Friday, November 04, 2016

Things I learned lately - 4 November

  • Orange Julep, an iconic casse-croute in Montreal, had roller skating servers until 2005. They had to give it up due to WCB concerns.
  • Neptune's existence was predicted purely based on math and orbital mechanics.
  • Iceland has no mosquitoes. Neither do New Caledonia, French Polynesia, and The Seychelles.
  • Jupiter has 67 known moons.
  • Caesar's, Bally's and Harrah's opened casinos in Atlantic City once gambling became legal there. So did Trump, opening 3 casinos of his own. The first three players' casinos are still operating. Trump's 3 Atlantic City casinos are closed. The Taj Mahal lasted a year before filing for bankruptcy.
  • Craters on the planet Mercury are named after artists.
  • The Milk River, empties into the Missouri River, which empties into the Mississippi River. So you could get to the Gulf of Mexico by water from southeastern Alberta.
  • Research indicates that bored children are a good thing. They have more imagination and are motivated to learn and do things they wouldn't otherwise try.
  • According to Deloitte, the retail marijuana market in Canada (once it's legalized) would be worth between $4.9 billion and $8.7 billion annually. The market for products and services — including growers, testing labs, lighting, and security systems increases that number to between $12.7 billion and $22.6 billion. Factor in taxes, licensing fees, and weed-related tourism, the market could even be greater than $22.6 billion.
  • When your fuel warning light comes on, you could have anywhere from 20 to 109 miles (32-175 km) of driving left before the tank is bone dry, depending on the vehicle and your driving.
  • The FDA is vague about what counts as "pumpkin," which allows companies to pack unspecified squashes into their purees and still list pumpkin as the sole ingredient.

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