Monthly Archives: September 2014
today I learned:
- ernest hemingway begged his wife not to send him for more electroshock treatments because he lost so much of his memory he couldn’t even remember his own name. he chose suicide the day after his 36th shock treatment 😦
- a beautiful, beautiful shot. contraaast baby.
- silly trees. who needs ’em?
- a skydiver (joan murray)’s parachute failed, and, hitting the ground at 128 kms/hour, she happened to land on a fire ant hill. thankfully, the shock of being stung (bit?) over 200 times by the ants actually released a ton of adrenaline in her, which kept her heart beating and saved her life. as I always say, THANK GOD FOR FIRE ANTS! AMIRIGHT?!
- this friggin’ horse is amazing. how does this work, does the rider help him jump er what?
- in 1952 claims smoking causes cancer caused kent cigarettes to come out with an asbestos filter to protect its smokers. how kind of them! I bet it reduced cancer a whole bunch, right?
- kansas court says sperm donor must pay child support
- a timelapse of norway, kindly shown to me by one of my most treasured friends (melina <3) BEAUTIFUL.
- the comic strip beetle bailey has ran since 1950 and is still made by its creator, mort walker, at the young age of 91….oh, aaaand there’s a dirty version, which he also makes…
- another gaia channeling 🙂
- just like human babies suck on their thumbs for comfort, baby elephants suck on their trunks for the same reason. cuuuute!
- multiple recipes (in an infographic!) for hummus! YES!! MMMM!!!!
today I learned:
- kittens with bibs. ‘CAUSE WHY NOT AMIRIGHT?!
- “electrocute” is a combination of the words electro and execute, meaning you were killed by electricity. sewww, if you don’t die, you were not electrocuted, you were shocked. WHAAAT.
- a bunch of things you (and I) didn’t know about china
- according to multiple sources, alcohol kills about 2.5 million people annually and is considered more harmful than tobacco, obesity, and all known Illegal substances. and yet it’s sooo available and socially acceptableeeee
- how some blind dogs gain their confidence. or, y’know, just use essential oils to mark objects. ’cause the dogs nose takes up way more brain space than any other sense. BUT THAT’S JUST MY OPINION, MAN.
- this biiiird!
- 96-year old lady from australia knitted over 1000 tiny sweaters for penguins to protect them from oil spills. I’ve yet to see a penguin in a tiny sweater.
- the first drinking straw was designed to have a diameter slightly smaller than the typical lemon pip, as the inventor was tired of getting lemon seeds in his mouth when drinking lemonade.
- an airport pup who returns lost items like a herrrooooo
- when a bee mates with a queen, its ejaculation is so powerful that it is audible by the human ear. I mean, is it only the queen that gets these monstrous, powerful ejaculations?! oh, and of course I found a video of a bee ejaculating, YOU SICKOS!!! I mean, I’ll just leave you with that for today. I ….love you.
today I learned:
- the ‘miss leo free tarot reading’ psychic hotline was generating $24 million a month for two years straight. the lady in the commercial only actually made $1,750 for the three days it took to film the first infomercial. nice.
- gary oldman’s makeup for hannibal
- there is a frog from africa, trichobatrachus robustus, that will break a bone in its toe pad, push the sharp broken bone through its skin and shank you if you threaten it. WHHAAAAAT.
- facts about beer. NOW I KNOW. and will never use this information. probably.
- dogs of the world based on geographic origin
- a chimpanzee named frodo has impregnated his own mother, killed a human infant, attacked a cartoonist, and beat jane goodall’s head so badly he almost broke her neck. holy hell.
- an infographic of nonmonogamous relationships!
- just a UFO. NOTHING TO SEE HERE.
- smarties candies (or “rockets” in canada) were originally made with re-purposed gun powder tablet machines from WWII.
- some recipes (with pictures! it looks fun!) from tokyo 🙂
- there have been an estimated 638 attempts to assassinate fidel castro by people in the US, including poisoned cigars, infected scuba equipment, a pen rigged with a hypodermic needle containing poison, etc. he actually said, in response to this, that “if surviving assassination attempts was an olympic event, I’d win gold”. you sure would, fidel. you suuuuure wouuuuuld.
- what every country leads the world in. I had no idea about the asteroids! yay canada!
- the mcgurk effect. pretty friggin’ cool.
- a self-proclaimed non-religious guy decided to install a buddha statue in a high-crime neighbourhood. nearby vietnamese ladies began “flocking” to it, gave it flowers and other gifts, and began doing daily chants. crime around the area dropped 82% since 2012 🙂
today I learned:
- I wish all grocery stores did this.
- mexican shamans began to use coca-cola in their religious rituals to heal worshippers. when pepsi discovered this, they offered commissions to shamans for using pepsi instead. when coca-cola began paying too, rival religious groups were formed based on which soft drink they use.
- guy makes an illegal u-turn in australia and almost causes a car crash…..aaaand then karma.
- in 1986 a volcanic lake in cameroon, africa burped a C02 gas cloud that killed 1,746 people in the blink of an eye. woah.
- a tasting table at the hall winery in st. helena. SO BEAUTIFUL.
- roman emperor caligula once declared war on god of sea, neptune, and ordered his soldiers to attack the ocean. good luck with that one, buddy.
- woody harrelson is a supporter of the 9/11 truth movement and has supported reopening an investigation into the september 11 attacks. other people who are supporters include martin sheen and ed asner, and they’re all gonna appear in a movie, ‘september morn’ that will explore those views. awesome!
- a man named walter summerford was struck by lightning 3 times in his life. after his death, his gravestone was also struck.
- comic strip artists from the 40’s draw their characters blindfolded
- in 1967, a magazine published a fake story about extracting hallucinogenic chemicals from bananas to raise moral questions about banning drugs. people didn’t realize it was a hoax and began smoking banana peels to try to get high. hahaha.
- john malkovich, an obvious artistic genius, recreated famous photos.
- james franco and seth rogan get naked for jilly fallon’s birthday. mmmmm
today I learned:
- “cree indian”, taken by g. w. fleming, 1903. beauty.
- bayer sold a medicine tainted with HIV. once they found out in the US, they continued to sell it overseas for over a year so they could “clear stock”. how beautifully ethical of you, bayer. I will not buy your aspirin.
- lucy ann johnson, a mom and wife from alaska, disappeared in 1961. last year (that’s 52 years later), she was actually found in the yukon, “alive and well”, with an entirely new family. REPLACEABLE FAMILY MUCH?! hahahaha. just kidding. her husband was apparently abusive and wouldn’t let her have the children…. 😦
- how to open a hard-boiled egg with one hand (this is actually how my dad taught me! coooool! PERCYDIDITFIRST)
- new york’s area code is 212 because it was the fastest number to dial on a rotary phone.
- someone’s university washroom just went “full goldeneye” hahahaha
- there’s something called ‘ruin value’, which is the concept that a building be designed such that if it eventually collapsed, it would leave behind aesthetically pleasing ruins that would last far longer without any maintenance at all. that’s really neat!
- suuuch a good prank!
- the previews used to be shown at the end of a movie, which is why they are referred to as “trailers.”
- this is how a trumpet works. so friggin’ neat.
- leonardo dicaprio and kate winslet helped pay the nursing home fees for the last titanic survivor so she wouldn’t have to sell anymore titanic mementos to raise cash. BEAUTY.
- and to finish you guys off for the day (GET IT), a gallery of “weird” penises. NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART OR MEN/WOMEN/LESBIANS/ASEXUALS/WHOEVEREXUALS WHO ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH PENISES.