A year ago, I went to Germany over the weekend and was stuck there for two months due to COVID-19 induced travel restrictions and lockdown-panic. It seems pretty unbelievable that we have spent the last year wearing masks, limiting our social interactions and, what hurts me personally more, travels. I have not been anywhere for a year, and today I am sitting on the garden chair in the sunlit hotel terrace in Ticino, typing away my monthly Impulse issue. I can hardly believe that I am actually on a real vacation.

Posting in between hikes and sightseeings, here are few curious facts I’ve learned in March.

Bees can recognise faces

I am not sure why it struck me so hard, but I find it amazing that bees can recognise human faces. Here are some more fun facts about bees. 

Beautiful mask fusion

I also loved watching this short film on worldwide masks (maybe this how our daily masks should look like).

Unexpected raise of the number symbol

Here is how hashtag became the irreplaceable social media reference tool. To think that it used to be simply a symbol that meant “number” – and now people are teaching us how to use it properly to gain more attention.

How did Himalayas came to be?

Jagged Himalayan peaks were created as a result of a collision between India and Eurasia.

Viruses as natural injection syringes?

Viruses are not alive; however, they have genetic information in their DNA or RNA. While they cannot grow or move, they can undoubtedly reproduce, and they do this by injecting their DNA into the host cells.

Unexpected origins of German superfood

Sauerkraut (sour cabbage) was an inherent part of the food culture I grew up with. We consumed it fermented as a salad, sometimes stewed with some sausages, but it was always there. When I moved abroad, I was surprised to learn that Germans see the sauerkraut as their national superfood, too. Even more surprised I was to know that this dish is a Chinese invention.

The beauty and the beast

This animated short film is mesmerisingly beautiful and disturbingly scary. Enjoy!

Choice of words

This article by David Perell rekindled the old discussion I have had with one of my friends obsessed with fame. He believes that worldwide recognition is what proves the achievement. I agree with David Perell on the idea that niche-fame is preferred. Well-respected beats widely known. Any thoughts?

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