08/09/14

today I learned:

  • the original ghostbusters trailer featured a 1-800 number, not a 555 number, which brought you to a prerecording of bill murray and dan aykroyd. they got 1,000 calls per hour, 24 hours a day, for six weeks.
  • two dogs breaking up a cat fight
  • when princess diana was stripped of the title ”her royal highness,” (due to divorce) a young prince william told his mother ”don’t worry, mummy, I will give it back to you one day when I am king.” SO CUTE. and sad. BUT CUTE.
  • speaking of princess diana, freddie mercury once dressed her up as a man and took her out clubbing.
  • a 1920s “stereoview card series” titled, “the goblins will get you if you don’t watch out”. uh, glad it ain’t the 1920s any longer…all my childhood hauntings had to feed from was “are you afraid of the dark” reruns. THAT WAS MORE THAN ENOUGH LET ME TELL YOU.
  • 16 of the most bizarre beaches in the world (I’d like to visit ’em all thank you)
  • xerox has a program called ‘social service leave’, that allows employees to take up to a year off to work for a nonprofit organization while earning their full salary and benefits, including job security. beautiful.
  • cigarette sales in the US from 1970 to 2012. woah!
  • the world’s first bio-adaptive front-of-building in hamburg uses algae-filled biomass panels to capture heat, reflect light and generate electricity – “it is, in essence, an architectural ecosystem”. awesome.
  • brazzers, reality kings, pornhub, youporn, pornhub, tube8, xtube, redtube, extremetube, gaytube, keezmovies, spankwire, and pornIQ are all owned by the same company. go figure.
  • david cross was the first investor in kickstarter
  • a teacher wears same clothes in school pictures for 40 years. dedication.
  • despite being in australia for most of his life, russell crowe was denied australian citizenship twice, in 2006 and 2013 because he had spent too much time in other countries.
  • a friggin’ cute-ass baby koala, everyone.
  • there are still unexplored passageways in the great pyramid of giza in egypt.
  • german photographer thomas herbrich took 100,000 shots and spent 3 months trying to capture the perfect smoke shape. I think he succeeded. 
  • a dog named bobbie travelled over 2,500 miles across america to get back to his owners after being accidentally abandoned. 

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