Stuff I Didn’t Know
By marfdrat on May 22, 2014
The four layers that makes up the courts at Roland Garros may surprise you a bit. You’ll find a 10-inch layer of stone, a six-inch layer of water-filtering slag (metal waste material) and a four-inch layer of limestone all topped off with three millimeters – a number just too small to count in inches – of broken brick. But actual clay? Not a part of the clay courts at Paris’ Roland Garros.
By marfdrat on November 26, 2013
Your coffee maker can steam, poach, boil, and grill a variety of foods, enabling you to concoct complete meals – right before you use it to make that after-dinner cup of joe.
By marfdrat on August 22, 2013
Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano nearly did, as his spacesuit malfunctioned, and began filling his helmet up with water.
Writing in his online blog Luca Parmitano described how the water sloshed around inside his helmet outside the International Space Station (ISS) and gradually rose to cover his nose and eyes.
By marfdrat on August 7, 2013
These are totally awesome. I was crying reading these. (H/T Ace of Spades)
By marfdrat on July 22, 2013
These results are from just one study, but it is interesting nonetheless. In addition to uniting our spirits and voices, singing in unison unites our heart beats.
We open our hymnals to Hymn 379, and we begin to sing. “God is Love, let heavn adore him / God is Love, let earth rejoice …” Lifting voices together in praise can be a transcendent experience, unifying a congregation in a way that is somehow both fervent and soothing. But is there actually a physical basis for those feelings?
By marfdrat on April 9, 2013
I never heard this bit of information, but it makes perfect sense.
“Ever wonder why a pirate wears patches? It’s not because he was wounded in a sword fight,” says Dr. Sheedy. Seamen must constantly move between the pitch black of below decks and the bright sunshine above.
By marfdrat on February 20, 2013
If true, that’s really amazing. There are billions of pages on the web. I realize that you probably wouldn’t want to click to some of them, but the idea is fascinating just the same.
By marfdrat on January 21, 2013
Believe it or not, about 6% of the population believes the NASA moon landings were faked. This is a great video that completely destroys that idea. Why does that even matter? Watch to the end to see.
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By marfdrat on January 18, 2013
Folks in China eat a lot of noodle soup. Making noodles for the soup requires a set of skills that is becoming more rare as time goes by. One Chinese chef decided to to something about it, and invented Noodlebot. The machine is relatively expensive, but it’s cheaper than hiring a noodle chef for one year.
By marfdrat on January 4, 2013
European scientists say they have found further evidence that how you serve food and drink matters hugely in the perception of taste.
Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the University of Oxford recruited 57 volunteers and asked them to taste hot chocolate served in plastic cups with four different colours — white, cream, red and orange with white on the inside.
By marfdrat on December 12, 2012
At a farm in Zasavica, Serbia, they make the most expensive (about $645/lb.) cheese in the world from the milk of donkeys. This became a story because tennis star Novak Djokovic has a chain of restaurants, and he bought the farm’s entire year of production to serve there.
By marfdrat on October 26, 2012
I had no idea. Why are they allowed to keep this status?
Once in a while, I run across something that I did not know and it leaves me flabbergasted.
For example, I did not know that the National Football League, the colossus of professional sports, is classified as a non-profit — a tax-free non-profit, to be more specific. That’s right: The NFL has its own exemption, written into federal law, that makes it exempt from federal corporate taxes.
By marfdrat on September 26, 2012
It only lasts 16 to 24 hours, but why would you do it in the first place?
(Daily Mail) A new television series has shed light on the bizarre Japanese trend for ‘bagel heads’.
By marfdrat on May 7, 2012
Here’s a record you don’t hear about every day:
The man who holds the Guinness World Record for living the longest with a bullet in his head has died in Central California at age 103.