So, I have been under the weather lately, so not much news or email updates. Here are some pearls of whatever you want.
“We should try to be the parents of our future rather than the offspring of our past.”
Pinot Noir is the most commonly mispronounced wine name. Apparently, an average of 2,380 people search for how to correctly say the world-famous French wine each month. (It’s PEE-noh nwar, in case you were wondering).
Expedia shows the ideal day to book a flight is Sunday. For domestic flights, you can get the best airfare by booking at the end of the weekend. Doing so can save you around 5%. For international flights, the savings are nearly 10%.
Barium nitrate is insoluble in 6M Nitric Acid. (I remember that from freshman Chemistry at Berkeley)
Venis is the hottest (462 C) planet in our solar system.
Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt, Peru or Mexico.
The Rio Carnival, the world’s biggest Carnival held annually in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, returns to the streets on Friday after a two-year pandemic hiatus. About 80,000 tourists are expected to join in the festivities. I would love to attend sometime!
That was about the worst Super Bowl anthem I have heard in decades!
The hashtag symbol (#) is technically called an octothorpe.
About 700 grapes (about 2.6 pounds) go into one bottle of wine.
A $1 dollar bill lasts for about 6.6 years according to the Federal Reserve.
Go people watching or simply cross the street on the Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo. As the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing in the world, you’ll see about 3,000 people bobbing and weaving at the same time. Also, home to Hachi!
You actually lose a large percentage of your taste buds while on an airplane. This might explain a lot about those less-than-stellar in-flight meals, or why you find yourself craving the saltiest foods while in the sky.
The bookworms will appreciate this fun fact: Isaac Asimov is the only author to write a book in every Dewey-decimal category.
Russia has a whopping 11 time zones within the country, which gives you an idea of just how large it is. I crossed them all on my trip on the Trans Siberian Railway in 2014.
Did you know that when you plan a trip somewhere, it’s scientifically proven to make you happier? Don’t ask me where I read the study — you’ll just have to plan and test it out for yourself! 😉