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Depending on the time of the day a friend, a colleague, a wise guy. The beauty of the world is its sense of humor to show humans their way by letting them search their own.


  1. Wendepailletten

    Today I learned that so called “Wendepailletten” (turn-around-sequins) exist. Sequins themselves are nothing new obviously little metal or plastic plates that are put on cloth to decorate it or become cloth. But those “Wendepailletten” go one step further. While being popular amount kids, the concept itself is rather interesting. The sequins are put on the cloth using a specific embroidery technique to allow them to be turned upside-down. By taking sequins with different back and front colour, it’s possible to create pictures that can be change in parts or entirely by swiping across them. It’s super simple and still amazing. …


  2. Rabbits, grass and eating habits

    Today I learned that rabbits, as well as cows, don’t digest grass directly. While cows use their stomachs to get the grass eaten up by bacteria that is afterwards digested by the cow itself, rabbits don’t have the luxury of many stomachs. Instead they produce a special kind of faeces after eating the grass for the first time, that allows them to digest it at the second time, after eating those faeces. This process is called coprophagy. …


  3. Mugscrewer

    Today I learned that when two things are stuck together by pure force, heating things up or cooling things down do not always end up successful. While the usage of a “mugscrewer” (as in “corkscrew” but for mugs), at least in this particular situation solved the problem. By slowing using raw power to get the two mugs from each other. …


  4. Light guns

    Today I learned how light guns work. Or better: Worked, because these days it’s no more a thing. Light guns were controllers for computers or game consoles. The special thing about them: They looked like a gun and you could just point a the position on the display where you wanted to shoot. But their original technology relied on “Cathode-ray tube” (CTR) based monitors as those would only paint one pixel after another which allowed the light gun to coordinate with the software that was painting, which pixel it was pointed at. These days monitors work fundamentally different and therefore no longer work. …


  5. Mediaeval armour

    Today I learned that Armour in mediaeval times had some quite strange accents from today’s perspective. They tended to have an extra small waist because hat was considered a male attribute as well as having extra off-showing areas on the lower front-side of those armours. …


  6. Hurricanes and the pacific ocean

    Today I learned that the word Hurricane does not only describe storms in the Atlantic ocean, but also storms on the east side of the Pacific ocean (the area between the International Date Line and the North American continent). …


  7. Aluminium foil in the dishwasher

    Today I learned that aluminium foil in the dishwasher can help against flash rust. The idea is that the small ball of aluminium foil hangs around in the cutlery section of your dishwasher. When small amounts of rust appear during the washing process (due to being washed from something within the dishwasher), the aluminium itself will oxide and due to the high temperatures and bind the rust from the water to itself. …


  8. GitLab initial default branch

    Today I learned how to adjust the initial default branch in GitLab. It requires version 13.2.0 or higher to have this feature available and it’s available in the Admin section under Settings > Repository > Default initial branch name. There you can rename your branch from master to hans-günther or whatever you prefer your first default branch should be called if it’s created by GitLab. …


  9. Spider milk

    Today I learned that there are spiders that produce “milk”. While “milking spiders” is usually talking about collecting poison to create anti-dotes, this milk from spiders is used to raise their children, “spiderlings”, from offspring to a “mature” age. The little spiders lap up those little “milk” droplets from the underside of the spider mother. There is the theory those milk droplets may have evolved from “unfertilised eggs”. …


  10. Lichen

    Today I learned that the little crusty elements that you can see on trees and stones, aren’t a form of mosses or fungi as I thought, but lichen. Lichen are a symbiotic life form of algae and fungi. The algae takes care of producing carbohydrates using photosynthesis, while the fungi takes care of protecting the algae from drying and stores water. Lichen can grow almost everywhere given that the air quality is good and they can basically live forever. In Antarctica there was a living one found at the age of roughly 8600 years and, according to Wikipedia might be the oldest, still living being on the planet. …