Saturday, August 06, 2016

Things I learned lately - 6 August

  • The Netflix hit Stranger Things was passed on 15-20 times by the major networks.
  • Elon Musk is aiming for full automation in the coming production of the new Model 3. That's right, no humans on the production line.
  • Politicians in Germany are actively recruiting British start-up companies to relocate to Berlin in the wake of Brexit.
  • Donlad Trump has a fragrance. It's named Empire.
  • Israel recaptures 86% of the water that goes down the drain and use it for irrigation. This is vastly more than the second most efficient country in the world, Spain, which recycles 19%.
  • During the Cold War, there was a subculture in Russia that used discarded (exposed) x-ray film for making their own home-pressed bootleg records. In many cases it was the only way to listen to certain types of music.
  • In July 2016, Calgary received the most precipitation of any July since 1927. In 132 years of recorded weather, 2016 was the second wettest July in the city's history. Rain fell in the city on 22 of 31 days, with a total precipitation of 191 mm, more than half of Calgary’s annual average. The average July rainfall is roughly 65 mm. Thunderstorms and hail were prevalent in July. Calgary received 20 thunderstorms within the 31 day period. On average, Calgary has 28 thunderstorms per year.
  • Of the 25 healthiest cities in the US, based on physical inactivity rate; obesity rate; access to doctors; access to facilities; and percentage of smokers, only 2 were east of Colorado.

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