President Andrew Jackson was gifted a 1,400-pound block of cheese by a New York dairy farmer. The cheese remained on display at the White House for over a year but was entirely eaten by a large crowd during Jackson's final party as President. foodandwine.com/news/real…
Pinot noir became considerably more popular among consumers as a result of the film Sideways. Throughout the film, the main character speaks fondly of Pinot Noir while denigrating Merlot. A study estimated that Sideways cost American Merlot farmers over US$400m in lost revenue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Farmed salmon is actually naturally white in color. It's reddish pink only because farmers add in a pigmenting compound to the fishes' food that changes the color of their flesh, which is more appealing to consumers. time.com/4790794/farmed-s…
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…
After the samurai class was dismantled in Japan, some samurai became farmers. These samurai were given apple seedlings in the town of Aomori so that they could produce them. Aomori would later become Japan's apple capital. tokyoweekender.com/2020/0…
Cows have regional accents, and that that might happen because of the relationship between the farmers and their animals. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
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
Even though World War 2 ended in 1945, the last Japanese soldier on Guam was not found until 1972. Shoichi Yokoi, a sergeant, did not know the war was over until local farmers found him and told him the war had ended 27 years prior. history.com/this-day-in-h…
In 16th century France, a lawyer successfully defended a group of rats in a court of law, which accused them of eating the barley-crop of local farmers. The court put up posters in nearby towns summoning the rats to court and asked the townspeople to move their cats indoors for their safety . duhaime.org/LawMuseum/Law…
Widespread petkeeping is a relatively recent phenomenon. Until the 19th century, most animals owned by households were working animals that were regarded unsentimentally. In 1698, a farmer recorded in his diary: β€œMy old dog Quon was killed and baked for his grease, which yielded 11lb.” theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Israeli farmers are raising shrimp and coral in the Negev desert. (Aquaculture starts at 26:30) youtube.com/watch?v=VUNmN…
If farmers don't properly dry the hay they're baling, the hay bales can spontaneously combust en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hay…
450 Tasmanian opium farmers supply approximately 50% of the world's opium used in painkillers abc.net.au/news/2019-10-1…
In 1692, an 80yo Livonian farmer came to court as a witness on a robbery case. Instead he ended up admiting that he was a werewolf. He would transform into a werewolf at night, travel to hell and fight evil witches. One of the witches was his neighbour, who broke his nose with his broomstick en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
Grant Wood was a sugar addict that put half a cup in his coffee and poured it on lettuce. With frequent dental visits he became enamored with his dentist's hand and grim face, once commenting "This is a marvelous hand". That dentist became the farmer in American Gothic and his hand a focal point mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Today I learned about Egill SkallagrΓ­msson, a Viking age poet, warrior, and farmer. He is the protagonist of β€œEgil’s Saga” and is thought to have suffered from Paget’s disease. This can cause bone deformation , which is storied to survive ax heads, even in death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egi…
In 2017, the bell of a World War II aircraft carrier was found in a farmer's field in Hudson, Florida. militarytrader.com/milita…
In WW2 UK farmers painted white stripes on black cows so they were visible to motorists at night as they were considered a potential road hazard forces.net/services/tri-s…
China's Hongzhi Emperor (r. 1487-1505) used toilet paper made of silk. When he discovered that palace maids collected his used toilet paper to make curtains, he stopped using silk toilet paper - but this led to the unemployment of some silkworm farmers, so he went back to using silk toilet paper mdhist.com/emperor/3950/
American Gothic (1930) by Grant Wood depicts a Farmer and his Daughter, not a Farmer and his Wife artic.edu/artworks/6565/a…
In 1948 Lyndon B Johnson used a helicopter to campaign for office. He would hover over farmers working in their fields, many who had never seen a helicopter, and blare through the loudspeaker: "Hello, down there! This is your friend, Lyndon Johnson, your candidate for the United States Senate." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
Dorothy Stang, an American nun who dedicated her life to preserving the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. She helped the poor by teaching them how to harvest products from the forest and sought to protect peasants from gangs working for farmers. She was murdered by criminals hired by a rancher. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
The popular Sriracha sauce in the US (in the green-capped bottle) tastes different because they have a different supplier of chile peppers. The owner sued the original supplier for $1 million claiming he overpaid. The farmer countersued and won $23.3 million and now makes his own sriracha. latimes.com/local/lanow/l…
Today I learned about the Ogallala Aquifer, 174,000 square miles of fresh water underground that stretches from South Dakota all the way to northwest Texas. It supplies water for 1/4 of all irrigated crops in the US, and American farmers are struggling to conserve it. turnto23.com/news/nationa…
, Lal Bihari Mritak, a farmer from Azamgarh, UP (India) discovered he had been declared legally dead when he tried to apply for a bank loan! He then spent 19 years trying to prove to the government he was actually alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lal…
There are over 100,000 miles of old stone walls in New England, simply because farmers didn’t know what to do with all the rocks, so they built walls with all the rocks atlasobscura.com/articles…
The term "Cockney" literally means "cock's egg" in Middle English. It originally referred to the small, yolkless eggs that farmers sometimes find in their chicken coops, and later became slang for a feeble and useless personβ€”such as a city dweller. oed.com/view/Entry/35467
Today I learned of a 1972 CIA project to wiretap enemy phone lines deep within North Vietnam. The helicopter used in the operation, developed at Area 51, was the quietest ever built. In the dead of night, its pilots flew 100-200 feet above North Vietnamese farmers and anti-aircraft guns without being detected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Nepalese farmers create a honey called 'mad honey' which is produced by bees pollinating rhododendron plants. The honey is psychoactive and its effects can range from euphoria and lightheadedness to being similar to a full-blown acid trip. twistedfood.co.uk/this-tr…
Modern glitter made from plastics was invented in 1934 by a farmer in New Jersey. Glitter was previously made from glass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gli…
Some farmers in Bangladesh are now raising ducks instead of chicken because ducks can float during floods. theatlantic.com/internati…
Today I learned about Dom Aleixo, a Portuguese farmer in East-Timor who led a major revolt against the occupying Japanese. He organized a militia that threatened the Japanese hold on Timor-Leste, which serves as the largest military intervention of the Portuguese during the Second World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
Broccoli was first cultivated in ancient Roman times and its name is derived from the Latin word brachium, meaning β€œstrong arm or branch”. Roman farmers called it the β€œfive (green) fingers of Jupiter” because of its curative and preventative properties. garden.lovetoknow.com/wik…
The famous painting "American Gothic" is of a father and daughter, not a couple. It was meant to show the resiliency of midwestern farmers. artic.edu/artworks/6565/a…
Today I learned about Crater of Diamonds state park in Arkansas. The strange greenish soil is from an extinct volcano and a local farmer discovered diamonds laying in the dirt. Although the site was professionally mined for a time, it's now a state park where visitors can hunt for diamonds and other gemstones. arkansasstateparks.com/pa…
The US government created a raisin cartel that was run by raisin companies, which increased prices by limiting the supply, and forced farmers to hand over their crops without paying them. The cartel lasted 66 years until the Supreme Court broke it up in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
In 1965, a Ukrainian farmer dug up the lower jawbone of a mammoth. Further excavations revealed the presence of 4 huts, made up of a total of 149 mammoth bones. These dwellings, dating back some 15,000 years, were determined to have been some of the oldest shelters ever built en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
Kangals and Anatolian Shepherd dogs are being distributed to Namibian farmers for use as guard dogs to protect livestock, in a bid to save the local cheetah population edition.cnn.com/2016/03/0…
Welch's is a co-op owned by farmers of Concord and Niagra grapes. It was founded by physician and dentist Thomas Welch who invented a method of pasteurizing grape juice to prevent it from becoming wine because he was strongly opposed to using intoxicating liquors for church communion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wel…
The Terracotta Army remained underground for more than 2,200 years and was discovered by local farmers while digging a well in 1974 in Xi’an chinahighlights.com/xian/…
Farmers in Africa use beehives to protect their crops from the largest and arguably most destructive crop pest in Africa: the elephant. Bees can’t sting through their thick hides but they can sting sensitive areas like the eyes, mouth, and inner trunk - they hear the hive buzzing and flee. thisiscolossal.com/2015/1…
In the early 1930s one of the measures enacted by Brazil to alleviate the economic impact from the great depression was "Quota do sacrifΓ­cio" [or Quota of Sacrifice] where the government ordered farmers to collect all coffee, pile it up and light it on fire. thecoffee.blog/all/histor…
In 1775, Mass. farmer Samuel Whittemore, 78 and alone, fired upon British soldiers killing 3. Now out of ammo, he drew his sword to continue the fight. He was shot in the face, bayoneted multiple times, and left for dead. When found, he was trying to reload his musket. He died 18 years later. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
The Plasma Economy, in which poor Chinese farmers were paid for plasma extractions from 1991-1995, attracted 3 million donors, 40% of whom contracted HIV due to low health and safety standards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Today I learned of Eugene Bostwick, a retired Texas farmer who kept taking in dogs that people abandoned at the dead-end street near his horse barn; he would feed the dogs & take them to the vet to get spayed & neutered. He built a "dog train" in order to take all his dogs out at the same time with his tractor. cbc.ca/news/trending/texa…
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…
Horses in Iceland are Half-Wild, Half-Tame. In the summer, farmers herd them into the highlands, where they live without human care for months. modernfarmer.com/2014/06/…
Jimmy Carter's family were all farmers for 350 years and no member of his father’s family had ever finished high school. Carter's childhood dream was "to go to the Naval Academy, get a college education, and serve in the U.S. Navy" navylive.dodlive.mil/2015…
The guy who holds the world record for most consecutive made free throws didn't even make the β€œA” basketball team in high school. He attributes his skill to the concentration he learned as a dairy farmer. vault.si.com/vault/1991/0…
Alexander Godunov, who played Karl, the violent German in Die Hard (1988), his first major break into Hollywood was playing a gentle Amish farmer in Witness (1985). In 1979, he had defecting from the USSR and was a world class ballet dancer. Sadly, he died aged 45, in 1995 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…

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