In 2007, during the downturn of the California housing market, southern California seen a 276% rise in West Nile virus cases due to foreclosed home's abandoned swimming pools that turned into mosquito breeding grounds. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about Tropic-Ana, an early Tropicana orange juice mascot. A little tropical girl carrying a bowl of oranges on her head, she was based on the four-year-old playmate of the logo artist's son. Christine Pool appeared at corporate events and a TV commercial until she accidentally cut off her braid. manateecountyagmuseum.com…
Today I learned about the plunge for distance, a short-lived olympic swim event where competitors jumped from the edge of the pool and floated motionless as far as possible. It was criticized as "not an athletic event at all" since competitors "merely throw themselves heavily into the water and float along". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plu…
A hurricane caused Tim Duncan to take up basketball. He grew up in the US Virgin Islands, and trained to be an Olympic swimmer like his big sister... until Hurricane Hugo destroyed the island's only Olympic pool. He was too afraid of sharks to swim in the ocean, so he tried basketball instead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Today I learned of Eric Moussambani, who had never seen an olympic sized swimming pool before the 2000 olympics. He recorded the slowest time in 100m freestyle history at 1:52.72, however won his heat as all other competitors false started. He is now a national hero the head swimming coach of Equatorial Guinea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
The Woolworth Building in Tribeca NYC was the tallest building in the world from 1913 to 1930. It consists of a 30-story base topped by a 30-story tower. The basement of the Woolworth Building contains an unused bank vault, restaurant, private pool and barbershop en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
Olympic swimming is only timed to hundredths of a second because the pools aren’t built to the millimeter tolerances necessary to measure thousandths of a second borntoengineer.com/engine…
In 1956 Russia invaded Hungary to put down a revolution. Tensions were high between the two countries when their respective water polo teams met each other just two months later at the Olympics.It became known as the 'Blood in the water' match such was the violence in the pool en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Clint Eastwood's 1988 "The Dead Pool" features not only GnR's breakout hit "Welcome to the Jungle" but an uncredited cameo appearance by 3 of the band members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Tank tops are named after the one-piece bathing outfits worn in bathing tanks or swimming pools in the early twentieth century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sle…
At age 39, Derek Amato dove into a shallow pool which lead to him suffering from a traumatic head injury. He suddenly found he was very good at playing the piano and now is a composer and performer. npr.org/2020/08/21/904715…
There is a acrylic swimming pool known as the "sky pool" between two 10 story residential towers in London. It is 115 feet (30 meters) above the ground and spans 46ft (14 meters) between the buildings. architecturaldigest.com/s…
If you drop a thimble-full of Bitrex "the most bitter substance in the world" into an Olympic swimming pool and you can detect the bitterness in those two and a half million litres of water. bitrex.com/en-us/about-bi…
With only 324 households declaring ownership of a swimming pool on their tax form and fearing tax evasion, Greek authorities turned to satellite imagery for further investigation of Athens' northern suburbs. They discovered a total of 16,974 swimming pools. boingboing.net/2010/05/04…
Home Alone 2' swimming pool scene was filmed at the Four Seasons hotel in Chicago, since The Plaza doesn't have a swimming pool qx104country.ca/2017/12/1…
A biochemist compared the water quality of several public pools in New York with the pool of a high-end Manhattan hotel charging $700/room. The public pools were clean, the hotel pool tested positive for coliform bacteria, indicating possible fecal contamination huffpost.com/entry/hotel-…
The drought of 1976-77 aligned harmoniously with the rise of skateboarding. In effort to conserve water, pools were being emptied all throughout Southern California. With that, emerging skaters like Tony Alva, Steve Olson, and the late Jay Adams were jumping fences and skating empty pools. theinertia.com/environmen…
Sea snakes can die of thirst and rely on rainwater to make pools on the ocean surface in order to survive. insidescience.org/news/wh…
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s mother was also assassinated, and his brother was found dead in a swimming pool at age 38. al.com/news/2018/04/6_yea…
After mainland mammoths became extinct, a population of mammoths lived on Wrangel Island for another 7000 years after getting cut off from the mainland. However, due to the small gene pool, these mammoths suffered life-threatening mutations that resulted in their demise. reuters.com/article/us-sc…
The Bumpass Hell geothermal area at Lassen Volcanic National Park was named after Kendall Bumpass, who stepped into a pool of boiling water in the area in the 1860s and had to have his leg amputated. visitcalifornia.com/uk/at…
Disney uses code names in the park. Rude visitors are called 'Treasured Guests.' Vomit is called 'Protein Spill.' Kids peeing in the pool is called 'Code Winnie.' Illegally spreading ashes is called 'White Powder Alert.' nypost.com/2017/09/07/dis…
The Starkenberger brewery in Tarrenz, Austria, has swimming pools filled with beer; the 700-year-old brewery, which sits within an ancient castle, converted old vats that were no longer in use back in 2005 into these pools lonelyplanet.com/articles…
Today I learned of Kelly, a dolphin whose trainers gave her fish for bringing them litter/dead gulls to clean her pool. She started hiding fish under a rock in her pool, then used fish to lure gulls which she brought to her trainers to get more fish. She taught her calf the strategy, who taught more calves. theguardian.com/science/2…
A London apartment complex built a "skybridge" pool stretching between two of its buildings on the 10th floor. The pool structure is completely translucent, providing residents with views of the street level 35 meters below, as well as views of London's Thames River skyline in the distance. cnn.com/travel/article/sk…
Acesulfame potassium has been used by researchers as a marker to estimate to what degree swimming pools are contaminated by urine. Acesulfame K is an artificial sweetener now ubiquitous in the human diet and excreted by the kidneys. npr.org/sections/health-s…
9 species of Shark have evolved to walk on land, allowing them the walk between tide pools while hunting for prey. vice.com/en/article/y3mv9…
When Ratatouille was being animated, one of the Pixar employees jumped into a pool in a cook's uniform and apron so that the team could see how the clothing looked when wet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat…
Electrons in nuclear reactor water pools emit their own erie blue glow. Electrons can travel faster than light underwater and are called superliminal. The friction creates Cerenkov radiation which creates the blue light. reactor.mst.edu/cerenkov/
Brian Jones (the Rolling Stones) drowned in the pool of A.A. Milnes (Winnie the Pooh) farmhouse, which the series was based on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cot…
Democracy originally involved a "lottery": The Ancient Athenians primarily used 'sortition' in selecting their public officials, randomly choosing them out of a pool of citizen volunteers, in contrast to elections, which were reserved for specialist positions such as the general of an army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sor…
Billiards tables are sometimes referred to as pool tables because in the 19th century men used to pool together bets for horse races. These "pools" were held in special rooms called poolrooms, where pool tables were installed so patrons could pass time between races. pooltables.com/history-of…
In 2016 A tourist fell into an acidic pool in Yellowstone park and was dissolved in less than 24 hours businessinsider.com/yello…
The tradition of camel racing is still prominent in Saudi Arabia; however, now with the advent of whip-yielding-robots in the driver's seat rather than humans. Prize pools reach lucrative amounts of $1 Million. youtube.com/watch?v=6ll4-…
John Quincy Adams had a pool table installed in the White House that he enjoyed playing most days. Something his opponents and some dignitaries found scandalous. shannonselin.com/2018/04/…
Today I learned about potash evaporation ponds in the Utah desert. Depending on the amount of potash inside the pools, they can turn turquoise, orange, yellow and even white. About 700 - 1000 tons of potash are produced very day, which can then be used to fertilize plants and treat industrial water. atlasobscura.com/places/p…
Due to its high degree of microporosity, as little as 1 gram of activated charcoal has a surface area in excess of 3,000 square meters- which is the same as 3 Olympic swimming pools, 7 basketball courts, or 230 car-parking spaces. labmuffin.com/fact-check-…
Later in life an Alzheimer stricken Ronald Reagan would rake leaves from his pool for hours, not realizing they were being replenished by his Secret Service agents news.minnesota.publicradi…
A Roman slave master, Vedius Pollio, kept sharp-toothed moray eels in a pool, to throw slaves in to be eaten alive. Wen Emperor Augustus came, a slave accidentally broke a goblet. When Augustus tried to plead for the man's life, Pollio refused. Augustus ordered all Pollio's goblets smashed. napoliunplugged.com/pausi…
Hunter S. Thompson once tied Bill Murray to a chair and dumped him to the bottom of a swimming pool. The pair were attempting a series of Houdini-style escapes, and Thompson saved Murray just before he drowned happymag.tv/the-crazy-nev…
Public swimming pools do not add a urine-detection chemical to the water. No chemical exists that will change the water color around the offending swimmer. This is a widespread myth snopes.com/fact-check/pis…
Months after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Fred Rodgers and Francois Clemmons worked together to show the word how to integrate swimming pools by soaking their feet in the pool together. christandpopculture.com/w…
Marine biologist, Stephen Hillenburg, created an educational comic book about tide pool animals called "The Intertidal Zone" to help educate his students. In later years after becoming an animator he began developing those same characters and concepts for what became "SpongeBob Squarepants." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In WWII, pilots often blacked out in turns as high g forces made blood pool in their legs. British Ace Douglas Bader, however, did not have this problem, since his legs had been amputated after an accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
Today I learned of Stephen Hillenburg, a marine scientist who wrote The Intertidal Zone, a book about tide pools. After enrolling for an animation program, he worked at Nickeloden and created SpongeBob SquarePants. He later won an award from Heal the Bay for his efforts on elevating marine life awareness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Out of the 3 volunteers who went in 1986 on a suicide mission to open the valves of the pool at the Chernobyl plant 2 are actually still alive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Coleco, the maker of the ColecoVision video game console was founded as the Connecticut Leather Company selling leather products to shoe repair shops. They went on to make above-ground pools before moving into video games. They also created the iconic Cabbage Patch Kid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
The mostly glass Vdara hotel in Las Vegas was said to have it's own "death ray" due to the way the glass reflected the sun into the pool area and was hot enough to singe hair or melt plastic cups. nbcnews.com/id/wbna394033…
Elephants are a keystone species. They carve pathways through impenetrable under brush shaping entire ecosystems as they create pools in dried river beds and spread seeds as they travel. nationalgeographic.org/en…

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