As we’re all adapting to our new work from home routine, the biggest thing we’re missing is basic human interaction – at media tastings, in client meetings, and of course our daily face time with the team in the office. While we can’t see each other every day, we’ve come up with a fun way to catch up every week which allows us to socialize while also learning something new: virtual Drink Talk Learn parties.
Drink Talk Learn parties gained popularity a few years back – originally an in-person party game, but in the time of COVID-19 we’ve managed to translate the ritual to Zoom every Friday afternoon. The guidelines to participate are simple:
- Each team prepares a five minute, three slide maximum presentation about a topic of interest
- Topics can be anything, but ideally not COVID-19 related (because let’s face it, we need a break), and something interesting that might be little known to the team
- Each team takes turns presenting during a Friday afternoon happy hour, joining with a beverage of choice
- Teams are selected randomly to allow for different interactions and engagement weekly
As we start to wind down on our extended time at home, we wanted to take a moment to reflect back on some of our favorite fun facts we’ve learned during the last few weeks of Drink Talk Learn sessions.
- Emojis were first invented in Japan in 1988; in Japanese “e” means picture and “moji” means character. Emoji = picture character.
- Mickey Mouse was originally known as Mortimer Mouse, until Walt Disney’s wife Lillian convinced him to change the name.
- The Guiness Book of World Records began as an idea to help curb bar fights, with the rationale that having a book of such facts would help set the record straight during many of the rows that started in brewery pubs after a few drinks.
- The first documented use of paper for hygiene purposes was in China in 6th century AD in 1857 commercial toilet paper was invented for medical purposes in the US.
- One of the most famous con men in history, “Count” Victor Lustig, managed to commission stationary with the French government seal and pose as a French government official to “sell” the Eiffel tower to the highest bidder – twice.
- Around 1,500 people work at Area 51 – the highly classified United States Air Force (USAF) facility in Nevada – but anyone who tries to sneak on to the property can be shot dead on the spot.
- Pigeons can find their way back to their nest from up to 1,300 miles away.
- “Bubble tea” is actually a reference to the milk froth that forms when the drink is shaken, not the chewy pearls in the drink that resemble bubbles.
- The Great Wall of China – one of the seven wonders of the world – took over 2,500 years to build, with 400,000 people losing their lives along the way.
- When Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in Singapore on 18 January 1819, there were only 1,000 people living on the island
- Wimbledon employs a bird of prey, named Rufus the Hawk to keep pigeons away from the tennis courts during the tennis season
- The first Disney character was a rabbit called “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit”