7 things I did not know last week

It’s been a while since I wrote one of these

  1. The Australian town of Alice Springs used to be called Stuart (wikipedia.org)
  2. You can fix slightly unresponsive game console controllers with aluminum foil (lifehacker.com)
  3. Marlee Matlin (Academy Award winner, Children of a Lesser God) was discovered by Henry Winkler (the Fonz) when she was was 12-year-old (youtube.com)
  4. Tortoiseshell-and-white cats are nearly almost female (I knew that) because coat colour is linked to the X chromosome (I did not know that), and therefore only female cats (carrying two X chromosomes) can have patches in two different colours e.g. black and orange (wikipedia.org)
  5. Actor James Franco has a younger actor brother called Dave (wikipedia.org)
  6. Cyborg stands for “Cybernetic organism” (telegraph.co.uk)
  7. Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate bars were launched in 1905 (wikipedia.org)
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