Sunday, April 28, 2013

Things I learned lately 28 Apr

  • Some people can utilize 'peanut therapy' to reduce allergic response to peanuts in teens and adults. After 68 weeks of therapy, participants were able to eat more than 10 times the amount of peanuts than ever before with no reaction.
  • Estimates say that in developed countries, baby girls have a 40% chance of living beyond 100 years old.
  • A guy went for a walk in London from his home and over the course of 1.4 mi (2.25 km) encountered over 140 CCTV cameras.
  • Most of the people in the US who changed their mind and are now in favour of same sex marriage did so because they now know someone who is gay.
  • The flu virus doesn't transmit well in warm, humid air. But it travels well in cold, dry air.
  • The 6 members of the Walton family (Wal*Mart owners) have as much combined wealth as the entire bottom 1/3 of the US population.
  • The most fuel efficient vehicles on the road are hurting the bottom line of government roads budgets that are funded by fuel tax. So the fix is either higher fuel taxes, or taxes based on distance travelled on roads.
  • New Zealand consumes 28.4 litres of ice cream per year per capita. In comparison, Canada only consumes 10.6 litres per year per capita.
  • Because the earth's spin is slowing, in 100 years our day will be 2 milliseconds longer.
  • The word car is short for carriage.
  • The stethoscope was invented mostly to deal with the fact that Catholic doctors weren't keen on putting their ear to a woman's chest to hear what was going on with their heart and lungs.
  • How bad are things in Spain? 27.2% unemployment.
  • There are 29 US states where you can be fired for being gay (as of 25 Apr 2013).

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