If funding remained at 1969 Apollo mission levels, NASA planned to develop such elements as a lunar orbit station in 1978, a lunar surface base in 1980, and a manned mission to Mars in 1981 or 1983 thespacereview.com/articl…
In 1997 a series of Ponzi schemes run by the Albanian government collapsed. 2/3rds of the citizenry were invested. This lead to mass protests. And the formation of gangs, who took control of entire cities. These gangs siezed weapons from military bases, and started a full blown civil war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
In 1975, Sean Connery co-wrote a script for a Bond film called "Warhead". It features Spectre, from a secret base in the Statue of Liberty, launching an attack on NYC. Robotic hammerhead sharks, armed with nuclear weapons, are sent into the city’s sewers to wreak destruction as they explode oneroomwithaview.com/2015…
On August 24, 2001, Air Transat Flight 236 lost all of its fuel in mid air, the captain(a glider pilot) then proceeded to glide the Airbus A330, with 306 occupants, without any power, for 19 minutes, covering some 120 km, until landing hard at Lajes Air Base with 0 casualties en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
The Fez is thought to have originated as a base for wrapping a turban. Praying with a turban was difficult, and so was removed but the Fez remained in place. Eventually, turbans lost popularity completely, but the Fez remained. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fez…
90's band Ace of Base only got worldwide fame due to their demo tape getting stuck in a producers car stero resulting in him listening to it repeatedly and realizing the songs potential. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ace…
In 1938 nazi Germany began an expedition to challenge Norwegian claims in Antarctica, primarily for control of whale oil; a hotly desired commodity for the production of margarine. The story has since developed into a conspiracy theory about secret nazi ice bases supported by alien technology youtube.com/watch?v=Rs0Za…
The United States had a plan to bomb Japan from China endorsed by President Roosevelt over a year before the attack on Pearl Harbor. The attack would have been led by Claire Chennault, and only didn’t occur because there weren’t any Chinese bases close enough to reach the Japanese archipelago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
USA built a nuclear base in Greenland, without consent, which it later abandoned en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
An outbreak of the common cold occurred at an Antarctic base after seventeen weeks of complete isolation ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Denali mountain in Alaska is both the tallest mountain in North America, and taller than Mount Everest measuring from base to summit. Everest reaches a higher altitude however, since it’s on a ~17,000’ plateau. lastfrontier.org/faq-dena…
The Mayan people constructed the temples in a way that a handclap at the base of the temple produces an echo that sounds like the call of the sacred Quetzal bird. For them the bird was a messenger of the gods. io9.gizmodo.com/heres-how…
[] the base of bubblegum is made from synthetics, plastics, and rubber. youtube.com/watch?v=j893F…
Redwoods, despite their incredible height, have shallow root systems. Their stability is due to the roots extending over 100 feet from the base and that they intertwine with roots of other redwoods. parks.ca.gov/?page_id=222…
A ternary computer is a computer that uses ternary logic (three possible values) instead of the more popular binary system ("Base 2") in its calculations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
Ancient Babylonians did math in base 60 instead of base 10. That's why we have 60 seconds in a minute and 360 degrees in a circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
A tame and friendly Beluga whale speculated to be an escaped Russian spy was released from a harness in Norway by villagers in 2019 and has lived there ever since. Russia didn't confirm or deny this claim, but said the nearby naval base made it a possibility. He's still alive and well. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
There an undersea base called the Aquarius Reef Base. It is used for undersea study, as well as by NASA to simulate space travel. Researchers will spend weeks at a time living there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqu…
Today I learned about Goran Kropp. He rode a bicycle 6,000 miles from Stockholm to the base of Mount Everest in 1996 with his mountain equipment, successfully climbed it solo and without bottled oxygen, and then cycled back home. theguardian.com/world/200…
Malbolge, a programming language named after the eighth circle of hell in Dante's Inferno, was specifically designed to be almost impossible to use, via base-three arithmetic and self-altering code. It took two years for the first Malbolge program to appear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
The TnO2, the white base pigment for most paints, is also sunblocker piedmont.org/living-bette…
The inventor of the Lava Light, an accountant, originally didn't envision his product associating with groovy psychedelic hippie culture. An ad for them in the straight-laced American Bar Association Journal pitched an "executive" desk version mounted on a walnut base beside a ballpoint pen. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
The Rhind Mathematical Papyrus contains Math Questions about Pyramids. E.g.: Find the height of a pyramid with a given slope and base length. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhi…
The 8 largest prime numbers currently known are all numbers that are one less than a power of two. The current largest one is 2^(82,589,933) βˆ’ 1, a number which has 24,862,048 digits when written in base 10. If it was saved to disk, the resulting text file would be nearly 25 megabytes long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Tlachihualtepetl, a giant pyramid hidden inside a mountain in modern-day Mexico, is the world's largest monument, with a base four times the size of the Great Pyramid at Giza bbc.com/future/article/20…
A study of 11 years of Base Jumping showed each jump carried a 1 in 2,317 chance of dying, compared to 1 in 101,083 for sky diving. The chances an individual base jumper will die in a year (annual fatality risk per person) is even higher: 1 in 60, and 72% had witnessed death or serious injury. telegraph.co.uk/men/activ…
.....Lt. Thomas Selfridge was the first person to die in an airplane crash, when the Wright Flyer Model A he was onboard suffered an in-flight engine failure. Selfridge National Guard base near Detroit MI is named in his honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
The kilogram, despite having a prefix, is the base unit in the SI system as opposed to the gram. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
During WWII JFK was stranded in the solomon islands, and ended up carving a message into a coconut, that a native delivered to the nearest US base and saved his life smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Scientists predict that there are over three billion base pairs of DNA in human genes and over 25,000 genes in the human genome. An entire copy of that genome exists in each of the 10 trillion cells in the human body. readersdigest.ca/culture/…
Most Modern Chewing Gums, are made from polyethylene and polyvinyl acetate. Plastic Polymers that are commonly used to create Grocery Bags, & Plastic Bottles. These ingredients are considered Trade Secrets & are generally listed in the Ingredients under the description 'Gum Base.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
In 1953, Henry V's grave was opened. They discovered he shared a grave with Richard Courtenay, leading to speculation that they were lovers. However Courtenay's grave was found in the base of Henry's chantry and could have been disturbed when the King's memorial was built. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
In the ancient world, people used a base one handed count to 12 instead of today's standard of 10 on two hands for counting each finger. The thumb was used to point to and count each joint on their fingers where they bend for a total of twelve. It began in Sumer in the 3rd millennium BC. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
There is a McDonald's in the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. The restaurant is only accessible to the base's personnel and the chain says it has no plans to open any other branches in Cuba. edition.cnn.com/2014/02/1…
The Burj Khalifa (world's tallest building) is so tall that you can watch the sunset from the base of the building, get to the top and watch the sunset again. meridian.net/united-arab-…
Today I learned about Aleksey Maresyev, a double amputee Russian fighter pilot in WWII. In 1942 his plane was shot down and his legs were so badly injured, he crawled for 18 days to return to the base where his legs were amputated. Despite that he returned to flying by 1943 and completed over 80 air combats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Our species is continuing to evolve in 3 ways: natural selection (by which many are adapting to malaria and high altitudes), random mutations (increasingly likely as more older males become fathers), and a mysterious genetic repair tool that biases eggs and sperm to C and G bases over A or T. theconversation.com/human…
The inventor of the sewing machine had a dream where cannibals were going to cook him. In the dream their spears had holes at the tip that they raised up and down. This inspired him for the breakthrough of the machine, putting a hole at the tip instead of the base. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Oval Office's current desk, a gift from Queen Victoria, was modified by FDR who had a carved front panel added to hide his leg braces. It has also been raised with a base because presidents from JFK to Reagan kept banging their knees against the underside. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
During the combat debut of the Sidewinder Air-to-air Missile in 1958, a missile wedged into its target but failed to explode, allowing the hit plane to return to base and the Soviets to reverse-engineer it. Named the R-3S Missile, it even featured identical part numbers to the captured missile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIM…
Today I learned about Slab City, a make-shift community on the remains of a former Marine base, used most commonly as a Winter retreat for RV owners and squatters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
Grammy-winning reggae artist Shaggy served in the United States Marine Corps from 1988-1991 and was deployed to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. He reached the rank of Lance Corporal, but was later demoted for returning to base late from a weekend trip to his music studio militarytimes.com/off-dut…
Today I learned about the Seneca white deer herd. They are not albino, but are completely white. Located in upstate New York, the herd exists after several deer with a recessive trait were isolated by a fence on a large army base. There are currently several hundred of them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sen…
From 1968 to 1973, the British evicted the entire population of the Chagos islands to allow the United States to build a military base on Diego Garcia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
Today I learned about Fort Alexander, a man made island off the coast of St Petersburg, used as a plague research base in the early 1900's. Oh, and the occasional Rave. atlasobscura.com/places/f…
Several years ago there was somehow a common cold outbreak at a research base in Antarctica after 17 weeks of complete isolation. No cause was found. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The Strava fitness app gave away the location of secret US army bases theguardian.com/world/201…
Production of Akira Kurosawa's classic, Throne of Blood, was threatened by a severe staff shortage. Luckily, a nearby base of US Marines volunteered to helped build the set. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
Lundy island, just 3 miles off the coast of England, was a pirate base for 20 years in the 16th century and was invaded by France, Spain and Turkish pirates during the 17th century devonperspectives.co.uk/l…
Technically speaking five nations have military bases on U.S. soil: The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, The U.K. and Singapore. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…

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