Things I Learned 2010-07
This one was a doozy. Still, mostly inconsequential things.
- Playwriting rule of Chekhov’s gun, paraphrased: “If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don’t put it there.” [source: Party Down, season 1, episode 4]
- Drowning does not look like drowning on TV. No thrashing arms or splashing. Just the involuntary drowning reflex. [source]
- The most effective way to open a banana is how the monkeys do it. [video]
- You probably should not be pronouncing the L in ALMOND. [source]
- The Dalai Lama wears an amazing Patek Phillipe watch given to him by envoys of FDR in 1940s. [source]
- The movie Coyote Ugly was based on the author of Eat Pray Love’s time as a bartender in NYC. [source]
- The World Financial Center in lower Manhattan has its own zipcode (10281). [source]
- 70% of premium eyeglasses (e.g., Prada, Burberry, Chanel) are made by one Italian company: Luxottica. Their in-house brands include Oakley, Ray-Ban, and Persol. And they own Sunglasses Hut. [source]
- The web’s most well-respected film critic, James Berardinelli, is a former Telcordia engineer from New Brunswick. [source]
- This month’s Adventure in Wikipedia: List of common misconceptions.
- hysteresis – n. the lagging of an effect behind its cause, as when the change in magnetism of a body lags behind changes in the magnetic field. [source: Steve Jobs]