In 1959 Robert Hunter of The Grateful Dead and Ken Kesey who wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest signed up to be CIA test subjects and we're given LSD. They enjoyed it so much they would take it from the facility and give it to their friends for recreation. cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/…
A staggering number of wild bee species are unaccounted for. Researchers looking at the Global Biodiversity Information Facility found there were about 25% less bee species reported between 2006 and 2015 compared to the 1990s cnn.com/2021/01/22/world/…
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…
Zambia's Mweru Wantipa National Park has had no management and protection for several decades, and lacks visitor facilities. Consequently, its wildlife population has been much reduced in recent years, the black rhinoceros is extinct in the area, and unlikely to have elephant and lion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mwe…
Tokyo is not only the largest urban economy in the world, but also the largest city with a pop of 38 million people, has the world's tallest tower Tokyo Skytree and the world's largest underground floodwater diversion facility MAOUDC, and The Tokyo Metro Ginza Line is the oldest in Asia. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo
The Oak Ridge facility for enriching uranium in WWII used 395,000,000 troy ounces of coinage silver to build electromagnetic coils because copper was needed for the war effort. y12.doe.gov/sites/default…
Today I learned about Bond, James Albert Bond - a real-life British spy who operated in Poland in 1964. Polish secret services described James A. Bond as "talkative but cautious, and interested in women". He enjoyed drinking unshaken Polish beer, and his mission was to "penetrate military facilities". telegraph.co.uk/news/2020…
Martin Couney ran infant incubator exhibits, in which premature babies were displayed to the public for 40 years. He didn’t charge the parents a penny, instead visitors paid 25 Cents to get in. This covered all the costs to run the facility. Many babies with no chances to survive were saved. bbc.com/news/amp/magazine…
An Indian man lost his mother as his village had no ambulance.So he vowed that no one should die because of lack of transportation to any medical facility. Thereafter he converted his own bike into an ambulance to transfer poor villagers to nearby hospitals for free. myindiamyglory.com/2017/0…
Today I learned about the National Eagle Repository. A facility that takes the remains of dead Bald and Golden Eagles and repurposes the parts for registered Native American Tribes and museums within the US fws.gov/eaglerepository/
There are β€œghost islands” off the coast of Virginia that have been uninhabitable since 1936 as they act as a natural barrier to the coast during hurricane season. They are home to a feral horse population, a NASA flight facility, and the second tallest lighthouse in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
When Clark Gable discovered the studio facilities for filming Gone With The Wind were segregated, he threatened to walk out of production until the segregation signs were taken down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
In 2002 three geriatric Catholic nuns broke into a US nuclear missile launch facility, vandalized it with hammers, and drew crosses on the silo with their own blood. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Since 1945, all British tanks are equipped with tea-making facilities history101.com/british-ta…
US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq is world's largest (almost of the same size as Vatican City). It houses its own power station, water & sewage treatment, internet and phone network, gym, cinema and sports facilities. Also has 6 apartment buildings for employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…
In The War of 1812 the British captured and set fire to the White House, the Capitol, and other government and military facilities. β€˜The Burning of Washington’ is the only time since the American Revolutionary War that a foreign power has captured and occupied the capital of the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Today I learned about John Hinckley Jr. , the man who attempted to assassinate Past President Ronald Reagan to win the heart of actress Jodie Foster. He was found not guilty and was sentenced to St. Elizabeth's Hospital, a psychiatry facility in Washington, D.C. biography.com/news/ronald…
The 2016 Rio Olympics were a huge financial disaster for Brazil. A $12bn price tag for the venues without any real plan on how to continue has left facilities,used by legendary athletes just years ago, in disrepair. The aquatic center pictured is now drained and filled with dirty puddles businessinsider.com/rio-o…
The largest building in Kentucky is a 4,000,000 square foot man-made cavern underneath the city of Louisville that houses businesses, storage facilities, ziplines, and a mountain bike park. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
During the Second World War, it was found that British tank crews regularly left the safety of their tanks in order to make tea. Accordingly, post war British tanks have been fitted with internal tea-making facilities to enable tank crews to make tea in safety. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boi…
After Czech gymnast VΔ›ra ČÑslavskΓ‘ lost her training facility due to the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, she trained for the 1968 Olympics in the forest using potato sacks as weights and logs as beams. She medaled in all six events, four of them Gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C…
A frozen zoo is a storage facility in which genetic materials taken from animals are stored at very low temperatures. Material preserved in this way can be stored indefinitely and used for artificial insemination, in vitro fertilisation, embryo transfer, and cloning. institute.sandiegozoo.org…
A Nuclear Fuel Bank was built in Kazakhstan to act as a last resort nuclear fuel provider in the event of unforeseen, non-commercial supply disruptions. The facility holds 90 metric tons of enriched uranium, and its reserves are available to all members of the IAEA iaea.org/newscenter/press…
During the Philippine–American War (1899–1902), American Brigadier General Bell established concentration camps, known as "reconcentrados", surrounded by free-fire zones.Filipino civilians were issued identification and forcefully relocated to facilities, with mortality rates high as 20 percent. wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip…
There was a HYDRA in WWII. It was a powerful radio facility located at an ultra secret spy camp in Canada called Camp X. canadashistory.ca/explore…
There is a city in Alaska where most of the residents live in one big building which also houses many of its public facilities. edition.cnn.com/interacti…
The University of Tennessee’s Anthropological Research Facility (β€œThe Body Farm”) covers 2.5 acres surrounded by a barbed-wire fence, and is used to study body decomposition as well as aid in criminal investigation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned of what appears to be a collection of huts in the woods near Braunschweig, Germany is actually the Magnetsrode, a premier facility for magnetometry igep.tu-bs.de/institut/ei…
The 89th Division’s commander, Gen. Wright, decided few hours before the WWI Armistice to take the french village Stenay kept by Germans for offering probable bathing facilities to his soldiers. He lost 365 lives in the operation. historynet.com/wasted-liv…
Samsung tests phone durability in a dedicated testing facility, which has a butt-shaped robot that’s designed to sit on Samsung phones over and over again to test durability and bending. techradar.com/news/samsun…
Late last year, the Army launched an accelerated effort into training and equipping 26 of its 31 active combat brigades to fight in large-scale subterranean facilities that exist beneath dense urban areas around the world. military.com/daily-news/2…
Today I learned about the 'Doomsday Vault' aka Svalbard Global Seed Vault. A secure facility built into a mountain in Norway that is intended to safeguard the seeds of the world’s food plants in the event of a global crisis. It is one of the most heavily guarded facilities on the planet. time.com/doomsday-vault/
The Ivanpah Solar Power Facility's mirror arrays focus light into beams so powerful that they kill thousands of birds a year, setting them on fire in flight en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iva…
Today I learned about Biosphere 2, an attempt to create a closed ecological system that could be used in space. 8 people lived in the dome for two years - only needing additional oxygen and one hospital visit. The experiment was deemed a failure, and the glass dome is now used as a research facility. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bio…
Richard ValliΓ¨res stole more than $18.7 million worth of maple syrup from a facility in Quebec between 2011-2012, making it the largest heist in Canadian history. lenouvelliste.ca/actualit…
To become a certified master trainer (Takumi master) for the Lexus production facility in Japan, you need 60,000 hours of training. You must also have the ability to fold an origami cat with your non-dominate hand in 90 seconds. driving.ca/lexus/features…
Jim Leavelle, the detective who famously witnessed Jack Ruby shoot Harvey Oswald, accidentally shot researcher and photographer Bob Porter in the arm, using the same model gun Ruby had used. Porter recovered at Parkland Hospital, the same facility where Kennedy, Oswald, and Ruby all went. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Frank Freashwaters, the man known to many simply as the β€œShawshank fugitive” for his 56 years on the run from an infamous Ohio correctional facility was captured in May 2015. After spending most of his life as a fugitive, Freshwater was cleared for release by a parole board in 2016. theguardian.com/us-news/2…
Today I learned about drummer Jim Gordon; once one of the most sought-after session musicians in the recording industry as well as a member of Derek & the Dominoes, he is currently incarcerated at the California Medical Facility after having murdered his 72-year-old mother in 1983. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
That, during WWII, the US developed Bat-Bombs. These were casings filled with bomb carrying bats to be dropped over Japanese cities; the deploying bats would detonate and set fire to wooden buildings. It backfired when one deployed on a US airfield, the bats blowing up fuel and ammo facilities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Over half of Japanese hot springs (onsen) ban people with tattoos from using their facilities in order to keep out members of the Yakuza, who often have large, prominent tattoos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ons…
Today I learned of Buckshot Yankee, the worst cyber attack in US military history. In 2008, an employee found a USB drive in the parking lot of a DoD facility and plugged into his work computer. It took 14 months to purge from DoD networks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
A fake city of 30,000 was built in Tennessee during World War II as a front for a nuclear research facility atomicheritage.org/locati…
A male baboon in Australia being transported from a research facility to get a vasectomy escaped with 2 female baboons when their cage broke. The trio was captured after 2 hrs of freedom & the vasectomy was postponed. The females reportedly had been brought along to reduce the male's stress. 9news.com.au/national/bab…
The Netherlands has nuclear waste facilities that double as art museums covra.nl/en/radioactive-w…
Today I learned of Vozrozhdeniya Island, a piece of land that was once in the Aral Sea and home to an abandoned Soviet bioweapons research facility en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voz…
During the Cold War, the US built Camp Century, in Greenland - a supposed research facility under the Arctic ice that was actually part of a project to install nuclear missile sites. It was abandoned and environmental hazards including waste from its nuclear reactor are now under the ice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
Just like in high school, assisted living facilities and nursing homes can have their share of mean girls and bullies. People don’t always grow out of their cattiness and aggressive tendencies as they age agingcare.com/articles/ba…
Burmese pythons have overrun the Florida Everglades partly as a result of Hurricane Andrew destroying a breeding facility in 1992, which released hundreds of snakes. cbsnews.com/news/burmese-…
Thousands of Volkswagen diesel cars are parked in limbo in the California desert. VW spent $7.4 billion buying back 335,000 cars due to Diesel-gate and parked them in 37 remote storage facilities around the U.S. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…

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