10 things I didn’t know last week #202

1. April 11, 1954 was the most boring day of the 20th century.

2. Graham crackers and Kellogg’s corn flakes were invented to stop people from masturbating. Their inventors both believed that eating bland foods would suppress sexual desires and unhealthy urges.

3. In 18th century London, the admission fare to zoos was 3 half-pence but if you were short on cash you could bring a cat or dog as payment.

4. A Google Executive recently Skydived 136K Feet, Smashing the 2012 Baumgartner Record. Thanks Tom-Tom (and a very happy happy marriage).

5. The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century slaves of African descent in the USA to escape to free states with the aid of abolitionists.

6. How-To Open a Wine Bottle with a Shoe.

7. Train Simulatoring. Crazy. Thanks Alex

8. It’s thought that blue light « has a calming effect on agitated people, or people obsessed with one particular thing, which in this case is committing suicide« . Thanks Olivier

9. Cheese is the #1 most shoplifted food in the world.

10. The « SEGA » chant at the beginning of Sonic the Hedgehog took up 1/8th of the memory on the cartridge.

10 choses que je ne savais pas la semaine dernière #168

1. Quelques idées reçues historiques.

2. L’ancêtre du DVD fut en vinyle.

3. Le web design se compose à 95% de typographie. Merci Edouard 

4. De vilains sponsorings sportifs.

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5. Le langage utilisé dans les chansons d’Era est imaginaire.

6. Les Incroyables et Merveilleuses : le swag du Directoire.

7. Takeshi Kitano a inventé le jeu vidéo le plus dur du monde. Merci Simon

8. Le personnage de Guignol a été inventé par un dentiste pour distraire les patients durant les arrachages de dents.

9. Les médailles d’or olympiques de Sotchi contiennent des poussières de météorites.

10. Staples fait varier les prix de sa boutique de e-commerce en fonction de la proximité géographique des prospects avec un magasin concurrent.