In this new TIL you will find some weird numeral systems, the secret of staying alert in boring meetings, valkyries and more.
A new TIL thing is out! Check it ouf for unexplained fears, messed-up billions, quantum computing and thousands of dollars.
Also, a shout-out for a most amazing read, the Jean Le Flambeur trilogy. If you're into rational fiction, by all means go for it. It is probably even more educative than HPMoR is. These margins are too narrow to express its awesomeness. Let me just say that I place its author, Hannu Rajaniemi in the same bright-minded group as Elon Musk and Eliezer Yudkowsky. I wonder what would happen if these three decided to build something together.
I try to learn as much as possible. Often, I come across little fun things which I find awesome. So, I decided that it would be very nice-guyish of me to actually write them down and share with everyone. I am planning to release them in packs of five, each fact should not be longer than a dozen sentences. Sometimes, even less than that. Do not be surprised to find a shameless rip from Wikipedia along with a couple of relevant links.
Although I can predict long pauses from time to time, I will try to keep this somewhat regular. But enough with the intro, let's get started!