When people in the UK talk about eating β€œbaked beans on toast”, they’re not referring to the US-style baked beans that consist of a brown sugar base. They have a completely different style of baked beans with a tomato base. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bak…
All beaches in Hawaii, outside of military bases, are public. Landowners are even required to maintain public access paths to the beach in front of their property. exoticestates.com/blog/20…
Montreal Expos player Tim Raines had such a bad cocaine habit in 1982, that he would slide head first running the bases, in order to not break the cocaine vials he had in his back pocket. sportscasting.com/mlb-gre…
Today I learned of Operation Tracer, a plan to seal six members of the British Navy in a cave to monitor the Germans if they took over the Gibraltar base and tunnel system. One of the few involved and aware of the project was Ian Fleming, the author of James Bond. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The world’s largest compass rose is located near Edwards Airforce base in California, USA in a dry lake bed to help pilots with malfunctioning equipment to orient themselves over the featureless landscape. atlasobscura.com/places/w…
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…
The huge underground secret bunker located at Mt. Weather, VA, intended to house the Government in case of a nuclear war, was disclosed to the public when TWA Flight 514 slammed into the mountain close to the entrance of the base in 1974. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
The space shuttles were secured to the launch pad by nothing but eight giant explosive bolts at the base of the solid rocket boosters until the SRB's were ignited for flight. heroicrelics.org/cosmosph…
There are secret bunkers all over the UK that were to be used as resistance bases if Germany had been successful with Operation Sealion the invasion of Britain.The special units only had a projected life expectancy of just twelve days. bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-3794…
Today I learned of Jan Davis, who protested the banning of BASE jumping at national parks due to safety concerns, by BASE jumping off El Capitan. Her parachute failed to open and she died. hcn.org/issues/47.12/deat…
Notable pirates such as Blackbeard and Benjamin Hornigold united themselves under a "Republic of Pirates" which wreaked havoc across the Caribbean. Their island base of Nassau was recaptured after being without a Governor for 12 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
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…
In 1994, students in Kaktovik, Alaska created a new system of numerals to reflect the way counting is done in their language: in base 20. The system is relatively easy to learn and even makes basic math easier. It has since been widely adopted in Inupiaq communities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kak…
The Curse of the Bambino refers to the championship drought of the Boston Red Sox from 1918-2004 which stemmed from the sale of Babe Ruth to the NY Yankees in 1920. Attempts to break the "curse" included placing a Red Sox cap on the top of Mt Everest and burning a Yankees cap at base camp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
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…
Today I learned about John Bulkeley, who evacuated MacArthur from the Philippines, recruited JFK into the Navy, and tested security on the base he commanded by dressing up as a ninja and sneaking around at night en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
, in 1959, the submarine USS Barbero fired a nuclear-capable cruise missile carrying 3000 letters towards a naval base in Mayport, Florida, as part of the Post Office Department's plan of testing the capabilities of 'missile mail' popularmechanics.com/flig…
The tallest mountain from base to summit is not Mt. Everest but instead Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii; Everest stands 29,035 feet (8850 m) above sea level but Mauna Kea is ~33,500 feet (~10211 m) tall with over half of its height underwater oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
The Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York, and other long suspension bridges like it, are built with the curvature of the earth in mind. The two towers are 41 mm farther apart at the top than at the base, which makes the bridge not fall over. flatearth.ws/verrazano-na…
Momotaro, Sacred Sailors is the first feature length Japanese anime and was made in 1945 during WW2. The film is a war propaganda film featuring cute stuffed animals conquering a British military base and teaching natives the Japanese alphabet. latimes.com/entertainment…
In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang's flying bison Appa was captured and imprisoned at Lake Laogai, which served as the base of operations for the Dai Li. "Laogai" is the short for "LΓ‘odΓ²ng GaizΓ o", which literally means "reform through labour", a term used for real prison camps in China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lao…
John Kluge, as Chairman of MetroMedia, was the Richest Man in America in 1987. During WW II, the German born Kluge served as an interrogator at a secret military base that processed high ranking Germans, including those who were part of Operation Paper Clip, including Werner Von Braun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Relics of Forbes Field, the demolished former stadium of the Pittsburgh Pirates, remain in (approximately) their original locations in middle of University of Pittsburgh's campus. The relics include an outfield wall and home base encased in the floor of a classroom building. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Rooibos, often used as a base in non-caffeinated herbal tea, is found only in South Africa and is actually a legume. teatulia.com/tea-varietie…
NCAA basketball players’ numbers are required to be base 6 so that referees can signal the two numbers with fingers on each hand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sen…
The star-shaped base of the Statue of Liberty was originally a fort built to defend against the British. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
Issac Newton was a firm believer in alchemy and studied for years to find a method to create the substance known as the Philosophers Stone, which could apparently turn base metals into gold. discovermagazine.com/the-…
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…
Today I learned of the duodecimal or dozenal system, a base-12 system for numbers which some argue is better fit to be our main numerical structure than base-10 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duo…
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…
Today I learned of the unit of measurement of length called the Hand (abbreviated h or hh), which measures 4 inches and is used to calculate the height of horses in English-speaking countries. The subdivisions of the Hand are in base 4, so 30 inches would equal 7 hands and 2 inches, or 7.2 hands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
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…
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…
Alexander Selkirk, the bases for Robinson Crusoe survived 4 years on an island where nightly he was attacked by rats but solved this by domesticating feral cats. One day he fell off a cliff hunting goats and landed on his prey, sparing him a broken back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
One out of every 200 people have an extra rib, known as the cervical rib. The rib forms above the base of the neck, into a fully-formed bony rib, or a thin strand of tissue fibers that in some cases doesn’t even show up on an x-ray. flushinghospital.org/news…
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…
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…
Today I learned about the Hawaiin volcano Mauna Kea, the tallest peak in the state. It is the tallest mountain in the world if measured from it's underwater base, can receive snowfall in the winter, and is believed to have a small area of permafrost. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mau…
An aerodynamic wind tunnel was installed at the base of the Eiffel tower in 1909. The tunnel was used to carryout out thousands of tests, including those on Wright Brothers airplanes and Porsche automobiles. The tower had a laboratory used by scientists to study meteorology, physiology. history.com/news/10-thing…
A treatment option for constant acid reflux can be a ring of magnets around the base of the esophagus that opens when you swallow and closes otherwise to hold back the acid. medicalpolicy.hcsc.net/me…
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…
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…
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…
An outbreak of the common cold occurred at an Antarctic base after seventeen weeks of complete isolation ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The US Navy operated a base in Newfoundland Canada from 1941 until 1994 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nav…
Last major news item to be delivered to the world by runner was the climbing of Mt. Everest by Norgay and Hillary. This necessitated the message to be encoded β€” "Snow conditions bad stop advanced base abandoned yesterday stop awaiting improvement". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
With 150 billion base pairs and 40 chromosomes, the Japanese Canopy Plant is the largest known genome (the most DNA) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
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 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…
USA built a nuclear base in Greenland, without consent, which it later abandoned en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…

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