What I've Learned Lately

  • There are 20,000 varieties of bees. Bees are hugely important to food, and therefore humans. As Einstein put it, "if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."
  • The United States is the only nation without a national e-waste policy. Yep - all those cell phones, televisions and computers that wear out or are thrown out? We have no policy mandating recycling.
  • Astronauts can eat almost everything in space with the exception of anything that creates crumbs - like baked goods. It is not possible to see the Chinese Wall from space. Further, all astronauts have to be "potty-trained" to use the toilets in space. You don't want to know but using the facilities requires a camera.
  • Kubler-Ross' Five Stages of Grief was meant only for people with terminal illness and only applied to one's own death. It does not apply to the death of others or other types of loss.
  • 20% of Kaplan's business now comes from servicing children under the age of 4.
  • Finland doesn't teach children to read until the age of 7. They leave the early years for education through play.