Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Things I learned lately 25 September

  • There is no cell phone reception at Burning Man. But there are pay phones.
  • Quebec currently has or plans to have a total of 1860 wind turbines in the province.
  • A new Google employee is known as a "Noogler" and a former employee is referred to as a "Xoogler".
  • Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin own just 16% of the company. That 16% gives them a combined net worth of around $46 billion.
  • Google has acquired an average of one company every week since 2010.
  • Canadians call it Bristol board. Some Northeastern Americans call it oaktag. The rest of the English world calls it poster board.
  • Almost 50% of recent grads in US regret choosing either their school, their major, or both.
  • Pull the stem and eat an apple from the top down right through the core. You'll barely notice that you ate the core.
  • One of the reasons there are empty homes in China is that many Chinese treat investing in property as a means of saving, rather than a savings account or stocks. A home is a tangible investment that can be used by their children later too.
  • China has 160+ cities with more than 1 million residents.
  • A future cure for grey hair could be available after scientists discovered why follicles become discoloured as we grow older. People who are going grey build up hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicle, which causes hair to bleach itself from the inside out. This could be reversed by an antioxidant cocktail that allows re-pigmentation of the hair, a discovery made whilst investigating the disease vitiligo, which Michael Jackson suffered from.
  • A McDonald's Super-Sized fries, phased out in 2004, contained 600 calories.
  • Assuming you use 25 sheets of toilet paper per day, you then use 168 trees in your lifetime just for your sanitary needs.
  • For the first time in the history of Canada, more people live west of Ontario (30.7% of the population) than east of Ontario (30.6%).
  • Canada had the biggest population growth of all G8 countries between 2006-2011.
  • Utah just raised the speed limit on parts of its rural interstates to 80mph.

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