Things I Learned 2010-09

  • The classic bedbug strain that all newly caught bugs are compared against is a colony originally from Fort Dix, N.J., that a researcher kept alive for 30 years by letting it feed on him. [source]
  • In the UK, a “Victor Mildrew” is term for an archetypal grumpy old man. [source]
  • “The Room”, a 2003 indie film, is the Citizen Kane of bad movies.   No, really.  [sample 1, sample 2] [how I learned it]
  • Despite what everyone else believes, Treasury Secretary Geitner never worked at Goldman Sachs, or any investment bank, or any private bank, for that matter.  [source]
  • Bosu balls, those half balance ball/ half platform  apparatuses at the gym, are bullshit. [source]
  • Also bullshit:  Myers-Briggs Personality Test, created by two non-scientists, a mother-daughter team., a mother-daughter team. [source]
  • The protagonist of the film “Rules of Attraction”, Sean Bateman (played by James Van Der Beek) is brothers with the main character from “American Psycho”, Patrick Bateman.  Both are based on books by Easton Ellis. [source]
  • The fish became a Christian symbol largely because the Greek word for it, ichthos, is an acronym for iesous christos theou ouios soter, “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour”. [source]
  • abattoir – n. a slaughterhouse.

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