The Carolina Dog is a dog breed first discovered living wild in the southeast region of the United States, and after extensive DNA testing it is believed they are descendants of the first animals to accompany humans across the Bering land bridge thousands of years ago. akc.org/dog-breeds/caroli…
During the response to a major bridge collapse in Oklahoma in 2002, an ex-con took command of the disaster site by impersonating a US Army Captain. He directed FBI agents, appropriated vehicles and equipment and lead the rescue/recovery effort for two days before fleeing the scene. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-4…
That, during the 2017 London Bridge Terror Attack, a man fought all three attackers with his fists shouting "Fuck you, I'm Millwall". He was stabbed eight times and survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
James Cameron was originally hired to write the first Spider-Man film, with Leonardo DiCaprio eyed to star. In his script, Spider-Man accidentally kills a child, calls Electro a "motherfucker", and binds Mary Jane to the Brooklyn Bridge with his webs, before having sex with her. screenrant.com/spider-man…
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is both a bridge and a tunnel. Considered one of the 7 wonders of modern engineering, it was completed in 1964 and is 23 miles long. businessinsider.com/chesa…
Today I learned of the 'smoot', a unit of measurement that was created after a fraternity measured the length of a bridge using a pledge named Oliver Smoot. Smoots are marked on the bridge in increments of 10 and the Cambridge Police Department uses the markings to note the location of accidents on the bridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
There's still an Inca-style woven-grass bridge standing. It dangles around 5 stories above Peru's Apurimac River and is over 115 feet long. Continuing a centuries-old tradition, area villagers annually restore the Q'eswachaka Rope Bridge and keep it in usable condition. atlasobscura.com/places/l…
The phrase "I have a bridge to sell you" comes from the exploits of George C. Parker, a comically skilled con man who was infamous for "selling" the Brooklyn Bridge and other scams with great success. theirishmob.com/george-c-…
Roy Raymond, the founder of Victoria's Secret, committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in 1993 askmen.com/entertainment/…
The Slovak government had to overturn an internet driven decision to name a bridge after Chuck Norris. reuters.com/article/enter…
Scientists discovered a cannibalistic ant colony composed entirely of worker ants in a abandoned Soviet Bunker in Poland. They had fallen down ventilation pipes leading into the bunker and reverted to cannibalism to survive. The scientists built a bridge that allowed most of them to escape. newsweek.com/cannibal-ant…
Covered bridges are designed with roofs to protect and preserve the wooden structure from the elements. Uncovered wooden bridges typically have a lifespan of only 20 years because of the effects of rain and sun, but a covered bridge could last 100 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cov…
In 1969, a civil war in Nigeria held a ceasefire for a couple of days to watch a match of Pelé’s Santos. The governor decreted a holiday and opened the city’s bridge without any restrictions so everyone could watch the game. afroballers.com/the-story…
In London, one of Tower Bridge's ornate cast-metal lampposts is actually no lamppost: It's a remarkably-lamppost-like hollow flue. It was meant to vent coal smoke (from the stove in the room below decks where guards could warm up). atlasobscura.com/places/t…
A massive bridge can show the curvature of the Earth. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which is 4/5 mile long and 70 stories tall, is so big engineers designed the tops of the towers to be 1-5/8" further apart than their bases. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In 1968, in protest of the UK government cutting military funding, a Royal Air Force pilot went rogue and flew a Hunter jet low over parliament, rattling their windows, before tucking through a gap just 200 ft wide in Tower Bridge. The stunt remains as a record to this day. youtube.com/watch?v=Gavx5…
America's last wooly Mammoths died of thirst 15 000 years ago after the land bridge to Russia eroded stranding them on a small, remote island Alaskan Island. theatlantic.com/science/a…
In Vietnam, a bridge over 1,800 feet long has along its length a sculpted yellow metal dragon lit for night display and able to spray water from its mouth --but, most impressively, it can exhale giant fireballs. (It's meant to be a visual tribute to North Vietnam's conquest of Da Nang city.) atlasobscura.com/places/f…
Several people have been indirectedly killed by the "Pope Lick Monster" as its supposed location is in a creek under a train bridge. Cryptid hunters attracted to the area have found themselves either struck by a train, or fallen to their deaths from the bridge trying to avoid one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
The Longest Pedestrian Bridge in The World: Charles Kounen Suspension Bridge: The bridge became the longest pedestrian bridge in the world in 2017 with a span of 1,621 feet (494 m) after the previous bridge was destroyed by falling rocks in 2010. The trip to cross the bridge take about 10 mins zermatt.ch/en/Media/Attra…
Hucksters and flim flam men plagued Iowa in the pre-WW1 years selling "patented" bridges that fell apart or washed away to naive county commissioners. offbeatoregon.com/o1111b-…
Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington, DC, used to be a drawbridge. It hasn't opened since the 60s. Attached to the bridge legs are the operator's office and control room --still present but long-abandoned and sealed shut in 1976. atlasobscura.com/places/m…
Two species of African spider are named after the film and main character of the Big Lebowski (Jeff Bridges): Anelosimus biglebowski and Anelosimus dude en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of the Dragon's Jaw Bridge, which became a symbol of resistance and legend of invincibility during the Vietnam War, being bombed by US forces 873 times and directly hit by hundreds of bombs and missiles in a span of seven years before finally being destroyed in 1972. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
During the Cold War, Soviet Union compiled a ultra meticulous map of Washington DC that are far more detailed than typical city maps we are all familiar with including details like precise width of roads, load-bearing capacity of bridges and location of water reservoir and pumping stations architectofthecapital.org…
There's a spider that can bridge lines over a river spanning up to 25 metres (82 ft). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
Hamburg, Germany has more bridges than any other city in the world and more canals than Amsterdam and Venice combined. amusingplanet.com/2012/11…
Covered wooden bridges may last 5x longer than a regular wooden bridge. I was wondering why go through the hassle? Welp, only gotta go through the hassle once a century... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cov…
Today I learned of Kevin Briggs, a San Francisco Highway Patrol Officer and a veteran of US Army, who has talked approximately 200 people out of suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge since 1994. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kev…
Rural Indiana lore has long claimed that much of the world's first-ever Ferris wheel was recycled and made into a bridge by farmer J.D. Dunn. Dissenting opinion says the salvaged metal came from the world expos of either 1893 or 1904. portercountyparks.org/dun…
In 2008 famous DJ deadmau5 missed a flight in Spain just seconds after the jet bridge was closed, upsetting the DJ because he was late for another show. The air plane barely took off before crashing and killing 152 people youtu.be/z_3SxGUxEx8
A way Switzerland kept itself from being invaded is by booby-trapping and blowing up all it's border linkages, and bridges making it merely impossible for the Nazis to invade during WW2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
Cartoonist Otto Eppers was charged with attempted suicide after surviving a jump off of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1910. A judge dismissed the charge commenting β€œWell, he seems very much alive, doesn't he?” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ott…
Today I learned of Operation London Bridge, a detailed plan for what is to happen in the days after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The plan is updated several times yearly and was devised in the 1960s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
In 1964 a super cyclone destroyed a town called Dhanushkodi, making it into a ghost town. The storm overturned a train entering it's railway station killing over 200 passengers. 4 radio operators braved the storm to continue broadcasting, and survived by clinging on to a bridge for 12 hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
Camels originated in North America and crossed the Bering land bridge to Asia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
Today I learned that in the 1880s, a young man named Larry Donovan attempted to make a living solely by jumping off high bridges. When he died at the age of 26, his mother was quoted in the newspaper saying: "I told him that jumping off bridges was a poor way of earning a living." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
Mike Tyson's Training Regiment included waking up at 4am, jogging 5-miles. Then he would do 2000 sit-ups, 500 pushups, 500 dips, 500 shrugs and about 30 minutes of neck bridges daily. He repeated this 6 days a week. overfight.com/mike-tysons…
One of the shortest operas which is regularly performed concerns the emotional lives of two unhappily married couples as they play a hand of Bridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_H…
The Lotus Bridge between left-lane-driving Macau and right-lane-driving China allows for traffic to seamlessly switch the side of the road that they are driving on at the border. cntraveler.com/stories/20…
Tiger woods is the first golfer who hit a ball from Europe to Asia. He did this on the bosphorus bridge in Istanbul, Turkey which is the bridge that connects asia and europe. youtu.be/FdiSFqnPg44
Efforts to prevent suicides off the Mapo Bridge in Seoul, which included LED lighting, statues, and inspirational messages backfired dramatically, and suicides actually more than quadrupled. soranews24.com/2014/02/26…
Today I learned of a suicidal man who went to a bridge to kill himself, changed his mind, then decided to push a stranger to his death instead. chroniclelive.co.uk/news/…
In The Big Lebowski, The Dude’s iconic jelly slippers were Jeff Bridges’ own shoes, along with several other items that The Dude is seen wearing. He still has the jelly shoes to this day. youtu.be/B7zLthh85P8
A town in the U.S. applied for Soviet foreign aid to fix a bridge after being denied by the state for two years and the state finally agreed to fix the bridge after Soviet journalists showed up en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vul…
Today I learned about Harald Hardrada. Exiled for 15 years after losing to Cnut The Great, he was a mercenary for the Kievan Rus', joined the Varangian Guard, became King of Norway and died at Stamford Bridge, ending the Viking Age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Steven Spielberg's father, Arnold Spielberg, traveled to Moscow as part of a delegation of electrical engineers from Phoenix. The trip coincided with an incident that is the subject of Steven Spielberg's 2015 film "Bridge of Spies." He is also still alive today at 103 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arn…
During the Golden Gate Bridge sagged by 7 feet under the weight of 300,000 people on it celebrating its 50th anniversary . The towers were even pulled inward from so much weight. standard.net/lifestyle/25…
On 6 may 1990, over 1.2 million people from Romania and the Republic of Moldova met at the border set on Prut river, as the restrictions were temporarily lifted. The event was known as the Bridge of Flowers. Many people brought flowers to meet the relatives they haven't seen in decades en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Someone walking the full 268 miles of the UK's Pennine Way will navigate 287 gates, 249 timber stiles, 183 stone stiles and 204 bridges, and will cross the border between England and Scotland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Old physics textbooks are wrong about the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse. It wasn't due to resonance, but aeroelastic flutter seattletimes.com/seattle-…
A small war was fought between the 3 original settlements that would become Milwaukee. Even today the bridges downtown are crooked because each settlement refused to acknowledge the street layout of the settlements on the other side of the river. milwaukeeriverkeeper.org/…
Roots of a rubber tree species in India known as The Ficus Elastica are so strong that sometimes they join each other and create hanging bridges for locals to pass atlasobscura.com/places/r…
When the US military tried segregating the pubs in Bamber Bridge in 1943, the local Englishmen instead decided to hang up "Black soldiers only" signs on all pubs as protest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned of Paige Hunter, a UK young woman who has prevented at least 6 suicides by tying over 40 handwritten notes of hope to a bridge infamous for suicides. bbc.com/news/uk-england-t…
For over a century, locals in Meghalaya, India have been using trees to build root bridges, known locally as jing kieng jri. Taking 15 to 30 years to grow, they can span up to 250β€² above gorges and rivers and support up to 35 people at a time. nationalgeographic.com/tr…
A clown in a washtub pulled by four geese was to float down the River Bure on May 2nd, 1845. Hundreds of people gathered on a bridge to watch the spectacle. The bridge collapsed and 79 people (mostly children) died. wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarmou…
The 1831 London Bridge was sold in 1962 when it needed to be replaced. It was bought by Lake Havasu City, Arizona, to help tourism. didyouknowstuff.festivals…
Netherlands built a special bridge for squirrels so they could cross a busy motorway. The bridge costed Β£120,000. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
The Inca Road system was at least 40,000 kilometres (25,000 mi) long. The roads were carefully planned and maintained. They were paved where necessary, had stairways, bridges and constructions such as retaining walls and a drainage system. Only 25% of the system remains visible today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inc…
There is a water bridge in Germany that connects the Elbe-Havel Canal to the Mittelland Canal, and allows ships to cross over the Elbe River en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
Today I learned about The Duge Bridge, the highest bridge in the world. The road deck sits 565 metres (1,850 feet) above the Beipan River. This is higher than One World Trade Center in New York City, 541 meters (1,776 feet) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dug…
Today I learned of Mostar Bridge that crosses the Neretva River in Bosnia Herzegovina is one of the tour stop for Red Bull Diving World Series since 2015. It was constructed in 1557, destroyed in Croat-Bosnian war in 1993. Restored in 2004, the bridge is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005. youtube.com/watch?v=g9wtp…
The story of Horatio on the Bridge. A junior Roman officer, he defended a bridge leading to Rome when an Etruscan army invaded. While the rest had retreated, Horatio rallied men to destroy the bridge behind him while he stopped the enemy from crossing. Jumping into the river, he swam to safety. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Chinese government officials had failed to stop suicide attempts on a Guangzhou bridge by stationing guards at each end and putting up special fences. What finally worked was slathering butter on all climbable parts of the 1,000 ft. long steel bridge. en.people.cn/90001/90782/…
Ironbridge, a town in England, takes its name from an iron bridge named The Iron Bridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
In 1968 RAF pilot Alan Pollock illegally flew his Hawker Hunter Jet through the span of Tower Bridge in Central London. His actions were to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the RAF and as a demonstration against the Ministry of Defence for not recognising it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
In 2019 an iconic piece of Flint graffiti was vandalized with another graffiti - a Grand Trunk Western Railroad bridge changed to read "Grand Funk Railroad" had graffiti painted over the "F" and one of the GFR band members' names painted there. abc12.com/content/news/Ic…
Chen Si a Chinese man who has stopped more than 300 people from committing suicide off the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge in Nanjing, China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Today I learned about a localized horror legend, β€œThe Donkey Lady”. The ghost of a woman who’s limbs were burned into hoof like stumps, and face melted into an elongated, donkey-like mask. Widely believed and retold in San Antonio for 50+ years. She even has a namesake bridge. texashillcountry.com/donk…
A bruin bear was found on a ledge of a California bridge. Volunteers strung a net under the bear; officials shot it with a tranquilizer dart, nudged it with a pole onto the net, lowered it to the ground & steered it into the wild. The bridge where the bear was found is called "Rainbow Bridge." deseret.com/2007/9/29/200…
In model migration Asians crossed Beringia land bridge to the Americas about 16000 years ago, and you can still find traces on Santa rosa island (CA) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
One of the reasons why the original pilot of star trek "The Cage" was not well received by NBC executes was the prominence of women on the bridge of the Enterprise. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Num…
In 2015 Tbillisi, Georgia was flooded. A result of flooding was the destruction of the Tbilisi Zoo, leaving half of its animal inhabitants either dead or on the loose. An escaped African penguin was found at the Red Bridge border crossing with Azerbaijan, having swam 60 km south from Tbilisi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Today I learned about Mathias Rust: A West German teenager who in 1987; sought to create an "imaginary bridge" to the Eastern Bloc by flying a Cessna 172 to the Soviet Union and landing on a bridge next to Red Square en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Thirty-five people died when the bridge over Tampa Bay that joined St. Petersburg and Bradenton in Florida collapsed after it was hit by a cargo ship at 7:33 a.m. May 9, 1980 jacksonville.com/photogal…
"pioneer" was originally a 16th century military rank, meaning people who advanced first into enemy territory to cut down forests, clear trails, make roads and bridges, etc., so the actual troops could march through after. Pioneer has the same French root as pawn or peon, meaning foot soldier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pio…
Today I learned of plans for a Gregg Allman biopic but was cancelled after one day of filming. While on a railroad trestle bridge illegally, a train struck several crew members, killing one. The director plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to two years in prison and eight years probation. ajc.com/entertainment/why…
California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Briggs, who battles depression himself, has personally talked more than 200 people off the ledge of the Golden Gate Bridge. cbc.ca/radio/outintheopen…
Most US casino poker games don't actually use poker-size cards, but instead the narrower bridge-size cards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Today I learned about an unnamed Viking warrior who was tasked with guarding a narrow (4 person wide) bridge against the Saxons in 1066. He survived constant attack for 1 hour until a clever Saxon floated down the river in a barrel and piked him in the groin from under the bridge. badassoftheweek.com/index…
Today I learned of Saitō Musashibō Benkei, a Japanese warrior who is said to have killed in excess of 300 trained soldiers by himself while defending a bridge. He was so fierce in close quarters that his enemies were forced to kill him with a volley of arrows. He died standing upright. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
The Verrazzano Bridge, connecting New York's Brooklyn and Staten Island,is so long that the curvature of the Earth had to be taken into account in its construction. Its two suspension towers are plumb vertical, but they are 1-5/8-inches (~41mm) further apart at their tops than at the bottom en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
After annexing Crimea in 2014, Russia began planning construction on the longest bridge in Europe, a 19km road and rail bridge connecting Crimea with mainland Russia. Such a bridge had been considered since 1903, it was completed in 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
One of the chimneys on the bridge, which can be mistaken for a lamp post, connects up to an old fireplace in a guardroom of the Tower of London. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tow…
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have never had a number 1 single in the US billboard Hot 100 charts. "Under the Bridge" peaked at number 2 in 1992. billboard.com/music/red-h…
Banpo Bridge in Seoul, South Korea is the world's largest "bridge fountain". LED-lit fountains span each side of the nearly 3/4-mile-long bridge and shoot dancing rainbow-colored jets of water. theseoulguide.com/sights/…
The pillars of the Roman Bridge in Trier (Germany), which is still used to this day, was built by the Romans in the 2nd century AD en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
The scene in IT: Chapter Two and in the novel where a group of teens assault a homosexual man and his partner before tossing one of them over a bridge to his death was actually based on a true story. Stephen King borrowed details from the real life event, and added Pennywise to it. bangordailynews.com/2019/…
When Eric Clapton and George Harrison were working on an untitled song, Harrison noted down the word "bridge" on the music sheet. Clapton misread the word as "badge", and the musicians decided to title the song "Badge". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad…
The medieval romantic trope of a Knight guarding a bridge or gate and forbidding passage unless dueled has a historical basis in the "Pas d'armes" where "any other knight who wished to pass must first fight, or be disgraced." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
In the last days of WW1, the Germans blew up all the French factories, bridges and railways they could and flooded the mines in France's most industrial area. This was the reason why France asked reparations from Germany, French economy needed that to survive after what the Germans had done en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Today I learned of the Nutty Narrows Bridge: a tiny suspension bridge designed to allow the squirrels of Longview, WA to safely cross the highway to forage for nuts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut…
There is a bridge in Warburton (England) with a toll of 12p per crossing or a daily pass of 25p. You can only pay on cash in exact change. It causes hours of tailbacks each day! bbc.com/news/uk-england-m…
After being misspelled for 54 years, the Verrazzano-Narrows bridge in New York City had its name corrected in 2018. nydailynews.com/new-york/…
Today I learned of a cemetery island just off the coast of Cabuya, Costa Rica. During low tide, a land bridge will surface, connecting the island to the mainland, which allows people to travel on foot and even hold funeral processions. montezumabeach.com/cabuya…
Lloyd Bridges, star of movies such as Airplane was briefly blacklisted by the HUAC in the 1950s latimes.com/local/obituar…
Producer Lee Mendelson was working on a Peanuts special whenβ€”while driving over the Golden Gate Bridgeβ€”Vince Guaraldi's Cast Your Fate To The Wind came on the radio. He was so moved, he immediately booked lunch with Guaraldi & asked him to score the music for A Charlie Brown Christmas. pri.org/stories/2014-12-2…
Hamburg has the most bridges of all cities in Europe. More than Venice, Amsterdam or Saint Petersburg. In fact it has more than Venice (400 Bridges) and Amsterdam (1200+) and Saint Petersburg (342) combined. In total there are 2496 bridges in the Hamburg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Victoria's Secret was founded by Roy Raymond, who sold the business in 1982 for $6 million and used the money to fund other unsuccessful business ventures. Depression from his failures led him to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in 1993. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…

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