Things I Learned in February
▪️There are more chickens on the earth than there are dogs, cats, pigs, cows, and rats combined.
▪️In Korean, the word “umchina” is used to describe someone who is better than you are at everything. Its literal meaning is “mom’s friend’s son.”
▪️It would actually be faster to allow everybody on an airplane to attempt to board whenever they wanted than to use any of the boarding methods airlines currently use. So why the boarding groups? Because it allows airlines to charge extra for letting people board sooner.
▪️A young Sioux boy who witnessed Custer’s Last Stand lived until 1961, when I was three.
▪️In Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest,” Cary Grant’s character is mistaken for a spy named George Kaplan, who doesn’t actually exist. In 2014, a species of fly that was originally named as a subspecies of another fly that was found not to exist was renamed “prochyliza georgekaplani.”
▪️ The word “spanghew” refers to the act of flinging a frog violently into the air from the end of a stick.
▪️The word “teetotaler” comes from the phrase “Total with a capital T,” a slogan of the temperance movement.
▪️Venus rotates in the opposite direction of all the other planets, so the sun rises in the west.
▪️Shel Silverstein, author of “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” and “The Giving Tree,” wrote the song “A Boy Named Sue,” which became a huge hit for Johnny Cash. Silverstein was inspired to write it by his friend who had a name generally used by girls—Jean Shepherd—who wrote “The Christmas Story.”