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Learning Something New Everyday Also Not Prioritized

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Unfortunately, I have not been doing a stellar job with learning something new every day either.  The hours I have been putting in, at the office, have been longer than normal and my brain in mush when I finally get home.  I think because February is a short month and we are prepping for our audit, work has just been a bit crazier than normal.

I did learn one thing this month… Such a fail. Gosh, I hate seeing that in writing.  But the one thing I learned is that cats do recognize their name and their owner’s voice.  When they don’t respond to their owner’s calls, it’s because they are choosing not to.  This information totally solidifies that cats are jerks. 

Cats are Jerks

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I’m going to try to get back on learning something new every day this week. I actually really liked learning the unique, odd-end, random facts. It was fun. And the people in my department liked hearing them.  And I would text or chat my friends the facts.  I don’t know. It seems silly, but it’s really fun.  I want to make sure I get back on this resolution, less so because it’s a resolution, but more so because it’s enjoyable.

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Week 1: Learn Something New Everyday

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This may come off as a random assortment of disjointed facts… Probably because it is.  I have been jotting down what new thing I learn everyday.  Here is week 1’s list of facts:

1/1/2014 – There is a potential scientific explanation for ghosts.  Infrasound is something that we cannot hear, but we can feel it.  Infrasound is caused by nature and natural events.  It can cause dizziness, make us see and hear things, and have feelings of being watched, due to the vibrations.  Vic Tandy was mentioned as performing an experiment on this with fencing foil.  Only the center of the foil would shake, due to the sound waves. (I’m still a believer, but interesting theory)

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1/2/2014 – Boxing Day was the day when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as “Christmas boxes,” from their bosses or employer.  The origins of Boxing Day starting are unclear.

Boxing Day

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1/3/2014 – Some people are afraid of clowns, because they have large and exaggerated features.  With clowns participating in slapstick humor, where they might get hurt, but still have a smile painted on their face, they may cause some folks to be confused about their (the clowns’) emotions and therefore untrustworthy.  Clowns have been featured as villains, monsters, and murderers in our society, but still always have a smile masked across their face, which makes them hard to read. 

Clown

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1/4/2014 – Scorpions can hold their breath for up to 6 days.

Scorpions

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1/5/2014 – In 1909, California passed the “Asexualization Act,” which allowed the state to sterilize men and women against their will.  Initially, the sterilization began in prisons – people being unfit to be procreating – through removing women’s ovaries and and castrating men.  Later on, the sterilization was supposed to move onto people who were mentally ill or feeble minded.  The reality was that they were sterilizing black citizens and Mexican citizens.  This sterilization was supposed to be a form of “Social Darwinism,” similar to what the Nazis did during World War II.  30 other states actually jumped on board with sterilizing their citizens, although 1/3 of the sterilization occurred in California – over 20,000 men and women.  Sterilizing people against their will became illegal in 1979, until 1994, when the federal government reversed their original decision.  Now, Americans can be sterilized against their will, under a strong medical recommendation.

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1/6/2014 – If a cat falls off the 7th floor of a building it has about 30% less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the 20th floor. It apparently takes the cat about 8 floors to understand it is falling, relax and land on its feet.

Cats

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1/7/2014 – A strawberry is not a berry, but a banana is.

Strawberry Banana

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