In 1975, Sean Connery co-wrote a script for a Bond film called "Warhead". It features Spectre, from a secret base in the Statue of Liberty, launching an attack on NYC. Robotic hammerhead sharks, armed with nuclear weapons, are sent into the city’s sewers to wreak destruction as they explode oneroomwithaview.com/2015…
In 2015, police in Australia were called to a flat after neighbours were woken by the sounds of screaming, yelling, and destruction of furniture. It turned out to be a man trying to kill a spider. edition.cnn.com/2015/11/2…
During the War of 1812, while British soldiers were in the process of destroying Washington D.C., Dr. William Thorton, Superintendent of the U.S. Patent Office saved the building from sure destruction by standing in front of a loaded cannon and convincing British Soldiers not to fire. myoutbox.net/pobere.htm
Arminius was born a Germanic tribal prince and grew up a hostage of the Roman Empire. Having been granted Roman citizenship and knighthood, he secretly plotted and led a Germanic revolt against Roman rule, which culminated in the ambush and destruction of 3 Roman legions in the Teutoburg Forest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
In WWII there was a Nazi sailor who flushed his toilet incorrectly, causing his submarine to flood with seawater. The sub was forced to surface in view of the British who then attacked, resulting in the vessel's destruction, 4 Nazi deaths, and 46 Nazis captured en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
How the US "attacked" Ciudad Juarez, Mexico with a Modified V2 Rocket. The V2 launched from White Sands USA but went in the wrong direction. Scientists then restrained the Range Safety Officer to stop him from pressing the vehicle destruction button until it crashed in Mexico. No one was killed. whiteeagleaerospace.com/t…
Today I learned of the Bone Wars. In the late 1800s, two rival paleontologists sought to disgrace each other, resorting to bribery, theft, attempts to cut off funding, and destruction of bones. Both paleontologists were ruined financially, but their efforts led to the discovery of 136 new species of dinosaurs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
Today I learned about "Aguante Megadeth" The global phenomenon of Megadeth crowds chanting along with the guitar riff from "Symphony of Destruction". It started in Argentina, heavily influenced by its soccer song singing culture in stadiums, and quickly spread worldwide. youtu.be/lgOsh_s223U
The US accidentally created an artificial radiation belt around the earth in 1962, by detonating an hydrogen bomb in the upper atmosphere. It resulted in the destruction or damaging of 30% of the satellites in lower earth orbit, and knocked out electric devices 1 300 km away from the blast ctbto.org/specials/testin…
Today I learned of Serena Kozakura, a Japanese bikini model who was sentenced to 14 months in jail for destruction of property. Her sentence was overturned when she proved in court her huge breasts meant it was impossible for her to squeeze through a hole to enter the home of the victim. brisbanetimes.com.au/worl…
After France surrendered to the Nazis, Winston Churchill ordered the destruction of the French Navy, killing 1,300 formerly-allied sailors. winstonchurchill.org/reso…
Suffragette's were a militant movement that bombed Westminster Abbey and carried out roughly 250 arson or destruction attacks in one six-month period en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suf…
Although threatened with destruction by the sea, Holme2, a 4,000 year old seahenge, has been left completely exposed in the sea. This follows the public outcry over the removal of another Seahenge, Holme1, 100m away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
A single submarine can launch a total of 91,200 kilotons of destruction in 192 warheads; that's 5700x Hiroshima and ~41000x the recent Beirut explosion nuclear-news.net/2019/05/…
The destruction wrought by Genghis Khan led to about 700 million tons of carbon being removed from the atmosphere thanks to previously cultivated land becoming depopulated and forested - equivalent to a year of global demand for petrol today. carnegiescience.edu/news/…
The Taliban used dynamite to destroy two 4th century statues of Buddha. They saw it as idolatry. The destruction revealed a previously unknown network of caves with wall paintings from the 5th to 9th centuries and another giant statue of Buddha. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
European dragons are mostly featured as evil creatures, greedily hoarding gold, breathing fire on innocents, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Asian dragons, however, are benevolent creatures, bringing good luck and prosperity wherever it goes. museumcenter.org/the-curi…
The last legal heir to the Ottoman Empire- Ertuğrul Osman- died in 2009, 85 years after its destruction. He was known in Turkey as "the last Ottoman Emperor." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ert…
Today I learned that the Russian Orthodox Church regularly blesses Russian Military Hardware, but has decided that it is inappropriate to bless weapons of mass destruction newsweek.com/russian-chur…
The destruction wrought by hurricanes results in lizards with strong toes, thanks to natural selection smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Phobos, one of the martian moons, is slowly spiraling inward to eventual destruction and Mars will eventually have a ring astronomy.com/magazine/20…
Today I learned about the 1958 destruction of Ripple Rock, an underwater mountain in southwest British Columbia. It took three years to place over 1,000 tons of explosive in tunnels under the mountain, and it was one of the largest non-nuclear planned explosions on record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rip…
Today I learned of the systematic destruction of the Armenian cemetery at Julfa. In response to charges from Armenia and various international organisations and despite overwhelming evidence of their involvement, the Azerbaijani government insisted that the cemetery and the monuments within had never existed. theguardian.com/artanddes…
During the Cold War, US had four B-52 bomber aircraft armed with thermonuclear weapons, flying continuously routes to points on the USSR border. Overseas missile technology wasn't ready yet and US need to ensure fast retaliation to guarantee mutual destruction in case of a USSR attack en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
In 2015 Tbillisi, Georgia was flooded. A result of flooding was the destruction of the Tbilisi Zoo, leaving half of its animal inhabitants either dead or on the loose. An escaped African penguin was found at the Red Bridge border crossing with Azerbaijan, having swam 60 km south from Tbilisi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Today I learned about the Hasanlu lovers, these intertwined skeletons date to the destruction of Hasanlu (ca. 800 BCE). The two are close together facing each other. The skeleton on the left appears to be reaching out its right hand to touch the face of the skeleton on the right . penn.museum/collections/h…
In 2014 the beard of the Golden Mask of Tutankhamun fell off as it was cleaned by Museum employees, trying to cover up their mistake they tried to glue it back on with quick-dry plastic glue, leaving it off-center. This was later noticed and the employees got charged with "reckless destruction". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
Today I learned of Richard Rich, a Catholic who supported, under Henry VIII, the destruction of monasteries and execution of monks. He gave testimony obtained through promises of friendship to execute clergy and personally tortured a Protestant woman. He is seen as one of the worst people in English history. british-history.ac.uk/st-…
An amount of uranium less than weight of a dollar bill actually caused the destruction in Hiroshima. gizmodo.com/less-than-2-o…
The term "Boston Tea Party" didn't appear in print until nearly 60 years after the actual event. For most of its early history it was known as the "destruction of the tea." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bos…
A man in Florida drowned on his birthday, after crashing his car into a fire hydrant. He had managed to get out of his car, but was then sucked into a sinkhole likely created by the water pressure resulting from the fire hydrant's destruction. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
Beeldenstorm is a term used for outbreaks of destruction of religious images that occurred in Europe in the 16th century. During these spates of iconoclasm, Catholic art and many forms of church fittings and decoration were destroyed in unofficial or mob actions by Calvinist Protestant crowds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
The largest trebuchet ever made was called 'War Wolf' and, at ~400ft tall, was so massive and intimidating that it made the Scots surrender on sight. Despite this, it was fired anyway to observe the destruction it would cause. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
The American B83 Nuclear Bomb has been studied for use in the destruction/deterrence of asteroids on a crash course with Earth. They are 80x more powerful than the Little Boy bomb dropped on Hiroshima. flightglobal.com/news/art…
In 1962 a single missing hyphen in it's code caused the Mariner 1's backup guiding system to fail, leading to the destruction of the spacecraft. This one missing piece of code caused over $130 million dollars in damages. itworld.com/article/27172…
There is a word for the study of culturally induced ignorance: Agnatology. Culturally induced ignorance can come from media neglect or deliberate misrepresentation; Corporate and government manipulation, secrecy, suppression, document destruction, selectivity, inattention, & forgetfulness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agn…
Approximately 2,000 Nisga'a people died due to volcanic gases and poisonous smoke following the eruption of Tseax Cone. The Nisga'a story of the destruction is Canada's worst known geophysical disaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tse…
Orville Wright, the younger of the two Wright Brothers, expressed sadness about the death and destruction brought about by the bombers of World War 2, stating β€œI once thought the aeroplane would end wars. I now wonder whether the aeroplane and the atomic bomb can do it.” wrightstories.com/wrights…
The hip hip group The Coup's album Party Music, released November 6, 2001, originally had the destruction of the twin towers as the album cover before promptly being changed after the 9/11 attacks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
The Democratic Kampuchea period of 1975-1979 saw the closure and destruction of schools in Cambodia. During this period Phnom Penh University and all other educational institutions were closed and education was perceived as a dangerous asset en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Because of its destruction of white blood cells, mustard gas which was first used to poison soldiers in WWI was later used as the first chemotherapy treatment on a cancer patient with advanced lymphoma. It’s modern derivative is still used to treat some cancers today. youtu.be/SODjt60zSY8
Today I learned about Wendigo psychosis, that includes symptoms such as an intense craving for human flesh and fear of becoming a cannibal. In some Indigenous communities, environmental destruction and insatiable greed are also seen as a manifestation of Wendigo psychosis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wen…
In 6th century Constantinople, riots that began over a murder by chariot-racing hooligans escalated into a city-wide riot that resulted in over 30,000 deaths and the destruction of half the city en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
The famous World Heritage site of Babylon’s most recent addition of destruction was by Saddam Hussein who built a fake Babylon honoring himself on top of the ruins. It was further destroyed by US and Polish troops whose base was built on the ruins and ran over artifacts with tanks. theguardian.com/cities/20…
Nursery rhyme "London Bridge Is Falling Down" origins are unknown. There are similar rhymes across Europe, pre-dating the records in England. One origin was the supposed destruction of London Bridge by Olaf II of Norway in 1014, Old London Bridge was damaged in a major fire in 1633 and many more en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Today I learned of the Messina Earthquake, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that razed the city and killed half of the population. Due to the destruction of several historical landsites and most buildings, Messina from then on was nicknamed the "City without memories." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/190…
The first "weapon of mass destruction" in cyber warfare, a worm called Stuxnet, was jointly built by Israel and the United States (although neither country has officially admitted it)in an effort to destroy Iran's nuclear weapon program. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
When John Brown's remains were being transported to the north for burial, they deployed a decoy casket in Philadelphia to prevent its destruction by anti-abolitionists. Regardless, the celebrations of life the fake casket spurred on were enough to drive many Southerners in the city away. hsp.org/blogs/hidden-hist…
Today I learned about sand gangs, or organized crime rings that mine sand from rivers beds and beaches, who sell sand for use in worldwide concrete production. They've gotten so bad in recent years, from murders, petty crimes, and habitat destruction, that many governments are actively trying to shut them down. theguardian.com/cities/20…

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