Saturday, August 23, 2014

Things I learned lately - 23 Aug

  • Americans smoke more in Kentucky than in any other state.
  • In 2013, Warren Buffett made on average $37 million per day. That's basically $1.5 million per hour.
  • At German car manufacturer Daimler, when employees proceed on vacation, they have the option of automatically deleting incoming email while they're away. The sender also is notified of the deletion with contact information of an alternate or supervisor. Once these people get back from vacation, there's no pile of unread messages.
  • In the future, used electric car batteries may be re-purposed as storage batteries for homes with solar panels or wind turbines.
  • In 2013, Google made $50 billion in advertising revenue.
  • Google is unique that its goal is to REDUCE the amount of time people spend on its site.
  • Google has photographed over 5 million miles of road for its Street View maps.
  • The oldest stock market in the world is Amsterdam's. It was established in 1602.
  • On 13 February 1997 the container ship Tokio Express was hit by a wave, tilting the ship 60 degrees one way, then 40 degrees back. As a result, 62 containers were lost overboard and one of them was filled with nearly 4.8 million  pieces of Lego, bound for New York. Shortly after that some of those Lego pieces began washing up in both the north and south coasts of Cornwall. They're still coming in today.
  • You would think that there aren't any pictures of nude people riding Segways. And that's where you'd be mistaken.
  • Houston is now the most racially and ethnically diverse large metropolitan area in the US.

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