Elephants are tremendous distance swimmers. They can swim for up to six hours and 25 miles (48km). They are so buoyant that if they tire in the water, they can just rest by floating and will not sink. They can also use their trunk as a snorkel and dive. wildanimalpark.org/can-el…
The speed of light was first estimated in 1676 by a Danish Astronomer who was timing the eclipses of Io caused by Jupiter. He noticed the period between eclipses increased with Earth's distance from Jupiter and guessed it was because light had to travel a longer distance. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Tanker trucks are built with baffles in the tank to discourage sloshing during and after braking. At highway speeds, this can reduce braking distance by more than 25 feet. [Visualization] youtu.be/56cxOzgl-mc
The last bursts of light in the universe will not be visible from any of the other last remaining stars. The distances will be so large that the photons will decay before crossing them. popularmechanics.com/spac…
Humans are the best endurance runners of the animal kingdom. We evolved for running long distances businessinsider.in/how-hu…
Today I learned of Penny Dean, who in 1976 broke the world record for long-distance swim from CA to Catalina Island (22 miles) by 1.5 HOURS. Her record has yet to be broken by man or woman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
The severity of autism can often be evidenced by facial features. A study showed that severe cases of autism coincided with β€œwide mouths, with a short distance between the top of the mouth and the bottom of the eyes,” while less severe ones had β€œbroad upper faces and a short philtrum.” spectrumnews.org/news/fac…
The legendary Athenian herald Pheidippides ran 40 km from Marathon to Athens AFTER spending the previous two days running from Marathon to Sparta and back, a round-trip distance of 240 km! Arriving at Athens, he shouted "νικῢμΡν!" ("We win!") and died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phe…
In terms of long distance running, there is no animal that can outrun a human businessinsider.com/how-h…
An acre was originally a rectangle made up of furlongs, which were the distance a pair of oxen could plow before resting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acr…
Mammoth Cave tours continued alongside an experimental sanitarium for tuberculosis patients. Unsuspecting visitors would occasionally encounter ghastly patients in hospital gowns shuffling along passageways or hear hollow coughing echoing in the distance. nps.gov/articles/tubercul…
Today I learned that, thanks to colonialism, the closest country to New Zealand is the USA. Their islands Fakaofo and Swains Island are only 180 km apart, which is a quarter of the distance between New Zealand and Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
Lidar is a method of measuring distances by illuminating targets with lasers and measuring the reflection with sensors. The differences in laser return times and wavelengths can be used to make 3-D representations of the target. gisgeography.com/lidar-li…
3D cameras have been commercially available since the 1950s. The majority of the cameras worked by taking two pictures eye distance apart to simulate a 3D image. Additionally, the makers of the View-Master made their own stereo camera that was compatible with the famous toy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
, 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…
The distance between the Sun and closest star is 40,208,000,000,000 kms . So much so that if sun was a size of grape fruit ,proxima centauri would be more than 4000 kms(2500 miles) away. skyandtelescope.org/astro…
If the earth is the size of a basketball and the moon is the size of a tennis ball, the distance between them is 24 feet. youtube.com/watch?v=8KkQC…
The mens' Olympic Javelin was modified in 1986 to reduce throwing distances. The longest throws were beginning to exceed the length of the field and were a danger to people in the stands. The new javelins only fly 90% as far as the previous design and all pre-1986 records have been nullified. worldathletics.org/discip…
Point-blank range does not mean extremely close range. It means any distance over which a certain firearm can hit a target without the need to compensate for bullet drop. wikipedia.org/wiki/Point-…
The world's longest domestic flight (and the world's longest flight by distance) is a 15728 km flight between Paris and the city of Papeete in the Pacific territory of French Polynesia, which takes between 16-17 hours en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
A whistle given as a toy in Captain Crunch boxes in the 70s was used by early hackers to gain free long distance calls. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Dolphins and orcas (a type of dolphin) like to follow boats to catch a free ride because the wake created by the boat's engine creates a wave that they can 'surf' and use less energy to propel great distances. fortmyers-sanibel.com/vis…
Today I learned about Correspondence Chess, a form of chess played over long distances, whereby participants would play their games via postcards. A single match could last up to several years. wikipedia.org/wiki/Corres…
An asteroid discovered at a French observatory in 1998 was named for the band ZZ Top. It was given the name '22521 ZZ Top' and orbits at a distance of about 179 million miles from Earth. ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi…
Since the real distance from Atlanta to Texarkana is only 621 miles and not 900, Bandit from "Smokey and the Bandit" would only have to go at an average speed of 52 MPH to make the round trip in 24 hours and still have 4 hours to spare. filmschoolrejects.com/cou…
Weapons manufacturer Remington produces an 8-gauge shotgun called the Master Blaster. It's classified as an "industrial tool" rather than a firearm, being used to blast away built-up materials within rotary kilns from a distance. ballisticmag.com/2018/12/…
Evidence of Homo erectus having lived on remote islands 150 miles of the coast of Africa suggests they were capable of crossing long distances over the sea, between 500,000 and a million years ago, which implies that they built boats. evolutionnews.org/2012/08…
Adam Walker was protected from a great white shark by a pod of dolphins while swimming to raise money for dolphin conservation. About 10 dolphins surrounded him for about 1 hr in Cook Strait, 6th leg of the Oceans Seven: a marathon of 7 long-distance open water channel swims around the world. news.yahoo.com/blogs/tren…
Today I learned about IvΓ‘n FernΓ‘ndez Anaya, a long distance runner who saw his competitor Abel Mutai slow down before the finish line due to a mistake. Instead of overtaking him to claim first place, he told/showed Abel the error and came second to him in an amazing display of sportsmanship. fairplayinternational.org…
The Diomede Islands stand only 3.8 km apart in distance but are 21 hours apart in time, hence the Big Diomede Island is called the Tomorrow Island and the Little Diomede Island is called the Yesterday Island. earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
Ancients measured long distances by hiring "bematists." They were trained to count steps while walking between locations and could measure hundreds of miles with 95%+ accuracy. Eratosthenes used one to calculate the circumference of the Earth within 15% in 240 B.C.E. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bem…
A ships speed is measured in knots because in the 16th century, sailors started throwing floatables off their boat which were attached to a rope. They made knots with always the same distance to each other. The sailors counted how many knots had passed in a given time to find out their speed. history.com/news/why-is-a…
The longest walkable distance on Earth spans 14,334 miles starting from Cape Town, South Africa to Magadan, Russia. At a normal pace of 12.5 miles per day, it would take 3 years to complete. nerdist.com/article/longe…
Sprinters and long-distance runners rely on different aerobic processes to run and that Usain Bolt, the fastest person in the world, has never run a mile. newyorker.com/sports/spor…
Today I learned about the Makapansgat Pebble, a waterworn piece of Jasper that unmistakably resembles a human face. This pebble was carried a great distance to a South African cave by an Australopithecus hominid around 3,000,000 years ago. It is the earliest known evidence for human visual-symbolic thought. news.artnet.com/exhibitio…
Huskies need to train to be better distance runners. While the average pet husky can only run between 10 to 20 miles a day, a well-conditioned race husky can run for 11 hours straight making up to 125 miles. They can repeat this distance for up to 10 days in a row. barkstory.com/how-long-ca…
Aboriginal Australians have extremely intricate, multi-language 'songlines' - ancestor songs which guide/navigate them through extremely vast distances of Australian Terrain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
The Standard Meter is one ten-millionth of the distance from the equator to the north pole along a meridian through Paris. npr.org/2014/06/23/324738…
The farthest distance that a lost pet dog has found his way home occurred in 1979 when Jimpa, a labrador/boxer cross, turned up at his old home in Pimpinio, Victoria, Australia after walking 3,218 km (2,000 miles) across Australia. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned about The Global Flyway Network (GFN), a partnership between researchers worldwide who are devoted to long term work on long-distance migrating shorebirds with the ability to track birds with tags in real-time, or go back and see the journeys of certain birds at certain times. globalflywaynetwork.org
Alan Turing, WW2 codebreaker and father of modern computer science, was also a world-class distance runner of his time. He ran a 2:46 marathon in 1949 (2:36 won an olympic gold in 1948). His local running club discovered him when he overtook them repeatedly while out running alone for relaxation www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.…
Today I learned of John Sedgwick, a Union general who was fatally shot in the head by a confederate soldier, after criticizing Confederate shooting skills. In battle, Sedgwick saw his men duck for cover. He said, "Why are you dodging like this? They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance.” He was then shot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Tennis athletes runs at least two times more distance than the most active American Football players in each of their respective matches. nydailynews.com/life-styl…
The title of the novel "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea" does not refer to a depth. It refers to the distance covered by the Nautilus in immersion during its voyage. 20k leagues is around 80 000 km. The correct translation of the title is "... under the seas" making the distinction clearer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twe…
Among Union General John Sedgwick's last earthly acts was admonishing troops to show courage and stop "shamefully" ducking from shots by enemy sharpshooters. He added,"They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." Soon after, he fell mortally-wounded from a sharpshooter bullet in the face. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
There is a 2 foot wide panel studded with 100 mirrors on the moon, which astronomers can use to measure the distance between earth and the moon extremely accurately. science.nasa.gov/science-…
Carl Benz's wife Bertha was the first motorist. In the summer of 1888 Bertha decided to β€œtest drive” the second prototype Motorwagen on a journey from Mannheim to Pforzheim, a distance of more than 50 miles in a single day and left a note for Carl on the kitchen table heacockclassic.com/articl…
In the Early Bronze Age bronze was made of copper and arsenic rather than copper and tin, due to the scarcity of sites where tin can be mined. Only after improvements in long-distance trade the copper-tin alloy became dominant. makin-metals.com/about/hi…
Today I learned about Joybubbles, a blind man who at age 5 figured he could make free long distance phone calls by using his perfect pitch to whistle. He later went on to create a non profit where he called terminally ill children and talked to them paying for the call himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy…
John Delorean, creator of the DeLorean car, invented the first muscle car when he, against the wishes/policies of GM who were trying to distance their brand from racing, put a v8 engine into the Pontiac Tempest wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontia…

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