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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Here is "an oasis of learning about what you don’t yet know you’re looking for but are glad you found"

My favourite blogger, Maria Popova, popped over this morning in the form of her weekly e-mail newsletter and I learnt something new again.


"Now I Know" was one of the treats Popova had lined up for me today. "'Lives are shaped by chance encounters and by discovering things that we don't know that we don't know,' a wise woman wrote; more than that, the discovery itself is one of life's great rewards and pleasures," Popova writes in the introduction to her post.

She continues:

Since 2010, Dan Lewis, director of new media communications at Sesame Workshop, has been hunting down and illuminating those infinitely fascinating unknown-unknowns and sharing them with the world via his delightful e-mail newsletter. Now, he has gathered the stories behind 100 of these curiosity-quenchers in Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World’s Most Interesting Facts — a mind-tickling encyclopaedia that does for little-known, unusual facts what The Secret Museum did for little-known, unusual artifacts.

Read the post in its entirety here. Then, as I did, head on over to the Now I Know website, check out the archives, and sign up for Dan Lewis's free daily newsletter. You'll learn something new every day, promises Lewis. And I believe him.