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 Apr: You cannot see the ocean from Ocean View Estates in Somerset Valley, Qld
2 Apr: You can recycle foil/alfoil
3 Apr: Space junk - or as NASA calls it, orbital debris - could cause real trouble for future human space travel if it is not cleaned up
4 Apr: The idiom "mad as a hatter" came about because milliners used to use mercury when turning fur into felt. Mercury poisoning is thought to have effected their mental capacity
5 Apr: My hair will hold a middle part for an entire day (You know how there's always strands around your face that can't choose a side?)
6 Apr: Interstellar is on Canadian Netflix - Thanks VPN! (Yes, I have been wanting to watch it since February)
7 Apr: Professional tennis players who lose their match have to attend the press conference afterwards or be fined $20,000 USD
8 Apr: Plastic tape will not hold a shoe on a foot. You need that proper reinforced packing tape. You're welcome.
9 Apr: The on/off symbol is a graphic combination of 1 and 0, those numbers which represent on and off in binary
10 Apr: Japanese lemonade tastes like watered down lemonade but comes in a fucking sick bottle
11 Apr: At a Livid festival many years ago, Frenzal Rhomb dressed down their audience after they booed the Bangarra Dance Theatre who performed before Frenzal
12 Apr: There used to be a concentration camp in Manzanar, California, where Japanese Americans were forced to live during WWII
13 Apr: My neighbour's name is Andrea and her dog's name is Tinkerbell and maybe if I write this on the internet I will have a better chance of committing their names to memory :)
14 Apr: This is what Yolandi and Ninja of Die Antwoord looked like before they were famous
15 Apr: CBD (Cannabidiol) is a second active ingredient in cannabis which may downplay the psychotic and paranoid effects of THC
16 Apr: Grapefruit can inhibit the effects of some medications
17 Apr: One years tuition at private boys school Churchie is like half my yearly salary
18 Apr: There is actually a name for that section of urban design that ensures that pigeons don't rest on that ledge; or homeless people don't sleep on that seat; or that kids don't grind their skateboards on that bench: It's called unpleasant design, or hostile architecture, or defensive architecture and in my opinion it has very classist undertones
19 Apr: If you're doing a Tabata workout correctly then you should be struggling to finish a four minute set
20 Apr: The gastrointestinal system contains a large percentage of immune cells for the body
21 Apr: Apparently there is this thing called shadowblocking which social media platforms have had to implement to combat bots
22 Apr: The Adobe Stock subscription is billed monthly. Much to my dismay.
23 Apr: If blood sugar is below 6 it's considered low
24 Apr: My partner arrived home from work a day early to surprise me, it was the best
25 Apr: Urban pigeons legs are often deformed or missing. Unlike other birds who tend to jump to move along the ground, pigeons walk, so hair and strings and other city detritus wraps around their legs causing them harm
26 Apr: In 1873 two cities on opposite sides of the Danube river combined to create Budapest. Buda was on the west bank, and Pest was on the east bank.
27 Apr: During WWII the two-up circle would be marked out using bayonets
28 Apr: This is what basil looks like directly before it flowers
29 Apr: The big bang theory is one of the most widely accepted theories that explains the origin of the universe. But the further back that science goes towards the singularity that was the universe to try to explain why the universe all of a sudden expanded at an alarming rate, the less the science we know makes sense. Because things like time and space and light didn't exist in the ways that our brains can comprehend. SO COOL TO THINK ABOUT.
30 Apr: There's an Afghani food restaurant on Bennetts Road in Camp Hill