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 Oct: Prisoners in American prisons use transparent typewriters. They're transparent so the prisoners can't hide anything in them
2 Oct: The man from Snowy River lyrics are printed on the old Australian ten dollar notes
3 Oct: There's an instrument which one can make at home out of PVC pipes called a Rimbatunes
4 Oct: Apartheid only ended in South Africa in 1991
5 Oct: Canberra was designed right down to the typefaces that were used on buildings
6 Oct: There is a city in Egypt the name of which translates to Sixth of October
7 Oct: Leonardo di Caprio is an environmentalist, and has even started a foundation under his own name
8 Oct: Caroma has designed a wall-mounted toilet which is narrow enough to fit into a wall
9 Oct: Numbers, the native Mac OSX program is an okay alternative to Microsoft Excel
10 Oct: Printers have a program which can imitate creep to visualise how the inside pages of a magazine might look
11 Oct: The Titanic was one of three 'Olympic' class of vessels built in the early 20th century. It's sister ships were the RMS Olympic and the RMS Britannic
12 Oct: One could attribute the popularity of Despacito in English-speaking countries to the version released which features Justin Bieber
13 Oct: Without a booking, one would have to wait 1.5 hours for a table at Julius Pizzeria in Southbank
14 Oct: Fish and chips weren't rationed in the UK during WWII
15 Oct: Traditional Khmer culture is very individualistic, something which Pol Pot would have been well aware of as a roadblock to the success of communism in Cambodia
16 Oct: Isopropyl alcohol is a good cleaner to prepare leather for painting
17 Oct: The Demon's Triangle is like the Bermuda Triangle but in Asia
18 Oct: The internet actually told me that if I ask my hairdresser to cut a wet tissue with the scissors she's about to cut my hair with, and her scissors can't cut it, then I should get up and leave immediately - lolololol
19 Oct: There are approximately 1250 steps in a kilometre
20 Oct: Mardi Gras literally translates into Fat Tuesday
21 Oct: Because of the Goldwater Rule in the US, psychiatrists are prevented from analyzing the Presidents mental state
22 Oct: Straight from Wikipedia: A flam consists of two single strokes played by alternating hands (RL or LR). The first stroke is a quieter grace note followed by a louder primary stroke on the opposite hand. The two notes are played almost simultaneously, and are intended to sound like a single, broader note. The temporal distance between the grace note and the primary note can vary depending on the style and context of the piece being played.
23 Oct: In the 1930s, a man went missing in Sydney. A few weeks later, a shark which had been recently transferred to the Coogee Aquarium vomited up an arm while on public display. The dismembered arm bore the distinctive tattoo of the missing man. The case of the missing man was then investigated as a murder, and now he goes down in history as Shark Arm Smith. Read all about it here.
24 Oct: Listen to How do you sleep at Night. Even if you ain't into podcasts... this one is just so good.
25 Oct: On a six-wheeled council bus in Brisbane, the third set of wheels turn like the first
26 Oct: I can vaccuum my entire house in under ten minutes - I didn't get into any pokey corners or anything - but I was still impressed
27 Oct: A can of tinned tomatoes blended up a bit is a satisfactory substitute for passata
28 Oct: Reportedly, upon closer inspection of the large print of a picturesque mountain scene outside Tippler's Tap in Southbank you will find humorous scenes hidden within it
29 Oct: Desexed dogs can get stuck together if they have sex
30 Oct: The Simpsons started out as shorts on the Tracey Ullmann Show
31 Oct: There's a 13 story abandoned building on Leichhardt Street in Spring Hill