I’ve learned several new things in the past few days.
The correct name for All Saints Day is Hallowmas or All Hallows Day. Halloween makes sense now: Christmas Eve - Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve - New Year’s Day. Where was Hallows Day? I always wondered. It was originally on May 13th, linked to the Feast of Lemurs where restless and malevolent spirits were propitiated. It was a common belief that people’s soul hung around until Hallowmas. Tough luck for people that died the day after and had to hang around a whole year from moving on to the next world. The best thing would be to die on Halloween. Pope Gregory III (731-741) moved it to November 1st and suppressed the May 13th festival.
At tennis the other night a woman that has the exact same car as I do (2006 Prius) asks “Are you still able to put the same amount of gas in your tank?” I looked at her surprised and said “Not all the time. Does yours do that too? I thought it was just an idiosyncrasy of mine.” Turns out there is a balloon in the tank that tells the spigot when the tank is full. Now it makes sense. It does happen when it’s cold, but if I’ve been driving the car and then fill it up in the winter then I can add a full amount. If I’m close to empty in the morning and fill up when the car is cold, then I can’t put as much in. I get the same gas mileage but have to fill up more often. A five year old mystery solved.
I like sushi after all. At least some of it. Still investigating.
My phone has a front camera and I finally figured out how to flip it to the front. Much easier to take a picture of yourself when you don’t have to guess where the button is or what’s in the screen. Now I have to find Skype.
Organic eggs have thicker shells than eggs from chickens fed hormones and stuff.
The goals in curling are called houses and curling originated in Scotland (1541) not Canada.