Friday, April 6, 2012

Things I learned this week

I learned that:
• Sagging (wearing trousers extremely low) began in prison where inmates weren’t allowed to wear belts for fear they would commit suicide with them or kill another inmate. It was popularized in the early 1990s hip-hop culture as an expression of disrespect for authority.

• The standard golf hole has a 4 1/4" diameter because the first hole cutter, constructed in 1829 from some excess pipe, made holes of that size.

• You have a natural mechanism for clearing your nose. Push your tongue against the top of your mouth, and place a finger between your eyebrows and apply pressure. Hold it for about 20 seconds and your sinuses will begin to drain.

• Future U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt's wife and mother both died within hours of each other on St.Valentine's Day, 1884.

• According to a 2011 OECD report, Canada ranks among the worst of the thirty-four member nations for adverse events (harmful mistakes) related to surgery, and a 2004 study estimated that 7.5 % of Canadians who are admitted to hospitals each year experience at least one adverse event. "These errors are responsible for more than a million extra days spent in medical facilities, and the resulting annual death toll may be as high as 24,000," according to an article in The Walrus.

• John Kendrick (1794) was killed by a cannonball fired as a salute to him.
How about that?


  1. Why did I have to try the clearing nose exercise?

  2. You are curious. That is a good thing, usually.