Friday, July 14, 2017

Things I learned lately - 14 Jul

  • Over the past decade, Disneyland has raised one-day ticket prices nearly 70% — up to $124 on peak days — to reduce wait times and ease crowding, to no avail, according to a new report from the Los Angeles Times.
  • In fact, attendance at the Anaheim, California, theme park jumped nearly 20% during the same time period.
  • Skin peeling from sunburn is actually your body’s way of protecting you from cancer.
  • When Paul Brown joined Arby's as CEO in May 2013, he was an outsider brought in to tap the 50-year-old fast food brand's potential. He decided that he would begin his tenure with a listening tour. "I want to hear from you what you believe has worked and what hasn't worked in the past, and what we think we could do together," Brown said he told the company. Whether he was in a franchise restaurant or one owned by Arby's, he would ask, "What would you do differently if you ran this?" The question got both franchisees and all levels of store employees to not only weigh in on how they would run their own location differently, but how they would manage the entire Arby's brand.
  • TransPod, a Toronto startup building a hyperloop system to disrupt commercial transportation, studied the viability of building an ultra-high-speed hyperloop line between Toronto and Windsor with multiple stops. They say that building a TransPod system will cost $10 billion, half the projected cost of a high-speed rail, in 30 minutes versus 2 hours for high speed rail. TransPod believes that high speed rail is an obsolete technology, citing that many countries are abandoning it in favour of maglev and hyperloop.
  • Cracker Jack was the first commercial snack food. The caramel-coated popcorn and peanut mix launched in 1896, and by 1916 it was the largest-selling snack food in the world.
  • Colonel Harland Sanders bought and lived in a bungalow at 1337 Melton Drive in the Lakeview area of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada from 1965 to 1980.
  • The loonie turns 30 years old this month.

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