Today I learned of Patrick Tadina a 30yr Army veteran who was the longest continuously serving Ranger in Vietnam. Due to his completion & small size he could often pass as Vietcong while wearing pajamas & sandals to get within feet of the enemy. He earned two silver stars & 10 bronze stars, 7 with valor. stripes.com/news/patrick-…
Fossil remains of an extinct colossus penguin was nearly 7 feet tall and weighed 250 pounds, unearthed in Antarctica mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
There is no practical way to draw our solar system to a visible scale. With Earth reduced to pea diameter, Pluto would be the size of a bacterium, 1.5 miles from Jupiter. With Jupiter the size of a period, Pluto would still be 35 feet away from it, and reduced to the size of a molecule. space.fm/astronomy/planet…
Aroldis Chapman holds the record for fastest pitch at 105.1 MPH. When Nolan Ryan played they clocked pitches at 10 feet from the plate, now they clock it at release point. Had Ryan pitched his record 100.9 today it would have clocked at around 108 MPH and he would have regularly thrown 106-107. beyondtheboxscore.com/201…
Due to a unit conversion error (lbs instead of kg), Air Canada flight 143 ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet, and glided all the way down on an abandoned airfield being used as racing circuit. Everyone survived and the plane was barely damaged it was flown out to be repaired. nationalpost.com/news/can…
Graves became 6 feet deep as a result of the plague in 1665. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Many female workers at RavensbrΓΌck concentration were forced to produce army uniforms for the Nazis. They deliberately sabotaged them. An example of this is that they made the heels of socks too narrow or defective. This gave soldiers painful blisters on their feet. repository.canterbury.ac.…
After 25 years of wondering about a strange dip in the floor beneath his couch, a man in Plymouth, England finally dug down into his home's foundation and found a medieval well 33 feet deep, along with an old sword hidden deep inside. aol.com/2012/08/30/colin-…
Dennis Rodman's height was only 5'6 as a high school freshman and he never made the varsity basketball team. He decided to give basketball another chance when he hit another growth spurt after graduating high school and working as a janitor. He grew to be 6 feet 7 inches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
The Cave of Swallows in Mexico is the largest cave shaft in the world, being almost 1,000 feet wide at the bottom and 1,100 feet deep, and it's home of many birds, but despite its name, almost no swallows en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cav…
There are actually two measurements called the 'foot' in the US - the 'international foot' (.3048 meters) and the 'US survey foot' (1200/3937 meters). One international foot is approximately .999998 US Survey feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
Exactly 67 years ago, at 11:30AM on May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, become the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which at 29,035 feet above sea level is the highest point on earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
Today I learned about Andy the goose who was born in Hastings, Nebraska with no feet. A local inventor named Gene Fleming heard of this and fitted Andy with specially made Nike baby shoes. Andy gained fame as a role model for disabled children and Nike provided him with a lifetime supply of shoes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
There is an ancient chinese village of long-haired rapunzels and for the women, hair is their most prized possession. They grow their hair up to 6.8 feet long and were so sacred that until recently, no one was allowed to look at a woman’s loose locks except her husband and children. historydaily.org/ancient-…
In 2012, a burger king employee anonymously posted an image on 4-chan of him putting his feet in lettuce, with the caption: "This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King." It took 20 minutes for people to track down the branch the employee worked at and contact the news. He was promptly fired. mashable.com/2012/07/19/4…
Anti urination devices were a form of hostile architecture installed in Norwich and the surrounding area in the late 19th century to discourage public urination. The slope of the structure meant the stream of urine would be deflected back onto their feet and legs wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti_u…
Both the Carpathia (which rescued Titanic's passengers) and the Californian (which was nearby but allegedly never saw Titanic's distress signals) were both sunk in WW1. Carpathia lies in 600 feet of water off of Ireland and California lies somewhere off of Greece but has never been found youtube.com/watch?v=sL-6F…
I learned that after the first few feet it's dangerous to fly vertically in a helicopter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Bald eagle nests can be 13 feet deep, and 8 feet wide, and can weigh more than 1 ton. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Most utility poles are buried 6 feet deep. In fact, utility poles are buried according to a specific formula: 10% of the pole’s height plus two feet equals the appropriate depth of burial. A standard utility pole measures 40 feet, so a standard hole will go about 6 feet down into the ground. info.aldensys.com/joint-u…
15 human feet in shoes have washed up along the Pacific Northwest coast since August 2007. vox.com/science-and-healt…
In 2018, it rained 50 inches in 24 hours in Hawaii, setting a US record - that's more than 4 feet of rain. OF RAIN. wunderground.com/cat6/new…
The Bulgarian city of Plovdiv is Europe's oldest city, at some 8000 years old. It's so old that the city sits on about 39 feet of ruins from past cultural layers of the city's development. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plo…
The word "cancer" is derived from the Latin term for crab because translations of Hippocrates observed that in surface-level tumors, "the veins are stretched on all sides as the animal the crab has its feet". Greek tradition forbade opening the body, so the description was limited to skin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Bear Grylls, at the age of 21, survived a fall of 16,000 feet after his parachute malfunctioned bbc.com/news/magazine-229…
The Stingray Shuffle is "sliding your feet along the sand instead of taking big steps." To a stingray, these sliding movements feel more like vibrations, which scares them away. The stingray shuffle is to prevent you from getting stung by a stingray when entering water. solvhealth.com/blog/4-rea…
During the Golden Gate Bridge sagged by 7 feet under the weight of 300,000 people on it celebrating its 50th anniversary . The towers were even pulled inward from so much weight. standard.net/lifestyle/25…
There's an underwater mountain in the middle Lake Superior that rises from the lake bottom (400 feet down) to as high as 21 feet below the surface. Some say Superior Shoal was responsible for the 1975 wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
The worlds largest aircraft engine, made by GE for Boeing 777, has 110,000 horse power compared to the Titanic which had 46,000 HP combined. The engine also intakes 2 million cubic feet of air at takeoff, a human would need 4 days to breath that much. Each engine costs $24 million. bangaloreaviation.com/200…
The atmosphere on Mars is so thin, the air at face-level and the air at feet-level would probably be vastly different temperatures. weather.com/science/news/…
George Washington was an imposing figure at over 6 feet tall and 225 pounds. The average man at the time was only 5'6". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned of the RP FLIP (Reserach Platform FLoating Instrument Platform), a 355 foot long boat that can fill the front 300 feet with water ballast. Once full, the boat will upend 90 degrees with the aft 55 feet of boat acting as a vertical platform out of the water, like a spar buoy. youtube.com/watch?v=jpl09…
One "Fathom" (as in measuring the depths of sea) equals 6 feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat…
Lake Baikal in Russia contains 22%-23% of the worlds fresh surface water, and a max depth of 5387 feet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth. These magnificent marine mammals rule the oceans at up to 100 feet (30 meters) long and upwards of 200 tons (181 metric tons). Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Over 11 million Getty images, forming the Bettmann Archive, is preserved inside a cold, heavily guarded limestone mine, hundreds of feet beneath the ground, near Pittsburgh. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned of the 1940 Armistice Day Blizzard. Unseasonably warm temperatures of 65Β°F in mid-November were followed by one of the worst blizzards in Midwest history which created drifts more than 20 feet high. The blizzard ultimately killed more than 150 people and allegedly 1.5 million turkeys. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
The longest car in the world was 100 feet long, had 26 wheels, a jacuzzi, diving board, king-sized water bed, and a helicopter landing pad, and was called the β€˜American Dream’. motor1.com/news/75965/the…
Air traffic controllers direct commercial flights to fly at β€œeven” or β€œodd” levels. The general rule in most parts of the world is aircraft going east will fly at odd levels, ie 35’000 feet, while aircraft heading west will fly even levels, ie 34’000 feet. thepointsguy.com/guide/up…
Today I learned of the tomb of Marcus Vergilius Eurysaces. Eurysaces, a baker, who lived in Rome during the 1st century BC built himself a 33-feet tall tomb, sporting intricate designs and extravagant engravings. Eurysaces, though having died a wealthy man had come to Rome as a slave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
In 1942 a forest guard in India made an alarming discovery. Some 16,000 feet above sea level, at the bottom of a small valley, was a frozen lake absolutely full of skeletons. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
In a letter to the Emperor Theophilus, Jesus Christ was described as being 3 cubits, which is 4 feet, 6 inches tall (137 cm). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
Navy Seals who carried out the Bin Laden kill mission, forgot to bring a tape measure and had to measure Laden's height by making a six feet tall Seal lie down next to Laden's corpse cbsnews.com/news/navy-sea…
"The Momsen Lung" was a device used in World War 2 to escape submarines over 100ft deep. It recycled oxygen in your breath while filtering C02. It was used only once, in 1944, by 9 members of the USS Tang after it torpedoed itself and sank in 180 feet of water uh.edu/engines/epi238.htm
Dragonfly-like Meganeuropsis permiana which flew around 300 million years ago was 1.5 feet long with a wingspan of 2.5 feet. The biggest insect that has ever existed. If we cloned one today, it would probably suffocate because it needed the 30% Oxygen atmosphere present then (20% now). eartharchives.org/article…
The "sweet spot" altitude for most passenger and cargo airplanes is between 35000 and 42000 feet - At higher altitude the air is too sparse for the engines while lower altitude means higher resistance traveller.com.au/why-plan…
Today I learned about the World's Littlest Skycraper, a building for which investors were given a blueprint measured in inches rather than feet. The promoter then ran off with the money after a building 12 times too small was constructed. texascooppower.com/texas-…
When Agave plants begin to die they will grow rapidly in a death bloom causing them to reach heights as high as 30 feet. blockclubchicago.org/2019…
The common characteristics of Prader-Willi syndrome include small hands and feet, abnormal growth and body composition (small stature, very low lean body mass, and early-onset childhood obesity), hypotonia (weak muscles) at birth, insatiable hunger, extreme obesity, and intellectual disability fpwr.org/about-prader-wil…
Despite being an equatorial, tropical country, there are permanent glaciers in The Republic of the Congo. The Rwenzori mountains reach upwards of 16,000 feet in elevation, allowing temperatures cold enough to allow snow accumulation and glacier formation year round en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwe…
Marshall Mabey was a $1 a day NYC tunnel worker called "Sandmen". On Feb 19 he was working under the East River where the tunnel was pressurized to prevent cave ins. A crack in the ceiling vented Mabey up through the mud, the East River and 25 feet into the air. He lived and was uninjured. husheduphistory.com/post/…
Turkey vultures use defensive vomit to get rid of any disturbing animal. They can propel their vomit up to 10 feet. naturemappingfoundation.o…
Today I learned about Jan Baalsrud, a Norwegian who took 11 commandos into the fjords aboard a fishing boat full of explosives to sabotage the Nazi's. His feet froze solid and an avalanche buried him. He used a knife to amputate his frostbitten toes. His escape made him into a Norwegian national folk hero nytimes.com/2016/03/20/ma…
, Larry Walters rode a lawn chair attached to helium balloons to 16,000 feet and using a pellet gun, he controlled his descent by firing the gun at the balloons, popping them one by one. youtu.be/E7w_v9J7iOc
The worlds shortest world leader was President Benito JuΓ‘rez of Mexico at only 4 feet 6 inches (1.37 meters) and the tallest was Maharana Pratap, King of Mewar in present day Rajasthan (a state in India), at 7 feet 5 inches (2.2 meters) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rec…
Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz original camera negatives are stored 650 feet underground in a Kansas salt mine kansascity.com/entertainm…
The blanket octopus has the biggest sexual size-dimorphism of any non microscopic organism. Females can be 6 feet long, while males are only 2.4 cms long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
, cheetah unlike the other big cats have claws like dogs which isn't fully retractable. Their feet structure is maximized for speedy chases on prey, leopard & lion can't achieve. ypte.org.uk/factsheets/ch…
In response to the cholera outbreak of 1854, Chicago engineers decided to install a sewage system by raising the grade of the city by up to 14 feet. That is, they literally put buildings on stilts and buried the new sewer pipes under the buildings. enjoyillinois.com/illinoi…
Queen Victoria was only five feet tall history.com/news/5-things…
George Miller, creator of the Mad Max movie franchise, also directed the family friendly films Happy Feet and Babe: Pig in the City. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Siamese cats have their coloration due to the enzyme tyrosinase being mutated to be ineffective at body temperature but active in the tails feet ears and face where it’s cooler and can produce the dark pigment. ncdnaday.org/2016/08/siam…
Up until the 1950's, NYC had an abundance of wild marijuana plants, with some in Brooklyn growing as high as seven feet tall. They were all eventually eradicated by the Department of Sanitation, destroying nearly 41,000 pounds of wild weed. wnyc.org/story/weed-in-br…
The Chicxulub Impact, the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs, created a mega-tsunami that was over 330 feet tall. If the impact had struck the deep ocean rather than the shallow seas, the wave would have peaked at 2.9 MILES. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Amputees have reported having orgasms in their feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
, the largest IMAX screen is in Melbourne, Australia and is 105x75 feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMA…
Today I learned about Matthew Buchinger who was born with no hands or feet and stood 29 inches tall. He became a remarkable artist, magician, calligrapher and was a marksman with a pistol. He was also married 4 times, and had 14 children by 8 different women. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
l soccer superstar David Beckham purchased insurance policy $195 million on his feet, his legs, and ten toes becoming the most expensive personal insurance policy in sports history. content.time.com/time/spe…
Dictatus papae, 27 powers arrogated to the pope, including papal supremacy, such as: Only the Pope can with right be called "Universal". All princes shall kiss the feet of the Pope alone. His name alone shall be spoken in the churches. His title is unique in the world. No one may judge him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
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…
Baby Hoatzin birds are born with claws not only on their feet, but also on their wings. This allows baby Hoatzins to flee predators in the tree by leaping into the water below their preferred nesting sites. The wing claws allow them to climb back up the tree before they learn to fly. audubon.org/news/hoatzin
Today I learned about the Irish Elk, an extinct species of deer that stood 7 feet tall at the shoulders and had 12 foot wide antlers. The Irish Elk was the third largest deer to ever live, but had the largest and heaviest antler of any animal in the deer family. It went extinct 7000 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iri…
Bears get tapeworms from eating the salmon. They often extrude from the bear’s backside and can trail behind them for up ten feet. vice.com/en_us/article/d3…
The Last Supper by Leonardo has a large missing section at the bottom of it where Jesus's feet would be. It was cut away in 1652 to make room for a door in the church where it was kept, after the paint faded away to the point of being unrecognizable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A helicopter pilot flew to 40820 feet, setting a world record for the highest altitude reached by a helicopter. However, when he started to descend, the engine failed, but he safely landed the helicopter with absolutely no power - a world record for the highest unpowered descent by a helicopter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
The Saint Louis Arch is as wide as it is tall (630 feet x 630 feet) gatewayarch.com/fun-fact-…
Our ancestors standing up and walking on two feet turned social links into a necessary aspect for Survival (and leading to our current society) due to how this position changed some of women's caracteristics (narrower hips). ynharari.com/book/sapiens…
English versions of the Bible sometimes translate penises as β€œfeet” beliefnet.com/faiths/chri…
A 19 year old man dove 85 feet into the ocean to wrestle an 80 pound octopus with a 9 foot diameter to the surface in a 25 minute epic battle in which he punched the octopus subduing it after it turned red and lunged at him tearing off his respirator. He drove it home, cooked it up, and ate it. thestranger.com/slog/arch…
The Iranian blizzard of 1972 was the deadliest blizzard in history. It dropped up to 26 feet of snow and killed over 4,000 people. Those few who survived the -13 degree Fahrenheit temperatures were without water, food, heat and medical aid for days mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Today I learned about ATLAS-I, aka Trestle, the world's largest structure made entirely of wood, glue laminate, wooden bolts/nuts and sufficient to support a fully loaded B-52 bomber (for elevated EMP testing) 1,000 ft long, 125 ft (about 12 stories) tall, and constructed of 6.5 million board-feet of lumber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATL…
Nearly all reptiles are incapable of running and breathing at the same time. This is one of the reasons why they are ambush predators. Komodo dragons can only dash 30 feet (10m) before having to rest for breathing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
There are 5,280 feet in a mile because in 1592, Parliament decided that a mile should be made up of eight furlongs, which are each 660 feet. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
In 2017, Egyptologists used radiography to scan the rock interior of the Great Pyramid of Giza, only to discover a large hollow space above the Grand Gallery inside. The "Big Void" is almost 100 feet long, with no determinable purpose. It has no entry points. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
In 2012, a Polish woman set the record for labor duration. Joanna Krzysztonek was in labor for 75 days straight. At the insistence of her doctors, she had her feet above her head for part of that time. reuters.com/article/us-po…
During Napoleon’s Russia campaign, one of his soldiers had a mare who attacked people she didn’t like. In one battle, when a Russian soldier stabbed the mare in the thigh, she tore off his face. She then went on a rampage and tore apart another Russian soldier, mashing his body under her feet. hoover.org/research/fight…
There once lived a species of pterodactyl dubbed Cryodrakon boreas, which translates to "frozen dragon of the north wind," that had a wingspan of 33 feet, about as wide as an F-16 fighter jet. nbcnews.com/mach/science/…
In 2000, one of the worst peacetime submarines accidents ever took place off the coast of Russia. A huge explosion sank the giant nuclear-powered submarine Kursk, killing most of its crew and stranding nearly two dozen survivors hundreds of feet underwater. popularmechanics.com/mili…
Today I learned of Carl Unthan (1848-1929), a Prussian violinist who was born without arms. At the age of 10, he taught himself to play the violin by strapping it to a stool. If he broke a string- he replaced it and tuned it using only his toes. He was also a skilled marksman, operating a rifle with his feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The Maldives is the lowest lying country in the world with the highest elevation from sea level being 6 FEET. earthsky.org/earth/maldiv…
Today I learned of Francis Tsai, an artist who did work for Marvel, and was later diagnosed with ALS. When the disease paralyzed his arms, he learned to draw using his right foot on an iPhone. When he was no longer able to use his feet, he used eye-gaze technology in order to keep drawing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned about a tigress Machli who killed a 4.26 meters (14 feet) crocodile. ranthamborenationalpark.c…
Today I learned of Frank Lentini, an Italian boy born with four feet, three legs and two sets of genitals, due to having a parasitic twin. jonathanredavid.com/post_…
George Washington was an imposing figure at over 6 feet tall and 220 pounds. The average man was only 5’6 at the time. Also he was featured on Philippine paper money in the early 1900’s. cheatsheet.com/culture/th…
White House Police officer Leslie Coffelt was fatally shot while protecting President Truman in an assassination attempt, but managed to kill his attacker with a headshot from 30 feet away before dying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
In 1943 a farmer was preparing his land when a volcano started growing under his feet. The volcano, known as ParicutΓ­n would grow to a 424m high cone and engulf 2 towns in lava. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Today I learned about Adam Rainer, the only person known to have both dwarfism and gigantism. At 19 years old he was 4 feet 8 inches tall, by the time he was in his 30's he was 7 feet tall. businessinsider.com/adam-…
George Miller the director and co-creator of the Mad Max series has personally only won 1 Oscar award. Miller won the award for best animated feature for directing Happy Feet. He also directed the sequel to Babe, Babe: Pig in the City. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Today I learned of the Okapi, a cousin of the giraffe, with stripes like a zebra on its hind legs and scent glands on the bottom of its feet to track other neighboring okapi. rainforest-alliance.org/s…
Today I learned of Sun Mingming, the tallest basketball player in the world at 7 feet, 9 inches. He along with his wife Xu Yan, is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world's tallest living couple, with a combined height of 13 feet, 10.72 inches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…

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