Monthly Archives: August 2014

29/08/14

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28/08/14

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27/08/14

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26/08/2014

today I learned:

  • millionaire harris rosen gave a florida neighbourhood free daycare and scholarships to all high school graduates. this raised the graduation rate from 25% to 100% and cut crime in half.
  • a loris eating a banana. I mean, just look at it!!!!
  • sniper bullets can travel for so long, the rotation of the earth will move the target
  • the word “biceps” is singular (and thus “bicep” is grammatically incorrect). the plural form of “biceps” is “bicepses” . well that’s just the most endearing word ever.
  • there is a homeless shelter organization called “my friend’s place” so that those in need don’t also have to go through the embarrassment of telling others that they’re homeless. this is awesome.
  • jim carrey’s secret of life (I love him)
  • I actually do believe we get to choose things about ourselves before we are born… (this is super cute though)
  • the tesla model S scored 5 out of 5 stars by the national highway safety administration, the highest in the history of the car. it even broke the machine that was intended to crush it during a rollover test. so….can I….can I have one?
  • pokemon gold and silver were developed by a small team of only 4 programmers, which is why it took 3 and a half years to make. I LOVE POKEMON.
  • a cockatoo who’s a very good friend
  • US first ladies edith wilson and nancy reagan are both descendants of pocahontas. wait, what?!
  • MAN monty python never gets old.

25/08/14

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22/08/14

today I learned:

  • all domestic hamsters are descendants of a single brother-sister pair that was bred in 1930. no wonder my hampsters never correctly learned tricks, and once bit off each others’ testicles. sibling fights, AMRIGHT?!
  • a young carlton banks on set with michael jackson for a pepsi commercial,1984
  • all mammals take about 20 seconds to pee no matter how large their bladder is. 
  • the biggest baby hockey fan ever, apparently hahahaha
  • in 1951, MGM owed the dog who played lassie $40,000 in back pay. not planning any more lassie movies, MGM instead gave the rights to the lassie trademark to the dog’s trainer, who spun it off into a TV show that ran for 19 seasons. I loved that show.
  • it’s true. the body can’t tell.
  • traditional balsamic vinegar must be aged for at least 12 years in a succession of 7 barrels of different woods such as chestnut, acacia, cherry, oak, mulberry, ash and juniper. It can cost $400 for a tiny 100ml bottle. aaand I also learned that I’ve never had TRUE blasamic vinegar. because I’m poor.
  • puppies. I don’t need to say more.
  • arctic explorer peter freuchen formed a chisel out of his own frozen poop to free himself from an avalanche. he then amputated his own frozen toes with a hammer. I don’t even know how to react to this. I’M SO CONFUSED.
  • audrey hepburn, 1955.
  • a child growing up in the US is more likely to have a pet than a live-at-home father. mmm 😦
  • TV sitcom housing affordability. this is actually pretty interesting!
  • the old man who masturbates to natalie portman on the subway in black swan and the guy who yells “ass-to-ass” in requiem for a dream are played by the same actor. the character is credited as “uncle hank” in both of them. how charming.
  • if you keep staring at the flashing green dot, the yellow dots will fade or disappear due to motion-induced blindness. NEAT.
  • as pornography has increased in availability, sex crimes have either decreased or not increased. which is why we need more porn on the regular. I mean, I don’t often watch it personally, but I’d rather see porn than gory violence any day. 
  • ‘back to the future’ aging with makeup vs reality 
  • there have been more deaths in chicago from gang violence than troops killed in afghanistan since 2001. there have also been more soldier suicides than deaths in the war. sigh.
  • a firetruck accident.
  • rabbit island in japan. take me here, please 🙂

21/08/14

today I learned:

  • the benefits of psychic development 🙂
  • ryan gosling was cast in “the notebook” because the director was looking for someone that was “not handsome” and “not cool”.
  • the mayan god of wind and storms was called jun raqan, pronounced “huracan”, hence the word “hurricane”.
  • a french bulldog puppy learns to be brave.
  • a chicago prostitute is more likely to have sex with a police officer than be arrested by one
  • a Y2K (Y2K!!!!) bug caused mothers’ ages to be calculated incorrectly, leading to 154 faulty down’s syndrome tests being sent out, which in turn led to two abortions and four failures to discover the syndrome. heavy stuff….
  • a former king of sweden became a pirate after he lost the throne. makes sense. classic move.
  • a tool used to make your own clock 😀
  • in scrabble, you CAN legally use a word that’s non-existent/not in the dictionary if no one calls you out. I HAD NO IDEA. MISSED WINNING SO MANY SCRABBLE GAMES.
  • some blind albino boys in their boarding room at a mission school for the blind in west bengal, india.
  • it’s illegal for drug companies to advertise to consumers almost everywhere in the world. the only exceptions are the US and new zealand.
  • a snow-removal train in skagway, alaska
  • robert louis stevenson’s wife burned his manuscript of “drs jekyll and mr. hyde” because she felt it would ruin his reputation. over the next three days, the author rewrote the 30,000-word manuscript from memory.
  • in 2013 a UK company perfected the “tomtato” – a plant that grows potatoes under the soil and tomatoes above.
  • this is what raw azurite looks like
  • a sea lion getting the ride of his life, thanks to a whale. SO FUN.
  • and, to finish us off, a whale who clearly is in a gang. that scares children.

20/08/14

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19/08/14

today I learned:

  • check out these rare historical photos! woah!
  • in order to preserve the state’s natural beauty, billboards are completely banned in the state of vermont and have been for over 45 years. we should follow suit. and by “we” I mean the entire friggin’ world.
  • the feeling of people that children “these days” are spoiled can be dated all the back to at least socrates. we are all old. and awesome.
  • an update from one of our favourite channellers 🙂
  • in japan, prisoners on death row are not told when they will be executed until a few hours before they are hanged, and their families are not notified until after they are dead. well that’s kind of insensitive.
  • charlie sheen’s ice bucket challenge. honestly, I’m impressed.
  • the playstation 2 is the best selling game console of all time, selling 155 million units. 131 million more than the xbox.
  • one of the first prototype looping roller coasters had a perfectly circular loop. as a result, riders were exposed to approximately 12gs of force, and frequently suffered neck injuries while riding. the modern roller coaster loop uses a “tear drop” shape to reduce G forces significantly.
  • some incredible allan watts quotes 🙂
  • through a process called grafting, a single tree has been developed that produces over forty different kinds of fruit, including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines and cherries. I need this.
  • 28 US states have an official state beverage. 21 of those 28 chose milk. alabama chose whiskey. classic alabama.
  • vanna white hasn’t actually turned any letters since 1997, hasn’t wore an outfit more than once on the show and holds the guinness world record for clapping.
  • this is what bumblebee jasper looks like…

18/08/14

today I learned:

  • india’s forgotten stepwells. gorgeous! wow!!
  • while recording “I put a spell on you”, screamin’ jay hawkins was so drunk, he blacked out with no memory of the session afterwards. in order to perform it the same way, he had to relearn the song by listening to the drunken recording. it became his biggest commercial success. the lesson here? ALWAYS RECORD SONGS DRUNK. ALWAYS.
  • here are some problems we still face in 2014. they’re serious guys. super serious.
  • no insurance company will underwrite jackie chan’s productions. so, he personally trains his own stuntmen and pays their medical bills out of his own pocket.
  • hugh laurie auditioned for his role in ‘house’ by shooting a video in a hotel bathroom. director bryan singer, unaware that laurie’s english, commented “see, this is what I want: an american guy.”
  • a typical crossfit workout. I laughed so hard at this hahahahaha
  • commander hatfield gave a TED talk urging people to walk through non-venomous spiderwebs to learn the difference between fear and danger.
  • beethoven hated authority and social rank so much that he would stop playing if aristocrats talked during his performances.
  • a gif of a table saw cutting wood
  • tracy morgan was married with three kids and living on welfare when he got his role on saturday night live.
  • acronyms are said like words, while initialisms are individual letters. for example, NATO is an acronym and FBI is an initialism.
  • I think canada needs to follow scotland’s suit and start providing us with the ability to order the ‘munchy box’.….I need this in my life right now. NEED.
  • coca cola switches back to cane sugar from corn syrup during passover.
  • a baby porcupine is called a porcupette. sounds way too sexy to be a baby of any sort…
  • sexy roller skating.
  • starbucks has “stealth” stores disguised as neighborhood coffee shops
  • russell brand was legally entitled to take $20 million dollars from katy perry’s fortune after their divorce but refused to take any.
  • ‘notification trolling’. hilarious!