Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Useless bits of information

Sometimes, life is full of "Wow! Really?" moments. I learned lots of cool stuff today (courtesy of Tor.com) that is mostly useless, unless I want to impress people with my useless knowledge. Such as:
  • Some people are immune to poison ivy.
  • To some people, cilantro tastes fresh/citrusy while to others it tastes ashy/soapy. This taste difference is apparently genetic. I think I fall under the second genetic code because I think cilantro tastes kind of like mold. And moldly is the opposite of fresh, in case you didn't know.
  • "Beetle" can in fact be made into a verb.
This reminds me of Physical Science 100, which I took during my first semester in college. All I remember from that class is that you can eat gold, it takes a pig three trillion years to detract through a door, and the fact that the kids in The Polar Express can hear Santa's bell but the parents can't is scientifically accurate. I would even argue that this information isn't all that useless because it kept me interested during a science class, definitely a first (and probably last) for me.


  1. Fun fact. My uncle used to have me convinced that he was immune to nettles. Because he would pick the leaves and EAT them and be fine. (It wasn't until several years later that it was pointed out to me that all the stingers are on the stem. I felt pretty cheated.)

  2. Huh. I was thinking that cilantro has more of a fresh/citrusy taste. Maybe that's because it always seems to be mixed with lime. Our friends made us enchiladas once with cilantro/lime on top and they were YUMMY! I wonder what the rest of the people with our genes think. Maybe cilantro would taste moldy if I ate it plain. Hmm.
    So - can you use the word "beetle" as a verb in a sentence?