Saturday, September 13, 2014

Things I learned lately - 13 Sep

  • Tesla now has enough charging stations throughout North America to allow Tesla owners to drive from Vancouver to San Diego, from Maine to Miami or from New York to Los Angeles without worrying about battery range. There will be no 'fuel' cost along the way, because Tesla is committed to making superchargers free for all their owners. Swapping the empty battery for a fully charged unit will soon be an option for those who don't want to wait. The swap option will cost as much as a tank of gas and take less than 5 minutes to swap.
  • 37% of Montreal's population live within walking distance of rapid transit (Metro), the best in Canada.
  • More than 60% of Iranian university students are women.
  • Fast food workers are striking in the US, demanding a minimum wage of $15/hour. That would earn a worker $31,200 per year working 40 hours per week.
  • A person who earns $9/hour, which isn't uncommon for fast food workers, would earn $18,720 per year, before deductions and taxes.
  • Disney is going after Deadmau5's iconic mouse head logo. Joel "Deadmau5" Zimmerman is confident he'll take the big cheese if the matter winds up in court. "Disney thinks you might confuse an established electronic musician/performer with a cartoon mouse. That's how stupid they think you are."
  • The fog in San Francisco is named Karl
  • While the restaurant industry grew on average only 4% in 2013 (in the US), the breastaurant industry grew by 18%. This refers to restaurants that feature nearly nude servers. Another big thing in Washington and Oregon states are 'bikini barista' coffee shops. There are more than 130 of these.
  • You can't plead 'no contest' (nolo contendere) in Canada.
  • Hollywood had the worst summer for box office revenues since 1997. They only earned $4 billion. I wonder why.........

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