Friday, October 28, 2016

Things I learned lately - 28 October

  • When it's completed on 2017, Canada's 150th birthday, The Great Trail will span 14,828 miles (23,863 km).
  • The Vatican has decreed that ashes of cremated Catholics can no longer be kept at home, scattered, or divided among family members. Ashes must instead be kept in "sacred places" such as cemeteries. The Vatican isn't keen on cremation at all. Also, no scattering the ashes in the air, on land, at sea, or in some other way, nor preserved in mementos, pieces of jewelry, or other objects.
  • If you drop an alkaline battery, the more it bounces, the less charge it has left. A fresh battery should not bounce at all.
  • Google's studies on successful teams concluded that the 2 biggest factors that led to team success, regardless of team makeup, were conversational turn-taking equality and ostentatious listening.
  • On 21 October 2016, a massive DDoS attack on the internet's DNS service, causing Twitter and Spotify outages in America, was caused by hacked and hijacked webcams.
  • There are enough opioid medications prescribed in America every year for every adult to have at least one bottle of opioids.
  • Every second the sun fuses 700,000,000 tons of hydrogen into 695,000,000 tons of helium.
  • It took 51 years for hard drives to reach 1TB capacity. It took 2 years to double it.
  • Many species of crow use sticks as tools to get at food.

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