Author Victor Hugo was so popular with the local sex workers, when he died, every brothel in Paris closed down for a day of mourning.

25/08/2022 From : The Guardian Party Tricks And Naked Writing The Eccentric Life Of Victor Hugo Books blog Victor Hugo By Marianna Hunt Sunday 30 December 2018 18.00 AEDT Victor Hugo is rightly remembered for his amazing literary output, and for his philanthropic work as a member of France’s National Assembly, campaigning for an endContinue reading “Author Victor Hugo was so popular with the local sex workers, when he died, every brothel in Paris closed down for a day of mourning.”

The time travel machine in  “Back to the Future” was supposed to be a refrigerator.

15/08/2022 From: How Back To The Future Almost Nuked The Fridge BY PETER SCIRETTA/JULY 15, 2009 6:00 AM EDT, After Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released, a new pop culture term was coined. Nuke The Fridge is a reference to the film’s opening scene (possible spoilers if you haven’t seen it)Continue reading “The time travel machine in  “Back to the Future” was supposed to be a refrigerator.”

Ounce by ounce, Nutritious food costs up to 10 times more than junk food.

14/08/2022 What Does The Evidence Say? We’ll get straight to the point here. – Caliber Strong It does seem pretty conclusive that on a per calorie basis healthy foods are generally more expensive than junk foods. This means that healthier foods – like fruits, vegetables, and lean meats – are more expensive for any given number ofContinue reading “Ounce by ounce, Nutritious food costs up to 10 times more than junk food.”

Seven Percent Of All American Adults Believe That Chocolate Milk Comes From Brown Cows.

13/08/2022 Seven percent of all American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows, according to a nationally representative online survey commissioned by the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy. If you do the math, that works out to 16.4 million misinformed, milk-drinking people. The equivalent of the population of Pennsylvania (and then some!) does notContinue reading “Seven Percent Of All American Adults Believe That Chocolate Milk Comes From Brown Cows.”

Japan has 23 vending machines per person.

12/08/2022 One thing is for sure when you visit Japan; there are vending machines in almost every street you walk. From dispensing simple supplies like basic groceries to weird options like underwear and puppies, there are so many options. There are even vending machines for prayer cards, gifts, and surgical masks. According to a survey by theContinue reading “Japan has 23 vending machines per person.”

Tsundoku is the act of acquiring books and not reading them.

12/08/2022 Picture From BuzzFeed Article: 17 Spectacular Bookshops In Australia To See Before You Die There’s A Japanese Word For People Who Buy More Books Than They Can Actually Read Hello, fellow book hoarders. By Katherine Brooks Apr 19, 2017, 05:00 PM EDT| Updated Apr 23, 2017 Book hoarding is a well-documented habit. In fact, most literaryContinue reading Tsundoku is the act of acquiring books and not reading them.”

Portland was named by a coin flip.

11/08/2022 How did Portland get its name? (And who doesn’t know the right answer?) KARI CHISHOLM  It’s a story that every third-grader in Oregon knows. As recounted by Portland got its name when Asa Lovejoy and Francis Pettygrove flipped a coin in 1845. Lovejoy was from Massachusetts and he wanted to name the new settlementContinue reading “Portland was named by a coin flip.”

It’s illegal for supermarkets in France to waste food.

Post First Published: 10/08/2022 7:03 PM Post First Updated: 9/09/2022 11:22 AM France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate it to charities and food banks. According to a law that the French senate unanimously approved in 2016, large stores won’t throw out high-quality food that is getting close to its best-before date as of this Wednesday.  Charities will be able to provide millions more low-income individuals with free meals each year. The law is the result of a grassroots effort in France by consumers, anti-poverty activists, and food waste opponents.  Councilman Arash Derambarsh launched the initiative that resulted in a petition.  The issue was addressed by a measure that Guillaume Garot, a former minister of the food industry, sponsored and which was approved by the national assembly in December. Now, activists are trying to get the EU to enact uniform legislation for all of its members. Food banks have praised the bill, and they will immediately start looking for more volunteers, lorries, storage space, and refrigerators to accommodate an increase in donations from stores and food producers. Additionally, supermarkets won’t be allowed to purposefully degrade food to prevent foragers from consuming it.  Families, students, the unemployed, and the homeless have all been using supermarket trash cans as a source of food in France in recent years.  Edible goods have been discovered to be thrown out when their best-before dates drew near. READ: 19 Things AboutContinue reading “It’s illegal for supermarkets in France to waste food.”

Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013.

Post First Published: 10/08/2022 Many Russians consider beer a soft drink – a light refresher that can be guzzled on the way to work or sucked down in great quantities before a picnic and a swim in the river. Hard drinkers sniff at its weakness, as the saying goes: “Beer without vodka is like throwingContinue reading “Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013.”

Apple’s iPhone has higher sales than everything Microsoft has to offer.

10/08/2022 From: Apple’s iPhone Is Now Worth More Than All Of Microsoft. Forbes. By Tim Worstall. Aug 19, 2012,08:43am EDT This is an entirely stunning statistic: Apple‘s iPhone sales are now worth more than all of Microsoft: One Apple product, something that didn’t exist five years ago, has higher sales than everything Microsoft has to offer. More than Windows,Continue reading “Apple’s iPhone has higher sales than everything Microsoft has to offer.”