Five Lithuanian soldiers serving in a reconnaissance unit were declared missing during a military exercise. They thought the drill was ongoing and successfully evaded all forces sent to find them, including trained dogs and a helicopter lrt.lt/en/news-in-english…
The term "Chinese fire drill" actually refers to both a fire drill and a confused Chinese crew on a British ship in the 20th century. Instructions were mis-translated and chaos reigned mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned about Project Mohole, a failed attempt in the 1960s to drill all the way through the Earth’s crust to reach the mantle www8.nationalacademies.or…
The Gurkha Contingent is the last remaining unit in Singapore to employ original British drill commands. youtu.be/ryOnrFEJJJg
β€œNow is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.” is a typing drill written by a teacher named Charles E. Weller. β€œNow is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” is now used instead, because it exactly fills out a 70-space line. straightdope.com/columns/…
US Marine Reservist Hussein Mohamed Farrah Aidid served in Operation Restore Hope (the setting of Black Hawk Down). His father, Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid, was the opposition leader. One weekend in 1995 he didn’t show up to drill because he was busy taking over as warlord. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
John Lennon tried to convince Paul McCartney to drill a hole in his skull as part of a practice called trepanning explaining β€œAll you’d have to do is just bore a little hole in your skull and it lets the pressure off. Paul replied β€˜ John, you try it and let me know how it goes.'” nme.com/news/music/paul-m…
Chiggers don't actually bite or burrow but rather drill holes into our skin and then excrete enzymes that break the skin down into a liquid mixture; then they slurp up the mixture through a hardened skin cell straw. They basically make skin frappes out of us! boyslife.org/outdoors/wil…
After sap suckers drill those neat lines of holes in trees, and many other animals, such as hummingbirds, porcupines, and bats, will feed from them. allaboutbirds.org/guide/Y…
In Ruilson, Colarado in 1969 became a test site for nukes. In doing this the US tried to use this as a method to drill for natural gas. The only issue? It made it unsuitable for civilian use. A plague now stands there that was erected in 1976 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Donnie Dunagan, a retired United States Marine Corps drill instructor, managed to keep secret - throughout his entire career - that he was a voice actor in the Walt Disney's Bambi film, providing the voice of young Bambi. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
In 1952, at the age of 18, Donnie Dunagan became the Marine's youngest-ever drill instructor. He served 3 tours in Vietnam and was wounded several times, earning 3 purple hearts. He also kept a secret for over 50 years that he was a child actor and the voice of young Bambi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Captain Herbert Sobel, commander and drill instructor of Easy Company during WWII, played by David Schwimmer on Band of Brothers, got blinded later in life after an attempt to commit suicide in the 60s. He died of malnutrition and neglect in 1987. No funeral was held. wikiofbrothers.fandom.com…
Today I learned of the Lake Peigneur disaster in which an oil drill in a lake accidentally struck a salt mine, causing the entire lake to drain into the mine taking barges and an entire island with it. youtube.com/watch?v=p_iZr…
At the beginning of the Pearl Harbor attack, many people thought it was a drill. One sailor said, "This is the best goddam drill the Army Air Force has ever put on!" content.time.com/time/mag…
R. Lee Ermey, actor for the drill instructor in "Full Metal Jacket", was originally meant to be a technical advisor for the film. However, after Ermey made a tape tirading over the various extras, he was cast as the instructor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._…
Drill instructors have drill instructors youtube.com/watch?v=1FxjS…
Get Smart actor Don Adams, was a WWII Marine Corps veteran (fought on Guadalcanal) and later a Marine Corps drill instructor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Today I learned of Fly Geyser, a geothermal geyser in Nevada that was created when a farmer attempted to drill a well for irrigating his crops. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly…
During a drill in 1943, the USS William D. Porter accidentally fired a torpedo at the USS Iowa which was carrying US President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the time. The entire crew was rumored to have been arrested when they returned to shore. youtube.com/watch?v=f9Gb4…
When a Pacific tribe watched the US military perform drills to prepare for supply planes, the tribe believed it to be a religious ritual and built their own runways, coconut headphones, wooden radio towers, and marched around like the soldiers, in hopes of having a plane drop supplies off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
In 1963, Donald Currey cut down a tree to retrieve his drill bit after it got stuck when he was trying to core it to study climate effects. After studying the core of the tree, he found that he'd just cut down the oldest tree (at least 4862 years old) found to date. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned that the Second Sino-Japanese War broke out because a Japanese soldier ditched during a drill to use the bathroom. When they couldn't find him, they assumed that he was kidnapped by a nearby Chinese Town. That led to an armed conflict that led to a full-scale war that lasted 8 years. warhistoryonline.com/worl…
An Australian local GP has saved a boy's life by using a household drill to bore a hole in the child's skull after he was injured in a bike accident telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
R. Lee Ermey improvised half of his dialogue as the drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket amp.smh.com.au/entertainm…
Major Donnie Dunagan was the Marines’ youngest-ever drill instructor & served 3 tours in Vietnam, where he was wounded several times. He received the Bronze Star & the Purple Heart 3 times. For his entire Marine Corps service, he kept a secret that no one knew– he was the voice of Disney’s Bambi en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Early water mains were made of wood and firemen would drill into them to get access and then put in a fire plug which was marked for possible future fires and evolved into modern day fire hydrants. sewerhistory.org/grfx/com…
Black and Decker's "Dustbuster" hand-held vacuum was developed from the specialized, zero-gravity drills NASA used on the Gemini and Apollo missions. kqed.org/science/1944981/…
Up until as recently as 1990-2000, Dentists followed an β€œextension for prevention” methodology (drill big cavities and fill) and now they follow a β€œminimal intervention” methodology (retain as much of the tooth as possible) ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed…
In 1985 Switzerland accidently bombed Liechtenstein during a drill. In 1992 they accidently 'invaded' their neighbor while setting up an observation post. In 2007 Swiss soldiers lost their way and crossed the border. A spokesman of Liechtenstein simply said "No problem, these things happen". news.com.au/travel/world-…
There is a 'tooth in eye surgery' where they take the patient's tooth and drill a hole and implant it into the eye with an optic cylinder, only then covering the eye with oral mucosa (inner wall of mouth). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ost…
Adepts of "self-trepanation" drill a hole into their own skulls, often by themselves, for believing it will make them return to a higher state of consciousness en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Actor Don Adams, famous for his role as Agent 86 on TV's "Get Smart!" and as the voice of Inspector Gadget, almost died of Blackwater Fever while serving in Guadalcanal during WWII. He developed his unique way of speaking while working as a Marine Drill Instructor after his recovery. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
A 21yo Alexander the Great was once surrounded by Greek tribes on hill positions, low on food. He ordered his men to conduct formation drills, in complete silence. With the enemy units engrossed in the weird spectacle, his forces roared and charged, taking the hills, the tribes fleeing in terror en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
CNN medical correspondent and neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta saved a Marine's life after he was shot in the head during the opening days of the invasion of Iraq. Without proper tools, Gupta performed the brain surgery with a Black and Decker handheld drill. The Marine lived. recapo.com/dr-oz/dr-oz-ad…
Approximately 7000 years ago, humans used to drill holes in their heads to allow spirits to flow in and out the body. This practice is called 'Trepanation.' bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
The drill used on the intro to Van Halen’s β€œPoundcake” was not planned. A tech left the drill near Eddie while working. Coincidentally the drill was in the same key as the song. He used it over the guitar pickup on the strings for the intro. The same drill was then used for live performances. evhgear.com/news/2015/08/…
In 2003 an ER doctor in Idaho saved a patient's life by performing emergency surgery with a cordless drill in a church parking lot to relieve pressure on his brain caused by internal bleeding. archives.mtexpress.com/20…
A New York woman was hospitalized after a bit of a dentists drill lodged near her eye. The dentist was dancing to "Car Wash" at the time. The patient later sued the dentist for $600k. nbcnews.com/id/21599495/n…
From 1979 to 1992 Soviets drilled a super deep bore that reached 12,262m (40,230 ft) just to see how deep they could drill en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kol…
Today I learned about Cargo Cults. During WW2 the Japanese and American military used islands occupied by primitive natives as bases and battlegrounds. The natives thought they were gods and after the military left they imitated their drills in attempt to have the gods drop more cargo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Receptive agnosia is an inability to understand music. Sufferers regard music as simply "noise", often compared to drainpipes or drills, or other invasive forms of background noise. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aud…
Great Britain hired 42 Texans in WWII to drill oil in Sherwood Forest to power their military effort aoghs.org/petroleum-in-wa…
Get Smart star Don Adams was a Marine, a drill instructor and fought at Guadalcanal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
The Millennium Tower in San Francisco, a 58-story luxury high-rise whose 'cheaper apartments' sell for $2 million, is sinking and tilting to one side - raising fears it may eventually topple over - because "to cut costs, Millennium did not drill piles to bedrock". sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com…
The rock band Jethro Tull was named after (1674 – 1741)an English agricultural pioneer from Berkshire who helped bring about the British Agricultural Revolution. He perfected a horse-drawn seed drill in 1700 that economically sowed the seeds in neat rows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet…
On August 15, 2003, a construction worker fell off a ladder face-first and onto the drill he was using, which went through his right eye and out his skull, just above his right ear. The drill pushed his brain aside, rather than impaling it, and he survived. sierrasun.com/news/man-su…
Before his role as GySgt. Hartmann in "Full Metal Jacket," R. Lee Ermey played another drill instructor named Sgt. Loyce in "The Boys in Company C," a film which follows recruits from boot camp to Vietnam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The boy who voiced Bambi grew up to become the youngest drill instructor in Marines history m.chron.com/entertainment…
Male pigs have drill shaped penis's, that spin on their axis like a drill. In the wild, sow's mate with a lot of males, and the males penis is designed to remove the previous mates sperm. youtube.com/watch?v=12On4…
The military drills for George Washington’s troops in the Revolutionary War, written by Friedrich von Steuben, had to be translated every single night from Prussian to French and then from French to English so Washington could command his troops the next morning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
The nuclear disaster at Chernobyl was actually caused by a drill meant to solve another severe safety issue. The explosion occurred when the reactor was mistakenly almost allowed to shut off, then pulling out the control rods completely to try to stop the mistaken shutdown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
R. Lee Ermey, the former US Marine who played the drill instructor in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket", actually wrote 50% of his own dialogue in the film - "especially the insults" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ful…
There is a school in Missouri where you train to be an auctioneer. Each morning students start the day with group drills to warm up their vocal chords. It is known as "The Harvard of Auctioneering." youtube.com/watch?v=71PML…
There is a nuclear waste repository under construction set to be completed in 2100 and then sealed shut intentionally for over 100,000 years. The crew has considered placing markers on the site with every major language to warn future generations not to drill into the bedrock. cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe…
Today I learned about the lake peigne urban disaster in Louisiana, in which an oil drill broke through into a salt mine and caused a whirlpool that swallowed the whole lake and part of an island youtu.be/_feWtkSucvE
In 1999 BMX legend Mat Hoffman flew to Canada to have his ACL replaced. He chose to do so without any anesthesia and even helped the doctor steady the drill as it went through the bone. He was walking and back on his bike 6 days later. xgames.espn.go.com/video/…
There exists patents for a nuclear powered drill that heats up the tip of the drill to high enough temperatures to melt rocks and create a glass coated tunnel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub…
The first documented cases of cancer were found on papyrus manuscripts in Egypt dating back to 3000 BC. In these manuscripts, 8 cases of breast tumors are mentioned that were removed by cauterization with a tool called the fire drill. The writing says about the disease, β€œThere is no treatment.” cancer.org/cancer/cancerb…
The little boy who voiced Bambi became the youngest-ever drill instructor in the Marines and served three tours in Vietnam. chron.com/entertainment/m…
In 1996 a Canadian mining company Bre-X announced a huge discovery of gold and in the process went from a penny stock to $280/share and being valued at $4 billion. In reality it was all a fraud and the lead geologist was shaving off gold from his wedding band to add to drill core samples en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
Chiggers don't burrow into your skin, they drill holes and inject their enzymatic saliva that liquifies your skin cells which they then feed on. boyslife.org/outdoors/wil…
In 1916 the Georgia Tech football team defeated Cumberland 222-0 under coach John Heisman who, when the game ended, had his team run drills and scrimmage each other for another 30 minutes. history.com/news/college-…
Male soldiers in the German military started growing breasts on their left sides due to repeated smacking of their rifles against their chests during precision drills. The focused strikes stimulated the production of hormones causing breast tissue to grow in over 70% of the soldiers. livescience.com/26597-ger…
A rogue North Atlantic wave broke 67m (220 ft) above sea level, shattering 23 windows and flooding the Eagle Island lighthouse in Ireland. Workers were unable to open the door due to water pressure, forcing them to drill it to drain the tower irishlights.ie/tourism/ou…
Most Dental drills are air-turbine powered and can reach speeds of 800,000 rpm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
Chicago street gangs today identify themselves by song. By listening to what drill music (a Chicago form of gansta rap) is playing, youths can tell which gang's territory they are in, or even when gangs are working together. chicagomag.com/Chicago-Ma…
The Soviet Union tried to drill through the Earth's crust just to see what would happen. icdp-online.org/front_con…
BP Built an Artificial Island in the Arctic to Bypass Offshore Drilling Regulations. Plan: Drill 2 Miles Down then 8 Miles SIDEWAYS. businessinsider.com/bp-li…
Dubai saved a coral reef by moving the boulders nine miles with the help of a drill, glue, and steel rods. 90% survived. youtu.be/S1oX9L6e6_Q?t=24…
The second deepest hole (40230 feet) ever drilled by people was done using a drill only 9 inches wide atlasobscura.com/places/k…
"We Didn't Start the Fire" was ranked by Blender as one of the worst songs of all time, and even Billy Joel said of it that it's not a good song and the melody is "like a dentist drill". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_…
Ronald Lee Ermey played a Marine Drill Instructor in a movie in 1978 that was not Full Metal Jacket. youtube.com/watch?v=veMJH…
The 'Chinese Fire Drill' was coined when a British officer miscommunicated instructions to his Chines crew, resulting in them pulling water from the starboard side and immediately dumping it on the port side, completely bypassing the 'putting out the fire' step. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The U.S. government will conduct a drill this Nov. 13-14 simulating a large electrical grid failure. They are doing this in hopes to learn how to help prevent it. nytimes.com/2013/08/17/us…
Today I learned of the HMKG (His Majesty The King's Guard) of Norway's drill squad. Consisting primarily of 19 year olds that have only been in service 6-12 months. youtube.com/watch?v=7gS7i…
The entire crew of the USS William D Porter, a WW2 destroyer, were placed under arrest after accidentally firing a torpedo at President Roosevelt aboard the USS Iowa during training drills. Other mishaps and failings give the ship one of the worst careers in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Donald Dunagan, the little boy who did the voice of Bambi grew to become the youngest drill instructor ever in the United States Marines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Today I learned of Yunarmiya which is a Russian youth army organization counting 117.000 members since its start in 2015. Members down to the age of 10 is trained in amongst other small arms training, first aid, pathfinding, marching and arms drill, hand combat and martial arts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
The original voice of Bambi joined the army as a teenager becoming the youngest ever Marine Drill instructor and served three tours during the Vietnam war while keeping his Bambi past a secret. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Despite becoming one of the best players in the NBA, at draft camp Kevin Durant couldn't bench press 185 pounds, also doing poorly in the vertical leap and agility drill. espn.com/nba/draft2007/ne…
A small miscalculation and a 14 inch oil drill bit caused a Salt mine to collapse, a lake to reverse direction and created Louisiana's largest waterfall yet not a single person died. youtube.com/watch?v=_feWt…
If you smash your finger and the nail turns black, you can drill a small hole in the nail to release the blood/pain nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e…
There were serious plans to use atomic weapons to "drill" for oil in Canada. vice.com/en_ca/read/the-b…
The child who provided the voice for Bambi became the youngest Drill Sargent in the history of the Marine Corps, earned 3 Purple Hearts, 13 promotions, a bronze star, and retired with the rank of Major. podbay.fm/show/1087110764…
Hawaii is the state most flown under state. If you drill a hole straight down to the other side of the earth, more planes fly below Hawaii then any other state. Ironically Hawaii is also the least flown over state. businessinsider.com/which…
The soviets tried to drill as deep as possible through the earth's crust just to see what would happen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kol…
Some Micronesians made mock airstrips, radios, etc., and imitated military drills post WWII as religious ceremony so airplanes would deliver manufactured goods. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Sarge from the Toy Story films is the drill sergeant from Full Metal Jacket, R. Lee Ermey. rleeermey.com/
In 1980, Lake Peigneur disappeared into a salt mine due to a triangulation error of a drill site. Video footage exists of the lake sucking in barges and other things. youtube.com/watch?v=ddlrG…
There are drill bits that can drill square holes youtube.com/watch?v=ALiqA…
There's a special drill bit for drilling SQUARE holes youtube.com/watch?v=ALiqA…
3 Alcatraz escapees used: fake heads of plaster, paint, human hair in their beds to fool night guards, drill made from vacuum motor to loosen air vents, 50+ raincoats for raft, paddles from a musical instrument, and a fake bolt made from soap to close their escape hatch. fbi.gov/news/stories/2007…
Certain seeds use changes in humidity to explode and drill themselves into the earth. io9.gizmodo.com/this-seed…
Only 20% of diamonds are used for jewelry, 80% are used for industrial purposes (drill parts etc) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
Los Angeles is located on top of multiple active oil fields, and that the drill rigs and pump jacks are spread all across the city, hidden in fake buildings (including one right next to Beverly Hills High School). oilshalegas.com/beverlyhi…
The United States, Canada and Mexico are preparing for an emergency drill in November that will simulate physical attacks and cyberattacks that could take down large sections of the power grid. nytimes.com/2013/08/17/us…
There is a Soviet Project to drill through the Earth's crust to the mantle just to see what would happen. howbigreally.com/dimensio…
There is a factory in Seattle that employs only developmentally disabled people. They are trusted to use several tools, including power drills and saws and sell the parts that they make to Boeing. provail.org/fabrication.p…
Beverly Hills was a lima bean farm named Hammel and Denker Ranch before a company bought the farm to drill for oil. When enough oil wasn't found, they renamed it to Beverly Hills and starting selling off lots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bev…

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