“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”
You will get what the title is all about later. Let’s just say for now I’ll still be buying my airplane tickets and enduring the rigors of airport security for a few years longer.
As for now it’s Fact Day so have a look at the current offerings.
In cold weather keeping your cell phone
as close to your body as you can,
or in the inside pocket of an insulated base layer
will help keep it warm and prolong battery life.
In the West women usually start shopping for baby things
as soon as they discover they’re pregnant
but in China a pregnant Chinese woman will avoid
getting a stroller before her baby is born because
according to Chinese tradition it’s considered
bad luck to have an empty stroller in the house
while you’re pregnant.
The world’s oldest-known formula for toothpaste
was created by the ancient Egyptians
who used crushed rock salt, mint, dried iris flowers,
and pepper and mixed them to create a cleaning powder.
Research suggests this ancient toothpaste was more
effective than formulas used as recently as a century ago,
although it did have the unfortunate side effect
of causing bleeding gums.
A scientific study has suggested that if you
are stressing over an important test or exam,
writing down your feelings on a piece of paper
before an exam will allow you to achieve higher scores.
Contrary to many theories,
the tongue does not have specific receptor areas
for bitter, sour, salty, and sweet flavors.
In fact, there is a fifth taste (umami, for savory/meaty flavors)
and all zones of the tongue can sense all flavors.
After banning the Nobel Prize,
Adolf Hitler developed his own version
– the German National Prize for Art and Science.
Ferdinand Porsche was one of the awardees
for being the man behind the world’s first
hybrid car and for the Volkswagen Beetle.
In a statement he gave to the New York Times in 1909,
Nikola Tesla predicted that it would soon be possible
to transmit messages via personal devices.
Today, we have wireless communication devices
that we bring with us anywhere we go.
A month after the USSR sent Sputnik 1 into space,
they sent Sputnik 2, which was the first spacecraft
to carry an animal (a dog named Laika) into space.
However, despite the Soviets initially claiming that
Laika had survived in orbit for a week,
decades later official Russian sources revealed
that Laika lived only a few hours
before dying from overheating.
Brave little doggie though.
During WWI “Hello Girls,” as American
soldiers called them, were American women
who served as telephone operators for
Pershing’s forces in Europe.
The women were fluent in French and English
and were specially trained by the American
Telephone and Telegraph Company.
In 1979, the U.S. Army finally gave war medals
and veteran benefits to the few Hello Girls who were still alive.
In its early days YouTube’s founders used
Craigslist to try to popularize the site
by offering $100 to attractive girls who would
post ten or more videos of themselves.
Unfortunately, they didn’t get a single response.
The phrase ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’
goes back to at least the mid-nineteenth century
as found in George Eliot’s ‘The Mill on the Floss’ (1860),
where Mr. Tulliver uses the phrase in discussing
Daniel Defoe’s ‘The History of the Devil’,
saying how it was beautifully bound.
Its general meaning today, of course, is that
we shouldn’t judge or make a decision about
someone or something based on a brief
impression or outward appearance.
Just as true champagne must hail from France,
tequila has Denomination of Origin,
meaning that it has to be produced in Mexico,
mainly in the western Mexican state of Jalisco.
The states of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit,
and Tamaulipas are also acceptable.
Located in the city of Taipei in Taiwan, the
D.S. Music Restaurant has nothing to do with music at all.
In fact, it is a bizarre hospital-themed restaurant
where waitresses are all dressed as nurses,
tables are made from metal hospital beds,
drinks are served in IV bottles and
walls are decorated with X-ray scans.
Remember the teleporter Star Trek?
Well, it’s no longer science fiction because now
matter can be dissolved into particles, transported
and reassembled at another location.
However, it won’t be available for use on humans
in the near future because at the moment,
whilst it is indeed possible to scan every molecule
in the human body and reassemble it in another area,
according to Quantum physics, scanning and
reassembling changes the entire object.
You can’t make an exact copy.
So don’t beam me up just yet, Scotty!