Saturday, June 27, 2015

Things I learned lately - 27 Jun

  • McDonald’s has earmarked nearly 700 stores for closure. The company’s footprint is expected to shrink for the first time in nearly 40 years.
  • GMail now lets you enable 'unsend'. Set a delay time and that's how long you have to change your mind and unsend a message.
  • Most Spaniards don’t even start thinking about dinner until around 9pm and usually don’t eat it until 10 or 11.
  • 75% of Canadians have no idea what the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) is, nor that we are a participant in this secretive trade deal. Worse, very few have any idea of the rights being sold to corporations for the pure sake of profits. If you don't know what it is, you owe it to yourself to find out what you can, before your government sells us to the farm.
  • KFC started a huge ad campaign in Japan called “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” (Kentucky for Christmas!) in 1974, which became quite popular. ‘Kentucky’ as the Japanese call it, milked this tradition ever since, and dresses Colonel Sanders statues outside every KFC in Santa suits. Eating KFC for Christmas is so popular in Japan that you’ll see lines of people snaked outside every branch in the country and people reserve their buckets months in advance. Their Party bucket which is just an 8 piece Chicken bucket (all dark meat), 5 fried chicken breast strips seasoned with soy sauce and garlic, a salad and chocolate cake costs around $40.
  • The astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station witness around 15 sunrises and 15 sunsets every day
  • The British equivalent of 'that's what she said' is 'said the actress to the bishop'.
  • It takes about 45 seconds to explode a Twinkie in a standard microwave oven.
  • Yoda's original, full name was Minch Yoda.
  • It's a Wonderful Life was the first American TV program to be aired in Russia.
  • Wearing elaborate moustaches was common among the military. The Amish, being a pacifist group, didn’t want to associate themselves with those who waged war, so members were strictly forbidden from growing moustaches. This tradition remains among the Old Order Amish people.
  • Saint Anthony is the patron saint of bacon.

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