12 Things about the world that I really should know by now
I’m not an idiot. I know a reasonable amount about certain things. I can spell, am relatively well read and can hold my own in any game of Scrabble against an average competitor.
I understand philosophical logic, have a good (and almost entirely useless) grasp on the difference between impressionism and expressionism and am fairly well versed in UK county capitals.
But…undeniably, there’s a lot of stuff that’s passed me by. Things I should know. Things I want to know. I try teaching myself but often find the topic to be so complex, and my base knowledge so limited, that past the first sentence on Wikipedia I’m lost.
So, with the aim of self improvement, I am calling upon the internet to help me. If you know and want to impart some of your knowledge on me – tweet or comment and I will embed them in to this post for all to share and enjoy. Even better let’s arrange a group Google Hangout (how modern!) and if there’s anything you might like to know about art, philosophy, music (covering Ba-roque to Prog-Rock) or Staffordshire Oatcakes in return, I’d be more than happy to share.
So here it is. My top things I know very little about, which I really need to change.
1. Irish Politics.
Beyond the capital being Dublin, I know nothing. Is there a Prime Minister? A President? There might even be a monarchy. I just don’t know.
2. North and South Korea
There was a division after WW2, it didn’t go well. Then, potentially, there was a civil in the 1950s? Cold war tensions?
North Korea are the baddies.
3. Particle Physics
Ah, a biggie. Things are made out of particles. Some particles are composed of protons, neutrons, electrons then there’s another type of particle that isn’t. I feel like these may be quarks.
Quarks may well be the baddies.
4. Hedge Funds
Presumably nothing to do with landscaping on Wall Street.
NOT Micheal Fassbender, but Faraday.
You have your fossil fuels, your nuclear…stuff. Magnets get involved. I tweet.
Wind, sun and water are the goodies.
6. Penguins and Polar Bears
Who lives where? Why? Are they really never in the same place? Seems absurd.
7. The Crimean War
Tennyson. He wrote a poem about it. Lives were lost and all I can tell you about is the fucking rhyming couplets.
Surely nobody can actually enjoy it?
I have them a lot, so should be aware of what’s happening to my body on a weekly (bi-daily) basis. I watched a talk once that suggested it’s nothing to do with the usual “brain shrinks because it’s dehydrated” but actually something to do with something in your ears expanding? Help.
Insane in the cell membrane!
Noisy. Disliked by Bez.
12. The Channel Tunnel
I simply cannot comprehend the notion of a tunnel UNDER THE SEA. How did they dig it? How does the pressure not make it collapse? It’s a conspiracy – you’re not in Paris, you’re in Portslade.
There you have it. Some key things that have slipped through my neurological net and that’s cool. I bet Einstein didn’t know what a rel canonical was (shhh).
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