Things I Learned: 2010-12

Sorry for the post-facto posto.   I might be losing the heart to keep doing this crap.
  • Korean chopsticks were made of silver initially to discourage assassination, as silver may tarnish in contact with poison in food.  [wikipedia]
  • Adventures in laughably inadequate Wikipedia entries:  “Etiquette in Asia”
  • skeuomorph – a derivative object which retains ornamental design cues to a structure that was necessary in the original. e.g. such as copper cladding on zinc pennies or computer printed postage with circular town name and cancellation lines.
  • Writer Jonathan Safran Foer  was originally studying pre-med at Princeton.  On a whim, he took a creative writing workshop.  His instructor, Joyce Carol Oates, was so impressed, she wrote a letter to his parents telling them he was literary gifted.  [source]
  • emetophobia – an intense, irrational fear or anxiety pertaining to vomiting [wikipedia]
  • Former starlet Denise Richards is emetophobic.  [source]
  • kummerspeck – German phrase for “weight put upon by emotional eating”. Literally translates to: “grief bacon”.   [source: Laci]
  • Rupert Murdoch has an Asian wife that has a very upwardly mobile history of marrying white men. [says: nymag, vanity fair, and telegraph]

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