1. 8k RPM, I love you.
I took the R8 for a short drive today - I wish it could have been longer, but I was short on time. But there were, nonetheless, a few moments to really let the R8 do its thing. 2nd gear, coming out of a sweeping turn, foot gently (but increasingly) into the gas as not to whip the back end out... then the opportunity to mash it the rest of the way at 5k... and that glorious feeling of pushing back into the seat and the echo of 8k+ RPM off the landscape. Such a beautiful sound. It's angry yet elegant. It's screaming yet tonal and harmonic. What a thing.
2. A flea can jump 30,000 times without stopping.
Courtesy of my Snapple ice tea today. I don't know how they know this. I thought about Googling it, but it might ruin the extremely bazaar visions I have of flea-jumping laboratory experiments, while stretching to imagine any semblance of credible scientific research that called for studying it. Nonetheless, I expect that my tax dollars likely contributed to obtaining this knowledge, and now I have it... so there's that.