today is pi-day! it was chosen because today is also einstein’s birthday and because 3/14 is the beginning sequence of pi.
smart me! learned this from a book i am currently reading. stay tuned for when i can put it up on my reading list.
during my vacation, it was mentioned to me that dogs are colorblind. that really confused me because first of all, if this was true, i really questioned my school education (as this was never mentioned as far as i can recall). then i wondered how they even found this out. it’s not like you can just talk to a dog and say “is this a red sock?” and expect an answer. i’ve never had a dog so maybe you would get an answer to that.
whatever. i just don’t get it. so i googled my question and boo-ya, dogs are color blind but it somewhat depends on the definition you put to color blind. because they only have two primary colors (yellow and blue – dichromatic) they cannot see the same range that we can. but they see better in the dark because they have more rod cells.
so, yeah, i guess dogs are color blind after all and i did not pay attention in school. now you all know!
something else i learned, but that is really more of an observation than newly acquired knowledge: germans are highly annoying! when i was on my way back home from berlin, and today when i took the train from home back to lz i noticed the following: people get up from their seats and get dressed, drag their luggage towards the door and wait there impatiently for the train to arrive at the station. they do this AT LEAST 15 minutes before the next stop is even announced. in the meantime, they interrupt everyone because of course they need to yell at their travel companions about whatever instead of trying to keep it more low key because, hey, you are not all by yourself on that train.
coming back from berlin last week, i had a family on the train that did this and i was very annoyed by them. not just me, but everyone else in the coach.
today, the train was so crowded that i had to sit on the floor. 20 minutes before the scheduled arrival time, people started getting up, moving luggage, being all very agitated. a man mentioned to me that “we are approaching leipzig and things will get very hectic now”. i took a look outside the window and said “gee thanks, i do think we are nowhere near lz, there aren’t even any houses yet but thanks for letting me know, i’d surely would have missed it”.
this “have to be ready on time before time” is so annoying! my mom does it, many other germans do it. i guess i do it, too. but geez, why is everyone so stressed out? chill, people.