Landing humans on the Moon required the most sudden burst of technological creativity and the largest commitment of resources ever made by any nation in peacetime. At its peak, the Apollo program employed 400,000 people and required the support of over 20,000 industrial firms and universities.โ€ฆ
The Lewis & Clark expedition only suffered one casualty. Dysentery, snake bites, a dislocated shoulder, venereal disease and Lewis being shot in the buttocks after being mistaken for an elk all threatened the group's well-being, but the only man to die did so as a result of a burst appendix.โ€ฆ
The last bursts of light in the universe will not be visible from any of the other last remaining stars. The distances will be so large that the photons will decay before crossing them.โ€ฆ
The Soviets bugged US Embassy and Consulate typewriters with one of the world's first keyloggers. It was a long bit of circuitry inside a supporting bar in the typewriter, capturing text by measuring magnetic disturbance as the print head moved. This was sent by radio bursts to the Soviets.โ€ฆ
The subject of the Pulitzer prize-winning photo โ€œBurst of Joyโ€, Lt. Col Bob Stirm, had received a โ€œdear Johnโ€ letter from his wife the same day he was released from custody as a POW.โ€ฆ
In 1998 Australian Astronomers detected fast radio burst signals, and named them Perytons. It was soon discovered that it was escaping radiation from the microwave in the lunch room, which was being stopped by using the door release without pushing the stop button first.โ€ฆ
The Parthenon was reasonably intact until 1687. The Greek temple had been used as a church and then a mosque for centuries, then the Ottomans used it as an ammo dump during a war with the Venetians. The building was shelled and a mortar burst through the roof and destroyed much of the building.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Suicide Palm Tree, a tree 60 foot high and native to Madagascar which has a life span of around 30-50 years. Once the time comes the palm tree bursts out hundreds of flowers, taking up so many of the tree's nutrients it kills itself.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the London Beer Flood when a large vat of fermenting porter burst, releasing a quarter-million gallons of beer into the streets and killing 8 people.โ€ฆ
Alchemist Hennig Brand is thought to have used upwards of 1500 gallons of human urine in his quest to make gold. After he evaporated, boiled and distilled it multiple times, it started to glow in the dark and burst into flames. He had instead discovered the element phosphorus.โ€ฆ
In 1996 a man burst into a radio station in New Zealand and took the manager hostage. He demanded that the station play the Muppet song "The Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the Frog or else he would detonate a bomb.โ€ฆ
, on the day of bombing on Hiroshima, within the first three seconds 1000s of people were incinerated as the temperature at the burst-point reached 60 million degrees centigrade- 10000 times hotter than the Sun's surface.โ€ฆ
In the movie Alien, the actors were not told that the Xenomorph was going to burst through Kane's chest, as to make the reactions real, even causing Veronica, one of the actors, to pass out.โ€ฆ
In Japan, establishments like banks & convenience stores visibly keep baseball-sized orange orbs behind the counter. These โ€œanticrime color ballsโ€ are filled with bright pigment that burst on impact & are for employees to lob at robbers (or getaway vehicles) to improve the chance of arrest.โ€ฆ
Everybody is technically allergic to bee stings, but only 5 to 7.5 % of people are severely allergic. Melittin, which makes up 50% of bee venom's dry weight, is the allergen that causes red blood cells at the sting site to burst and expand. It's the most important ingredient in the venom.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the most famous person ever to have literally been in a pickle, Horatio Nelson. He died at sea, so the surgeon on board pickled his body in brandy to preserve it for the long trip to England. 2 weeks into the journey, gaseous pressures burst the cask lid, making Nelson "rise from the dead."โ€ฆ
Gary Gygax's wife was convinced he was having an affair so she followed him to a dimly lit basement and burst into the room only to find him and his friends hunched over hand drawn maps. Gary would go on to invent the role playing game "Dungeons and Dragons"โ€ฆ
The earliest explosion ever detected is a Gamma-ray burst from 13 billion years ago. At this point in time the universe was only 6% of its current age. It is likely to be an explosion of an early star. The light of this burst passed the earth in 2005.โ€ฆ
William the Conquerorโ€™s body exploded at his funeral. Heโ€™d died due to an intestinal infection from his horse rearing and throwing him against his saddle pommel. At his funeral, as his too large body was being forced into a too small coffin, his abdomen burst. Mourners ran to escape the stench.โ€ฆ
Tom Attridge, the pilot of the first jet aircraft to shoot itself down. He fired two bursts midway through a shallow dive. As the trajectory of the cannon rounds decayed, they ultimately crossed paths with the jet as it continued its descent. Though it was a crash-landing, he survived.โ€ฆ
Sperm Whalesโ€™ sounds are so loud (under water) they can burst your ear drums or even โ€œvibrateโ€ you to death.โ€ฆ
While attacking a series of machine gun nests during WW2, Daniel Inouye had most his right arm shot off while arming a grenade. He pried the grenade out of his severed hand and destroyed a bunker with it before finishing the last resistance in the bunker with a one-handed Tommy gun burst.โ€ฆ
, of Prader-Willi Syndrome. Those affected can never feel full and if let unattended would literally eat until their belly's burst. Sufferers are also afflicted with diminished mental capacity so they can't understand the dangers involved.โ€ฆ
The Aorta can develop an aneurysm and burst, killing you in seconds. It's called the silent killerโ€ฆ
Keith Moon once tried to put a hotel waterbed mattress in an elevator as a prank but it burst. He complained to the manager and convinced them it leaked and ruined his stage clothes. The hotel apologized and moved them to the antiques-filled Presidential Suite, which they demolished that night.โ€ฆ
The Earth has what can poetically called it's "Heartbeat". Lightning flashes set up the resonance pattern that surrounds Earth.After bouncing off the ionosphere, the electromagnetic waves from a single lightning burst interact with and amplify other waves,setting up the Schumann Resonance.โ€ฆ
The person played Tinky Winky in Teletubbies burst into tears after being fired because his "interpretation of the role was not acceptable".โ€ฆ
Roman Emperor Valentinian died whilst yelling at a group of barbarians due to becoming so angry that a blood vessel in his skull burstโ€ฆ
Robert Devereux once burst in on Elizabeth I before she had had the chance to change out of her nightgown and put on her wig and makeup. For this, he got grounded until further notice.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of GRB 080319B, a extremely bright gamma ray burst/supernova that despite being 7.5 billion light years away from the Earth, was visible to the naked eye for around 30 secondsโ€ฆ
Burst fire firearms were introduced to the US Army as a means to conserve ammo. During the Vietnam War (less well trained) soldiers would commonly hold down the trigger until they ran out of ammo.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the parasitic botfly which grow under the skin of animals and humans while feeding from their flesh. Once mature, they burst out from the skin of their host. blog.nationalgeographic.oโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Prince Frederick (1707-1751), the heir apparent to the British throne, who died at the age of 44. His cause of death was historically attributed to a burst lung abscess, caused by blunt force trauma to the chest delivered by a cricket ball.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Kopperl, a town in Texas, that had a heat burst which caused hurricane forced winds, the temperature to reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and ears of corn to be roasted on the cob. Neighboring towns were not affected.
Today I learned of the London Beer flood of 1814, where a 22 foot vat of Porter beer burst, flooding the streets and killing 8 people.โ€ฆ
Apollo 14 astronaut Stuart Roosa carried 500 tree seeds with him to the moon. Upon the return to Earth, the seed canister burst after being exposed to a vacuum, scattering and mixing up the seeds. The seeds proved viable, giving the Forest Service more than 400 Moon Tree seedlingsโ€ฆ
In 1857 John Nicholson burst into an officersโ€™ dinner and said: โ€œI am sorry, gentlemen, to have kept you waiting for your dinner, but I have been hanging your cooks." Nicholson had found out the cooks had poisoned the soup and so he had killed them all.โ€ฆ
Leatherback sea turtles, the largest turtles on the planet, are among the fastest reptiles. Capable of bursts up to 22mph in the water.โ€ฆ
In 1745 The Earl of Kilmarnock a Jacobite rebel was beheaded on Tower Hill. John Thrift the executioner was visibly upset and burst into tears when the Earl of arrived. This gave rise to the bizarre scene of the man who was about to die comforting his executioner.โ€ฆ
Scientists have recently discovered repeating radio signals coming from a mysterious source well beyond the Milky Way. While one-off fast radio bursts (FRBs) have been detected in the past, this is the first time multiple signals have been detected coming from the same place in space.โ€ฆ
The Ancient Romans practiced "mountain wrecking," a mining practice where they pumped water into the crevices of mountains until their pressure caused their rock faces to burst openโ€ฆ
A "bear fell or jumped" on a moving Humboldt County patrol car on 3 August 2019 in California, USA. Bear "smashed the hood and windshield." The "car hit an embankment, rolled onto its side and burst into flames." The driver survived, fire "was contained," "car was gutted." Bear "fled the scene."โ€ฆ
Ladybugs are susceptible to wasp parasites that can control their minds to watch over the wasp eggs. The wasp stings the ladybig, which hosts the wasp larva until they finally burst out of her abdomen and weave a cocoon between her legs. Sometimes the ladybug can be parasited twice!โ€ฆ
While the term "shrapnel" has been generalized to refer to any fragments of bullets, shell casings, and bombs, the term originally referred to a hollow cannonball filled with lead shot that burst in mid-air, invented by Henry Shrapnel in the 18th centuryโ€ฆ
In 1954 a team f Thai movers were tasked with transporting a plaster statue of Buddha. The rope used to move it snapped, however, causing the statue to burst open and reveal the world's largest gold statueโ€ฆ
The demon core was a palm sized orb of plutonium responsible for the death of scientists on two separate occasions. Both incidents included a slip of the wrist, resulting in a millisecond long burst of radiation. Blue light was emmited in the second incident.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Margaret Reed. Margaret was convicted of being a witch in 1590 in King's Lynn and was burned at the stake. Legend has it, while she burned, her heart burst from her chest and smashed into the building across the street. The spot where her heart struck is still visible to this day.โ€ฆ
The warm blooded Atlantic Bluefin Tuna is so powerful, it can cook its own flesh with sudden bursts of muscle activity channel.nationalgeographiโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the London Beer Flood in 1814, which occured when a vat of fermenting beer burst and flooded the streets, killing 8.โ€ฆ
The Marathon comes from the legend of Philippides. He ran from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens (26 miles 385 yards) and announced victory for Greece, in 490 BC. Running the entire distance, he burst into the assembly, exclaiming ฮฝฮตฮฝฮนฮบฮฎฮบฮฑฮผฮตฮฝ ("we have won"), before collapsing and dying.โ€ฆ

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