I recently wrote about a project that my wife and I started last year. The idea was to think about what we had learned each day, record it and discuss from time to time. I shared some interesting examples of nuggets of new knowledge …
Today I would like to share a further selection, again having filtered out the personal or anachronistic ones:
- King Herod’s 4th wife was called Doris.
- Turbo Pascal was a real problem to Microsoft and offered the first IDE.
- We have the kind of friends who accidentally buy a turkey.
- The highest waterfall in the world is Angel Falls.
- Bulls are castrated using a rubber band.
- Microsoft bought the company that developed Powerpoint in 1989.
- Paddington Bear was originally going to be from Africa.
- In WW2, black GIs were not allowed to marry their British girlfriends as it would be illegal in 30 of the 48 US states.
- It is bad luck to point at a rainbow.
- The band Mungo Jerry got their name from the name Mungojerrie in T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
- Reindeer hair is hollow so it insulates well.
- At blood donation, you now get an isotonic drink instead of water. This is the same as an energy drink, as used by athletes.