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…
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…
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…
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-…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
US Army base Fort Bragg is named after an extremely unpopular Confederate General who was considered among the worse commanders and is credited as one of the principal factors in the Confederacy's defeat en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
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…
, certain redwood trees are unable to produce chlorophyll, making them albino. They survive by obtaining sugar through the connections between its roots and those of neighboring normal redwood(s), usually the parent tree from whose base it has sprouted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
A Nuclear Ballistic Missile was almost launched from McConnell Air Force Base in 1980 because a technician loaded the wrong data into a computer. The crew was able to avoid the launch after switching off the main power to the building. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex was a military base that cost over $2 billion and was voted to be decommissioned less than 24 hours after reaching full operational capability. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
If someone tells you to 'relax your tongue' and you start thinking about it and it starts to cramp, say "N". This returns the tongue to neutral position at the base of the top incisors, in addition to returning jaw muscles to neutral position for people with bruxism. aronsonfamilydental.com/t…
Not only were some WW2 PoW’s brought back to the US, any that were unclaimed after they died were buried at the base where they died. As a result, there are two Nazi soldiers buried at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, and their headstones have swastikas on them. mysanantonio.com/news/mil…
In some countries motorways have been specifically designed so if a country's air bases are taken out they can be used as runways for the military. dailymercury.com.au/news/…
Modern chewing/bubble gum base is made of plastics and rubbers youtu.be/2kttVyakHN4?t=28
Harry R. Truman refused to leave his lodge at the base of Mount St. Helens in Washington state despite evacuation orders due to its seismic activity, saying to reporters "If the mountain goes, I'm going with it." He was killed by the pyroclastic flow from the eruption on May 18th, 1980. knkx.org/post/mount-st-he…
Sushi pizza originates from Canada. Th dish was invented by Kaoru Ohsada while working at Nami Japanese Seafood Restaurant chef in Toronto. It uses a fried rice patty as the base and a variety of toppings drizzled with mayonnaise and wasabi powder. The dish is often served in wedges. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sus…
The U.S. has control over an island in the Indian Ocean which it got from the British who took it from Mauritius. It has a base on the island is named 'Footprint of Freedom' and the name of its camp is 'Camp Justice' while original inhabitants of the island are displaced from their homeland youtu.be/e1EymGBTl-A
10 U.S. military bases are named after confederate generals theconversation.com/10-us…
Ruf, a German auto maker who bases their cars on existing Porsche models found popularity in video games as Porsche had an exclusive licensing agreement with EA en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruf…
In 2018 fitness app Strava accidentally revealed the location of several military bases around the world. The app uses GPS to track users activitity, this information was used create a heat map. As many millitary personel used the app, their activity was also shared. bbc.com/news/technology-4…
The philosopher Aristotle wrote in his Poetics (c. 335 BC) that comedy is a representation of inferior people, not indeed in the full sense of the word bad, but the laughable is a species of the base or ugly. It consists in some blunder or ugliness that does not cause pain or disaster perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/…
Negative probability exist and were discovered in 1942. Although highly criticized at first, they are now the bases of quantum mechanics and risk neutral probabilities in finance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neg…
Today I learned about Dr. Rodney Marks, an Australian astrophysicist who died from methanol poisoning while working at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. The cause of the fatal methanol poisoning has never been determined. Forty-nine other people were at the base at the time of Marks' death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Ten years ago (June 2, 2010) baseball pitcher Armando Galarraga nearly became the 21st person to pitch a perfect game. However umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly ruled that opposing team batter Jason Donald reached first base safely on a ground ball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
Today I learned of the Republic XF-84H, the loudest aircraft ever built. Its engine was audible from 22 miles away, and Edwards Air Force Base was worried the noise would break windows in the control tower. The airplane was not popular at Edwards, and is rumored to have caused several miscarriages. airspacemag.com/how-thing…
A fitness tracking app unknowingly revealed locations of secret US army bases. They released a map with over 3 million data points, showing popular running routes. Data shared by soldiers on the app was detailed enough to reveal sensitive information of users on active military service. theguardian.com/world/201…
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Walt Disney Studios was taken over and converted by the U.S. Army into an anti-aircraft base in fears that Japanese bombers would soon reach Los Angeles. It remained the only time a Hollywood studio came under military occupation in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Today I learned about Washing Machine Charlie, a WW2 Japanese pilot who would fly by American bases at night with unsynchronized engines which would wake up the Americans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
Today I learned about "Cargo Cults", which are religions that are formed from natives seeing bases being built in their areas during WW2, after the war ended and everything was abandoned, the natives would try and replicate the soldiers during ceremonies, such as by marching, and signaling planes to land en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned of a French territory in South America called French Guiana, who’s got the 17th best GDP mainly due to its primary income being their rocket-launching base in the capital, Kourou. britannica.com/place/Fren…
In WW2, the first operational jet fighter, the deadly German Me 262s, were too fast for the Allied fighters, so the allies would follow the jets back to their base, then attack them on their landing approach, when they were travelling slowly, and incapable of rapid acceleration. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
In 1975 Otrag, a West-German company, developed cheap transport rockets. The USSR became nervous, and American corporations concerned about low-cost competitors. American media came to use crude Soviet propaganda to sabotage them, making Otrag evicted from their Congolese base (more in comments) astronautix.com/o/otrag.h…
In 1942 a dental surgeon from Pennsylvania USA wrote to the White House suggesting the use of incendiary bombs attached to bats, what ensued was $2 million dollars in research and a burnt down Air Force base. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The US Navy uses dolphins to help it defend the world's largest stock pile of nuclear weapons at naval Base Kitsap. businessinsider.com/the-w…
A newly crafted DNA base pair, an unnatural base pair (UBP), has been used to create a semi-synthetic organism that can make amino acids and proteins not otherwise found in nature ted.com/talks/floyd_e_rom…
When David Miscavige heard that Tom Cruise had a fantasy of running with Nicole Kidman through a meadow full of wildflowers he ordered Sea Org members to plant an area of the desert. It failed to meet expectations and he held the entire base responsible for ruining the romantic idyll en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Today I learned about the Antarctic Snow Cruiser. An impressive 1930's mobile research base that had a short lived, problem riddled expedition on Antarctica before it was abandoned at the start of WWII. Its current location is unknown. hagerty.com/media/automot…
Finland has their own version of baseball with a different layout. Players score runs when they reach 3rd base and score again when they reach home, along with various other different rules. youtu.be/zDrLcPxSBRk
The β€œBASE" in BASE jumping is an acronym that stands for four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: building, antenna, span, and earth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BAS…
Today I learned of the sport of Extreme Ironing. Exponents take ironing boards to extreme locations and iron garments there. Performances have taken place while doing activities such as skiing, surfboarding, diving and marathon running. Two extreme ironers ironed a Union Jack above Everest base camp in 2003. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
Mt. Everest was climbed in 10h 56m by Lakpa Gelu Sherpa, who is said to have left base camp, summitted, and returned in just over 18 hours. thehimalayantimes.com/kat…
The Burj Khalifa was built on sand without bedrock. It is held up by a big concrete slab on its base, that works like a big snow shoe preventing it from sinking. Below it, 194 shafts of concrete were dug into ancient seashell dust, making friction the only thing holding up this skyscraper. youtu.be/sDsNChjaLW8?t=95
In 1973, a Marine pilot took a base helicopter and three crew members without permission to assist New Orleans police officers in fighting a mass shooter atop a downtown building. His actions saved countless lives, and he retired as a Lt General in 1990. nola.com/news/crime_polic…
There used to be a commercial project to establish a permanent manned base on the Moon called the Artemis Project. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
In 1944 Bruce Carr left his base on a mission flying a P-51D Mustang, only to return in a German FW 190. theaviationgeekclub.com/t…
Ice cream must contain 10% dairy milkfat and no more than 100% overrun (amount of air whipped into the base, doubling volume) to prevent unscrupulous manufacturers selling an ice cream product that is mainly air instead of cream. For example, gelato is generally more dense due to 20-30% overrun. brandeating.com/2015/07/e…
Today I learned about the mobile offshore base (MOB) a proposed idea for a super-massive naval ship for performing military operations where regular land bases are not present. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mob…
In 2009 Norway sold a submarine base in the Arctic used by NATO to contain Russia. The company that bought it is suspected of renting it to the Russian military. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ola…
Curry in Japan was introduced in the 1870 through the UK Navy to the Japan Maritime self-defense force base. In those days eating meat was rare in Japan and the curry masked the scent. In the 1920's curry was made available to the public through restaurants and became a staple food in Japan. youtu.be/KdZNdx_lFBU
An alligator can go two years without feeding by burning fat reserves at the base of it's tail. animals.howstuffworks.com…
Girls have more DNA than boys. This is due to the X Chromosome having more base pairs than the Y Chromosome. web.ornl.gov/sci/techreso…
The Egyptian Government has built a military base on top of an unfinished 4th dynasty pyramid belonging to an unknown King, and have used the open shaft as a trash dump for decades. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unf…
An iceberg with a red streak of paint along its base was found on April 15, 1912, close to where the Titanic sank owlcation.com/humanities/…
Today I learned of Sir Douglas Mawson, an Australian who led an expedition to the south pole in 1912. He went on a 3-man sledding team. On the way back to the main base, his two teammates died and most of the equipment was lost. He continued the final 100 miles back alone and survived falling down a crevasse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
The quirks in the French numerical system ("four-twenty-ten-nine") are a legacy of the base 20 numerical system used by the Celtics. The hybridization with the base 10 system came with the Roman conquest of the Gaul. theguardian.com/notesandq…
The US has a submarine base in a lake in Idaho. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
The largest Pyramid in the World is not in Egypt. It's actually located in Puebla, Mexico andis named the Great Pyramid of Cholula. It is an ancient Aztec temple with a base four times larger than Giza's, and nearly twice the volume. It's also hidden in a mountain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
NCAA basketball jerseys are numbered using base-6 to make signalling player numbers with hands easier youtu.be/dNf6cHZoFIo?t=10…
Calling the Apollo 11 landing site "Tranquility Base" was an idea Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had right before their flight. The only person they told in advance was Charles Duke, their designated communication partner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Today I learned of Stacy Lim, a police officer who survived a direct shot to the chest. The bullet nicked the base of her heart, her diaphragm, liver, intestine, and shattered her spleen. She's been ambushed by her car, and still killed the shooter. She resumed work 8 months later. policeone.com/officer-saf…
During the Pyrrhic War, a doctor offered to poison Pyrrhus, but the Romans told him about the plot, writing "the men with whom thou art at war are honorable and just, but that those whom thou trustest are unjust and base." Full letter in comments. penelope.uchicago.edu/Tha…
In 1935 England played Nazi Germany in a friendly game of football at White Hart Lane, the stadium of Tottenham Hotspur, a club which at the time had Jewish supporters making up 1/3 of the fan base fourfourtwo.com/features/…
At the outbreak of WWII - London, England became the base for at least 8 governments-in-exile. These included the government of Belgium, Holland, Norway, Greece, Yugoslavia, Czechslovakia, Poland and Luxembourg. warhistoryonline.com/war-…
Olympus Mons, the tallest known volcano in the solar system, has such a gradual slope that someone standing at the base couldn't see the summit because it's beyond the horizon. wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympu…
The Cuban Missile Crisis began when a CIA operative noticed soccer fields on a Cuban Military Base. β€œCubans play baseball, Russians play soccer” cnn.com/2014/06/05/us/col…
JFK’s PT-109 patrol boat came under attack near the Solomon Islands, and sunk. Swam 3.5 miles to the island. He then etched an SOS message into a coconut shell, asked two natives to deliver it to a nearby base in order to arrange for their rescue. He later turned the shell into a paper weight. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The β€œgum base” listed as an ingredient in most chewing gum is a mixture of synthetic rubbers and plastics. Depending on the type, this makes up between 15% and 30% of the gum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gum…
Today I learned about Operation Chariot. The WWII mission where 611 British Commandos rammed a disguised, explosive laden destroyer, into one of the largest Nazi submarine bases in France filled with 5000 nazis, withdrew under fire, then detonated the boat, destroying one of the largest dry docks in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_…
Hitler planned to make Oxford his European 'base' after he invaded England and as such ordered Oxford not to be bombed. oxfordmail.co.uk/news/171…
Everest is NOT the Tallest mountain in the world. It's the highest mountain above sea level but Hawaii's Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain from its submarine base. businessinsider.com/earth…
The Phillies used to steal signs by electrocuting their third base coach. baseballhistorycomesalive…
Water can react with itself in an ionization reaction to create small amounts of hydroxide (a base) and hydronium (an acid). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sel…
The majority of pearls come not from wild mollusks, but from farms where grafts are inserted into mollusks as a base for the formation of these "cultured" pearls. pearl-guide.com/forum/con…
If you took a tablespoon of the matter that a neutron star is composed of it would weigh around 1 billion tons (900 billion kg), which is approximately the weight of Mt. Everest from base to summit. astronomy.com/magazine/as…
In 1985 the US’s Delta force and Seal Team Six were surrounded (guns drawn) by the Italian Carabinieri after the US forced an airliner to land at an Italian NATO base. This stemmed from the hijacking of an Italian cruise ship and the killing of an American by members of the PLO days earlier en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ach…
Two communities in the US cut all contact with the outside world as the 1918–1920 "Spanish Flu" Pandemic approached them, and were the only two communities known to be completely spared: one was a naval base who were required to comply, the other was a ranching community who all agreed to do it ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The Great Pyramid of Cholula, located in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, is the largest pyramid in the world with a base four times the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
A 14 year old boy in China was killed anally after the gas cylinder in the base of his office chair (the part that allowed the user to adjust the seat up and down) exploded and sent chunks of the metal seat up his rectum, causing him to bleed to death. gizmodo.com/boy-killed-an…
Tree Wells Are Responsible For 20% of All Ski Deaths. A tree well is a void or depression that forms around the base of a tree can and contain a mix of low hanging branches, loose snow and air. mpora.com/snowboarding/tr…
The Beggar's Opera written in 1728 was accused of being a "base form of entertainment". Similar to the way we blame videogames today; the opera was blamed for increasing crime rates and violence, due to the fact that its main characters were prisoners. wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Be…
The UK forcibly removed the island residents of Chagos in the 1950s in order to build a US military base on Diego Garcia and still refuses to allow them to return. historicly.substack.com/p…
Today I learned of Fritz Suhren, a concentration camp commandant. When the allies were close, he took Odette Sansom, an inmate whom he believed to be Churchill's niece, and drove with her to the US base, hoping it would save him. She was in fact a British spy under a false name. He was hanged in 1950 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Today I learned about 10 cent beer night - where stadium goers could by beers for 10 cents a cup and could buy up to six cups at a time, there were lots of streakers, people stealing bases, fireworks shot into dugouts, and a massive brawl between both MLB teams and the Cleveland fans. espn.com/espn/page2/story…
In 1968 the United Kingdom evicted more than 1,000 natives from their home island at the request of the US so that they could build an army base en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
The famous World Heritage site of Babylon’s most recent addition of destruction was by Saddam Hussein who built a fake Babylon honoring himself on top of the ruins. It was further destroyed by US and Polish troops whose base was built on the ruins and ran over artifacts with tanks. theguardian.com/cities/20…
During WWII, there was a unit of Japanese schoolgirls who looked after Kamikaze pilots before they went on suicide missions. Called the Nadeshiko, they were aged between 14-15 and lived and worked on a military base with the men, preparing meals and befriending them before they went to die. japantimes.co.jp/culture/…
American bases in Europe during WWII were named after well-known cigarette brands for both security and soldiers' comfort en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cig…
Truman didn’t even know the atomic bombs would be used on civilians and was originally happy after receiving news that the β€œMilitary Base” Hiroshima had been destroyed courant.com/opinion/edito…
Olympus Mons on Mars, the tallest known mountain in the solar system, is so large at its base that an observer on its peak wouldn’t know he was standing on a mountain because its slope would be obscured by the curvature of the planet itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
Today I learned of the Evangelos Florakis Naval Base explosion that was so large it destroyed a power station 500m away. It involved 92 shipping container of munitions that had been seized. The Cypriot government had turned down offers to dispose of the munitions from Germany, the UK and the US. wikipedia.org/wiki/Evange…
The US planned to use Bat Bombs in World War II. During testing, armed experimental bats escaped and set fire to the Carlsbad Army Airfield Auxiliary Air Base in New Mexico, just as they were designed to be used in war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
If you clap your hands at the base of a Chichen Itza pyramid, it makes a β€œbird” sound. youtu.be/WaLRMq8sgYM
Missile bases/silos are sold to the public and often re-purposed into homes. missilebases.com/
There is an Antarctic cuisine. That consists of pemmican, sledging biscuits and hoosh. The qualities of high nutritional density, being long lasting and being physically resilient made it an ideal foodstuff for the early Antarctic explorers to use away from base. coolantarctica.com/school…
CHEP, the pallet rental company, was formed in 1945 by the Australian government after the US Army abandoned millions of blue pallets at the military bases they were using during WW2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CHE…
The first Zildjian cymbals were created in 1618 by Avedis Zildjian, an alchemist who was looking for a way to turn base metal into gold. He made an alloy of tin, copper, and silver into a sheet of metal, which could make musical sounds without shattering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ave…

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