10 things I didn’t know last week #172

1. UPS Has A “Circle Of Honor” For Drivers Who Go 25 Years Without An Accident.

2. Water carafes in Parisians cafés used to be called Château Chirac.

3. Facing difficult settlements, Famous banker JP Morgan – the Monopoly guy – brought both parties on his boat and pledged not bringing them back to shore until a deal would be made.

4. Kenneth Brannagh directed Thor.

5. One direction made 700 millions dollars in revenue in 2013.

6. Berluti are shined during moonlight. Thanks Patrice

“First, you wash the shoes. Then you must expose them to the rising moon, in the first quarter of the lunar cycle. The moonlight penetrates to the heart of the leather, et voila!”

7. The great innovation story of Pilates founder: Joseph Pilates.

At the outbreak of World War I, Joe was interned as an “enemy alien” with other German nationals. During his internment, Joe refined his ideas and trained other internees in his system of exercise. He rigged springs to hospital beds, enabling bedridden patients to exercise against resistance, an innovation that led to his later equipment designs. An influenza epidemic struck England in 1918, killing thousands of people, but not a single one of Joe’s trainees died. This, he claimed, testified to the effectiveness of his system.

8. Internet Data Company Alexa was named after the Library of Alexandria. Thanks Olivier

9. Why sportwagons are called breaks in France? It comes from horses.


10. How the Fosbury flop works:

10 things I didn’t know last week #171

1. As for a lot of French Olympics competitors in ski, Jean-Claude Killy was custom officer.

2. If hotels bibles are Gideon bibles, it’s because of the people who dropped them in rooms.

3. A few Beatles hidden references: Dear Prudence, Savoy Truffle, You Never Give Me Your Money, Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey…

4. Orson Welles in a wine advertising:

5. 4.5 millions French kids were born thanks to a classified Bible: Le Chasseur Français.

6. The uber modern Nautilus motto: Mobilis in mobile.  Thanks Maud

7. The average French exec spends 16 years of his life in meeting.

8. Following John Bohannon, Powerpoint is the first enemy of the economy.

9. Brogue shoes were first used in Scotland and Ireland so that water could easily drain out of the shoe when on wet terrains.


10. Why is the mouse cursor slightly tilted and not straight? Because of the poor screen resolution of the Xerox park computers during 70’s. Merci Olivier