Monthly Archives: March 2013

31/03/13

today I learned:

  • due to concerns about the mistreatment of animals, guiness world records no longer accepts submissions regarding an animal’s weight.
  • in 2011, a fungus was found in the amazon that could live on a diet of PLASTIC. and it could do so in a anerobic environment (!!)
  • the fight scene on top of a train in skyfall was actually filmed on top of a real moving train, and daniel craig didn’t use a stunt double.
  • a software company buried a $1,000 prize deep in its terms of service to see if anyone actually read them. it took over 3,000 sales and 5 months before anyone asked about the prize.

30/03/13

today I learned:

  • hinduism embraces homosexuality and supports the idea of a “third gender”. these people are revered and regarded as semi-devine.
  • killer whales know that great white sharks need to move to breathe, and will hold them upside down to kill ’em.
  • in 1978, a stanford phd student murdered his advisor with a sledgehammer after being told that he would never get a doctorate after 19 years in graduate school.
  • bob marley was buried with his red gibson guitar, a bible opened to psalm 23, and a bud of marijuana.

28/03/13

today I learned:

  • when matt leblanc auditioned for the role of joey on friends, he only had $11 to his name. the first thing he bought when he got his first paycheck was a hot dinner.
  • a man in china kept himself alive with a homemade dialysis machine for 13 years.
  • in all research studies, MSG has not been found to cause any health problems.
  • the municipal government of paris passed a resolution to prohibit tom cruise from becoming an honorary citizen of the city.
  • dursday bonus: ancient rome had a 4-story tall shopping mall…with 150 shops and offices. NAT SO ANCIENT ANYMORE, EH?!

27/03/13

today I learned:

  • in 1994, bill gates bought the da vinci codex for $30 million, then scanned it and distributed it as screensavers and wallpapers for windows95.
  • warner brothers studios didn’t like the idea of jack nicholson’s character dying in mars attacks, so tim burton gave nicholson two different characters and killed them both.
  • some gilligan’s island viewers had no idea the show was scripted and sent letters to the coast guard urging them to rescue everybody on the island.
  • the netherlands are in the process of building “smart highways”. on them, there will be glowing markings that will illuminate the road when adverse conditions appear, and an electric priority lane which will charge electric cars AS THEY DRIVE!!!!! …it’s gonna be ready for service soon, too!

26/03/13

today I learned:

  • in 1986, the red hot chili peppers were given $5000 by EMI music to make a demo tape, and set aside $2000 to spend on heroin and cocaine.
  • if a guide dog judges a command being unsafe, he/she will refuse to do it. this is called “intelligent disobedience”
  • when filming star wars episode I- the phantom menace, ewan mcgregor (drool) kept imitating the noise of the lightsaber during his fight. george lucas kept having to explain that the sound would be added by the special effects people later on. ewan kept having to apologize, saying he was “getting carried away”
  • there are nerves at the end of your rectum that distinguish between gas and poop. sometimes, these nerve endings become confused, hence, sharts.

25/03/13

today I learned:

  • the priest on the titanic refused a place on a life boat twice, and stayed behind to hear confessions and give “absolution” to people left on the ship.
  • nicolas cage and his cat once took mushrooms (the magic kind) together)
  • the mayor of portland is the assistant to the mayor on the show ‘porlandia’
  • pg-13 movies are allowed one “fuck” per film, given that they’re used in a non-sexual way (for more information, watch this film. friggin fantastic and enlightening.

24/03/13

today I learned:

  • the cost of uni textbooks in the US has risen faster than the cost of healthcare, house prices, and inflation.
  • in 1631, two london bible printers accidentally left the word “not” out of the 7th commandment, making it “thou shalt commit adultery”, and you can find a copy for $90 grand (ONLY! WHAT A STEAL! but really. getting the OK from god to cheat on yer spouse? PRICELESS)
  • a boeing 727 aircraft was stolen out of an airport in 2003. neither the plane, nor the two men aboard were ever found.
  • the notorious B.I.G, jay-z, DMX, and busta rhymes all went to the same high school at the same time.

23/03/13

today I learned:

  • thinking things like “I could drive straight into oncoming traffic and kill us all” or “I could drop this baby and she would certainly die” is totally normal and called “intrusive¬†thoughts”. people who aren’t able to understand that these are normal thoughts and are their ego rather than “them” may even develop psychological issues.
  • more psychology: mirrors placed near elevators make the wait seem more tolerable. ’cause you get to look atchoself. and you like it.
  • if you fail your drivers license practical test three times in switzerland, you have to go to a psychologist to explain why you failed.
  • swear words (da naughty words) are processed separately in your brain from regular speech, and have actually been shown to reduce pain. but, I mean, in the interest of not having everyone walk around swearing every time they bite their lip, I’m sure “fudge” and “poop” can be just as offensive and hard-hitting in the right contexts…..yes?

22/03/13

today I learned:

  • while in the army, mr. t was given the punishment of chopping down trees, but wasn’t told how many he had to do, so he single-handedly chopped down 70 in 3 and a half hours.
  • the founder of alcoholics anonymous advocated the regular use of LSD to aid recovering alcoholics.
  • doctors’ green scrubs help them see better in the operating room. since green is on the opposite side of the colour spectrum, it can refresh their vision of red things. it also prevents distraction from “green ghosts”, an after-effect illusion from focusing on red colours.
  • sesame street in negeria has their own version of the cookie monster name zobi the yam monster. since not many nigerian children have access to cookies, the producers decided to give zobi an insatiable craving for one of the country’s stable foods. he often shouts, “me eat yam!”

20/03/13

today I learned:

  • heineken manufactured a bottle shaped like a brick in order to deal with the housing problem in the caribbean, y’know, to build with.
  • it costs $44,563 to keep someone in prison for a year in california, pretty much the same amount as it costs for room and board at harvard…
  • after the australian 1 and 2 cent coins were phased out in 1991, they were then melted down and used in the sydney olympics as bronze medals. smart.
  • the world health organization classifies tanning beds as a level 1 carcinogen, the same as plutonium and cigarettes. when are we ever gonna finally believe them?