In case you were fretting about the number of millionaires among us, here's the latest tally. Overall, there are more people with (arguably) too much, but certain areas saw a decrease in the excessively-monied (sorry, Australia & UK).
Credit Suisse: Number of millionaires in the world increases to 46.8 million
The number of millionaires in the world increased to 46.8 million in the past year, according to a study released Monday.
The world added 1.1 million millionaires from the middle of 2018 to the middle of 2019 with the United States leading the way by adding 675,000 new millionaires during that period, Credit Suisse Research Institute's Global Wealth Report found. ...
My birth year saw a bumper crop of words added to the public vocabulary - enough to be ordered so as to comprise a reasonable, if sketchy, autobiographical summary.
Here's the time line:
meat and potatoes
front and center
If that's too lengthy ... It can be summed up with another new term from that year:
What's not amusing, is that I was only recently party to a delicious haggis themed dinner and wondered about the origins. Seems that our haggis was allegedly first described in a recipe 132 years later than... ...in an English cook book. Obviously some mistake there, eh....
Disco! (That's my exclam)
The charts (as in the top 20)
Mandrax (what with the glue, that's an evening out...)
Mind-expanding (not surprised given the above two...)
Disk drive (US spelling from Merriam-Webster)
REM sleep (and non-REM sleep)
Sexism (it wasn't me)
Fascinating - these are from the OED, Merriam-Webster and the Reader's Digest, so they've gotta be true!
It claims the phrase "blood and guts" was first coined in 1975. I'd dispute that though - the first issue of Marvel's Silver Surfer solo comic from 1968 credits the artist as John 'Blood n' Guts' Buscema, so it seems to have been in use since at least then.
Thomas de Mahy, marquis de Favras (March 26, 1744 – February 19, 1790) was a French aristocrat and supporter of the House of Bourbon during the French Revolution. Often seen as a martyr of the Royalist cause, Favras was executed for his part in "planning against the people of France" and is known for saying "I see that you have made three spelling mistakes" upon reading his death sentence warrant.
That must be due to the prevalence of drug addiction/alcoholism among the homeless population (maybe that's what led them to become homeless in the first place?). I've known a homeless man (living, for the most part, in wooded areas that border the city) since the early 90s; he's now 68!
The blue whale is the largest species on earth. Researchers have succeeded in attaching a sensor and recording a blue whale's heart rate(s) for the very first time. The whale's heart rate (beats per minute) varied from a low of 2 bpm to a high of 37 bpm.
An Alligator Snapping Turtle Hibernating Beneath Frozen Water
Now you're wondering--like me--how the hell does it breathe?
According to biologist, Dr. Jay Curt Stager, snapping turtles have a unique way of surviving the cold. Stager explains snapping turtles hibernate when temperatures d rop, burrowing in mud at the bottom of shallow water. The turtles can slow down their metabolism, so it doesn't require a lot of oxygen. They can also absorb some oxygen from the water through membranes in their mouth. According to Stager, who is on staff at New York based Paul Smith's College, snapping turtles can survive months like this while they wait for things to thaw out and warm up.