Today I learned: Sudan was eager

Voters celebrate with the flag of south Sudan during the first day of voting for the independence referendum in the South Sudan capital of Juba January 9, 2011. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

On July 9th, 2011 South Sudan left Sudan and declared its independence. Oddly enough, Sudan recognized South Sudan’s independence on July 8th — one day early.

Today I learned: Baking vs. Washing Soda


The difference between BAKING Soda and WASHING Soda is one sodium atom and 1 Hydrogen atom. Baking soda is Sodium Bicarbonate (NaHCO3) whereas Washing Soda is Sodium Carbonate (Na2CO3). That molecular structure makes Washing Soda more receptive and allows it to scrub more thoroughly.

Additionally, Baking Soda has a pH of about 8 (slightly alkaline) whereas Washing Soda has a pH of about 11 (so alkaline it’s caustic) which is why you should NEVER bake with washing soda. (Don’t ask how I found out.)