turned it into the police. she is good people.

22/01/13

today I learned: a greek prime minister in the 1830s tried to spread the potato in greece but people weren’t interested so he put armed guards in front of the shipments of the potatoes so people would think they were important. it worked, because people later started stealing the potatoes which spread the crop to all of greece. also, on june 28th, 2009, stephen hawking threw a party for time-travelers. he announced the party the day after it happened, and according to hawking, no one came. next, a subaru production plant in indiana produces less waste in a year than an average family of 4 does in a week. it is also the only manufacturing plant that is a designated wildlife habitat, co-existing peacefully with local wildlife. finally, tobasco sauce takes over three years to make. because-it’s-my-younger-sister’s-birthday-bonus: applying male underarm sweat to a female’s upper lip helps relax her, boost her mood, and help regulate her menstrual cycle. you’re welcome and happy birthday, rachel.