Prior to making Finding Nemo, Pixar's in-house art team was required to take Marine Biology, Oceanography, Ichthyology, and Scuba Diving Classes in order to get the look & feel of the characters and their world just right. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Natalia Molchanova, the "world's most decorated free diver" ever, disappeared while diving off the coast of Spain and has never been found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Southern elephant seals have been recorded diving to depths of OVER 2,300 meters (almost 1.5 miles) below the surface of the ocean, and can dive deeper and for longer duration than most cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises)! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Today I learned of submarine USS Thresher. On 10 April 1963, Thresher sank during deep-diving tests about 350 km (220 mi) east of Boston, Massachusetts, killing all 129 crew and shipyard personnel aboard. It is the second-deadliest submarine incident on record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Today I learned about the Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior 1985 sinking after French secret agents in diving gear planted a bomb on the hull of the vessel in Auckland harbour, New Zealand. One person, Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira, was killed. news.aut.ac.nz/news/the-r…
Today I learned of Lloyd Scott, a former footballer who, in 2002, completed the London Marathon while wearing a 130lb (59kg) deep sea diving suit. Finishing the entire race took him five days, eight hours, 29 minutes and 46 seconds. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
The US planned and/or attempted an absurd number of assassinations on Fidel Castro over the course of 40 years. Plots included exploding cigars, lacing his diving suit with a toxic fungus, and dousing his broadcasting studio with an LSD-like chemical to make him hallucinate during a speech. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
A study of 11 years of Base Jumping showed each jump carried a 1 in 2,317 chance of dying, compared to 1 in 101,083 for sky diving. The chances an individual base jumper will die in a year (annual fatality risk per person) is even higher: 1 in 60, and 72% had witnessed death or serious injury. telegraph.co.uk/men/activ…
Pilots taking off from aircraft carriers must keep their hands off the stick until they are fully launched off the end of the ship and in the air. This is to prevent them from intentionally diving the plane into the water due to a form of disorientation called "somatogravic illusion". boldmethod.com/learn-to-f…
Jason Statham was a diver who was selected by Britain's national diving team to compete in the 1990 Commonwealth Games. Shortly after, he was asked to model for French Connection, Tommy Hilfiger, and Levi's in various advertising campaigns. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_…
Surrealist artist Salvador Dali had a pet anteater, delivered an art lecture wearing a full diving suit with two Russian wolfhounds at his side, and had a lifelong disgust for female genitalia after stumbling upon a picture book of venereal diseases as a child en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Florida man Courtland Hunt modified a Glock 9mm to shoot underwater & used it to shoot invasive lionfish at point-blank range while scuba diving. Hunt said: "Who wouldn't want to go shoot their gun at fish underwater? Especially a species that detrimental to the environment." fox13news.com/news/braden…
The longest car in the world was 100 feet long, had 26 wheels, a jacuzzi, diving board, king-sized water bed, and a helicopter landing pad, and was called the β€˜American Dream’. motor1.com/news/75965/the…
The US Navy has 6 standard alarms for specific scenarios on a submarine. Each alarm sounds different, has immediate actions and priority- collision, diving, missile emergency, missile jettison, general, and power plant casualty. A mnemonic for the order is, "Can Dead Missile Men Get Pro-Pay?" wikipedia.org/wiki/Alarms…
Today I learned of a lake in West Papua, Indonesia that is filled with jellyfish. These jellyfish have such a minor sting that tourists visiting the island can swim among the jellyfish without any protection. The lake also has a toxic hydrogen sulfide layer that prevents deep diving activities. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
German airplanes β€œStuka” did not make that screaming sound when diving because of their engine , but because they had small fans attached to the front of their landing gear that acted as siren. This will β€œweaken enemy morale and enhance the intimidation of dive-bombing” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun…
The word 'Trampoline' was created and Trademarked in 1936, and comes from the Spanish 'trampolΓ­n', meaning a diving board. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Today I learned about Ama, female Japanese pearl divers that start diving at the age of 12-13, and are well active into their 70s. They endure freezing conditions and great pressure from deep sea depths to get pearls. They have a unique technique in which they release air in a long whistle as they resurface. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
Kirsty MacColl, successful British singer / songwriter and daughter of the composer of "Dirty Old Town", died when she was diving in Mexico, pushing her 15 year old son out of the way of a speeding powerboat that ran her over. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kir…
The sound you hear with WW2 planes diving was caused by a siren fitted to the German planes to scare ground infantry youtu.be/fhJ8HY24Pb8
Today I learned of the sport of Extreme Ironing. Exponents take ironing boards to extreme locations and iron garments there. Performances have taken place while doing activities such as skiing, surfboarding, diving and marathon running. Two extreme ironers ironed a Union Jack above Everest base camp in 2003. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
When you splash water on your face, your body instantly begins to prepare your body for free diving, slowing your heart rate and pulling blood into vital organs in what scientist call β€œthe master switch of life” jstor.org/stable/24935967…
Australian prime minister Harold Holt loved swimming and diving so much that when his press secretary expressed concern about this he said, "Look, what are the odds that a PM would drown or be eaten by a shark?". In 1967, Holt went for a swim in the ocean and was never seen again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Today I learned about the diving horses of Atlantic City. From the mid 1880's until 1978! the (mostly female) riders would ride their horse up a ramp some 60 ft high to plummet into a small pool. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Div…
There used to be diving horse attractions where horses would dive into water as high as 60 feet. It was temporarily revived in 2012 before being halted again, when the President of the Humane Society of the United States said ""This is a merciful end to a colossally stupid idea." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Div…
An amateur diver, Ben McDaniel, was last seen diving in a cave in Florida, but his body was never found and water tests showed no signs of decomposition, leading some people to believe that he was murdered or started a new life and the disappearance in the cave is a cover up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Kelsey Grammer's personal life has been beset by family tragedies. His grandfather died of cancer when he was 12 years old. In 1968, his father was murdered in a home invasion. In 1975, his sister was abducted, raped, and murdered. In 1980 his two half-brothers died while they were scuba diving. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kel…
Today I learned of Mostar Bridge that crosses the Neretva River in Bosnia Herzegovina is one of the tour stop for Red Bull Diving World Series since 2015. It was constructed in 1557, destroyed in Croat-Bosnian war in 1993. Restored in 2004, the bridge is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005. youtube.com/watch?v=g9wtp…
The pearly razorfish (Xyrichtys novacula) has the remarkable ability to escape predators by diving headfirst into the sand in a split-second breathtaking maneuver. It can also use its razor-sharp teeth to cut fishing line and netting by rotating its jaw to more than 90Β° to clip any entanglement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
Your heart rate slows when your face touches water; this is called the mammalian diving reflex. dujs.dartmouth.edu/2012/0…
On Jose Fernandez's 4th attempt to defect from Cuba to the U.S., a person fell overboard. Jose jumped into the waters and saved the person. He recalled, "I don't remember much, just diving in the water and swimming towards this woman. As I was getting close, I could see it was my mother". grantland.com/features/ma…
A man named William Carver started a horse diving exhibition in the early 1900’s, where horses would leap off a 40 foot tower into a pool of water. amusingplanet.com/2017/11…
Film director James Cameron solo piloted a deep-diving sub to the Challenger Deep, the deepest known point in the ocean. This was the second manned dive (and the first solo dive) to ever reach the Challenger Deep. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
There's a species of spider that breathes air, but lives its entire life underwater in diving bells made of spider silk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Div…
The Bond Movie trope of James Bond scuba diving somewhere, surfacing, then removing the wetsuit to reveal an unblemished full tuxedo, was inspired by a WW2 Dutch Spy who used the technique to sneak into Nazi-controlled Netherlands. telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
The band Novo Amor spent over 35 hours of free diving and a real sculpted whale made out of plastic waste for their music video "Birthplace" youtube.com/watch?v=FjtjX…
According to an autopsy report an Alabama minister who died of β€œaccidental mechanical asphyxia” in his home, was found hogtied, wearing two complete wet suits, including a face mask, diving gloves and slippers, rubberized underwear, a head mask, and had a dildo in his anus covered with a condom theregister.co.uk/2007/10…
The Peregrine Falcon hunts by diving at 230+ mph straight down, and killing its prey on impact with a balled foot. It kills other birds with a literal falcon punch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
There is an ethnic group in the Philippines,called the Sama-Bajaus, intentionally rupturing their eardrums at an early age to help them when they are diving. They can stay as long as 13 mins under water at 200 feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
While Erin Langworthy was bungee jumping 360 feet above the Zambezi river, the cord broke and she was forced to swim the raging waters with her feet tied together, at one point diving to free the rope from debris. news.nationalpost.com/new…
Marine explorer Jaques Cousteau invented the aqualung, giving scuba divers the ability to swim freely under the ocean’s surface. There was no longer any need for a restrictive heavy helmet, diving suit, and air tube linked to a ship. famousscientists.org/jacq…
CA has a program to teach inmates diving and aquatic welding for lucrative oil rig jobs nationswell.com/happens-t…
A Texas man was asked not to swim in a marina due to sightings of an alligator. He responded with "F#$k that alligator" before diving in the water. He was immediately killed by an alligator. gawker.com/fuck-that-alli…
Pentagon freaked out in the 1980s when they realized Finland had, against their expectations, managed to build two Mir submarines capable of diving to 6000 meters. They went on to shut down the whole Finnish submarine industry by privately threatening the country with heavy sanctions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
There is a scientific measurement for the 'risk of death' of any action: the micromort. If an activity is rated as one micromort, you would have a one in a million chance of dying while doing it. Running a marathon is ~7 micromorts, sky diving 10, and climbing Mount Everest 40,000! smh.com.au/comment/whats-…
Today I learned about saturation diving. Divers working on deep-sea infrastructure such as oil pipelines live in a pressurised chamber for a month, taken between the chamber and their worksite by a pressurised diving bell. That way, they only need to be decompressed once, at the end of each 28-day job. youtu.be/SbAxa-_3h6E
Bungee jumping was actually inspired by the ritual known as β€˜land diving’ and was believed that a successful Yam harvest could only be achieved if the ritual took place. talk-business.co.uk/2016/…
The man that shot the attacker at Canadian Parliament in 2014, Sgt-At-Arms Kevin Vickers, did so by diving through a doorway, flipping around to face upwards, and firing at the shooter while still in mid-air. He is reported to have said "I put him down". news.nationalpost.com/new…
Today I learned of a sport called extreme ironing, where a person tries to iron clothes in the most extreme place possible, such as underwater while diving or while skiing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
In order to rescue Ethiopian Jews, the Mossad bought and ran a profitable scuba diving resort in Sudan between 1982 and 1984. 8,000 people were safely smuggled to Israel. reuters.com/article/us-is…

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