Here is a collection of neat things I have discovered while doing so:
Wiki, the miracle drug commonly known as Ventolin (Salbutamol), came on the market in 1968. I started on it in 1986, I think, and am still on it, here and there, especially during allergy season. It has been used as a performance enhancer (though with no proof that it works), and is thus banned from professional sport. In 2005 the FDA banned inhalers with CFCs. As I look at mine, I see that it is CFC free - which sounds great, but what about people who are allergic to the other propellants, the article asks? There is a scene in the Song of Bernadette, where the Saint is coughing her lungs out when sleeping in that prison. An asthmatic like me just cringes to see that.
4) The silliest group of royal names ever:
Cináed mac Duib... anglicised as Kenneth III, and nicknamed An Donn, "the Chief" or "the Brown", (before 967–25 March 1005) was King of Scots from 997 to 1005. He was the son of Dub (Dub mac Maíl Coluim). Many of the Scots sources refer to him as Giric son of Kenneth son of Dub, which is taken to be an error.So, Kenneth was the son of Dub, or possibly Giric, son of Kenneth, son of Dub. Either way, I'd love to meet a Dub some day.
5) This is certainly a shocker: Slavery in Mauritania
is an entrenched phenomenon the national government has repeatedly tried to abolish, banning the practice in 1905, 1981, and... 2007. The descendants of black Africans abducted into slavery now live in Mauritania as "black Moors" or haratin and partially still serve the "white Moors", or bidhan, as slaves.6) Two completely unintelligible sentences (at least to me):
The number of slaves in the country... is... estimated to be up to 600,000 men, women and children, or 20% of the population of 3,069,000 people. Even though slavery is illegal, sociologist Kevin Bales believes that Mauritania is the country with the largest proportion of its population in slavery.
The Senegal Thick-knee, Burhinus senegalensis, is a Stone-curlew, a group of waders in the family Burhinidae. It is a resident breeder in Africa between the Sahara and the equator, and in the Nile valley.
8) Chinese populations in large U.S. cities runs as:
In Canada, we find:
Honolulu, Hawaii - 10.7% (39,600)
Oakland, California - 8.0% (31,834)
San Jose, California - 5.7% (51,109)
Sacramento, California - 4.8% (19,425)
New York, New York - 4.5% (361,531)
Richmond, British Columbia – 64,270 (39.1%) – Hong Kong Chinese, TaiwaneseNearly one in three in Vancouver is Chinese or of Chinese descent. How interesting.
Vancouver, British Columbia – 161,110 (29.5%) – Hong Kong Chinese, Taiwanese
Burnaby, British Columbia – 50,135 (25.8%) – Hong Kong Chinese; Cantonese
Markham, Ontario – 62,355 (23.8%) – Mainland Chinese and Cantonese
Richmond Hill, Ontario – 28,760 (21.8%) – Mainland Chinese; Hong Kong Chinese
Coquitlam, British Columbia – 19,940 (17.7%) – Hong Kong Chinese
Toronto, Ontario – 259,710 (10.4%) – Mainland Chinese, Taiwanese, Cantonese Chinese
I hope you have enjoyed this journey through Wikipedia. The above information was accumulated through at least 100 clicks of the 'Random Article" button. Through this journey a disproportionate number of Polish towns showed up. A huge number of pages devoted to soccer players came up (football), which is probably not disproportionate.