Friday, November 06, 2015

Things I learned lately - 6 Nov

  • Morocco is building a solar farm that will eventually produce half of the country's electricity.
  • The Large Hadron Collider is a ring tunnel 17 miles (27km) around. The particles are being driven so fast around this ring, that they complete the circle 11,000 times. In one second.
  • A 70kg person would need to drink 70 cups of coffee to risk dying from too much caffeine.
  • The Canadian Extreme Wrestling Party is a real thing. They never registered as a political party, yet, but they do have a leader.
  • Print to PDF is natively available in Windows 10. Anything that can print can also be converted to a PDF.
  • Mercurochrome, or Merbromin, or dibromohydroxymercurifluorescein, was a common antiseptic used to treat minor cuts and scrapes. Because it contains mercury, the US banned it in 1998. Germany and France halted sales in the 2000s. It is still readily available elsewhere.
  • Jell-O has been around since 1897.
  • The first Twinkies were filled with banana cream, but once the banana rationing of World War II started, they switched to vanilla cream.
  • Oreos have been around since 1912.
  • The modern pretzel’s predecessor was first made in the 6th century by an Italian monk, who used it to reward young church attendees. The word pretzel is from the Latin word pretzola, which loosely translates to little reward.

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