During our trip to South America (you thought I was done talking about that, didn’t you?) we didn’t have phones. Our hotels had community computers that we used to schedule a ticket or send a “We’re still alive” email.
During the day, as we walked around, we chatted about all kinds of things. If you know Josh, you probably know that he asks MILLIONS of questions.He would put a five-year old to shame.
At some point we realized we had a lot of unanswered questions, so I started a page in my little notebook of things to Google.
So here’s our list with simple explanations as well as links to where I found the answers.
How many ounces in a liter? 33.814 fluid ounces.
Why did they bury people in crypts in Recoleta Cemetery? Hmmm can’t find it, but here’s a little more info.
How cold does it get in the winter in Buenos Aires? July seems to be the coldest month with the average high 59F at and the average low at 41F.
Are there man-made beaches on the ocean? Yep. Told ya, Josh.
What is the drinking age in Argentina? 18
What does “parilla” translate to officially? “Grilled“
Why do people put rice in salt shakers? To absorb the moisture and keep salt from clumping.
How are eyeglasses made? Hmmm, interesting.
Why do the English drive on the wrong side of the road? “In days of old logic dictated that when people passed each other on the road they should be in the best possible position to use their sword to protect themselves. As most people are right-handed they therefore keep to their left. This practice was formalized in a Papal Edict by Pope Benefice around 1300AD who told all his pilgrims to keep to the left.
Reasons to travel on the right are less clear but the generally accepted version of history is as follows: The French, being Catholics, followed Pope Boneface’s edict but in the build up to the French Revolution in 1790 the French Aristocracy drove their carriages at great speed on the left hand side of the road, forcing the peasantry over to the right side for their own safety. Come the Revolution, instincts of self-preservation resulted in the remains of the Aristocracy joining the peasants on the right hand side of the road. The first official record of this was a keep right rule introduced in Paris in 1794.”
Wow, who knew?
What side of the road do you drive on in the Chunnel? You don’t drive through the chunnel.
Is there such a thing as left-handed stores (places that sell things made for left-handed people) or is that only on the Simpsons? Oh yes. Quite a few online stores and real ones too.
What is the going cab rate in St. Louis? $3 for frist 1/10m, then $.20 for each following 1/10.
On statues of people on horseback, what is the significance of the number of hooves on the ground? Nothing, urban legend.
In FIFA, do the refs speak the languages of both teams? No, but they have hand signals and they prefer all refs on a match speak the same language. Thanks to Wayne Rooney, the refs at the South African World Cup brushed up on English and American swears though.
Geez, I love Google.
These are things you think of and questions that plague you when you can’t find the answer in your pocket. Do you ever do this? Are we nuts?