Today I learned of the SWAT World Challenge, where SWAT teams and special forces compete in armed drills. Since 2007, the second place all time score belongs to the US Office of Secure Transportation, the agency for guarding America's nukes. But beating them is Ocean Country NJ's SWAT team. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWA…
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…
About the existence of the Dorset culture. A society of people that lived in Canada for a thousand years before suddenly disappearing. Although they had some advanced tools and were able to hunt in advanced ways simple tools like drills and bows were never evidenced in their culture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
The deepest hole in the world is 12 miles deep, 9 inches wide, and took 2 decades to drill smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
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…
A 1984 EinstΓΌrzende Neubauten performance was stopped after 21 minutes as the band was attempting to drill a hole in the stage so they could leave the venue through the floor theguardian.com/music/200…
Having mercury fillings removed isn't recommended unless medically necessary. When they drill out the old filling to replace them, it creates mercury vapors you can unintentionally inhale. The FDA recommends keeping the fillings unless you believe you suffer from a mercury sensitivity. fda.gov/medical-devices/d…
Some zoos in Japan do annual escaped animal drills youtu.be/BtM281gVWNM
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…
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
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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._…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
R. Lee Ermey improvised half of his dialogue as the drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket amp.smh.com.au/entertainm…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
The boy who voiced Bambi grew up to become the youngest drill instructor in Marines history m.chron.com/entertainment…
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…
Get Smart star Don Adams was a Marine, a drill instructor and fought at Guadalcanal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…

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