Our popular New Year’s resolution of the day is… frustratingly vague again. Apparently lots of people resolved to “Learn something new” in the new year. They did not specify the scope of this resolution and we don’t know if they want to get their pilot’s license, or if they want to learn origami, or if they want to get better at bar trivia. So. We’ve talked a few times recently about new hobbies and activities for the new year and that will all involve learning new things, so what we’re going to ask you to do today is to pick SOMETHING you don’t know about, or don’t know enough about, and learn something about it. You can buy or check out a book about it, or hop on Google or Wikipedia or Snopes, and just how indepth you want to go is up to you, but pick something you either want to know about or feel like you should know about and haven’t taken the time to make it happen before, and make it happen today. Then hit us up in the comments with a thing or ten that you learned about your chosen topic.
We’ve got the bar trivia covered for you. Here are things we learned today that we didn’t know before:
- The 1946 “Adventures of Superman” radio show revealed the “secret” codes and rituals of the KKK, and nearly ended recruitment overnight. What a shame no one listens to radio anymore. Can we turn this into a movie? I’d go see Superman Takes On the White Supremacists in 3D.
- An average person’s belly-button houses 1,458 different kinds of bacteria, that apparently show no geological restrictions as some of the specimen’s only known prior locations were places the test subjects had never been, like Japan, ice caps, and even thermal vents. Don’t forget to clean your navels in the shower kids.
- Babe Ruth wore two chilled cabbage leaves under his cap to keep his head cool, and changed them every two innings.
- China arrested 93 people for spreading the conspiracy theory that the world would end in 2012 according to the Mayan calendar.
- Chinese acupressure indicates that if you press a point in the hollow just in-front of the flap of the ear it will control your appetite.
- Cigarette lighters were invented before matches.
- Cookie Monster’s real name is Sidney.
- Dead people can get goosebumps.
- Dueling with pistols is legal in Paraguay, as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
- Edgar Allan Poe originally intended to use a parrot in his poem, not a raven, but he decided it didn’t set the right tone.
- Edgar Allan Poe was kicked out of the University of Virginia, where he spent a portion of his time gambling with his foster family’s money.
- A Fish Called Wanda is, so far, the only movie with a recorded death by laughter. It’s actually a pretty funny movie, there are worse ways to go.
- Frogs throw up by vomiting their entire stomach out of their mouth, using their forearms to dig out all of the stomach’s contents, and then re-swallowing their stomach. You can watch a video of it here. We didn’t, but you can.
- Graffiti is plural. One piece of graffiti is graffito.
- Henry David Thoreau was an avid Yoga practitioner.
- The Huns had no writing system, so all accounts of them were written by their enemies. The fact that they had no allies to write about them is probably a pretty good indicator that those accounts were at least mostly accurate.
- If you plug earbuds or headphones into a microphone jack, they will in fact function as a microphone.
- In Denmark, if a person reaches their 25th birthday without getting married, tradition dictates you cover them with cinnamon. We only assume if they make it to unwed at 35 you replace the cinnamon with cats.
- King Tut’s penis was mummified erect. They definitely did not tell us that at the tour I took of the King Tut exhibit in Denver.
- Japanese people traditionally go to KFC to pick up a luxury box of chicken every Christmas, thanks to an apparently successful ad campaign in the 70s.
- Lots of people like to give their cats tea, but it’s actually toxic to the poor kitties.
- Michael Bolton DID NOT audition to replace Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath. Original claim retracted due to fact checking after posting.
- The moon is moving away from the earth at a tiny rate every year. We would’ve expected the exact opposite.
- Most gas gauges have an arrow pointing to which side of a car the gas tank is on.
- Most people’s earlobes and nipples are directly aligned. For this we thank our bras for reigning everything in. Don’t pretend you didn’t just check to see how you measure up.
- Mr. T’s iconic gold chains were acquired when he worked as a bouncer for a night club and patrons either lost them or left them behind after fights. They were generally banned from reentering the establishment, so he was being a nice guy by displaying them outside for people to reclaim. Not many were bold enough to try that approach judging by his collection.
- One of the most popular pizza toppings in Brazil is peas. Regular old green peas.
- The Oscars given out during World War II were made of plaster due to a metal shortage.
- The Pony Express only operated for 18 months.
- Porta-Potties are designed with a tube in the top so that if you put the lid down it will direct the odor out the tube instead of into the Porta-Potty. We didn’t even know they had lids, much less odor tubes. We’re in the “Who would ever be willing to touch it?” camp.
- The Pringles guy has a name. It’s Julius.
- Rats of certain species can survive longer without water than a camel.
- The stickers supermarkets use on produce are entirely edible, including the adhesive.
- Students at a Chicago high school played Justin Bieber’s breakthrough song “Baby” on the school intercom on repeat until their fellow students had donated $1,000 to a local arts center to make it stop. It took three days to meet its goal. Donald Trump may want to consider this tactic over reinstating waterboarding.
- Sunflowers can be used to clean up nuclear waste.
- There is a desk in the Senate Chamber filled with candy. It is called The Candy Desk. Because we take politics seriously.
- There is an estimated one ladmine per every 17 children on Earth.
- There were erotic Atari games. Porn and geeks have never been separated.
- Vampire bats don’t just drink their victims’ blood. They urinate on them.
- Wearing headphones for an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear 700%.
- The youngest pope was possibly only 11 years old.
For today’s little list of tasks:
Moisturize your face! If you’ve got some moisturizer left from your facial or any other skin care we’ve done then feel free to use it, otherwise, today’s recipe to make your own comes from freebiefindingmom. It makes a good sized batch and puts to use some of those essential oils we started talking about yesterday. I’m paraphrasing their recipe because I didn’t like all of their wording.
Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whip on high with an electric mixer for 4-5 minutes until it is light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally to include all of it. Transfer contents to a small jar with a tight fitting lid. Use after each time you wash your face.
Store this one in the refrigerator. Room temperature won’t spoil it or anything but it will likely soften to near melting and make for a bit of a goopy mess instead of a refreshing experience.
Clean a bedroom. If you have a spare room then pick that one for today, otherwise go with your bedroom of choice. As always start from the top. Dust light fixtures. Wipe finger smudges and dirt off the light switchplate. Dust any wall art, shelves, knick knacks and curios. Polish up any wooden furniture and windex and glass. Depending on how you use your spare room, get any laundry into hampers and preferably washed, get any books onto shelves, make sure any storage bins or boxes are stacked nicely and as put away as they are capable of. Clean out the closet and donate anything unwanted, unneeded, or unused. Change and wash any linens. Sweep and mop if you’ve got hard wood, vacuum if you’ve got carpet. This room may either be your easiest room or your biggest challenge depending on your clutter situation. Don’t shirk it either way, now’s as good a time as any and you will feel better without it lurking there waiting for you to get around to it.
Do some crunches!
I’m probably way more excited about that than most people, I don’t do crunches nearly often enough but when I remember to do them I love the way my abs hurt afterwards. It’s a satisfying “Oh yeah, I remember that muscle” kind of hurt. There are lots of different kinds of crunches, but we’re still new at this project so rather than throw them all at you, let’s go with the 5 different types of crunches listed here. That site will walk you through them, but what I’d like to see today is that y’all do 10-15 crunches of each type. So that’s at least 10 Regular Crunches, at least 10 Twist Crunches, at least 10 Bicycle Crunches, at least 10 Long Arm Crunches, and at least 10 Reverse Crunches. Give yourself a minute or two of rest between each kind of crunch if you want it, most people rest between sets of exercises, this is no different, we’re just changing up the exercises in each set.
Eat some foods that will help you combat allergies. There are so many things to be allergic to indoors and out that “allergy season” is kind of a joke. Most people are allergic to dustmites. There’s no season, they’re always around. So whether you’ve got indoor crud, outdoor crud, or feel pretty good and want to keep it that way, let’s incorporate some allergy fighting foods into today’s diet. Obviously, if you’re allergic to any of these, don’t use them, but these are the foods recommended for fighting allergies and that we’re gonna try to pick and choose from for today:
Berries, citrus, kefir, kiwi, local honey, onions, oranges, parsley, peppers, pineapple, and tuna. Don’t feel confined to that list for the day, still eat your normal stuff, just work some of these into it.
That’s all for today 🙂 Be happy, be healthy, be educated, and I’ll look forward to seeing you on Facebook for the Question of the Day!
A word about music: We include songs for a reason. Music helps us deal with the world, helps to soothe the soul, and gives us something else we can focus on when everything is too much. Listen to the songs we post. Even if you already know them. Listen to them like you don’t. Pay attention to the lyrics. Pay attention to what the instruments are telling you. They all have a message, they all have a purpose, they’re all chosen for a reason. If you like the song, please support the artist by purchasing the MP3 or Album that features it.
Today’s music can be found on Amazon.com (By the Original Stage Cast):
Album: Snoopy: The Musical (1983 Original London Cast)