Mercury is thought to be the almost-exposed core of a planet that was 4.5x bigger before a collision with another proto-planet that blew away most of its crust and mantle space.com/26447-mercury-c…
A German company developed a pane glass for windows that replicates the way birds see spiders' webs so they will avoid flying into them, thus greatly reducing the high avian death rate caused by collision with building windows phys.org/news/2010-08-bir…
In 2016 a Forest Service Officer named Brad Treat took a blind turn while mountain biking at 30 mph. He crashed into a large grizzly bear that was sitting on the trail and was immediately mauled to death in response to the collision. nsmb.com/articles/report-…
Today I learned about "Sludgefest". This is an album made by Brian Borcherdt in which he played old vinyls of Alvin and The Chipmunks on 16 RPM (instead of 33 RPM). This created a collision of pop vocals and sludge-filled doom metal instrumentals instead of the high-pitched songs you're used to. news.avclub.com/the-slowe…
A Israeli Air Force F-15 landed with one wing in 1983 after the plane had a mid-air collision during a training exercise. youtube.com/watch?v=M359p…
The US Navy has 6 standard alarms for specific scenarios on a submarine. Each alarm sounds different, has immediate actions and priority- collision, diving, missile emergency, missile jettison, general, and power plant casualty. A mnemonic for the order is, "Can Dead Missile Men Get Pro-Pay?" wikipedia.org/wiki/Alarms…
Today I learned about Arthur John Priest (1887 - 1937), who was an English stoker in the 1900s - 1910s. He became famous because he survived at least five shipwrecks (including Titanic) and several other ship collisions. He gained the nickname "The Unsinkable Stoker". He died in mainland in 1937. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
There is a intersection in Manchester that many people did not like as pedestrians had to wait for ages for traffic lights. Someone had the idea to remove all the traffic lights and crossings. Instead of wrecking havoc, drivers paid more attention,collisions and incidents declined. youtu.be/N4PW66_g6XA
Today I learned of the Shiva Crater, an impact crater off the Arabian coast, caused by an asteroid Comet about 66 million years ago. The Indian mainland had just broken off from Africa and Dinosaurs roamed all over India then. This collision along with others probably eradicated them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
A company in China has been building a true-to-scale replica of the Titanic for use as a tourist attraction. The interesting part is that the finished attraction will include a "hit the iceberg experience"...an audio/visual simulation of the Titanic's iceberg collision. businessinsider.com/r-hit…
88 million pounds (40,000 metric tons) of cosmic dust rain down on Earth each year, which is produced by collisions between asteroids and spewed from comets as they pass through the inner solar system. That's still a tiny amount though, as Earth is about 6,000 billion billion metric tons. astronomy.com/magazine/as…
The NHTSA's crash tests haven't been updated since the 70's, and no crash safety tests being performed today test with women in mind. They all test for the average male, and women have a 47% higher rate of serious injury in frontal collisions than men. youtu.be/dmPvGi4s9bg
Today I learned head on train collisions were staged for entertainment in the early 1900’s. juiceboxinteractive.com/b…
The island of Great Britain was formed by the collision of the Laurentia Craton and the Microcontinent Avalonia, known as the Caledonian Orogeny, the border of which is coincidentally similar to the borders of present day England and Scotland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Texas built a toll road with an 85 mph speed limit through a known feral hog route and had two vehicle-hog collisions in the first week the road was opened. texasmonthly.com/articles…
Today I learned about "Texas chicken," a result of water pressure changes, where large ships in narrow channels have to sail towards each other to avoid collisions. scribd.com/document/35838…
Today I learned about the Naperville Train Disaster, a rear ending collision that killed 45 and injured another 125 people in 1946, just outside the Kroehler Manufacturing building. The wreck is a major reason most passenger trains in the US have a 79mph speed limit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
It is impossible to predict the paths of colliding billiard balls after only a few collisions. Tiny differences in initial positions accumulate to such a degree that by the sixth or seventh collision even the force of gravity from people standing near the pool table changes the outcome. io9.gizmodo.com/the-physi…
In Jan 2011, a pilot mistook Venus for an oncoming aircraft and sent his plane into an emergency dive to avoid a midair collision. space.com/15988-venus-pla…
Millions of years ago, the collisions between the continents of Avalonia (where England and Wales were) and Laurentia (where Scotland was), formed the Scottish Highlands border. The different soil and rocks have lead to differences in flora, fauna and societies between the two countries. youtube.com/watch?v=9DqZY…
In the early 20th century, trains in the US were destroyed in staged head-on collisions in front of live audiences for entertainment. This ended in the 1930s as it was seen to be wasteful of old but otherwise useful locomotives at the height of the Great Depression. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The collision that formed the Moon added rotational energy to Earth, making a day about 5 hours long. Tidal interactions with the Moon and Sun have since slowed Earth's spin enough that we now have a 24-hour day. And they're still slowing Earth’s spin by about 2 milliseconds every 100 years. astronomy.com/magazine/as…
According to giant-impact hypothesis, about 20 to 100 million years after the Solar System was formed, a planet about the size of Mars named Theia, collided with Earth, and the Moon formed out of the debris left over from the collision. It is currently the favored scientific hypothesis. wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant-…
In 1896 a temporary, one-day city was named in Texas called Crush, where two locomotives were to be smashed head-on for purposes of spectacle. It was, for a few hours, the 2nd largest city in TX with 40k attendees. The collision caused engine boilers to explode, resulting in death and injuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cru…
A Russian man 'avenged' death of his family in Überlingen mid-air collision, by killing the air traffic controller in front of his family en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vit…
Deer–vehicle collisions lead to about 200 human deaths and $1.1 billion in property damage every year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
In 1978, three Indiana teenagers were killed in when their Pinto was involved in a rear-end collision. Ford was indicted on three counts of reckless homicide. Indiana v. Ford was the first time a corporation faced criminal charges for a defective product and charged with murder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Japanese bullet trains have never had fatalities due to derailments or collisions, but once a boy had his finger stuck in the closing doors and was dragged along until dead. Court fined the station officer present $5k and had Japan Railways pay the boy's parents $440k in compensation. japantimes.co.jp/news/200…
Phantom traffic jams (queues of traffic not caused by vehicle collisions or roadworks) are the result of a single driver braking suddenly, causing each successive car to break to a greater degree, creating a wave of stopped or slowed traffic. vox.com/2014/11/24/727602…
The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) "is popular among amateur astronomers because it is easy to see from Earth." In November 2007 "pieces flew off" of the UARS. NASA scientists "aren't sure what" happened. The "most likely cause was a collision with debris trapped in Earth's orbit." nasa.gov/centers/stennis/…
And an IAF pilot managed to land an F-15 Eagle at 480KP/H with only one wing (claimed to be impossible by McDonnell Douglas), the wing broke off due to a collision with an A-4 SkyHawk fighterjetsworld.com/air/…
Today I learned about a head on mid-air collision between a Boeing 737 and Embraer business jet. Although the Boeing crashed down killing all 154 passengers and crew, but miraculously Pilots of damaged Embraer landed it safely and not a single passenger was injured! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
In 1960, soul singer Jesse Belvin played to Arkansas' first ever racially integrated audience. The performance was interrupted twice by white protesters. After the show, Belvin was killed in a head-on collision. It was discovered that his car tires had been slashed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes…
In 4 billion years the Andromeda galaxy will take up much of the Earth’s night sky as it nears our galaxy for collision. earthsky.org/space/video-…
Brazillian president Castelo Branco overthrew the previous leader and abolished all existing political parties, restored his emergency powers, and extended his term. Four months after leaving the Presidency, Branco died in a midair collision en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Some high end Mercedes vehicles will play a loud "pink noise" when it detects an incoming collision. This triggers your ears to tense specific muscles and prevents the loud noise from the crash from causing hearing loss. bgr.com/2017/02/08/merced…
The collision of the Indian Plate with Asia, which formed the Himalayas, altered climate conditions in East Africa and was instrumental in the evolution and survival of modern humans theconversation.com/how-a…
After losing a son and extreme financial hardships, the song "It Is Well With My Soul" was written by Spafford while on his way to meet his grieving wife as he passed by the area where his four daughters had recently died from a collision in the Atlantic Ocean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_…
In 1983, an Israeli F-15 was involved in a mid-air collision shearing off one wing. The pilot engaged the afterburners and recovered control. At those speeds, the plane behaved more like a rocket than an airplane, and the pilot was able to land safely with 20 feet of runway remaining. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Animals in the wild travel to 'salt licks' in order to lick essential nutrients from natural deposits. Because of this behaviour, animals are often attracted to roads after winter salting, and can cause collisions or end up as roadkill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
Today I learned about the Tenerife Airport Disaster when, on a day in which there was fog heavy enough to reduce visibility to less than 500 yards, two Boeing 747s had a head-on collision at the runway that resulted in 583 casualties and the deadliest accident in aviation history. telegraph.co.uk/travel/co…
A whale-sized asteroid, which could have easily destroyed an area the size of New York on collision, flew past Earth at nearly nine kilometers per sec. Surprisingly, the U.S. space agency, NASA, failed to detect the asteroid and spotted it only the day after it skimmed past the planet. techtimes.com/articles/21…
Today I learned of paddle steamer SS Princess Alice, which sank in 1878 on the River Thames in London after a collision with another vessel; 700 people drowned in heavily polluted waters as 75 million gallons of London's raw sewage had been released nearby, the highest ever loss of civilians in UK waters. intriguing-history.com/th…
In 1995 was aired a worldwide wrestling event in North Korea called Collision in Korea that still hold the world record for the largest combined attendance for a wrestling event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
A Russian man, Vitaly Kayolev, lost his wife and two children in an aerial collision between two planes above Switzerland. He blamed the sole Swiss air traffic controller, Peter Nielsen, for their deaths. Two years later he tracked Nielsen down and stabbed him to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vit…
Around half of all the debris in space today comes from just two events: a 2007 anti-satellite test by the Chinese government, and an accidental 2009 collision between two satellites. technologyreview.com/s/61…
Barefoot athlete Zola Budd, involved in a controversial collision with US runner Mary Decker at the 1984 Olympics claims never to have watched footage of the incident. She now lives in South Carolina and competes in marathons and ultramarathons. Taxis in South Africa are nicknamed for her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zol…
Scotland's worst rail disaster, the Quintinshill collision, occurred just down the road from Lockerbie, site of Scotland's worst air disaster. youtube.com/watch?v=mnbs_…
The newest US Navy destroyer is so stealthy that they have to affix huge reflectors on it during peacetime operations because radar thinks the 610-foot warship is a 50-foot fishing vessel which has already caused one near-collision with a civillian vssel. gizmodo.com/the-new-zumwa…
A scientist named Doctor Claire Rind wanted to design a collision-avoidance system for cars, so she made locusts watch Star Wars while monitoring the reactions of their visual systems. A robot was programmed with the data obtained and was able to avoid collisions 91% of the time. indianapublicmedia.org/am…
Alice Walton, heir to the Wal-Mart fortune and one of the richest people in the world, has had a history of reckless collisions. Her latest DWI arrest was expunged after the Texas trooper who arrested her was mysteriously suspended, and the statute of limitations was allowed to expire. mic.com/articles/79039/th…
Although roundabouts decrease fatalities, they increase collisions citylab.com/design/2017/0…
Horatio G. Spafford wrote the famous hymn "It is Well With My Soul" after hearing that his four daughters had died on a ship collision. This was two years after his only son died to pneumonia and his entire business was destroyed by the Chicago fire. godupdates.com/story-behi…
Today I learned of the Sage brothers, the first set of siblings allowed to serve on the same ship since the Sullivan brothers died in WWII. All 3 were killed in a collision at sea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel…
Today I learned about the Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport. It is a small runway in Wyoming that was designated the name for "inhabitants of Jupiter who might wish to take sanctuary in Green River in the event their planet is threatened by collisions from comets or meteors" after a meteor hit Jupiter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
A Japanese train barks like a dog and snorts like a deer in order to prevent collisions with animals on the railway bbc.com/news/blogs-news-f…
The first bumper cars were not meant to collide. Instead, drivers supposed to avoid collisions despite all the erratic driving. Hence the first company to patent a bumper car in 1920 was called Dodgem. pinstackbowl.com/5-surpri…
Some newer cars have problems getting through automatic washes. Issues include inability to turn engine off outside of Park, collision avoidance systems braking in front of the cloth and emergency car locking after all the keypad buttons are pressed by the wash. autoweek.com/article/car-…
The first crash between two cars with airbags occurred in 1990 in Virginia, USA when a 1989 Chrysler LeBaron crossed the center line and hit another 1989 Chrysler LeBaron in a head-on collision. The drivers suffered only minor injuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
:In 1896, promoters staged a train crash and sold tickets to more than 30,000 people who descended on Crush, Texas β€” a town created just for the event β€” to watch the collision, people Died! youtube.com/watch?v=ooOp_…
In 2007 China tested a missile and shot down one of their own satellites, accidentally creating 2,087 pieces of space debris on crazy orbits, all of which are now required to be tracked to avoid space collisions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Up to 1 BILLION birds are killed per year in collisions with buildings. the second greatest human-caused source of bird deaths (pet and feral cats kill more) abcbirds.org/article/up-t…
There are around 600,000 pieces of space junk ranging, and on average destroy one satellite a year. "Kessler syndrome" is a scenario where collisions could cause a cascade of space debris that create more collisions, which could then render space activities impossible for many generations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kes…
Though alchemists never succeeded in transmuting lead to gold, in 1981 physicists used the particle accelerator at Berkeley to shoot Carbon nuclei at thin foils of Bismuth- the resulting collisions did produced a tiny amount of Gold atoms scientificamerican.com/ar…
Amber Rear Turn Signals Offer A Statistically Significant Reduction in Collisions crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/…
A starship traveling at 99 percent of the speed of light would get a radiation dose of 61 sieverts per second from collisions with interstellar hydrogen. space.com/8011-warp-speed…
Ants do not have traffic jams because they don't have egos, don't mind collisions, and are very disciplined in crowded pathways. npr.org/2015/01/19/377743…
People are paid to fire chicken guns at plane to simulate bird collisions alibabuy.com/actualite/vo…
Today I learned of the Hadean Eon, the first ever geological eon, beginning with the formation of the Earth. It is named after Hades, the Greek God of the Underworld, due to its hellish conditions; extreme heat, radiation and frequent collisions with other Solar System bodies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Had…
Today I learned about the origins of the Iko Iko song (Dixie Cups version featured on American Gods) is the story of a parade collision between two Mardis Gras Indians tribes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iko…
That the Andromeda Galaxy is on a collision course with our Milky Way Galaxy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Today I learned of Vitaly Kaloyev, a Russian man who lost his family in a 2002 airliner collision. 2 years later Vitaly tracked down the air traffic controller responsible for the crash, murdered him in front of his family, served 3 years in prison, and then returned home to a hero's welcome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vit…
A Titanic survivor also survived the Brittanic sinking and the Olympic collision. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vio…
According to the giant impact theory, a collision between the Earth and a planet sized object may have resulted in the creation of the moon. The impact sent the earth spinning, causing a 5 hour long day, which was slowed down to its current length by tidal forces. science.time.com/2012/10/…
In 1989 during an ice hockey game, Goaltender Clint Malarchuk survived a collision where a skate sliced open his jugular vein. During the ride to the hospital, Malarchuk asked "Can you have me back for the third period?" youtu.be/plvKlnguJVE
In 2002, a mid-air collision between a passenger jet and cargo jet took the lives of all 71 people aboard both planes. A man whose family was killed in the collision later stabbed to death the Air Traffic Controller that was on duty at the time of the collision. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
There are 23,000 cataloged objects orbiting Earth in space, with the majority (14,950) produced by a Chinese anti-satellite test. A collision with even the tiniest of these fragments can be disastrous to any spacecraft. space.com/23039-space-jun…
Modern roundabouts have 40% fewer vehicle collisions, 80% fewer injuries and 90% fewer serious injuries and fatalities compared with regular junctions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rou…
Today I learned of Casey Jones, a railroad engineer who died in a train crash. Having realised a collision would occur, Case ordered his colleague off the train and remained in control of the engine to minimize impact. This saved the lives of all passengers except himself caseyjonesmuseum.com/
Following a midair collision, an IAF F-15 landed with just one wing. The pilot was demoted for not obeying his instructor but then promoted for managing to save the aircraft. warhistoryonline.com/war-…
Reindeer herders in Finland are painting their reindeer's antlers with reflective paint to cut down on deer-car collisions. atlasobscura.com/articles…
In 1983, an Israeli F-15 was able to be landed after a mid-air collision, which destroyed its right wing. After the incident, the F-15’s producers, McDonnell Douglas affirmed that it was impossible for such a landing to happen, but were corrected after receiving the photos of the event. theaviationist.com/2014/0…
Mount Everest grows about a half-inch taller each year as the Himalaya Mountains are pushed up by the creeping collision between the Indian and Asian land masses community.seattletimes.nw…
In a commentary on the Star Wars Blu-ray, Lucas stated that ships in the SW universe can't travel in straight lines while in hyperspace due to collisions with celestial objects. So, distance is an important factor in how quickly a ship can get from point A to point B. 12 parsecs was true. starwars.wikia.com/wiki/K…
In 1977, the band Pink Floyd tied a giant inflatable pig to a power station as a publicity stunt. The pig broke free, and floated over Heathrow airport, where all flights had to be grounded to avoid collisions with the pig. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
John Priest survived the Asturias foundering (1907, damaged in collision), Olympic and Hawke collision (1911), Titanic sinking (1912, hit iceberg), Alcantara sinking (1916, torpedoed), Britannic sinking (1916, hit mine), and Donegal sinking (1917, torpedoed). bbc.com/news/uk-northern-…
Defensive driving style are a set of skills that allows you to defend yourself against possible collisions caused by bad drivers, drunk drivers, and poor weather. driversed.com/driving-inf…
Along the busy highways of Australia, volunteers hand out coffee, tea , and snacks to sleepy drivers. The Stop, Revive and Survive program has been running for more than 20 years with one objective: to reduce road collisions by alleviating driver fatigue. greatershepparton.com.au/…
The day after German WW1 ace Oswald Boelcke died from a crash landing following a midair collision, British pilots dropped a wreath at his airbase which read: "To the memory of Captain Boelcke, a brave and chivalrous foe." en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/O…
In 50 years and after transporting 10 billion passengers the Japanese Bullet train has had zero fatalities in collisions and derailements en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
The number one cause of death the North Atlantic blue whale is collision with ship en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
One person who survived the sinking of the Titanic also survived the sinking of it's sister ship, the Britanic, and a collision on it's third sister ship, the Olympic. titanicuniverse.com/titan…
That, weeks after being elected President, Franklin Pierce and his family were involved in a train collision, with the President's son being decapitated in front of Pierce and his wife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned of the DoΓ±a Paz collision, the worst peacetime maritime disaster in history. The ship collided with an oil tanker and caught fire, with 4,386 fatalities. It was said that crew made no attempt to organize the passengers, and that the life jacket lockers had been locked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_…
Form 1969 to 1977, Ford Motor Company produced the Pinto with full knowledge of a design flaw that frequently caused the fuel tank to catch fire during rear collisions, which would have cost $11 per vehicle to fix. The tag line in radio ads was, "Pinto leaves you with that warm feeling." motherjones.com/politics/…
Car crash themed songs emerged as a popular pop and rock music teenage tragedy theme during the 50s and 60s at a time when the number of people being killed in vehicle collisions was rising fast in many countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Walter White was the name of an Air Traffic Controller guiding a plane that was involved in a mid-air collision in 1986 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Today I learned of the Cerritos mid-air collision which occurred on August 31, 1986. An Aeromexico plane and a privately owned Piper PA-28 181 Archer collided while descending into LAX, killing all 67 passengers on both aircraft. The air traffic controller responsible for the collision was named Walter White nytimes.com/1989/04/15/us…
Today I learned of Emmy, the ships cat on the RMS Empress of Ireland. Though she never missed a voyage, Emmy refused to stay aboard one day and the ship left port without her. The ship sank after a collision early the next morning with the loss of over 1000 lives theglobeandmail.com/news/…
In 1896 in Texas, a railroad agent organized a head-on collision between 2 locomotives as part of a publicity stunt for his railroad company and got 40K people to show up. Unexpectedly, the crash caused both engine boilers to explode, killing 3 people and injuring scores of others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cru…

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