Things I Learned: 2010-05

  • Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his own father in 1984. [more, source]
  • The proper name for “wife beaters” are A-shirts [source]
  • The World Metrological Society retires hurricane names after particular destructive or well-known occurrences (i.e. Katrina will never be used again) [source]
  • The latest children’s fad is “SillyBandz”, an animal-shaped rubber band.  And yes, it’s already been banned in schools.  (confirmed by office secretaries) [source]
  • Adventures in Wikipedia prose: “One distinction between Taishanese and Standard Cantonese is the use of the voiceless alveolar lateral fricative (IPA ɬ)”.  Naturally.  [source]
  • cynosure – a person or thing that is the center of attention or admiration [source]

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