In the 1930s, the US spent $300.000 ($5,5 million adjusted for inflation) to built massive car with the goal to cross Antarctica. Only to discover upon arrival that the tyres didn't work in the snow, and the whole thing was abandoned after 140 km (driven in reverse). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Henry Heimlich, the inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, has a son, Peter, who is devoted to exposing him as a serial liar and con artist. Peter says his father paid off the study that persuaded the American Red Cross to change its response to choking to Heimlich's. inhomecpr.com/choking-eme…
While filming a 170 foot waterfall in the movie Apocalypto, a cow was trying to cross upstream and went over the falls. It emerged at bottom, banging against the rocks, but after a local man swam in to calm the cow it then climbed up the bank and began eating grass as if nothing had happened. movieweb.com/talking-apoc…
Kurt Knispel (served Nazi Germany during WW2), the highest scoring tank ace of WW2 with 168 confirmed tank kills was never awarded the coveted Knight's Cross because he assaulted higher officers for mistreating POWs and let others take credit for his kills among other things. military.wikia.org/wiki/K…
There is a river called "The Boiling River", or Shanay-Timpishka. It is 4 miles long, and is known for the very high temperature of its waters, which range from 113 Β°F to nearly 212 Β°F. One legend states that while looking for gold, conquistadors were boiled while trying to cross the river. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
In 1980 Marienetta Jirkowsky became the youngest and last woman killed attempting to cross the Berlin Wall. Fleeing East Germany with a friend and her fiance she was shot by border guards and died at the age of 18. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about The Legend of Al Grover. The first man to cross the Atlantic with an outboard motor. He was 60+ years old on a 26' skiff, having to battle through a hurricane using only 65 hp engines! lsc-pagepro.mydigitalpubl…
Lenny Kravitz was named for his uncle Leonard Kravitz, who died saving the lives of other Korean War soldiers in 1951. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2012 after Congress reviewed Jewish (and Hispanic) recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross who were denied the higher honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
There was a book about a famous train leaving King’s Cross Station on a magical adventure, written in 1937 by Doris Crockford (the same name as a witch Harry Potter meets in the first book) scotsman.com/news/why-har…
Godzilla was originally conceived to be a cross between a gorilla and whale. The name is a hybrid of the two Japanese words for those two animals en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
That, upon his death in 1977, jazz composer Paul Desmond left the rights to royalties for his performances and compositions, including "Take Five", to the American Red Cross, which has since received combined royalties of approximately $100,000 per year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
From 1979 to 1999, Pluto was the 8th β€œplanet” from the Sun. In 206 years, it will once again cross inside of Neptune’s orbit and become 8th. This behavior is part of the reason for Pluto’s demotion as a planet. starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/d…
Hortense de Beauharnais ; step daughter of Napoleon, Queen of Netherlands and Duchess of Saint Leu was a composer! She was playing piano, harp and guitar. She was a great singer and loved painting. She composed romance that she illustrated and sent to her friends cross the europe. europeanfemalewindbandcom…
In 2020, conservationists captured the first images of Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in Nigeria, proving that the subspecies once feared to be extinct is reproducing. Cross River gorillas are notoriously difficult to capture on camera and no images had captured multiple infants ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/rare-…
In 1985, an icebreaker ship was used to save 2000 beluga wales which were trapped in a small area by a swath of ice too wide for them to cross under in one breath. The wales did not want to follow the ship through the channel until they started playing classical music over the loudspeakers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
During a flight of the Hindenburg over the UK a parcel was thrown overboard and found in West Yorkshire. It contained flowers, a small silver Cross, and a note requesting they be delivered to a passenger's brother's grave en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
The Graf Zeppelin was the first airship to offer commercial transatlantic flights, to cross the Pacific without stops, to circumnavigate the world, and to travel over a million miles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
The American Red Cross recommends using five back blows before attempting the Heimlich Maneuver five times on chocking victims, followed by five back blows, etc. until the object is removed. mayoclinic.org/first-aid/…
Eddie Chapman was a British double agent recruited by both MI5 and the Germans to spy on each other. He faked a sabotage attack on the de Havilland aircraft plant, intentionally gave wrong information on V-1 strikes over London, and was awarded an Iron Cross for not blowing up a ship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…
The world's smallest unit of time is zeptosecond, which is trillionth of a billionth of a second, which means 1zeptosecond=0.000 000 000 000 000 000 001second and an interesting fact is a photon takes 247 zeptoseconds to cross a Hydrogen molecule. bbc.co.uk/newsround/54631…
Apple seeds do not grow true to the type of apple because apples are cross pollinators, which means they require pollen from other types of apples to grow. umanitoba.ca/faculties/af…
Boobytrapped treasures are a real hazard including flood tunnels, poisonous gems, false floors, sand traps and real cross bow killing zones. historydaily.org/boobytra…
Today I learned about The Drag, a dramatic play written in 1926 by Mae West under her pen name Jane Mast. The play opened in New Jersey and Connecticut, but was later forced to close for its portrayal of homosexuality and cross-dressing. The play never opened on Broadway, as West had planned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1910, two boys, Louis and Temple Abernathy decided to cross America by horseback from Oklahoma to Manhattan to meet Theodore Roosevelt. They were 10 and 6 years old. Then they decided to buy a car to come back home, while their horses made the return by train. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Killer bees or Africanized bees were created by humans cross breeding bees in the search for more efficient honey production en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afr…
Mercy Dogs or Red Cross Dogs. They would go out into the warzone to find wounded soldiers, They brought medical supplies for the soldiers to patch themselves up. Or if the soldier was mortally wounded, stay and comfort them in their final moments. thehistoryreader.com/hist…
The Swoon Hypothesis says Jesus did not die on the cross. He fell unconscious and woke up later. Early proponents say Jesus pretended to die, using drugs given by Luke, and revived later by Jospeh. This was to appear a spiritual Messiah and get Israel to abandon the idea of a political Messiah. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swo…
The public were so distrusting of the design of the SS Savannah β€” the first steamship to cross the Atlantic β€” that not a single ticket was sold, and it was completely devoid of passengers. history-of-travel.com
During WW2, there was a Great Dane dog named Juliana who won two Blue Cross medals. The first was for extinguishing an incendiary bomb by urinating on it and the second was for alerting her masters that a fire started in their shop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
During a flight to America the 'Hindenburg' hovered over a random English town and dropped a bouquet of flowers, then ascended and continued its journey. A note attached to the bouquet read: please deposit these flowers and cross on the grave of my dear brother, POW [in the local cemetery]" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
Red Cross Clubmobiles served free hot coffee and donuts to US soldiers in England. The Clubmobiles were staffed by women called "Donut Dollies." The service was so popular, Clubmobiles accompanied soldiers on D-Day and through the end of the war in Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Nazis offered Iron Cross for 4 Finnish Jews during WW2. None accepted. For example, Leo Skurnik was awarded Iron Cross for evacuating a German soldier under enemy fire. Major Skurnik told the Germans that Skurnik would "wipe his arse with the medal." nationalpost.com/news/wor…
The Zulu Army was specifically ordered not to cross the Buffalo river and attack the British garrison at Rorke's Drift by King Cetshwayo. However, a small Impi ignored these orders which gave the British the excuse they needed to launch a second invasion of Zululand. youtu.be/jg1WxTJkxXQ
There is a religious group in Japan who believes that Jesus didnt die on the cross. Instead it was his kid brother Isukiri. Jesus instead went to Japan and lived there until he was 106 years old. His grave is found in Shingo and thousands of pilgrims and pagans go there ever year. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone was the only enlisted Marine of WWII to be awarded both the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. Semper Fi. youtu.be/rm4kDR9qMpk
On the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, each name is accompanied by a symbol. Those missing in action are designated with a cross; if an MIA was to return alive, then the cross would be inscribed by a circle, but this has never happened. vvmf.org/About-The-Wall/
The Knights Hospitaller, who were related to the Templars, defended sick and poor pilgrims during the Crusades and wore a white cross on their clothes instead, and are still in existence today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kni…
, if you were able to travel from the Earth to a distance of 8.3 BILLION Light Years, you would cross the Cosmic Point of No Return, where you would NEVER be able to make it back to Earth, even if you somehow traveled the speed of light. youtube.com/watch?v=b_TkF…
Cosmic Crisp is a cross between Honeycrisp and Enterprise apples. The term "Cosmic Crisp" is trademarked. Breeding began in 1997 at the Washington State University (WSU). A $10 million consumer launch of the product. The apples went on sale in Seattle grocery stores on December 1, 2019. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cos…
Today I learned of the Einstein Cross: a pulsar that is gravitationally lensed to look like 4 pulsars. Most lensing effects create ring shapes instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ein…
Hitler was called as a witness in a murder trail being held for 4 storm troopers before he rose to Chancellor. He was cross examined for just over 3 hours, lost his temper, and his outburst is recorded testimony. pbs.org/show/rise-nazis/
In World War II, a group of witches gathered in the New Forest of England to harness a 'cone of power', in order to stage a magical assault on the mind of Adolf Hitler, sending a message to him that the Germans would not be able to cross the Channel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Today I learned about cross dominance where each hand is better at different activities. Ex: being a lefty when writing but preferring the right hand for throwing a ball etc. learningsuccesssystem.com…
Arthur Chin was credited as the first American ace of WW2 while flying for the KMT due to his Chinese heritage. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Airpower Heritage Museum in Midland, Texas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
There's a rare phenomenon where two wave systems can cross over each other and create an effect referred to as "cross sea". It is extremely dangerous and can sink boats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
Sacagawea, Native American kidnapped, enslaved and sold as a wife at age 12, helped guide the Lewis & Clark Expedition through the Rocky Mountains. Her route was later chosen as the optimal path for the Northern Pacific Railroad to cross the Continental Divide. biography.com/explorer/sa…
Uzbekistan and Liechtenstein are the only double-landlocked countries in the world. In order to get to the ocean from these countries you have to cross 2 national borders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
The 1st Marine Division (United States Marine Corp) has the Australian icons β€œWaltzing Matilda” as its battle hymn and the Southern Cross as its unit insignia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st…
Crows in Japan learned to crack walnuts by dropping them in a crosswalk. the birds hop in front of the cars and place walnuts. After the lights turn green the vehicles drive over the nuts, cracking them open. when it’s time to cross again, the crow join the pedestrians and pick up their meal. pbs.org/lifeofbirds/brain…
The first hijacking of an aircraft in history won the hijacker a Distinguished Flying Cross. youtube.com/watch?v=YvuQQ…

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