100 Followers = 101 Bits of Information

57033823Though I haven’t been blogging much, I hope my short vacation can fix that. I’ve been consumed by some pretty exciting projects that I will discuss at the end of this post, but for now I want to thank all of my readers for getting me to 100 followers (technically 104 now). Blogging brings me such joy and it’s heartening to see people react well to something I love. Though I love blogging, I had trouble finding an appropriate celebratory topic until I realized I had already half-written one.

If you follow me, you know love listening to podcasts at work. While doing market research or responding to query letters, I listen to the news, science talks, philosophy discussions, and political debates. I usually have a notebook handy to jot down the most interesting parts so that I can use them later in my writing. So, dear readers, I give you the gift of knowledge. What follows are points of interest, personal facts, and other curated information. This is all information that I feel encapsulates the spirit of Fennec Fawn and the readers who enjoy it. A little fashion, a little art, facts to fight evil, and tidbits about me. I will try to provide citation for the facts as much as possible.

  1. Nitrogen fertilizer emits gas that contributes to global warming because it reacts with the oxygen in the air, making NitrousOxide, NO2. (from Startalk, Dr. Cynthia Rosenslice)
  2. I love yoga, but my back is too flexible to do certain poses correctly.
  3. Going vegetarian for one day does as much for the environment as eating only local food for one week.
  4. Tencel is a great eco-friendly cloth. It’s made from biodegradable, renewable, sustainably harvested Eucalyptus tree pulp. It grow on low-grade land and its production uses 80% less water than cotton. (Reformation)
  5. I practice modern arnis, Filipino stick and knife fighting. My teacher learned under Remy Presas, one of the first people to bring the art to the U.S. and founder of modern arnis.
  6. Re-introducing wolves to Yellowstone positively changed the entire ecosystem. The predators killed some deer which in turn helped the other small creatures find food, which brought more hawks and bears to the park. It even effected the river, which flowed straighter and stronger. (from George Monbiot, Feral)
  7. Stinging Nettle is not only edible but it helps the immune system.
  8. I like to make chain maille and friendship bracelets, but it takes so long to make them, I sometimes forget where I left off in the pattern and need to start over.
  9. Contrary to current political rhetoric, immigration to the US has gone down since 2007.
  10. Americans threw away 14.3 million tons of textiles in 2012. Reuse or swap, don’t throw your old clothes out (Reformation).
  11. The first evening I spent time with  my now boyfriend, it was at a bar while I was on a date with someone else and he was out to spend his birthday drinking alone.
  12. Dr. Sugata Mitra placed small computers around small, rural towns in India and found that the children would teach themselves basic English and computer literacy when left to teach themselves. This shows that given the chance, people can figure out complex problems.(TED)
  13. Peace Lilies, Snake plants, Pothos, and Philodendron are not only easy to keep alive, but pull toxins out of the air. Perfect office buddies.
  14. I have a crooked jaw and smile; this often makes me self-conscious.
  15. Some of the extravagant words used to describe wine hearken back to the time in which wine was described as people would be. Because the vocabulary has become so specialized, being a sommelier not only includes knowing what the tastes are, but what discourse one must use to describe the tastes. You need only know what types you like to enjoy wine (New Yorker).
  16. Zelda Fitzgerald was diagnosed with Schizophrenia, but scholars no believe that she may have had bipolar disorder that was exasperated by Scot’s alcoholism. She wrote her own semi-autobiographical novel, Save me the Waltz drawing from their marriage.
  17. I have only been to the beach twice, and today was be my third time. It’s not really my favorite thing. I hate sand >.<
  18. Processing oxygen is bad for you, though not breathing kills you much faster. That’s why anti-oxidants are called as such. (StarTalk).
  19. The Susquehanna river is 444 miles long and does not have a deep central channel, contrary to popular belief.
  20. I studied English, Creative Writing, and American Studies in college and graduated in May.
  21. The constellation Ophiuchus passes through the ecliptic, making it the “13th sign” of the zodiac. (Cornell univ)
  22. Though air travel is great and all, travelling one air  mile creates 50 pound of Carbon Dioxide.
  23. I was a founding member and president of my school’s Sigma Tau Delta club (English Honor Society).
  24. While everyone loves the feel of cashmere, the global demand for the fabric has led to the overgrazing of goats in Mongolia, causing massive desertification. Stop wearing cashmere and switch to something more sustainable (Reformation).
  25. Cosmetics aren’t regulated by the FDA. “Neither the law nor FDA regulations require specific tests to demonstrate the safety of individual products or ingredients. The law also does not require cosmetic companies to share their safety information with FDA (FDA)”
  26. I ride horses in the style of dressage and I have since I was about 5.
  27. Robot was first used in a Czech play and actually means slave.
  28. Most bottled water comes from municipal water sources. The EPA describes “spring water” as “collected at the point where water flows naturally to the earth’s surface or from a borehole that taps into the underground source” but terms like glacier water, glacier water, etc. are not regulated.
  29. I follow a primarily-vegan diet. This just means that if I’m staying at someone’s house and they don’t have any soy milk, I’ll still have some of the coffee they make. It’s essentially the “vegan without being rude” diet.
  30. Foxes are found on every continent except for Antarctica.
  31. Over 50% of Americans at-home water usage goes to grassy lawns. This is pretty gross because lawns aren’t nearly as pretty as gardens with native trees and shrubs. (Reformation)
  32. My tragus is pierced.
  33. Green Tea is probably one of the healthiest things you could drink because it’s loaded with catechins, antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. It helps with weight loss, brain function, and may even reduce one’s risk of cancer.
  34. A serving of Kale has more absorbable calcium than a small carton of milk.
  35. My zodiac sign is Aries.
  36. Dita von Teese does all of her hair and makeup herself. She said that creating glamour is different than being beautiful; that it is more artistic and expressive. (interview with von teese)
  37. On 24 April 2013, 1133 people died in the Rana Plaza catastrophe in Dhaka, Bangladesh. They were killed while working for familiar fashion brands in one of the many ‘accidents’ that plague the garment industry. The group Fashion Revolution holds their annual awareness day on April 24th to commemorate the tragedy.
  38. I have a collection of air plants that I display in glass vases and wine glasses. I love the elegant pairing of live plants and modern, man made items.
  39. Nature was a leading inspiration for the  Art Nouveau movement(my favorite art style), but not necessarily the ‘pretty’ side of nature — more its vital organic force that could inspire awe. It also depicted woman as sexual objects, but typically in more empowering, active roles than in past eras.
  40. American sushi is about as Japanese as American style pizza is Italian. Instead of the extravagant rolls, shashimi with a tiny bit of wasabi is most popular in Japan.
  41. My favorite drinks are gin and tonic, French 75, Vodka soda, Bellini, and French Martini.
  42. Lana Del Rey created her stage name by combining actress Lana Turner with the obscure 80’s car, the Ford Del Rey.
  43. You shouldn’t reach for coffee early in the morning; instead get ready for the day and havae your first cup about an hour after you’ve been awake. This helps get your metabolism going before adding the caffeine.
  44. I really like anime and went to Otakon in Baltimore this summer.
  45. Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
  46. Vegan living often reduces the intake of saturated fat, animal hormones, and cholesterol while increasing the intake of fresh fruits and veggies. That has the potential to reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
  47. My favorite american cartoons are Rick and Morty and Stephen Universe.
  48. Polyester, the most widely used manufactured fiber, is made from petroleum. The creation of polyester and other synthetic fabrics is an energy-intensive process which requires large amounts of crude oil. This process also releases volatile organic compounds, particulate matter, and acid gases such as hydrogen chloride.
  49. Adult cats only meow to communicate with humans.
  50. My favorite Pokemon is Absol (and by extension Mega Absol).
  51. Pet owners are healthier, have greater self-esteem and are less lonely than those who don’t have animals at home. Go hug your cat :3
  52. About every 2.5 years an extra full moon, called a “Blue Moon” occurs. The term Blue Moon is believed to have originated in 1883 after the eruption of Krakatoa. The volcano put so much dust in the atmosphere that the moon actually looked blue in color. This was so unusual that the term “once in a Blue Moon” was coined. (NASA)
  53. My favorite color is pastel purple, though my wardrobe is mostly black and white.
  54. Red wines are known to contain antioxidants such as polyphenol and resveratrol. This is because grape skin is rich in these antioxidants and red wine grapes are fermented with their skins intact.
  55. The production of cotton accounts for one third of the pesticides in the U.S.
  56. I can’t stop buying cute notebooks even though I will never fill all of them.
  57. Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
  58. A cat’s cerebral cortex (the part of the brain in charge of cognitive information processing) has 300 million neurons, compared with a dog’s 160 million. (Buzzfeed)
  59. I grew up in Williamsport, PA. It’s a rural town with beautiful views of the mountains. It’s also where the little league world series is held.
  60. The velvet that covers the antlers of the deer is a living tissue that supplies blood that allows for the antlers to grow.
  61. Despite the overall population doubling, more babies were born in the U.S. in 1956 than were born in 2009, 2010, or 2011.(HuffPo)
  62. I try to write down all of my dreams for story inspiration later. After I write them down or tell them to someone, the memory becomes more solid to me and I usually don’t forget it.
  63. China’s first unmanned missions to the moon are named in honor of Chang’e, a Chinese goddess who legends say lives on the moon and was befriended by a rabbit. Chang’e was mentioned in a conversation between Houston and the Apollo 11 crew before the first Moon landing in 1969. (NASA)
  64. Toni Morrison didn’t start writing until her mid thirties.
  65. My favorite smells are jasmine, vanilla, patchouli, musk, and incense.
  66. According to an article in Medical News Today, studies show that the rates of heart attack, cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are much higher in regions of the world where animal-based diets are the norm. Other studies show that the antioxidants and other compounds in plants help lower the risk of chronic disease. (Forbes)
  67. Aura quartz is created in a vacuum chamber from quartz crystals and metal.The quartz is heated to 1600 °F and then either gold, indium, titanium, niobium or copper is introduced.
  68. I have a collection of rocks and crystals. Though I don’t buy into the new age ideas about their powers, I think they’re amazing feats of the beauty of nature.
  69. It is true that sparkling wines cause hangovers. The sugar content is less of an issue than the bubbles. Effervescent drinks are absorbed into the bloodstream more quickly than flat ones, meaning Champagne hits you harder than, say, a glass of Bordeaux.
  70. Each year Americans purchase approximately 1 billion garments made in China, the equivalent of four pieces of clothing for every U.S. citizen
  71. I presented a piece I wrote at Susquehanna University’s annual Writing Conference in 2014. The topic was writing and technology.
  72. David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest started as three separate novels.
  73. The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.”
  74. I live on front street in Harrisburg, so I have a view of the river from my room.
  75. Eating vegan doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll lose weight; after all, french fries are vegan.
  76. Roman women used belladonna drops to make their pupils look larger and sexier. Of course, belladonna is a poison so this practice didn’t last too long.(Thought Catalog)
  77. Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment is one of my favorite novels.
  78. The seasons are controlled by earth’s angle, not distance, from the sun.
  79. Most wasabi sold in the US is just horseradish with food coloring.
  80. I love doing karaoke, but only if I’m with friends who are also into it.
  81. More women began to shave their underarm hair after seeing a model with shaved armpits in a fashion ad in 1915. (Thought Catalog)
  82. Recent studies showed that “women who routinely drank moderate amounts of alcohol, totaling about one drink per day, carried almost 10 pounds less body fat than women who did not drink at all”.
  83. I made my own costumes for Otakon and discovered a love for making and designing clothing, even though I’m not particularly good at it.
  84. Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge joined the army under the name Silas Tomkyn Cumberbatch.
  85. In a 750ml bottle of Champagne there are approximately 49 million bubbles.
  86. I watched Sailor Moon as a child and have enjoyed the series and the aesthetics of the series ever since.
  87. Crows are my favorite bird because they’re incredibly intelligent and have been proven to recognize patterns. In one story, they brought toys and jewelry to a little girl for fed them.
  88. A group of cats is called a clowder. (Merriam-Webster)
  89. I still like and collect stuffed animals. My boyfriend got me a fennec fox and an owl, so far.
  90. One NCCIH-funded study of 90 people with chronic low-back pain found that participants who practiced Iyengar yoga had significantly less disability, pain, and depression after 6 months. (NIH)
  91. Neil Gaiman’s first book was a biography of Duran Duran, published in 1984.
  92. I believe that the actions of an individual can change the world, if enough people are moved to join.
  93. Coco Chanel popularized the suntan in the ‘20s. Prior to that, a tan meant you were a low-class field worker. (Thought Catalog)
  94. The oldest known pieces of our planet’s surface are 4.4-billion-year-old zircon crystals from the Jack Hills of western Australia (Discover Magazine).
  95. I have a cat that we call Derpy because he acts like a permanent kitten and often gets into trouble because of it.
  96. A study by the National Endowment for the arts concluded that reading makes you more engaged throughout life, taking advantage of any activities that may spring up during your life.
  97. Yoga has also been linked to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and better immune system function.(WebMD)
  98. My mother’s family is from Ireland while my father’s family is (probably) from somewhere in Scandinavia.
  99. Elizabethan-era women also used coal tar as mascara and liner; many of them went blind. (Thought Catalog).
  100. There is an asteroid named after Kurt Vonnegut.
  101. I love blogging (duh) and wish to continue doing so for a very long time. Thank you so much for following me; I get great joy out of posting and the positive feedback I receive. Though I may take it too seriously at times, this is something I’d like to incorporate into a career someday.

And there you have it! That was much harder to put together than I thought, I spent two days coming up with facts. The reason I haven’t posted lately is because I’m the new Editor-in-Chief of Only Harrisburg Magazine, an arts and culture quarterly that I’d like to launch in early 2016. I also am the co-founder of the HBG Flea,  a curated, urban flea market. We’re going to start that in November and I’m very excited to share that with all of you when the time comes. Both of these projects are close to my heart and allow me to express my love of community and local arts.

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