2018-09-07 TWIL Posted on: 2018-09-07

This Week I Learned

  • The story behind World Series cricket is pretty fascinating (props to @jon.pokroy for this one):

    World Series Cricket - Wikipedia

    World Series Cricket (WSC) was a break away professional cricket competition staged between 1977 and 1979 and organised by Kerry Packer for his Australian television network, Nine Network. The matches ran in opposition to established international cricket. World Series Cricket drastically changed the nature of cricket, and its influence continues to be felt today.

  • "The zero-width space (ZWSP)

    Zero-width space - Wikipedia

    The zero-width space ( ZWSP) is a non-printing character used in computerized typesetting to indicate word boundaries to text processing systems when using scripts that do not use explicit spacing, or after characters (such as the slash) that are not followed by a visible space but after which there may nevertheless be a line break.

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  • In Norse Mythology, the mighty Thor had to dress as a bride to get his hammer back from a giant who had stolen it:

    Þrymskviða - Wikipedia

    The giant Þrymr steals Thor's hammer Mjölnir and demands Freyja as payment for it, desiring the goddess as his own wife. Instead of Freyja, the Æsir dress Thor as the bride and Loki as the bridesmaid, and the two travel to Jötunheimr for the "wedding." Thor's identity is comically hinted at throughout the reception (the god eats an entire ox on his own), with Loki providing weak explanations that the giants somehow accept for the odd behavior (he claims that the bride's immense hunger stems from her not having eaten for the last seven days for her excitement). Mjölnir is eventually placed into Thor's hands as part of the wedding ceremony, allowing the god to strike down the giants and return home.