Today I Learned…

…that armadillos always give birth to identical quadruplets.  (Thanks Hanna!)

…and that there are audio clips on demand on the internet of President Obama saying awesomely profane things.  These aren’t fake — they’re excerpts from the audio recording of his best seller, “Dreams from My Father.”  I wish I could embed these, but WordPress has some annoying restrictions on scripts.  All I can do is give you this link to where I found them — it has the recordings (language NSFW),  text transcripts, as well as the author’s suggestions as to when he should use that quote throughout his day-to-day presidential business.

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Today (and Yesterday) I Learned…

…that apparently in 2007 there were 22 incidents of anti-heterosexual hate crimes according to the FBI.  On a related note, I learned that there can be anti-heterosexual hate crimes.  Can anyone enlighten me as to how that would work?

…also that there is a possibility of direct evidence of dark matter relatively near our solar system!  Article on slashdot with other links.

Whoops!  Missed Wednesday, and Thursday’s post is coming in late.  Sorry about that!  Here’s a doublepak of knowledge for ya!

Today (Wednesday) I Learned…

…that Popeye’s spinach habit was government-funded.  In the early days of Popeye comics, no explanation was ever given for Popeye’s super strength.  However, during the Great Depression of the 1930s, the brawny sailor suddenly began eating cans of spinach to get his mus-kles.  Why?

Seems that the United States government was concerned about the nutrition of the American people given the extremely high price of meat during the Depression.  Spinach was believed to be a ridiculously good source of iron, and the government enlisted Popeye the Sailor Man to start hawking spinach to the people of the nation.  It worked — sales of spinach increased 33% and American children rated it as their third favorite food behind turkey and ice cream.  The feds weren’t just interested in the nutrition, however — they were also pushing canned goods as a good source of emergency rations.

Also, it turns out that some of the scientific findings that the US based this program on were faulty — a decimal point was misplaced in an 1870 paper which made it seem that spinach had 10 times as much iron as it actually did; however the deed was already done when this was found out.

Thanks to mental_floss magazine for that one.

Today (Thursday) I Learned…

…about a fantastic band.  Go check out Scythian, and support these guys if you get a chance.  A bunch of us saw them Thursday night at Castaways in Ithaca and they put on a hell of a show.  Opening for them was OneSide, another great band from Boston.  Check them out too.

Today I Learned…

***Special Sunday Doublepak***

…that someone took the time to create an imaginary mini expansion set of Magic cards themed around the election.  See them here.

Example:

Also, I learned all of the words to “Hail to the Redskins” after we beat our hated rivals the Cowboys tonight.  The current lyrics are as follows:

Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!
Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!
Beat ’em, Swamp ’em,
Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!

Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!

…the original lyrics contained such gems as “Scalp ‘em, Swamp ‘em. We will take‘em big score. Read ‘em, weep ‘em Touchdown, we want heap more,” instead of what you see here, as well as “Dixie” instead of “D.C.”

Yeah, I’m a bit ashamed to be a Redskins fan.  Why?

Today I Learned…

…that I can recognize an episode of Lost by four words and four words only.  I leave this as an exercise to the reader: “Color preference?” “Standard black.”

…also that these four kids in Montana played an awesome prank on their school.  They released three goats in their school, with the numbers 1, 2, and 4 painted on their sides.