I like putting the via’s because it shows how new knowledge is everywhere if you just goddamn pay attention to what you do not know.
- The kiwifruit used to be known as the Chinese gooseberry, until an international importer got their mitts on it. [via]
- roustabout – n. a labourer typically performing temporary, unskilled work. The term has traditionally been used to refer to traveling-circus workers or oil rig workers. [via]
- Aztec priests used to choose a man to represent one of their gods, Tezcatlipoca. The man would be worshiped as a god for a year, wearing expensive jewellery and having eight attendants. He would marry four young women, and spent his last week singing, feasting and dancing. But at a preordained date during on a festival, he climbed the stairs to the top of the temple on his own where the priests seized him and sacrificed him, his body being eaten later. Immediately after he died a new victim for the next year’s ceremony was chosen. [via]
- Possums are formally known as opossums. Oh, and they involuntarily excrete a foul-smelling liquid from their anal glands when they play dead. Convincing bastards. [via]
- Patent of the month: Garment Device Convertible to One or More Facemasks [via]