Bill Gates had an arrangement with Melinda that he and his ex-girlfriend, Ann Winblad, could keep one vacation tradition alive. Every spring, as they have for more than a decade, Gates spends a long weekend with Winblad at her beach cottage. content.time.com/time/mag…
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…
The oldest animal (at least, the oldest whose age has been identified) was a 507 year-old clam that washed up on the beach in Iceland. Researchers, not realizing how old the clam was, killed it while they were examining it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
In 1970, an LSD group called the Brotherhood dropped 25,000 doses of LSD on revelers attending a three day Birthday Party for Jeaus Christ in Laguna Beach bbc.com/culture/article/2…
Omaha Beach sand is up to 4% microscopic iron fragments from D-Day scitechdaily.com/microsco…
In 1803, a UFO-shaped object reportedly washed ashore in Japan. According to legend, a young woman arrived on the beach, aboard the ship. She could not speak Japanese and did not look like anyone else there. Some ufologists claim this as evidence of a close encounter with extra-terrestrial life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uts…
In Iceland men would have to to lift a 100 kg stone to hip height to qualify to work on a fishing boat. Some of the original stones still sit on the beach at DjΓΊpalΓ³nssandur. This tradition became the inspiration for lifting the Ardblair Stones in Scotland, Iceland, and Wales. theworldsstrongestman.com…
After Chuck Berry accused Brian Wilson of stealing the melody of "Sweet Little Sixteen" for "Surfin' USA", the Beach Boys' manager gave Berry the copyright to the tune. He didn't tell the members of the band, however, who learned 25 years later that they weren't getting royalties from the song. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Juno Beach was originally going to named Jelly Beach, but Churchill disapproved of the name, finding it to be undignified "for a beach on which so many men might die". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun…
Japanese General Tadamichi Kuribayashi specifically ordered his army not to oppose the beach landing on Iwo Jima for the first hour to allow the beaches to crowd up with Marines so that they could then inflict maximum casualties. youtu.be/rm4kDR9qMpk
Australia has 10,685 beaches. If you visited one beach per day, it would take you more than 32 years to see them all. australia.com/en-gb/thing…
One of the annual public Christmas celebrations on the Hawaiian islands is the highly anticipated arrival of Santa Claus being conveyed on an outrigger canoe at WaikΔ«kΔ« Beach. This tradition is 14 years old, and generally Santa is met by cheering crowds, hula dancers and musicians. hawaiimagazine.com/watch-…
Today I learned about Hoshizuna no Hama ('Star Sand Beach') on the Japanese island of Taketomi-jima, where the grains of sand are shaped like tiny stars. They're actually exoskeletons of tiny one-celled organisms called 'Baclogypsina sphaerulata' atlasobscura.com/places/t…
I learned the first American soldier to land on the beach durning the invasion of Normandy was shot twice and not only survived, but lived to be 90 years old. baltimoresun.com/features…
The album cover of the Beach Boys Pet Sounds was shot at the San Diego Zoo youtube.com/watch?v=PlmQg…
The band Chicago is the second most successful American rock band of all time (topped by the Beach Boys) in terms of both albums and singles on the Billboard charts. allmusic.com/artist/chica…
There's a beach in FinistΓ¨re polluted since 1983 by Garfield telephones coming out of a sunk container theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned of the Helen, a unit of measurement based on Helen of Troy. She was known as "the face that launched a thousand ships", therefore 1 milliHelen is the amount of beauty needed to launch a single ship. The negative Helen is the power to beach ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
The Beach Boys made it up. There is no place called Kokomo off the Florida Keys. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kok…
While the Beach Boys sang a lot of songs about surfing, only one member of the band, Drummer Dennis Wilson, could actually surf. surfertoday.com/surfing/d…
9,000 Fallen Soldiers Were Etched into the Sand on Normandy Beach to Commemorate Peace Day in 2013. This Was Meant As A Stark Visual Reminder Of The Civilians, Germans And Allied Forces Who Died During The D-Day Beach Landings At Arromanches thisiscolossal.com/2013/0…
The beaches of Guarapari in Brazil are naturally radioactive. The beaches contain high levels of monzite, which contain uranium and thorium The background radiation is 161 times the background for most places in the U.S. For daily beach goers, this amount is well-above safe levels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
The 'beach ball' or 'wait' cursor on the Mac is originally from the NeXT line of computers and represents a spinning optical drive. These drives were slow, so users often saw the cursor. Originally black and white, it was later updated to reflect the bright rainbow surface of optical disks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
In 1948-1958, a man wore 30lb, 3 toed lead shoes and stomped around a Florida beach during the night, leading people to believe there was a 15ft tall penguin roaming their lands. The hoax was only revealed 40 years later. tampabay.com/features/hum…
Since 2007, at least 20 detached human feet have been found on the coasts of the Salish Sea in BC, Canada, and Washington, US. Prior to the recent rush of feet washing ashore, there have been earlier instances, such as a leg in a boot that was found on a Vancouver beach in 1887. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Jairo Mora Sandoval, a 26 year old who dedicated his life to protecting leatherback sea turtle nests from poachers on Moin beach in Costa Rica. Him and volunteers, would collects the eggs and guard them in a hatchery. On May 30, 2013, he was kidnapped and murdered. outsideonline.com/1920831…
The Beach Boys stole "Surfin' USA" from Chuck Berry's song "Sweet Little Sixteen" mentalfloss.com/article/9…
After shooting the iconic album cover of The Beach Boys β€œPet Sounds” at the San Diego Zoo, they got banned for life after one of the band members supposedly bounced a carrot off a tiger’s head. patch.com/california/san-…
A four-year-old girl discovered an extremely well preserved 220 million-year-old dinosaur footprint at a beach in Wales. According to a local paleontologist, the creature probably stood about 29.5 inches tall, was about 8 feet long and walked on its two hind feet. nbcnews.com/news/weird-ne…
In 1965 the future Canadian prime minister John Turner was vacationing in Barbados when he noticed someone struggling in rough surf at the beach; being a strong swimmer, he instinctively entered the water and unknowingly saved the life of former Canadian PM John Diefenbaker. collectionscanada.gc.ca/p…
More than half of the original Venice Beach Canals were filled in with concrete and turned into roads in 1929, due to the rise in popularity of the car. This reduced the canal count from 13 to 6, making the current overall area of the canals 3-4 times smaller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
Hundreds of Neanderthal footprints made 80,000 years ago, 90% from children as young as two, were found on a beach in Le Rozel France smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In May 2006, the tailfin of an F-14 Tomcat washed up on a beach in Ireland. It was discovered to have come from an aircraft that had crashed 4,900 miles away during a training flight in the Gulf of Mexico 3 1/2 years earlier. anft.net/f-14/f14-serial-…
Sunny Isles Beach in Florida has more skyscrapers over 150m than Pittsburgh, PA, despite having 1/15th of the population en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
A man known only as "Django" drove his own boat out & freed a whale caught in a shark net off an Australian beach (without cutting the net). Before taking action, Django had waited hours for help from officials who had been called; when officials arrived, he faced a fine for acting alone. bbc.com/news/world-austra…
In the past few years, at the same time that the NFL's "Super Bowl" is being played, the Aquarium of the Pacific (in the Californian city of Long Beach) holds the "Otter Bowl", with the otters playing with footballs made from frozen clams nbclosangeles.com/the-sce…
James Cook, the famed 18th century British explorer, was killed on the beach in Hawaii after he tried to kidnap the island's monarch, KalaniʻōpuΚ»u. hawaiihistory.org/index.c…
Today I learned of the SS Monte Carlo. A concrete ship that, in 1932 was anchored in international waters off California and was a destination for gambling and prostitution during prohibition. She was grounded during a storm in 1937 and has remained on the beach ever since, frequently buried in the sands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Today I learned of RenΓ© Duchez alias RenΓ© Β« le con Β» who stole the Atlantic Wall’s plans in 1943. The stolen document indicated very accurately the position of all the defenses, shelters, underwater obstacles, beach barriers, passages, phony mine fields, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
The THUMS Islands (aka Astronaut Islands as of 1967 ) off the coast of Long Beach, CA are artificial islands which were built to for oil drilling and were designed with structures, landscaping, waterfalls, etc. to conceal their operation/noise. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/THU…
When Steven Spielberg re-enrolled at California State, Long Beach to earn his BA more than 30 years after dropping out, he was given three course credits in paleontology for making Jurassic Park. time.com/4351287/steven-s…
The Goodyear Blimp was declared the official bird of the city of Redondo Beach, California en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo…
George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, has his own fire department with one fire truck. He originally had two but donated one to the Muir Beach Fire Department. There are 12 firefighters in his department and they protect his land and surrounding areas from wild fires. firehouse.com/apparatus/n…
Robert F. Kennedy saved his son’s life after he nearly drowned in a Malibu beach on June 4th, 1968. A few hours later he was assassinated; the son he saved, David, was watching the news coverage on TV. ajc.com/news/national/rob…
Part of the Falklands Islands is littered with leftover landmines from the Falklands War. This stretch of beach has become home to hundreds of penguins as they are too light to trigger the mines when walking on them. bbc.com/news/magazine-398…
In 1975, a nudist beach opened in West Germany on the border with the East. Visitors sought to have nude photos taken below a looming East German watchtower, and West Germans noted "a lot more movement on that watchtower" once the beach opened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inn…
TV show Top Gear conducted an extreme test of a Toyota pickup truck by leaving it on a beach to be taken by the tide, leaving it on top of a highrise building that was demolished, and setting it on fire. It still ran after being repaired with only the tools in the truck's toolbox. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
A comic strip in 1986 called Doonesbury ridiculed a Palm Beach law requiring all "servant" workers to register with the police and get fingerprinted. This ridicule was so effective that they passed a new law banning the practice, called The Doonesbury Law. sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-…
One of the first soldiers to charge the beach on D-Day was a Canadian bagpiper, who only survived because he said German Snipers thought he was to crazy to shoot insider.com/bill-millin-d…
Theodore Roosevelt Jr, son of President Theodore Roosevelt, was the only general to storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day in the first wave of Utah beach despite having to use a cane. Also, his son Quentin Roosevelt II stormed Omaha beach in the first wave. insidehook.com/article/hi…

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