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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned about Hooters Air, an airline that was founded by the restaurant chain. It had seven operating planes and seventeen destinations and mainly operated in Myrtle Beach and Florida. It was closed in 2006 due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita causing fuel costs to increase, as well as small attendance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
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…
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-…
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 1948, huge 14” three-toed footprints were found on a beach in Clearwater, FL. The tracks kept appearing at different beaches, and a famous zoologist who, after a two week investigation, concluded the tracks were not man-made. Forty years later, it was revealed to have been an elaborate prank orlandosentinel.com/news/…
The original code names for the British beaches on D-Day were: Gold, Sword, Jelly and Band as in Goldfish, Swordfish, Jellyfish and Bandfish. Churchill disapproved of the name "Jelly" and renamed it "Juno". Band beach was not invaded; instead the troops landed on Sword. youtube.com/watch?v=5z-Cj…
The hit song β€œFeels Like We Only Go Backwards” by Tame Impala was written by frontman Kevin Parker as an accidental, subconscious continuation of the song β€œWalk In The Park” by Beach House en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fee…
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…
In 2010, a Japanese beach resort hosted men who took their digital girlfriends - one of three high school girls from a dating sim game - to a romantic "augmented reality" (AR) getaway. One 21-year-old participant said "I hope that this will serve as practice for when I have a real girlfriend" cnet.com/news/men-treat-v…
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…
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…
Today I learned of The Body on Somerton Beach: found in 1948, a well dressed body was ultimately found to have a mysterious message sewn into a secret trouser pocket. The man has never been identified. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Sand is in such high demand people are stealing whole beaches! An estimated 500 truck-loads of sand were removed from the Coral Spring beach in Trelawny and were believed to have been sold to rival resorts, news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world…
The Goodyear blimp is the official bird of the town of Redondo Beach, California, where its home airport is located tbrnews.com/news/redondo_…
There are at least three elephants buried in Southland, New Zealand. One of which was pushed off a boat after it died at sea and was washed up on the beach. i.stuff.co.nz/southland-t…
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…
Carl Fisher, who invented headlights for cars, originated and built the first transcontinental highways in America, founded the Indy 500, and first developed Miami Beach got his start as a peddler wearing an apron he would flip to show a naked woman. Promotional stunts would become his hallmark. miami-history.com/carl-fi…
Barra Airport where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway and during high tide the runways are under the sea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
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…
The common cultivated strawberry does not occur in nature. It is a hybrid of the Virginia wild strawberry and the Chilean beach strawberry, invented in France in the 18th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Capitol Records didn't want to release "Pet Sounds" by the Beach Boys and instead released a greatest hits album rollingstone.com/feature/…
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…
The Philippines has a pink sand beach recognized as one of a handful of Pink Sand Beaches in the World and is the only one in Asia. The color of the sand comes from the pulverized red organ pipe coral from eons of surf erosion mixed with the white sand en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
In 1970 Florence, Oregan, traffic officials used 450 kgs of dynamite to remove the carcass of a whale from a beach. This resulted in whale bits covering spectators and even denting cars over 800 ft away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
Avon Fire and Rescue Service have a hovercraft dedicated to helping people who have got stuck in the mud or exhausted from walking on the beach in Weston-Super-Mare. avonfire.gov.uk/north-som…
The group Wilson Phillips is comprised of Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson, and Chynna Phillips, the daughters of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and of John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, respectively. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned about Bruce’s Beach, owned by the Bruce Family. It was a segregated black-only beach resort in Manhattan Beach. southbay.goldenstate.is/b…
Aviator style sunglasses were popularised by American general Douglas MacArthur when he landed on a beach in the Philippines during WWII and some newspaper photographers got him on camera en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avi…
In Pfeiffer Beach, a purple garnet beach in Big Sur, California, its entirely legal to be completely naked despite state law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pfe…
Mark Foster of Foster the People conceived, wrote and recorded "Pumped Up Kicks" by himself in five hours. He had to force himself to do it instead of wasting time at the beach due to lack of inspiration en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pum…
Today I learned about Moko, a bottlenose dolphin who became famous when he rescued two Pygmy whales in March 2008. Moko swam up to the stranded whales, who were trapped between a sandbar and a beach, and led them through a channel out into the open sea. nationalgeographic.com.au…
Today I learned about β€œPeter Bergmann”, a man that visited Ireland 11 years ago under an alias, was found dead on a beach and has never been identified. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Ted Roosevelt Jr, fought and was wounded in World War 1, then after a career in politics, rejoined the same Army unit at the beginning of World War 2. As a 56 year old General, he landed with the first waves at Utah Beach, later earning him a Medal of Honor for his contributions blogs.va.gov/VAntage/6654…
Cpl Tony Stein earned the medal of honor by creating a hybrid Machine gun which quickly ran out of ammo. Kicking his shoes off, he ran back down to the beach eight times to get fresh ammunition. Each trip back, he carried a wounded Marine on his back en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
In 1967, then Prime Minister of Australia Harold Holt went missing while swimming at Cheviot Beach, Victoria, in rough conditions. He was presumed dead, although his body was never recovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Safety Beach near Melbourne, Australia was previously called Shark Bay due to the presence of many sharks . The name was changed in an attempt to attract tourists the area as they had previously feared swimming in a place called "Shark Bay". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saf…
Some whale vomit is used in perfumes, Is also worth a fair bit if u happen to stumble across it on a beach walk, *Reedited* edition.cnn.com/2016/04/1…
Today I learned about the Your Highness Grandmother Pageant in Brighton Beach, NY, where grandmas from the Russian-speaking area of New York compete annually in a dancing contest nationalgeographic.com/cu…
The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson once got an F on an assignment in his high school music classβ€”which eventually turned into β€œSurfin’”, their first single. The F was changed to an A in 2018. consequenceofsound.net/20…
When The Beach Boys recorded Little Honda, they didn't release it as a single; however, The Hondells did make a single of their cover of it, and reached #9 on the charts. This prompted The Beach Boys to release a single of their version, but their one only got up to #65 on the charts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
Florida man Arnold Abbott had been feeding street people at a beach weekly from 1991 till he died age 94 in 2019; he refused to stop even when a FL law limiting public food sharing came out in 2014. FLPD showed up when Abbot was passing out food; an officer demanded: "Drop that plate right now." browardpalmbeach.com/news…

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