A dam failure in China, 1975 caused as many as 240,000 deaths. The chief engineer predicted it beforehand, and was removed from the project. It was covered up for decades en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
For decades, southern states considered Thanksgiving an "act of northern aggression." Pumpkin pie was seen as a "Yankee food" and a symbol of anti-slavery sentiment. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The wreck of the titanic is very rapidly deteriorating, with experts estimating the wreck to be all but gone within the next decade or two, some estimating as soon as 2025 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wre…
Paul Newman's friends loved his homemade salad dressing so much he started a company to sell it. That company, which now sells a variety of foods, gives 100% of its profits to charities. Newman never took any money and in just its first decade over 50 million dollars was given away. newmansownfoundation.org/…
A sundown town is a community that for decades kept non-whites from living in it and was thus β€œall-white” on purpose. abhmuseum.org/sundown-tow…
Today I learned about the windshield phenomenon. People tend to find fewer insects smashed on the windscreens of their cars now compared to a decade or several decades ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
For two decades, 10 percent of all the electricity consumed in the United States came from thousands of decommissioned Russian nuclear warheads. npr.org/2013/12/11/250007…
Five 100-year-old crates of Mackinlay whiskey were discovered encased in ice in Antarctica in 2006. The whiskey was abandoned in a hut during the Shackleton expedition, and it was perfectly preserved below decades of ice accumulation. noted.co.nz/archive/archi…
The town of Bridal Veil in Oregon maintains a functional post office despite not having had any permanent residents for more than three decades. This is because several thousand couples go out of their way each year to mail their wedding invitations from Bridal Veil for the unique postmark. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
There's no evidence that depression is caused by low levels of seratonin. This has been known for decades, and neuroscientists have been trying to debunk this myth to the public for years. The actual mechanism of antidepressants is unknown. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned of the Seabed 2030 project, which aims to map the entire ocean floor in just over a decade. abc.net.au/news/2019-03-0…
During the Great Depression, a prominent attorney flipped $2 (inflation adjusted $31) into $100,000 ($1,500,000). He then proceeded to award the money to the woman who could give birth to the most amount of kids in the following decade. pyvt.com/3-of-the-most-su…
The American English expression "Okay" (or O.K.) is nearly identical to the expression "Okeh" from the Amerindian Choctaw-Chickasaw language, which first appeared in print a decade earlier and means "it is so and not otherwise." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OK#…
Spain has been in the wrong time zone for 7 decades. Spain's dictator Francisco Franco set the country's clocks an hour ahead in World War II in order to be aligned with Nazi Germany, and the change was never reverted. npr.org/sections/parallel…
The 'Ghost Army' was created in 1944 as the first tactical deception unit in US Army history to fool the German Wehrmacht. They used inflatable tanks, fake radio traffic, sound effects, and created phony headquarters with bogus officers. This was kept a secret for decades after the war. nationalww2museum.org/vis…
Today I learned of Ghulam Dastagir, a Stationmaster who refused to leave his post during the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, & prevented any trains from stopping at the station, saving thousands of lives even as his colleagues were dead and he himself spent 2 decades in and out of hospital due to long exposure to the Gas news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south…
Today I learned of Charles Ramsey, a Cleveland man who was key in the rescue of 3 women & a child from over a decade of captivity in a neighbor's home. When word got out he was eating a Big Mac when he heard a woman's cries for help, over a dozen Ohio restaurants pledged to offer him a free burger anytime. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Televangelist Pat Robertson, net worth $100M, predicted in 1976 that the world would end in November of 1982. After that didn't happen, he tried again a decade laterβ€”in his 1990 book The New Millennium, he said the world would be destroyed on April 29, 2007. The world did not end on that date. usnews.com/news/articles/…
Today I learned of the "Fleming myth" that although Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928 and published findings in 1929, penicillin was largely ignored by the medical community for over a decade until a group at Oxford successfully purified it in 1940 and enabled mass production in 1945 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Due to Japanese salmon having parasite in it, the Japanese always cooked their salmon. They only started eating salmon sushi in the 1990s after a decade long campaign by Norwegian Bjorn Eirik Olsen to convince the Japanese to eat it raw. japantimes.co.jp/life/201…
Gobekli Tepe is a 12,000-year-old temple (7,000 years older than Stonehenge) that's full of strange animal carvings and towering stone pillars. It's often touted as the world's first astronomical site, but those who spent decades excavating it say the evidence for astronomy just isn't there. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…
India is the world's second-largest English-speaking country. The most reliable estimate is around 10% of its population or 125 million people, second only to the US and expected to quadruple in the next decade. bbc.com/news/magazine-205…
The identity of the blonde female co-lead in the Men Without Hats video for Safety Dance (her character Jenny arc'd through 2 other MWH videos) was kept secret for decades when it was disclosed she was played by Brit Louise Court who'd later become a journalist and editor of Cosmopolitan UK tampabay.com/can-you-name…
Slavery was actually prohibited in the colony of Georgia when it was founded in 1732, and the colony did not legalize slavery for several decades. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
The Mole Man of Hackney tunnelled beneath is home near London, excavating over 33 tons of earth over the decades. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The author of 'Jaws' dedicated the last decade of his life to the preservation of sharks to make up for the mass hysteria he helped create. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Prohibition was continued by some states for several decades after the 18th amendment was repealed. Mississippi was the last hold out, prohibition alcohol until 1966. history.com/this-day-in-h…
There are two mystery paintings in an Australian art gallery that have been there for decades, but no-one knows where they came from or who the artist is. geelongartscentre.org.au/…
McDonald's buys a lot of apples. As of 2016, McDonald's sold more than 10% of all sliced apples in the US. At its core, the apple industry resurgence over the last decade can be traced, at least in part, to McDonald's. businessinsider.com/the-i…
The original prints of The Passion of Joan of Arc, one of the most famous silent films of all time, were destroyed in a fire in 1927, and for decades it was thought they had been lost for ever, until they were rediscovered in 1981... lying in a janitor's closet in a Norwegian mental hospital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Russia uses 1,000 miniature nuclear generators to power Arctic lighthouses. Known as Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators, they are similar to the nuclear power supplies used on manned Lunar missions & Mars rovers. Several have gone missing or been vandalized for parts in the last 2 decades. bellona.org/news/nuclear-…
The Space Race saw two superpowers spend decades demonstrating the technology needed to kill each other with nukes. Yet, instead of ending in a nuclear winter, the Space Race concluded with a American-Soviet handshake in microgravity during the Apollo-Soyuz docking mission in 1975. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…
Today I learned about Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first African American to play pro baseball, six decades before Jackie Robinson theundefeated.com/feature…
Decades after reunification, the former border between East and West Berlin is still visible from space at night due to differences between the streetlamps used by the two sides citymetric.com/horizons/y…
Today I learned about Minitel: France was online decades before the internet spectrum.ieee.org/tech-hi…
Today I learned about the β€œPhillip Island fox”, a pet fox that jumped from a ship in 1907 and swam till Phillip Island, home to extensive colonies of seabirds including penguins. The fox put their population in danger and it was later joined by other foxes, starting a β€œfox eradication” hunt that lasted decades decision-point.com.au/art…
A complete official release of the Blade Runner soundtrack doesn't exist, leading to numerous bootlegs over decades. In addition, Vangelis composed a new album of "inspired by BR" music for the 25th Anniversary edition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Over the span of a decade, Harvard University owns some 854,000 hectacres of farmland all over the world. Its holdings include California vineyards, New Zealand dairy farms, and sugar cane plants in Brazil & South Africa bloomberg.com/news/articl…
Today I learned of Jean Van Landeghem, a Belgian man who has been repeatedly pranked with pizza deliveries for nearly a decade, and he does not know who is sending them. foodandwine.com/news/pizz…
During World War 2, over 120 000 Japanese Americans were held in concentration camps around America, most without any reason except their race. It wasn't publicly acknowledged as a human rights violation by the US government until four decades later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Cuba had dozens of double agents within the CIA for decades. This was not discovered until a Cuban spy defected to the US in 1987 and started naming names. reuters.com/article/us-ca…
Steve Jobs was already trying to develop the iPad in 1983, saying what they want to do is "put an incredibly great computer in a book that you can carry around with you and learn how to use in 20 minutes" and that he hoped to sell it for under $1,000 within the decade. lifelibertytech.com/2012/…
Today I learned of accidental Stereo Sound. Where by Two recorders with microphones in different positions captured both left and right audio of an artist’s recording session. Decades later these recordings were then merged together to give stereo sound, pre-dating true stereophonic sound by a good 20 years benbeck.co.uk/firsts/1_Te…
Between 1958 and 1967 Charles Lindbergh (born 1902) secretly fathered seven children with three women in Germany. He would visit the children once or twice a year but used the alias Careu Kent and they did not learn his true identity until a decade after his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The legendary Goodfellas tracking shot into the Copacabana was initially blown because Henny Youngman, the comedian at the end, flubbed a joke he'd been making for decades moviemaker.com/goodfellas…
In the last two decades, around 10 US aircraft carriers have been "sunk" by diesel electric submarines in war games. nation.time.com/2012/12/0…
Some dolphins form boy bands to that sing together to attract females and these "bands" can stick together for decades smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Our pupils are largest when we're young. From age 30 on, they start to contract, slowing in our later decades. Also, women of the same age tend to have larger pupils than men, on average astronomy.com/observing/e…
Christopher Reeve passed on the part in American Gigolo that made Richard Gere a star, and a decade later was denied the Richard Gere part in Pretty Woman moviemaker.com/5-roles-ch…
Finland has planted 150 million trees per year for decades. For a small nation of 5Β½ million people that means 27 trees per person. If the entire European Union were to do the same, there would be nearly 14 billion trees planted every year in the EU. bioeconomy.fi/forest/

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