Something New Every Day: Random & Newly Found Facts

EnolaGaia

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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. ...
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-...-increases-to-468-million/4941571699818/?sl=1

MORE DETAILED INFO @ CREDIT SUISSE:
https://www.credit-suisse.com/about...al-wealth-rises-by-2-6--driven-by-201910.html
 

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When I was an active lad in Lincolnshire there was a rumour that there were twice as many women than males in Nottingham - there never seemed to be when we took the effort to go there though.
No way... mate spend some time working in Nottingham circa 80s, said I had to come down as there were three girls to every guy!
 

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Learn all of the new words and phrases first used in print in the year of your birth here.
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:

launching pad
meat and potatoes
nerd
grade point
aw-shucks
dayglow
epiphanic
hyperawareness
hip-shooting
midcourse
front and center
hup
barn burner
cybernetician
trailblazing
psywar
slippery slope
sleep-in
double whammy
wrap-up
winner's circle
opt out


If that's too lengthy ... It can be summed up with another new term from that year:

Murphy's Law

:evillaugh:
 

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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....
 

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Learn all of the new words and phrases first used in print in the year of your birth here.

Me?

Cosmonaut.
Microwave oven.
Peking duck.
Split end.
Weirdo.

maximus otter
Some surprises for me...

Beta-blocker
Biohazard
Dork
Game face
Hippie
Jet lag
Megabyte
Pop art
S and M
Teenybopper
Ugly American
Xerox
 

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Well, that was interesting!

Hipsterism
Scumbag
Magic Mushrooms
Flick-knife
Warts-and-all

The last phrase is attributed to Oliver Cromwell usually. I am not quite that old!

:omr:
 

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Some surprises for me...

Beta-blocker
Biohazard
Dork
Game face
Hippie
Jet lag
Megabyte
Pop art
S and M
Teenybopper
Ugly American
Xerox
Merseybeat
Beatlemania
Rockers
Disco! (That's my exclam)
The charts (as in the top 20)
Glue sniffing
Mandrax (what with the glue, that's an evening out...)
Mind-expanding (not surprised given the above two...)
ASCII
Source code
Dot matrix
Electronic publishing
Disk drive (US spelling from Merriam-Webster)
Baby-boomers
Flexible response
Space walk
REM sleep (and non-REM sleep)
Sexism (it wasn't me)
Disco

Fascinating - these are from the OED, Merriam-Webster and the Reader's Digest, so they've gotta be true!
 

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Learn all of the new words and phrases first used in print in the year of your birth here.
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.
 

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Thomas de Mahy

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.

SOURCE:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_de_Mahy,_marquis_de_Favras
 

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the average age of death for a homeless person is 44.
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!
 

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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.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191125173450.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/scient...-heartbeat-of-a-blue-whale-for-the-first-time

The results were more extreme than expected, and it's suspected these extremes help limit the blue whale's size.
 

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An Alligator Snapping Turtle Hibernating Beneath Frozen Water

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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.
 
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