I just learned the origin of pink lemonade and I need you all to hear this.
So this dude selling concessions at a circus back in like 1857 ran out of lemonade and he needed water to make more, but there wasn’t a stream or water pump, BUT the BAREBACK HORSE RIDER had just washed her pink tights in a bucket of water, staining the water pink. So, being the enterprising fella he was, dude just threw in the lemons and sugar and told everyone it was special strawberry lemonade. Well, the circus patrons saw pink lemonade and thought, “That’s fucking amazing!” and he ended up selling twice as much lemonade than usual.
This dude sold people sweaty horse crotch water and it was so popular it became an Actual Fucking Thing.
TIL: Bodies don't decay in space. They also don't slow down. So not only could you find perfectly preserved corpses in space, you'd also find them hurtling towards you with the force of an explosion that happened two years ago.
i learned about Marion Stokes, a Philadelphia woman who began taping whatever was on television in 1979 and didn't stop until her death in 2012.. The 71,000 VHS and Betamax tapes she made are the most complete collection preserving this era of TV. They are being digitized by the Internet Archive. (x)
TIL the dictionary isn't as much an instruction guide to the English language, as it is a record of how people are using it. Words aren't added because they're OK to use, but because a lot of people have been using them.
I just had the most satisfying result to an random internet search. We're on vacation in the Adirondacks this week and the place we're ate dinner at has a gorgeous view over a lake. As we waited for our food we watched kayaks, paddleboards, and a pair of loons enjoying the water. Each of the loons kept lifting a leg out of the water and shaking it at random intervals while swimming. I wasn't quite sure what the point of this behavior was but I certainly wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to add some more weird animal questions to my internet browser history. So I googled "loon foot waggle" and imagine my surprise when google offered me that exact phrase as an auto fill option before I finished typing the word foot. I clicked the top result and became increasingly ecstatic as I read how some ornithologist did an entire study on loon foot waggles. The end result: we're not entirely sure but we think loons just find it soothing to stick their leggie out and waggle it all about. I love nature, and I love my fellow nerds out there who devote large chunks of their time to studying random bits of it.
Yosemite Falls Rainbow captured in Yosemite National Park (California) revealed a colorful phenomenon on the 1,430-foot (440 meter) upper portion of the park's highest waterfall at 2,425 feet (739 meters). It lasted 8 minutes with very strong winds at the perfect time of day (9 a.m.), and unusual heavy waters in November collided to form this sublime visual effect.
i learned that actor Danny Trejo has the most on-screen deaths of anyone in Hollywood history, with 65. Followed by Christopher Lee (60), Lance Henriksen (51), Vincent Price (41), Dennis Hopper (41), Boris Karloff (41), and John Hurt (39). (x)
The name “Hobbit” derives from the Old English word “Holbytla”, which translates as “Hole-Dweller”
The name “Frodo” is inspired by the Old English word “Frōd”, which translates as “Wise by Experience”
The name “Bilbo” is derived from two Old English words, “Bil” which means “Sword”, and “Bo”, a shortening of the Old English word “Beorht”, meaning “Bright”. So, Bilbo translates as “Bright Sword”, referring to his glowing sword, Sting.
The name “Smeagol” translates as “Creeping” or “Sneaking” in Old English
The name “Gollum” derives from the Old Norse word “Gull”, which translates as “something gold, or something precious”, referring to how he calls the Ring his ‘precious’
The name “Gandalf” is derived from two Old Norse Words, “Gandr” which means “wand” or staff” and “álfr” which means “elf”
“Meriadoc” is a name referring to a mythical figure known as ‘Conan Meriadoc’, who is considered the founder of Brittany and the real-like House of Rohan, referring to his later involvement with the Riders of Rohan
The name “Peregrin” is derived from the Latin “Peregrinus”, meaning “Wanderer”, while “Pippin” is a common name used by the Franks
A lot of the Dwarf’s Names from The Hobbit come from the Norse Prose Edda, which is one of the oldest and most reliable records of Norse Mythology ever discovered. Names such as “Thorin”, “Ori” and “Fili”, as well as many other Dwarf Names, come from a list of Nordic Dwarf Names from this famous record
Conclusion: Nobody does Linguistics as well as Tolkien
i learned that in the 1880s, the Harvard Observatory director was frustrated with his staff, and would say "My Scottish maid could do better!" So, he hired his Scottish maid. Williamina Fleming ran a team for decades, classified tens of thousands of stars, & discovered white dwarfs and the Horsehead Nebula (x)