Friday, October 21, 2011

Things I learned this week

I learned that:
• A sabermetrician is one who analyzes baseball statistics.

• U.S. industries and other special-interest groups receive about $71 in government subsidies for every $1 of political contributions, according to research at the University of British Columbia.

• Several research projects are aimed at converting carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into gasoline and other fuels.

• When it contracts, a muscle that encircles the eye socket, called the obicularis occuli is the sign of a genuine smile, as opposed to one that is faked.

• The Colonel Bogey March, whistled famously as the theme song in the movie Bridge on the River Kwai, has interesting lyrics that are much less familiar than its melody:
Göring has only got one ball
Hitler's [are] so very small
Himmler's so very similar
And Goebbels has no balls at all
• No U.S. president has been an only child.
How about that?

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