Inuit in northern Greenland were using iron blades for centuries without knowledge of metallurgy. They made them by breaking pieces off of a huge iron meteorite and shaping them with heavy stones. They built their settlements close to the meteorite and used its iron for generations. now.ku.dk/documents/Meteo…
There are close to 15,000 farms growing Christmas Trees in the U.S., and over 100,000 people are employed full or part-time in the industry. realchristmastrees.org/ed…
Between 1978 and 1983, John Williams won six Grammy Awards for Best Score in a row. He won them for Star Wars, Close Encounters, Superman, Empire, Raiders, and E.T. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
7% of men suffer from paruresis, an anxiety disorder that means you can't pee if other people are in close proximity. nationalsocialanxietycent…
In 2014, Pope Francis said he would baptise Aliens if they asked. He did not want to close doors to green Martians with "long noses and big ears". In 2010, a papal astronomer also said he would baptise Aliens if they asked, he said "Any entity – no matter how many tentacles it has – has a soul.” independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Today I learned of Wilt Chamberlain, a former NBA player for the Philadelphia Warriors who scored 100 points in a single game in 1962, a record yet to be beaten. Only Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Elgin Baylor and others have come close en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
There is a name for the color you see when you close your eyes: Eigengrau en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eig…
UK's highest-paid entertainer in WW2, George Formby, went to Normandy after the landings, & gave 9 shows to frontline troops who’d held out for 56 days without relief, his audience in foxholes. He also crawled through trenches to tell jokes when the enemy was too close for a show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In 2005 Freddy Kreuger (Robert Englund) was set to host A Nightmare on Elm Street: Real Nightmares. It was a reality stunt show in which contestants faced their fears for prizes. CBS decided it was too close to NBC's Fear Factor and cancelled it after filming four episodes. criticalhit.net/entertain…
The claim that the amazon produces 20% of the world's oxygen and is false because of lack of Co2 in the air for photosynthesis. The actual estimate is close to zero due to other factors such as cellular respiration in trees and oxygen consumed by microbes for decomposition. nationalgeographic.com/en…
Betty White was good friends with famed author John Steinbeck. White's husband Allen Ludden attended the same school as Steinbeck's wife Elaine. The couples became close friends and Steinbeck gave an early draft of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech to Ludden for his birthday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
Mussolini did not make the trains run on time. Most railway repair work was performed pre-Fascist, and trains didn't actually run remarkably close to schedule either. independent.co.uk/voices/…
Today I learned about war pigs against the siege of Megara in 266BC. Pigs were set on fire with resin, and sent towards the army's war elephants. The squealing pigs terrorized the elephants, causing them panic and trample anyone close by, ending the siege due to the high number of elephant-caused casualties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
Flamingos pull one leg up close to their body to conserve heat that might otherwise be lost while standing in cold water. They tend to stand on two legs in warmer weather smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
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 United States had a plan to bomb Japan from China endorsed by President Roosevelt over a year before the attack on Pearl Harbor. The attack would have been led by Claire Chennault, and only didn’t occur because there weren’t any Chinese bases close enough to reach the Japanese archipelago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
Rosehill cottage in "The Holiday" was a fake exterior, built for the film because they couldn't find a cottage close/cheap enough to London hookedonhouses.net/2018/1…
Teddy Roosevelt nearly died on several occasions while exploring the previously uncharted River of Doubt. After surviving a close call with a coral snake and an emergency surgery on his leg, he became delirious with a fever and repeatedly demanded to be left alone to die in the jungle. history.com/news/the-amaz…
A study showed that plants have the potential to store memory; a plant species that would close up when touched was repeatedly dropped. At first the plants closed on every drop but over time remained open because the drops did not harm them. They retained this memory even a month later. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Hercules had a fraternal twin brother, Iphicles. They shared the same mother, Alcmene, but while Hercules' father was Zeus, Iphicles' father was Amphitryon, a normal man. Born one day apart, the brothers were close and Iphicles' son, Iolaus, became a favorite companion of Hercules. theoi.com/articles/who-is…
Lord Louis Mountbatten, a close relative of the British Royal family, was monitored by the FBI because they believed that he was a prolific pedophile. irishcentral.com/roots/hi…
In 1971 an Indian Airlines flight was hijacked from India and flown to Lahore. The hijackers were welcomed by Pakistani minister (future Pres & PM) Zulfikar Bhutto who paid a handsome tribute to the hijackers, leading India to close its air space to Pak, which played a major role in the 1971 war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
Gophers lips close behind their teeth. In other words, their incisors are outside their lips. nwf.org/Educational-Resou…
The cast of Pawn Stars don't work at the shop. The Gold & Silver Pawn is managed by someone else and filming interrupts business because they have to close down to bring in the cast and pre-screened customers. reviewjournal.com/enterta…
In Poznan, Poland, eight clams get to decide if people in the city get water or not. They’re equipped with sensors atop them that trip the water supply pumps when they close due to detecting something unsafe in the water. zmescience.com/science/po…
Today I learned of "familicide," a type of murder or murder-suicide in which a perpetrator kills multiple close family members in quick succession. Perpetrators tend to be white males in their 30s. Many of these crimes occur in August, before school starts, which may delay detection and investigation. abcnews.go.com/US/people-…
Operation Brock, is where they close one side of the M20 to Dover and the Channel Tunnel. And use it to park lorries waiting to cross the channel to France. A concrete barrier is placed on the other carriageway creating a contraflow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The names at the 9/11 memorial are not organized alphabetically, by company or location, but rather by how close of a relationship that person had with those names around them. 911memorial.org/connect/b…
Today I learned about 'Birthday effect' - a statistical phenomenon where your likelihood of death appears to increase on or close to your birthday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bir…
Humans are the only animals whose brains shrink and become subject to cognitive dysfunctions like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Not even close relatives like Chimpanzees experience this shrinkage. sciencemag.org/news/2011/…
The Peninsula of Yucatan was very close of becoming an US state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
The scene of Jim walking around a deserted London in 28 Days Later is really deserted, with the film crew filming the scene very early in the morning before rush hour to make it easier to close the streets of London cinema.com/articles/1468/…
Point-blank range does not mean extremely close range. It means any distance over which a certain firearm can hit a target without the need to compensate for bullet drop. wikipedia.org/wiki/Point-…
In Close Encounters of The Third Kind Stephen Spielberg and John Williams worked on the five tone musical phrase for a year before filming. They listened to 350 combinations one by one before coming up with the one selected for the film. musictales.club/article/f…
The movie Vanilla Sky has one of the most expensive movie scenes. To get Times Square empty for the scene, director Cameron Crowe got a deal with the NYPD to close off the area between 5AM and 8AM on a Sunday and paid over $1 million for 30 seconds of footage looper.com/127429/the-mos…
A Russian nuclear submarine had its electricity cut by an electricity company due to unpaid bills. The submarine's cooling system ceased to function and the reactor came close to meltdown news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europ…
The South Korea airspace closes temporarily at the annual South Korean CSAT day (the '21 test is today) from 13:05 to 14:20 when the English Section begins. It is for preventing loud noises from impairing the students' ability in the Listening Section. koreabizwire.com/govt-res…
Adof Hitler had a nickname among his close friends - it was "Adi" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern…
F1 drivers lose close to 4kg (8lb) in every race (90min) since they have to endure high G force and extremely hot temperatures thesportsrush.com/f1-news…
Humpback Whales, which are filter feeding animals, will occasionally(and accidentally) swallow small sea birds that get way too close during a feeding frenzy. The whales' bodies can't properly digest the birds, which end up pooped out whole in what some researchers call ''bird bricks''. marineornithology.org/PDF…
The close up shots of a pen floating in zero-gravity in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) were achieved by sticking a pen to a piece of glass and rotating it. The set could also be moved towards and away from the camera which remained stationary. youtu.be/StZ2fmWYom4?t=62…
The Manhattan Project got its name because the US Army Engineering Detachment had offices in Manhattan, close to where mined uranium arrived in the US from the Congo. lanl.gov/museum/news/news…
Slipstreaming was discovered by stock car racers in the 1960 Daytona 500 when a driver, struggling to keep up in his slower car, found that drafting close behind the car ahead gave him an aerodynamic advantage via reduced drag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
The first Roman emperor, Augustus, had a net worth of about $4.6 trillion. In comparison, Jeff Bezos would need to multiply his net worth ($180 billion) by 25 to come close to it. marketwatch.com/story/ric…
American actress Glenn Close was nominated seven times for the Academy Awards, but has not yet earn one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Tultepec, Mexico holds an annual parade of bull-shaped floats filled with fireworks. When set off, attendees are encouraged to get as close as possible. Injuries and scars received from fireworks are held as badges of honor. youtube.com/watch?v=Rifjq…
Velcro was invented by a Swiss electrical engineer after a hunting trip in the Alps in 1941. He took a close look at the burrs of burdock that stuck to his clothes and his dog’s fur and developed the technology for commercial use in the 1950s. sites.psu.edu/eseminar/20…
"Point Blank Range" is not necessarily a close shot, but the range at which a gun can shoot directly at a target without any elevation of the barrel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poi…
Tupac Shakur was close friends with Trouble T Roy, who the classic song They Reminisce Over You by Pete Rock & CL Smooth is about. They were both backup dancers on the same hip hop tour - Tupac was with Digital Underground and T Roy was with Heavy D and the Boyz. youtu.be/UsFIaUs3cRQ
In 1988, Denny's restaurants (which are open 24 hours, 365 days a year) decided to close for Christmas and give their employees a day off. The only problem: their doors had no locks on them, so they had to outfit 700 locations with new locks so they would be able to close for the day. nytimes.com/1988/12/20/us…

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