Saturday, June 29, 2013

Things I learned lately 29 June

  • The public didn't buy many Microsoft Surface RT tablet computers, so now Microsoft is trying to pawn them off on teachers and schools. Currently, Microsoft only has a 1.8% share of the tablet market.
  • There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, “therein”: the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.
  • The city of Brunete, Spain, tired of owners not picking up after their dogs, mailed the dog poop back to the owners. 20 volunteers patrolled the streets for dog owners who failed to scoop. They approached the guilty owner and struck up a casual conversation to discover the name of the dog. The name of the dog and the breed makes it possible to identify the owner from the registered pet database. The excrement was then packaged in a box branded with town hall insignia, marked 'Lost Property' and delivered by courier to the pet owners home.
  • It has been proven that the cholesterol in your diet doesn't really raise the cholesterol in blood. In fact, eggs primarily raise the "good" cholesterol and are NOT associated with increased risk of heart disease.
  • Google's self-driving cars have logged more than 300,000 miles accident-free.
  • Brooklyn is home to the largest community of ultra-Orthodox Jews outside of Israel, with more than 250,000.
  • Best name for a new business seen this year: Nothing Bundt Cakes in Austin TX.
  • Costco's CEO earns $650,000 per year as salary. By comparison, Walmart's CEO earned $18,100,000 last year. Walmart's sales are down. Costco's are not.
  • There were 15,000 sharks of various species swarming 600 feet from the beaches of Florida during spring break this year as part of an annual migration northward.
  • The internal battery in the new (2013) Macbook Air has been seen to last as long as 13.5 hours on a single charge. That's insane.
  • A TSA worker at LAX airport told a 15 year old girl that she was dressed inappropriately. Not only is this none of his business, the girl was dressed no differently than any other 15 year old girl. Her parents are taking this incident to the top. Power to the people.
  • Citi Bike in New York City has only been operational for 30 days and it has already seen over 529,000 bike trips.

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