Today I learned about "Homegrown National Park," an effort to encourage Americans to plant as many native plants as possible everywhere on their property to help bring back the continent's biodiversity smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned of a couple who received a $31.5mil settlement after unreported hail damage repair on their car resulted in a collision safety failure, trapping them in an inferno that ended in 4th degree burns. The body shop responsible glued the roof back on instead of welding to OEM specifications. repairerdrivennews.com/20…
The only U.S. Secret Service officer killed protecting a president is Leslie Coffelt. Shot three times in the abdomen, he fired one round and hit Truman's attempted assassin in the back of the head from 31 feet away with his revolver. wtop.com/gallery/white-ho…
In several Chinese cities, there is a service called "jam-busting". Drivers in traffic jams who need to get somewhere urgently call for a couple of people to show up on a motorbike. One stays with your car, and the other puts you on the back of the bike, and blasts off through and around the jam theglobeandmail.com/globe…
I learned that over 76% (~$13b) of money lost in the Bernie Madoff Scandal has been recovered and paid back to investors cnbc.com/2018/12/10/the-s…
Today I learned of king penguin, Lala who was injured and nursed back to health in Japan. He didn't leave so the family adopted him and lived in a air-conditioned room. He walked around the neighborhood and got himself fishes from the store. He lived with the family for 10 years before dying of old age in 1996. youtu.be/11xs9mFKObs
John Stark, an unpaid rescuer of the Donner Party, refused to leave any of the 9 dying survivors, mostly children, behind (unlike his paid partners who just grabbed one kid each and left). He carried 2-3 at a time, then went back and repeated the process. All 9, and Stark, survived. donnersummithistoricalsoc…
The desk used by many presidents of the United States was named β€œResolute Desk” because it was made from pieces of wood of the HMS Resolute, a English ship discovered by an American in Artica, repaired and sent back to England as a sign of friendship between the two countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
Linda Blair fractured her spine whilst filming The Exorcist (1973), later suffering from scoliosis. Linda was rigged to a mechanical bed that shook her so-violently; she broke her back. The shot was used in the final film and her screams of pain were real. hudsonvalleyscoliosis.com…
An average silver back can deadlift 1800 lb and their grip can crush a crocodile's skull | They are 4 to 9 times stronger than an average human male. animalwised.com/how-stron…
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…
In 1896, Auburn students greased the train tracks leading in and out of the local station. When Georgia Tech's train came into town, it skidded through town and didn't stop for five more miles. The GT football team had to make the trek back to town, then went on to lose, 45-0. thewareaglereader.com/201…
The Netherlands loaned 2,5 million dollars to John Adams, who was the ambassador to NL back in 1782. This was done in order to stabilize the US after their war of independence finished. In today's value that would be a loan of roughly 150 billion dollars. nlintheusa.com/holland-lo…
The United States gave cherry tree cuttings back to Japan in 1952 because the parent stock was struggling from neglect during WWII smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Almost all of the vanilla produced in today’s world is pollinated by hand utilizing a technique developed by an enslaved boy back in 1841. clevelandcivilwarroundtab…
Spanish porn star Nacho Vidal was born into a very wealthy family. However, most of the family's wealth was lost on Black Monday, the stock market crash of 1987. In 2005, using his porn star income, Vidal bought back the mansion his family used to own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nac…
When the film "Yesterday" (about a world where the Beatles only existed in one musician's memory) was released, Paul McCartney and his wife crept into a theater, with Paul disguising himself with a hat and sunglasses, and watched it from the back row, trying not to laugh when he was mentioned people.com/music/paul-mcc…
The legendary Athenian herald Pheidippides ran 40 km from Marathon to Athens AFTER spending the previous two days running from Marathon to Sparta and back, a round-trip distance of 240 km! Arriving at Athens, he shouted "νικῢμΡν!" ("We win!") and died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phe…
The Hindu Festival of Diwali or Deepavali is celebrated across India around the same days, but different parts of India have different back stories, but with common theme, victory of Good over Evil and Light over Darkness. Overall, Diwali is celebrated as Festival of Lights. Happy Diwali Folks!! kids.nationalgeographic.c…
Staff at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica have an annual tradition of back-to-back viewings of The Thing from Another World (1951), The Thing (1982), and The Thing (2011) after the last flight has left for the winter io9.gizmodo.com/these-sou…
In 1992, popular British electronic band The KLF fired machine gun blanks at their audience at the BRIT Awards, dumped a dead sheep at the afterparty, retired from the music industry, and deleted their back catalogue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A 9,000 year old skeleton found inside a cave in Cheddar, England, has a living relative was teaching history only a 1/2 mile away, tracing back nearly 300 generations. independent.co.uk/news/th…
Waving arms and screaming are not signs of drowning, but of aquatic distress. Actual drowning is often β€œquieter”; no call for help, no waving arms, just an upright body and head tilted back. Thus many people fail to recognize when a person is actually drowning. globalrescue.com/common/b…
In 1984, J.R.R. Tolkien's book "The Hobbit" was adapted as a TV movie in the Soviet Union. It was titled "The Fabulous Journey of Mr. Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit, Across the Wild Land, Through the Dark Forest, Beyond the Misty Mountains. There and Back Again" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A Florida man heard purring coming from his parked truck; he ended up using sheet metal cutters to peel back a portion of his truck to reveal a kitten. The Humane Society helped him coax the kitten out. When the public heard about it, several people offered to help pay to repair his truck. cnn.com/2014/06/13/living…
When Peter the Great became Czar as a child, a hole was cut in the back of his throne and the regent hid inside and whispered orders into his ear so it could appear he was coming up with them on his own en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Vlad III (the Impaler, Dracula) once impaled 20,000 Ottoman soldiers before he had to abandon the Wallachian capital of TΓ’rgoviΘ™te. Upon arriving and seeing the bodies, the Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed II ordered his army to retreat back. findingdulcinea.com/news/…
Today I learned of Feculent Vomiting, in which a person vomits up fecal contents. It is can occur when the bowel is obstructed and as the intestines try to contract, it pushes the feces back up the esophageal tract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fec…
The use of cakes to celebrate special events goes back to Ancient Greece, where moon shaped cakes were adorned with candles in the Temple of Artemis. It wasn’t till the Industrial Revolution that new techniques made them widely available and associated with the celebration of a child’s birth. hankeringforhistory.com/t…
When you trace their evolution back 47 million years, most of the world's bird species come from what is modern-day Australia. pnas.org/content/116/16/7…
The female Surinam Toad carry her eggs on her back and her skin grows over the eggs. The eggs hatch and go through the tadpole phase under her skin. They emerge from her skin as fully formed mini toads after 3-4 months. marybatessciencewriter.co…
As Apollo 8 was on its way back to Earth, astronaut Jim Lovell accidentally erased some of the guidance computer's memory, leading the computer to think the spacecraft's current orientation was what it had been on the launchpad. He would spend the next 25 minutes correcting it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
2 donkeys that have been together for 10 years at a zoo in Poland were separated after a local politician and parents complained about them mating in front of children. Experts weighted in and a petition to rejoin them got 7,000 signatures so the zoo put them back together. thestar.com/news/world/20…
Sylvester Stallone had to sell his dog, Butkus, to get food. He initially sold Butkus for $40, but bought him back for $15 000 huffpost.com/entry/see-sy…
The reason Jonathan Frakes has a distinctive way of sitting (known as the Riker maneuver) on The Next Generation is because he injured his back working as a furniture mover. This is also why he leans on chairs and consoles, or has one leg propped up on something. themarysue.com/riker-sits…
US cotton exports were so cheap and competitive that they bankrupted the Egyptian economy back in the 1800s smithsonianmag.com/histor…
That there is a squid that eliminates it's own shadow. It uses a combination of light detectors on its back and bioluminescent bacteria in it's gut controlled by a 'shutter' to perfectly match the brightness of the moon and stars above the water youtu.be/Ie4Y4CODDuo?t=8m
The red-eye effect in pictures is literally blood in our eyes. If a picture is taken when our pupils are dilated, they don't have enough time to constrict and the light reflects off the blood in the back of our eyes. yalescientific.org/2011/0…
In 2009, a Latvian company offered short-term loans of up to $500, with the clients signing their immortal soul as collateral. The company said they wouldn't employ debt collectors to get its money back: "If they don’t give it back, what can you do? They won’t have a soul, that’s all" fr.reuters.com/article/us…
The Byzantine Emperor Basi II, or Basi the Bulgar Slayer, after the Battle of Kleidion, put captured Bulgarians into groups of one-hundred, and left ninety-nine of each group blind. The latter of whom was captured and left with only one eye, and had to lead the blind group back home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bli…
Today I learned about Zheng He, a 14th c. Muslim Chinese admiral who expanded Ming China's influence to places as far as modern-day Kenya and Brunei; he also fought and won a land war against Sri Lanka, taking the Sri Lankan king back with him to China so that he could apologize to the Emperor directly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhe…
The guitar Marty McFly rocks in 1955 in Back to the Future wasn't created until 1958 guitarworld.com/gear/mart…
In 2014 Korean Air vice president Heather Cho was so angry about receiving macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a plate, she forced the plane to taxi back to gate and unload the offending flight attendant. "Nutgate" ended up costing her 5 months in jail en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut…
The woman whose voice is heard in the intro of β€œBaby Got Back” (β€œOh. My God. Becky, look at her butt”) is actress Amylia Rivas, who is black. king5.com/mobile/article/…
Some leaf cutter ants grow antibiotics on their backs so that when their nests get infected with microbes they roll on it to kill bacteria. This new discovery is helping doctors and researchers stop the current antibiotic crisis. news.ncsu.edu/2018/02/ant…
Kevin Bacon went from being horrified about the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon to creating a charity to use his celebrity status to help local charities. Back in 2012 he gave a TEDx talk about it. youtu.be/n9u-TITxwoM
The origins of NASCAR racing go back to the prohibition era when moonshine runners would upgrade their vehicles in order to outrun authorities while leaving the vehicles looking ordinary so as not to attract attention. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
, The Anti-Work Movement is a philosophy that sees work as the cause of unhappiness, and should therefore be avoided. Although associated with anarchists and communists today, its roots can we traced back to the Ancient Greek Cynics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ref…
Experimental jet-engined trains were actually a thing back in the 1960s. The Black Beetle reached a speed of 183.68 mph, an American rail speed record that still stands today. youtube.com/watch?v=1m1p1…

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