A cow escaped from a Polish farm and was spotted months later living with a herd of wild bison. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Beverly Hills, California is named after Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, which was named after the town Beverley in Yorkshire England, which came from the name "Beverlac" in the 10th century, meaning "beaver lake," because of all the beavers in the nearby river. beverlyhighlights.com/201…
Cannabis is invasive in North America, referred to as 'feral cannabis,' 'wild marijuana,' and 'ditch weed' when it grows in the wild. Seeds can lie dormant for 7-10 years and the wild plant can damage farm equipment. Feral cannabis is cultivated in North Korea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Max Yasgur, whose farm held the infamous 1969 Woodstock concert, was a Vietnam War-supporting Conservative Republican. Nonetheless, he saw the concert as a way to close the generation gap, as well as subsidize the cost of purchasing hay for his dairy farm. nashuatelegraph.com/news/…
White-tailed Eagles kept flying into moving turbine blades at the SmΓΈla wind farm in Norway. An experiment of painting a single blade black on each of two turbines compared to two unpainted turbines found that the bird deaths declined by 70%. audubon.org/news/can-pain…
A species of Australian Nocturnal Ground Parrots thought to be extinct for 100 years were found by one man after 15 years of searching. His search began when he found one feather of this bird on a truck and traced it back to the farm of an Old Indigenous Gentleman. audubon.org/news/yes-more…
The Chicken Ranch was the Oldest Continually Operating Whorehouse in the United States when it closed in 1973. - During the Great Depression the "house of ill repute" offered time with a "lady of the evening" in exchange for a chicken. [The brothel was listed on the tax rolls as a poultry farm.] cityoflg.com/tourism/visi…
Elizabeth Coleman White, whose family owned a cranberry farm, teamed up with botanist Frederick Coville to develop and cultivate the first blueberry crop. White paid people for each bush they found with blueberries that measured at least 5/8 of an inch. Coville uprooted and grafted them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Today I learned about the Great Sheep Panic of 1888. On November 3, at about eight o’clock, thousands of sheep broke free from their fields and farms in southern England, running away in a panic and damaging property. It is not clear what caused this, but it happened again then next year. youtube.com/watch?v=pvXiL…
Before she became a big name in pop music, Taylor Swift was knocking praying mantises out of Christmas trees. Her family lived on a tree farm, and the superstar’s job was to ensure customers’ christmas trees weren’t full of bugs. gennextsuccess.com/blog/t…
There are close to 15,000 farms growing Christmas Trees in the U.S., and over 100,000 people are employed full or part-time in the industry. realchristmastrees.org/ed…
The crocodile stunt in LIVE AND LET DIE (1973) was filmed with real crocodiles. Ross Kananga - the owner of a croc farm and whose Father had been eaten by a croc - performed the stunt and nailed it on the 5th take. youtube.com/watch?v=bM_AN…
The Samurai fled to California and founded a colony in 1869. The Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony is believed to be the first permanent settlement and the only settlement by samurai outside of Japan. It was founded by Japanese (mainly Samurai) immigrants fleeing the Samurai's disbanding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wak…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
Bees indirectly led to the discovery of New York's largest marijuana Farm underneath a Brooklyn cherry factory firstwefeast.com/eat/2015…
Ostriches on farms think humans would make great mates. io9.gizmodo.com/that-ostr…
Ukraine built a 1MW solar farm at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant reuters.com/article/us-uk…
The famed spaceship VIP room that today sits atop a Tampa strip club is actually a 'Futuro Home' from the 1960s β€” a futuristic housing solution from Finland that almost caught on in the space age. A mafia family associate took credit, but a farm boy with a dream put it there. tampabay.com/florida/2019…
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…
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
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…
Feb. 18 is Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day. In 1930, the first cow flew in an airplane and was also milked on the flight. The 24 quarts of milk that the cow, Elm Farm Ollie, produced was packaged in paper cartons and parachuted to spectators, one rumoured to be Charles Lindbergh. squarecowmovers.com/elm-f…
There are no such thing as kangaroo farms, all kangaroo meat served in grocery stores and restaurants around the world is sourced from wild populations choice.com.au/food-and-dr…
The first British animated film "Animal Farm" was secretly produced and funded by the CIA as anti-Communist propaganda theguardian.com/culture/2…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
1996 Olympic Gold wrestler Valentin Yordanov trained at Foxcatcher Farm and later inherited 80% of the net worth of its owner John du Pont, a testicle-less man who died in prison after becoming the sole 'Forbes 400 Richest Americans' to be convicted of murder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
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…
Libby's account for most if not all canned pumpkin's in the U.S. This was very apparent when poor weather affected the crop in Illinois where most of their farms are located and was known as the great pumpkin shortage in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
All but 4 varieties of Pepperidge Farm Chunk cookies are named after various American lighthouses pepperidgefarm.com/produc…
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…

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