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What I learned this week: Vol. 1

January 17, 2013

An occasional series on random things I found out.

There’s a robot called Vomiting Larry.
http://in.reuters.com/video/2013/01/11/vomiting-larry-goes-viral-in-the-name-of?videoId=240437632&videoChannel=104

“Jenga” (as in the game) comes from the Swahili for “to build.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenga

There aren’t many words for business-related things in Russian, so they just use English words with a Russian accent.
http://howtodoeverything.org/post/40288504947/how-to-remember-which-ones-bill-pullman-and-which
(check the 5:30 minute mark)

There is an island in Mexico full of extremely creepy old dolls.
http://www.amusingplanet.com/2011/04/island-of-dolls-mexicos-creepiest.html

While exploring North America, Lewis and Clark left a trail of mercury via… well, their poop.
http://www.offbeatoregon.com/H1006d_BiliousPills.html

Most of these fun facts culled from two of my favorite podcasts: How to Do Everything and Good Job, Brain. Highly recommended.

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