1 Jan: Because of the wet climate, the aboriginals who originally inhabited Tasmania found it easier to carry hot coals between camps rather than lighting fires by the friction method
2 Jan: The state of Wyoming in USA only has two escalators, both in the same city
3 Jan: In Alberta, Canada, at the bottom of lake Patricia, you will find the sunken wreck of a prototype ice ship made during WWII
BONUS FACT: A report by the International Monetary Fund which surveyed its member countries showed that 90% of those countries had discrimination against women either written into their constitution or legal system. This means 140 countries around the world are depriving their female citizens of land, of title, of heritage, of a bank account; depriving them of contributing economically to their country
4 Jan: It is rude to pick up your chopsticks before your bowl when eating Japanese. It's also considered rude to bite something in half while holding it in chopsticks
5 Jan: Crows are really intelligent and can mimic other birds behaviours
6 Jan: During winter 2013-14 Ukrainians clashed with their pro-Russia president and for more than 90 days carried out peaceful protests against their government. The protests often turned violent though when the police showed up, resulting in more than 80 deaths
7 Jan: The awesome Netflix show Black Mirror is named so for the mirror that a tv/phone/computer screen gives us when the device is turned off
8 Jan: The Ashes is five cricket games played over the course of Australian summer between Australia and Britain
9 Jan: Ceiling fans are very important to me
10 Jan: Just because a stock photo looks like a vector doesn’t mean it is
11 Jan: According to the internet, eggs can only last safely outside of the fridge for 2 hours. After that, bad bacteria can begin to form
12 Jan: Local Brisbane entrepreneur Damian Griffith has been forced to put Alfred & Constance and two of his other restaurants into receivership due to a lawsuit filed by his family members - I hope they re-open because they were a boon for Brisbane nightlife
13 Jan: Apparently if you're having trouble installing your baby's car seat, you can have someone from RACQ fit it for you. Which makes sense, as it's in everyone's best interests that that thing is installed correctly
14 Jan: Chermside was Australia ‘s first shopping centre
15 Jan: "It’s not over yet" is probably my favourite Klaxons song, and I found out it's actually a cover of a 90s dance track by an artist called Grace. Youtube video here.
16 Jan: Believe it or not, a lot of dishwashers have a salt tray in them. Particularly useful if you live in an area that uses hard water (high mineral content water)
17 Jan: A C-cup boob is equivalent in weight to 18 pancakes
18 Jan: The newest member of our family is a little baby girl named Quinn
19 Jan: IKEA will charge $129 to have something delivered. Even if it’s just a $30 dish rack
20 Jan: The fine for not voting in a Council election in Queensland is over $100. In WA it’s only $20, and in NSW it’s $55
21 Jan: There are circular pool tables in existence
22 Jan: It’s illegal to posses liquid nicotine in Australia, yet cigarettes which contain nicotine are perfectly legal and readily available
23 Jan: Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment meant to illustrate an atoms ability of superposition (being able to exist in two separate states at once) for modern interpretations of quantum mechanics. It posits that the cat is both alive and dead in the box. Head hurting? Better explanation here
24 Jan: My head is 55cm in diameter, Gedgie boys’ is 60cm
25 Jan: They can hijack your radio while driving through the airport link tunnel to inform you of congestion ahead - it's freaky deaky!
26 Jan: Steve Madden went to jail for two years for his connection to Jordan Belfort, aka. The Wolf of Wall Street. Good doco on Netflix about him (I love his shoes), click here
27 Jan: Jacarandas are considered a pest tree in Queensland unless they’re growing on the street. If they're in your backyard you're allowed to get rid of them
28 Jan: If you keep oysters in sea water for 24 hours after collecting them, they’ll spit out all the sand that’s in them
29 Jan: Stalking was only made illegal in recent history; in the US California was the first state to pass the laws in 1990, and every other state followed suit within three years. Funnily enough, in Australia it was Queensland (aka the slow state - I was born and raised here :P ) was the FIRST Australian state to enact laws prohibiting stalking in 1994
30 Jan: Drakes real names is Aubrey Graham 😂
31 Jan: World Health Organisation estimates that even if every heterosexual couple in the world used contraception, there would still be six million unplanned pregnancies each year.
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.