I write Now I Know, a free trivia/quirky facts email newsletter which goes to 50,000 people a day. Today was issue #500. AMAA.
This is Now I Know. A bunch of redditors already subscribe and I'm a long-time (six years!) redditor myself, so this felt like a good way to celebrate hitting five hundred issues over two years.
What I write about is pretty eclectic -- basically, what's something new to me and fascinating. The last five, to give you a taste:
- In the late 1960s, the Army Corps of Engineers shut off part of Niagara Falls.
- The San Diego Zoo has a "Frozen Zoo" which stores DNA of thousands of species -- and in one case, used some DNA to clone an endangered species.
- How meteorologists calculate "chance of rain" (or snow, etc., I guess).
- After the Apollo missions, returning astronauts were quarantined to make sure they didn't carry some weird lunar disease with them.
- There's a shortwave radio station in Russia which predates the fall of the Soviet Union and broadcasts buzzes throughout the day, and no one will explain why.
All the archives are here (Well, there are about a dozen missing, but I'll fix that this week and next.) They're kind of random, but hopefully interesting.
Keep the questions to Now I Know and I'll answer just about anything. I'll also answer questions about baseball, just because.
(Edit: Proof I am who I say I am)
EDIT 5:00PM: Taking a break for a bit but keep the questions coming! (for real this time)
EDIT 8:50PM: Back at it! Send'em!
EDIT 7:15AM next day: People were asking me how many new subscribers this lead to and I said I'd post it. Roughly 4,000 new people signed up.