For centuries the city of Troy was considered a myth until it was re-discovered in 1871 in present day Turkey. The area had been excavated before but the ruins of Troy were beneath newer excavations and had gone untouched for millennia even though the site had people living on top of it. blog.britishmuseum.org/th…
There are rural areas of northern England where the pronouns β€œthou” and β€œthee” are still in common use wikipedia.org/wiki/Englis…
Today I learned about the Driftless Area; a rugged area of Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and a minor part of Illinois that was completely missed by glaciers. It is roughly the size of West Virginia, and is home to huge bluffs, deep canyons, and rare species of plants found no where else. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dri…
Kennett Square, a small area in Pennsylvania, grows 50% of the countries mushrooms, and has been named the mushroom capital of the world npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
While the Venus Flytrap is available all over the world through cultivation, it only grows naturally in a small area of the coastal plain in North and South Carolina. nature.org/en-us/about-us…
The skeletons of medieval English archers were deformed from years of archery. The high poundage of war bows, coupled with years of training in their use from a young age, led to skeletons having over-developed shoulder and arm bones to compensate for the growth of muscle around those areas. kriii.com/english-bowmen/
Most indigenous communities who paint their bodies live in areas where there is an abundance of bloodsucking horseflies, mosquitoes, or tsetse flies - and a 2019 study showed that white, painted stripes on the body protect skin from insect bites, hence protecting them from airborne diseases lunduniversity.lu.se/arti…
There was a mega tsunami in Alaska in 2015. It was triggered by a landslide and the resulting wave was almost 200 meters tall at its highest. It struck an uninhabited area with no people present and went unnoticed for several hours until scientists in New York noticed it on seismograph readings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icy…
In certain areas of Italy, such as Florence, the tomato was used solely as a tabletop decoration until the early 18th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
When relocating adult koalas to populate new areas of bush, the incoming koalas are fed a poo smoothie of local koala poo so they can digest local leafs. abc.net.au/catalyst/are-w…
Today I learned of Erwin Kreuz, a German tourist who planned to visit San Francisco but accidentally disembarked early, and then spent days looking for the Golden Gate Bridge and other Bay Area landmarks in Bangor, Maine. Amused and touched, Maine residents turned him into a local celebrity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erw…
A 1:1 life size replica of The USS Enterprise, as long as the empire building is tall, was planned in 1992 and almost constructed in downtown Las Vegas as a plan to revitalize the area before the chairman of Paramount decided against it. The funding went instead to the Fremont Street Experience. giantfreakinrobot.com/sci…
Today I learned of Sir David Brailsford, a British cycling coach who theorizes if you make a 1% improvement in a host of tiny areas, the cumulative benefits will be extraordinary. Utilizing this theory of "marginal gains"; his teams have won 18 gold medals, six Tour de France titles, and 59 World Championships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Today I learned about "Myst Island" a proposed theme park at Disney World. A limited number of guests would get ferried to an 11-acre island designed like Myst. They'd spend hours there, exploring areas and discovering clues non-linearly. Theoretically, no 2 guests would have the same adventure. slashfilm.com/myst-theme-…
Today I learned of the Sky Burial. Utilized in areas such Tibet and Mongolia, corpses are left on mountainsides to be eaten by carrion birds or otherwise decompose. Many who practice it view it as more practical than digging graves and as a way to give back to nature en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky…
Today I learned about Fairy Rings. Naturally-ocurring rings or arcs of fungi that are frequently found in forestal areas, and they also have been formerly linked to witches or the Devil in old folklore or en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
Lizards in areas hit by hurricanes have evolved grippier, bigger toe pads in order to hang on against high winds, even within one generation. Researchers studied 188 anole lizard species in 70 years of hurricane data. In areas spared by hurricanes, lizard toe pads were smaller. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In 1990, a man named Iben Browning predicted a massive earthquake would hit New Madrid, Missouri on December 3rd. The prediction sparked a panic. Schools in 5 states closed, and over 200 media outlets sent reporters to the area. Browning had no seismology expertise, and nothing happened. stltoday.com/news/local/h…
Today I learned about the, Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club. An over 100 year old club of black urban cowboys in the heart of Philadelphia. The tend to horses and teach the youth of the area how to do the same. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
Hetch Hetchy Valley was considered to be as "sublime" as Yosemite Valley by John Muir, but in 1913, President Wilson signed a law that flooded the valley to create a dam that now provides water to the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, people want to drain the reservoir to create a Yosemite 2.0 sfchronicle.com/travel/ar…
The smelliest substance on earth, Tioacetone (CH3)2CS, smells so bad that it can effect areas up to a half-mile in radius. "When it was accidentally made it was followed by cases of vomiting, nausea and unconsciousness in a radius of 0.75 kilometres (0.47 mi) around the laboratory" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
Equifax was started by two grocer brothers that used to document the creditworthiness of their customers, make copies of the list, and sell it to other grocery stores in the area so they could know which customers to extend credit to referenceforbusiness.com/…
Temperature can be used to identify poor or affluent neighbourhoods in cities. This is because trees increase the "albedo" of a district by absorbing/reflecting heat radiation, whilst poorer districts tend to have less trees in public and private spaces than posher areas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urb…
There is an area in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in which scientists have discovered Great White Sharks congregate at every year. They have nicknamed this stretch of ocean "The White Shark Cafe" geographyrealm.com/the-wh…
Today I learned of the Witten Women's Protest. In November 1943, the women of Witten demonstrated against Nazi policies of restricting them to their evacuation areas. Hitler relented in January 1944 and reversed the policy. This was one of the few successful non-violent protest in wartime Nazi Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
Within 24 Hours of The Pearl Harbor Attack, Japan Successfully Invaded the Philippines, the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), Much of New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Guam, and Other Strategic Areas All Over the Western Pacific. britannica.com/topic/Paci…
The largest non-subglacial lake in the world is in Dragon's Breath Cave in Namibia, with an area of almost 2 hectares (5 acres), and the second largest is in Craighead Caverns in Tennessee, United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Und…
Today I learned about Vernon FL, aka Nub City. In the late 1950s to early 60s, two thirds of all insurance claims in the US for accidental loss of limbs were in that area. People were purposefully maiming themselves for the insurance money en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
In the Falklands, an abandoned minefield has accidentally become a penguin sanctuary. The mines were set in the Falklands conflict and have remained there since, keeping humans away. The local Magellanic penguins are too small to set them off and have thrived in the area. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-3…
The area code for Brevard County, Florida, home to the Kennedy Space Center, is 321. This was done deliberately; it is a reference to the countdown heard before every space launch. mynews13.com/fl/orlando/n…
Today I learned about Necrophoresis is a behavior found in social insects – such as ants, bees, wasps, and termites – which carry the dead bodies of members of their colony from the nest or hive area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nec…
Before buses were introduced, school students in rural areas of New Zealand traveled up to 18 miles to school on horseback and stored their horse at school teara.govt.nz/en/horses/p…
A study on drinking alcohol found that the amount of shrinkage in the hippocampus β€” the brain area associated with memory and reasoning β€” was related to the amount people drank. Those who had four or more drinks a day had almost six times the risk of hippocampal shrinkage as did nondrinkers health.harvard.edu/blog/t…
In 1985, an icebreaker ship was used to save 2000 beluga wales which were trapped in a small area by a swath of ice too wide for them to cross under in one breath. The wales did not want to follow the ship through the channel until they started playing classical music over the loudspeakers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
In 1911, architects at Ohio State University wanted to formalize geometric walkways through the Oval area, but lack of funds prevented a prompt execution. Students instead made their own paths based on convenience, which over time became actual paved paths. bizjournals.com/columbus/…
Today I learned about Whipping Tom of 1681, a nickname given to a serial spanker in London. He would wait for an unaccompanied woman, grab her, lift her dress and slap her buttocks whiles shouting "Spanko!" before fleeing. Vigilantes would dress in women's clothing and patrol the areas he was known to operate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Jimi Hendrix was formally discharged from the military due to injury, however, Hendrix’s official discharge request reads: β€œBehavior problems, requires excessive supervision while on duty, little respect for regulations, apprehended masturbating in platoon area while supposed to be on detail.” taskandpurpose.com/histor…
In 2015 Cornell University ran a simulation of an imaginary Zombie outbreak and found most of the US population would turn into Zombies within one week from appearance of the first case, but some remotes areas in Montana and Nevada could remain infection-free for up to one month. ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs…
Tai National Park in CΓ΄te d'Ivoire contains one of the last areas of primary rainforest in West Africa and is a natural reservoir of the Ebola virus. The original tribes of the forest region, for totemic reasons, did not eat chimpanzees and thus preserved the chimpanzee populations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ta%…
Today I learned about β€œpiss pipes” β€” PVC tubes stuck in the ground so soldiers can urinate at a designated area while in the field without overflowing the surface. military.com/undertherada…
It wasn't until 1871 did the city of Washington and the District of Columbia mean the same area. Until then Washington and Georgetown were cities within DC. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
The Unorganized Borough is the large portion of territory that forgoes government structure in Alaska, and it’s size is larger than the land area of the smallest 16 U.S. states combined wikipedia.org/wiki/Unorga…
Golden rice is a variety of rice produced through genetic engineering to biosynthesize beta-carotene. It is intended to be consumed in areas with a shortage of dietary vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency each year is estimated to kill 670,000 children under the age of 5 wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden…
The majority of Russia's land area is essentially uninhabited. maps-russia.com/russia-po…
While crime in Antarctica is relatively rare, prevalent Alcoholism has led to fights and indecent exposure. Other crimes include illicit drug use, torturing and killing wildlife, racing motorbikes through environmentally sensitive areas, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder, and arson en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
A Hilton hotel stands on the house of Islam's first caliph, Abu Bakr. It is one of the many historical and religious sites from early Islamic history that have been ruined or demolished in the area by the Saudi Government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
There is a 795 square mile, trapezoid shaped area of land between Egypt and Sudan called Bir Tawil that is the only piece of unclaimed land in the world outside of Antarcticaβ€”though since 2014, claims have been attempted by an American, an Indian programmer and a Lebanese-American. amusingplanet.com/2018/02…
Zambia's Mweru Wantipa National Park has had no management and protection for several decades, and lacks visitor facilities. Consequently, its wildlife population has been much reduced in recent years, the black rhinoceros is extinct in the area, and unlikely to have elephant and lion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mwe…
In 2019, a lightning storm happened only 300 miles (85Β°N 120Β°E) from the North Pole, making this the farthest north lightning has ever occurred. The 48 strikes hit the surface, which was probably made up of sea ice or areas of open ocean waters mixed with ice. seattletimes.com/nation-w…
Limonene (an extract from citrus peels) was used as an experimental liquid rocket fuel, and blanketed the entire testing area with the smell of lemon oil whenever it was fired. gilesorr.com/blog/ignitio…

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