Saturday, October 24, 2015

Things I learned lately - 24 Oct

  • Tesla cars bought after September 2014 now have (after a simple downloadable software upgrade) the ability to cruise mostly autonomously. This means maintain a set speed and safe distance, avoid rear and front end collisions, maintain the lane, and steer. The car will change lanes on its own if you signal accordingly. Tesla is not calling this self-driving, more enhanced driving.
  • Aussie brand shampoo is not from Australia.
  • An incandescent light bulb is only 10% efficient. The rest of the energy generates heat.
  • The electric toaster was invented decades before pre-sliced bread.
  • It's practically impossible to overdose on marijuana. Even if you tried to eat it, you'd need to eat 22kg of the stuff. At once.
  • The theobromine in chocolate is harmful to humans too, but because we metabolize it, you'd need to eat 85 chocolate bars to get into trouble.
  • Two cherry pits contain enough cyanide to kill you.
  • Body Shop is owned by L'Oreal.
  • Burt's Bees is owned by Clorox.
  • Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas has a personal shoe collection with over 2000 pairs.
  • The Mini Cooper Countryman was once listed as the least reliable vehicle in America.
  • Denny's (the restaurant) was founded under the name Danny's Donuts in Lakewood, California in 1953. Denny's expanded to twenty restaurants by 1959, when the chain was renamed Denny's to avoid confusion with another chain, "Doughnut Dan's".
  • GMail now reminds you if it thinks you forgot to add that attachment you mention in the message.
  • Daylight Savings Time increases gasoline consumption. This is likely because evening activities increase since it stays light out later.
  • Astronomers report that there could be as many as 40 billion habitable Earth-size planets in our galaxy, based on new analysis of data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft.

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