Loretta Lynn's Song "Coal Miner's Daughter" is 100% a true story. The song describes her dad working all night in the coal mine and hoeing corn all day. Her father really was "a coal miner and subsistence farmer," and she really was born in Butcher Hollow, KY. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lor…
Over 90% of the planet's coal is from the 'carboniferous' era. An era that had evolved trees, but not anything to break them down. Trees died, fell down, and piled on top of each other eventually compressing all the trapped carbon into coal. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Silent Hill was based off a real town, Centralia, which still has a toxic coal mine burning underneath them 60 years later. screenrant.com/silent-hil…
In 1966 a coal waste landslide of approximately 140,000 cubic yards engulfed a village in Wales, destroying a primary school and killing 116 children within minutes. history.com/news/elizabet…
45% of drywall in the US is made from waste from coal-burning electric plants. And that the gypsum in drywall is 100% recyclable. designedconscious.com/pla…
Today I learned that although steam turbines at power plants generate nearly half of the electricity for the US, the fuel source for those generators is sl derived almost 25% from coal. eia.gov/energyexplained/e…
The Mitsubishi company was founded in 1870 with shipping as its core business. Its diversification was mostly into related fields like shipbuilding, steel milling, and coal mining. It would later become a conglomerate and expanded into cars, finance, and real estate. Among other things en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mit…
American coal breakers up to 1920s relied on breaker boys aged from 8 to 12 who separated impurities from coal. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
An underground coal seam 140 miles north of Sydney Australia has been on fire for the last 6000 years. The first advances about 3 feet a year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
During The Great Depression, crop prices dropped so much some farm families burnt corn instead of coal in their stoves because corn was cheaper. Sometimes the countryside smelled like popcorn from all the corn burning in the kitchen stoves. iowapbs.org/iowapathways/…
Today I learned of the battle of Blair Mountain, which took place in West Virginia and was the largest labor uprising in US history as well as the largest armed uprising in the US since the civil war. The uprising was caused by coal miners trying to unionize and was brutally crushed by the US government en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Thanks to the U.S. version of the sitcom "The Office", Scranton, Pennsylvania has gone from a former coal city into a major tourist attraction, revitalizing its downtown area skift.com/2013/05/09/how-…
Nikola Tesla, widely known as the inventor of the AC power system, also installed the first hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls in 1896. It was around this time that Tesla also disavowed coal and oil in favor of renewable energy sources. genius.substack.com/p/gen…
In 1863, scientists started to doubt that the Sun is actually burning coal and proposed that the heat of the Sun has been kept up by meteoric bodies falling into it. "If the sun were composed of coal, it would last at the present rate only 5,000 years" scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned about Burning Mountain in Australia, where a coal seam has been burning nonstop for 6000 years atlasobscura.com/places/b…
According to models, Titanic should have tipped over about an hour into the sinking, killing practically everyone. Miraculously a rare coal fire during the voyage required coal to be shifted to the opposite side of the ship, creating a list that offset the incoming water during the sinking xumo.tv/channel/9999255/t…
Today I learned about a Confederate sabotage device called a coal torpedo, which was a bomb designed to look like a lump of coal and meant to cause a steam ship's boiler to explode en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
The United States has "more coal than the rest of the world has oil." energy.gov/sites/prod/fil…
The Ludlow Massacre. In 1914, The Colorado National Guard and the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company open-fired with machine guns on a tent colony of striking coal miners and their families, killing 21 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
Play-Doh before it was known as Play-Doh, was actually used as cleaner for walls and wallpaper when coal was used to heat homes. After WWII coal was phased out by natural gas to heat homes. Near bankruptcy, the company pivoted to become one of the most successful toy companies in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Today I learned of the 1966 Aberfan disaster which killed 116 kids and 28 adults when a huge pile of coal mining debris slipped down a hill destroying the junior school. The National Coal Board were held responsible with 9 people named as culpable yet not a single person was fined, prosecuted or lost their job. history.com/.amp/news/eli…
German commandos based in the Channel Islands attacked a French port in March 1945, freeing over 55 German prisoners and stealing 112 tons of coal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Owning a property doesn’t always guarantee that you own everything beneath the surface of that property such as oil, coal, or dinosaur bones. β€œMineral Rights” can have a separate deed than β€œSurface Rights.” geology.com/articles/mine…
, During the steamship era the residue from burning coal was dumped at sea, leaving trails on the sea bottom of popular routes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
A train company invented a way to ship oil without pipelines; bitumen is converted into a solid product and sealed in plastic made from recyclables. The pucks are designed to be transported in regular container cars by train and loaded onto cargo ships at coal terminals. They float too! cbc.ca/news/business/cn-r…
Today I learned of the Cerrejon Coal mine in Northern Columbia. The coal mine produces over 30 million tons of coal a year, but is also has an odd relationship with paleontologist as it digs holes of over 300ft in depth which has allowed them to discover thousands of fossils and the largest snake on record. youtube.com/watch?v=P9CGo…
One of the reasons why Northern Cheyenne reservation traditionalists oppose coal mining on the reservation is that the 1700s Cheyenne mystic Sweet Medicine prophecized that mining the "black rock" would change the tribe forever. dailyyonder.com/black-roc…
The ash from coal power plants contains uranium & thorium and carries 100 times more radiation into the surrounding environment than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy. scientificamerican.com/ar…
A small town called Centralia,PA is completely abandoned because of a coal-seam fire at depths of up to 300 feet (90 m) over an 8-mile (13 km) stretch of 3,700 acres (15 km2), that ignited on May 27, 1962 and is only speculated to be extinguished in the year 2256. history.com/news/mine-fir…
Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs, a blackface parody of Snow White, has been praised by animation historians, and has been included on lists of the greatest animated films ever - but is considered to have racism unparalleled in cartoon history, and has been banned from circulation since 1968 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
The Mauch Chunk and Summit Railroad in Pennsylvania which operated between 1828 and 1932 inspired the modern roller coaster. It was built to haul coal from a mine but became a tourist attraction, zig zagging through 9miles of steep inclines and summits reaching speeds of 65mph. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mau…
A group of striking coal workers in West Virginia had leftover WWI chemical bombs dropped on them by the US government during the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain, the largest labor uprising in American history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about Maurice Ruddick, Canadian Citizen of the Year and coal mine disaster survivor who was invited to vacation in Georgia resort by the governor, but moved to a trailer once the governor learned Ruddick was black. halifaxexaminer.ca/featur…
~300 million years ago, when trees died, they didn’t rot. It took 60 million years later for bacteria to evolve to be able to decompose wood. Which is where most our coal comes from nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Australia is the world's top exporter of coal. In 2019, Australia exported 37.5% of total coal exports. worldstopexports.com/coal…
Today I learned about the highest-paid performer in the world in the 1910s: Scottish singer and comedian Sir Harry Lauder. He rose from being a coal miner singing in occasional town concerts to commanding over Β£12,000 per night. He was the first British artist to sell a million records. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
"Comrade Kim goes Flying" is North Korea’s first β€œgirl power” movie and it was screened at numerous film festivals in 2014. The story of coal miner, her dream of becoming a trapeze artist is crushed by an arrogant trapeze star who believes miners belong underground and not in the air comradekimgoesflying.com/
In London, one of Tower Bridge's ornate cast-metal lampposts is actually no lamppost: It's a remarkably-lamppost-like hollow flue. It was meant to vent coal smoke (from the stove in the room below decks where guards could warm up). atlasobscura.com/places/t…
Today I learned that a lot of vanilla flavoring are made using coal tar businessinsider.com/how-i…
In 1982, GM was toying with the idea of developing a car with a turbine engine that ran on coal dust due to the concern over rising oil prices. youtube.com/watch?v=0CAN5…
Some people in the USA modify their cars to produce thick black diesel smoke to protest/annoy cyclists and environmentalist. It's called 'Rolling Coal' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
In WW2 on D Day, the Germans had a devastating thermobaric weapon called Taifun B, based on kerosene & coal dust, to be delivered over the battlefield by rocket propelled canisters. They positioned it in Calais, so it didn’t get used against the landings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A coal stoker named Arthur John Priest survived the sinking of five ships, including the Titanic, earning the nickname "The Unsinkable Stoker" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Australians use nearly twice as much coal per person than Americans and five times as much as the rest of the world. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
The earliest known sources of uranium were in Naples, Italy & JΓ‘chymov, Czech Republic. Uranium is 40 times more abundant in the Earth's crust than silver. 1 KG of uranium-235 can produce as much energy as 1.5 million KG of coal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ura…
Professionals who walk over hot coals and broken glass have confirmed that walking over Lego bricks is more painful smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned about "Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs". It is one of the most controversial cartoons in Warner Brothers history, being one of the Censored Eleven. Because of its unflattering and stereotypical use of darky iconography, the cartoon has been rarely seen on television since its production in 1943. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
Ireland has 3 Peat fired power plants. Using peat taken from Irish bogs, its more polluting than Coal and is so inefficient it is subsided by the state. dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/energy…
Coal accounts for 75% of Australia’s electricity generation ga.gov.au/scientific-topi…
The amount of solar energy reaching the surface of Earth is so vast that in one year it is about twice as much as will ever be obtained from all of the Earth's non-renewable resources of coal, oil, natural gas, and mined uranium combined en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…

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