Friday, September 04, 2015

Things I learned lately - 4 Sep

  • Republican candidate Scott Walker is actually suggesting putting up a wall across the US / Canada border. Out-Trumping The Donald!
  • Qantas' Sydney to Dallas service is the world's longest commercial flight at 8,568 miles (13,790 km).
  • The French had no official word for French kissing… until now. It's "galocher".
  • Amazon's original name was to be Relentless - and the URL still redirects to the company website.
  • A man's walking pace slows by 7% for wives and girlfriends but not for other women, and increases if walking with another man.
  • There's a twins-only military unit in Russia.
  • A can of tuna (in oil), something to poke a hole in the can, some thread and a match is all you need to make an emergency candle.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger has 369 screen kills to his credit.
  • It is possible that more than 32 million people in the world today are descended from Genghis Khan.
  • The 'blue meth' depicted on Breaking Bad is really just rock candy.
  • The Japanese government wants to lend the US half the cost of building the first "Super-Maglev" train, reducing travel time between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. to just 15 minutes (from one hour).
  • Julia Louis Dreyfus is still the youngest (21) female cast member to ever join SNL. Anthony Michael Hall is the youngest male cast member (17).
  • Americans go to great lengths to darken (tan) their skin. In Asia and India people go to great lengths to whiten their skin.
  • John Williams, the composer who scores many films, has 49 Oscar nominations to his name.
  • Teen users of FB have gone down 25% in 3 years. FB users above 55 are up 80% in the same period.

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