Friday, January 06, 2017

Things I learned lately - 6 January

  • In the Ukraine, a Big Mac is only $1.57.
  • If a Kiwi invites you to go to Macca's with them, they want to go to McDonald's.
  • This year's elite group of CEOs in Canada will have earned the average, full-time Canadian wage by 11:47 a.m. on Jan. 3 — the 2nd working day of 2017.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch is a distant relative (16th cousins, twice removed) of Conan Doyle. Their last common ancestor was John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster, who lived in the 14th century.
  • One female Greenland shark is around 400 years of age, making the species the longest-living vertebrate known on Earth.
  • Even in the early 1970s, women in the UK frequently had to get a male relative's signature to get a loan.
  • The tattoo policy of the US Marine Corps is 32 pages long.
  • YouTube was originally meant to be an online dating site.
  • There are about three million shipwrecks lying on the ocean floor.
  • People played with a fifth suit of cards in the 1930s. The most commonly known extra suit was 'eagles'.
  • German tourists can travel to more countries without a visa than any other nationality.
  • 80% of news stories (in the US) portray Muslims in a negative way.
  • After 68 years, Honest Ed's discount store in Toronto is finally closed.

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