Sunday, July 29, 2012

Things I learned this week 29 July

  • There is a Hello Kitty spa in Dubai.
  • In 1900 only 64 out of 100,000 people died of cancer, in 2010 that number was 186.
  • Visicalc was the first spreadsheet program, developed in 1979. It was only made for the Apple II at first, but was ported to the IBM PC by 1981. Other spreadsheet programs to come were Lotus 123 (1983), which pretty much killed Visicalc, and Microsoft Excel (1985).
  • Due to Texel's geographical position north of Holland, the tidal wave system and the strong winds, an estimated two tons of flotsam and jetsam wash up on its beach each day.
  • If you store bed linen sets inside one of their own pillowcases, there will be no more hunting for a matched set.
  • In 1937, Kraft introduced Kraft Dinner in the US and Canada. The timing of the launch had much to do with its success. During World War II, rationing of milk and dairy and a reliance on meatless entrees, created a captive market.
  • Pulling a Facebook Fairy: Getting caught online while playing hooky from work.
  • An old rule of thumb, that occasionally receives some attention, is the notion that for every $10,000 (per year) in salary sought, it will take one month to find a new job. 
  • Foods that help you sleep: bananas; protein; almonds; milk; cherries; decaf green tea; oatmeal. Don't eat high fat; drink alcohol or caffeine.
  • 20,000 year old pottery has been found in a cave in China.
  • Neilsen doesn't report online TV show watching, not even on legit sites like Hulu (in the US). Dumb.

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