Bees indirectly led to the discovery of New York's largest marijuana Farm underneath a Brooklyn cherry factory firstwefeast.com/eat/2015…
Today I learned about Revolt, a book in which farm animals revolt and take over their farm in order to introduce equality, with things quickly denigrating into abuse and terror. The story was meant as a metaphor for the Bolshevik Revolution and was published 21 years before George Orwell's Animal Farm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C…
I learned about Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese-American pilot supporting the US Army during WW2. One time, her aircraft made an emergency landing on a farm. The farmer saw her, grabbed a pitchfork, and chased her around the plane, shouting to neighbors that the Japanese had invaded Kansas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haz…
There’s a body farm in Texas where people donate their bodies to have them be placed in different circumstances to help study human decomposition and therefore help develop methods for determining the post mortem interval or time since death. txstate.edu/anthropology/…
The first British animated film "Animal Farm" was secretly produced and funded by the CIA as anti-Communist propaganda theguardian.com/culture/2…
N.Machiavelli, fired from his job, subjected to torture and exiled in his farm after the fall of the republic, would return from the fields at dusk and put on a diplomat's formal attire just to make himself feel better while he was studying alone. At around this time he wrote "the prince" courses.washington.edu/hs…
Today I learned of Doug Hegdahl, who was captured during the Vietnam War, who remembered the names of about 256 fellow POWs to the tune of "Old Macdonald Had A Farm" and revealed the conditions of the POW camp to the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
Marie Antoinette built an entire fake village, complete with a working farm and fake villagers, in the backyard of Chateau de Versailles, so she could pretend to be a "peasant" whenever she felt like it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
The largest treasure hoard in Britain was accidentally found by a man when he set out with a metal detector to find a hammer he had lost in a farm. It was a 1500 year old treasure hoard hidden by the Romans. The British government rewarded him with Β£1.75 million. He found his hammer afterwards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hox…
There's a farmer in South Africa who has bred ducks for many years. He uses the ducks instead of pesticides on his farm. Every morning he assembles over 1,000 ducks into a line to go and pluck the pests out of his vineyard. youtu.be/H6Ehoxu9QY8
LA had the largest urban farm in the US until it was torn down for warehouse development. The farm had been established by the L.A. Regional Food Bank. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Tyler Perry has a 330-acre studio complex complete with a replica of the White House, a farm, a vintage baseball stadium, several courtrooms, a trailer park, a prison yard, a Southern mansion, and church chapel among other sets. chicagocrusader.com/the-w…
Paul Castellano, the future head of the Gambino crime family, allegedly ordered the 1975 murder of Vito Borelli, the boyfriend of his daughter Constance, because he compared him to Frank Perdue, the owner and spokesperson for Perdue Farms, and felt insulted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
A quiet American POW was nicknamed "The Incredibly Stupid One" by his Vietnamese captors. Upon his return to the US, he provided the names of over 200 prisoners of war, which he had memorized to the tune of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." pownetwork.org/bios/h/h13…
During the Cold War, the CIA used hot air balloons to drop copies of Animal Farm into Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia in order to cause discontent amongst the population towards the countries’ leaders. Their responses were to order their militaries to shoot down the hot air balloons. spectator.co.uk/article/n…
A conspiracy claiming Paul McCartney died and was replaced in 1966 got so out of hand that Life magazine sent reporters out to stalk McCartney on his farm. He threw water on them and then agreed to take photos and do an interview. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Raccoons are not native to Germany. They were brought there in the 1920s for their pelts. During World War II, an Allied bomb hit a raccoon farm wall, allowing a dozen or so to escape. Today, German cities are being overrun by millions of raccoons! dw.com/en/raccoons-take-t…
There is a farmhouse in Manhattan. Built in 1784 by William Dyckman, it replaced a house that was part of a 250-acre farm owned by his family. Now all that remains is the house, and it is located in a park uptown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyc…
During The Great Depression, crop prices dropped so much some farm families burnt corn instead of coal in their stoves because corn was cheaper. Sometimes the countryside smelled like popcorn from all the corn burning in the kitchen stoves. iowapbs.org/iowapathways/…
During production the second transformers movie, the increased resolution of the characters for new IMAX footage nearly exhausted ILM's render farms: After one hard night of rendering computer-generated footage, some of the hardware actually exploded. syfy.com/syfywire/how-gia…
George Orwell's manuscript of "Animal Farm" was almost destroyed when a German bomb hit his London home OTD in 1944. He spent hours sifting through the rubble to find the pages intact. hamhigh.co.uk/news/herita…
All but 4 varieties of Pepperidge Farm Chunk cookies are named after various American lighthouses pepperidgefarm.com/produc…
Iceland was extensively forested before the first humans settled there. But within 500 years of their arrival 95% of woodlands had been cut down, leading to soil erosion, crop failure and the eventual abandonment of many farms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
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…
Prof Randy Lewis shows Adam Rutherford genetically modified goats at a farm at Utah State University, US, which produce large quantities of a spider silk that is among the strongest substances known to man. bbc.co.uk/news/av/science…
It took Pixar about 29 hours to render a single frame of Monsters University using a server farm of 2000 computers with more than 24,000 cores combined. venturebeat.com/2013/04/2…
Over the span of a decade, Harvard University owns some 854,000 hectacres of farmland all over the world. Its holdings include California vineyards, New Zealand dairy farms, and sugar cane plants in Brazil & South Africa bloomberg.com/news/articl…
In the year 2007, at the peak of the housing bubble, four Mexican farm workers earning less than $15000/year each were somehow eligible purchasers of a $720000 home that they, in theory, had no chance of affording sfgate.com/entertainment/…
Przewalski's horses are the only wild horses left in the world. The "wild" horses that abound in Australia and North America's western plains and East Coast barrier islands are actually feral domestic horses that escaped from ranches and farms and returned to the wild. nationalzoo.si.edu/animal…
The Dutch government built the worlds first floating dairy farm, the Floating Farm, in anticipation of a world with shrinking land supply. The cows are on the farm's second level, a garden-like enclosure where the animals will be milked by robots, above is a greenhouse with grass for foraging. dairyherd.com/article/cow…
Today I learned of Deep Springs College where students don't pay tuition, room, board but work a minimum of 20 hours and live on the college's ranch and farm. The college has fewer than 30 students at any one time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
Some ants will farm aphids for the honeydew they secrete and even raise them from egg to adult in the ant nest. wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphid
Dwight from The Office nearly got a spinoff called "The Farm". It would have focused on expert beet-farmer Dwight, his brother Jeb, and his sister Fannie take over the land that his aunt left behind. However, people did not receive this idea well, saying that it was too late for a spinoff. screenrant.com/dwight-off…
Cat mummies were so plentiful in Egypt that, in the 1800s, an English company bought a load of 180,000, pulverized them and spread them on farm fields as fertilizer. Also so many baboons and ibises were mummified for the trade it likely drove them to extinction in Egypt. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about Mudanjiang City Mega Farm, the biggest dairy farm in the world built in china to supply Russia needs of milk. thatsfarming.com/news/chi…
As an alternative Jewish Homeland to then British Palestine, Stalin's USSR set aside a small part of Siberia as a Jewish autonomous region. While largely unsuccessful the autonomous region still exists today. A collective farm was even called "Stalinfeld" yivoencyclopedia.org/arti…
Pink Floyd’s 1977 album β€œAnimals” was loosely based off of George Orwell’s β€œAnimal Farm” but rather than satirizing communism, the album blasts capitalism festivalpeak.com/pink-flo…
On November 30, 1954, a grapefruit-sized meteorite crashed through the roof of a farm house in Oak Grove, Alabama, bounced off a large wooden console radio, and hit Ann Hodges while she napped on a couch. This was the first documented extraterrestrial object to have injured a human being. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syl…
Today I learned about the 101 freeway chickens. Since 1969 free roaming chickens have been spotted along the Hollywood freeway. After different attempts to round up the chickens and move them to a farm, they keep showing up and are slowly moving North. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The smallest US post office is in the middle of the Florida Everglades, the Ochopee Post Office - it was originally a 7x8' shed for a tomato farm! floridarambler.com/evergl…
The original Jake from State Farm was an actual State Farm employee; new one is an actor musebycl.io/advertising/n…
Ocean Spray Cranberry Cocktail comes from cooperatively owned cranberry farms where 100% of product profits are returned to farmers. businessinsider.com/how-o…
Today I learned about Windjammer Surf Racers, a roller coaster that was so bad and poorly designed that the park, Knotts Berry Farm, sued the ride’s manufacturer, TOGO, for its issues. The park won, causing the company to go bankrupt. thecoasterkings.com/this-…
Today I learned of the Oakalla Prison Farm a prison farm in Burnaby, BC. Opened in 1912 it was initially designed to hold 150 men and 50 women. By the 1950s, the population was well over 1000. A working farm, the prison had its own dairy, vegetable gardens and livestock. Riots in the 80s caused its closure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak…
Today I learned about the "Coolidge effect," male animals preferring to mate with new females. Pres. Coolidge and his wife visited a farm, & Mrs. Coolidge learning a rooster mated a dozen times a day, said "Tell Mr. Coolidge." Pres. Coolidge told the rooster had a new hen each time, said "Tell Mrs. Coolidge." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coo…
If the song β€œEmpty Spaces” from Pink Floyd's, β€œThe Wall” is played backwards, you can hear the phrase β€œHello looker. Congratulations. You have just discovered the secret message. Please send your answer to Old Pink, care of the Funny Farm, Chalfont." As well as, "Roger! Carolyne's on the phone" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Some farm animals can reliably predict earthquakes up to 20 hours before they occur. mpg.de/15126191/earthquak…
Pepperidge Farm (cookie brand) was founded by a woman named Margaret Rudkin. She got into baking due to her son's severe asthma and his allergies to most processed foods. After her success selling her baked goods, she sold the company to Campbell's and became their first female board member. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pep…
The Office was supposed to have a spin-off entitled The Farm based around Dwight, but it was turned down by studio execs. vulture.com/amp/2013/03/t…

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