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 May: In Queensland, if you want to keep a gun in your house then the safe either has to be attached to your house, or weigh over 150kg
2 May: The one pair of shoes that I wanted to buy were also the only pair of shoes on sale - Winning!
3 May: Mende Nazer was eventually reunited with her family (Just finished reading Slave from 2005)
4 May: Eggs have the highest nutritional quality protein of all food sources
5 May: Paul Dempsey (Of Something for Kate and later as a solo artist) thinks he may have done Like a Version on Triple J five times all up
6 May: It's surprisingly easy to sew leather with a domestic sewing machine
7 May: There is a private foundation in America set up for the purpose of building a clock that is supposed to last for the next 10,000 years
BONUS FACT: A 'revealed' religion denotes those religions which adhere to a written text, eg. The Bible, the Qur'an
8 May: There's a seemingly secret turn track on the Gold Coast line which loops back around to the Ipswich line. I feel like this is something Translink is not utilizing very well
9 May: A fan theory says The Flintstones and The Jetsons occur at the same time, and what separates them is basically class. It's bleak but believable; I like it
10 May: Hansen's Disease is what used to be referred to as leprosy. Is actually totally not contagious with ongoing treatment.
11 May: JSA Creative is not an acronym of the director's name
12 May: I couldn't find evidence of this which was told to me during a conversation, but I'm including it because it could be plausible. Apparently the word wog (Which in Australia is understood to be a derogatory term for people of Greek or Italian descent) might have been derived from the form which migrants filled out before arriving in Australia by ship following WWII. I understand there were boxes to tick to denote ones race, White Other Generation was one of the boxes ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
13 May: There's a traditional way of fishing in Japan and China using trained cormorants. The cormorant dives and catches the fish, but cannot swallow it because of a ring around it's neck
14 May: Max Mutchnick, one of the co-creators of Will & Grace based the Will character on himself, and Grace on a close friend he had as a young man
15 May: The letter's C, Q and U do not appear in the Icelandic alphabet
16 May: The 'W' key can be used to toggle between presentation mode and working mode in Indesign (Fucking lifesaver)
17 May: After passing, a person's ashes can be used to create a diamond for loved ones to wear
18 May: Command/Alt/< or > will change the size of text in Indesign when selected
19 May: There's a dead plane graveyard in the Mojave desert, California. They're kept there as the dry air should prevent them from rusting out.
20 May: The new iTunes update sucks. Whilst listening to a 19 hour playlist for 8 hours I expect to hear NO repeats!!
21 May: Ash blonde toner does jack shit on my hair
22 May: A wolverine is a real animal
23 May: You have to record a criminal conviction on travel documents for 7 years after the offence
24 May: Further to my past fact that turtles shed their shells; their shells are made up of scutes which have nerve endings in them. Scratching or rubbing their shells helps them to shed scutes and also feels good for them - cute!!
25 May: Scientists have fastened clear prosthetic elytra (Wing covers) onto a ladybird, and with high speed video have been able to study the way their wings fold up underneath
26 May: Uber Pool exists in the US. If you wanna save some dosh you can order a pool, where other riders may already be in the car or drivers might pick up other riders on your journey. (I used this a lot in LA)
27 May: The Los Angeles Library goes about 8 floors underground. This makes the low-set building roughly as tall as the city block it sits on
28 May: Showing up an hour and 15 minutes before the Broad opens is not nearly enough to get anywhere close to the front of the line on Memorial Day weekend
29 May: The Bellagio fountain is choreographed with music and is fucking awesome!
30 May: It takes 24 minutes to walk from the Flamingo to New York New York on the strip in Las Vegas, so if you need to be there by 6pm for a show and it's 5.30pm you should probably catch a cab
31 May: It is exceptionally difficult to watch State of Origin while overseas. Something to do with Channel 9 and Telstra owning the rights to telecast it or something like that.