Friday, March 16, 2012

Things I learned this week

I learned that:
• Russian rulers have alternated between bald guys and hairy guys since 1825.

• Duke University Medical Center researchers have discovered key differences in arthritic knee and hip joints, which could lead to new ways of treating osteoarthritis. Knee joints are constantly repairing themselves, while hip joints are not.

• The term "BVDs", synonymous with men's underwear, stands for Bradley, Voorhees & Day, a New York City firm founded in 1876 to manufacture undies for both men and women.

• The Saskatchewan Pension Plan is open to anyone in Canada who wants to join, says consumer advocate Ellen Roseman, so if you are unhappy with your RRSP returns, you can transfer those funds to the Saskatchewan plan, and possibly enjoy better returns and lower fees. It has a pretty good track record.

• Members of a Huu-ay-Aht First Nations village on the west coast of Vancouver Island are moving to higher ground in the wake of last year's disastrous earthquake and tsunami in Japan. An earlier village in the same location was wiped out in 1700 by giant waves created by an earthquake off the Pacific coast. Hereditary chief Tom Happynook expects it will take about 10 years to build new homes and move everyone out of the tsunami danger zone.

• Bees have distinct personalities, according to new research at the University of Illinois. Some are thrill-seekers, and others are more timid, just like in Bee Movie.
How about that?

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