Monthly Archives: February 2013

28/02/13

today I learned:

  • alcohol is among the deadliest recreational drugs, more than 100 times more toxic than marijuana, LSD, and mushrooms.
  • mcdonald’s chicken mcnuggets come in four shapes and they have names (boot, bow-tie, ball, and bell)
  • between the time it was discovered and the time it was unclassified as a planet, pluto did not even complete one revolution around the sun. (LAHOOO-SAHEEERRRR!)
  • during the 2008 world hops shortage, the samuel adams brewery sold 108 craft breweries their excess hops, at cost, to help prevent them from going under.
  • TURSDAY bonus (with a hard t): david tennant fulfilled a pianist’s dying wish by using his skull in a performance of hamlet.
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27/02/13

today I learned:

  • legalizing direct-to-consumer car sales would reduce the average price by over $3000
  • boys in the top third in terms of IQ are about 50 percent more likely than the bottom third to have used drugs such as amphetamines and ecstasy when older.
  • the offspring of two sets of identical twins are legally cousins but genetically siblings.
  • as a child, stephen colbert suppressed his southern accent to avoid the stereotypes of southerners he saw on tv. he practiced by trying to imitate news anchors. 

26/02/13

today I learned:

  • scientists have created cells out of metal that can evolve.
  • seth macfarlane took vocal training from a 90 year-old couple who also trained frank sinatra.
  • violence has steadily declined over the course of human history, and we are currently in the midst of the most peaceful era yet.
  • tobasco sauce is aged in barrels previously used for jack daniel’s tennessee whiskey.

25/02/13

today I learned:

  • human tears are a defense mechanism, the scent of which causes testosterone levels to decrease, reducing both aggression and sexual urges.
  • in holland’s embassy in moscow, two siamese cats kept meowing and clawing at the walls of the building. their owners finally investigated, expecting to find mice. instead, they found microphones hidden by russian spies.
  • every treasurer of the united states since 1949 has been a woman.
  • doritos could be made without the powder and taste exactly the same. however, the idea was rejected as it was decided that the residue left on your fingers was part of the “doritos experience”.
  • “instead of looking at monday as awful and expecting a wonderful week instead” bonus: google donated 5 million dollars to a program that uses drones to track poachers in africa and asia 🙂

24/02/13

today I learned:

  • there is a waterfall in minnesota called “the devil’s kettle” that empties half its contents into a sinkhole. the outlet has yet to be found.
  • dr. seuss, despite being an internationally renowned children’s author, never had children of his own, and even admitted that, “in mass, they terrify me”
  • there’s a town in ontario called “swastika”. there have been several attempts to change the name but the town fights back saying, “to hell with hitler, we had the swastika first”
  • the octopus is so intelligent, the UK considers them honorary vertebrates for the purposes of animal cruelty laws.

23/02/13

today I learned:

  • the first mcdonalds drive-thru was opened near a military base to serve soldiers who weren’t permitted to get out o their cars while wearing fatigues.
  • russia is suspected to have at least 15 secret cities. these “closed cities” are officially classified by the government, with their names and location unknown, appear on no maps, with no road signs that will direct you to them, and visits from foreigners are strictly prohibited.
  • while making guys and dolls, marlon brando repeatedly and deliberately flubbed his lines in one scene because it forced rank sinatra to continuously eat cheesecake, a dish sinatra hated.
  • after fighting, giraffes have gay sex.
  • hangover bonus: a sloth’s digestive system is so slow that it can starve to death on a full stomach.

22/12/13

today I learned:

  • steve jobs felt guilty about getting a liver transplant because he was so rich he helped author a law in california requiring the DMV to ask you to be a donor to increase the number of potential organ donors.
  • In 1897, indiana state legislature tried to pass a bill to simplify the value of pi to 3.2
  • japanese macaque monkeys started washing their food before consuming it in 1953. they’ve now evolved to seasoning it, too!
  • jeremy clarkson’s (top gear guy) fondness for wearing jeans has been blamed by some for the decline in sales of denim in the mid-90s, particularly levis, because of their being associated with middle-aged men. this is known, of course, as the “jeremy clarkson effect”
  • friday bonus: in 1993, upon learning that they were to play a show at a venue owned by the church of scientoloy, the band tool became opposed to performing. they played anyway, but maynard (lead singer), spent most of the show baa-ing like a sheep at the audience. I am in love.

21/02/13

today I learned:

  • when charles darwin first discovered the galapagos tortoises, he tried to ride them.
  • elephants have a sound they make exclusively when they find a place infested with bees. it’s called the “bee rumble”.
  • when will ferrell met RHCP drummer chad smith, he looked him up and down and said, “you’re very handsome,” and then walked away.
  • there is a wolfman who lives among 29 wild wolves and has become the alpha male of the pack. woah.

20/02/13

today I learned:

  • mcdonalds has been closed down in six countries: bermuda, barbados, bolivia, jamaica, iceland, and montenegro.
  • the act of creating a company for the sole purpose of suing other companies for patent violation (of patents you own)…is patented.
  • the human cornea extracts oxygen directly from the air. it has no blood supply.
  • a man spent 67 years of his life stereoblind, unable to experience depth perception. it was only after having to pay for 3D glasses to watch the movie “hugo” that his brain suddenly clicked and he was able to experience three-dimensional vision. WHEIRD.

19/02/13

today I learned:

  • there was a german spy sent to canada during WWII, but he decided to use his funds to move to ottawa and then surrendered to canadian authorities, who then let him go because he didn’t do any damage, and never really spied.
  • a couple took in 3 orphans and used them to get extreme makeover: home edition to build them a new house. after the house was built, they kicked the orphans out. dickies.
  • the cars that were given away by oprah cost the recipients up to $7,000 due to the fact that they were marketed as prizes and not gifts (the latter isn’t taxed). many had to forfeit their prize or sell it because they couldn’t afford their “free” car.
  • superman used to be able to project a mini version of himself that had all of his super powers. eventually he became jealous of it and tried to kill it, when the mini superman ended up sacrificing itself to save him (how altruistic, mini superman!)
  • cute bonus: an olympic rower (henry pearce) once stopped mid-race to allow ducklings to pass, and he still won the race.