Friday, December 7, 2012

Things I learned this week

I learned that:
• Immortality has been proven by a jellyfish.

• All of the accessible precious metals on earth are the result of a bombardment of meteorites more than 200 million years after the planet was formed

• Canadians falsely believe that we have one of the best healthcare systems in the world. In fact, it has many shortcomings, including wait times for emergency care, for which we rank last out of 11 developed countries, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information. While half of our patients wait longer than four hours for admittance to the ER, that happens for less than 5% of patients in the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands.

• The U.S. birth rate has fallen to a record low of 64 per 1,000 women of childbearing age. Foreign-born women account for 23% of all births.

• In a Canadian study, people who were given worn-out $20 bills spent 82% more of the money than consumers who were given four crisp $5 bills, suggesting that people don't like carrying yucky money.

• A separate study showed that money can be carrying six times as much bacteria as public lavatory seats.
How about that?

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating story on the jellyfish. Boy would i do a few things differently if i could go back knowing what I know now.