JFK was stranded on a desert island during WWII, and eventually rescued thanks to a coconut he had carved a distress message into. He later displayed this coconut in the Oval Office. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned of the β€œDesert of Maine,” a 40 acre tract of sand dunes caused by soil erosion from poor farming techniques. The area resembles a desert and has become a tourist attraction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
Today I learned of Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)- Located in the Western Desert in Egypt, this site contains the fossilized remains of whales that show their evolution from life as a land-based animal to becoming an ocean-going mammal. whc.unesco.org/en/list/11…
In 1968 US businessman Robert P McCulloch bought London Bridge for $2,460,000 plus shipping costs of around $240,000 and moved it to the Arizona desert. Instead of applying the 11% import tax for granite, US customs declared the 137-year-old bridge to be an "antique" and therefore duty-free cbp.gov/about/history/did…
In 1969, a musician named Jim Sullivan recorded an album titled U.F.U. the lyrics were about him leaving his family and being abducted by aliens, six years later his car was found abandoned at the ranch somewhere in New Mexico desert, he disappeared and never to be seen again. hellozukeen.com/journal/2…
In 1984 NASA crashed a fully fueled Boeing passenger jet, with crash dummies as passengers and pilots into the Mojave desert. The crash was filmed from multiple angles at high speed in 16MM film. The knowledge gained from this test lead to major changes in airline flight safety standards. supercluster.com/editoria…
Land Rover Dubai has an edible owner's manual for customers if they get lost in the Arabian Desert. businessinsider.com/if-yo…
The climate of the Sahara alternates between desert and savanna, in cycles that last 20 thousand years. About 6 thousand years ago, it was lush grassland instead of desert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sah…
In 2005, when speaking to a class of 4th graders, the Mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman, was asked what he'd take with him if stranded on a desert island. He replied: "A bottle of Bombay Sapphire Gin." When asked about his hobbies, he said he enjoyed drinking Bombay Sapphire Gin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osc…
Michael Jackson planned an ultimately-cancelled Las Vegas residency in 2005, and among one of the plans was a 50-foot MJ robot that would roam the Nevada desert visible to tourists entering from their airport and was meant to advertise his show mtv.com/news/1618999/excl…
Wild Camels living around a nuclear test site in the Great Gobi Desert can drink salt water with a higher salt content than sea water. wildcamels.com/bactrian-c…
The world's first astronomical site, Nabta Playa, was built in Africa and is 2,000 years older than Stonehenge. Located in the Sahara desert, the 7,000-year-old stone circle was used to track the summer solstice and the arrival of the annual monsoon season. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…
The McDonald's in Sedona, Arizona, is the only one in the world with turquoise arches instead of golden ones. The turquoise coloration was thought to be a better fit for the reddish desert surroundings. businessinsider.com/mcdon…
Israeli farmers are raising shrimp and coral in the Negev desert. (Aquaculture starts at 26:30) youtube.com/watch?v=VUNmN…
Today I learned of Perdo Serrano. He was stranded on a desert island near Peru. The island was devoid of vegetation, water and shelter. After being stranded for 3 years another shipwreck survivor ends up on the island. Four years later they were rescued. His companion dies on the way to Spain. uwosh.edu/faculty_staff/c…
"Mad" Mike Hughes died after crashing in his homemade steam powered rocket. He launched from the California desert and hoped to reach the KΓ‘rmΓ‘n Line, where Earth's atmosphere meets outer space 62 miles above the ground to prove that the Earth is a flat disk and not a sphere. popularmechanics.com/spac…
The iconic, tall, long-armed Saguaro Cactus, which has become a symbol of the American West, only grows in one place. It's native to the Sonoran Desert, an area of land along the Arizona, California, and Mexico borders. desertusa.com/cactus/sagu…
Camels once existed in Canada's far north. The Yukon giant camel was an 3.5 million-year-old ancestor of the living domestic camel found today in the deserts of Asia and Africa. beringia.com/exhibit/ice-…
Alice In Chains started recording their album Dirt in LA the day the LA riots broke out. After guitarist Jerry Cantrell saw people being pulled out of their cars near him in traffic, the band fled for the Joshua Tree desert with Slayer singer Tom Araya until the riots were over. killerguitarrigs.com/jerr…
The last uncontacted Australian Aboriginal people living a traditional nomadic life were encountered in 1984 in the heart of the Gibson desert in Western Australia. They had been unaware of the arrival of Europeans on the continent, let alone cars - or even clothes. abc.net.au/news/2014-10-2…
This creosote bush in the Mojave Desert is estimated to be 11,700 years old, and is named "King Clone" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Only about 1,000 years ago the largest lake in the world was located in the center of the country Chad in the middle of what is now the Sahara Desert. earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
Formerly the fourth largest lake in the world with an area of 26,300 sq mi, the Aral Sea has been shrinking since the 1960s after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects. The eastern basin of the Aral Sea has completely dried up and is now called the Aralkum Desert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
Today I learned about the Kharga Oasis, one of the five oases of Egypt’s western desert situated 200km from the Nile Valley. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kha…
β€˜Star Trek’ creator Gene Roddenberry was a pilot for a Pan Am flight that crashed in the Syrian desert in 1947. He took charge of the survivors and even walked to get help from a local village. The crash convinced him to leave the airline to pursue his goal of becoming a screen writer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Lima is the second largest desert city after Cairo. The city faces acute water shortage due to very low precipitation. To solve their water shortage issues, the locals use meshed fog catchers made of bamboo frames to harvest water from the thick sea fog that covers Lima all year round. theguardian.com/global-de…
Today I learned of "Burro" Schmidt a gold miner in the Mojave Desert who started digging a tunnel through the mountains to safely transport his ore to the smelter. He completed the tunnel in 38 years, moving 5,800 tons of granite with a pick. In the meantime a road was built so he never used the tunnel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Today I learned about the use of fire trenches by Iraqi forces as they retreated from Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War. As part of their scorched earth policy, they filled trenches in the desert with oil and set them on fire to slow the advance of coalition tanks and other heavy weaponry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuw…
George Lucas originally envisioned the planet Tatooine in Star Wars to be a jungle planet, but the idea of having to film in a jungle made him feel "itchy," so he decided to make it a desert planet instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Today I learned about a swimming pool which was built in middle of Mojave desert, as an art installation, the location to which was not released to public. Users had to get the keys to the pool from MAK center in West Hollywood, who would provide the GPS coordinates to the pool. laist.com/2016/05/10/the_…
The world is running out of sand. It is necessary for making glass and concrete which makes it the second most used resource globaly. And since desert sand is mostly unusable, it's not as abundant as most people think. earth.org/are-we-running-…
It's "just deserts" not "just desserts". Besides meaning a sandy desert land, the noun form of 'desert' also means "a deserved reward or punishment". theguardian.pe.ca/lifesty…
The !Kung people, a society of hunter-gatherers in the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa, do not know their own ages or years of birth. This is because they have little use for numbers that are not of immediate practical value. peacefulsocieties.uncg.ed…
Mad Max: Fury Road had filming moved from the Broken Hill region of NSW to Namibia after unusual rainfall caused the desert landscape to bloom with wild flowers. traveller.com.au/mad-max-…
In Las Vegas during the 1950s, Casinos offered "Atomic Tourism" in which guests could watch atomic bombs be tested in the desert as a form of entertainment smithsonianmag.com/videos…
The International Potato Center has successfully grown potatoes in a simulated Mars environment. They grew the plants in a CubeSat which mimicked the Martian air pressure and atmosphere, and used saline desert soils analogous to Martian soils as the growing medium. cipotato.org/blog/indicat…
A desert in South America went 500 years without recorded rainfall. phys.org/news/2018-11-cen…
The Sahara Desert was once green 5000-11000 years ago due to Earth's orbital movement as it created the Humid period, which lasted a few centuries. eos.org/articles/podcast-…
The hottest place on Earth is the Lut desert of Iran, topping Death Valley, USA and and El Azizia, Libya. Over a seven year study, the hottest recorded temperature was 70.7Β°C (159.3Β°F). earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
A man named William "Burro" Smith spent 33 years of his life single handedly digging a 2000ft tunnel through a mountain in the Mojave Desert. desertusa.com/desert-pros…
An American man spent 12 years bulding his own 'castle' in the Nevada Desert from scratch. It features 22 rooms, including 2 kitchens, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a man cave with home thater. It's now on the market for $699,900, down from $3.2 million. houseandhistory.com/hard-…
In 1984 a group of Australian Aboriginal people living a traditional nomadic life were discovered in the Gibson desert in Western Australia. They had been unaware of the arrival of Europeans on the continent, let alone cars - or even clothes. bbc.com/news/magazine-305…
Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard along with NASA Scientist Jack Parsons went to the desert with the purpose of creating a Human Body for an entity called Babalon. This is known in history books as The Babalon Working. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
Rain and moisture from the Indian Ocean doesn't make it past the the Himalayas, which resulted in the Gobi Desert being created in its rain shadow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
A man running an ultramarathon was joined by a stray dog for more than 77 miles (125 km) through the Gobi Desert, but he lost track of the dog after the race. With help from 20 volunteers, he finally found the dog after a 2-week search, named him Gobi and brought him back to live in Edinburgh. straitstimes.com/world/eu…
The Bulldozer Assault-Today 1991 during the Desert Storm blitz two US 1st Inf. Div. brigades faced a large, complex trench system part of the heavily fortified Saddam Hussein Line. They opted to use anti-mine plows mounted on tanks and earthmovers to simply plow over & bury Iraqi soldiers alive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gul…
The oldest mosque in Australia was built in the 1860s, set up by Afghan camel drivers in the middle of the South Australian desert. This was very early by Western standards - the UK's first mosque was built in 1891, while the US and France didn't have any mosques until the 1920s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
For several hundred thousand years, the Sahara has alternated between desert and savanna grassland in a 20,000 year cycle. The area is next expected to become green in about 15,000 years, in 17,000 AD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sah…
7,000 years ago, the Sahara Desert and the Arabian desert were actually grassland suitable for pastoral farming en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afr…
Scientists discovered what they think are the world's oldest biological colours - they are bright pink. The pigments were discovered after researchers crushed 1.1billion year old rocks in the marine shale deposit beneath the Sahara desert. theguardian.com/science/2…

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