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What have you learned lately?

Asked by KateTheGreat (13635points) April 11th, 2011

Every single day, I challenge myself to learn AT LEAST one new thing, whether it is important or not. I’m filled with tons of useless information! What have you learned lately? Any life lessons, random facts, or humorous information are acceptable!

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I am learned alittle about the breeding cycle of mourning doves.Titillating! XD

yankeetooter's avatar

That no matter how much you set your mind to something, if it’s supposed to happen, it’s going to happen.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

That the human foot can sweat up to 1 cup (8 oz) of fluid per day. Eww.

Also, that the cells of organs can be dissolved to leave only the collagen scaffold. Not so eww. Very cool, actually.

KateTheGreat's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf That is probably the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while! Wow!

woodcutter's avatar

I learned I can make a magazine for one pistol fit into a different pistol if I use a little sandpaper first.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@KatetheGreat what is really cool about it, is that it can be recellularized with your own cells, to create a new, healthy organ that is designed exactly for your body. That means no rejection for transplant patients. Definitely the coolest thing I’ve learned recently.

muppetish's avatar

We learned about the syphilis experiment in my EWS course.

I also learned, through a class poll, that the majority of my class mates think that “it is acceptable to dress a male baby in pink” but that far fewer students would “choose to dress a male baby in pink”. I don’t get it.

yankeetooter's avatar

That arachnid questions get a lot of responses!

saintDrew's avatar

Stars are big balls of gas made up of mainly hydrogen and helium


gondwanalon's avatar

I learned that if you drink one gallon of “Golytely” (polyethylene glycol 236 g, sodium sulfate 22.74 g, sodium bicarbonate 6.74 g, sodium chloride 5.86 g, potassium chloride 2.97 g) in one hour then within 3 hours your intestines and bowels will be clean as a whistle.

Yes I’m having a colonoscopy exam tomorrow. I’m such a good patient.

augustlan's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf I saw that TED talk, too. So, so awesome.

Lately, I’ve been learning how to deal with harassment issues, and all about YouTube’s flagging process. Not something I really wanted to learn. :/

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@augustlan I didn’t see the TED talk, but thank you for the link!

augustlan's avatar

As someone with kidney disease, I am beyond thrilled. They can PRINT a kidney!

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I saw something about this, but not very much. I was watching something else entirely.. but I was really intrigued by the rigged printer. Excited to watch this!

augustlan's avatar

Ooh, I just learned that vitamin D really does seem to affect auto-immune disorders. This is very interesting to me. I have several auto-immune issues (including the above-mentioned kidney disease), and when my vitamin D level was tested last year, it was so low it was virtually undetectable. Being on a mega dose for 4 months made me feel so much better. Got to talk to my doctor…

Mamradpivo's avatar

I’ve been learning the Dutch language. This week I’ve learned how to form the past tense, how to talk about my laundry and managed to get through a number of simple interactions in Dutch.

SavoirFaire's avatar

When your advisor says “you’re right, that’s obvious—forget I mentioned it,” you’d better include a footnote to remind him why it’s obvious.

Cruiser's avatar

Ditto what @gondwanalon said…odd part is I use polyethylene glycol in my adhesives!! Who would have thunk it did this!! Unreal!

mattbrowne's avatar

I learned about Seligman’s well-being theory based on PERMA, which stands for

1. Positive Emotions
2. Engagement (or flow)
3. Relationships/social connections
4. Meaning (and purpose)
5. Accomplishment

Berserker's avatar

I finally learned the name of the movie that was based on a Stephen King short story, The Monkey. It was called The Devil’s Gift. I knew I saw it but totally forgot the title.
Everyone kept telling me it was Monkey Shines, but I knew that wasn’t it because despite that having a cymbals monkey on its cover for some reason I don’t get, that movie is based from a different author’s story, and anyone who saw that and also read The Monkey knows it isn’t the same thing at all.

shego's avatar

I learned that a soda can holds 3 times more pressure than a car tire.

Berserker's avatar

I learned that life is jess full o’ surprises!

I’m a big fan of Xena Warrior Princess…in the last couple of weekends, I watched Boogeyman one and two. After learning that Lucy Lawless plays in the first and Renee O’Connor in the second, I rented them haha. So today, I checked behind the box of Boogeyman 3 to see if they appeared again. But they didn’t, so I was like, well maybe some other time, need a different type of movie…so I rented the first Candyman. Lol. (which I hadn’t seen yet, some horror fan I be…haha)

And who do I see in that movie?? Ted Raimi lol! (Joxer the Mighty from Xena) It was pretty funny too, because I’m so used to seeing him being a goofball that seeing him playing out the part of an eighties slasher ’‘bad boy’’ made me laugh till I thought my sides would split lol.

…I just wanted to say that, thanks.

6rant6's avatar

Purslane, the weed that grows wherever there’s water (including my garden) and which I eat, is highly nutritious and has more heart-healthy fats than any other green leafy.

Brian1946's avatar

If a conductor crosses the terminals of a 9-volt battery, it can start a fire.

Berserker's avatar

@Brian1946 I loved insects as a kid, and it’s very easy to point out what is an insect, and what is not. (if it’s a passion, or an interest I mean)

Here’s how to recognize any insect; it has to have three parts; a head, thorax and abdomen. It has to have six legs. No more, no less. If it doesn’t have six legs, it’s not an insect. And all insects have antennas. Three parts, six legs, antennas. (many insects have small antennas that you can’t see)

Wings are usual, but not all insects need to have them to be insects. (lots of ant species, for example) And beetles have what is called ’‘elytra’’, which is the hard part that covers the wings, and moves out of the way when it wants to fly. (for those beetles that CAN fly, and those that have wings, cuz some don’t)

So anything that is a spider, a sow bug, or a centipede is not an insect.

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