Saturday, July 11, 2015

Things I learned lately - 11 Jul

  • The Pearl River Delta, made up of 9 cities, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Huizhou, Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Guangzhou, Foshan, and Zhaoqing has more citizens (42 million) than all of Canada (36 million)
  • Hawaii is now generating electricity from ocean waves.
  • The cost of cable TV subscriptions has doubled in the last 8 years.
  • So, underground (as in empty office tower floor, basement or garage) drone racing is a thing now.
  • The "Door-knob - Safety" game: Should a person produce any sort of flatulence, that person must claim the offending sound and or odor by shouting out "safety!" Should a person nearby the offender hear or smell the broken wind and yell out "Door-knob!" before the windbreaker says "safety", the person yelling "door-knob" is allowed to hit the farter as hard and as many times as they want. The beating ceases when the farter touches a door knob. In the case of a tie, the claim of "door-knob" will be honoured and hitting can commence. This is because the farter usually knows in advance that they're about to cut the cheese.
  • Two former musician members of the Bay City Rollers quit to form the band Pilot. Pilot was produced by Alan Parsons. Three Pilot band members went on to become the core musicians in the Alan Parsons Project.
  • Olympians bite their medals because the photographers ask them to.
  • Sleeping Beauty is based on a story where a married king finds a girl asleep and can’t wake her, so rapes her instead. The story is called The Sun, the Moon, and Talia, by Italian poet Giambattista Basile and published in 1634. It was part of his “Pentamerone” collection of fairy tales, which also includes the first known version of Cinderella and Rapunzel, and includes a version of Puss in Boots. Basile was more or less the “Brothers Grimm” of his time.
  • Canada has more than 3 million lakes.
  • A blue whale's fart bubbles are big enough to enclose a horse.
  • Mr Clean's first name is Veritably.
  • Hawaiian pizza was invented in Ontario.

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