Monthly Archives: June 2013

30/06/13

today I learned:

  • the difference between a road and a street, is that a road runs between two distance points– two towns, for example– in each of these towns, you’ll find streets (paved roads lined with houses and other buildings). Streets, then, are only applied to urban roadways. Streets connect people for interaction– roads connect towns and cities for travel.
  • bagpipes weren’t invented in scotland, but in ancient persia.
  • tear gas is actually banned internationally, but since it doesn’t apply to domestic law, police officers pretty much everywhere still use it.
  • 30 years ago yesterday, joe delaney, NFL running back, died trying to rescue 3 children from drowning…because he couldn’t swim.
  • alec baldwin donates all the money he makes from capital one commercials to charities and arts organizations.
  • if you know me, you probably already know this… but bonobos, one of our most closely related primates, are rarely found in zoos because they constantly have sex (both oral and genital) with each other regardless of age or sex.
  • sloths can swim 3 times faster than they can move on land, and can hold their breath for up to 40 (!!) minutes!!! game-changer!!!
  • 12 african nations have come together since the 70s to build a 9 mile wide band of trees that will stretch all the way across african (4750 miles) in order to stop the progressive advancement of the sahara.

15/06/13

today I learned:

  • after water, concrete is the most used substance in the world
  • there are so many kinds of apples, if you ate one per day, it would take over 20 years to try them all
  • the dog who played comet on “full house” is the same dog who played airbud.
  • humans and dogs are the only two species who seek visual cues from another individual’s eyes, and dogs only do this when they’re interacting with humans
  • a prison inmate tried to sue himself for allowing himself to get drunk and ruin his life. he demanded 5 million from himself, and reasoned that the state should pay since he didn’t get a salary in prison
  • a man injected himself with snake venom in an effort to build up immunity. he lived to be 100, survived 172 snake bites, and donated his blood to snake bite victims.
  • in jamaica, sex between 2 men is punishable with up to 10 years in prison, whereas girl-on-girl action is allowed.
  • in australia, you are required to vote. if you don’t, you will be fined.
  • in mexico, germany, and austria, prison escape isn’t punishable by law if the escaper doesn’t break any other laws. this is because they understand that it is human instinct to want to be free.
  • johnny depp never drivels without his captain jack sparrow costume, as he often surprises kids in the hospital by showing up as the character. these visits usually turn into 2-3 hour improv sessions, which he finds “really fun”

22/06/13

today I learned:

  • it was once believed that sperm contained tiny people that grew into full-sized humans
  • there was once a book written in 1998 that predicted the value of beanie babies to be $1000-2000 in 2008. dammit, you guys.
  • dying is illegal in longyearbyen, norway, because the town’s small graveyard stopped accepting bodies after discovering the permafrost prevented the bodies from decomposing.
  • dave thomas (from wendy’s) went back to high school in 1993 to get his ged because he was worried that his success as a high school dropout might convince other kids to quit school
  • there’s a pepper grown in japan called the shishito pepper– only 1 out of 10 of them are spicy, and there’s no way of knowing beforehand.
  • some women have a genetic mutation which causes them to see millions of more colours than everyone else (cause they have a fourth colour-vision cone in their eyes..!)
  • a male tiger in india adopted a litter of orphaned cubs, taking on the role of the mother. apparently, this is the first time anything like this has been observed before. WAY TO REVERSE GENDER ROLES, BROTHER.
  • 2pac’s double-platinum posthumous album “loyal to the game” was composed and produced entirely by eminem, with 100% of royalties going to tupac’s mom.
  • spielberg returned to college in 2002 to finish his film degree. when the assignment was to submit a sample of filmmaking proficiency, he submitted schindler’s list. what a suckup.

17/06/13

today I learned:

  • during the filming of “superbad”, mclovin (christopher mintz-plasse) was required by law to have his mom on set during the sex scene because he was only 17 years old.
  • women are twice as likely to try to commit suicide as men, but men are four times more likely to succeed.
  • “rosie the riveter”, the woman that appeared in the WWII “we can do it” propaganda posters quit her job after only two weeks as a welder because it was too dangerous.
  • in 2008, warner music group was collecting over $5,000/day in royalties for public usage of the “happy birthday” song. they have been known to charge up to $10,000 for usage of the song in film. this is also why restaurants have their own birthday songs when you visit.
  • babies exposed to sign language babble using their hands the same way others do with their mouths
  • a customer closed his account in a bank with more than a million dollars in it after they refused to validate his parking
  • the “pink ribbon” associated with susan g. women was ripped off from a “peach ribbon”, created by grassroots breast cancer activist charlotte haley. she refused to let her design be commercialized by self magazine– who then consulted their lawyers and were told to “just change the colour”
  • on april 15th, 1912, a steward who hadn’t yet heard about the titanic sinking spotted an iceberg smeared with red paint and snapped a photo
  • egypt isn’t the country with the most pyramids. sudan is, and they have approximately 255 of ’em.
  • the world record for alcohol consumption is by andre the giant, who drank 156 beers in one sitting.
  • in 2008, there was a music festival called “festival of the fuck bands” where bands such as “fucked up”, “holy fuck”, and “fuck buttons” performed. oh, and it was held in fucking, austria.
  • when dr. seuss was stuck writing his books, he and his editor would go to a secret closet filled with hundreds of hats and wear them until they thought of something to write about.

05/11/13

today I learned:

  • the word “oxymoron” is an oxymoron. the greek word “oxy” means “sharp” and “moron” means “dull”
  • chimps deliberately seek out and eat fire ants, presumably to enjoy their venom in the same way we enjoy spicy food
  • freddy mercury was so ill with AIDS when he recorded “the show must go on” that brian may didn’t think he could do it. mercury slammed some vodka, said, “I’ll fucking do it, darling” and killed it in one take.
  • back in 2011, julian assange called Facebook the “most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented”
  • hitler orchestrated what was the most powerful anti-smoking movement in the world during the 1930s and early 1940s
  • octopus eyes don’t have a blind spot and evolved separately from vertebrate eyes, an example of convergent evolution.
  • martin sheen has been arrested 66 times for protesting and “acts of civil disobedience”
  • students with the highest GPAs score lowest on measures of creativity and independence, and highest on measures of punctuality, delay of gratification, predictability, and dependability.
  • the 15 largest commercial ships in the world create as much pollution in a year as every car on the planet.

02/06/13

today I learned:

  • the vibrator was the 5th domestic appliance to become electric– after the sewing machine, fan, kettle, and toaster.
  • the evil exes in scott pilgrim vs the world don’t die when scott makes them explode into coins; they just respawn at home, having learned their lesson.
  • if the US cut its military budget by 85%, it would still have the largest military budget in the world.
  • a woman had a heart attack on a plane, and when the stewardess asked if there was a doctor on board, 15 stood up….they were on their way to a cardiology conference.
  • jacki chan, working as a nightclub bouncer, once spent two days after a fight trying to push his bone back into his fist. he later found out it wasn’t his bone…it was the other guy’s tooth.
  • when spinning a penny, the chances of having it land on tails is 80%.
  • stan lee almost quit making comics. he only continued when his wife urged him to experiment with stories the way he wanted to, since he was planning on changing careers and had nothing to lose. this led to the golden age of comics.
  • 15% of the US population believes that the pharmaceutical industry invents diseases so they can sell a cure.
  • venice is built on a foundation of tree trunks. 1200 years later, those same trunks still support most of venice.
  • cats sleep 70% of their lifetime (we sleep 30%)
  • johnny depp plans on having his cremated remains poured into a cast of whiskey, and requests that every attendee at his funeral take a sip.
  • 1/3rd of duck sex is rape, and female ducks are constantly evolving ways to not get pregnant from it.