The Frontal Cortex

100 Things We’ve Learned This Year

The annual list from the BBC. Here’s a semi-random sampling:

More than 90% of plane crashes have survivors.

The Mona Lisa used to hang on the wall of Napoleon’s bedroom.

Eating a packet of crisps a day is equivalent to drinking five litres of cooking oil a year.

A common American poplar has twice as many genes as a human being.

The medical name for the part of the brain associated with teenage sulking is “superior temporal sulcus”.

While 53% of households have access to a garage, only 24% use them for parking cars.

The egg came first.

Comments

  1. #1 eNews Reference
    December 31, 2006

    I’ve learned a couple of things myself as well…the Saddam hanging at eNews Reference was one of the most gruesome things I’ve ever seen:

    http://www.enewsreference.com

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