Old fire houses had towers constructed to hang the firehoses up to dry. Canvas hoses had to be dried thoroughly to avoid deterioration. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hos…
The world’s largest compass rose is located near Edwards Airforce base in California, USA in a dry lake bed to help pilots with malfunctioning equipment to orient themselves over the featureless landscape. atlasobscura.com/places/w…
Around 8,000 years ago, a 25-40m tsunami struck the east coast of the UK due to ice falling into the North Sea from Norway, delivering a devastating, if not final, blow to Doggerland, a dry land connection between them and mainland Europe. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
Russia's only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, has suffered many mishaps including fires, breakdowns, and landing accidents. It had to be towed home from the Mediterranean, lost an Su-33 off the end of the deck, and had a dry dock crane crash through its deck. Repairs have been put off. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
Today I learned about Roy Pearson, who in 2005 tried to sue a dry cleaners for $54 million (originally $67 million) USD for mental anguish and inconvenience after they "lost" his favorite pair of pants. He lost the case in 2007. en-academic.com/dic.nsf/e…
Central America/Mexico has a jumping spider that exhibits traits and isotopic signatures of herbivorous animals, and while it may steal the occasional ant larvae during particularly dry seasons 90% of it's diet is from protein and fat-rich nubs called Belitan nubs from Mimosaceae trees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bag…
In Ancient Mesopotamia, people would regularly pour libations (liquids and grain) into their deceased relatives graves through a pipe as it was believed the dead did not have anything to eat or drink in the underworld besides dry dust. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anc…
Some trees growing in tropical rainforest do not have annual growth rings due to lack of seasonal changes (winter/summer or dry/wet). researchgate.net/publicat…
The company Rent the Runway has the largest dry cleaning facility in the world, processing 2,000 items per hour en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
Today I learned of Patrick’s Pub and Grill, a bar located on the border of Georgia and Tennessee and split between the two states; the Georgia half is in a β€œdry county”, meaning that any alcohol purchased at the bar on the Tennessee side cannot be brought to the Georgia side where the restrooms are gainesville.com/article/L…
Red squirrels make mushroom jerky, hanging fungi on tree branches to dry for winter storage preservationparks.com/new…
Lehman Brothers began its operations as a dry goods store. It entered the commodities market when the store started accepting cotton as payment and then reselling it, ultimately focusing its operations on the cotton trade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leh…
Ironically the American whiskey company Jack Daniel's can't sell its own products in its home county of Moore County, Tennessee due to it being a dry county. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry…
The reason why we feel hangry is because the level of nutrients in the bloodstream begins to drop. When the brain runs out of dry fuel, it stimulates a stress response. Our inhibition to different emotions is lowered. bbc.com/news/amp/world-us…
At the end of each month, the president of USA receives a bill for him and his family’s personal food and expenses including dry cleaning, toothpaste, and toiletries, which is then deducted from his salary. headsup.boyslife.org/fast…
If farmers don't properly dry the hay they're baling, the hay bales can spontaneously combust en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hay…
Humans have jumped further than horses in the Olympics: The record for the longest human long jump is greater than the world record for longest horse long jump. Mike Powell set the record in 1991 by jumping 8.95 meters, and the horse Extra Dry set the record in 1900 by jumping 6.10 m. olympic.org/news/strange-…
There is a valley in Antarctica called the 'Dry Valleys' which scientists consider to be the closest of any terrestrial environment to Mars, and which hasn't received any rain in almost 2 million years. nasa.gov/multimedia/image…
Play-Doh is a scented, colored wallpaper cleaner minus detergent. Vinyl wallpaper made dry paper cleaners obsolete. But kids used it for crafts. Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan) used the modified cleaner, Play-Doh, on TV in return for 2% of the sales, and the rest is history. businessinsider.com/the-s…
In 1901, the first car which was insured at Lloyd's of London was covered by a marine policy. Cars were such a novelty that the underwriter wrote a normal marine policy for the car, on the basis that it was a ship navigating on dry land news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/busin…
A Taiwan man, Ben Hsu, swallowed an AirPod while asleep. When Hsu awoke, he hit Apple's tracking & heard beeps from inside his body. Kaohsiung Hospital confirmed: the earbud was in his stomach, and then passed from his body naturally. After a wash/dry his AirPod worked as usual, battery at 41%. businessinsider.com/man-s…
Columbo’s famous overcoat was not part of the wardrobe department’s clothing selection, but originally purchased and owned by actor Peter Falk himself. In 1966, Falk was walking in New York when it started to rain, he entered a random shop and bought a raincoat to stay dry. columbo-site.freeuk.com/r…
The two oldest cats ever recorded was owned by one guy: Creme Puff (38 years) and Grandpa Rex Allen (34 years). The owner even revealed what he believed to be the key to their longevity, a diet of dry cat food supplemented with broccoli, eggs, turkey bacon, coffee with cream and red wine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
The J. Dilla produced track "Raise It Up" sampled the song "Extra Dry" by Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk without permission. Instead of demanding payment for the sample, Daft Punk asked the group to remix one of their own tracks instead, resulting in Slum Village's remix of Aerodynamic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan…
A coconut can be classified as a fruit, a nut, and a seed. However, botanically speaking, a coconut is a fibrous one-seeded drupe, also known as a dry drupe. loc.gov/everyday-mysterie…
Moustache cups came into use in 1860s England. It had a ledge, called a moustache guard, across the cup, which had one semicircular opening against the side of the cup. The pampered moustache then rested safe and dry on the guard while sipping a hot beverage through the opening wikipedia.org/wiki/Mousta…
In the late 19th century, men with facial hair commonly drank tea out of β€˜moustache cups’, designed to keep their whiskers dry. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The Henley-on-Todd regatta is the only boat race in the world on a dry river and has previously been cancelled when the river flooded en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Strang's Coffe was the first instant coffee that was patented under "Dry Hot-Air" process" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ins…
A man once sued a dry cleaner’s for $67M over a late return of a pair of pants. He reduced it to $45 million in court. The case was thrown out multiple times, the man lost his job as he was a judge himself, and the dry cleaners was forced to close their shop due to court costs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
'Chemtrails' are a thing (kind of). 'Cloud Seeding' is a surprisingly wide used method where planes are spraying chemicals (like sodium chloride aka salt) into clouds to increase the amount of precipitation e.g. to try getting more rain in dry regions. youtu.be/8GQAXxmiSdk
Today I learned about the Great Papago Escape where twenty-five Germans successfully tunneled out of an Arizona POW camp near Phoenix. They built a raft, hoping to float their way down the Salt River, and eventually into the Gulf of California. Their plan failed when they learned the river was mostly dry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The wonderful smell that happens after a rain shower is not one, but three distinct smells: ozone caused by lightning ripping through oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere, spores produced by common ground bacteria, and oils produced by plants during dry spells as an evolutionary safeguard. gizmodo.com/what-causes-t…
Dry counties have 3x the fatality rate of alcohol-related accidents than wet counties, because people drive longer distances for alcohol alcohol.org/statistics-in…
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_…
Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark developed a technique to dry out dead jellyfish tentacles and make a chip out of them. The exotic snack’s texture is said to be gristly. newatlas.com/jellyfish-cr…
Dry counties (counties where the sale of alcohol is banned) have a drunk driving fatality rate ~3.6 times higher than wet counties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry…
In the 1920s there were plans to dry out huge parts of the Mediterranean Sea in order to generate hydroelectric energy and connect the people of Europe and Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atl…
The reason it's difficult to break a dry piece of spaghetti in two pieces is due to a "snap back" effect. To have better success you must twist and bend the spaghetti at the same time. news.mit.edu/2018/mit-mat…
Today I learned about how BBC once convinced people Spaghetti grew on trees. In 1957,BBC broadcast a 3min program about Switzerland farms growing Spaghetti trees. The farmers harvested them and put in the sun to dry them.The presenter explained Spaghetti always grows to the same length. People believed it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
The Genoese navy in the 16th century equipped its sailors with jeans, "as they needed a fabric which could be worn wet or dry." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
John Franzese was a mob boss who was taped by an informant discussing the ideal method of disposing of a body. He recommended taking 30 minutes to an hour to dismember the body in a kiddie pool, dry the parts in a microwave and finally mulch them in a commercial grade garbage disposal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
There was a Soviet occupation in Austria after WWII. Unlike East Germany, however, Austria was declared independent in 1955 after the Soviets had completely sucked dry the (eastern) economy, making Austria the axis country with the highest post-war reparations contribution per capita. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adm…
Although prohibition ended in 1933, there are still 18 million Americans who live in "dry counties" where it's illegal to buy alcohol worldatlas.com/articles/d…
Earwax varies by ethnicity. Black or white people typically have yellow and sticky earwax, while Asian or Native Americans typically have dry and white earwax. npr.org/sections/codeswit…
Chili originates as a portable trail meal. A mixture of beans, chilies, and beef suet would be pounded together and left out to dry. Travelers would then drop the β€˜chili brick’ over boiling water over a campfire and serve. whatscookingamerica.net/H…
A pharmacist misread a woman’s prescription for dry eye medication and gave her a cream for erectile dysfunction instead. The woman suffered temporary chemical injuries to her eyes. nypost.com/2019/01/09/wom…
A judge sued a dry cleaner for $67 million because they lost a pair of his pants en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
Two stones set in to a quiet Edinburgh street mark the site of Scotland's last hanging (in 1815) of convicted highwaymen. Sympathy for the executed men and folklore over the decades spawned a legend that the cement around the stones never fully dries. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
You shouldn't just rinse the ash from wildfires off of your car with water: water and ash mixed together can create a highly toxic mixture that will damage the paint of your car. If your car is coated with ash, you need to use soap to wash off all the ash and then dry the entire car thecarconnection.com/news…

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