Saturday, March 19, 2016

Things I learned lately - 19 Mar

  • The UK will soon tax the makers of sugary soft drinks based on the amount of sugar in their beverages.
  • The Nevada National Security Site (Proving Grounds) was the site of 100 above ground nuclear bomb tests and 828 underground nuclear bomb tests between 1951 and 1986.
  • Ingvar Kamprad, the 89 year old founder of Ikea is worth €65.5 billion. But he still buys second-hand clothes. He tries to get a haircut when he's in a developing country too.
  • In the mid to late 1800s, most immigrants to the US were from Ireland and Germany. Also, a lot of immigrants into northern states were from Canada.
  • NASA is working on a supersonic passenger jet design that produces more of a sonic thump than a boom. This could revitalize supersonic travel. The first prototype will fly by 2020.
  • Goodbye is an evolution of the contraction from the phrase 'God be with ye'.
  • The saw blade they use to cut off plaster casts (for bone break injuries) doesn't rotate, it just vibrates. There's no risk to the skin.

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