🧠 TIL about 8645

You may see the number 8645 or 86/45 around for another couple years and I’m here to tell you what it means.

8645

Well before Trump became a household name, an American slang term existed called “86” or “eighty-sixing”. When used as a verb, 86 means getting rid of something, ejecting someone, or refusing service. While no definitive origin for the term is known, there are several possible origins.

When paired with 45, the number of Donald Trump’s presidency, 8645 or 86/45 indicates support for getting rid of President Trump.

🧠 TIL about wending and poring

Today I learned that a river does not wind its way through the countryside, it wends its way through the countryside. I also learned that a journalist does not pour over the historical records, they pore over the historical records.

It is remarkable how I can go through life with these misunderstandings when I learn a word or phrase through speech instead of through reading.

🧠 TIL Arby’s employs more than the entire coal industry

Apparently this is old news, but today I learned that the entire coal industry employs fewer people (~76,000 in 2017) than Arby’s (~80,000 in 2017). As of today, August 26th, 2018, an additional 40 coal power plants have closed this year, further lowering coal industry employment numbers. As far as I’m aware, Arby’s continues to do good business.

Can you imagine if the employees of Arby’s had as much political influence as the coal industry currently does? The Trump administration would be bending over backwards to support the sale of Arby’s delicious meats.Β Instead of supporting coal, the country would gain much more by supporting teachers (~3.6 million), nurses (~2.9 million), or home care workers (elderly care).

The entire coal industry employs fewer people than Arby’s [The Washington Post]

Related to the factoid above, the Trump Administration recently released its proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan. This new plan, called the Affordable Clean Energy Proposal, is designed to significantly ease regulations on greenhouse gas emissions. If implemented, the EPA’s own calculations state that the change to regulations will lead to the premature deaths of up to 1,400 people and 48,000 new cases of asthma every year. Not total. Each and every year.

EPA analysis of its own new climate proposal: thousands of people will die [Vox]

I have never wanted to be involved in the coal industry, but it sure must feel nice to have the amount of support shown by the Trump administration

🧠 TIL heat waves kill more than all other natural disasters

When one thinks of natural disasters, events such as flooding, fires, and hurricanes come to mind. Few will include heat waves in that list, but they are in fact natural disasters. What is even more surprising is learning that heat waves kill more Americans every year than all other natural disaster combined.

The combined number of Americans killed by earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes, tornados, avalanches/land slides, sink holes, volcanoes, tsunamis, blizzards, lightning, and hailstorms totals around 200 to 300 people every year. The total number of deaths from heat waves totals around 1,500 people every year. Most of the heat related deaths occur in areas which are not accustomed to regularly experiencing heat. Cities such as Chicago are known more for experiencing frigid cold wind rather than sweltering hot afternoons. These locations do not have air conditioning installed in all buildings like you would find in other locations like Arizona or Texas. Because of these conditions, the poor, the elderly, and the sick all become vulnerable to overheating.

Currently, heat death statistics are not captured in a way that makes it possible to accurately chart heat related deaths over time. However, given that we live in a warming world it is quite possible that Americans will see heat deaths increase over the coming decades.

Most Deadly of the Natural Disasters: The Heat Wave [New York Times, 2002]

2014 National Climate Assessment

One Planet: Heatwaves and climate change [KALW, 2018]