Things I Learned 2009-11

Sorry about the delay. Didn’t realize this never went out. As for December, I refer you to my Decade in Review 00’s.

  1. Drew Barrymore has hosted Saturday Night Live more than any other woman (a measly 5 times). Meanwhile, Alec Baldwin has hosted 13 times. [source]
  2. Prior to Lasik surgery, Tiger Woods suffered from -11 nearsightedness, considered the worst 1%, legally blind without corrective glasses or contacts. Please note that nearsightedness and shortsighted-ness are separate and distinct. [source]
  3. Thanksgiving used to be on last Thursday of November, but President FDR moved it up to the penultimate Thursday to stimulate more holiday shopping. (from the no-actually-nothing-is-sacred dept) [source]
  4. Pantone, the maker of the ubiquitous Pantone Color Matching System and the global oracle of all matters chromatic, is headquartered in Carlstadt, NJ. [source]
  5. bildungsroman – n. a type of novel concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist [source: no idea where I spotted this word]
  6. Blighty – n. an English slang term for Britain, deriving from the Hindustani word vilāyatī (विलायती). Wikipedia says: it “can now be considered self-consciously archaic and, when used by younger speakers, can be intended slightly ironically. It is more commonly used as a term of endearment by the expatriate British community.” [source: Mondavi]
  7. Prior to the completion of the Birj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest manmade structure standing was the KVLY-TV mast– a TV tower!– in North Dakota (2,063 m) [source]

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