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 Aug: A medical prescription is only valid for six months in Australia
2 Aug: Jim Wilson is a code name that airlines use if a flight is carrying a deceased persons body
3 Aug: The one place that I knew of that sold bubble tea in the Valley has now closed
4 Aug: The first subaqueous tunnel in the world was built beneath the Thames in the mid 19th century - almost 200 years ago!
5 Aug: Fully naked lapdances are offensively cheap at Tony's on Brunswick Street
6 Aug: The ING Savings account only pays interest on accounts up to $100,000
7 Aug: Humans have 23 chromosomes. There is only one chromosome that differs between male and female
8 Aug: Katsridaphobia - Fear of cockroaches
9 Aug: The Dutch reach. I need to get into the habit of doing this since the Queensland Government royally fucked up the placement Brisbane's bike lanes (This is totally my own opinion, and you're welcome to challenge it if you must)
10 Aug: The Ekka has been held every year since 1876, bar two. Once in 1919 when Brisbane was in the midst of a Spanish flu epidemic, and in 1942 when the showgrounds were being used by the troops in WWII
11 Aug: A Tribe Called Quest were able to use the sample from Walk on the Wild Side on one condition: Lou Reed took 100% of the royalties
12 Aug: Keeping whiskey in a decanter neither helps nor hinders it
13 Aug: Yum cha is a style of restaurant, not the name of a restaurant
14 Aug: ANZ could actually waive their monthly $5 account keeping fee, however as a loyal customer of theirs for the past 12 years they neglected to share that info with me. I only learnt of it when I went in to inform them I was closing all my bank accounts. Good customer service
15 Aug: In a disgusting display of our capitalist society, it is currently cheaper to import new glass packaging into Australia than it is for Australians to recycle old glass packaging
16 Aug: Acrylic paint can be removed with a heat gun
17 Aug: Akon (Yes, that Akon) runs a company which supplies solar panels to a bunch of states in Africa
18 Aug: Wisconsin proved to be one of the most important states in electing Trump. I find it interesting that it's large portion of dairy farmers actually depend on undocumented immigrant workers to do the hard work required to keep a dairy farm running
19 Aug: According to IFLS it's been scientifically proven that whiskey tastes better with some water in it
20 Aug: Polar bears are the largest land bound carnivores
21 Aug: Women living in the early 20th century had a vested interest in the success of prohibition. As women had much less rights back then, they were a lot more dependent upon their husbands, who inevitably became less able to provide for them if they were drunkards
22 Aug: As of this month, there are 2666 emoji in use. The emoji library is only ever added to, none are taken away
23 Aug: Rick and Morty started as a parody of Back to the Future
24 Aug: Gravid is another word that means pregnant
25 Aug: Carageenan can be found in milk substitutes, used as a thickener and stabilizer. However it holds no nutritional value and degraded carageenan could be carcinogenic
26 Aug: Chinese fortune cookies started in San Francisco. San Fran's Chinatown is sprawling, spanning 24 blocks
27 Aug: Australians do not pay tax on lottery winnings, or any other type of winning that can be deemed to have been won through luck or chance
28 Aug: In the American prison system conjugal visits are technically referred to as PFV's, Private Family Visits. They only occur in state prisons, not federal
29 Aug: The Southside Pony club is located in Morningside, right by Balmoral High School
30 Aug: Pulled jackfruit is a thing and is a delicious vegetarian substitute for pulled pork
31 Aug: I had been using a version of iMovie that was like 7 years old and just continuously crashed all the time. It was easy enough to download a newer version from the App store on my Mac, but I'm wondering why the hell it didn't just automatically update like everything else seems to?