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 word "Tibet" isn't actually Tibetan. Tibetans call it Bod or Ü-Tsang for the central region. The PRC name for the territory is "Xizang" which means "Western Tsang". One possible origin is "Tufan" which is the Chinese word for "dirt barbarians". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Def…
Metal (eg. coins, nails...) has no smell at all. The distinct smell we associate with metals is just the metal reacting with oils and other dirt on our hands. If you wash a coin thoroughly and smell it without ever touching it, it won't have any smell at all. youtu.be/BqLH-nTZEOc
Early in life, Abraham Lincoln wrestled. When local gang leader Jack Armstrong heard of him, he challenged The Honest One to a match. It ended with Abe grabbing him by the throat, hoisting him up, giving a little shake, then throwing him to the dirt. It was the first chokeslam used in wrestling. prowrestlingstories.com/p…
At Major League Baseball parks, one doesn't see local dirt (sandy in Florida, farmland black in the MidWest, etc) but rather a standardized clay-rich orange "infield mix." Over 20 stadiums use dirt "imported" from Slippery Rock, PA. The official dirt is shipped in and mixed with regional sand. post-gazette.com/sports/p…
Today I learned about Crater of Diamonds state park in Arkansas. The strange greenish soil is from an extinct volcano and a local farmer discovered diamonds laying in the dirt. Although the site was professionally mined for a time, it's now a state park where visitors can hunt for diamonds and other gemstones. arkansasstateparks.com/pa…
Marquis de Lafayette was buried in Paris with dirt from Bunker Hill battlefield britannica.com/biography/…
Green dirt in the nose pads of eyeglasses aren't moss/fungus but due to the oxidation of a certain type of copper used in glasses pottglasses.com/green-dir…
All raindrops have a speck of dirt inside them. Raindrops can only form when they have something to condense on to, thus the need for a particle of dirt. pmm.nasa.gov/education/vi…
David Schiffler, a 3 year old boy at the time, told his dad he found a dinosaur egg shell while playing in the dirt soon after seeing a movie on dinosaurs, and all he got from his dad was a shrug, "Yeah, right", but it turned out to be a genuine dinosaur egg shell! deseret.com/1996/4/28/192…
In 1920s, a famine struck Russia and forced people to eat raw seeds, grass, dirt, dogs, cats and leather horse harnesses. At its peak, people eat and sell human body parts as meat. Despite reports of cannibalism, the police took no action as it was deemed a legitimate method of survival. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
Mud or β€œdirt” daubers are harmless wasps that rarely attack humans, females prey on spiders to feed their young sometimes fitting up to 25 in a single cell, and when their larvae reach maturity the new adult burrows their way out. Blue dirt daubers prefer black widows. entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatu…
The reason moles always look so clean, even though they live in the dirt, is because their hair swivels to lay in any direction. animals.mom.me/moles-adap…
During the Trial of Joan of Arc, the prosecution, headed by Pierre Cauchon, sent an agent to France to collect dirt on her life in her home village. Cauchon was enraged when the agent "had found nothing concerning Joan that he would not have liked to find about his own sister". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Alice In Chains began recording β€œDirt” in LA on April 29, 1992, the first day of the riots. They broke to Joshua Tree to process the experience and continue writing before returning to finish the album. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dir…
In the Vietnam war, there was a flourishing sex industry for American soldiers. There were an estimated 300,000 sex workers in the country at this time. There were also an estimated 50,000 bastard American-Asian children, who were given the derisive name bui doi (dirt of life). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
James Dyson, partly supported by his wife's salary as an art teacher, spent five years and made about 5,127 prototypes until the launch of the famous vacuum cleaner that would not lose suction as it picked up dirt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Today I learned of MLB player Lenny Dykstra who paid a team of private investigators $500,000 to dig up dirt on MLB umpires. He used the information to leverage a more favorable strike zone during games. wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenny_…
Today I learned about the 1997 Jarell tornado, which is considered the most destructive tornado in recorded history. By the time rescuers arrived at the Double Creek subdivision where 27 people had died, there was nothing in sight except bare slabs of foundation and ripped up dirt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
The tornado in 'The Wizard of Oz' is just a 35 foot stocking blown by artificial wind and dirt held up by a "gantry" on a set - the gantry cost more than the whole anticipated budget for the entire scene; $218,347.23 in todays money. perspectaweather.com/blog…
Companies will intentionaly alter the sounds of their products. For example, they will make a car engine sound louder as to make us think it is more powerful or make a vacuum cleaner louder to make us think it is sucking up more dirt and dust. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
In 2008, Mike Schultz, a pro snowmobile racer, had his left leg amputated above the knee. Seven months later, he was zooming around on a dirt bike wearing a prosthetic leg that he designed and built himself. X Games 8x gold medalist motocross snowcross and Gold Silver paralympic Snowboarding. nypost.com/2020/01/24/x-g…
Today I learned about Cockney Rhyming Slang, the origin of terms like "Bread" for "money", where someone takes a rhyme for "money" such as "Bread and Honey" and drops the rhyming part. Other examples are Dicky = dicky dirt = shirt or Raspberry = raspberry tart = fart (as in "blowing raspberry/ies") ruf.rice.edu/~kemmer/Word…
Tetanus is not actually related to rust directly. The logic is more that if an object has been left outside and allowed to rust, its more likely to have been in contact with dirt or faeces that contain the bacteria and causes a wound to allow its entry. elitecareemergency.com/sa…
In 1821, Thomas Jennings became the first African-American to hold a patent. He invented 'dry scouring', a method for removing dirt and grease from clothing that would lead to today's dry cleaning. smithsonianmag.com/innova…
In 1969, Berkeley activists seized a chunk of a three-acre dirt lot where the University of California planned to build dorms and declared it a park for all people eastbaytimes.com/2019/04/…
There's an amusement park in New Jersey where you're dumped like dirt out the back of a dump truck diggerlandusa.com/attract…
The town of Trona, CA has a golf course that is almost entirely dirt because the heat and highly saline soil kills grass youtube.com/watch?v=0Cqx5…
The 'Swiss Army Man' directors had a dummy made up of Daniel Radcliffe, assuming he didn't want to do the weird, nude, farting stunts and lay around in dirt. But he loved it so much, he insisted on doing every scene. inverse.com/article/17614…
That, in 1964, a group of college students used garden spades to tunnel under the Berlin Wall into East Berlin, allowing 57 people to escape to the West. The students moved enough dirt to fill four eighteen-wheeler big rigs; one of them went on to design tunnels professionally. gizmodo.com/the-college-k…
In 1903, two men and a pit bull made the first documented journey by automobile from San Francisco to New York using only a connection of dirt roads, cow paths, and railroad beds. The journey took 63 days, became a national sensation, and called for a system of long distance roads. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Earworms are considered intrusions: unwelcome involuntary thoughts, they are a subtype of obsessions. People experiencing earworms as terribly annoying and stressful are more likely to express typical OCD symptoms (such as mysophobia β€” a fear of germs, dirt, and contamination). ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
A rat king occurs when young rats living close to each other get their tails entangled and encrusted with dirt. This knot then tightens when they pull away from the group - the largest found comprised of 32 individual rats. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
A couple sued AC/DC in 1981 for $250,000 because their telephone number is in the song "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" resulting in hundreds of prank calls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dir…
"The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults" was the most-watched live television special of 1986 with an audience of 30 million. Hyped as potentially revealing great riches or dead bodies, when opened the vaults revealed just dirt and empty bottles. washingtonexaminer.com/cr…
Jon Hamm engaged in a college hazing where he shoved the victim's face in the dirt, hit him with a paddle in the kidney and set his pants on fire. theguardian.com/tv-and-ra…
In the Halloween film "Hocus Pocus," Billy Bucherson coughed up real life moths. He was fitted with a mouth piece, which consisted of a latex pouch that held the dirt and moths. bloody-disgusting.com/mov…
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have β€œPittsburgh Potty’s”. They exist because of Steelworkers coming home covered in soot from the mills. The men were to wash off in the laundry basin, and use the restroom without tracking dirt through the house. youtu.be/c0v6X-V3BfY
Today I learned about Hava Celebic, an 80-year old Bosnian woman who claims to be the world's only 'tongue-healer'. For $10 per treatment, she licks people's eyes clean of various dirt and grime. nypost.com/video/woman-ge…
A guy in Canada built an underground nuclear fallout shelter out of 42 school buses encased in dirt and concrete. interestingengineering.co…
Today I learned about Seattle’s regrades. In the late 1800’s and 1900’s, workers blasted hills with water cannons, lowering them significantly, and ended up moving over 7 million cubic yards of dirt into the Puget Sound, effectively reshape the coastline en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reg…
There is a basically a UK size termite colony in brazil that has been there for 4000 years the amount of dirt, they excavated a volume of dirt equivalent to 4,000 pyramids of giza. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Cinderella is not the real name of the protagonist, instead it was an insulting nickname given to her. she was forced to sleep in the ashes and because of that she was always covered in dust and dirt pitt.edu/~dash/grimm021.h…
In order to advertise their services, prostitutes in ancient Greece wore sandals that left the words "follow me" imprinted in the dirt as they walked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
David Spade's assistant once broke into the actor's house and tried to murder him for not casting him in Joe Dirt. youtu.be/gqUFZ0R_S9A
Bang breakouts are fairly common. Oil that accumulates on the hair itself can rub against the skin and block pores. Also, hair over the forehead may trap oil produced in the skin, along with dirt and sweat, increasing your risk for breakouts allure.com/story/how-to-a…
Today I learned of Times Beach, Missouri. In the early 70's, to curb a dust problem caused by dirt roads, the town hired a contractor to spray used motor oil on the roads. The motor oil had been mixed with another chemical, dioxin, leading to one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S history. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
Today I learned of Bruce Cook, first paraplegic to land a back flip on a dirt bike youtu.be/GTMg1Wk5psU
A death row inmate requested a lump of dirt for his last meal. telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
Australian aborigines discovered that they could dig an estivating frog out of its dry season refuge in the dirt, squeeze it, and drink its urine to slake their thirst. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aes…

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