Slow TV, very long coverage of mundane, ordinary events, is huge in Norway. The national broadcaster NRK has regularly shown programmes such as a 376 hr boat voyage, 60 hrs of choirs singing, and 12 hrs of knitting. Shorter shows include a lecture on Norway's past 200 years in 200 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slo…
Out at sea, a tsunami is only about a metre high, and could pass a boat without being noticed. As it approaches the shore, it’s the sudden deceleration from about 800km/h to 50km/h which creates the immense wave noc.ac.uk/news/how-tsunam…
In 2006, $8 million were stolen from the Banco Rio branch in Acassuso, Argentina. During the robbery, the robbers ordered pizza for the hostages, sang happy birthday to a female lawyer, and then left a note that said they stole 'money, not love' before escaping on a boat. cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/15/…
3 Canadian men working on a boat at Digby's waterfront freed a 15 ft minke whale tangled in a net which surrounded its mouth & embedded about an inch into its skin. The whale came to shore in waist-high water as if searching for help from humans; when free, the whale swam back to deeper waters. cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-s…
The mummified remains of a German man, Manfred Fritz Bajorat, were found on his boat off the coast of the Philippines in February 2016. He had died of a heart attack and a combination of salt air, ocean winds and hot temperatures created the perfect climate needed to preserve his body. everipedia.org/wiki/lang_…
The infamous RMS Titanic had a near-identical sister ship called Olympic, nicknamed "Old Reliable", that was re-commissioned in WWI as a troop transport ship and was notable for having carried over 200,000 troops during the war and sinking a German u-boat by ramming into it head-on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
The US Navy has a massive indoor pool called MASK (maneuvering and seakeeping basin) in Maryland that houses 12-million gallons of water and can replicate any ocean wave situation in the world, ideal for testing equipment and scale models of boats youtu.be/39nPJjG_1J0
After Gilligan's Island was cancelled, the producer of the show created "Dusty’s Trail" which featured Bob Denver in the lead role and mirrored the same characters but was set in the wild west of the 1880's, with a wagon train replacing the boat. nostalgiacentral.com/tele…
During WW2, the British Navy sent ships to help defend the U.S. from German U-Boat attacks. The HMT Bedfordshire was sunk off the coast of North Carolina. A special cemetery was created in Ocracoke, NC, and is leased in perpetuity to England so that the men would be buried on British soil. historynet.com/why-a-piec…
Today I learned about dazzle camouflage, used for naval ships in WWI. It consisted of "complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colours, interrupting and intersecting each other." This would make it hard for German U-boats to accurately shoot torpedoes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daz…
Today I learned about the Tanuki, a Japanese folklore creature that is referred to as the Raccoon Dog. Its most distinguishing characteristic is their large, magical pair of testicles that it used as a hat, umbrella, boat or drum. They are known as tricksters or bringers of good luck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bak…
In 1965 six boys from Tonga skipped school and 'borrowed' a boat. After a storm and 8 days adrift, they survived alone on a small rocky island for 15 months. They stayed friends and worked together to survive and stay fit. After their rescue they were jailed (shortly) for stealing the boat. pressreader.com/australia…
Today I learned of U-505, a Type IXC U-boat, that was attacked and successfully captured by a Hunter-Killer task group in 1944. Towed to Bermuda, the submarine was brought to Chicago, Illinois where it was restored and placed on display in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. msichicago.org/explore/wh…
Pilot fish can form sort of symbiotic relationships with sharks to the point where if their shark is caught, the pilot fish will follow the boat that took it and become distressed when it can't find it or isn't near its "host" shark. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pil…
The former French president authorized the bombing of a Greenpeace boat because it was protesting nuclear weapons testing. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Titanic crew member William Murdoch who was portrayed as shooting a passenger and then commiting suicide in the movie, was in fact last seen trying to fill as many life boats as possible and heroically went down with the ship. scottishfield.co.uk/cultu…
Today I learned about Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl, who among other things, sailed from the west coast of Africa to Barbados in a papyrus reed boat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
A fisherman in Florida hooked a swordfish so big that it dragged his boat for 20 miles and fought for eight hours before he could pull it in. It turned out to be the biggest swordfish ever caught in Florida waters. tampabay.com/florida/2019…
Today I learned of the RP FLIP (Reserach Platform FLoating Instrument Platform), a 355 foot long boat that can fill the front 300 feet with water ballast. Once full, the boat will upend 90 degrees with the aft 55 feet of boat acting as a vertical platform out of the water, like a spar buoy. youtube.com/watch?v=jpl09…
In 1972 Jackie Kennedy Onassis was photographed while sunning herself in the nude on husband Aristotle Onassis' private Greek island by a photographer using a telescopic lens on a fishing boat. Larry Flynt purchased them for his Hustler magazine in 1975 and it launched his magazine sales. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
At least 749 American servicemen were killed in England, April 1944, during large-scale rehearsals for D-Day. Rumoured 450 friendly fire deaths were followed the next day with 749 deaths by attacking E-boats. The incident was under the strictest secrecy and was only nominally reported afterwards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exe…
When the ship the HMS Guardian struck an iceberg in 1789, its captain decided to stay on it with 62 people. 259 left in boats. However, the captain was able to save the ship and sail back to land. It took 9 weeks, but everyone on the ship made it. Of the 259 that left, only 15 survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
On April 20, 1979, then President Jimmy Carter, was fishing in the middle of a lake in Georgia when a rabbit swam up to his boat and tried to get in it before he scared the rabbit off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Today I learned about Jan Baalsrud, a Norwegian who took 11 commandos into the fjords aboard a fishing boat full of explosives to sabotage the Nazi's. His feet froze solid and an avalanche buried him. He used a knife to amputate his frostbitten toes. His escape made him into a Norwegian national folk hero nytimes.com/2016/03/20/ma…
Some cultures use remoras to catch turtles. When a turtle is sighted from a boat, a remora is released attached by a rope; it heads directly for the turtle and fastens itself to the turtle's shell, and then both remora and turtle are hauled in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rem…
The Norwegian "Line Aquavit" is still to this day sent by boat to Australia and back before it gets bottled and sold en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akv…
There has been a boat/barge trapped in the rapids above Niagara Falls for over 100 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nia…
The Union army once commandeered a boat to move 111 (unwilling) prostitutes to Louisville to stop VD spreading in their Nashville garrison. The Louisville authorities turned it away, as did everyone else, so after 28 days afloat it was forced to return to Nashville to disembark the furious girls smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned of The Essex, an American ship which was attacked by a sperm whale in 1820. The 20-man crew set out in the surviving life boats for several months, resorting to drawing lots to decide who would be sacrificed and consumed. 8 men survived. The story was the inspiration for the novel 'Moby Dick'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ess…
In WWI, a German ship made its way to a British colony about 1700 km off the tip of India. The captain of the ship was surprised when he was welcomed. No news of the war had reached the colony. The ship was repaired and restocked, and in thanks, the captain had a local’s boat fixed. warhistoryonline.com/war-…
Australia once cancelled a boat race because the river has water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
In 1996 researchers found an Orca calf with serious boat injuries to the spine and dorsal fin. Despite not being able to hunt, "Stumpy" was cared for by as many as 5 Orca pods. These pods provided food and protection from boats. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
Today I learned about Thomas Norris, a Navy SEAL who was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing two pilots during the Vietnam war. On a subsequent mission he was shot in the head and left for dead, but fellow SEAL Michael Thornton dragged him to a boat offshore and saved him. Thornton won the Medal of Honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
During Poland's "Deluge," a Swedish Invasion that virtually destroyed the country, many whole libraries (including the Royal Library) were stolen, put on boats, and shipped to Sweden. The Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth became an "intellectual desert" and some of these books remain in Sweden. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
German u-boat U-507 almost single handily drew Brazil into WWII. Patrolling the south Atlantic in 1942, she torpedoed and sank multiple Brazilian passenger ships - between August 16-17, five ships were sunk, taking over 600 civilians with them. Brazil would declare war on Germany on August 22 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
According to apocryphal acta, Pope Clement was martyred by being tied to an anchor and thrown from a boat into the Black Sea. However, the oldest sources on Clement's life, Eusebius and Jerome, note nothing of his martyrdom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Howard Ulrich and his 7-year old son were fishing in Lituya Bay, Alaska, in 1958 when a landslide generated a 1,720ft tsunami, the largest in recorded history. He and his son both miraculously survived, being found nearly a mile from where they were anchored at the time the wave hit their boat. earthquake.alaska.edu/60-…
Teddy Roosevelt traveled over 300 miles to arrest three boat thieves in the Dakota territory, forcing them to march back for trial instead of hanging them. He even recreated the capture for a photo before turning them in truewestmagazine.com/trac…
On a US Navy submarine using the "emergency blow activator, or 'chicken switch,'" is "a last resort in emergency situations." "Throwing the switch immediately blasts large volumes of compressed air into all of a submarine's ballast tanks, bringing the boat to the surface as quickly as possible." americanhistory.si.edu/su…
American cruise ship 'Eastland' overturned at port in the Chicago River on July 24, 1915, taking the lives of 844 people. This was caused by having too many life boats making the ship top heavy and list. Due to the lack of rich/famous passengers, this disaster has largely been forgotten. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Villages in Northern Portugal mark their boats and homes with runic symbols depending on which family they belong to. These same symbols have been found in Fyn Denmark where it's called "bomarken" or "home-marks" and was a widely held practice in older Scandinavia. enacademic.com/dic.nsf/en…
The deadliest known single animal attack was in 2014 when a hippo charged and capsized a boat, killing 13 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip…
Today I learned of the Laconia Incident, in which a German U-Boat conducting rescue operations upon Allied troops was deliberately attacked by a US bomber. wikipedia.org/wiki/Laconi…
Two Japanese Kawanishi H8K "Emily" flying boats carried out an unsuccessful bombing raid on Hawaii on March 4, 1942. Four bombs from one of the planes exploded near a high school in Honolulu which shattered some of its windows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Pilots dress as ship captains because the first long haul passenger airplanes used to be considered flying boats, since they landed on water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Today I learned about Carl Schurz, at first a soldier in the German revolution of '48, who busted out his friend from a prison in Berlin, fled on a boat to Edinburg, emigrated to the US, became a Union General in the Civil War, then US Senator, and later secretary of the interior. Mark Twain wrote his obituary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Russia was forced to release ten pirates who had taken over an oil tanker, due to having insufficient legal grounds to detain them. They released them in an inflatable boat without any navigation equipment. Radio contact was lost within an hour. It’s believed that they all perished. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/86759…
Several significant inventions predated the wheel by thousands of years: sewing needles, woven cloth, rope, basket weaving, boats and even the flute. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
In New Zealand you require neither licencing or training to captain a recreational boat. stuff.co.nz/national/1103…
The 35-yr-old owner of a boat called "Naut Guilty" was found not guilty in a boating incident. Another man was at the helm who failed to put the boat into neutral as a 19-yr-old woman swam near the boat; she lost her arm in the propeller. Both men pleaded guilty to furnishing alcohol to minors. nbcboston.com/news/local/…
In 1974, a couple disappeared along with their yacht from the uninhabited Palmyra Atoll while vacationing. Theyd feuded with a man on the island, whose boat was not seaworthy and was out of supplies. 7 years later, the wife's body washed ashore Palmyra, and the man was convicted of her murder. youtube.com/watch?v=2KvmH…
After committing the first British murder on a train Franz Muller fled to America by boat, the pursuing detectives caught a faster ship and arrived three weeks before he did. He was subsequently arrested and later hanged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned about kyōtei - literally "Boat Race" - which is one of only four 'public sports' that you can legally bet on in Japan. It's been called "Japan's NASCAR". Competitors are randomly given a boat and motor and they then have a period of time where they can tune it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ky%…
Today I learned about a plan by the British during the Second World War to construct an aircraft carrier out of ice for use against German U-boats in the mid-Atlantic, which were beyond the flight range of land-based planes at that time. bbc.com/future/article/20…
In 2012, a civilian working on the submarine USS Miami wanted to get off work early so he started a fire that soon spread out of control and ultimately resulted in the boat being decommissioned. He was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $400 million in restitution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
US Representative Andrew J May revealed the IJN depth charges were set at too shallow a depth, allowing USN submarines to dive out of danger, during a press conference after returning from a junket. The USN estimates this breach of security cost 10 boats along with 800 sailors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Today I learned about chain boats. The boats traveled along a chain submerged in a river and pulled barges to transport goods. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The Somali Pirates had their own stock exchange. Local were encouraged to invest in one of 72 'Maritime Companies', giving weapons, money, or even boats. If the crew that got the weapons successfully attacked a ship and made money, the investor would get a portion of the loot. reuters.com/article/us-so…
I learned of the Lucky Dragon 5, a Japanese fishing boat with a crew of 23 who got heavily contaminated by nuclear fallout after the American Castle Bravo thermonuclear test went wrong in 1954. Despite being only around 80 Miles from the test site, only 1 crew member died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai…
In the 18th century in China, Empress Dowager Cixi siphoned funds from money designated to create a new imperial navy to build a marble boat in a lake in the Summer Palace en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
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…
Today I learned about the Daigo FukuryΕ« Maru, a Japanese tuna fishing boat with a crew of 23, that was showered by the fallout from a thermonuclear weapon test at Bikini Atoll on March 1, 1954. The blast was more powerful than predicted, and changes in weather blew the fallout outside of the posted danger zone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai…
During WWII, the British mounted anti-tank guns in Mosquito fighter airplanes and used them to shoot holes in U-boats, as well as attack enemy aircraft. One shot tore the engine off a Junkers Ju 88. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_…
Alligators love marshmallows. Tour companies regularly use them to reward gators who come close to the boat. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
It is 100% legal be to buried at sea in the USA. You basically wrap the body in a sheet with some weights, at least 3 miles from shore and throw it off the boat. The Navy even has a program to assist veterans of the armed services. epa.gov/ocean-dumping/bur…
Kirsty MacColl, vocalist and female singer in "Fairytale of New York", died saving her son from an oncoming powerboat owned by a multimillionaire while vacationing in Cozumel, Mexico. The boat's driver escaped jail time by paying a fine of $90USD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kir…
Killer Whales Are Crafty Enough To Steal From Alaskan Fishing Boats. Fishermen can lose up to 69% of their catch, fuel, boat rent and hours of their time fishing. theverge.com/2017/6/20/15…
Wuhan has a Yangtze river swimming club. Members meet twice a day in rain, snow or sunshine, dodge boats and navigate crazy currents all in the name of exercise youtube.com/watch?time_co…
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_…
The RMS Carpathia, famed for it’s rescue of Titanic survivors, was used as a troop transport during World War One. In 1918 it was torpedoed by a U-boat southwest of Ireland and sunk. In 2000 bestselling author Clive Cussler led a team which discovered the wreck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
There were auto races where race cars were towing full size boats and trailers in El Cajon, CA. youtu.be/tTYTrWKYUQg
A woman was killed in her car in Brooklyn when a bullet ricocheted off of the ocean nearby and hit her through her open car window. The perpetrator was a man who’d been practicing shooting at a floating beer can on his boat in the middle of the bay. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Vikings transported their ships overland to get past difficult stretches of water. Smaller ships would be carried by hand using poles, while larger ships would be pulled across tree branches. To trade with Turks, they would carry their boats 10km overland to get to the Black Sea. vikingorm.nl/en_page_viki…
The Japanese carried out a second raid on Pearl Harbor on March 4, 1942, using two flying boats. Neither hit any military targets. One plane's bombs missed Oahu completely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Charles Lightoller, second officer of RMS Titanic, launched lifeboats on his side half-empty rather than allowing men to board them. During World War I, after sinking a U-Boat he had some of the survivors killed, later writing that he had "refused to accept the hands-up business". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Every year, dozens of derelict boats from North Korea (called "ghost ships") wash up on Japanese shores; some of the boats house the remains of their crew. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
The oldest boat ever found was the Pesse canoe, carbon dating indicates that the boat was constructed during the early mesolithic period between 8040 BCE and 7510 BCE en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pes…
Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) was sung because of the harsh, slave-like labour while loading bananas on boats in Costa Rica to ship to the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day…
In Thailand, it was considered a capital offense punishable by death if someone touched the queen. in 1880, The queen drowned when her royal boat capsized on the way to the Palace. The many witnesses to the accident did not dare to touch the queen while she was drowning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
After the titanic disaster, congress passed laws requiring passenger vessels to carry more life boats. But the added weight made one ship, the S.S. Eastland, too top-heavy. In 1915, it capsized before even leaving the dock, killing 844 people eastlanddisaster.org/hist…
While still writing 1984, George Orwell and his young son nearly drowned when they lost their boat engine and then capsized in the Corryvrecken whirlpool in Scotland. They washed ashore on a rocky outcrop nearby and waited to be spotted by local fishermen. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
In 1927, a woman murdered her husband after having made 7 unsuccessful attempts on his life. Her hatred for him allegedly began when he insisted on hanging a picture of his late fiancΓ©e on the wall of their first home, and named his boat after the dead woman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
When Nikola Tesla showed in 1898 a radio controlled boat, people accused him of having a trained monkey driving it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
Sinterklaas (Santa of the Netherlands) travels by boat and lives in Spain. whychristmas.com/cultures…
The word Gongoozler - describes a person who idly watches the labours of others while declining to offer assistance or becoming involved e.g the six city workers standing around a hole, watching the one digging away. Originally meant someone who enjoys watching boats and activities on canals. wordhistories.net/2016/07…
Robert Wagner is a person of interest in actress Natalie Wood's 1981 drowning death. The captain of the boat admitted that he lied to police & that Wood & Wagner had argued the night she drowned & that Wagner had prevented the captain from turning on the search lights & contacting authorities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The producers of the movie Das Boot used a life size mock-up of a U-Boat for the exterior shots. One morning the crew woke up to find it missing, only to later learn that a certain filmmaker named Steven Spielberg had rented it for his movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and no one had told them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
Richard Dean Anderson was auditioned for MacGyver due to an appearance on The Love Boat en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
A party boat carrying about sixty men and women once capsized in Texas after all the passengers rushed over to one side of the boat when the boat passed a nude beach. cbsnews.com/news/partygoe…
JΓΌrgen Kantner, a german sailor, was captured along with his wife by Al Shabab when sailing off the coast of Somalia in 2008. After 52 days, they were freed from captivity after a large ransom was paid. Kantner later returned to Somalia and stole his boat Back from the militants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C…
The term "Cut to the chase" originated from the American film industry's silent movies of the 1920's. These were often laden with obligatory romantic plot-lines that young audiences would find boring, but ended with exciting car or boat chase scenes. phrases.org.uk/meanings/c…
During the filming of "The Beach" in Thailand, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tilda Swinton were forced to swim in the sea when their boat sank due to sudden storm. DiCaprio and Swinton and crew members spent half an hour swimming at sea before rescuers arrived. theguardian.com/film/1999…
The only known armed Nazi military operation on North American soil was installation of Weather Station Kurt by a German u-boat team. It was accidentally discovered in 1977. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wea…
In spring of 1942 German U-boats terrorized east coast of US sinking fuel tankers and cargo ships with impunity and often within sight of shore and in less than 7 months destroyed 22 percent of the tanker fleet and sank 233 ships killing 5,000 ...more than 2X number who perished at Pearl Harbor. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
The Royal Navy tried defending against submarines by putting 2 blacksmiths in a boat with hammers: "On a periscope being sighted the boat was to steal quietly up alongside it, and the nearest blacksmith was to give it a dint with his hammer." cnrs-scrn.org/northern_ma…
A crocodile named Sweetheart was a 5.1 metre male saltwater crocodile responsible for a series of attacks on boats in Australia between 1974 and 1979. In July 1979, Sweetheart was finally caught alive by a team from the Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission, but drowned while being transported en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swe…
During WWII, three Royal Navy sailors boarded an abandoned German submarine (U-559) to retrieve the U-boat's Enigma key setting sheets with all current settings for the U-boat Enigma network; two of them were inside the U-boat, attempting to get out, when it foundered; both drowned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Archaeologists dug up a woman who had been buried in a boat on TOP of a guy who was buried in a boat 100 years earlier. newsweek.com/mysterious-v…
The most successful submarine during WWII was the German u-boat U-48, which during two years of active service (September 1939 to June 1941) sank 55 ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
The British sent ships and men to the US at the start of WWII to protect us from German U-boats. One ship sank and all 37 men on-board died. Only 4 washed up on shore. A special "British Cemetery" was created and it is leased in perpetuity to England so the men are at rest on British soil atlasobscura.com/places/b…

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