17/04/13

today I learned:

  • around 6000 patients a year, in the US, leave operating rooms with surgical sponges, forceps, and other tools left inside them. often they don’t realize it until a life-threatening infection develops 
  • japan does not officially recognize north korea
  • all polar bears alive today can trace their ancestry back to one female brown bear who lived in ireland
  • living at high altitude can protect you from certain diseases….but increases your risk of suicide. aaand we’re not quite sure why.
  • in 1893 an amendment was proposed to rename the US to the “united states of earth”…..dicks
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