Today I Learned…

…that in his first few days in office, President-elect Barack Obama will enact several changes that will, symbolically and otherwise, undo some of the injustices and wrongs committed during (and even before) the W. Bush administration.  He is reportedly going to close down the prison at Guantanamo Bay, ban all interrogation techniques that could be described as torture, and rescind Bush’s bar on funding going to the creation of stem cell lines and to overseas public health organizations which provide abortion counseling (as opposed to the woefully inadequate abstinence-only programs).  What’s more, and this is what made me the happiest, he will end the Clinton-era “compromise” policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which bans gays and lesbians from openly serving in the United States military.

And people wonder why I voted for the guy.  Actually, nobody really wonders that.  But I appreciate his commitment to making these changes, even if they are nowhere near the most pressing issues facing him as he takes the oath of office on Tuesday.  Obviously the economy and the war are going to be the top priorities.  That goes without saying.  But there were so many little injustices that have taken place and root over the last eight years (and yes, I realize that DADT was put into place under Clinton that get less attention then illegally invading a sovereign nation and destroying perhaps the most robust economy in the history of the world through negligence and legalized theft.

EDIT: It occurs to me that I did not provide a link to where I found this information.  So here you go.  What?  You thought it would be an American news outlet?  How silly of you.

Today I Learned…

…that chartreuse is the most visible color there is.

Chartreuse, a yellow-green hue, excites more of the cones in your retina than any other wavelength of light because it falls right smack in the middle of the visible light spectrum.  Your cones are tuned for red, green, and blue light (approximately either end of the visible light spectrum and green near the middle), and chartreuese contains sizeable amounts of all three of these colors.

Because of this, many cities have begun phasing out the traditional “fire truck red” (which, incidentally, figured in the very first sentence I ever uttered, “Look mom, big dog, red truck.”) in favor of a yellow-green color which will be easier to spot.