Random Weird Things I’ve Learned Recently…

I’m¬† not¬† feeling¬† terribly¬† inspired today in terms of blogging, so here I go¬† with:

Random Weird Things¬† I’ve¬† Learned Recently


  • The new Cats movie adaptation¬† is getting¬† clawed by critics (no big surprise)
  • Wombats are quite¬† large (can weigh up to 77 pounds)
  • Pirates used¬† their jewelry (earrings) to cover their burial¬† expenses
  • The Canadian province of Alberta¬† has¬† been¬† waging a war against¬† rats¬† since 1950 and still has a “rat hotline”
  • There’s¬† a scary disease¬† you can get from ingesting¬† slugs (Angiostrongylus cantonensis).
  • There are two elements¬† on the Periodic¬† Table¬† named for a father (Tantalum/Tantalus) and daughter (Niobium/Niobe)
  • Vikings drank beverages¬† made of pine needles to help ward off scurvy
  • You¬† can get¬† talking Clapper devices that look like Darth Vader¬† and C-3PO
  • There is a technique involving¬† heated powdered sulfur for obtaining¬† shoe¬† print impressions¬† from snow
  • If the Union¬† army had been unsuccessful¬† in obtaining¬† saltpetre from Great¬† Britain the North probably¬† would have¬† lost¬† the Civil War
  • They made a 12-inch “prop” ring¬† to use¬† for closeup¬† shots¬† in the Lord of the Rings films
  • Dwayne Johnson¬† bought¬† a¬† truck¬† for the man whom is his¬† stunt double. He and his stunt double also like the same “cheat day” foods¬† ¬†(pizza and doughnuts)
  • The Kingsman movies are made by same writer/director as the Kick-Ass films – and there could¬† be¬† a¬† crossover¬† between the¬† two universes in the future
  • Aaron Johnson (who played¬† Kick-Ass) also played a young¬† Charlie Chaplin in Shanghai¬† Knights, alongside the film’s¬† stars Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan
  • The Carvana car vending machine is real (there is one in Washington, D.C.)
  • There¬† are two Oscar winners¬† from the 1980s in the HBO series¬† Watchmen (Jeremy Irons, Reversal¬† of Fortune – and Lou Gossett Jr., An Officer¬† and a Gentleman).

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