my brain has been feeling kinda stale lately so I'm making a point be serious about actively learning a new "something" every day for the next month!
  1. Cosmetic surgery first became prevalent during WW I. Trench warfare was a huge military tactic during that war, which resulted in dramatic injuries often concentrated to the face. Doctors attempted to find a way to improve the living conditions of the soldiers returning home and began to develop better cosmetic surgery practices.
  2. The "ZIP" in "zip code" stands for Zone Improvement Plan. The zip code system we use in the US today started in 1963. Prior to zip codes, postal codes were used which referred to major cities. Zip codes were designed to refer to more specific local post offices, thus improving mail delivery efficiency.
  3. Gwen Stefani & Cate Blanchett are the same age (both born in 1969).
  4. Mindy Kaling is pregnant. (I audibly screeched when I read the headline. It's always weird feeling such joy for a person you don't actually know.)
  5. Cats only sweat through their paws.
  6. Jenny Slate's first big "acting" moment (as opposed to being "just" a comedian) was in the short film version of Obvious Child in 2009. That film led to her getting a TV job on Bored to Death, which ended up getting her an agent.
  7. The US spends about 25% less on welfare programs than other major European countries (France, Spain, Germany, and Britain) even though the poverty rate is higher in the US. To receive welfare assistance, the US requires "proof" while most of those other nations do not. Yet people in the US are twice as likely to donate to charity.
  8. Humans have explored less than 5% of the ocean.
  9. The Disney Princesses that marry into royalty (Cinderella, Belle, and Tiana) wear gloves while princesses born into royalty do not.
  10. The bar featured on How I Met Your Mother, MacLauren's, is based on a real bar in NYC called McGee's (240 West 55th Street).
  11. The original U.S. Constitution initially didn't include a bill of rights because the framers thought it was unnecessary. Article I of the Constitution was intentionally crafted so that the government only had powers granted, and the government had not been granted the power to deny people their rights.
  12. Trevor Noah is fluent is seven languages: English, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana, Tsonga, and Afrikaans. He also speaks some Germans as well as Spanish.
  13. The first film featuring Sherlock Holmes was a short silent film in 1900 called "Sherlock Holmes Baffled." This means that film & television have been depicting the character for over a century.
  14. The first "Yankees Suck" t-shirt was sold at Game 4 of the ALCS on October 17, 1999.
  15. Of the many reasons Coke and Pepsi taste different, one is related to temperature. Coke was invented before refrigeration so it was designed to be consumed warm, while Pepsi was invented after so it was designed to be consumed cold.
  16. Finland is known as "the land of a thousand lakes," but the country actually has a total of 188,000.
  17. Dippin' Dots are never sold in grocery stores because the refrigerators are not cold enough. Dippin' Dots have to be stored at negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit (for reference, most household freezers are set to about 0 degrees).
  18. An octopus has three hearts.
  19. On this day 141 years ago (August 1, 1876) Ulysses S. Grant signed the proclamation that made Colorado the 38th state.
    8/1/2017 (shoutout to @andersun)