Saturday, November 08, 2014

Things I learned lately - 8 Nov

  • Microsoft OneDrive's storage limit for Office 365 subscription customers is no longer 1TB. They now have essentially 'unlimited' storage for their documents, pictures, etc..
  • Nearly 1 in 20 Canadian households ditched cable TV subscriptions in the past year.
  • According to a new study from the National Institutes of Health, a diet that reduces carbohydrates in favour of fat — including the saturated fat in meat and butter — improves nearly every health measurement, from reducing our waistlines to keeping our arteries clear, more than the low-fat diets that have been recommended for generations. The contradictory historical data stemmed from the fact that you can't reliably measure a type of food's effect on the body without considering all the other factors, such as the fact that a diet low in fat causes a typical person to eat more carbs.
  • In France, gypsies are called 'gitanes', they're called 'gitanos' in Spain, and 'zigeuner' in Germany.
  • British Colombia was named after the Colombia River which runs through it. The Columbia River was named after the Colombia Rediviva, the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe, a ship captained by Robert Gray. “British” was added to the name when the area was just a district, so that it could be distinguished from what would be known as the Oregon territory in the US.
  • You could fit all the planets in the space between our earth and the moon.
  • The population of earth has increased by over 4.1 billion people since I was born.
  • On October 24, 2014, Alan Eustice, 57, VP of Google Search, made a skydive from 135,890 feet, breaking the sound barrier and the world altitude record set just two years ago by Felix Baumgartner. So, you know, suck it Felix. Also, go nerds.
  • A software training company's gross profit target is 50%. So if 6 students register for a 5-day course which would provide $11,475 in revenue but earn less than $5737 profit, the course will likely be cancelled.
  • The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington has a rock from the moon — that you can touch.
  • In the mid-2000s, about 30,000 construction cranes were in use in Dubai.

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