Today I learned about Navinder Singh Sarao (aka 'The Hound of Hounslow') a British guy who manipulated the Chicago Mercantile Index by 'spoofing' the market. His estimated Β£40m profit was stolen by fraudsters and he is now penniless, a motivating factor in him not being sentenced to prison time. bbc.com/news/explainers-5…
According to an index developed in 2015, Earth is not the most habitable planet found yet. Kepler-442b, a rocky near-Earth-sized exoplanet that is 1206 light-years away from Earth and orbits within its star's habitable zone, has a rating of 0.836. On the other hand, Earth has a rating of 0.829. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kep…
The ranking of bicycling friendly cities is called the Copenhagenize Index and the #1 city is... Copenhagen! copenhagenizeindex.eu/
Today I learned about the Roud Folk Song Index, a database combining 250,000 references to thousands of traditional English language folk songs. It was started as a personal project by Steve Roud in 1970 on 3x5 index cards, and was computerized in 1993. vwml.org/roudnumber/
Folktales throughout time and across the globe have been categorized, catalogued and organized into the AT Tale Type Index, and includes such categories as β€œBunnies Beware of the King.” atlasobscura.com/articles…
Increased Body Mass Index improves vocal quality. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
Today I learned about the idea of the Good Country Index: to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size. Using a wide range of data from the U.N. and other international organizations. This has been active since 2014 goodcountry.org/index/res…
The Big Mac Index is published by The Economist to help understand the value of two different economies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
The ratio between the index finger and the ring finger is affected by testosterone in the womb. People with longer ring fingers are more likely to be masculine, aggressive, have autism, have longer penises (if they're male) and be lesbians (if they're female). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
An entomologist developed the Schmidt Pain Index to compare the pain and intensity of insect stings on a scale of 1-4; the most painful stings are those of the bullet ant, tarantula hawk, and warrior wasp. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Silent film star Harold Lloyd performed his stunts in the 1923 film Safety Last! effectively one-handed due to losing his right thumb and index finger while holding a bomb for publicity pictures four years earlier en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The American Public Power Association has a β€˜Squirrel Index’ data tracker to track squirrel attacks on electrical power systems. They found that the two peak periods of highest squirrel activity are May-June and October-November. publicpower.org/blog/defe…
The Dow Jones Industrial Average will continually rise and break new records because the Dow ignores inflation and is heavily curated, meaning underperforming companies are periodically removed from the index and replaced by companies that are performing better. finance.yahoo.com/news/do…
It is rare to have hair growing from the mid section of your index finger. udel.edu/~mcdonald/mythdi…
In 2016, Wall St hedge funds uncovered a scandal in the Georgia Chicken Index, and may have uncovered price fixing by Big Chicken npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
The United States ranked 1st in six out of eight categories in a recent Oct 2019 Global Health Security Index measuring health security. It also ranked 2nd (behind the UK) in terms of rapid epidemic response and mitigation. ghsindex.org/wp-content/u…
$30,000 in 1964 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $248,476.45 in 2019, a difference of $218,476.45 over 54 years. The 1964 inflation rate was 1.31%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, today's prices in 2019 are 728.25% higher than average prices in 1964 in2013dollars.com/
Norway is 1st in the world in BOTH its Gini Index AND its Human Development Index en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
After being stung by the Warrior Wasp, sting pain index creator Justin Schmidt described the pain as, "torture, you are chained in the flow of an active volcano. Why did I start this list?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Warren Buffett won a $1 million dollar bet against a hedge fund, he bet that a simple index fund (S&P 500) would outperform a collection of hedge funds over the course of 10 years. He donated the money to charity. fortune.com/2017/12/30/wa…
[] About the "Chapwood Index" which seeks to expose problems with consumer price index. By using a more updated "basket of goods" and showing fluctuations by geographical area. chapwoodindex.com/
Today I learned of Aarne-Thompson–Uther Index, a catalogue of folktale types used in folklore studies, dividing tales into sections with an AT number for each entry, with the same tale type number referred to by its central motif or the variant folktales of that type, and related tales were grouped together en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aar…
Today I learned of the H - Index. A ranking of scientific authors and scholars according to productivity and citation impact of publications. It also takes into account things like obtaining the Nobel prize, being a research fellow or holding a high position at a university. Albert Einstein has an H index of 44 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-i…
Today I learned of the "Big Mac Index" a way to measure how much a country's currency is valued by comparing Big Mac prices. Unlike the burger, it "seeks to make exchange-rate theory a bit more digestible." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Learning can help heal traumatic brain injuries. In a study, participants assigned to a strategic thinking class saw their "depression index" reduced by almost a third, and nearly 60% of the treatment group transitioned from severe to "minimal" depressive symptoms vs. a control group freethink.com/articles/me…
Boris Yeltsin lost his left thumb and index finger playing with a grenade in his youth. He would conceal that hand in his pocket or behind his tie because he was self-conscious about it. history.com/topics/russia…
In 1896, General Electric was one of the original 12 companies listed on the newly formed Dow Jones Industrial Average, where it remained a part of the index for 122 years until June 26, 2018, when the stock was removed from the index and replaced with Walgreens Boots Alliance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Today I learned of the MUI, or Men's Underwear Index, an unconventional economic indicator championed by former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan. It measures how well the economy is doing based on the sales of men’s underwear. investopedia.com/terms/m/…
In 1846, Eremina desertorum, a snail, was collected and glued to a museum index card, presumed dead. 4 years later, the specimen was being looked at with warm water, when it suddenly awoke and looked around to see what was going on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ere…
If you're kidnapped and given the choice of which finger will be removed, the pinky should be your last choice. Your thumb and pinky are the two most opposable digits and form the basis of your grip. The index finger of your non-dominant hand is the best choice. businessinsider.com.au/if…
Today I learned about the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, a scale created by Justin Schmidt to classify the pain caused by the stings of various insects sciencefriday.com/segment…
Far East cultures have a measurement similar to the inch, but slightly longer because it's based on the second segment of the thumb instead of the second segment of the index finger which was the inspiration for the Western inch. Called in China: "cun" or "tsun", Japan: "sun" and Korea: "chon". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cun…
The entomologist Justin O. Schmidt created the ''Schmidt sting pain index''. This scale rates the pain from stings of ants, wasps and bees. While getting stung by a warrior wasp, he told to himself: ''Torture. You are chained in the flow of an active volcano. Why did I start this list?''. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Half of India’s population (600 mn people) face high to extreme water stress - 75% households do not have drinking water on-premise; 84% rural households do not have piped water access; 70% of water is contaminated. India currently ranks 120 among 122 in the water quality index madrascourier.com/environ…
The middle finger has been used as a derogatory gesture for at least 2400 years, with the middle finger representing a phallus and the ring and index fingers representing testicles. bbc.com/news/magazine-169…
The healthiest nation in the world is.....Spain. It took the top spot on the Bloomberg 2019 Healthiest Country Index, followed by Italy and then Iceland. (The US was number 35 on the list.) bloomberg.com/news/articl…
A very nearsighted person can see more or less normally underwater because of the faulty refractive index of the eye is negated by the waters refractive index en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Und…
Rounding errors resulted in a 25pts loss per month of the index of the Vancouver Stock Exchange en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
The Tarantula Hawk is a Spider Wasp which hunts Tarantulas. They have the highest rating (4) on the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. The pain is described as "blinding, fierce, and shockingly electric. A running hair dryer has been dropped into your bubble bath." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Rwanda ranks #5 in the World Economic Forum's gender equality index. A strong sense of fairness arose after the 1994 genocide and has dominated culture and policy ever since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Mount Tambora erupted in 1815, Causing a volcanic winter & a massive famine around the world. To this day it is the most powerful recorded eruption ever. It rated VEI 7 on the Volcano explosivity index, it is widely known as "The Year without a summer" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/181…
All 10 countries with β€œdemocratic” in their names aren’t recognized as β€˜full democracies’ by the Democracy index petervojtek.github.io/diy…
Human races do not exist taxonomically. A fixation index of 0.25 is required for a species to have various sub-species. Humans have a fixation index of 0.11, less than half of the required criteria of genetic diversity needed for the existence of sub-species or races. youtu.be/teyvcs2S4mI?t=8m…
The Global Peace Index (GPI) measures the relative position of nations' and regions' peacefulness. Top 10 in order: Iceland, NZ, Portugal, Austria, Denmark, Czech, Slovenia, Canada, Switzerland, and Ireland & Japan (tied for #10). United States is 114 out of 163. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glo…
In China they can count to ten using just one hand using a type of sign that everyone uses. 6 is the western 'hang loose' gesture. 7 a snake head, 8 a finger gun, nine an index finger hook and 10 a cross or closed fist. wikipedia.org/wiki/Chines…
All the McDonalds in Argentina were forced to sell the Big Mac at an artificially low price to hide inflation, and to manipulate the country's performance on the Big Mac index en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Today I learned about the Roud Folk Song Index: a database of around 250,000 references to nearly 25,000 songs collected from oral tradition in the English language from all over the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rou…
Today I learned about the big mac index, a way of measuring purchasing power between countries through big Mac prices, published by the economist yearly since 1986. investopedia.com/ask/answ…

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