Archive for the ‘Factoids’ Category

“Most of [Europe’s] sugar is made from beet, thanks to a technique developed in the Napoleonic wars, when [a] blockade hit French cane-sugar imports.”

April 25, 2017

http://www.economist.com/news/finance-economics/21720909-its-beet-producers-will-still-be-odds-its-cane-refiners-europe

The sugar beet industry played a significant role in the economy of Cache Valley.

See this article The valley’s sweet history by Denise Albiston Feb 6, 2006, and this excerpt:

“Around 1915, Cache Valley’s cash crop was the sugar beet, and that river of white continued until 1979 when the last harvest was plucked and shipped north into central Idaho. For more than 50 years, cultures, communities and families rotated with the crop, harvesting in mid-September through late November.”

“The number of canine attacks on postal workers has climbed from 5,581 in 2013 to 6,755 in 2016.”

April 22, 2017

http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21721239-roll-drone-delivery-posties-online-shopping-has-unpleasant-bite

 

“[Facebook’s] Building 8 [is] hiring engineers for a two-year project `focused on developing advanced (brain-computer interface) technologies.’”

April 20, 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-aims-to-connect-directly-to-your-brain-1492642672

“[Napoleon] regularly upbraided doctors, most of whom he regarded as quacks.”

April 19, 2017

Roberts, Andrew. Napoleon: A Life (p. 136). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

“Although Napoleon liked and admired some individual lawyers, he utterly detested them en masse…”

April 18, 2017

Roberts, Andrew. Napoleon: A Life (p. 102). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.