The City of Omaha Nebraska is heavily contaminated by lead, due to a factory that spewed contaminated lead into the air. The EPA found more than 40,000 contaminated sites across the city, and children have elevated blood levels of lead. cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad…
Dr. John Snow discovered cholera is spread through water and not air. He discovered this during an outbreak in London in 1854 in which hundreds of people became infected and died. The only ones not infected were those who only drank beer, not water en.wikipedia.org/wiki/185…
Each year, 22,000 pounds of dust from the Sahara Desert is carried by air currents to the Amazon Rainforest where it is an important source of phosphorus for tropical plants nasa.gov/content/goddard/…
In 1967, hippies attempted a ritual to levitate the Pentagon in the air to end the Vietnam War. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
The Liberator. A 2.10$, single-shot (no magazine) pistol; It was shipped with 10 rounds and an instruction sheet in comic strip air-dropped on Axis-occupied lands; A resistance fighter was to sneak up on an Axis occupier, kill or incapacitate him using the gun, and retrieve his weapons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FP-…
The "hand on knees" posture resulted in superior heart rate recovery and greater tidal volume (the amount of air inhaled into the lungs with each breath) compared to the "hands on head" posture. stack.com/a/the-myth-of-r…
Airport runways at higher elevations need to be longer because the thin air at high elevations results in less lift on the aircraft stantec.com/en/ideas/cont…
During the Vietnam War, USAF Major Philip W. Handley achieved the world's only supersonic air-to-air gun kill, when he shot down a North Vietnamese MiG-19 while flying F-4 Phantom and using F-4's 20mm cannon, at 1.2 mach (800 kts). fighterpilotuniversity.co…
Today I learned about Mathias Rust, a teenager who in 1987 flew a small plane through the supposedly impenetrable air defence system of the Soviet Union and landed in Red Square. wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathia…
Today I learned of the 'Toddler's Truce', where no TV programmes were scheduled to air in post-war Britain between 6-7 PM. The thinking was that ending the programmes at 6 would give parents time to put children to bed before evening programmes began; it would remain in place until 1957 mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Today I learned of Operation Meetinghouse - the firebombing of Tokyo on the night of 9 March 1945. It was the single deadliest air raid of World War II, greater than Dresden, Hamburg, Hiroshima, or Nagasaki as single events en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
Trees get most of their mass from the carbon dioxide in the air serc.carleton.edu/eslabs/…
Hippos can't actually swim. They run across the bottom of bodies of water and hop up when they need to get air. youtu.be/_hFa0RgA5uE
South Park co-creator Trey Parker begged his show's executive producer not to air one South Park episode because he was afraid it would ruin South Park. That episode was "Make Love, Not Warcraft" which received critical acclaim and earned a Primetime Emmy Award. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Vitali Kaloyev, a Russian Architect who lost his family when the airliner they were flying in collided mid air with a cargo plane. He stalked and later murdered an air traffic controller he blamed for the incident. theguardian.com/world/200…
Scientists tracking the migration of swifts discovered they can stay airborne for 10 months straight without ever landing. Of those birds that did land, they still spent 99.5% of their ten months in the air. sciencefocus.com/nature/s…
In 35th fastest supercomputer in the world in 2010 was The Condor Cluster built by the US Air Force from over 1700 PS3s linked together running Linux theverge.com/2019/12/3/20…
Charles Morton, a 17th century minister and scientist, wrote a treatise on how birds migrated to the Moon and back every winter. Morton believed that they would encounter no air resistance or be affected by gravity, and use excess fat to sustain themselves. historytoday.com/archive/…
Bladeless fans work by squeezing air & accelerating it. Air is forced out through slits, & clings to the curved aerofoil surfaces. This means surrounding air pulled along, too. The air flow becomes about 15 times greater than the air taken in. cosmosmagazine.com/techno…
James Franco once created an invisible sculpture called 'Fresh Air'. It was described as an endless supply of oxygen. Someone actually bought the 'sculpture' for $10,000 npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
US presidents used to give out special presidential packs of cigarettes to guests boarding Air Force One, they were later changed to packs of presidential M&M's over health concerns en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
In 1988, the CIA paid $2 MM to Chad in order to extract an advanced Soviet attack helicopter (Mi-25) from an abandoned Libyan air base using two MH-47 Chinook transport helicopters, flying a total of 500 miles under the cover of night historyofyesterday.com/th…
In the 1940s the British Interplanetary Society designed a space suit. It had a cape, came with a shooting stick and had a built-in air-lock. spacecentre.co.uk/blog-po…
The French established the world's first Air Force in 1909, less than 6 years after the Wright brothers flew the first powered aircraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Barrage balloons, originally a defensive measure against air raids, were used as weapons in WW2 after loose balloons wreaked havoc on power lines as they dragged their steel cables across them. This tactic later yielded the destruction of a German power station and damage to various industries. stratocat.com.ar/stratope…
Today I learned of Sophia Blanchard one of the first women to fly hot air balloons. She lost consciousness on a few occasions, endured freezing temperatures and almost drowned when her balloon crashed in a marsh. In 1819, she died when her air balloon crashed. 10 years earlier her husband died the same way. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sop…
Polar bears have a black skin with a transparent fur to absorb the sun's heat. They appear white because the air spaces of each hair scatters the light in all directions. polarbearsinternational.o…
The disease malaria gets its name from the Mediaeval Italian words β€œmala aria,” meaning β€œbad air” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
The reason why an Air Canada flight ran out of fuel mid flight in '83, NASA lost its Mars orbiter in '99, and a roller coaster car derailed on Space Mountain in '03 were due to confusion in working with both imperial and metric systems. theolympians.co/2017/11/0…
Despite "Khe Sanh" being one of the most notable songs in Australian history, the Battle of Khe Sanh was actually fought by US Marines with elements of the South Vietnamese ARVN; Australian forces only provided close air support. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khe…
Scientists have found out what the air was like millions of years ago by using air bubbles in ice. climate.gov/news-features…
President Kennedy was prescribed a rocking chair for back pain. He found one he liked so much he bought 14 copies for the Oval Office, Camp David, Air Force One, and homes of his family. He also gifted them to heads of state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Air rifles are commonly called "BB Guns" because the metallic ball projectiles they fire are approximately the same size as BB-size lead birdshot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BB_…
Today I learned of Vitaly Kaloyev- a convicted murderer of an air traffic controller Peter Nielsen responsible for a mid air plane collision which killed his family. Following his release out of prison Vitaly became an award winning deputy of construction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vit…
Botswana airline pilot with a grudge with Air Botswana crashed a stolen Air Botswana plane into two other Air Botswana plane parked, These 3 planes were the only 3 operating planes in Air Botswana Fleet effectively crippling operations for Air Botswana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
Partnership for a Drug-Free America, which used to air many PSAs through the 80s to the mid-2000s, was actually funded by alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceutical companies. The ads steered clear warnings about legal drugs being abused. blog.oup.com/2016/08/drug…
The NASA Vehicle Assembly Building is so large, in fact, that it has its own weather. On humid days, rain clouds can form below the ceiling, requiring about 10,000 tons of air conditioning equipment to control the moisture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veh…
About "surgical flash fires": tiny flash fires caused on or inside patients in surgery, from the combination of oxygen rich air, variety of ignition sources and flammable vapours (from alcohol disinfectants). And that the majority of them go unreported en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
The first pilot to spot incoming Japanese fighters at Pearl Harbor was a woman. Her name was Cornelia Fort and she was a civilian flight instructor. 2 years later she was killed in a mid-air collision and became the first female pilot to be killed on active military duty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
When Mussolini’s Air Force attacked Malta in WW2, the British garrison had no defense prepared against the air raids. Luckily, they discovered biplanes packed away in crates and were able to assemble three Gladiators to disrupt the Italians for 10 days before reinforcements arrived. nationalww2museum.org/war…
In 1980, ABC tried to duplicate Saturday Night Live with an edgier show called Fridays. By the 3rd episode some stations refused to air it due to objectionable content concerning zombie gore, cannibalism and blasphemous humor. Several writers would go on to make Seinfeld - including Larry David. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Adam Mattocks is the only aviator to bail out of a B-52 cockpit without an ejector seat and survive. The B-52, carrying two 3.8-megaton H-bombs, crashed in North Carolina. Upon reaching an Air Force base to explain his story, Mattocks, an African-American, was arrested for stealing a parachute. nationalgeographic.com/hi…
Today I learned about how Dianne Warren wrote β€œHow Do I Live” for Con Air with LeAnn Rimes in mind, promising it to her. Rimes (then 14) recorded it but Disney thought it was β€œtoo poppy” and that she was too young to sing about the subject matter. They then turned to Trisha Yearwood for the re-recording. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
Today I learned of Operation Linebacker II or The Christmas Bombings. It saw the largest heavy bomber strikes launched by the U.S. Air Force since the end of World War II, intended to be a "maximum effort" campaign which could only be accomplished by B-52s". 2 years later, Saigon would fall to North Vietnam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Air traffic controllers get a break every 2 hours. When controllers remain "on position" for more than 2 hours without a break, performance can deteriorate rapidly, even at low traffic levels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
The German crime show Aktenzeichen XY UngelΓΆst (Case number XY...unsolved) has been on the air for more than 53 years and provided the inspiration for Unsolved Mysteries and America's Most Wanted in the US and Crimewatch in the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akt…
Fans don't cool the room when cooling you off, they just basically pull your sweat into the air and your body heat leaves with it. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
US Air Force pilot Brian Udell once survived ejecting at supersonic speed, and was severely injured by the wind. His navigator did the same and died instantly. youtube.com/watch?v=Hecyx…
Today I learned about Operation Beluga which occurred in early 1985 when a Russian Ice Breaker was sent to the Chukchi Peninsula where the waters had iced over and beluga whales were trapped due to the lack of air holes to surface and breathe. The ice breaker played classical music to get the whales to follow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
George H.W. Bush disliked broccoli so much that he banned it from Air Force One. Afterwards broccoli growers sent the First Lady 10 tonnes of broccoli, most of it was donated away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…

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