Today I learned about "gravity hills" which is a place where the layout of the surrounding land produces an optical illusion, making a slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope. Thus, a car left out of gear will appear to be rolling uphill against gravity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
. OG Iceberg begins their life as snow. Snow piles up on land and gets squashed into ice. Ice slides downhill into the sea. Adult iceberg can also crack and split, making new ones. Thats why they are not salty wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2013…
English musician Mike Edwards (AKA Pramada), known for artful 1970s cello play with the band ELO (Electric Light Orchestra), died suddenly in 2010 when a runaway round hay bale bounded downhill and crushed his van on the A381 Road. The hay roll's weight was estimated at around 1,300 pounds. bbc.com/news/uk-england-d…
A 64 year old Finnish skier hit 125 mph at the Albertville Olympics in 1992. 38 years prior he finished 11th in the Combined event (downhill and slalom) at the 1956 Olympics at Cortina. fis-ski.com/en/internatio…
A Colorado bear broke into a Subaru SUV & caused it to roll backwards downhill & crush a mailbox. The bear shattered the Subaru's back window, ripped out the radio and steering wheel, and defecated inside. 2- 3 bears get stuck in cars each week in the area, officials say. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Today I learned of an optical illusion called a "Gravity Hill" that makes it seem like you are going uphill, but gravity actually pulls downhill. Cars left out of gear will appear to roll upwards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
The loud engine noise big rigs make when slowing down or going downhill called compression release engine braking (aka Jake Braking). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
During WWII, to circumvent the U.S. Neutrality Act, U.S. built aircraft were towed across the border into Canada by civilians with horses, tractors and trucks. Sometimes they were simply rolled downhill! youtu.be/HL41oesVh9o
Head injuries were so common on Pennyfarthing bicycles that riders would put their feet over the handlebar when going downhill so that they would be thrown off feet-first instead of head-first. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Today I learned of Peter Brough, who rose to fame as a ventriloquist on a British radio show. His career went downhill after getting his own TV show, where the audience could see his lips moving. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Blind Skiing is possible! And there are actually places in the US/Canada where you can pursue it! youtu.be/Ui-9uNuqRyE
Arthur Conan Doyle claimed to invent downhill skiing, he helped introduce skiing to Switzerland and popularised the sport in Britain conandoyleestate.com/news…
A gravity hill, also known as a magnetic hill, or anti-gravity hill, is a place where the layout of the surrounding land produces an optical illusion, making a slight downhill slope appear to be an uphill slope. Thus, a car left out of gear will appear to be rolling uphill against gravity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
The 1683 Battle of Vienna included one of the largest cavalry charges in history, in which 18,000 Polish and Holy League horsemen charged downhill into the Ottoman lines and ended the Siege of Vienna en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The first comment on reddit was a complaint that reddit was going downhill. reddit.com/r/reddit.com/c…
The term "Skid Row" started as a logging term in Seattle, WA. Freshly cut logs were skid downhill to Henry Yesler's mill. nps.gov/nr/travel/seattle…
Led Zeppelin never had a number one hit. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
In 2003 an empty train rolled from Broadmeadows to Spencer Street Station in central Melbourne largely downhill and under the influence of gravity after the driver left to use station amenities. After rolling 16.8 kilometres the train collided (at 75 kph) with a train waiting at a platform atsb.gov.au/publications/…
President Harrison probably didn't die of pneumonia but rather of enteric fever from contaminated White House water that came from a spring 7 blocks downhill from a sewage dump. Polk & Taylor also had severe gastroenteritis during their terms. Taylor died in office; Polk, 3 months after leaving. cid.oxfordjournals.org/co…
The "Google Effect" is making humans more stupid - the theory states that the human race is more stupid that it was 100 years ago and is only going downhill! synap.ac/blog/10-surprisi…
King Louis XIV of France, who reigned for 72 years, outlived his son, grandson, and two eldest great-grandsons. He was ultimately succeeded by his third great-grandson, who became Louis XV. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
There is a "Crushed Ice" Race Series. It's like bordercross racing but it's on a long downhill sheet of ice; It has jumps, woops and everything! redbullcrashedice.com/en_…
Paralympic athletes will use the same course for downhill skiing as the Olympics, only they do it on one ski, a body ski, or even blind. teamusa.org/US-Paralympic…
A modern car will use more fuel when is on neutral downhill rather when left on enginebreak fuelly.com/tips/
Today I learned of a sport called Crashed Ice. It's a combination of ice skating and downhill cross racing, and it can be extremely dangerous. youtube.com/attribution_l…
There are "gravity" or "magnetic" hills that are places where a slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope due to the layout of the surrounding land, creating the optical illusion that water flows uphill or a car left out of gear will roll uphill, among others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Armenia was the first state to adopt Christianity as its official state religion 10 years before the Roman Empire. The Kingdom of Armenia adopted Christianity in 301 AD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
I learned that "zorbing"is a recreation activity that involves rolling downhill ins some sort of giant sphere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zor…
Ancient Israel was far from "the land of milk and honey," and instead people suffered from the lack of a balanced diet. By examining human remains, Dr MacDonald found evidence of iron-deficiency anaemia, consistent with a diet high in flat bread and low in meat and vegetables news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
In 2001 the National Institute of Health funded ways to encourage doctors to prescribe opioids to chronic pain patients by removing doctors’ fear of a 'downhill spiral of further disability, depression and pain' from opioids. They stated no risk in β€˜developing tolerance, addiction or toxicity.' grants.nih.gov/grants/gui…
Walking downhill uses three times as much energy walking uphill livestrong.com/article/55…
The backslash is also known as a hack, whack, escape, reverse slash, slosh, backslant, downhill, backwhack, bash, reverse slant and reversed virgule. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
President Lyndon B. Johnson owned an Amphicar, which was a car from the 60s that could drive on land or water. Apparently he liked to scare new visitors to his ranch by driving them downhill in his Amphicar directly into his property's lake, all the while shouting that the brakes had broken en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amp…
Courchevel Altiport has an upslope runway where you take off downhill and you land going uphill en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Today I learned of Yak Skiing, whereby a skier is propelled up a hill by a downhill charging yak by means of a pulley system and some pony nuts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yak…
At the PGA Texas Open in 1992, A journeyman named Carl Cooper hit a 787 yard drive. The ball bounced and rolled downhill on a concrete cart path and eventually ended up 300 yards past the hole. chron.com/sports/golf/art…
The first successful manned heavier-than-air powered flight was a steam-powered aluminum Monoplane launched off a downhill run. In 1874. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned about Downhill Forest Barefooting

Just got done having a blast.

Step 1: Wear these "shoes" http://i.imgur.com/JiWrE.jpg

Yes, they do look THAT awesome.

Step 2: Run down a long steep clearing in the forest as fast as you can until it turns flat.

Extra points for leaping over something that will f you up, if its barely bright enough to see, long drops, pouring rain and mudsliding.

Modern snowboarding began in 1965 when Sherman Poppen, an engineer in Muskegon, Michigan, invented a toy for his daughter by fastening two skis together and attaching a rope to one end so she would have some control as she stood on the board and glided downhill. It was called the "snurfer". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sno…
The British basically invented competitive downhill skiing and dominated the first international competition. Within 3 years, they were completely absent from the medals table... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIS…
The Soyuz 18a crew experienced 21g during an aborted launch, and the capsule they were in rolled downhill to the edge of a 499 ft cliff en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soy…
The 1966 world champion in women's downhill skiing was disqualified by the IOC after a medical test discovered he was biologically male. He ultimately decided to live as a man- transitioned, married and became a father. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt envisioned future settlers of the Moon going on "lunar skiing holidays." He came to this conclusion after developing a gliding stride similar to downhill skiing while exploring the Moon's surface. guardian.co.uk/science/20…
Yowie (the chocolate) had stopped sales because the company believed the sales went downhill since 2001, but only in Australia and New Zealand! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yow…
Today I learned of the Trans Japan Alps Race. A 258 mile mountain race with 87,473 ft of elevation gain. Racers must be self supporting, supply their own food, water, and shelter. Most drop out due to hypothermia. The fastest time is 5 days, 5 hours, and 22 minutes. There is no award money for the winner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
A Quizno's store manager kept her abandoned store open for months by using the cash from sales to buy bread and discount lunch meats seattletimes.com/seattle-…
Honda has built a downhill racing MTB en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
A hill of water a few meters high forms in the middle of oceanic gyres, but the coriolis force prevents the water from running downhill, thus maintaining the hill sparce.evac.ou.edu/q_and_…

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