Thursday, July 21, 2016

Things I learned lately - 21 July

  • Believe it or not, there was still one manufacturer of VCRs making the machines. But Funai will stop the assembly line at the end of July. 
  • Infidelity (for women) in past centuries was considered really bad mostly because of property rights. Because illegitimate children could inherit their father's property.
  • For the Peter Gabriel song "Don't Give Up", on the album "So", the duet was first offered to Dolly Parton, who passed. Peter had envisioned the depression themed song best suited to a duet with a country artist.
  • Nearly 1,000 women are murdered in Pakistan every year for violating conservative norms on love and marriage. These "honour killings" are often carried out by family members.
  • The Montreal Olympics are the reason we have lotteries in Canada. The lottery raised $15 million selling $10 tickets across Canada. The jackpot was $1 million, tax-free.
  • By the 19th century, slaves made up 90% of the population of Haiti.
  • We associate tea with the British, yet they didn't even have access to tea until the late 17th century.

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