Australian comedian Hamish Blake won the heavyweight category in the 2011 New York State Body Building competition after entering as a joke, as he was the only competitor heavy enough to qualify for his weight category youtu.be/w86vPvXu75I
Marconi believed, late on in life, that no sound ever dies completely. He dreamt of building a device strong enough to pick up the actual words of Jesus at the 'Sermon on the Mount'. americanscientist.org/art…
For 23 Years The French Have Been Building A Real Medieval Castle Using Only Medieval Construction Techniques archaeology-travel.com/fr…
North Korea's tallest building is a 105 story hotel began in 1987 and holds the Guinness World Record for tallest unoccupied building in the world. insider.com/abandoned-hot…
Huge feral hogs have invaded Canada, building β€˜pigloos’ as they go api.nationalgeographic.co…
The German parliament building, the Reichstag, has a memorial outside its front entrance, dedicated to its members of parliament that died "unnaturally" during the Nazi years, most in prisons or concentration camps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
Fort Wayne, IN had a mayor named Harry Baals, and in recent years have had to adjust street signs and buildings named after him and his family now pronounces the name 'Bales'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
, there's an 18 mile long wire circling above the buildings of Manhattan and certain other US cities with large populations of orthodox Jews. This is a talmudic invention meant to circumvent sabbath restrictions against carrying a burden. npr.org/2019/05/13/721551…
The borders between Belgium and the Netherlands are so complex that many buildings have an international border running right through them. A bank was built on top of the border so paperwork was moved from one side of the building to the other whenever one nationality’s tax inspectors came. bbc.com/travel/story/2017…
Today I learned about UNICOR, they a government company that uses federal prisoners paid between 23Β’ and $1.15 an hour to produce almost all the furniture seen in federal buildings. businessreview.berkeley.e…
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…
The United States' deadliest natural disaster was a hurricane in 1900 that "effectively obliterated" the city of Galveston, Texas. At least 8,000 people died, 7,000 buildings were destroyed, and 10,000 residents, more than a quarter of the city's population, were left homeless. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/190…
During the Prague Uprising at the end of WWII, two escaped British POWs approached a garrison of Waffen-SS and claimed to represent a regiment of paratroopers and threatened to call in an airstrike on the building they occupied. The Germans surrendered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In April 2008, Comcast sued the Chattanooga Electric Power Board (EPB) to prevent it from building a fiber network to serve residents who were getting slow speeds from the incumbent cable provider, and lost. After EPB launched in 2009, Comcast and AT&T finally started upgrading their services. arstechnica.com/informati…
A third building collapsed on 9/11, building 7, due to the damage taken for the twin towers falling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
There are tiny doors in the US Capitol Building that house water spigots; they were installed after an Xmas Eve fire in 1851 (which devastated the then collection of the Library of Congress) to help combat future potential fires and to clean the floors. youtu.be/aizDj6gp0g0
The heaviest building in the world is the Palace of the Parliament located in Bucharest, Romania. Before becoming a government building, however, it was the home of dictator Nicolae CeauΘ™escu. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
In 2012, Angamuco, a "lost" ancient city in Mexico with more buildings that Manhattan, was uncovered. It was built by a civilization that was rivals to the Aztecs, and remained buried under vegetation for centuries. news.com.au/technology/sc…
International building code originated from King Hammurabi of Babylon in 1758 B.C. Hammurabi's Code stated, β€œIf a builder has built a house for a man and his work is not strong, and if the house he has built falls in and kills the householder, that builder shall be slain.” motherearthnews.com/green…
Today I learned of the Disposable Ship- As British taxes only applied to lumber on a ship, and not the lumber that MADE UP the ship, Canadian loggers began building large, barely seaworthy ships that would be broken up for timber once they reached British shores. amusingplanet.com/2019/10…
In 1956, the USSR proposed to the US jointly building a 74-km-wide dam spanning the Bering Strait; the goal was to melt the Arctic Ocean year-round to improve oceanic shipping, access to resources, and usable land. sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/…
In Hull, Quebec in 1900 a single residential chimney fire spread so quickly to neighbouring houses, buildings, and lumber yards that it left 40% of the entire city homeless overnight, burned down the city's only fire station, and eventually crossed the river into Ottawa and set it ablaze, too. cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa…
A fire destroyed several buildings, but left a Carl's Jr. unscathed. The Carl's Jr. employees began making 165 burgers for the firemen, but the heat from the grilling meat caught the restaurant on fire. pressdemocrat.com/article…
Because of inconsistent government policy, Daylight Savings Time only applied to some businesses and cities when introduced in the province of Quebec, Canada. In one building in Montreal, DST was in effect on half the first floor and the fourth floor, but not in the rest of the building. muse.jhu.edu/article/4914…
The five-story Lingotto building in Turin, Italy, was formerly a Fiat factory, and includes a test track on the roof, where cars would be rolled off the assembly line and tested. slate.com/blogs/atlas_obs…
Most of the Great Wall of China that we see today was constructed starting in the late 1400s, making it contemporary with The Renaissance. (Leonardo da Vinci was in his 20s and painting professionally by the time the Ming Dynasty resumed building it) history.com/topics/ancien…
There are about 100 secret offices in the U.S. Capitol building used by members of the Senate and senior members of the House; their locations are unknown even by staff members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hid…
Today I learned of the Singer Building, completed in 1900,it is currently the tallest ever building to be voluntarily demolished en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
In 1978, The House Select Committee on Assassinations reported John F. Kennedy's brain is missing. During the autopsy, his brain was removed and placed in a stainless steel box given to the Secret Service. The box was moved to the National Archives building in 1965. As of 1966, it was gone. theguardian.com/world/sho…
The largest ship ever built was an oil tanker, the Seawise Giant. Fully loaded, its displacement was over 650,000 tons. The heaviest ship of any kind, it drew so deep it was incapable of navigating even the English Channel. It was longer than the Empire State Building is tall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
The Empire State Building has its own ZIP code. 10118. esbnyc.com/about/facts-fi…
The first Roman fire brigade was created by Marcus Crassus. 500 men strong. Arriving at the scene, the fire fighters did nothing while Crassus offered to buy the burning building from the owner at a low price. If the owner agreed to sell, they put the fire out. Otherwise they let it burn down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In 2013, 16 years after the Seinfeld episode mentioning Festivus aired, it was actually observed in Florida when a "Festivus pole" made of empty Pabst beer cans was displayed in the state's capitol building in Tallahassee news.wjct.org/post/only-f…
The first ever Roman fire brigade was created by Marcus Licinius Crassus. During fires, they would do nothing while Crassus would offer to buy the burning building from the owner at a very low price. If the owner agreed, they would put out the fire. If he refused, they would simply let it burn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The floor plans of MI6 (British Secret Intelligence Service) headquarters in London were 'lost' by building contractors during refurbishment. The documents held sensitive information on the layout, including entry and exit points. Most documents (but not all) were later recovered. bbc.com/news/uk-50927854
Saudi Arabia is building a new futuristic city in the country’s northwestern region (Tabuk) which has been called the world most ambitious project and known as Β« the land of the future”. It will be 33 times the size of New York City and nearly the size of Belgium en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo…
A Japanese company wanted to build an office building on a plot of land it owned, while another company had permits to build a highway through the same plot. The companies compromised by building a 16-story office building and putting the highway on floors 5-7. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gat…
There is the Β£40m unfinished 'ghost' mansion that has been standing empty for 35 years in Sussex. The property is vanity project funded by British multi-millionaire criminal Nicholas van Hoogstratent. Few people have seen inside the building but it is reputedly bigger than Buckingham Palace. walesonline.co.uk/news/uk…
The little entry room that leads to the main area of a building is called a vestibule en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ves…
One of the founders of Whataburger was a pilot and designed the buildings as such so that he would be able to spot his own establishments when in the air. He later died in a private plane crash findagrave.com/memorial/1…
After the β€œThe Walkie-Talkie” building in London was finished, due to its weird concave design, it unintentionally melted cars and changed weather patterns. It focused a beam of light that was 6 times brighter than sunlight on to the pavement below which heated to nearly 250Β°F at certain spots. edition.cnn.com/2013/09/0…
Matthew McConaughey originally auditioned with Kate Winslet for 'Titanic' (1997) and was confident he got the role of Jack, but Leonardo DiCaprio interviewed next and James Cameron said every woman in the building showed up for the meeting so he thought, 'maybe I should cast this guy'. thewrap.com/james-cameron…
Today I learned of Justo Gallego, a Spanish man who's spend nearly the last 60 years building a cathedral by himself from materials he found in the area. youtube.com/watch?v=pRy3S…
Swinging within Taiwanese skyscraper Taipei 101 is the world's largest tuned mass damper, a 660-ton steel pendulum that counteracts the tremendous forces of tropical winds on the building en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tai…
In 1978 an architectural student discovered that a skyscraper in NY could topple if strong winds hit the building. The engineer that is credited for designing the building then made secret nightly repairs in collaboration with the NYPD, without alerting the general public to the danger 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
Due to the use of Nazi concentration camp slave labor during the construction of V2 rockets, more people died during the building of it than were ever killed by it as a weapon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wer…
During the War of 1812, while British soldiers were in the process of destroying Washington D.C., Dr. William Thorton, Superintendent of the U.S. Patent Office saved the building from sure destruction by standing in front of a loaded cannon and convincing British Soldiers not to fire. myoutbox.net/pobere.htm
While the blueprints to the Saturn V rockets still exist, the manufacturing industries that built them do not, making building new ones prohibitively expensive. moonhoaxdebunked.com/2017…
Christo and Jeanne-Claude negotiated with the German government for 24 years before being allowed to wrap Berlin's Reichstag building in 1995. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
The largest building in Kentucky is a 4,000,000 square foot man-made cavern underneath the city of Louisville that houses businesses, storage facilities, ziplines, and a mountain bike park. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…

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