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…
When Connecticut's Emergency Alert System was activated in 2005 calling for the immediate evacuation of the entire state, residents did not evacuate; the most common response was to 'change the channel' or seek other confirmation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Jerry Lawson pioneered home video gaming in the 1970's by helping to invent the Fairchild Channel F, the first system with interchangeable cartridges. One of few black engineers in computing at the time, he unfortunately received less recognition than deserved due to the Channel F's poor sales. biography.com/inventor/je…
A Philadelphia archivist and activist named Marion Stokes continuously recorded major US channels from 1977 to her death in 2012, eventually filling 9 apartments with 71,716 tapes. The collection is now being digitized by The Internet Archive. Most footage would otherwise be lost forever. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Pelorus Jack was a dolphin that used to guide ships through a notoriously dangerous channel in New Zealand. In 1904 someone aboard the SS Penguin tried to shoot Jack with a rifle, he survived and continued to guide all ships except the SS Penguin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pel…
The earth dug out from the British side of the Channel Tunnel was used to create new land on the English coast called "Samphire Hoe", it's now home to the tunnel's cooling equipment and a nature reserve en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Today I learned about the Disgrace of GijΓ³n, a Football (Soccer) match between West Germany and Austria so bad, the German TV Commentator refused to comment the game at one point, the Austrian TV commentator asked people to change the channel, and Spain's newspaper printed the match in their Crimes Section. footiecentral.com/footbal…
In WW2, US used Native Americans for message encryption. They were called "code talkers" as they simply talked in their native language for transmitting the messages. This allowed fast communication over open channels as enemy was unable to break this code. Was crucial in winning the war. britannica.com/topic/code…
Disney was worried about airing a black boy kissing a white girl in the 1999 Disney channel original move β€œDon't Look Under the Bed” and almost scrapped the scene. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Disney owns (entirely or partially) Pixar, Marvel Cinematic Universe, ESPN, The History Channel, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Alien/Predator, Avatar, Planet of the Apes, X-Men/Deadpool, Family Guy, The Simpsons and The Muppets. cartoonbrew.com/disney/ch…
Trevor Moore, a member of the Whitest Kids U’ Know comedy troupe, co-created the semiscripted Disney Channel sitcom Just Roll With It, where audience members choose between three options to decide what happens to the characters in certain scenes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus…
Levar Burton of Reading Rainbow directed the 1999 Disney Channel Original Movie 'Smart House' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sma…
According to a 2001 study, sponsored by the BBC, France 3 and Discovery Channel, Jesus's skin would have been more olive-colored than white or black, and that he would have most likely looked like a typical Galilean Semite of his day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
Casio was widely accused of false advertising after launching an ad where a hockey player used a g shock as a puck to demonstrate its toughness. However once a TV news channel replicated and verified the ads authenticity it gained popularity amongst the general public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-S…
Channel Drift is when a TV network shifts its shows to newer and more profitable audiences. The History Channel began showing non-history shows like Pawn Stars, American Pickers and Top Shots. Sci-Fi channel re-branded to Syfy to avoid trademark issues and include WWE professional wrestling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The PBS Idea Channel made a web documentary on YouTube Poops and the psychology behind them youtu.be/IFFPguIXI6o
Peppa Pig has been blocked from an online video channel in China after becoming associated with β€œgangster” subculture. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Disney once offered televangelist Pat Robertson $42 million to let them remove "The 700 Club" from Freeform's lineup, but he said no. Freeform began as the satellite channel of Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network; he sold it in the '90s, but every owner since has had to air the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
NASA has a public access TV channel. When not showing live news coverage, NASA TV airs a variety of programming. Viewers may see views of the Earth from the International Space Station; replays of mission operations or news conferences; or episodes of produced programs nasa.gov/multimedia/nasat…
Adam Walker was protected from a great white shark by a pod of dolphins while swimming to raise money for dolphin conservation. About 10 dolphins surrounded him for about 1 hr in Cook Strait, 6th leg of the Oceans Seven: a marathon of 7 long-distance open water channel swims around the world. news.yahoo.com/blogs/tren…
Today I learned about the SOFAR channel, a deep ocean β€˜sound super highway’. SOFAR is a layer in the ocean that allows sound to travel hundreds of miles. It was discovered when scientist dropped a 4lb explosive into the ocean, which was then heard by scientists 900 miles away with a hydrophone in Massachusetts. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
Betty White's television career has gone on for so long that her first job was in 1939 and involved singing songs on one of the first experimental TV channels en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
Singer Lady Miss Kier tried suing SEGA, claiming that in 2000 they asked to use her likeness for Space Channel 5 and after being refused, used it anyway. She didn't realize the game had already been out in Japan since 1999, and was forced to pay SEGA's legal fees in '06. legalreader.com/2006925la…
"Home Alone" has become a Christmas tradition in Poland, where it's known as "Kevin Sam w Domu" (literally "Kevin Alone in the House"), with Polish TV channels repeatedly airing the film around Christmas Eve for the last 25 years. culture.pl/en/article/hom…
Lightning is a long string of plasma. β€œOn discharge, a highly electrically conductive plasma channel is created within the air, and when current flows within this channel, it rapidly heats the air up to about 25,000Β°C. The lightning channel is an example of terrestrial plasma in action.” sciencelearn.org.nz/resou…
In 1802, a French mining engineer, put forward a proposal to tunnel under the English Channel, with illumination from oil lamps, horse-drawn coaches, and an artificial island positioned mid-Channel for changing horses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In 2018 the automotive YouTuber Gaskings' channel disappeared after it was found that he had scammed pensioners of nearly Β£1 million. Some of that money was spent on various high-end cars, including a Lamborghini Gallardo. carthrottle.com/post/562g…
There was a Nazi Concentration Camp on British soil in the Channel Islands of Alderney en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag…
Today I learned about Moko, a bottlenose dolphin who became famous when he rescued two Pygmy whales in March 2008. Moko swam up to the stranded whales, who were trapped between a sandbar and a beach, and led them through a channel out into the open sea. nationalgeographic.com.au…
President LBJ thought Nixon's back-channel communications to S.Vietnam government were treasonous (Nixon secretly told the S.Vietnamese to stop the Vietnam War peace talks with President LBJ, and wait until Nixon gets elected to get a "better deal".) bbc.com/news/magazine-217…
From 1946-1993, RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL (medical waste-spent nuclear fuel/reactors) was DUMPED INTO THE OCEANS by 13 nations. Records are often incomplete/incorrect, and ~982,394 cubic metres of radioactive waste was dumped in all major oceans, seas around Europe and Japan, and the English Channel. youtu.be/CNV0cmKO8sM
FOX network refused to pick up the South Park series, saying the talking poo character (Mr. Hankey) would stain "[their] network." The series was then brought to Comedy Central, and it became the highest rated show that made the network one of the fastest-growing U.S. cable channels at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
The moon has long narrow channels/fissures referred to as rilles, the longest being the Rimae Sirsalis a lunar rille stretching over 400km long en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rim…
In Soviet Russia, the director of the state-run TV channel was fired after playing the pop song "Moskau" by the German band Dschinghis Khan during a New Year show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
1% of the static seen in between changing channels on TV is caused by the light of Big Bang ripleys.com/weird-news/st…
The Weather Channel released a Smooth Jazz CD based on the music played during its local weather segments; the CD topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts (2007) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The B/W dots that you see on TV, as well as the background "hiss" that you hear in-between radio channels are actually fragments of the Big Bang AKA "radiation leftover" or "cosmic microwave background radiation" universetoday.com/25560/t…
14-yr-old Aidan Jackson seated 10,500 teddy bears in a rugby stadium to honor his friend Olivia Alice Walker who died at age 15 and to raise money for a Foundation in her name. He raised more funds by doing a swim equivalent to the English Channel over 3 months; the two had met at a swim club. liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/…
Held every two years, the Pyongyang International Film Festival offers North Koreans their only chance to see foreign films on the big screen. Those who don't have the means to go to the theatre tune into the Mansudae TV channel, which shows mostly Chinese and Eastern European films on weekends cbc.ca/news/entertainment…
Today I learned that CNN has planned a doomsday video to air during the end of the world for the last major event on the channel youtu.be/Iawzx1OdWW4
In 1988, to demonstrate that channeling was a bogus practice, magician James Randi recruited JosΓ© Alvarez, who pretended to channel a 2,000 year old spirit named Carlos, traveling the world and living like a celebrity. Alvarez continued the charade for years after 60 Minutes exposed them. skepdic.com/carlos.html
The β€œmy phone is listening in on me” meme is not entirely baseless: Study's findings suggest that eavesdropping activity would not be detected by current security mechanisms. Not only microphones, but also seemingly harmless motion sensors are a potential eavesdropping channel in smartphones. link.springer.com/chapter…
Today I learned of the English succession wars which all started because 3 of England's potential heirs drowned in the English Channel. The white ship sank in 1120 with the legitimate son of Henry 1st, William, his bastard, Richard and his daughter Matilda, on board. medievalists.net/2017/01/…
The co-founder of the popular channel FPS Russia was found deceased in his own home. Despite being surrounded by his own weapons, the weapon responsible was never recovered and the death remains unsolved. nytimes.com/2013/01/11/us…
Comcast subscribers pay ~$2.64 billion a year for channels they could get for free killthecablebill.com/comc…
A small portion of television static you see between channels is caused by cosmic background radiation, remnants of the 'Big Bang'. ripleys.com/weird-news/st…
One can only hike on San Miguel Island (one of 5 in Channel Islands National Park) if accompanied by a ranger, due to the possibility of unexploded mines, bombs, and grenades. laist.com/2016/05/04/san_…
There is a group called "Snapewives". So called "Snapeists", these woman claim to channel Severus Snape's spirit through their bodies and speak and have romantic relationships with him. They believe Snape is an immortal deity, and see him as a guide to daily life. fanlore.org/wiki/Snapewiv…
Discovery Channel survival expert Ed Stafford was the first person to walk the length of the Amazon River from source to sea. He thought it might take a year, it took him 860 days. themalestrom.com/film-tv/…
The X-Files episode "Home" was so twisted, dark, and disturbing that it only aired on Fox once, was banned from re-runs on the network, and disappeared until the show re-aired on cable channel FX. uproxx.com/tv/10-fascinat…

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