Thursday, July 11, 2013

Things I learned lately 11 July

  • In 2011, there were 24,206 reported cases of rape in India. The conviction rate was 26.4%.
  • You can buy Doom and Wolfenstein for your iPhone.
  • New York City has plans to install 10,000 charging stations for electric cars.
  • In 30 seconds, over 1,157,000 searches are performed on Google.
  • The sun's mass accounts for 99.86% of the solar system's mass. It weighs 330,000 times what the Earth weighs.
  • In case you're not the yoga type and/or have never been inside a Lululemon, a pair of Astro yoga pants made of 'luon' (the material that was recently found to be unintentionally see-through) will set you back $98.
  • Honey laundering: A term referring to the fact that much of the honey sold in the United States isn't actually honey, but a concoction of corn or rice syrup, malt sweeteners or "jiggery" (cheap, unrefined sugar), plus a small amount of genuine honey.
  • Apple is working on a patent that would auto-right a phone as it's falling to the ground to minimize damage.
  • Tablet sales are on pace to overtake PC sales in less than 3 years.
  • Republicans are afraid Hillary Clinton will run for President in 2016. I hope she does. We need two firsts in a row.
  • So, a woman, who was tired of the sexist jokes she kept hearing behind her, took two guys' pictures and tweeted them. One of the guys lost his job and the company the woman worked for couldn't handle the public pressure, so they fired her too. Two people lost their jobs over one (at the time) innocent tweet.
  • IKEA got caught photoshopping women out of its Saudi Arabia catalogue. Are we surprised?
  • Oregon may become the first state to implement a program that would let students attend state schools without taking out a loan or paying out of pocket for tuition. "Pay it Forward, Pay it Back" lets students enroll with no money, so long as they pay up to 3% of their future salaries back into a state fund for 24 years.

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