“This map shows the most commonly spoken language in every US state, excluding English and Spanish”, by Andy Kiersz and Ivan De Luce, Business Insider (1/18/20)
A new telescope built to study the Sun has released its first images. They show the surface of the Sun in the most exquisite detail we’ve ever seen – revealing convection granules the size of Texas, and tiny magnetic features – the roots of fields that extend far into space.
During the Bosnian War, a 1979 Chevy Camaro was updated with state of the art equipment by US Military and was used to take much needed supplies to civilians.
Every Christmas, the US Air Force performs Operation Christmas Drop – airdropping toys and other presents to children who live on remote Pacific islands.
A British company developed most uncomfortable toilet ever — on purpose. A start-up company in the UK developed a new, downward-tilting toilet meant to make employees so uncomfortable in the loo that they take care of business quicker. The StandardToilet is slopped about 13 degrees forward to increase strain on the legs, making it painful to sit on for longer than five minutes.
“Anything higher than that would cause wider problems. Thirteen degrees is not too inconvenient, but you’d soon want to get off the seat quite quickly,” said Mahabir Gill, founder of the company.
In 2013 tech retailer GAME released an affordable £2 ($2.64) Christmas dinner in a can for hardcore gamers who spend their Christmas playing games online and don’t want to leave their chair.
In 2017, Saudi Arabia accidentally printed history textbooks that showed Yoda presiding over a committee at the founding of the United Nations.
South Dakota reportedly paid an advertising firm $449,000 to develop its new anti-meth campaign. The firm came up with the slogan, “Meth. We’re on it.”
The public reaction, so far, hasn’t been kind.
This is not South Dakota’s first tagline in the news. In 2015, South Dakota tourism used the tagline “why die on Mars, when you can live in South Dakota?”