Saturday, December 19, 2015

Things I learned lately - 19 Dec

  • The two largest urban parks in Canada are in Calgary, Fish Creek Provincial Park and Nose Hill Park.
  • Cats can't focus on anything closer to them than 30cm.
  • India will soon be building 27 solar parks at a combined 18.5GW capacity. For comparison, Alberta's total generating capacity is 16.2GW.
  • The tallest skyscraper in the world was always an American building until 1996, when the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur took the honour.
  • A guy working for Kodak actually invented the digital camera. But Kodak didn't want to sell it, so all they got out of it was earning money off the patent until 2007. Kodak filed for bankruptcy in 2012.
  • All table salt is sea salt. Mined salt just happens to come from long buried, evaporated, prehistoric seas. ~NdGT
  • The world's longest commercial airline flight is from Dubai to Panama City. It's 17 hours and 35 minutes long.
  • The long, skinny sticks of butter sold in eastern North America are called Elgins (named after the machine) and the shorter, fatter blocks sold out west are called Western Stubbies.
  • The Beatles' concert at Shea Stadium in 1965 marked the beginning of the stadium concert culture.

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