Saturday, May 30, 2015

Things I learned lately - 30 May

  • Jennifer Lopez's infamous 2000 Grammys dress inspired Google image search. Before 2000, you couldn't search for images. Her dress became the most popular search following the Grammys.
  • Not only does 12 + 1 = 11 + 2, but the letters "twelve plus one" rearrange to give you "eleven plus two".
  • Water deeper than 1 kilometre covers more than 60% of our planet.
  • The latest password recovery tool goes through 8 million guesses per second. It tries phrases from the Bible, common literature and online discussions.
  • There are approximately 10,000 therapy animals in the United States. Of those, 14 are llamas.
  • When UPS expanded into West Germany, they had to change the brown uniform to green, due to the “brown shirts” worn by the Nazi SA.
  • UPS developed software that routes trucks such that they minimize left turns in their deliveries. By doing so, they reduced their annual fuel consumption by nearly 51,000 gallons in Washington DC alone.  The reduction in fuel comes from drivers not having to sit idling at red lights waiting to make left hand turns.
  • Railroad cars are brown so as not to show their dirtiness.
  • Bananas are one of the healthier natural food sources in the world, ounce for ounce.  They contain almost no fat; are very low in calories; and are high in vitamin B6, fiber, and potassium.  They also contain decent amounts of phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, selenium, manganese, copper, zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Niacin, Folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, and Pantothenic Acid.  Bananas are also known to lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes, as well as decrease your risk of getting cancer, according to the FDA.
  • The inner part of the bread encased by the crust is called the “crumb”.
  • Interestingly, throughout history, highly refined white bread was a luxury only available to the wealthy and thus was seen as a status symbol.  Breads from whole grains were only for the poor.
  • Canadian flour has much higher protein levels than flour from most other regions.

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