The composer and pianist Franz Liszt by Nadar. Notice that neither resolution nor bokeh are problems here...and before you complain
about it not being in color, check here.
Face it: There are roughly a quarter of a billion photographs uploaded to Facebook every day. That's 10,000 times the number of photographs in the Library of Congress. To look at one day's worth of uploads, assuming you looked at six photographs per second 24/7/365, would take roughly 1.32 years.
Of course, if you did that, it puts you behind on most of tomorrow's uploads, not to mention yesterday's.
The F stops here: The F-number of the human eye is about ƒ/8.3 in bright sunlight, opening to about ƒ/2.1 in the dark.
My other car is a Rolls: Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei has a car collection consisting of over 7,000 automobiles. He is especially obsessed with Rolls-Royces, of which he has more than 600. Throughout most of the 1990s, the Sultan and his extended family accounted for more than half of all sales of new Rolls-Royces worldwide.
Only my good side, please: Studies by dating sites have indicated that the greatest number of people of both sexes most prefer photographs of women taken from slightly above, with the subject making eye contact with the lens. The pose most often liked for males show them from a side to three-quarters view, and looking away from the camera.
Oh, and people really do have a "good side": for most, it's the left side of the face, which is also the side of the face that dogs look at first in order to appraise our mood or emotional state. (Source for that last: the wonderful Nova show "Dogs Decoded.")
Unkindest cut: Japanese knives are now more popular for the kitchen (and, in most shops, more expensive) than German knives, which in past eras were thought to be the best. An example is the 15.4" Nenohi Honyaki Dentokougeishi Sakimaru Takobiki with Corian handle forged by master blacksmith Yoshikazu Ikeda. It comes with a hand-painted Wajima lacquer sheath for $6,980. (If you're a cook, what's your favorite kitchen knife?)
Honey dear: Mānuka honey comes from bees which mainly pollinate mānuka trees, which grow uncultivated in New Zealand and Southeastern Australia. (Honey can be analyzed to determine which plants the bees used to make it.) Because it is believed by some to have medicinal properties, mānuka honey sells for many times what other honey sells for. For this reason there are 10,000 tons of mānuka honey sold worldwide, according to its trade association, out of a total annual production of 1,700 tons.
(Look at those numbers again.)
My girlfriend thinks this is the best honey ever.
Up in the air: Nadar (real name: Gaspard-Félix Tournachon), a former caricaturist turned early master portraitist (that's his portrait of Liszt at the top of the post), was the first person to make a true aerial photograph, from a hot-air balloon over Paris, France, in 1858. He also made this pseudo motion picture self-portrait composed of photographs he made of himself at different positions on the posing stool.
The reason I wrote this post was so I could use something hilarious I came across last night, but now I can't remember what it was. :-(
Got a fun fact? Leave it in the comments.
(Thanks to Carsten Bockermann)
UPDATE: I'd forgotten about this, but the best online backgrounder about Nadar is by Roger Cicala of Lensrentals.com. A fine read and a great job by Roger. Thanks to Marc for the reminder.
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Glenn Allenspach: "I've owned for about ten years now a Wüsthof 8" (approximately) Santoku. Japanese design filtered through German craftsmanship. It's light as a feather, well balanced and holds its edge through thick and thin. Of all the cutlery in my kitchen, it's the one I use every day.
"By the way, I prefer the monochrome of Franz Liszt over the color. I used to love printing on Ektalure G paper developed in, if memory serves, Selectol Soft developer. Gave very similar, beautiful warm tones on a cream-white base."
GRJ: "Re: Knives, I have a 10" carbon steel Sabatier that I love immensely. It is similar to this, although I understand the 'Sabatier' trademark is rather loosely applied and mine is not this brand. The balance is perfect and it takes a great edge."
Steven Ralser: "Has she tried Leatherwood Honey (from Tasmania, Australia)? This is one of the best as far as I am concerned."
Andre Y: "My favorite piece of trivia: there are pi (ie. 3.14...) seconds in a nanocentury. That's correct to 1 percent. It's useful figuring stuff like how many photos you could look at in a year. I think you have an extra couple of decimal points: I get 1.3 years." [So did Carsten, whose figure I used in the revised post. —Bad-at-arithmetic Mike]
Mike R: "Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife. I use it every day. It beats the Wüsthof knife I also have in sheer everyday utility. Good clean slices, non-slip grip, easily washable. A swipe or two with an AccuSharp 001 Knife Sharpener keeps the edge in fine shape. Cheap? Yep! Effective. You bet. Bragging rights? Who cares?"
Ruby: "I have the same favorite knife as Glenn Allenspach. We have a whole set of Wüsthof knives, but that one is far and away the most used."
Bron: "Current favorite is the relatively inexpensive Mercer Culinary Genesis 8" Forged Chef's Knife with a short bolster, and no slip handle."