Because I Can
3 am, suffering the usual insomnia. Out of idle boredom I’m browsing Wikipedia, entirely because I can. Although, as Wikipedia itself helpfully notes, as of “June 2007” I would, actually be able to do this from China. I’m trying to remember if I looked at Wikipedia at all the last month we were there...
What I’ve learned recently [with the usual disclaimer that this is stuff anonymous unqualified strangers assure me is true]:
- The Earth’s Atmosphere has more Argon than Carbon Dioxide
- China has partially unblocked Wikipedia
- The Robustness Principle (also known as Postel’s Law) states “Be conservative in what you do; be liberal in what you accept from others.” (This has something to do with engineering Internet protocols, but seems like a good recipe for life, generally.)
- Kelly Souders, one of only two Souders on Wikipedia, has written or co-written 17 episodes of Smallville. I’ve never seen Smallville.
- On July 17, 1815, Napoléon made his formal surrender to British forces on board the HMS Bellerophon off the port of Rochefort, France, ending the Hundred Days.
- At Waterloo, Napoléon did not, actually, surrender.
- The tiny Polynesian nation of Niue has effectively outsourced its foreign relations to New Zealand which seems fricking brilliant given America’s performance over the last five years.
- Famous Nebraskan Harold Edgerton, inventor of the photographic strobe, died in 1990.
- Talk pages for the most unexpected subjects provide hours of schadenfreuderific entertainment.
- Schadenfreuderific is not a real word.