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Fun Fact #3

In Fun Facts on February 25, 2011 at 6:07 am

The TTC is going to be an essential service!

Forward: some of these fun facts will be opinionated and biased. Like this one.

Earlier this week, the city introduced a bill which would essentially consider the TTC an essential service for the city.

Funny, because last time I checked, in order to be an essential service, you can’t suck. I would agree that the central transit system of any city should be considered an essential service, but I believe that the description of ‘essential service’ would contain something saying it must be reliable because it is…well…essential.

Imagine, if you will:

Operator: “This is 911, what is the nature of your emergency?”

Citizen: “Hi, I’ve hurt myself severely, I am in a lot of pain and I need to get to a hospital. Please send an ambulance.”

Operator: “I’m sorry, our northbound ambulance services from the fire station closest to you is currently experiencing difficulties. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

I’d like to see that one fly.

Point: yeah you are an essential service and deserve the label, but get your service up to that par as well. Preferably soon, and without more price increases.


Fun Fact #2

In Fun Facts on February 22, 2011 at 1:16 am

Twitter saved the octothorpe!

OK, well two fun facts:

1. The ‘#’ sign is technically called the octothorpe, coined by telecommunications engineers in the 70’s. It’s also referred to as Hash key, Number, key, etc., but octothorpe sounds a lot cooler.

2. Twitter’s use of the octothorpe to assign hashtags has brought the symbol’s existence back into the spotlight! As in, Twitter’s use of the octothorpe prevented it from potentially dropping off the end of the planet. Which is great! Thanks Twitter, for saving the octothorpe.

More information about how Twitter saved the octothorpe can be found on this article.

PS Next obscure key that needs saving: the Pilcrow!

Fun Fact #1

In Fun Facts, Tea on February 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Rooibos tea leaves aren’t actually leaves.

As of late I have taken an interest in loose leaf teas. It seems a bit chiche, or whatever you’d like to call it, but they smell so good it’s kind of hard not too.

Rooibos is an interesting type of tea, and as I was smelling away I learned that the tea isn’t made from tea leaves, rooibos tea comes from a thorny bush native to Africa. Rooibos literally meads “red bush”.

It’s taste is described as “naturally sweet and nutty”, and since I’m no expert I would have to agree with that. Pure rooibos is a bit earthy and mild, so I got some of the orange citrus rooibos, and I’m loving it. ‘Clears your sinuses too.