Saturday, March 14, 2015

Things I learned lately - 14 Mar

  • China used more concrete in 3 years (2011-2013, 6.6 gigatons) than the US did in 100 years (1901-2000, 4.5 gigatons).
  • Adult smoking rates in the US have dropped from 43% (1965) to 18% (2014). Meanwhile, in Indonesia, smoking rates among males is 67%.
  • The 'no animals harmed' notice that appears in film credits doesn't cover unintentional harm or off-screen harm.
  • When a supernova unleashes a gamma ray burst, it releases as much energy in a few seconds as our sun will release in its entire lifetime (assuming it doesn't supernova).
  • You will remember a person's name better if you hold their gaze as you're being introduced.
  • In the Netherlands, there are public facilities where you can get your recreational drugs tested to make sure they don't have any impurities.
  • According to the Vatican, Catholics can reduce their time in purgatory by following the Pope on Twitter.
  • David Tennant, who played Doctor Who, was inspired as a child to become an actor because he loved the original Doctor Who series.
  • Divorce moves in clusters. Friends who divorce increase the likelihood that their friends will also divorce.
  • Cookie Monster's real name is Sid.
  • According to the founders, Ben & Jerry's ice cream could someday come infused with marijuana.

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