When Wizards of the Coast bought TSR and D&D, they hired most of TSR's staff and moved them all to Seattle. They helped find new homes, hired movers, and helped those still paying rent in WI and WA. One said Wizards was doing everything but putting them on their backs and carrying them. geekandsundry.com/the-sto…
The tv show ER once filmed a live episode, which had to be performed twice: once for the east coast and again west coast. tvworthwatching.com/post/…
900 year old African coins were found of the coast of Australia, making them the oldest foreign artefacts found on the continent, predating the Europeans by centuries. australiangeographic.com.…
During World War II, U.S. east coast cities were asked to adopt blackouts to protect shipping - but resisted them to protect tourism, giving German U-Boat crews such easy targets they called it "The Second Happy Time." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Natalia Molchanova, the "world's most decorated free diver" ever, disappeared while diving off the coast of Spain and has never been found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
When Wizards of the Coast, short of funds after surviving being sued by Kevin Siembieda/Palladium, told Richard Garfield his boardgame idea (RoboRally) was too expensive for them to make at that time, and asked him if he had anything that would be cheaper, he came up with Magic: The Gathering. rpg.net/columns/briefhist…
An American Indian woman left behind during an evacuation in 1835 lived alone on a remote island off the coast of California for 18 years, inspiring the children’s novel Island of the Blue Dolphins. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
There is a fictional island in the South Atlantic, off the west coast of Africa called 'Null Island'. Although it doesn't exist in reality, it serves as an error trap for map systems. Map enthusiasts have given the island its own history, geography and even flag. blogs.loc.gov/maps/2016/0…
Australia has two active volcanoes located on Heard and McDonald Island, located 2,500 miles off the coast of Perth. Mawson Peak, the taller of the two, is also Australia's tallest mountain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Holland is a region and former province on the western coast of the Netherlands, not a formal name for the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
Only Alaska Native peoples who reside in Alaska and dwell on the coast may harvest Pacific walruses for subsistence and handicraft purposes. The harvest must be non-wasteful and taking the walrus only for their ivory is not allowed. fws.gov/alaska/pages/mari…
Today I learned of Sable Island, a small Island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. This tiny sand filled island (which only has a single tree) is famous for having caused over 350 shipwrecks. It’s also famous for having a random population of almost 500 free roaming horses. cbc.ca/amp/1.2755142
Hurricane Donna, in 1960, is the only hurricane on record to travel up the whole East Coast of the US, hitting every state along the way from Florida north to Maine. sun-sentinel.com/news/sfl…
There are β€œghost islands” off the coast of Virginia that have been uninhabitable since 1936 as they act as a natural barrier to the coast during hurricane season. They are home to a feral horse population, a NASA flight facility, and the second tallest lighthouse in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
A Blimp engaged a German Submarine off the coast of Florida during WW2 resulting in the Blimp being shot down and a crew man being killed by a shark while waiting for rescue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-c…
Wizards of the Coast has owned Dungeons & Dragons longer than the original owners Tactical Studies Rules did. dnd.wizards.com/dungeons-…
Over 150 bison live on an island off the coast of California. Originally 14 of them were transported to the island in 1924 for a silent film and were then left there by the production crew where they flourished. catalinaconservancy.org/i…
Lyme Disease is far less prevalent in the west coast of the US thanks, in part, to the Western Fence Lizard which carries a protein that cures the disease in the ticks that bite them, thereby reducing the probability of infection to humans and other tick hosts. bioone.org/journals/journ…
When German Southwest Africa's (now Namibia) borders were being drawn, they insisted on a long thin panhandle, to allow access to the Zambezi river and navigation to the African east coast. But they were not aware of the Victoria Falls at the time, which make navigating the river impossible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
In 1717, notorious pirate Benjamin Hornigold and him team attacked a ship off the coast of Honduras to steal all the hats on board as theirs' have been lost while partying drunk the night before. They stole all the hats and left the ship without causing any other trouble to the crew members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
On a few occasions, display of the Ivory Coast flag has inspired outrage and flag burnings in Northern Ireland, when mistaken for the flag of Ireland. dailyedge.ie/linfield-bel…
During WW2 Ireland put up over eighty signs of the word Eire (Ireland in the Irish language) around its coast to warn bombers they were flying over a neutral country. bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
The largest sea evacuation in history was on 9/11. The Coast Guard had let out an "all available vessels call", and almost 100 boats responded, ranging from tugboats to ferries to yachts. insh.world/history/the-gr…
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…
The first series produced by Cartoon Network was Space Ghost Coast to Coast in 1994 and is considered instrumental in establishing Cartoon Network's appeal to older audiences. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartoo…
Robert Downey Jr. only got clean because his girlfriend (now wife) saw him on drugs, then gave him an ultimatum of quitting or losing her. He stopped at a Burger King on the coast and threw his drugs in the ocean. She is now known around Hollywood as "the Miracle That Saved Robert Downey." harpersbazaar.com/culture…
The Whaling Disaster of 1871 was an incident off the northern Alaskan coast in which a fleet of 33 American whaling ships were trapped in the Arctic ice and abandoned. All 1,219 people aboard the ships evacuated but there were no casualties. The event accelerated the end of the whaling industry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
The longest lighting strike on record was 400 miles (700km) long, stretching from the Atlantic coast of Brazil into Argentina smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Britain removed all their road signs during World War II so that if the Germans invaded, they would get lost. These defensive preparations included the removal of signposts, milestones, and railway station signs. Gas pumps were also removed from service stations near their coast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
The rumored ancient Egyptian city of Thonis (Heracleion), said to be the most significant port in the region before Alexandria was established, had become a legend. It was lost to myth until archaeologist Franck Goddio and team happened upon its ruins --underwater, several miles off the coast. franckgoddio.org/projects…
The U.S. Navy cooperated with Italian and Jewish crime families in New York City during World War II to help combat potential Axis activity along the East coast history.com/.amp/news/wha…
The US Coast Guard had Horseback Patrols during WWII coastguard.dodlive.mil/20…
Today I learned about Queen Teuta of Illyria, a warrior queen who oversaw a fleet of hardcore pirates, led armies and navies that conquered cities and islands along the Adriatic coast, and forcefully challenged the Roman Republic by declaring piracy legitimate business and killing their diplomatic envoys. encyclopedia.com/women/en…
Deepest dive any mammal has done was recorded in 2014 when a Cuvier beaked whale dove 2,992 meters below the surface off the California coast nhm.ac.uk/discover/secret…
Today I learned of the United States Life-Saving Service, a US Government Agency that began as private and local efforts to save shipwrecked people. It started in 1848 and eventually merged with the Revenue Cutter Service to create the US Coast Guard in 1915. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
As of 2019, the United States Coast Guard reported that it captures only about 11% of narco-submarine vessels en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nar…
Evidence of Homo erectus having lived on remote islands 150 miles of the coast of Africa suggests they were capable of crossing long distances over the sea, between 500,000 and a million years ago, which implies that they built boats. evolutionnews.org/2012/08…
Today I learned of the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney (WHEC-37). Commissioned in 1936 and currently a museum ship in Baltimore, she is the last warship afloat that fought in the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USC…
Fishing vessels off the west coast occasionally snag submarines, sometimes dragging the fishing boats down. archive.seattletimes.com/…
The coelacanth, a prehistoric lobed-finned fish, was believed to have become extinct in the Late Cretaceous Era 66 millions years ago, until they were rediscovered extant off the coast of South Africa in 1938. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coe…
Przewalski's horses are the only wild horses left in the world. The "wild" horses that abound in Australia and North America's western plains and East Coast barrier islands are actually feral domestic horses that escaped from ranches and farms and returned to the wild. nationalzoo.si.edu/animal…
Today I learned of The Salish Wool Dog; an extinct breed of white, long-haired, Spitz-type dog that was developed and bred by the Coast Salish peoples of what is now Washington state and British Columbia. The fur of the Salish Wool Dog was prized for making the famous and rare "Salish" blankets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
The word β€œdude” originally referred to an extremely well-dressed male from the East Coast and was slang for cowboys who catered to such city-slickers on β€œdude ranches”, or guest ranches. In the 1960s and 70s it evolved to its current usage starting out with surfer culture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dud…
4 sailors survived at sea off the coast of New Zealand for 118 days after their trimaran, the Rose-Noelle, was upturned by a rogue wave. They cut holes in the hull, collected rainwater, and eventually caught and cooked fish. They were in such good shape upon return many doubted their story. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
It is believed the first Japanese citizen to set foot in America was Oguri Jukichi, captain of a freighter that was sailing off the Japanese coast in 1813 when a storm blew it deep into the Pacific Ocean. Two years later, they were rescued off the coast of California and returned to Japan. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
The farthest tracked Atlantic tropical storm started near the coast of Africa, gained status of hurricane as it crossed the Atlantic and neared the Caribbean and finally blew itself out 600miles south of the North Pole in the USSR. It traveled 6850 miles and killed 5 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
Today I learned about Fort Alexander, a man made island off the coast of St Petersburg, used as a plague research base in the early 1900's. Oh, and the occasional Rave. atlasobscura.com/places/f…
Despite being a cliche, only one historical map actually uses the phrase "Here Be Dragons". The Hunt-Lenox Globe from 1504, one of the oldest globes in existence, uses the phrase on the east coast of Asia. It is believed to have been inspired by tales of Komodo Dragons from Indonesia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
For several hundred years, Dithmarschen, a region along the North Sea coast in what is now Germany, was governed by a "peasant republic". Its remoteness and marshy land allowed it to avoid direct feudal control until 1559. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dit…
Lundy island, just 3 miles off the coast of England, was a pirate base for 20 years in the 16th century and was invaded by France, Spain and Turkish pirates during the 17th century devonperspectives.co.uk/l…

Please note that this site uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features, and to analyse web traffic. Click here for more information.