Saturday, December 06, 2014

Things I learned lately - 6 Dec

  • "No one uses Facebook anymore. Facebook is just for old people posting pictures of their kids and grand-kids." ~a Gen Z-er
  • Unpopular kids will occasionally try to become more popular by following popular kids on Instagram. The popular kids, however, may respond to this overture by blocking the unpopular kids. For an unpopular kid, being blocked by a popular kid is worse than being passively ignored by the popular kid, because everyone can see that you're blocked. And when you're blocked, you can't see or share or comment on anything that the popular kids post, so you don't even know what the popular kids are thinking or saying or liking or talking about. You also can't even search for the popular kids, because their names won't show up. It's like you don't even exist.
  • The family of Bob Marley and a Seattle-based private equity firm are launching the first global cannabis brand with marijuana products sold under the brand Marley Natural. It will include various blends of the herb and concentrates, oils and infused lotions.
  • Before the early 20th century, both boys and girls wore dresses. There was no gender connotation. A dress was easier to fit and made diaper changes easier too.
  • The reason a sheet of aluminum foil is only shiny on one side is because two sheets are put through the final set of rollers at the same time. The side of the sheet that touched the other sheet instead of the roller is matte.
  • Cost of daycare per child, per month in Canada: Montreal - $152 (subsidized by province); Winnipeg - $651 (capped by province); Toronto - $1676.
  • Mexico will have a high speed train before Canada does. Mexico.
  • Thorium powered nuclear reactors may finally see the light of day as both India and China are making huge progress on them.
  • The Netherlands has come up with a way to save money and energy on road lighting - glow-in-the-dark paint. Lit up lines have been painted on a stretch of highway in Oss. The paint contains a photo-luminising powder that charges up in the daytime, releasing a green glow for up to eight hours at night. 
  • Doom used to mean 'judgement'.
  • Bully used to mean 'lover or brother'.
  • Welch’s grape juice started out as a non-alcoholic substitute for sacramental wine.
  • Brave used to mean 'show-off'.
  • Awful has opposite meanings, good and bad.

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