Today I learned of Erwin Kreuz, a German tourist who planned to visit San Francisco but accidentally disembarked early, and then spent days looking for the Golden Gate Bridge and other Bay Area landmarks in Bangor, Maine. Amused and touched, Maine residents turned him into a local celebrity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erw…
Sri Lanka only became an island in 1480, when a cyclone destroyed the land bridge connecting it to mainland India. earth.esa.int/web/earth-w…
Robert Moses who built bridges across his parkways low in order to "restrict the use of state parks by poor and lower-middle-class families," who did not own cars and would arrive by bus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The swiss have enough bunkers to house the entire countries population fake houses with artillery in them, and bridges that are rigged to blow. 99percentinvisible.org/ar…
In the 1960s the US had developed a nuclear bomb small enough to be carried by one person, such as a paratrooper, and placed at an enemy target such as bridge, dam, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
In the event of The Queen's death (Operation London Bridge), Radio New Zealand stations are specifically instructed not to play music by the band Queen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned of Krista and Tatiana Hogan, one of the rarest forms of conjoined twins. Their brains are connected by a thalamic bridge which gives them unique neurological capabilities. They can feel and taste what the other is experiencing, can see through each other's eyes, and hear each other's thoughts. cbc.ca/cbcdocspov/feature…
Horses evolved on the great plains of North America. They migrated across the Bering land bridge to Asia, and all remaining horses died out in America. When the Spanish brought horses with them in the 16th century, they were returning them to their native ranges. britannica.com/animal/hor…
Today I learned about the battle of bamber bridge 1943 an out break of racial violence between black and white american military personnel due to the white MPs trying to enforce jim crow laws the 3 pubs in the town responded by putting up signs that said black troops only blackpast.org/global-afri…
At it's height, 'Old London Bridge' had over 200 shops, with some buildings 6 storeys tall. The bridge was home to one of London's most notorious sights β€” a display of the severed heads of traitors on spikes. The first head to be displayed was that of William Wallace. thetudortravelguide.com/2…
Jeff Bridges wears the same t-shirt in 3 different movies, Cold feet, The fisher King, and The big Lebowski. The shirt is a pic of Japanese Professional Baseball Player, Kaoru Betto, who was the recipient of the first Pacific League MVP. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kao…
Oliver R. Smoot was 5’7” in 1958 when his fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, used him to measure the Harvard Bridge. The bridge is 364.4 Smoots long +/- 1 ear. news.mit.edu/2009/smoot-0…
Despite detailed plans having been made since the 1990s for a suspension bridge crossing the Messina Strait between mainland Italy and Sicily, at its narrowest a distance of approx. 3km, no real construction has ever been started. No bridge or tunnel exists between Sicily and the mainland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Today I learned of American daredevil Sam Scott who in 1841 London planned to run from the White Lion Pub to Waterloo Bridge, jump into the river and get back within an hour. At the bridge as he swung from a rope to jump it slipped around his neck and he promptly hanged himself in front of crowds of onlookers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
In 2004 the Dave Matthews Band tour bus driver dumped approximately 800 lbs of human waste into the Chicago River from a bridge, only for it to land on an unsuspecting architecture tourist boat and about 80 of its 120 passengers (including infants, elderly, and disabled individuals). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
There are only two "mind sports" recognized by the International Olympic Committee : chess and bridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The Golden Gate Bridge's famed color, "International Orange" selected by architect Irving Morrow for aesthetics and for visibility in fog, won out over the US Navy's preferred color scheme. The Navy wanted it black with yellow safety stripes --the better for ships to see it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
In the strait between Denmark & Sweden is a natural island called Saltholm (Salt Islet). When the countries built a bridge connecting the two, they made an artificial island and named it Peberholm (Pepper islet) to complement Saltholm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
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…
Japanese warrior named Saitō Musashibō Benkei 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. military.wikia.org/wiki/B…
The old London Bridge is in Arizona, U.S.A. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Cornell University Had To Install Nets Under Its Bridges Because Suicidal Students Kept Jumping Off Them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Today I learned of Kaoru Batto who was a player in the Japanese Baseball League in the 1950s. While a great player, he was best commemorated by the actor Jeff Bridges who wore a shirt with a cartoon image of Kaoru Betto in The Fisher King, Cold Feat, and The Big Lebowski. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kao…
London not only has the β€žBig Benβ€œ but also β€žLittle Benβ€œ, located at Victoria Station. It mimics the design of its big brother not far away at Westminster Bridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
Only one two-lane road connects eastern Canada with western Canada. In 2016, the road was closed due to a bridge needing repairs, splitting the country for 17 hours and forcing drivers to detour through the US en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nip…
A 3500 year old Egyptian obelisk was encased in an iron cylinder and then rolled into the sea. With the addition of a bow, rudder, mast, and a bridge for crew accommodation the cylinder was turned into a ship and sailed to London, England, where it arrived three months later in January 1878 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
In December 2019, civil servant Darryn Frost stopped a knifeman on the London Bridge using a narwhal tusk bbc.com/news/uk-50870309
The Golden Gate Bridge, due to new bicycle-path railings and a wind retrofit project that helps it to be more aerodynamic, is now a giant harmonica whose "songs" has been heard at more than three miles away from it theguardian.com/us-news/2…
In 1884, after a stampede on the Brooklyn Bridge (the longest suspension bridge at that time) due to scared commuters and to boost confidence among New Yorkers, 21 elephants were paraded on the bridge to show the bridge's strength. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Michael Douglas, Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Barry Bostwick, Burt Reynolds, and Mick Jagger were all considered for the lead role in Fletch before casting Chevy Chase en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
In the Rage Against the Machine song β€œKnow Your Enemy”, Maynard James Keenan of Tool sings the β€œI got no patience now” bridge en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kno…
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…
The one crossing point of the 17km-long, North Korea-Russia border is called the "Friendship Bridge". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kor…
The London Bridge is in Lake Havasu City, Arizona en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
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…
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…
The Laguna GarzΓ³n Bridge in Uruguay is designed as a circle, over the water. Its design forces drivers to slow down and to allow for pedestrian access along the one-way circular route, including crosswalks that allow pedestrian access to either the inner or outer sidewalks of the circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag…
Hungary held an online poll how to name the new bridge they were building in the capital. First the "Chuck Norris Bridge" was winning then Stephen Colbert asked his fans to vote for "Stephen Colbert Bridge". Colbert won with 17 million votes that is 7 million more than Hungary's population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
During the filming of Tenet in Mumbai, a man attempted to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge. The lifeguards couldn't get to him, but luckily the crew had 40 ships in the water, and they were able to pull the man out of the water using ropes. news18.com/news/movies/ch…
Today I learned of the 'Battle of Bamber Bridge', in which black US troops stationed in the UK in WW2 (with the support of local villagers) fought MPs trying to enforce imported US segregation laws en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The Bridgestone tire company is named after its founder Shōjirō Ishibashi, whose surname means "stone bridge" in Japanese en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh%…
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…
Camels and llamas originated from modern day North America roughly 44 million years ago. They later, along with early horses, migrated to Asia across the Bearing land bridge. The last camel in North America was known as the Camelops and lived there until the middle Pleistocene. nps.gov/hafo/learn/nature…
The rapper in the bridge of Michael Jackson's "Black or White" is producer Bill Bottrell, who is credited only as "L.T.B." for "Leave it to Beaver." Bottrell wanted to get LL Cool J or Heavy D, who were featured on other tracks for the album, but Jackson insisted on using his performance. vice.com/en/article/9bg57…
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…
Today I learned about glider named 'Voo-Doo' and her daring pilots that undertook an incredibly dangerous transatlantic flight in 1943 in order to prove the notion of creating a glider air bridge between North America and Britain. youtube.com/watch?v=ud4cq…
Before the Battle of Stamford Bridge a rider came to Harald Hardrada and Tostig Godwinson and offered Tostig the return of his land if he changed sides. When asked what Harald would get the rider replied Seven feet of English ground as he is taller than other men. The rider was Harold Godwinson en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
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…
Roy Raymond, founder of Victoria's Secret committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge after a series of business failures en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Today I learned about America's top ace of all time, Major Richard Bong. He flew through Market Street, SF, and looped around the Golden Gate Bridge before eventually serving in the Pacific theater of WWII. He died in a testing accident on the same day the first nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…

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