Friday, August 14, 2015

Things I learned lately - 14 Aug

  • Montreal mayor Denis Coderre took a jackhammer to a new concrete pad destined for Canada Post community mailbox in a public park.
  • It seems official now. Apple is also building a self-driving car.
  • The Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping mall, with an area of 5.9 million square feet. It has more than 1,200 stores, a 22-screen movie theater with 2,800 seats, a copy of London's famous Regent Street, a giant aquarium, as well as an Olympic-sized ice-skating rink. It is also one of the world's most visited shopping destinations, having attracted a record 80 million visitors in 2014. But it's building an even bigger mall. Dubai is building a huge temperature-controlled "city" of a shopping complex, said to house 8 million-square-feet of retail space once completed. Called the "Mall of The World," the entire project will be 48 million square feet in size, and include approximately 100 hotels, a theme park, and medical tourism facilities. For reference, West Edmonton Mall is 5.3 million square feet and has 800 stores.
  • Mr Clean is known as Mr Propre in France and Don Limpio in Spain.
  • Canada is only responsible for 3% of air strikes against ISIL. So, if we pulled out, no biggie.
  • There are some that say the new F-35 Canada is still not officially backed out of buying won't even be able to match the abilities of our current CF-18s.
  • The Conservatives kicked a reporter out of an event because she was asking party supporters about their stance on marijuana.
  • Students need to know that they have until October to change their permanent addresses to where their school is if they intend to vote. Please vote kids. Please, for the love of all that is good in this country.
  • Don't use the word pixels in your YouTube videos. Lest you want a takedown notice from Sony Pictures. Because they made a movie of that name. Which sucks, but I digress.
  • If you attend a Conservative election event, you acknowledge that you can't talk about what was said there.
  • Netflix will exclusively air Christopher Guest's next movie, titled Mascots. It will be about a group of unusual men and women taking part in the 8th World Mascot Association Championships. Remeber Spinal Tap, Best in Show, etc.? Yeah, more of that. 
  • The Tube in London serves roughly 1,200,000,000 passengers per year.
  • The Se Station in Sao Paulo, Brazil handles 1.5 million people - per day!

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