The saying "You learn something new every day" has fascinated me since the first time I heard it. I've always believed it to be true, but had never taken the time to take note of the new things I had learnt.
Some entries are mundane, some are funny, some are useful, some are factual, some are personal. Some are very specific to my time and place, and others have a wider reach. To combat misinformation I have researched those entries that appear as fact rather than opinion. This page was created to entertain, not educate, and I trust that the reader can use Google if they're wary of anything I've written. I don't claim to be an expert though so feel free to write to me via email if you want to discuss anything you have read here. With that out of the way, please read on for a list of things I didn't know the day before.
1 Jan: Fingertip pressure on the middle of the ribcage between the breast plates is an effective way of waking someone up who appears to be unconscious. (Paramedic certified information)
2 Jan: Star Wars Rogue One doesn't fit neatly into the Star Wars timeline like the other movies
3 Jan: There is a glue that bonds concrete that smells like PVA
4 Jan: It is okay to cut the brown edges from the leaves of a fiddle leaf fig
5 Jan: Daisy Duke is a blackcurrant flavoured beer from Burleigh Brewing Co. which you can only buy directly from the brewery, they don't sell it in stores (Which is disappointing!)
6 Jan: The fuel attendant at the service station DOES have to manually allow the fuel to flow before you can use the pump (I always though this might be the case...)
7 Jan: Harajuku Gyoza does not participate in Uber Eats
8 Jan: As turtles grow, they shed their shells for new shell underneath
9 Jan: Monster Trucks is a movie about monsters who live inside trucks
10 Jan: The word 'nightmare' is an Old English word which was originally used to describe sleep paralysis specifically. It's only in the last couple of hundred years that is has been used to more broadly describe bad dreams
11 Jan: Setting up a manual vanishing point in Illustrator is much easier than using the perspective tool
12 Jan: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were originally created as a parody that riffed on the popular comics of the early 1980's
BONUS FACT: If you're really near-sighted (Aka: short-sighted; suffer from myopia) you're at higher risk of your retina detaching if you go bungee jumping or sky diving
13 Jan: Over-baking gluten-free cupcakes made with a recipe that is high in oil and butter will make the tops go hard like a cookie, but the sponge won't dry out as in other recipes
14 Jan: There's a suicide forest in Japan, which is apparently the second most popular place in the world for people to go to die
15 Jan: There is such thing as a raccoon dog, which is in no way related to the raccoon, they just look kind of similar. Raccoon dogs are pretty cute.
16 Jan: I can do 15 jump squats in 21 seconds at the end of a workout session (I didn't believe I could do any, so this was quite an accomplishment!)
***Around this time I started reading Behind the Arches. Consequently the things I learned from this point often have a hamburger/fast-food restaurant theme.***
17 Jan: Tiny hamburgers are often referred to as 'sliders'. This term was first used in the early 20th century to describe the tiny hamburgers sold at White Castle (The first successful chain of fast-food restaurants in America) because they were consumed in such gluttonous quantities that they had a laxative effect
18 Jan: Bluebottle jellyfish are not one animal. They are four different organisms living in a colony together
19 Jan: The famous Golden Arches of McDonalds were never created as an "M." One of the original McDonald's brothers sought to add the arches to the first restaurant they built as a structural addition to combat the flat design of the roof
20 Jan: Failsafe way to boil an egg
21 Jan: It is possible to create an okay piece of art in a noisy bar
22 Jan: McDonald's became the market leaders in fast food because they were the first company to work as a team with their franchisees
23 Jan: Democracy is an illusion. (Basically I watched this movie)
24 Jan: Experiential Graphic Design is a thing. It's concerned with the visual aspects of way finding and communication in architecture, interior and industrial design
25 Jan: Paul Hogan doesn't appear in the film Crocodile Dundee until 8 minutes in
26 Jan: Sheer full-length pants are in fashion for young women (Yes, I went to Laneway Festival)
27 Jan: My Neighbour Totoro came out in 1988 (The same year I was born)
28 Jan: To facilitate military intelligence back in the 1960’s, there has been an area of radio silence (This means NO WI-FI) the size of 34,000km2 in West Virginia, United States, which is still there today
29 Jan: In the 1950’s McDonald’s invested about $3 million over the course of a decade researching how to cook the perfect french fry. This is a huge amount of money considering back then a hamburger cost 15c and you could buy a McDonald’s meal for 47c.
30 Jan: During WWI, it was customary for women to give men (Who were obviously not participating in the war) a white feather. The act of receiving a feather was sometimes enough to persuade even those men who were morally opposed to war (AKA; pacifists) to join the armed forces.
31 Jan: Recent studies show that artificial sweeteners might actually disrupt the body’s natural ability to count calories… Scary!