To train new operatives during the Cold War, the Soviets built fully functional replicas of American towns. Their residents consisted of retired deep cover operatives who taught the trainees everything they needed to know about blending into American life. nypost.com/2010/07/04/100…
Steve Jobs did an internship for HP at age 12 after cold calling the CEO from a phone book asking for parts. finance.yahoo.com/news/co…
People who use heroin describe sensations of warmth and safety while they are high. When sleeping on the streets on a cold night, a hit of heroin can make it possible to relax and get some rest verywellmind.com/what-her…
A Colorado man almost died after stepping out of a hot shower into a cold bathroom from having a serious allergic reaction to the cold temperature called "cold urticaria" , which is an allergic reaction of the skin after exposure to cold temperatures, including cold air or cold water. livescience.com/cold-alle…
The Common Cold leads to almost $10 billion in doctor's visits and drugs per year. It is also responsible for almost 315 million sick days from school and work, costing over $20 billion and accounting for 40% of time lost from work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
There are no legal ways to be buried in Longyearbyen (Norway). In 1950 they discovered bodies of residents from the 1918 flu pandemic which had not begun to decompose in the cold. Scientists fear the corpses, preserved in permafrost, could still contain live strains of the virus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
The water of Lake Tahoe is so cold that when the body of Donald Christopher Windecker was found 17 years after he went missing, it was preserved enough to conduct an autopsy and determine his cause of death. The body was located 265' (80 meters) below the surface. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The reason Sherlock Holmes adaptations portray him as cold and unemotional is because later stories where he has empathy and warmth are owned by the Conan Doyle Estate. They will sue if a depiction of Holmes uses character traits that they own the rights to. intellectualpropertymagaz…
During the Cold War, the US Army experimented with using infected insects as a bioweapon, including releasing 300,000 mosquitos on the state of Georgia during Operation Big Buzz en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ent…
An outbreak of the common cold occurred at an Antarctic base after seventeen weeks of complete isolation ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
During the peak of the cold war, one of the tasks given to Niel Armstrong was to place two Soviet medals on the moon to honour their fallen Soviet competitors. theconversation.com/apoll…
A man in the UK grew tired of cold callers to his phone line, so he set up his own phone line as a premium rate number. When cold callers phoned him, he would be making money by keeping them talking. bbc.co.uk/news/technology…
Queen composed the first thrash metal song in history, Stone Cold Crazy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
Earth's largest waterfall is... underwater. In the Denmark Strait, a warm sea collides with a cold sea, pushing the colder water over a very tall ridge β€” for nearly TWO MILES (3.2km). That's almost 4x longer than the biggest waterfall on land! From the surface, you wouldn't notice at all. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
Squirrels will wrap their tails around their head during cold weather to reduce heat loss; the tail, with its high density of long hairs, is extremely well insulated, losing significantly less heat than the squirrel's body wildlifeonline.me.uk/anim…
America considered weapon system called Thor or Rods of God. This would have been a upgrade from the"Lazy Dog Bombs. These Rods are kinetic projectiles made from tungsten from Earth's orbit with impacts of speed of Mach 10. This concept of Kinetic Bombardment started in the Cold war. businessinsider.com/air-f…
During the cold war a big solarflare knocked out a set of US surveillance radars leading them to believe that the soviets were blocking the radars which was a scenario they had planned for where they would also fire nuclear missiles within 15 minutes. Scientist explination stopped the war. space.com/33687-solar-sto…
The Soviets manufactured multiple weapons for Space Warfare, such as the Polyus Orbital Weapons system, a modified 23mm Rikhter Cannon attached to the Space Station Almaz, and a laser powered handgun for blinding enemy satellites, should the Cold War ever spread to space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
In the winter, when it's too cold for the male bees to do their only job (mate) the lady bees kick them out of the hive, where they quickly die in the elements. beeinformed.org/2013/11/0…
Rolls Royce uses the leather of 15 to 18 Bulls per car, raised in cold climates to prevent marks from insect bites. Cows aren't used because they might have stretch marks from pregnancies. thehogring.com/2011/03/22…
In a subway station in the Chinese city of Nanjing, vending machines sell live crabs. The crabs are kept at 0-10Β° C (32-50Β° F) - not enough to freeze them, but cold enough to make them docile. Around 200 crabs are sold daily - and if you buy a dead one, you'll get three live ones for free npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
A potential cold open for 'Fun Run - Part 1,' (S4 E01) of The Office actually had Michael hit Meredith with his car and then back over her again to make sure she was dead. In this case there would not have been a camera in the car with him but a spy cam that he wasn't aware of. screenrant.com/office-mic…
The β€œChinese gooseberry” was rebranded as the β€œkiwi fruit” when New Zealand began exporting them to the USA...during the Cold War. alimentarium.org/en/knowl…
During the Cold War, the CIA used hot air balloons to drop copies of Animal Farm into Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia in order to cause discontent amongst the population towards the countries’ leaders. Their responses were to order their militaries to shoot down the hot air balloons. spectator.co.uk/article/n…
BBC was cautious about producing realistic documentaries about the effects of Nuclear War. They feared a realistic portrayal would result in mass suicide. It only changed in 1982, with cold war tensions increasing. scotsman.com/arts-and-cul…
The Blue Peacock project wanted to store nuclear mines in Germany. If the Soviets invaded, the bombs would be detonated. One technical problem was that a mine's electronics could fail because of the cold. One proposed fix was to use live chickens, as their body heat would prevent this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Today I learned about Dead Hand, a Cold War-era automatic nuclear weapons system used by the Soviet Union. It can trigger the launch of Russian ICBM's if an attack is detected by seismic, light, radioactivity, and pressure sensors, even at the absence of human oversight. It allegedly still remains in use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
There are three swimming ponds on Hampstead Heath, London. One each for men and women plus a mixed one. It’s cold, muddy and has ducks, there’s also a interesting history to the ponds. hampsteadheath.net/swimmi…
Minnesota law enforcement agencies created a deck of "Cold Case Playing Cards," each card featuring photos and info for victims of unsolved homicide, missing person, and unidentified remains cases, to generate tips. dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/…
Today I learned of Mary Anne Holmes' 1995 cold case. Her 4 yr old daughter had run to her neighbors' house naked and bound, screaming that her mother was killed. Mary had been assaulted and murdered while her 2 girls were forced to watch. The girl made a drawing of the crime and described the killer as a lion. gilavalleycentral.net/mar…
A man that went looking for the Titanic was only using that as a cover for a secret Cold War US Navy mission. The mission was competed 12 days earlier than expected, so with the time he had left he looked, and he found it! nationalgeographic.co.uk/…
Just before Battle of Cold Harbor, many Union soldiers sewed onto their uniforms slips of paper with their names on them. Being veterans, they knew the battle was going to be a slaughter and wanted their bodies to be identified afterwards. nps.gov/articles/cold-har…
Shoveling snow is a known cause for heart attacks - the increase in blood pressure combined with cold air constricting arteries creates the right environment for it to happen. bbc.com/news/blogs-magazi…
In December 1962, a trapeze artist named Horst Klein scaled an electricity Pole near the Berlin Wall and climbed over it by inching across a disused power cable. Unfortunately, his hands became numb from the cold and he fell, breaking both of his arms. Fortunately, he landed inside West Berlin. huffpost.com/entry/berlin…
Many early American Cold-War plans were based on using hundreds of non-existing weapons; for example, an autumn 1945 plan envisioned using 196 atomic bombs on Soviet industrial targets, but U. S. Strategic Air Command could not deliver such quantities until 1952. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
The world’s oldest known intact wooden architecture, a timber box at the bottom of a well - 7,000 years old - was found near the eastern German city of Leipzig, buried more than 20 feet underground, and preserved for millennia by cold, wet, oxygen–free conditions. archaeology.org/issues/15…
Preacher Elvy E. Callaway claimed the Garden of Eden was in Bristol, Florida. He reasoned that it is one of only two places in the world where a river "splits into four "(Genesis 2:10). The only other place with this description is a river in Siberia, which is obviously too cold for Eden. floridafringetourism.com/…
Today I learned of Operation Tamarisk, a Cold War spy op where Western agents dug through used Soviet toilet paper. In the GDR, Soviet troops weren't given TP so they used letters from home, or sometimes, military documents. In one case, British spies found a log with top-secret data on the latest Russian tank. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Emperor Nero invented the ice bucket to chill wines instead of adding ice to wine to make it cold as it would dilute it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Today I learned of Oymyakon - the coldest village on earth. The lowest temperature was recorded in January 1924 of βˆ’71.2 Β°C (βˆ’96.2 Β°F). It is known as "The Pole of the Cold". Food includes the frozen raw Arctic fish, white salmon, whitefish, frozen raw horse liver, but they are considered to be delicacies. cntraveler.com/story/this…
In 1420 the winter was so cold wolves came into Paris to search for food, eating humans. johnknifton.com/2016/02/1…
The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster could have been even more catastrophic, but 2000 workers at the sister Fukushima II Plant succeeded in stabilizing their reactors and achieving cold shut down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuk…
During the Cold War, the UK government feared that town twinning with localities in the east could lead to communist infiltration - so they restricted access. In spite of this, some Cold War links survived. Barnsley, South Yorkshire is still twinned with Gorlovka, Ukraine today: yorkshirepost.co.uk/inter…
Today I learned of Operation Gladio, a secret NATO operation during the Cold War, where hidden operatives were placed in NATO countries to prevent the rise of of communism. Gladio has been linked to a number of bombings, kidnappings and assasinations of leftist figures in various countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The concept of Third World Countries was created by a French Historian who was defining countries that were not aligned with either NATO or the Warsaw Pact during the Cold War. First World Countries were those who supported NATO and Second World Countries supported the Soviets. investopedia.com/terms/t/…
William Henry Harrison was the oldest man inaugurated as president (until Reagan). Harrison seemed determined to show that a man his age was up to the rigors of the presidency, but after standing out in the cold rain for two hours, President Harrison fell ill and died 31 days after inauguration loc.gov/wiseguide/aug05/h…
Commanders in the Hitlerbunker would cold-call Berlin numbers to keep track of the Soviet advance. They were eventually doomed when a Russian picked up the phone and said "Ivan is here". hoover.org/research/conte…
At the height of the Cold War in 1984 President Reagan was about to appear on a radio interview and, as a soundcheck, said "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_…
First, Second, and Third World referred to political affiliations during the cold war (NATO, Warsaw, Unaffiliated) and not about the strength of a country's economy. history.com/.amp/news/why…
When you fall into cold water you produce an involuntary 'gasp' response and inhalation of water due to a response called Cold Water Shock that greatly increases your chance of drowning theconversation.com/divin…

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