Sunday, January 12, 2014

Things I learned lately 12 January

  • Police in Rialto CA started wearing cameras on their person while on shift. Complaints against police dropped 88%. Instances of police using force on people dropped 60%.
  • It got so cold so fast in Toronto in the first week of January 2014, that the ground water froze and expanded very quickly, resulting in 'frost-quakes' with a loud sonic boom.
  • The US has waived laws about using Chinese parts in military equipment in order to reduce the cost of building the new F-35 JSF.
  • The 'f' word is used 506 times in the movie The Wolf of Wall Street.
  • In Sri Lanka, cinnamon sticks are used as toothpicks. Cinnamon kills the bacteria that causes gum disease.
  • Apple and Google may find their way into the infotainment systems of cars very soon.
  • Canadian retailers are no longer allowed to buy incandescent light bulbs from manufacturers. What's in stock is all there is now.
  • Canada no longer allows foreign workers to come to Canada to be strippers. Or prostitutes.
  • The most pirated TV show is (still) Game of Thrones.
  • There is a Kickstarter project that will build a floating pool in Brooklyn's East River that would automatically filter river water into clean pool water (using no chemicals no less).
  • The new Rolls-Royce Trent XWB jet engines in use on the new Airbus A350 produce 84,000 pounds of thrust each. Every one of the turbine's 68 blades generates the power of a Formula 1 race car and burns fuel at half the temperature of the surface of the sun.

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