After Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants, graduated high school he worked as a fry cook during summers at a restaurant in Islesford, Maine known as Islesford Dock Restaurant. The restaurant would later be the inspiration for the Krusty Krab in the show. bangordailynews.com/2018/…
The use of the term "starboard" to denote the right side of a ship is so-called because they were originally navigated with a steering oar on that side. β€œstΓ©or bord” in Old English literally means β€œsteering side”. When tying up, the dock always had to be positioned on the left, hence β€œport”. oceantimemarine.com/why-i…
The Empire State Building's antenna was originally designed to be a dock for zepplin airships. It was used only once in September 1931 and abandoned entirely after the Hindenburg incident. airspacemag.com/daily-pla…
The docking adapter on the ISS that Crew dragon is using to dock, was delivered on previous missions by SpaceX and installed by ISS astronauts to replace older soviet docking adapters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Despite famously missing 97 out of 253 episodes (38%), classic "Doctor Who" is actually very well preserved compared to its contemporaries. "Dixon of Dock Green" is for example missing 400 out of its 432 episodes. (92.6%). from-the-archive.co.uk/20…
Today I learned about Operation Chariot. The WWII mission where 611 British Commandos rammed a disguised, explosive laden destroyer, into one of the largest Nazi submarine bases in France filled with 5000 nazis, withdrew under fire, then detonated the boat, destroying one of the largest dry docks in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_…
Dock Ellis threw a no hitter while on LSD en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc…
In 1982 Xerox management watched a film of people struggling to use their new copier and laughed that they must have been grabbed off a loading dock. The people struggling were Ron Kaplan, a computational linguist, and Allen Newell, a founding father of artificial intelligence. technologyreview.com/s/40…
Otis Redding was just 26 when he died in a plane crash. He recorded "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" days before the crash and, despite his young age, is considered one of the most influential musicians in American history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oti…
Charles Dickens' stories were often published in a series with cliffhanger endings. When a ship arrived in New York Harbor carrying the next installment of "The Old Curiosity Shop", Dickens fans crowded on the dock screaming, β€œIs little Nell dead?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
The Brazilian Expeditionary Force landed in Italy on July 2, 1944, two years after Brazil declared war on the Axis. The BEF landed without weapons, and since there was no arrangement for barracks, the troops remained on the docks. This lack of planning caused controversy in the Brazilian media. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
After the titanic disaster, congress passed laws requiring passenger vessels to carry more life boats. But the added weight made one ship, the S.S. Eastland, too top-heavy. In 1915, it capsized before even leaving the dock, killing 844 people eastlanddisaster.org/hist…
In 1979, a ship smuggling marijuana into Alaska experienced mechanical trouble and had to dock in Canada. On appeal, the case was tossed because the accused never intended to enter Canada. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R_v…
US Navy Commander Joseph Rochefort, who commanded the code breaking effort that enabled US victory at the Battle of Midway, was reassigned from Cryptanalysis to command a floating dry dock for the remainder of the war, due to internal Navy politics. nytimes.com/1985/11/17/us…
Otis Redding recorded "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" 2 days before dying in a plane crash, never knowing it would be a #1 hit & Grammy winner performingsongwriter.com/…
Otis Redding, the singer behind "Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay", got his big break when he was hired as a driver to take a friend to a recording studio for $10. After his friend was done, Otis asked to do a recording of his own, and his record ended up becoming a big hit. youtube.com/watch?v=zS7aR…
In October 2018 Russia's dry dock for it's aircraft carrier sank. popularmechanics.com/mili…
In 2016 a gang of five men were jailed for stealing Β£25,000 worth of Jammie Dodgers from a factory in Torfaen, Wales. As they were being led away from the docks, one of the defendants called out "Does anyone want a biscuit?". telegraph.co.uk/news/2016…
Starboard means "steer"board, which is the side of the steering oar on the right side since most people are right-handed. Naturally in that case, the left-side will be where you dock with the "Port". simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
844 people died aboard the SS Eastland because it had too MANY lifeboats. After the Titanic disaster, Congress passed laws requiring more lifeboats. This made the SS Eastland too top-heavy, and in 1915, it capsized before even leaving the dock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
In 1953 that Austrian Inge Sargent married a Prince from Burma (Myanmar), but he didn't tell her he was a Prince until they sailed back to Burma and were greeted at the docks by hundreds of well-wishers. myhero.com/hero.asp?hero=…
Tsar Peter the Great of Russia learned shipbuilding at a dock in Amsterdam after disguising himself as a common craftsman and worked on constructing the ships himself. mainlesson.com/display.ph…
Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" was recorded just two days before Redding died in a plane crash. The iconic whistling at the end of the track was the result of Redding forgetting the lyrics he had written for that part. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(Si…
Today I learned of the steamship Eastland, which, in 1915, capsized while still tied to the dock in Chicago. New safety laws which rushed through Congress after the Titanic sinking mandated so much safety gear installed that the ship was top heavy and rolled over, killing 844 people. allthingsnuclear.org/dloc…
Dock Ellis was a MLB pitcher. He claims to have never pitched a single game while sober. He crowning achievement is pitching a no hitter while high on LSD. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dock_E…
Otis Redding died at just 26 years old, three days after recording "The Dock of the Bay." His plane crashed on the way to a gig in Madison, WI, where a band called the Grim Reapers was set to open for him. That band went on to become Cheap Trick. vinylmeplease.com/magazin…
A monkey's fist knot is used as the weight in heaving a line between ship and dock. Recognizing their potential, drunken sailors began using them as melee weapons in street and bar fights with the knot eventually being adopted by street gangs of the 19th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Today I learned of the M/V Prestige oil spill. After its captain was replaced for warning of an imminent failure, the ship sprung a leak. Spain, France, and Portugal all refused to let it dock to contain the leak, despite the captain's pleas. Instead, Spain had the ship towed out to sea, where it tore in half. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
In 1975 in the middle of the cold war, USA and the Soviet Union conducted a joint space project called Apollo-Soyuz where two spacecrafts from the two rival nations would dock with each other in outer space. nasa.gov/topics/history/f…
While marine structures such as wharfs, docks, piers, jetties, berths, and quays each have distinct definitions, the Canadian Navy calls them all a "jetty" to avoid confusion amongst federal bureaucrats with budgetary control. rusi-ns.ca/jetties-piers-…
On July 24, 1915, the ship SS Eastland rolled over onto her side while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew were killed in what was the largest loss of life from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Today I learned about the St. Nazaire Raid, in which 600 British commandos rammed a ship filled with 4.5 tons of explosives into a dock for German capital ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_…
LASIK eye surgery uses the same algorithm NASA created to dock space shuttles in order to properly align the laser to the eye. spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2…
At normal speed, it takes a fully loaded supertanker/oil tanker approximately 20 minutes to stop, they cut their engines 15 miles away from the dock wisegeek.com/how-long-doe…
In 1970, Dock Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitched a no-hitter while on LSD. avclub.com/amp/220797
On a ship, port is on the left because that was the side you dock on and starboard is a mashup of two old english words that meant the steering side. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
In 2009 the USS Port Royal ran aground on a coral reef in Oahu, Hawaii, the same day she left dry dock after $18 million in scheduled updates & repairs. Repairs to the ship from the incident cost the US Navy $40 million & another $15 million went to repairing the coral reef that was damaged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Quarantine comes from the Latin word for 40, which was the number of a days a ship had to wait to dock because of the plague... pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/sh…
Otis Redding died two days after recording "(Sitting On) The Dock Of The Bay" rollingstone.com/music/fe…
The Greek navy maintains a reconstruction of an ancient Athenian trireme, the HS Olympias. Kept in dry dock in Athens, it is the only ship of its kind in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
A stray torpedo launched from the USS Bowfin submarine hit a dock and managed to sink a bus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
In WWII the US Navy had huge floating dry docks that were big enough to hold battleships and aircraft carriers so damaged ships could be repaired close to the fighting and not have to be towed back thousands of miles to Pearl Harbor. pwencycl.kgbudge.com/F/l/…
Otis Redding died just three days after recording his classic Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/O…
There is a ship capable of sinking under other ships, rising up, and lifting them out of the water so "dry dock" maintenance can be done at sea. Capable of carrying 110,000 tons. youtube.com/watch?v=FvGGt…
The last verse of Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" is whistled because he died before he could finish recording the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%28…
Dock Ellis Was On Drugs for Almost Every Major League Game He Ever Pitched, Including A No-Hitter While On LSD. Also, He Once Chased A Fan Through The Stands With A Baseball Bat. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/D…
Gunther Pluschow was a German pilot in WW1 who was imprisoned in London. He became the only POW in either world war to escape Britain. Before he left he took 'souvenir photographs of himself at the London docks' and spent the nights hiding in the British Museum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun…
The penguins from Batman Returns "were given a refrigerated trailer, their own swimming pool, half-a-ton of ice each day, and they had fresh fish delivered daily straight from the docks"! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Bananas are considered bad luck on fishing boats, if found aboard the boat will return to the dock and purge the offending fruit. people.howstuffworks.com/…
Today I learned about Prateep Ungsotham Hata, aka "Slum Angel," who grew up working the docks to support her family, doing jobs like packing fireworks and scraping rust off ship hulls. She later founded a school for slum children and has won global recognition for her work improving the lives of slum residents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pra…

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