Things I have learned recently:
From the NYT on tattoo history: “The red star trademark of Macyâ€™s department store, we learn, might well have evolved from the tattoo that the storeâ€™s founder, Rowland Macy, had on his arm when he sailed on a whaling ship.”
The word bombora is an Australian aboriginal term for places where big, big waves break over offshore rocks. Bomboras represent a navigation hazard and an awesome surfing challenge. (Learned this reading Breath, by Tim Winton, a story of risk, death, coming-of-age, and the origins of big-wave surfing.
There’s a strong correlation between Wealth, education, and liberalism, and a converse correlation between poverty, ignorance, and voting for McCain.