In the Rio 2016 Paralympics, each medal had a distinctive rattle sound for bronze, silver and gold. This was for visually impaired athletes. abc.net.au/news/2016-09-1…
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Byron Raymond "Whizzer" White was a star running back in the National Football League was also awarded two bronze stars during WWII as well as being Rhodes Scholar, and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byr…
Today I learned of Swansea Jack, a dog from Wales who saved 27 people from drowning in the river Tawe, he was awarded a silver cup by the Mayor of London and to this day is the only dog to have been awarded two bronze medals by the National Canine Defence League, he was named 'Dog of the Century after his death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
The Roman Colosseum gets its name from the 30 meter (98 feet) tall bronze statue that once stood near it, "The Colossus of Nero". rome.net/colosseum#:~:tex…
Today I learned of Patrick Tadina a 30yr Army veteran who was the longest continuously serving Ranger in Vietnam. Due to his completion & small size he could often pass as Vietcong while wearing pajamas & sandals to get within feet of the enemy. He earned two silver stars & 10 bronze stars, 7 with valor. stripes.com/news/patrick-…
Ara Abrahamian, Greco-Roman wrestler for the Swedes in the 2008 Olympics, lost a semifinal due to a controversial ruling. The refs refused to review match video. Ara calmly accepted the bronze medal, then placed it on the mat and walked off. The IOC gave him a lifetime ban from the Olympics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
The brazen bull was allegedly a torture and execution device designed in ancient Greece. Prisoners were to get in a bronze bull and a fire was set below.The bull's head was designed with a system of tubes so that the prisoner's screams were converted into sounds like bellowing of a bull. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Lithuania could not afford to send its men's basketball team to the 1992 Olympics, so the Grateful Dead sent the team colorful, free-flowing tie-dye warm-up jerseys with a flying, dunking skeleton, and the team took the bronze medal. thesmartset.com/article03…
Today I learned of the Nebra Sky Disk - a bronze disk Dated to 1600 BCE, that some researchers believe is the oldest known realistic representation of the cosmos yet found. ancient.eu/article/235/th…
Alma, Arkansas (self-declared "Spinach Capital of the World") has a giant, bronze Popeye statue in the middle of Popeye Park that was unveiled in 2007 during their annual Spinach Festival. atlasobscura.com/places/p…
People of the Sintashta culture of the northern Eurasian steppes around 2000 BCE lived in heavily fortified settlements, smelted bronze in every household, invented chariot warfare and had burial rituals closely resembling those described in the oldest sacred text of Hinduism, the Rigveda. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Today I learned of a Bronze Age political murder - a "Regicide" that happened nearly 4 millennia ago, when an experienced warrior thrust a 6 inch long dagger through the stomach, to the victim’s spine with such ferocity that it severed multiple arteries. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about the Roman dodecahedron, a bronze artifact who's function continues to elude us mentalfloss.com/article/5…
When Japanese pole vaulters Shuhei Nishida and Sueo Oe tied for silver at the 1936 Olympics they refused a tie-breaker. The silver was arbitrarily awarded to Nishida. They had their medals cut in half and then welded together so they each had one "friendship medal" of half silver, half bronze. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue…
In the Early Bronze Age bronze was made of copper and arsenic rather than copper and tin, due to the scarcity of sites where tin can be mined. Only after improvements in long-distance trade the copper-tin alloy became dominant. makin-metals.com/about/hi…
There are bronze statues of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and Splinter) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, donated by their comics co-creator & university alum Peter Laird. umass.edu/gateway/feature…
At the end of the bronze age (1200-900 BCE). Several ancient civilizations were invaded and in some cases conquered by an obscure force of "Sea Peoples". They were a contributing factor to the Bronze age collapse and their origin is still mostly unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
The Greece's modern navy has a trireme, based on ancient Athenian designs. The ship is designed for a crew of 10 spearmen, 4 archers, 10 sailors, 5 officers, a flutist, and 170 oarsmen, with a 450 lb bronze ram for ramming other ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
Today I learned about Patton's Prayer. During The Battle of the Bulge, clear weather was desperately needed to advance. He asked a chaplain to write him a suitable prayer. The chaplain complied, and the ensuing prayer was handed out to the troops. The weather cleared, and Patton gave the chaplain a Bronze Star. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The Flavian Amphitheater was nicknamed The Colosseum due to it's proximity to a 30-metre bronze statue of Nero. The statue may have remained standing as late as the 7th century AD and was almost as tall as the Statue of Liberty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Over the last 300 years, strange bronze dodecahedrons have been found among Roman archaeological sites. Archaeologists are still uncertain what their purpose was. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
The second tallest monument in Arlington National Cemetery is a 32' tall bronze sculpture to Confederacy titled "New South" by the sculptor, and the Daughters of the Confederacy hold Confederate memorial day ceremonies there to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Archaeologists in India, found though carbon dating, a chariot that dates back to bronze age (Approx 4000 BC). This suggests that Europeans and Indo-Iranians were two separate groups (albeit of a common origin - Proto-Afroasiatic) and challenges the Aryan Invasion Theory researchgate.net/publicat…
While bronze is usually made from copper and tin, it can be made with copper and arsenic instead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ars…
Today I learned about the Bronze Age collapse, in which the Sea People invaded the Mediterranean. In 50 years the Mycenaeans, Kassites, and Hittites collapsed, while Egypt was crippled economically. Trade routes were disrupted, literacy was severely reduced andcities were destroyed or abandoned permanently. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat…
During the 1938 Berlin Olympics, two Japanese pole vaulters who tied for second place refused to participate in a tie-breaker. Upon returning to Japan, they cut their medals in half and fused them to one another so each athlete ended up with a half-silver, half-bronze medal. independent.co.uk/sport/o…
Daniel Stern (Marv from Home Alone) has done over 500 hours of charity work in a single year, started a foundation for teens in Malibu and is an artist of bronze sculptures looper.com/102654/real-re…
In 1972 a snorkeling chemist investigating what he first believed was a buried corpse uncovered the Riace Bronzes, little known to the public and today considered by many to be the most exquisite and alluring statues ever made for their combined realism and exaggeration of key features wikipedia.org/wiki/Riace_…
Recent research has suggested plague first infected humans in Europe and Asia in the Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age. Research in 2018 found evidence of Yersinia pestis in an ancient Swedish tomb, which may have been associated with the "Neolithic decline" around 3000 BCE. nature.com/articles/d4158…
The USA has a record of 0-22 in Olympic Men’s field hockey, yet still have a bronze medal, because only three teams participated at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. foxsports.com/olympics/st…
The Australian 1 and 2 cent coins were withdrawn from circulation in 1992. The recovered coins were melted down to make the bronze medals for the Sydney 2000 Olympics ramint.gov.au/news-media/…
King Tut (Tutankhamun) was entombed with an iron dagger. It is believed that the dagger's blade is forged from a Nickel Iron meteorite, the only available source of that metal in the Bronze Age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tut…
Tug-of-war used to be an Olympic sport. In the 1912 Olympics in Sweden, the host nation took gold, Great Britain took silver, and no one won bronze because only two teams showed up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tug…
: A Chinese mining company and the Afghan government is going to destroy Mes Anyak, a 5,000 year-old Bronze age site and 2,000 year-old Buddhist Silk Road city. savingmesaynak.com/
Several famous actors were decorated during WWII. Henry Fonda won a Bronze Star in the Pacific, Walter Matthau was awarded six battle stars while serving on a B-17. Christopher Lee was a pilot in the Royal Air Force and also won a number of awards. ww2gravestone.com/fascina…
Five years before Superman was created there was a pulp fiction Superhero called 'Doc Savage'. He was known as 'The Man of Bronze,' and had a 'Fortress of Solitude ' in the Arctic. He had superhuman powers, though was not an alien. He was known as a Super Man, oh and his name was Clark. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc…
In December 1967, President Lyndon B Johnson gave Pope Paul VI a bronze bust of himself. He’d had over 200 of them specially-made and kept them on the presidential plane. In return, Paul VI gave him a painting of a nativity scene. americamagazine.org/conte…
Suckling a king’s nipples was a medieval (476 AD – 1453 AD) gesture of submission that may have extended as far back as the Late Bronze Age (1200–c. 500 BC). getpocket.com/explore/ite…
There is a monument to enemas in the Russian spa town of Zheleznovodsk, featuring a bronze bulb held aloft by three cherubs atlasobscura.com/places/m…
Critics complained that a bronze statue of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal standing in San Francisco's Civic Center more closely resembled the Sumerian king Gilgamesh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Ancient Egyptians loved board games and a well-known Bronze Age game which was invented in Egypt 4,000 years ago had one player choose Hounds pegs the other Jackals pegs. Carved out of Ivory the game was found in Mesopotamia, Israel, Syria, Iran, Azerbaijan, Levant and the Mediterranean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
Today I learned of the Bronze Age collapse, in which incredibly rich, powerful, advanced civilizations, dependent on complex trade and agriculture, vanished in the span of a human lifetime. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat…
The 13th century BC battlefield of the Tollense valley in Germany is the oldest battlefield discovered. Between 3,000 and 5,000 trained and experienced warriors fought in a single battle with a 20-25% casualty rate. Until this find the Bronze Age was assumed to be peaceful. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tol…
Ronda Rousey won a Bronze Medal in Judo at the 2008 Olympics. She was the first US woman to win one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
British and Irish people are not indigenous Western Europeans; the populace of the Isles was 90% overturned by proto Indo-European speakers in the Bronze age (2400BC) nature.com/articles/natur…
Today I learned about James Hugh O'Neill, the chaplain for General Patton's Third Army in WW2, when Patton ordered him to pray for clear weather, and the weather subsequently cleared, he was awarded the Bronze Star on the spot by Patton en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Acre and the prefix agri- (agriculture) share a common ancestor in an ancient Bronze age language, proto-indo-european. The same is true for the words futile and God. youtube.com/watch?v=Nrs6U…
Today I learned that Bronze Olympic medalists are happier than silver medalists blogs.scientificamerican.…
Not only is the Golden Ratio not very special, but there are several other "metallic ratios" like it, including the Silver Ratio, the Bronze Ratio, and so on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
The statue of Molly Marlone has been groped often enough that the bronze hue has begun to wear off on the bosom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…

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