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 Feb: Egg yolk will effectively remove coconut oil from hair (If you're looking to avoid using shampoo)
2 Feb: Google will not directly answer the question, "Should I watch Interstellar drunk?"
3 Feb: Gluten free damper exists. I made it. It tasted okay. (End of February edit: I have made this recipe twice more since and conclude that the first time I made it I definitely didn't knead it enough - it's actually awesome. Recipe here.)
4 Feb: A castrated rooster can be eaten, as it improves the quality of it's flesh for food. Otherwise, rooster meat is too lean and tough
5 Feb: In the early 60's NASA tested human space flight by having an astronaut orbit the Earth, before they could even think about sending someone to the moon. (This was an obvious thing which I had never really thought about. Americans weren't the first to orbit Earth either, Russia did it first.)
6 Feb: New Zealand is the second largest market for reggae, the first being Jamaica.
7 Feb: Between 1948 and 1981 Hawthorne Park was the principal velodrome in Queensland. Shortly following the final race meeting held there in 1995 it was returned to Brisbane City Council to become the public park it is today.
8 Feb: Amortize (verb): Gradually write off the initial cost of (an asset) over a period
9 Feb: Upon researching the fact for this day, 'Lady Gaga is the artist who has made the most money on Spotify and it's only $200' I found it was incorrect, and I don't want to spread misinformation. I believe that the person who told me this fact had read this article from seven years ago. From my basic googling, the most recent artist to make the most money from Spotify was Drake in 2015, earning $15 million from 1.8 billion streams.
10 Feb: Tash Sultana. I had heard of her, but this day I learned just how fricken talented she is and fell into a Youtube hole for a few hours watching her play
11 Feb: AlunaGeorge is a musical duo, not a female artist named Aluna George
**Yes, I'm still reading Between the Arches**
12 Feb: The most important advertising McDonald's ever bought was a network television spot during a Sunday afternoon telecast of a brand new post-season football game in the late 1960's. Other major network sponsors were not convinced of its ratings potential, as the game was being aired on two national channels, diluting each channels reach. McDonald's bought their spot at the eleventh hour for a discounted rate and benefitted from the total drawing power by sponsoring both channels telecast. The popularity of the game stunned everyone, and was transformed to what we know today as the Super Bowl.
13 Feb: Former sports journalist David Icke popularised the idea of lizard people who control Earth by gaining political popularity and ruling human societies.
14 Feb: If you're having trouble using your Apple ID to buy something through the App store, check that your payment details are correctly filled in in iTunes. I found this was a simple fix for two hours worth of frustration
15 Feb: Adelaide (capital city of South Australia) was almost called Wellington
16 Feb: There is a thing called Sundown Syndrome, which affects people who have Alzheimers or dementia. Sufferers experience increased confusion after the sun has set
17 Feb: The Black Panthers were the ones who coined the derogatory term 'pigs' for police
18 Feb: Lobbing off the top of a basil plant will make it bush out more. I suppose in proper gardening terms this is called pruning, but I'm new to this stuff alright!
19 Feb: Splorching. (If you're a prude, or narrow-minded, then you're not gonna like this link. For everyone else, I would say this is NSFW)
20 Feb: It is known that the United States built a military base in Greenland in the 1960's; what was unknown is that the base concealed nuclear operations. And this fact would have remained unknown if it weren't for climate change melting the ice which currently covers the abandoned nuclear facility
21 Feb: The Aldi at Cannon Hill doesn't open until 8.30am
22 Feb: Michael J. Fox was in a really fucking dorky McDonald's ad before he became famous
23 Feb: How to hang a picture frame
24 Feb: The red-legged pademelon is an endangered wallaby-like marsupial found in the rainforests of South East Queensland
25 Feb: Es Devlin. I love the way this woman's mind works
26 Feb: Ralph Gilles designed the Chrysler 300
**For those paying attention, you might recognise both of the previous names. If you're not aware, I highly recommend watching Abstract: The Art of Design if you have Netflix**
27 Feb: There's a hexagonal storm raging on the north pole of Saturn. Within the boundaries of it's geometrical shape, Earth could fit four times
28 Feb: I could earn $11,000 by June 30 and still come under the tax-free threshold, thus liberating myself from paying tax this financial year. Perhaps I should get a job instead of spending all my time blogging?