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 Sep: Brisbane bus drivers are striking in the best way. Still driving as normal, but not charging for fares
2 Sep: Before the 1611 English translation of the King James bible, lucifer literally meant 'morning star'
3 Sep: There are three mountains in Canada named after Lord of the Rings: Mount Gandalf, Mount Shadowfax and Mount Aragorn
4 Sep: Anansi - An ancient African god who was a spider and had knowledge of all stories
5 Sep: After two failed attempts and one phone call to my mum, and my partner stepping in to assist, I finally learnt how to make a cheese sauce for lasagne
6 Sep: Nelson is supposed to be the sunniest place in New Zealand
7 Sep: Apparently, the capital city of South Australia, Adelaide, has a reputation overseas for being a 'murder capital'
8 Sep: Over the course of a woman's life, PMS symptoms peak when a woman reaches her late twenties or early thirties
9 Sep: M&M's stands for Mars and Murries, who were not straightforward partners. Forrest Mars Sr. applied for a patent of the hard candy shell (Which was basically a copy of the British Smarties he had come across during the Spanish Civil War). Bruce Murrie was the son of Hershey Chocolate's president and had 20 percent share in the product. This allowed the candy to be made with Hershey chocolate, because chocolate was rationed at the time and controlled by Hershey
10 Sep: Andromeda was the first galaxy that one could see from Earth with the naked eye
11 Sep: Cake most definitely does not make everything better
12 Sep: The largest pool in the world is at a resort in Chile, and is also the deepest
13 Sep: Someone has created a bum bag/fanny pack that looks like a beer gut and it's called the 'dad bag'
14 Sep: Brisbane nightclub, Cloudland, was going to be called Tenth House
15 Sep: On this day, Chemist Warehouse had a 50% off sale on Maybelline products
16 Sep: Spewing in the shower is really gross
17 Sep: Kmart will kindly remove the security tag from an item of clothing which was bought at Big W because you're a dingus who forgot to remove it when you went through the self-serve check outs
18 Sep: Cassini, the space craft that has been orbiting Saturn and returning info back to Earth, was commanded to fly into Saturn's upper atmosphere to burn up
19 Sep: The same dudes who created local Brisbane restaurant Harajuku Gyoza, also created other local Brisbane businesses Nitrogenie and Fritzenberger
20 Sep: Richard Nixon - of all the presidents - wanted to trial a universal income in the United States back in the 70's. However, the trial was deemed to be unsuccessful before the trial period had even finished
21 Sep: Glossophobia - a fear of public speaking
22 Sep: Tribbing is another term for scissoring. If you have no idea what either of these things are, then happy googling dear reader!
23 Sep: It's cheaper to snorkel with manta rays in Bali than it is to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef off north Queensland, Australia
24 Sep: My 5 year old niece can draw pretty awesome looking people
25 Sep: In the early 90's a man in Missouri was convicted - twice - of causing a catastrophe. The catastrophe being the Mississippi river flooding surrounding farmland due to a levee breaking which caused damage to infrastructure but no casualties
26 Sep: The population of Maryborough, Qld, is about a quarter of the population of Toowoomba, Qld
27 Sep: Some large companies use algorithms to determine your value to them as a customer. So for instance, if you are calling for assistance, this algorithm could determine your place in the call queue
28 Sep: The radio frequency for Triple J down the Gold Coast is 97.7. This should be memorable seeing as it's 107.7 in Brisbane - but I don't remember it
29 Sep: Adobe Creative Cloud software can be downloaded onto two separate computers (Woo hoo!)
30 Sep: There is no record of wood type (used in letterpress machines) being produced commercially in Australia. This is interesting because it means that all of the wood type in existence has been imported somehow