today i learned – mon 28th aug 2017

happy bank holiday y’all! gotta love a long weekend 😎 … means just four days at work this week πŸ‘ŒπŸ» (for me, it’s four days before going off on holiday! 😬)

anyway, it’s a funny saying β€˜bank holiday’ … ever wondered where it came from? πŸ€” well, here you go πŸ˜‰

#tdil when and where the name β€˜bank holiday’ originated πŸ™ŒπŸ» Continue reading “today i learned – mon 28th aug 2017”

today i learned – fri 14th july 2017

the pirates of the caribbean theme tune just came on and my life is actually complete πŸ™ŒπŸ» god i love hans zimmer … dude is just amazing. what a weird way to start a blog post πŸ™ƒ.

anyway, hans zimmer soundtracks make me super happy and pumped … which is actually pretty relevant to today’s post, if i’m honest.

#tdil that today is the happiest day of the year … according to science … apparently πŸ€”. Continue reading “today i learned – fri 14th july 2017”

today i learned – sun 2nd july 2017

so, bit of background info about today’s fact: it came about after a very long journey to buy a car turned into a day at the beach πŸ˜‚

strange one, hey!? πŸ™ˆ of all the times i thought i’d randomly end up at the beach, being in devon and not buying the aforementioned car was not one … not gonna lie, it was a totally awesome day 😬.

#tdil the reason why being in cold water makes you suddenly need to have a wee πŸ’© Continue reading “today i learned – sun 2nd july 2017”

today i learned – thurs 8th june 2017

today’s random fact is one that was, once again, taught to me by radio one’s rather brilliant greg james … this time during a conversation about pooing on trains πŸ’©. the world truly is a wonderful place πŸ™Š 

sadly, i’m not best chums with famous radio one djs in real life 😭 so, if you listen to radio one, you have probably already heard this random nugget. 

#tdil that sometimes human waste can fall from aeroplanes and turn into mad frozen toilet bombs 😳  Continue reading “today i learned – thurs 8th june 2017”

today i learned – weds 12th apr 2017

with our holiday now drawing to an end, today is most definitely a day for enjoying the sun for one last time before jumping on a plane and being greeted at home by everyone’s best pal – the cold πŸ˜’.

grabbing my custom made emoji sunglasses  for one final time (i’m not posh … i just stickerbombed some shades and now they’re sick 😎) i couldn’t help but wonder: “who was the clever soul who invented sunglasses?”. a quick search later, i’m now smarter than i was 😏.

#tdil that modern sunglasses have had a long ole ride that started way back in china in the 12th century 😱.

originally, sunglasses were invented for the super rich people of china. as you can imagine, they were quite different to the ray bans that you have on your face these days – in fact, they didn’t even protect your eyes from the sun all that well. made from a slab of smoked quartz that was crudely fitted into a rough frame, all they actually did was slightly block out the blaring sun πŸ‘πŸ».

but wait, there’s more! they also had a use within the law system … i know right, the law system?! judges in china started using these new fangled sunglasses during trials to help hide their emotions. 

…during the following centuries, people started to experiment with adding tinted lenses to vision-correcting glasses πŸ‘πŸ». it’s not massively interesting and tbh that’s the gist of it … so we’ll skip the indepth dive 😬.

modern sunglasses started appearing in the 20th century because hollywood celebs began wearing them to protect their eyes from the bright studio lights. they were then made mainstream in 1929 after a dude named ‘sam foster’ started mass producing them –  he did very very well out of this business πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°. it’s worth mentioning that these sunglasses still didn’t protect your eyes from the sun’s uv rays (more on this later).

in the 1930s, the army air corps started to use specially created sunglasses to help protect their pilots from high altitude glare 😡 (<- that’s the face you pull when the sun gets in your eyes at high altitude). they actually ended up perfecting a special dark green colour that absorbed light from the yellow band of the spectrum. 

right, back to the uv swag – in 1936, edwin h. land founded the polaroid corporation after inventing the polaroid filter that protected people’s eyes from dangerous uv rays. these were totes desired by everyone because they were both fashionable and better for your health #winwin.

and finally, in 1936, ray ban started creating aviator glasses with new polarised lens technology (created by edwin) for ww2 pilots. they later made these aviators available to the public. ray bans were founded by an american company called “bausch & lomb” – the same company that created those army air corps sunglasses from earlier in the post 😬.

there you have the history of sunglasses πŸ‘πŸ».  if you’d like anymore interesting facts about sunglasses, my source can be found –>here<– πŸ™‚. the ray ban information came from the place on the internet that knows all: wikipedia πŸ˜‚ … if you’d like more on that, you’ll find it –>here<–.

anyway, time for some final sun β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ

aloha πŸ™ƒ #tdil

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thanks for reading yo πŸ‘πŸ» if you’d like to read some more random facts that i’ve learned, then the rest of my blog is –>here<– πŸ™‚

 

(today’s image is actually owned by me for once πŸ™ŒπŸ». they’re my ‘super cool’ custom sunglasses 😏)

today i learned – tues 11th apr 2017

despite the fact that we’ve been on holiday for almost a week now, last night was the first time that we’ve actually encountered the infamous cockroach (this year at least). 

as you’d expect, as charlie (that’s his name) came barreling towards our patio, there were screams & shouts and a rather large kerfuffle broke out. it was highly amusing watching multiple people jump onto chairs like the lady out of tom and jerry πŸ˜‚

after all of the excitement had ended and conversation began once more, there were no end of claims about how indestructible roachs are and how squashing them releases their eggs πŸ€”. 

i’ve subsequently investigated this fact πŸ‘πŸ» #tdil that you don’t release the young in some horror movie-esque way when you step on a cockroach (to be honest, you shouldn’t be stepping on them anyway … it’s mean 😠). Continue reading “today i learned – tues 11th apr 2017”

today i learned – weds 5th apr 2017

when it comes to preparing for holidays, there are two types of people in this world – those who are super prepared and those who pack the night before πŸ™ˆ … i can safely say that i’m the latter of the two. 

tomorrow (in four hours) we go on holiday! 😬 #yaaaaay but i’ve only just packed … really hope that i’ve got everything. anyway, the fact i’m already getting zero sleep and still have things to do, this is probably going to be super short (i always say that) and holiday based! 

#tdil why you’re allowed potentially explosive things in a plane’s cargo hold and not hand luggage.  Continue reading “today i learned – weds 5th apr 2017”