20200727 Factoid: Kirkland Brand Better than the Name Brand

Did You Know This… Factoid? — 20200727

A collection of unusual facts, trivia and minutiae harvested from the Internet and other places of intrigue.

Factoid – 20200727

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Costco’s Kirkland brand items are as good as or better than the name brand item in any given category and often manufactured by the name brand company!

 

Adam Keesling explains why the assertion above is true and how he reached that conclusion:

“The answer is this: they get the best manufacturers in the world — who already have products on Costco shelves — to make Kirkland products. Yeah, you read that right. While customers might not know it, Kirkland products are often made by the same manufacturers who make the branded products that sit next to them on the shelves.”

It is a fascinating story and you can read it HERE – How Costco Convinces Brands to Cannibalize Themselves: An unlikely marriage where both sides win.

 
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STATUS QUOte Picture Quote – 20200723

Just think of all of the information we lose every day from those who pass away without sharing their life’s lessons, hard-earned skills or common sense. In a way, this is what Wikipedia is trying to do, i.e. harness as much knowledge as possible to preserve for posterity.

While that is all well and good, there are other less academic nuggets of gold that get lost along the way. How can we share what we know and inspire others? We may never know the ripples we set in motion, but the Universe remembers!


“I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.”
       — Galileo Galilei

 
Share with the world what you know and enjoy!

 

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Did You Know This… Factoid? — 20200719


A collection of unusual facts, trivia and minutiae harvested from the Internet and other places of intrigue.

Factoid – 20200719

“Factoid: A brief or trivial item of news or information.”


The fact that Humpty Dumpty is an egg is never mentioned in the original text of the story!


Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.


Read more trivia about Humpty Dumpty HERE

 
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Is Your Anode Getting You Into Hot Water?

I can’t tell you how many times I have replaced hot water heaters due to failures of the liner and/or leakage. I was always puzzled by the fact we can send someone to the moon and return them safely, but we can’t (or should I say won’t) manufacture a hot water heater to last multiple decades. I would actually shoot for a life time, but I don’t want to be too greedy.

Anyway, four years ago I replaced a hot water heater. I was told to expect that it would last between 6 and 8 years. I recently had my water softener serviced and the technician climbed to the top of my hot water heater. I had never seen my technician do that before!

I asked what he was doing since this had never been done and he said: “I’m going to check your anode rod.” I almost remained silent not wanting to sound too ignorant, but I couldn’t help myself. I asked him what the anode rod did.


hot water heater anode in parts diagram.

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He told me to wait a minute and he brought in a brand new anode rod from the truck and put it on the floor of my garage. Then he retrieved the anode rod from the hot water heater and put it next to it.


New and old hot water heater anode compared side-by-side.
When new, these should be the same size.
That’s how much has been eaten away over four years.

 

He explained that the old anode rod was once the same size and over the years, it had gotten eaten away. He quickly added that this was a good thing and it was part of the grand design. The anode rod draws chemicals out of the water and they cling to the rod and cannibalize the anode instead of rusting the hot water heater.

The anode rod is the most important factor in determining the life of your water heater. An anode rod is a steel core wire surrounded with one of three different metals. These metals include aluminum, magnesium, and zinc. The rod is screwed into the top of your water heater and protects your water heater from rusting.

https://www.aricoplumbing.com/waterheater-anode-rods

I had never heard of this before and wondered why. Perhaps the hot water heater installers didn’t want us to know. It was further explained that every hot water heater has one of the sacrificial anodes (cool term).

Bottom Line: The smaller the anode rod over time, the more rust it can keep from corroding your hot water heater tank. I now have a maintenance schedule to check it every two years.

 

Video: Children are our Future…Can You Name A Country?

I have to admit that I am not as good as I once was when it comes to naming and locating foreign countries on a blank map of the world. At one time, during my 30s-50s, I could probably name and point to a majority of the countries in the world. Once the Soviet Union broke up and new countries were formed, I just lost track. I admit, I should now know more than I do about world geography, but I do know a fair amount. I would venture to say I am at least average if not a bit above.

On the Jimmy Kimmel show the other day, they stopped people and asked them if they could identify just one country on a map of the world. I was surprised that there seemed to be a significant number of people who could not name and point to one foreign country. Some managed to name continents, but very few could identify a single country.

There is one bright exception in the video below; hence the title of this post!

Obviously, the video was edited and most likely they were very selective in the portions of the recordings they chose to include. I will leave it up to JBRish readers to draw their own conclusions.

Ahem! How many countries can you name?

Notes from the YouTube Video Page:

“Donald Trump is overseas visiting Belgium, England, Scotland and then his pal Putin in Russia. It is imperative that America has strong relationships with and knowledge about other nations, and that responsibility extends to all of us. So we came up with a test and went out on the street to ask people passing by, to name any country on a map. It didn’t go well.”

 

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Video: Can You Accurately Assess Your Skills

Why incompetent people think they’re amazing! – David Dunning

The video below explains how the Dunning-Kruger Effect distorts the ability of some people to accurately assess their skill level in a certain area. As the video explains, one study found that 88% of Americans rated themselves as “above average” drivers. This is mathematically impossible of course.

Watch the video below to understand this effect and how it might alter your abilities to accurately assess your various skill levels.

 

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STATUS QUOtes — Picture Quote — 20180114

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In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd. - Miguel de Cervantes
“In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.” – Miguel de Cervantes

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STATUS QUOtes — Picture Quote — 20180107


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Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. - Plato
“Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.” – Plato

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STATUS QUOtes — Picture Quote — 20171231

Today’s Picture Quote


“”I covet wings more than crowns for my dreams are of flight,
not of thrones.” – Pepper Blair.” – Pepper Blair


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