The secret formula for WD-40 is stored in a bank vault and has only left it twice; once was on its 50th birthday when the CEO of WD-40 rode through Times Square on a horse with a suit of armor on and the formula in hand cnbc.com/2012/08/23/7-Sou…
Horses evolved on the great plains of North America. They migrated across the Bering land bridge to Asia, and all remaining horses died out in America. When the Spanish brought horses with them in the 16th century, they were returning them to their native ranges. britannica.com/animal/hor…
In 1910, two boys, Louis and Temple Abernathy decided to cross America by horseback from Oklahoma to Manhattan to meet Theodore Roosevelt. They were 10 and 6 years old. Then they decided to buy a car to come back home, while their horses made the return by train. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Spiral staircases were installed in fire stations in the 1800s to stop the horses that pulled the engines going up the stairs when they smelled food cooking. redzone.co/2016/09/09/spi…
The Los Angeles Dodgers got their name due to fans having to dodge Brooklyn's complex network of trolley cars, which killed over 130 people in the first 3 years of operation. With horse drawn trolleys, the horse would stop. The all new electric trolley cars, however, would plow right over you. gizmodo.com/the-la-dodger…
The Trojan Horse was most likely just a myth originating in the practice of covering seige engines in wet horse hides to prevent them being burned ox.ac.uk/news/arts-blog/d…
Today I learned of Erin Bolster, a woman who saved the life of a boy and his horse by charging at a grizzly bear head on. She’d been out riding when she spotted the bear chasing the pair. So, she charged at it three times and drove it away. Her horse was a leased one. After the incident, she bought him. spokesman.com/stories/201…
Viggo Mortensen would not have taken the part of Aragorn in LOTR had it not been for his 11 year old son's enthusiasm for the books. He performed his own stunts insisting he used a real steel sword and he also purchased the two horses, whom he rode and bonded with over the duration of the films. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vig…
Horses identify photographs of their current keepers, and even of former keepers whom they had not seen in six months, at a rate much better than chance. Horses correctly identified their current keeper and ignored the stranger’s face about 75 percent of the time. scientificamerican.com/po…
Humans have jumped further than horses in the Olympics: The record for the longest human long jump is greater than the world record for longest horse long jump. Mike Powell set the record in 1991 by jumping 8.95 meters, and the horse Extra Dry set the record in 1900 by jumping 6.10 m. olympic.org/news/strange-…
Illegal foxhunting is a real problem in England. They still pursue fixes with hounds and horses though it's not allowed independent.co.uk/news/lo…
Prior to the invention of photography, artists could not work out how horses legs moved in a gallop, this led to horses being incorrectly depicted in paintings. amusingplanet.com/2019/06…
Today I learned of Sable Island, a small Island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. This tiny sand filled island (which only has a single tree) is famous for having caused over 350 shipwrecks. It’s also famous for having a random population of almost 500 free roaming horses. cbc.ca/amp/1.2755142
The maximum output of a horse is around 15 horsepower, but when you average the output of a horse over the course of a work day it ends up being around a horsepower. energyeducation.ca/encycl…
There are β€œghost islands” off the coast of Virginia that have been uninhabitable since 1936 as they act as a natural barrier to the coast during hurricane season. They are home to a feral horse population, a NASA flight facility, and the second tallest lighthouse in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
A horse and buggy ride is not a "Handsome Cab", but rather a Hansom Cab, named after Joseph Hansom who invented the safety horse cab historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
There are two rhymes in English for purple: curple, a strap passing under a horse’s tail, and hirple, to walk along dragging one leg behind the other. everything2.com/title/Thi…
Today I learned about Ashvamedha, a ritualistic horse sacrifice in ancient India where a horse is allowed to wander for 1 year protected by the king's guards. If no rivals manage to kill or steal the horse after a year, it is returned and sacrificed in the city capital, legitimizing the soverignty of the king. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash…
Before Edward I was king of England, he was a prisoner of Simon de Montfort. One day, he asked if he could ride the guards horses and raced them one by one. When he got to the last horse, he rode off to freedom, and all the other horses were too tired to give chase. medievalists.net/2018/02/…
The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation who run the Crazy Horse statue in South Dakota is worth $77 million, is not operated by the local Lakota people, and is considered a disgrace by many Lakota. Crazy Horse was known for his humility and never allowed his picture to be taken. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
George Washington was the first American mule breeder. However, his first donkey had a low libido. After much study, Washington discovered what got the donkey off: female donkeys, two at time. If the donkey had a clear view of them together he would successfully perform with female horses smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The ZAZ trio (Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker), creators of movies like "Airplane!", "Top Secret" and "The Naked Gun", pulled a prank that cost them 60,000$ and took 4 years, just to have an announcer at a horse racetrack say "all pink on the inside" thelaughbutton.com/creato…
Today I learned about Buzkashi, a popular game in many central asian countries which involves scooping up a 50kg calf or goat carcass while riding a horse and depositing it into a β€œgoal” all while defending yourself from other players with a whip. Games can last for a day or more. wikipedia.org/wiki/Buzkas…
Canada’s Parliament Building’s iconic green oxidized copper roof was originally mopped with horse urine to speed up the oxidization. cbc.ca/amp/1.3227517
Roy Rogers' horse, Trigger, was able to sit in a chair, sign his name with a pencil, and would walk up multiple flights of stairs to visit children in the hospital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Today I learned there is a horse riding game that is a mixture between polo, rugby and Basketball called horse ball. It started not with a ball but with a live duck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
American ranches had to bring in draft horses to accommodate the increase in overweight tourists theguardian.com/world/201…
In the UK, Dangerous Driving laws only apply to motor vehicles- this resulted in a man who had killed a woman by hitting her with a track bike at 18mph being sentenced to 2 years in jail under β€˜wanton and furious driving’, a Victorian-Era law intended for Horse Carriages. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
Horses hide pain very well, almost too well, due to their nature as range prey that historically wouldn't show weakness to their predators equitopiacenter.com/recog…
Lincoln was almost assassinated 9 months before he was assassinated. While riding back to the Soliders' Home, a rifle fired hitting his hat. His horse was startled and ran "break-neck speed" as the President described it. Lincoln dismissed it as a hunting accident. travelthruhistory.tv/fail…
Today I learned of Horace Cole, an internationally know prankster born in 1881. He was know for impersonating Royals and members of Parliament, walking down the street with a fake penis hanging out of his pants. And once while on his honeymoon, dumping a massive amount of horse manure in a Venitian square. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
The Snickers candy bar was named after the Mars’ families favorite horse. wikipedia.org/wiki/Snicke…
Today I learned about Benjamin Grierson, a music teacher who was kicked by a horse when he was a kid and therefore hated horses. He would become one of the best Union cavalry commanders in the Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
During the Lewis & Clark expedition Sacagawea was reunited with her brother Cameahwait, the "Great Chief" of the Lemhi Shoshones. This led to generous aid including selling horses, carrying cargo, sharing knowledge of the Bitterroot Mountains and the Columbia River, and supplying a guide. lewis-clark.org/article/2…
Today I learned about the sport of Gurning, a traditional rural sport in some English towns that consists of pulling a snarling or otherwise ugly face through a horse collar. Annual contests have existed for over 800 years by estimate. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/15…
"curry favor" does not originate from the food curry or favors. It came from a French poem where the horse Fauvel was curried (or combed), making the phrase currying Fauvel. grammarist.com/eggcorns/c…
Monty Python's famous gag in Holy Grail of using coconuts for horse clops was NOT out of budget necessity, but was in fact the first idea they had which served as a starting point for the film. filmschoolrejects.com/42-…
Today I learned of John L. Burns, a veteran of the War of 1812, The Mexican-American War, and the American Civil War. He fought in the Battle of Gettysburg at the age of 69 and was a skilled marksman, even shooting a confederate marksman off his horse. After, he became a national hero and even met Lincoln. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The origin of the LA (formerly Brooklyn) Dodgers team name was shorted from "Trolley Dodgers", when electric street trolleys first came out they were faster than the previous horse drawn ones and accidents were frequent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los…
β€œwild” horses are actually β€œferal” horses descended from domesticated horses and There Might Not Be Any β€œWild” Horses Left on Earth blog.education.nationalge…
There is not only a herd of wild horses in Maryland at Assateague, but that they also love junk food, like hot dogs and chips, and will try to take it from people. npr.org/2011/08/10/139261…
African-American men once dominated horse racing, among the USA's most popular 19th Century sports. Most of the Kentucky Derby champions then were Black men who established huge names, winnings and followings for themselves. Eventually they were shut out of participating in the sport. youtu.be/pJxuUSZ4Z70
Today I learned of Oymyakon - the coldest village on earth. The lowest temperature was recorded in January 1924 of βˆ’71.2 Β°C (βˆ’96.2 Β°F). It is known as "The Pole of the Cold". Food includes the frozen raw Arctic fish, white salmon, whitefish, frozen raw horse liver, but they are considered to be delicacies. cntraveler.com/story/this…
Camels and llamas originated from modern day North America roughly 44 million years ago. They later, along with early horses, migrated to Asia across the Bearing land bridge. The last camel in North America was known as the Camelops and lived there until the middle Pleistocene. nps.gov/hafo/learn/nature…
Mules (a cross between a donkey and a horse), can't reproduce because they are sterile. worldanimalfoundation.com…
Horses can't throw up. If they need to throw up, they'll die. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The UK had an award during WWII (and shortly after) to give to animals which aided in the war effort. It was awarded to 32 pigeons, 18 dogs, 3 horses, and a ship's cat. It was revived in 2000 and has been awarded as recently as this past August en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
Victoria, Australia has a public holiday to celebrate the day before a football match and one to celebrate a horse race. publicholidays.com.au/vic…
Today I learned about Alice Roosevelt the celebrity First Daughter known for antics like smoking on the White House roof, carrying a snake in her purse, and betting at horse races. Her father said β€œI can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both.” theodorerooseveltcenter.o…
Henry Ford probably never said "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses" - but his tone-deafness to customers' needs in the 1920s, when GM was producing numerous models to Ford's single Model T, caused Ford's market share to drop from 70% to 15% in 6 years hbr.org/2011/08/henry-for…

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