Monday, November 04, 2013

Things I learned lately 4 November


  • In almost every European city, bikes outsell new cars. Especially in the countries of Lithuania, Greece, Romania, Slovenia and Hungary.
  • Las Vegas is almost ready to open a new 550 foot tall Ferris wheel, the 'High Roller', as part of a huge Linq dining and entertainment walk across from Caesar's Palace.
  • Americans call them splinters. Canadians tend to call them slivers.
  • The country with the highest internal migration rate (people moving) is New Zealand. The US is 2nd. People from Finland, Norway, Canada and Australia move around a lot too.
  • The average cable TV bill has doubled in the last 10 years in the US.
  • Scientists have found water 2.4km below the surface in Timmins ON, that may have been trapped there for more than 2.5 billion years.
  • Cream soda is usually light brown in the US, but it's pink in Canada.
  • 58% of Americans support legalizing marijuana now.
  • Carrot Dating is an app that promises a first date (with a woman) in exchange for some kind of incentive gift (bribe).
  • For generations, the two main islands of New Zealand didn't have names. People just called them North Island and South Island. They will now have Maori names: Te Ika-a-Maui (the fish of Maui) for the North and Te Waipounamu (the waters of greenstone) for the South.
  • In Japan, they have sushi restaurants where various dishes travel around past every table via conveyor belt. You simply pick the dish you want as it passes by. If you want something custom, you place your order by touch screen and it gets sent to your table on a separate high speed conveyor. Your bill is calculated based on the (coded) empty plates you place in the disposal slot at your table.
  • A woman in Ohio was arrested for taking $2.87 from a public fountain to buy food.
  • The plastic micro-beads that are used in facial scrub are polluting the Great Lakes.

3 comments:

Eleanor Smith said...

For number 3, in Ireland we called it a shelf

Eleanor Smith said...

Dam spell checker, skelf

Anonymous said...

I have only ever seen clear cream soda, myself. Heidi