Police are called to Walmart stores 3-4 times as often as they are to other big-box retailers like Target. 25% of all arrests in St. Petersburg, FL and 92% of larceny calls in Granite Falls, NC are attributed to single Walmart locations in each city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Today I learned of hypnic jerk: the brief and sudden involuntary contraction of the muscles of the body which occurs when a person is beginning to fall asleep (often causing the person to jump and awaken suddenly). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
Nikola Tesla, widely known as the inventor of the AC power system, also installed the first hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls in 1896. It was around this time that Tesla also disavowed coal and oil in favor of renewable energy sources. genius.substack.com/p/gen…
A sloth's claws work the opposite way that human hand does. The default position is a tight strong grip, and sloths must exert effort to open them up. This is why sloths don't fall out of trees when they're asleep. bbc.com/earth/story/20170…
In Russia the first day of school is called "Knowledge Day" falls on Sept 1st and is a national holiday. Kids and parents celebrate by bringing their kids to school carrying balloons and presents for their teachers, it's especially special for first graders. realrussia.co.uk/Blog/kno…
In the Hawaiian language, there are over 200 different words for rain, depending on the colour, intensity, duration, accompanying wind, time of year, the paths the drops fall in, the area it falls in, and even if it falls shortly after a loved one's death. hawaiimagazine.com/conten…
Cowboy boots are designed for safety. The high heel prevents your foot from sliding thru the stirrups, trapping your foot but if it does and you fall off the horse the lack of laces allows your foot to slide out of the boot preventing you from being dragged by the horse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow…
In 1997 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a pot-bellied pig named Lulu saved her owner, having a heart attack. Lulu heard the owner's cries of pain then forced her way out of the yard and played dead on the road. Lulu successfully stopped a car and guided help to the owner, she survived. vault50.com/lulu-pig-play…
Today I learned of the Wanggongchang explosion in 17th century China. It killed 20,000 people, released roughly the same amount of energy as the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and contributed to the eventual fall of the Ming dynasty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
If you climb to the altitude of 408 km from Earth, a person’s weight would be around 90% of what it would be on the ground. The ISS astronauts’ weightlessness is not because β€œspace has no gravity”. Their weightlessness is due to them being in a free fall, constantly accelerating towards Earth. nasa.gov/audience/forstud…
Ants don’t take fall damage perryponders.com/2015/07/…
When whales die and sink, their carcasses, known as "Whale falls", provide a bounty of nutrients for deepwater creatures nature.com/articles/43356…
The famous "I drink your milkshake" line from "There Will Be Blood" was based on actual dialogue spoken by Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall during a 1924 congressional hearing about the Teapot Dome scandal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Today I learned about 'Dead cat bounce', a Wall Street saying that "even a dead cat will bounce if it falls from a great height", referring to a small rebound during or after a stock market crash en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Caligula once tricked a man into buying 13 gladiators for the high price of 9 million Roman sesterces. He had been selling off some gladiators to replenish the Roman treasury, when he saw a man fall asleep at the auction. He told the auctioneer to consider each of the mans nods as a bid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
If an Albatross baby falls out of the nest, like a few inches away and the mum returns to the nest with a meal, it would not recognize the baby and it will starve and die. The baby has to try and climb back in to survive. youtube.com/watch?v=MAQMe…
Bear Grylls, at the age of 21, survived a fall of 16,000 feet after his parachute malfunctioned bbc.com/news/magazine-229…
When an amateur historian found the bodies of the Romanov family in 1979 it was kept hidden until the fall of the Soviet Union. townandcountrymag.com/soc…
The reason the International Space Station doesn't fall back to earth it's because once a month it fires its thrusters to regain the lost altitude. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISS…
Throwing rice at weddings will not cause birds to explode and that the myth that it is harmful was probably started by churches and wedding venues who didn't want to clean it all up and for them to avoid potential slip-and-fall lawsuits snopes.com/fact-check/aga…
A tourist that fell down the Victoria falls in 2013 and survived it with nothing but bruises to his arms bangkokpost.com/world/382…
In "The Land Before Time X" the long-neck dinosaurs gather together and believe in a myth that during each eclipse they must all stretch out their necks and help push the sun up so it doesn't fall. They succeed and celebrate having saved the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There is an annual sleeping competition held in Spain. You are in a busy shopping center and judged on how fast you fall asleep, along with your snore and sleeping posture. bbc.com/news/av/world-eur…
In 1997 that Fox was scheduled to air a Scott Baio sitcom titled "Rewind" as part of their fall lineup. They cancelled it two weeks before it's debut. variety.com/1997/tv/news/…
Today I learned of Joan Murray who survived an 80 mph skydiving fall, thanks to landing on a mound of fire ants, who's bites are believed to have given her a rush of adrenaline which kept her heart beating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
While the Romans used concrete extensively in building their structures, the recipe was lost after the Fall of the Roman Empire, partially contributing to the Dark Ages. It wasn't reinvented until the late 19th century. sciencewithkids.com/scien…
Honeybees that falls into water does not necessarily drown. Although they are not strong enough to free themselves from water directly (and their wings are too sticky when wet), they can use their wings to β€œsurf” to safety at the edge of the pond, eurekalert.org/pub_releas…
The the only US unit that regularly trains to chase nuclear weapons that fall into the wrong hands is SEAL Team 6, one of the toughest units in US military. The Black Squadron snipers (~100 members) is the most exclusive group within Seal Team 6, and the only one to admit female operatives. thestate.com/news/local/m…
In 1911, Bobby Leach was the 2nd person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. He died 15 years later from slipping on an orange peel and getting gangrene technology.org/2019/04/15…
Fall Out Boy's song "Thnks fr th Mmrs" doesn't have vowels in the title because the band's record label complained about their song titles being too long en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thn…
Cats have a precise method of walking called "direct registering." Their hind paws fall inside the place of their forepaws, minimizing noise and visible tracks, while ensuring more stable footing thinkinganimation.com/dir…
Leap days were actually put into use since 46 BC by Julius Caesar after him personally consulting Greek astronomer Sosigenes of Alexandria for the fact that one year was slightly longer than 365 days and if they continued with the existing calendar, July would eventually fall on winter. apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap2002…
There has been a boat/barge trapped in the rapids above Niagara Falls for over 100 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nia…
Today I learned about the International Fixed Calendar. It is comprised of 13 months of 28 days each (364) + 1 extra day that doesn't belong to any week. it is a perennial calendar and every date falls on the same day every year. It was never adopted by any country but the Kodak company used it from 1928-1989. citylab.com/life/2014/12/…
A university maths professor helped a pig farmer prove in court that a hot air balloon startled his pigs causing them to fall into a ditch and die by using trigonometry and a photograph telegraph.co.uk/news/eart…
The #1 movie on IMDb for years was the Godfather, but fans of the Dark Knight started giving it low ratings in an effort to make TDK the #1 movie. TDK didn't stay on top, but the Godfather was given just enough low ratings to make it fall to the #2 spot, behind the Shawshank Redemption slashfilm.com/imdb-watch-…
In 1935, suspected for murder Lloyd Holmes shot himself in the head with a .32 caliber pistol in a boatshed. However, the bullet only knocked him unconscious causing him to fall into the water. He later awoke, climbed into a speedboat, and lead the police on a chase for several hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
When horses are born, their hooves are covered in a rubbery layer called a deciduous hoof capsule. This capsule covers the sharp edges of the foal’s untried hooves, protecting both the foal and its mother from injury during birth. The capsules fall off soon after birth. honesttopaws.com/newborn-…
In order to build the Itaipu Dam on the border of Paraguay and Brazil, one of the largest waterfalls by volume, the GuaΓ­ra Falls, were redirected to form the artificial lake for the dam. 18 waterfalls in 7 groups with a volume of 1.75 million cubic feet per second disappeared overnight. listerious.com/facts-abou…
The Kuwae volcanic eruption affected the entire world. During the final siege of Constantinople the city's gardens failed and it was racked by a thunderstorm. There were crop failures in Sweden, the Chinese recorded countless died of cold and famine, and Mexican codices record frosts in fall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuw…
Today I learned of Sarah Ann Henley, who survived a 75-metre jump because her billowing skirt slowed her fall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
The role as the Bond villain Max Zorin, a psychotic KGB deserter conspiring to destroy Silicon valley, was first offered to David Bowie, who declined as he didn't want to spend five months seeing his stunt doubles "fall off cliffs". The role went to Christopher Walken instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
An instrumental version of the song "Sukiyaki", a story of a man who looks up and whistles while he is walking so that his tears will not fall, was played by NASA over the radio for the Gemini VII astronauts as mood music, thereby becoming one of the first pieces of music sent to humans in space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suk…
Squirrels can lower their terminal velocity and turn their bodies midair, so they can survive super high falls cyruskhan.com/blog/2014/4…
Bowie's performance of 'Heroes' on 6/6/1987, at the German Reichstag in West Berlin has been considered a catalyst to the later fall of the Berlin Wall. Following his death in Jan 2016, the German government thanked Bowie for "helping to bring down the Wall", adding "you are now among Heroes" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22…
Stunt performer Bobby Leach was the second person to go over Niagra Falls in a barrel. He was rescued three times from attempts to swim the Niagra Whirlpool Rapids. He died of a broken leg after slipping on an orange peel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
The bishop of Orlando is also bishop of the moon, due to a canon law that says "any newly discovered territory would fall under the bishopric from whence the discovering expedition departed." His is therefore the largest Catholic diocese, at over 14,000,000 square miles. aleteia.org/2018/08/03/ye…
Astronauts in orbit are not weightless because they escaped the Earth's gravity, but because they are in free-fall. The ISS at 400KM altitude still experiences around 90% of the Earth's gravity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
At Willamette Falls a hydro-electric facility was built in 1888. It had a 14-mile long line to Portland, becoming the first long-distance transmission of electricity in the US in 1889. A second station was built on the falls in 1895 and is still operating today (Falls: USA 2nd highest flow rate) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned about a glass bridge in China. Using special effects, whenever there was someone walking over it, the glass became "cracked" and everyone would freak out. Oh yea, and these glass bridges link tall mountains, so if you fall, you die. telegraph.co.uk/travel/de…
The Marmore Falls in Italy, destination of many intellectuals during the Grand Tour, is actually an artificial waterfall made by the ancient Romans. umbriatourism.it/en_US/-/…
66% of Russians regret the fall of the Soviet Union. Among the reasons was the loss of feeling like they belonged to a "great power". Only a quarter of those surveyed did not regret the fall of the union. themoscowtimes.com/2018/1…
94% of the water calculated for the production of beef is "green water" which is water that falls on the grazing land where cows are kept. Only 3.5% of the water used in production is "blue" water that's appropriate for municipal use waterfootprint.org/media/…
"Day of Silence" in Bali where anything that interferes with self-reflection is restricted. The main restrictions are no lighting fires (lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no traveling; and, for some, no talking or eating at all (in 2020, it falls on March 25). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nye…
The Doomsday rule is an algorithm to find the day of the week for a given date. It takes advantage of each year having a certain day, called the doomsday, upon which certain dates fall; e.g, 4/4, 6/6, 8/8, 10/10, 12/12, & last day of Feb all occur on the same day of the week in any year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doo…
Birds get drunk sometimes and fall, stumble, and crash into windows. In 2010 about 50 dead birds were found and a report showed nearby berries had high enough ethanol levels to intoxicate them. In 2018 berries fermented as a result of an early frost and a town was full of confused, erratic birds nytimes.com/2018/10/07/sc…
Today I learned of SR-71 Blackbird test pilot Bill Weaver, who survived a free fall from space after his plane disintegrated around him doing Mach 3.2 chuckyeager.org/news/sr-7…
Toasts with butter factually tend to fall on the buttery side due to a combination of aerodynamics, inertia, and gyroscopic effects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
Rome was not the capital of the Western Roman Empire until its fall. The capital was moved to Mediolanum and Ravenna in the last centuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
People are smarter in the summer and fall, to such a degree that it is significantly easier to diagnose dementia in the winter. Other species have similar β€œseasonal plasticity”. journals.plos.org/plosmed…
, although it sounds incredible that people have survived falls from aircraft as high as 20 000 feet, the extreme height makes little difference as anything above 10 or 12 stories and you've reached terminal velocity. So a fall from 20,000 is no different from a 500 foot fall." popularmechanics.com/adve…
In 1930, George Stathakis, went over Niagara falls in a barrel. Upon impact, the barrel was stuck behind a curtain of water and could not be recovered for 18 hours. Stathakis took the plunge with his pet turtle, which was said to be around 150 years old. The turtle survived the ordeal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about British Double Summer Time. During WW2, after moving an hour forward for DST in 1940, they didn’t roll back in fall. They moved forward again in spring of β€˜41, resulting in being 2 hours ahead. It helped people finish their day and get home with some extra light during enforced blackouts. historic-uk.com/CultureUK…
Today I learned of Build the Enterprise, a plan to build a real-life functioning version of the USS Enterprise using today’s technology. It would get to the moon in 3 days or Mars in 3 months, be a kilometer long, fall somewhere between spaceship and space station, and cost $706 billion to build. wikipedia.org/wiki/Build_…
Today I learned of the GuaΓ­ra Falls, one of the largest waterfalls on Earth that was flooded and lost in order to create a dam en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
Today I learned about Philip Gale, child prodigy that committed suicide at age 19, jumping from a classroom's window. Before jumping he wrote on the blackboard Newton's equation for how an object accelerates as it falls, along with a sketch of a stick figure tossing a chair. He signed it, "Phil was here" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Owls don't build their own nests, instead they take over abandoned ones. These old nests are often in such poor condition that fallen young owls frequently must be re-nested in man-made baskets so that they don't just fall again. audubon.org/news/the-men-…
Cascata delle Marmore (Marmore falls), Italy, is the tallest man-made waterfall in the world at height 165m (541 feet), and it was created by ancient romans almost 2300 years ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
There are certain dog breeds that are prone to having their eyeballs fall out of their sockets. aspca.org/news/certain-do…
Pat Keller was the first person to Kayak off of Linville Falls. One of his professors documented the descent and the photographs ended up in a couple of magazines . . . which were seen by the National Parks Service who fined Pat Keller $5,000. blueridgeoutdoors.com/go-…
Today I learned about John Henry Parr , an English soldier. Who is believed to be the first soldier of the British Empire to fall in action during the First World War. youtu.be/cOFrEV6qcqk
The Blizzard of 1978 hit New England and New York with record single day snow fall in Boston and Providence, accumulating 27.6 inches. Snow drifts up to 15ft, about 100 people died, and up to 4,500 people were injured. A child was found 3 weeks after the storm, just feet away from his home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Today I learned of Vesna VuloviΔ‡ who holds the world record for surviving the highest fall without a parachute: 10,160 m (33,330 ft; 6.31 mi). She was the sole survivor after a briefcase bomb tore through the baggage compartment of JAT Flight 367 on 26 January 1972. She later became a pro-democracy activist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ves…
Today I learned of the "firefall" phenomenon, a natural event that happens at the Horsetail Fall in the Yosemite National Park. In the right conditions, the setting sun lights up the water and gives the illusion that the waterfall is actually made of liquid fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Bobby Leach, the 2nd person to go over Niagara falls in a barrel and survive, spent six months in the hospital recovering from his injuries. He traveled the world recounting his ordeal in vaudeville shows. Years later he slipped on an orange peel, injured his leg, and died from complications en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Leprosy does not cause limbs to fall off and is in fact one of the least contagious diseases in the world harpers.org/archive/2013/…
The 1980 comedy "Airplane!" is a remake of the 1957 drama "Zero Hour!" Both are about a guilt-stricken fighter pilot who called upon to land a plane after the crew and several passengers fall ill after eating fish. Many of the lines in "Airplane!" were taken verbatim from "Zero Hour!" youtube.com/watch?v=-BjU-…
The 'Indestructrible' Nicholas Alkemade survived an 18K ft fall from crashing bomber in 1944 completely unharmed. After WW2 while working at a chemical plant he survived: a 15 min exposure to chlorine gas, being sprayed with sulphuric acid, and having a 9ft steel pole fall on him. rafmuseum.org.uk/blog/the…
In tropical rainforest ecosystems, dung is a very valuable and limited resource, so instead randomly searching for it on the forest floor, dung beetles actually wait by the anus of the monkey. They grab it as it falls out and actually fall to earth with it. earthtouchnews.com/natura…
Leprosy doesn't cause body parts to be damaged or fall off. Instead, the disease damages one's ability to feel pain, causing common accidents to become more damaging. In addition to this, leprosy is only mildly contagious and more than 95% of the world's population are naturally immune. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The novelization of "Pretty In Pink" doesn't change the original ending John Hughes intended for, where Molly Ringwald's character falls for and get together with Duckie, played by Jon Cryer hollywood.com/movies/seth…
November 9th is often called the 'Day of Fate' in German history - Robert Blum's death in 1848, Kaiser Wilhelm's abdication in 1918, Einstein's Nobel Prize win in 1922, the Munich Putsch in 1923, Kristallnacht in 1938 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 all occurred on the same date. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nov…
The Great Falls of the Potomac northwest of Washington, DC is the steepest falls in the eastern US and are along the Atlantic Fall Line of the Appalachian Mountains, dropping 76 feet in under 1 mile. nps.gov/grfa/learn/nature…
Niagara Falls was drained in 1969. mashable.com/2017/01/14/n…
Proponents of the lead–crime hypothesis believe that the removal of lead from gasoline explains the fall in crime rates in the United States beginning in the 1990s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
There's a legend that if the ravens of the Tower of London ever fly away, England will fall. Therefore, the wings of the ravens are clipped, so that they can't fly very far. Nevertheless, some still escape. historic-uk.com/HistoryMa…
British longbows in the 1600's netted much longer firing ranges than the contemporary Native American Powhaten tribe's bows (400 yds vs. 120 yds, respectively). Colonists from Jamestown once turned away additional longbows for fear that they might fall into the Powhaten's hands. nps.gov/jame/learn/histor…
Toronto's CN Tower has a "Skypod", one of the highest observation platforms in the world at 447m. It is 33 additional storeys higher than the LookOut Level and visibility is up to 160 km (100 miles) away to Niagara Falls and New York State cntower.ca/en-ca/plan-you…
Traditional seven-point piΓ±atas are meant to represent the seven deadly sins, and that the treats that fall out after destroying the β€œsins” represent forgiveness and new beginnings. cincy-cinco.com/history-o…
Today I learned of Sam Patch, a man who successfully jumped from Niagara Falls, Passaic falls, and other high points before dying on a second jump over Genessee falls. Ironically, he advertised the event as "Sam's last jump" (intended as his last jump in that area; not as the last of his life). weirdnj.com/stories/local…
There was another general Paulus responsible for the fall of an empire. After revolting against the western roman emperor, the Heruli stormed on Italy. General Paulus was leading the remainder of the roman army. The Battle of Ravenna was the finishing blow to the empire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
When Chobani set up the biggest yogurt making plant in the world, unemployment in Twin Falls, Idaho, dropped from 6.3% to 2.4% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twi…
The fruit Monstera Deliciosa causes severe throat and skin irritation due to oxalic acid (aka rust cleaner!) unless 100% ripe. Once the green outer scales fall off it's safe to eat and tastes like a mix of pineapple, banana and coconut. The scientific name literally means Delicious Monster. atlasobscura.com/foods/mo…
Dolphins are born with mustaches (hair around upper lip). Mustach helps newborn dolphins locate and feel their mother for the first few days of nursing and falls off after a week or so because of a natural depilatory process. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
The longest continuously run experiment in the world is a pitch drop experiment started in 1928. Drops fall at a rate of about 1 per decade. It has outlived at least 2 of its experimenters. bbc.co.uk/news/science-en…
Today I learned of the Blood Falls, a waterfall in Antarctica where the iron-rich water oxidizes upon contact with air, making a giant blood-red waterfall and staining the ice in the process. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The IguazΓΊ Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of ParanΓ‘. Together, they make up the largest waterfall in the world. The name "IguazΓΊ" comes from the native words "y" meaning "water" and "Γ»asΓΊ " meaning "big." youtube.com/watch?v=MtCBS…
, many micro-organisms produce Vitamin B12, as rain falls it picks up these micro-organisms, therefore, rain can contain Vitamin B12. mindrocket.co.uk/facts/ra…
Before settling on Florida, Disney World was originally considered being built near Niagara Falls. However, after Walt Disney visited the location, he realised it was way too cold. niagarafallsupclose.com
Between '87 and '92 six Boeing aircraft had complete engines just fall off in flight, and three of those times the other engine on the wing was knocked off as well. wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Al_…

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