Thursday, April 13, 2017

Things I learned lately - 13 April

  • Britain, Germany, Estonia and Poland were all aware of suspicious "interactions" between associates of Donald Trump and suspected or known Russian operatives in late 2015.
  • Since 9/11, almost as many Americans have died at the hands of far-right-wing extremists as have been killed by radical Islamists – 106 and 119, respectively.
  • Heinz opened a baked beans cafe in the food section of Selfridges in London to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the "Beanz Meanz Heinz" slogan. You can get your beans, in a big paper cup, with scrambled eggs, ham hock, or bacon bits.
  • American car insurance companies appear to be charging higher premiums in minority neighbourhoods with similar accident costs.
  • The band Chicago put out at least one album every year from 1969-1980. Four of those were double albums.
  • We are now capable of detecting whether an exoplanet has an atmosphere or not.
  • The word rooster was invented at the end of the 18th century to avoid using the word cock, which by that point also had a sexual meaning.
  • The actual coastline of Louisiana looks nothing like it is depicted in most maps. Between 1932 and 2010, 1900 square miles of land was lost due to sinking land and rising waters, more than all other states combined. It could lose another 1750 square miles by 2064 at this rate.
  • A 102 year old woman in St Louis asked to be arrested, handcuffed and put in a squad car, to check it off her bucket list. The police happily (and gently) complied.

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