Saturday, September 26, 2015

Things I learned lately - 26 Sep

  • Mexicans are the biggest drinkers of Coke in the world. On average, Mexicans drink 745 Coke beverages a year.
  • There are only two countries in the world where​ Coca-Cola is not sold. Cuba and North Korea.
  • A total of 6 million components from 550 suppliers in 30 countries come together to form a Boeing 747.
  • A decade or so ago, it was predicted that solar power would cost only 50 cents per watt by 2030. That price point has already been reached.
  • In 2009, there were 523 coal power plants in the US. More than 200 of those have been shut down.
  • 35 million people visit Central Park in New York every year.
  • New York City processes 2,000,000 pounds of recycling material every day!
  • It is estimated that about 14,000 - 17,000 men, women and children are smuggled illegally into the US every year to work in the sex trade or in factories, farms and bars as forced labour.
  • The human eye is only capable of seeing about 2500 stars unaided. Under perfect conditions. Which is one sextillionth of the number of stars out there (we think).
  • Margarine is banned in all public institutions in Wisconsin. Nothing but butter in schools, prisons, etc.
  • The Winkel tripel projection map is a much more accurate depiction of the world. Unlike the Mercator projection map that Google Maps uses, the Winkel doesn't make Alaska look as big as the entire continental US, or Greenland the same size as Africa, or Europe larger than South America, or Antarctica dwarfing all other continents.
  • In California, "This burrito is dank" doesn't mean it's cold and wet. It means it's darn good.

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