Saturday, November 14, 2015

Things I learned lately - 14 Nov

  • Government subsidies, in Canada, for the fossil fuel industry in 2013-14 were CAD$3.6 billion. I wonder what kind of energy landscape we would have if those subsidies were eliminated and the industry had to survive on its own merits. 
  • Amazon just opened a physical book store in Seattle.
  • The importation of haggis is banned in the US. Maybe not for much longer though.
  • Bagpipes were played for the first time in space on the ISS this year.
  • The rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline by the US will not, nor has it so far, prevented any oil from Alberta from getting to its destination. Rail, re-purposed existing pipelines and boats on the Mississippi have taken up the slack.
  • Uniform regulation in the British Army between the years 1860 and 1916 stipulated that every soldier should have a moustache.
  • In medieval times, barbers performed surgery as well as extracted rotten teeth.
  • Jupiter's moons are all named after either Jupiter's (Zeus's) lovers, favourites, or descendants. NASA named the mission to Jupiter Juno. Juno is also the name of Jupiter's wife. So basically, NASA is sending Jupiter's wife to go check on Jupiter and his lovers and affairs and kids.
  • Trakky dacks: What Australians call sweat pants.

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