Saturday, July 30, 2016

Things I learned lately - 30 July

  • 21% of people living in Canada were born somewhere else.
  • Apple sold its billionth iPhone.
  • Sorbet is non-dairy.
  • Bananas will last longer if you wrap their stems in cellophane. That prevents the ethylene gas, which ripens the fruit faster, from escaping.
  • The Dasht-e Lut Desert, in Iran can get as hot as 70 C (159 F).
  • A Zappos employee broke the record for the longest customer service call ever at 10 hours and 43 minutes.
  • Originally, an acre was used to describe the area a yoke of oxen could plow in a day.
  • The word fortnight is derived from the Old English fÄ“owertyne niht, meaning fourteen nights.
  • A baker's dozen was created as a means of avoiding any chance of shortchanging customers, which in medieval England, was punishable by beatings or jail time.

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