Friday, October 14, 2011

Things I learned this week

I learned that:
• A Connecticut inventor has come out with plans for a nuclear powered car, claiming it is perfectly safe because it uses thorium instead of uranium. Thorium's radioactivity is so mild that aluminum foil is an adequate shield, but one gram contains the same energy as 28,000 litres of gasoline.

• The term "hat trick" originated with cricket. A bowler who took out three consecutive batters received a new hat from the cricket club.

• Real-estate buyers will pay 4.2% more for a property in a subdivision that has the term "country" in its name, and an additional 5.1% on top of that for "country club," according to researchers at the University of Georgia.

• The birth rate in the United States has declined sharply during the current economic recession.

• An astrophysicist has come up with a more efficient system for boarding passengers on airliners. The system takes just half the time of the current block boarding method.

• During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools.
How about that?


  1. Awesome and awesomer!! Love the link on the car and was bowled over by the astrophysicist!!
    Sometimes I think there is hope for us after all.

  2. Possible replacement for the spy car? It's probably silent, so great for surveillance in case someone is stealing the wild asparagus.

  3. Sadly, I'm leaving the wild asparagus.

    But on the bright side, in my new career as a wild asparagus thief I could really use a car like that!