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Day of November 23rd 2014

  • Balut is a common “streetfood” in the Philippines and neighboring Southeast Asian countries. The embryo of a duck is boiled alive and then eaten in its shell.
  • Dianetics is a set of practices and ideologies which attempt to define the relationship between body and mind. Dianetics was founded by Scientologist Ron Hubbard as a term and as a philosophy; the theory has not (yet) been credited by any peer reviewed journal due to lack of empirical evidence, and is regarded widely as pseudoscience.
  • When a can of Coca-Cola (80z standard) is submerged in a tank of water, it sinks to the bottom. When a can of Diet Coca-Cola (8oz standard) is submerged in a tank of water, it floats. The Diet Coke floats because it lacks the 39 grams of high fructose corn syrup (sugar) which give density to its non diet counterpart. (Video in source)
  • Durian is a large spiky fruit with a very powerful and distinct foul odor; it is somewhat similar in appearance to jackfruit.
  • Jonah Peretti (co-founder of Huffington Post) is founder and CEO of social news media outlet BuzzFeed.

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  • I learned about balut while discussing exotic foods with a friend. Sometimes the ducks have actually grown feathers by the time they’re eaten.
  • A friend’s anecdote about Scientology and Dianetics encouraged me to Google the term.
  • A student of mine told me about this, and I decided to check it out.
  • A friend of mine confused durian for jackfruit; image of durian here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durian#mediaviewer/File:Durian.jpg

  • Out of curiosity I browsed through BuzzFeed‘s website and found this information on their job listings page.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/about/jobs

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LED Day – 148

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Day of November 19th 2014

  • Growing trees for human purposes (fuel, heat, construction, paper, etc) is called silviculture.
  • Piezoelectricity is electricity produced by mechanical pressure. Certain materials, including wood, generate energy when stressed. (Properly squeezing a branch can produce electricity.)
  • Google’s BOLD Internship is offered in New York City, Ann Arbor & San Francisco.
  • Cointreau is an orange flavored liquor produced in France.
  • Tardigrades are known as nature’s soldiers. The species has persevered for some 530 million years; they are about half a millimeter in length when fully grown and are capable of withstanding extreme temperatures, high levels of radiation, immense pressure (water and air), dehydration for nearly a decade, environmental toxins, and even zero gravity.

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LED Day – 147

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Day of November 15th 2014

  • Lingual Frenectomy is a minor surgery which removes the tissue connecting an individual’s tongue to the bottom of their mouth. This surgery is general used to relieve speech impediments, and will often enable recipients of the surgery to extend their tongues quite far. Improper surgery can cause permanent nerve damage and intense pain which cannot be treated.
  • The M.P.H graduate degree is a Master of Public Health degree.
  • Ankyloglossia is the condition known as being tongue tied. This is when the tissue connecting an individual’s tongue to the bottom of their mouth is too short or constricting.
  • Gender reassignment surgery in the United States can be rather expensive. Female to male reassignment can cost upwards of $50,000 while male to female reassignment can cost anywhere between $7,000 and $24,000.
  • There is a Floyd Mayweather Sr. as well as a Floyd Mayweather Jr. Both men are world renowned fighters.

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LED Day – 146

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Day of November 12th 2014

  • The Nexus 6 is coming out! It comes with Android Lollipop (5.0) and starts at $650. It is being hailed as the cheapest flagship smartphone on the market.
  • Kim Kardashian has fully exposed her body to Paper Magazine. The photoshoot is highly controversial on social media and has resulted in a slew of memes and media tabloid articles. (Links to photos in source.)
  • Robert George Kardashian (father of Kim Kardashian and her sisters) was an American lawyer and business. Robert Kardashian is most famous for his role in the OJ Simpson trial. He passed away at the age of 59 from esophageal cancer; he was ethnically Armenian.
  • The APA (American Psychological Association) estimates that the divorce rate in America is somewhere between 40 and 50 percent (variable by year). This statistic itself seems to make people edgy about divorce.
  • This Spiderman gif seems to dance in sync to any song! Maybe it’s placebo effect, but it sure works for me.

    http://9gag.com/gag/aPvwPzg/damn-spiderman-can-dance

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LED Day – 145

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Day of November 5th 2014

  • Stanley Milgram’s controversial study on obedience is eye opening and somewhat disturbing. People tend to obey circumstantial authority, even when doing so requires acting against established moral standards. (Details on the experiment in source.)
  • The Iron Throne in Game of Thrones is not depicted correctly (by George R.R. Martin’s standards) in HBO’s construction of the story; the size (particularly the height) of the throne could not be accommodated by any set that was to serve as the throne room. (Concept art of the Iron Throne in source.)
  • The CDC was conceived on July 1st, 1946.
  • Award winning author Pearl S. Buck‘s middle name was SydenstrickerShe was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and the Nobel Prize (Literature) in 1938.
  • Toyota RAV4 models dating to 2011 and later have spare tires which are located underneath the vehicle rather than being rear-mounted.

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LED Day – 144

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Day of November 1st 2014

  • T-Pain can actually sing quite well without auto-tune!
  • Corning is a 163 year old company; the group used to produce light-bulbs for Thomas Edison .
  • Synthetic sapphire is the second hardest material on the planet; only diamonds are harder.
  • Lenovo’s y50 Touch Gaming Laptop has a 4K display, but most games cannot run at that resolution without significant lag.
  • An anaphora is “the use of a word referring to or replacing a word used earlier in a sentence, to avoid repetition, such as do in I like it and so do they.” (This definition quoted from Google’s dictionary function.)
  • The population of Japan is about 127.3 million; there are about 1.4 births per woman (fertility rate).

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LED Day – 143

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Day of October 28th 2014

  • Super Smash Bros. Crusade is an open source indie title which combines the best elements of the Super Smash Bros. series with non-Nintendo characters and stages; the game was produced by Smash Bros. fans. (Download link in source.)
  • Bill Cosby has been accused of rape and sexual assault more than 10 times over the course of his career. I’m a little shocked that I wasn’t aware of this, but then again, I didn’t watch much of the Cosby Show.
  • There is only one Krispy Kreme Doughnuts store in all of NYC.
  • The peritoneum is the membrane which lines the walls of your abdomen (internal).
  • Sodium Thiopental is used to create lethal injections.
  • The WHO (World Health Organization) has an Essential Drugs List, which is a list of drugs required for a medical system/institution to be deemed functional.

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