Ten percent of U.S. electricity is generated from old Russian nuclear warheads. It took two ad creatives all of 45 minutes to invent Baileys Irish Cream in 1973. For $64 an hour you can hire a Los Angeles photo studio that looks like the interior of a private jet—to impress people on Instagram.
Those are just three of Tom Witwell’s 52 Things I Learned in 2021, one of the few year-end lists that’s actually worth reading. BONUS: There are links for each year’s list, going back to 2014, at the end of the article.