Maya Angelou, Legendary Poet And Activist, Has Become The First Black Woman Printed On The US Quarter. Maya’s Quarters Are The First, In The American Women Quarters Program, To Honor Prominent Women In US History. Other Quarters, Later In 2022 Through 2025, Will Feature Others Like Sally Ride–The First American Woman Astronaut In Space.
A Set Of Californian Twins Have Achieved An Extremely Rare Feat By Being Born In Different Years. The Male Twin, Alfredo Antonio Trujillo, Was Born On New Year’s Eve Of 2021. While The Sister, Aylin Yolanda Trujillo, Arrived 15 Mins Later, At Exactly Midnight On Jan. 1st, 2022. The Probability Of This Happening Is Said To Be 1 In 2 Million.
NASA Is Said To Have Funded A Year-Long Program In Princeton, Which Paid 24 Priests To Find Out How The World’s Religion Would React If Evidence Of Alien Life Was Discovered. This Study Does Make One Curious About NASA’s Confidence In Finding Alien Life, Especially Given The Advances In Technology Like The James Webb Space Telescope.
TikTok, Previously Ranked No. 7 For Web Traffic, Has Surpassed Google And Facebook To Become The Year 2021 Most Visited Internet Platform. This Ranking Is Based On Cloudflare Data Of Website Generated Traffic In 2021. The Other Top 9 Ranking Websites Are Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, Twitter, WhatsApp.
Nasa’s Parker Solar Probe Is Now The First Spacecraft To Touch Our Sun. The Probe Successfully Flew Through The Sun’s Upper Atmosphere To Sample Our Sun’s Particles And Magnetic Fields. This Feat Will Give Us Deeper Insights Into Our Sun’s Evolution And Impacts On Our Solar System, Inferably Teaching Us About Other Suns In The Universe.
Malta Has Became The First European Country To Allow Limited Possession And Cultivation Of Marijuana For Personal Use. The Law Allows Adults In Malta To Possess Up To 7g (0.25 oz) Of Cannabis And Grow Up To Four Plants. However, Adults Are Banned From Using It In Public Or Smoking In Front Of Children–Liable To A Fine OF 300-500 Euros
UAE Will Be The First Nation In The World To Formalize A Work Week That is Shorter Than 5 Days. This Comes When The UAE Adopts A 4.5-day Workweek, Beginning Jan 1, 2022, With Weekends To Comprise Friday Afternoon, Saturday, And Sunday. The Change Is Expected To Boost Work-Life Balance/Enhance Social Wellbeing, While Increasing Performance.
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Survey, By Comparing The Cost In Dollars For Goods And Services In 173 Cities, Has For The First Time Named Tel Aviv, Israel, As The World’s Most Expensive City To Live In, While Paris And Singapore Came A Joint Second. Zurich Came Third. Damascus, In War-Torn Syria, Remains The World’s Cheapest City.
An Indian Government Survey, Between 2019 And 2021, Shows That, For The First Time In History, India Now Has More Women Than Men, With 1,020 Women For Every 1,000 Men. The Survey Of 650,000 Households Also Shows A Decline In India’s Reproductive Rate, Implying That India’s Current Population Of 1.4 Billion May Be Near Its Peak.
NASA Has Launched A Spacecraft To Test The First Technology That Could Save The Earth From Catastrophic Asteroid Impact. The Nasa’s Dart Mission Will, In Late Sept. Or Early Oct. 2022, Crash A Spacecraft Into A Non-threatening Asteroid Called Dimorphos, At 15,000 Miles/Hour, To Test How Difficult It Is To Stop A Huge Space Rock From Colliding With Earth.
Watch NASA’s DART Mission Launch (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) Official Broadcast/Stream
Portugal Has Passed A Law That Bans Employers From Contacting Employees After Work Hours. The Law, Amid A Surge Of Home Workers, Is Part Of An Effort To Appeal To Remote Workers Coming To Portugal And To Promote Healthy Work-Life Balance. Employers, According To The Law, Could Face Financial Penalties For Contacting Employees Outside Of Work Hours.
Law Makes It Illegal For Employers To Contact Workers When They Are Not At Work
A New Record May Have Been Set For The Longest Flight Over Water By An All-Electric Plane. The 48-Mile Flight Was Made Across The Cook Strait, New Zealand. And The Plane Was Piloted By Gary Freedman, The Founder Of The Record-Setting All-Electric Plane Company, ElectricAir, For ~40-Minutes From Omaka To Wellington Airport. Cool!
Electric Plane Flies Across New Zealand Strait For the First Time
William Shatner, Who Played Captain James T. Kirk In The Original “Star Trek” Series More Than 50 Years Ago, Has Overthrown Wally Funk To Become The Oldest person, At 90 Years Of Age, To Venture Into Space. He Became A Real “Space Explorer” Via Jeff Bezos Blue Origin’s New Shepard On Wednesday The 13th Of October 2021.
William Shatner becomes oldest person to go to space
France Will Ban Plastic Wrapping For Almost All Fruits And Vegetables, From Jan. 2022, To Reduce Plastic Wastes And Their Impact On Climate And The Environment. The Measure Is Expected To Prevent The Use Of >One Billion Plastic Packaging Items Per Year. France Previously Banned Plastic Straws, Cups, Cutlery, And Styrofoam Takeaway Boxes.
The Largest Floating Office In The World, A 3,700 Sq M Building, Has Been Built In Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Building, Said To Be Self-Sufficient And Climate Neutral, Is Built Of Wood, Reusable And Recyclable Materials. The Building Is Headquater To The Global Center On Adaptation (GCA), An International ThinkTank On Climate Issues.
Betty Soskin, Who Turned 100 Years, Is Now The Oldest National Park Ranger In USA. Soskin, Born In Detroit On Sept. 22, 1921, Is Currently A Park Ranger At Rosie The Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park In Richmond, California. Soskin Has Had A School Named After Her And Has Also Received A Presidential Commemorative Coin.
Umeno Sumiyama And Koume Kodama, Two Japanese Twin Sisters, Were Certified As The World’s Oldest Living Identical Twins By The Guinness World Records. The Twins, Born On 11/5/1913 On Shodoshima Island, Are Said To Be Over 107 Years And 300 days Old. The Previous Record Holders, Kin And Gin, From Japan, Were 107 Years And 175 Days.
The Volcanic Eruption, Near Reykjavik, Will Be Iceland Longest In 50 Yrs. The Lava Began Spilling On 3/19/2021, For ~6 Mths, From A Fissure Close To Mount Fagradalsfjall. However, The 143 MCUM Lava Spew, Is Smaller Than Iceland Biggest Lava Flow, In 230 Yrs, From The Shorter-Lived Holuhraun Eruption. Iceland Longest Eruption Lasted 4 Yrs.
Scotland Wants To Trial A 4-Day Work Week To Boost Worker’s Happiness & Productivity. Scotland Will Model The Trial After Iceland, One Of The Countries, Which Includes Spain, Japan, New Zealand, To Have Undergone A Trial And May Be Exploring A Permanent Switch. Scotland Workers Will See A 20% Work Hours Reduction Without Change In Wages.
NASA’s Perseverance Rover, On Sept. 1, 2021, Snagged The First Rock Samples From Mars At A Ridge Dubbed “Citadelle” (French For “Castle”). The Samples Are Expected To Be Delivered To Earth As Early As 2031 By A Joint NASA-European Space Agency Mission. The Samples, Once Delivered, Will Be The First Piece Of Another Planet On Earth.