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.
**This month my personal interests swayed into physics and space and the universe... I think it's pretty obvious as you read on!
1 Mar: Science has studied the orgasm gap. Cis het women have known about it for years but it's nice that science have finally caught up
2 Mar: Sole Traders have the same tax free threshold as individuals in Australia
3 Mar: Water drumming is a thing
4 Mar: Fast Times at Ridgemont High is not as good a movie as I was led to believe
5 Mar: Auroras are solar rays that are channelled to our North and South pole by the Earth's magnetic fields, and when they interact with the gasses in our atmosphere they start glowing
6 Mar: Gertie's Bar in New Farm is closed on Mondays
7 Mar: I can go back to somewhere everyone knows my name.
8 Mar: There are more than 150 moons in our solar system alone!
9 Mar: Mrs did not actually originate to denote a woman as married. In the 18th century, Miss was widely adopted by women in the higher classes to identify themselves as single, meanwhile Mrs was being used by business women. Good vid here
10 Mar: The Trail of Tears is the name given to the forced removal of Native American people from their ancestral homes in the mid 19th Century
11 Mar: This video
12 Mar: The first four planets in our solar system are made of rock. But there are no rocky planets past our solar systems first gas giant, Jupiter. (Saturn, Neptune and Uranus are also gas giants)
13 Mar: Anxiety is fear of what will happen, depression is fear of what has happened
14 Mar: The Dyson Sphere is a theoretical concept of a structure which completely surrounds a star (Like our sun) to capture it's energy
15 Mar: Pet life expectancy is quite low in Japan. Googling this one, I feel like I might have stumbled upon a contentious issue. For every article I could find that supported what I had learnt, there were two that said pet life expectancy is longer in Japan ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I'll let you decide, dear reader
16 Mar: Using only my feet and the assistance of a ferry, I can get from my front door in Hawthorne to the front door of my mechanic across the river in Newstead in under 37 minutes
17 Mar: President Trump wants to cut funding to the Education Department (This didn't make sense to me and I was quite incredulous when I learnt it, until I researched it a bit. It's pretty common for Republican presidents - notably Ronald Reagan - to propose cutting funding to education in order to fund defense.)
18 Mar: South East Queensland might be looking at water restrictions again if it doesn't rain more (This seems ridiculous now; on 30 March as I type this Brisbane is on alert for flooding in the wake of ex-Cyclone Debbie)
19 Mar: A handkerchief is a good (And re-usable) substitute for cheesecloth
20 Mar: Liberia, Myanmar and America are the only countries that still use the imperial measuring system in the world
21 Mar: There's a modern art museum in Los Angeles called The Broad (I really wanna go there)
22 Mar: Mailchimp says that 72dpi is enough for pictures for it's templates. But I can tell you 72dpi looks like crap in a Mailchimp template.
23 Mar: Octopus have a relatively short life span, about 3-5 years
24 Mar: ITER is an international project to create a new energy source
25 Mar: My dear friend Gav didn't know if the bird was Plover or Plubber
26 Mar: The original building from 1897 of the Pinkenba Railway Station has been split into two and relocated. One side is on Stradbroke Island, the other is in Cleveland
27 Mar: Criss Angel does not perform on Monday or Tuesday nights in Las Vegas
28 Mar: I can totally function on three hours sleep without feeling traditionally tired
29 Mar: My inner alarm clock that I have trusted my entire working life can actually fail me - for the first time I slept in enough to make me late for work. (Though I suppose it has more to do with my insomnia one night ago than anything)
30 Mar: S-Town is a really great podcast
31 Mar: Ibis are closely related to flamingos