LED Day – 202

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Day of June 28th 2015

  • CBS and NBC are affiliated with Gannett News Company.
  • Gannets are seabirds with a wingspan of up to 6.5 feet and a lifespan of some 30+ years.
  • Glow Worm is a ‘glow in the dark powder’ (can be found on Amazon).
  • transformer is a device which modulates (reducing, increasing, and stopping) voltage.
  • Paisley is a type of design.
    Paisley

Sources:

  • While reading a news article on CBS‘s website, I noticed an affiliation mention with Gannett.
  • After Googling Gannett, I found the Gannet bird. (Gannett News Company has an extra “T”)
  • I found an interesting project on Reddit involving fractal patterns made to glow with this product.
    Project: http://imgur.com/a/Y0rbC
    Product: http://www.amazon.com/Glow-Worm-Glow—Dark-Powder/dp/B00MFVCJK6/
  • The transformer from a microwave was used for the project above.
  • I wore a tie to work embroidered with paisley designs, but did not know the design carried this name.

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LED Day – 201

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Day of June 18th 2015

  • IMDb‘s Top 3 TV shows [with at least 5000 votes each] are Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones & Mr. Robot (in that order).
  • The Tesla Model 3 will be an affordable ($35,000 brand new) electric car, with a range of about 250 miles per full charge.
  • There is a LIRR station in Forest Hills.
  • The Morbid Anatomy Museum is dedicated to exploring death, and the art inspired by such subject matter. The museum is located in Brooklyn, and often hosts talks and lectures.
  • German audio company Raumfeld is releasing its line of multi room speakers in the United States.

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LED Day – 200

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Day of June 12th 2015

  • Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis can be viewed in parts of Alaska from as early as 8:00PM in winter months.
  • Eagle River Nature Center is about 22 miles from downtown Anchorage (Alaska). The area is known for its dark skies, due to an intentional lack of electronic lighting.
  • The sound of wind has been recorded on Titan. (Jupiter’s moon) So far, this is the only sound that has been captured from space.
  • 718-651-5950 is the phone number for PepBoys Auto Services (Woodside location)
  • The Baltic States or Baltic Nations are: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Each country has its own language, and each is spoken only by a few million native people.

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LED Day – 199

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Day of June 4th 2015

  • The German word for “rail” or “train” is “bahn“.
  • The Swiss do not have their own language. French is spoken in the West; Italian is spoken in the South; German is spoken everywhere else.
  • Palais de Nations (UN Palace of Nations, Geneva) has an entire park dedicated to it. The building which hosts events and conferences, is the second largest of the four UN headquarters around the world.
  • St. Pierre’s Cathedral (Geneva) has existed since at least the 8th century; it is now a Protestant Church, and was a favorite of Protestant leader John Calvin.
  • The CERN Microcosm is a sphere shaped exhibit which describes and talks about subatomic particles, their significance, and the advent of the modern particle accelerator.

Sources:

  • Every major train station starts or ends with bahn. Confirmed this with my father (he speaks German).
  • While traveling from the Northern to Southern regions of the country, the common spoken and written language changed from German to French. I learned that Italian is spoken in the South from reading tourism brochures.
  • This information was available on a plaque in multiple languages near the Palace of Nations.
  • This information is in the description of the location on Wikipedia.
  • This information is in the description of the location on Wikipedia. (I did not visit this location as it was far out of our travel route.)

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LED Day – 198

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Day of May 31st 2015

  • Grünerløkka is an immigrant friendly area of Oslo, Norway.
  • The Brown Bear emblem is common in Switzerland; the bears are now extinct.
  • Lots of Indian, Chinese, and Korean tourists go to Interlaken to soak in the scenery.
  • Switzerland has an abundance of wood and trees. Most private structures in the country area are made of wood, and lots of homes have large piles of wood in the back.
  • A series of trains called the Jungfraubahn takes visitors from Wilderswil to the top of the Jungfrau mountain. (11,333 feet)

Sources:

  • Learned this while chatting in Hindi with an Afghani store owner in Vienna.
  • I’ve seen the Brown Bear emblem on many storefronts, hotels, official banners and even in people’s windows.
  • I was shocked by the amount of Indian and Chinese faces I saw in the hotels, on the streets and in the trains of Interlaken.
  • The views of Switzerland’s countryside are telling of the fact that there are lots of trees. While walking around Interlaken’s towns, I noticed lots of wooden structures and log piles.
  • This information was posted on the train stops on the way up.

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LED Day – 197

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** Guten Abend aus Österreich!
** Good evening from Austria!

Day of May 27th 2015

  • The emergency number (ambulance) in Vienna, Austria is 144. Also, the flashing lights on ambulances are a bright blue.
  • Billa is a popular chain of supermarkets (at least) in Vienna, Austria. Each Billa supermarket carries lots of fresh foodstuff/pastries and even has an entire section dedicated to hard liquors.
  • Train and tram doors in Vienna, Austria have a button or handle that needs to be pushed or twisted in order to open the doors. This button/handle is situated on both the interior and exterior of the train/tram. (The doors are automatic.)
  • It is legal in Vienna, Austria to drink beer outdoors in many public areas.
  • Escalators in Vienna’s underground train stations are significantly faster than those back home (New York).
  • McDonald’s menus in Vienna are significantly different from their US counterparts. There are chicken sandwich items for breakfast, and the (usually $1) McChicken is a [lunch] combo sandwich which comes in a box, and has tomatoes and cheese.
  • McCafe is also always given its own distinct section and is considered a popular coffee shop/cafe; in many cases McCafe is it’s own store, independent from McDonald’s restaurants altogether.

Sources:

  • I saw an ambulance pull up by the tram and bus station; the emergency number 144 was accompanied by a large image of a telephone.
  • We were recommended by residents of the city and our Airbnb hosts to get our essentials from the Billa supermarkets. We visited several branches and each store carried a wide variety of products including hard liquor.
  • The trains and trams require the handle/button to be manipulated in order to enter and exit the train. This results in several doors on the vehicle not being opened at all, as long no one is entering or exiting through them.
  • Stores, food stands, and take out locations cater single beers which people casually drink on the streets or tables. (I have noted this behavior on several occasions in several different locations.)
  • There’s a noticeable difference in speed between escalators in New York and Vienna.
  • I visited several McDonald’s restaurants because they are so different from the American brand.
  • In some cases, there were McCafe areas in McDonald’s, but I also visited a McCafe.

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LED Day – 196

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Day of May 26th 2015

  • Because of the varying definition of the word “city” it is hard to count how many cities there are in the world. World Atlas claims that are about 4.5 thousand cities, each with over 150,000 residents. This information may lack accuracy; I searched for a definite source, but could find none.
  • The scientific name for Western Lowland Gorillas is “Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla”.
  • Bottlenose Dolphins are of the genus Tursiop.
  • The CIA‘s website has a list of countries ordered by unemployment rate. Cambodia is estimated to have 0% unemployment. (As of 2011)
  • Star Alliance is a coalition of 27 airlines; the group manages over 4,000 aircraft and serves over 650 million customers per year.

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