Things I learnt today IV

  • Fluoroantimonic Acid is basically the most dangerous chemical ever, although there are several shockingly horrifying contenders, arguably worse in various ways (Corrosive, carcinogenic, poisonous etc)
  • The breaking bad scene with the bathtub being melted through when they tried to dissolve… stuff… was not only inaccurate, but very inefficient, something no real chemist would suggest. A much better option to HF (Hydrofluoric acid) would be Hydrochloric acid (HCI), which would also be less dangerous to humans messing around with it.
  • The Saturn V rocket that got us to the moon was the equivalent of 3,000 tonnes of bombs being set off in one direction.
  • ‘Where is ____’ in Chinese is ‘______zai4 na3?’ – I have a habit of never learning the most fundamental, basic aspects of a language. Like how I never learnt left or right in Korean.
  • Some cosmetics use cultivated cells from the foreskin of babies. That does not mean they mush up foreskins and you rub it on your face. It’s no different to taking cells from your arse and putting them on your head to get your hairline back. You’re not literally putting arse on your head.
  • One foreskin can produce a decade of useful material worth about $100,000, or 4 acres of new skin for needs like burn victims among other stuff
  • As many as 99 percent of Hindu girls who are converted to Islam and forcibly married are under 13 years of age in Pakistan.
  • Locals of Shanghai can be surprisingly helpful and friendly.
  • Line 1 in Shanghai Metro, like Line 1 in Seoul, is a dirty, gross line.
  • Jim Carrey is a Grandfather, and his mothering daughter divorced.
  • David Attenborough is still making shows at 88!

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