Elephants can hear through both their ears and feet. Through special fat pads called digital cushions, they can hear sounds other elephants vocalize below the range of human hearing from many miles away. This helps warn them of far off danger, incoming floods, and rival elephants. news.stanford.edu/pr/01/e…
Bowie lured unknown Stevie Ray Vaughn to play on his '83 album "Let's Dance" by dangling an opening act on tour. However, after recording, Vaughn was relegated to backup musician and wouldn't be allowed to talk about his music. So, he quit, released "Texas Flood", and became a superstar instead. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
A South African farmer rescued a baby hippo from a flood and gave it a home. The farmer fed him, brushed his teeth and helped him. The farmer was found dead with severe bite marks from the hippo and his body submerged in the river where he rescued the hippo 6 years earlier news.sky.com/story/pet-hi…
In 1712 a swiss doctor found a skeleton that he thought was a human who died in the flood of Noah. In 1826, George's Cuvier, one of the founders of paleontology, reexamined it. It turned out to be a giant salamander. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia…
In 94’ Tropical Storm Alberto ran through Albany, GA leaving a flood that unearthed over 400 caskets to float around the town. Coast guard troops rounded up the caskets and bodies. 95 bodies remained unidentified. coastalcourier.com/news/g…
One World Trade Center had a flood that trapped people inside elevators. An expert claims that this shouldn't have happened and may indicate a design flaw in the tower. abc7ny.com/1-wtc-water-le…
Today I learned about the Pittsburgh β€œBathtub” - a famously flood-prone section of highway in downtown Pittsburg. Despite it flooding for the past 40+ years, no viable solutions exist to fix it post-gazette.com/news/tra…
Boobytrapped treasures are a real hazard including flood tunnels, poisonous gems, false floors, sand traps and real cross bow killing zones. historydaily.org/boobytra…
"When the Levee Breaks" (Led Zeppelin, Kansas Joe McCoy) is about a real flood in 1927 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whe…
I learned there’s a freshwater lake on a golf course in Australia with bullsharks. The sharks came to the lake due to a flood and aren’t able to go to the ocean after the flood receded. They have since breeded in the lake. brisbanetimes.com.au/nati…
In WWII there was a Nazi sailor who flushed his toilet incorrectly, causing his submarine to flood with seawater. The sub was forced to surface in view of the British who then attacked, resulting in the vessel's destruction, 4 Nazi deaths, and 46 Nazis captured en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Today I learned of The London Beer Flood. An 1814 industrial disaster that sent a 15-foot high tsunami of beer sweeping through the streets after a giant vat of porter broke in a local brewery. The flood claimed the lives of at least 8 people. More deaths followed in the days after related to alcohol poisoning. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
Frogs are found throughout Australia in the desert, breeding in floods and able to survive underground without water for up to five years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Some farmers in Bangladesh are now raising ducks instead of chicken because ducks can float during floods. theatlantic.com/internati…
Mark Ellis, aka "Flood", got this pseudonym when he was a young runner at Morgan Studios, while The Cure was there recording, for always handling the many requests for tea and sandwiches from the artists and staff. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
POWs from Rommel's Afrika Korps helped build a 200 acre hydraulic model of the entire Mississippi river basin. It has helped prevent millions of dollars of damage by allowing engineers to test the impacts of flood control measures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Today I learned of the Great Flood of 1862, in which a 500-year storm dumped 10 feet of rain and snow on California over 43 days. The Central Valley flooded was flooded for three months, and the capitol temporarily moved to SF from Sacramento. Los Angeles' three major rivers merged, creating an inland sea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
To ancient Babylonians who lived in villages on natural levees in the lower parts of the Euphrates or Tigris Rivers, a major local flood would have made it appear to the eye that their "whole world" was under water in all directions. ncse.ngo/yes-noahs-flood-…
Today I learned about Ximen Bao, a Chinese minister. He learned corrupt politicians sacrificed beautiful women to a River God and threatened floods if they weren't paid high taxes. Ximen had the politicians thrown into the river to tell the God they could not find a beautiful sacrifice, ending the practice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xim…
The eruption of the Huaynaputina volcano in Peru in 1600, had significant effects on Earth's climate (Little Ice Age), decreasing temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere, causing floods, famines and cold waves. The climate disruption caused social upheaval in many countries such as Russia. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
An "Act of God" is a legal term concerning liability, where an unforeseen event like an earthquake, flood, lightning strike, etc., can diminish liability on damages, delays, or expenses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
Today I learned of the scientifically-realistic simulation ARkStorm, a β€œmegastormβ€œ scenario simulating massive flooding in California’s Central Valley. These floods occur every 100-200 years. The last flood was in 1862. Aside from earthquakes and fires, this is likely California’s next β€œBig One.” usgs.gov/natural-hazards/…
The most powerful earthquake ever recorded, the Great Chilean Earthquake, had a magnitude of 9.4-9.6. It caused tsunamis in Chile, Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, eastern New Zealand, and southeast Australia. It also caused glacial landslides, lake floods, and a volcanic eruption. learnodo-newtonic.com/chi…
An 18-year-old man lost his life saving a baby girl and her mother, during rampaging floods in the Philippines. He was swept away as he helped them reach cover. He’d already saved more than 30 people from the floodwaters and had helped evacuate his family. theage.com.au/world/phili…
Today I learned of a series of disasters that struck Basel, Switzerland. Starting in 1342 with a plague of grasshoppers, then floods, the worst weather in 1000 years, a famine, the Black Death, Pogroms, a fire that burnt down part of the city, and finally in 1356 a powerful earthquake destroyed what remained core.ac.uk/download/pdf/8…
Today I learned of the London Beer Flood when a large vat of fermenting porter burst, releasing a quarter-million gallons of beer into the streets and killing 8 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
In May of 1953 during the Korean War, the US bombed the Toksan Dam, the Chasan Dam, the Kuwonga Dam, the Namsi Dam, and the Taechon Dam. The bombing of these five dams and ensuing floods threatened several million North Koreans with starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
The village of Kaskaskia, Illinois, is on the west bank of the Mississippi River. In the early 1800s it was on the east, and was even the state capitol for a few years, until floods moved the river and the town was left on the opposite bank from the rest of the state. britannica.com/place/Kask…
That the Netherlands Flood Defense System includes 2 of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World. Dutch government spends >1BN euro/yr ensuring that its extensive system of dikes/dams/levies are held to a standard of 1 flood every 10,000 years, this includes depositing 3.1bn gallons of sand on shores. earthmagazine.org/article…
Some farmers in Bangladesh have switched to raising ducks instead of chickens, because during catastrophic floods, ducks float. blogs.redcross.org.uk/res…
In 1936, Pennsylvania placed a 'temporary' tax on all alcohol sales to help out victims of the Johnstown Flood, and that tax is still charged. ydr.com/story/news/2017/0…
Today I learned about the Great California flood of 1862 - which submerged Sacramento under 10 feet of water and turned California’s Central Valley into a vast inland sea spanning 300 miles long, 20 miles wide and 30 feet deep. It killed thousands, bankrupted the state and historically happens every 200 years. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned about the Zanclean Flood, which formed the Gibraltar Strait and re-filled the dried up Mediterranean Basin in less than two years. Sea level rise may have reached greater than ten meters per day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zan…
James Scott was convicted of "causing a catastrophe" for breaking the West Quincy levee during the great flood of 1993. In reality, the levee broke because of gross mismanagement. Likely due to his past criminal record, Scott was used as a scapegoat. He is currently serving life in prison. riverfronttimes.com/stlou…
Arizona has a Stupid Motorist Law that fines motorists the cost of the rescue for getting trapped in floods after going around the road barricades en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
When NASA launches a rocket from Kennedy Space Center, you dont see smoke, but stream. They flood the launch pad with 450,000 gallons of water to prevent the rockets from melting the launch pad. It also lowers vibrations that may have an effect in sensitive equipment on the ship. nasa.gov/audience/forstud…
The "Hogwarts Express" rescued a family caught by a flood in the Scottish Highlands. Faced with a 3-mile walk in a bog for kids aged 6, 8, 10 & 12, the father called for help; police had the next train pick them up called the Jacobite, which happened to be the train from Harry Potter movies. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
Lake Superior has an island which has a lake which has an island which has a pond which has a boulder, which, when the pond floods, becomes the largest island in the largest lake on the largest island in the largest lake on the largest island in the largest lake in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sis…
Today I learned of Oland, an island in Germany with a population of only 16 people. Storms flood Oland every week during winter. It has a railway track which was built in 1923 and it takes 20 minutes for Olanders to reach the mainland through it. youtube.com/watch?v=9jqv-…
Today I learned about the Zanclean Flood which is a flood theorized to have refilled the Mediterranean Sea 5.33 million years ago after it had been cut off from the Atlantic for almost 600,000 years. It is theorized that it only took several months to two years to entirely fill the Mediterranean Basin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zan…
It's more likely that you'll die by a lightning strike than it is to die in a flood. medicaldaily.com/ways-die…
Today I learned about the two frogs that were married as an offering to God and divorced two months after in a ritual to stop rains in Bhopal, India which were causing floods newindianexpress.com/nati…
James Scott was convicted of causing the 'Great Mississippi Flood of 1993', the most costly flood in US history. His friend told authorities that Scott broke the levee to strand his wife on the other side of the river, so Scott could drink and have an affair en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Greenland Has a Grand Canyon Beneath Its Ice, Carved by Ancient Floods, where Ancient topography lurks beneath the white expanse. atlasobscura.com/articles…
There is enough water in Lake Superior to flood the entire landmasses of North and South America to a depth of 1 foot. It contains over 3 quadrillion gallons of fresh water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Today I learned about Bai Qi, a general of 300BC China, who was known as the human butcher. He began his career by slaughtering 240 000 enemy soldiers, then drowned 100 000 more in a flood, and lastly burying alive 400 000 more. He died when the king forced him to commit suicide because he didn't want to fight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bai…
A large part of eastern Washington State is mostly barren and useless for farming because all the soil got carried away by a series of ancient cataclysmic floods. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned of "Gish Gallop", a fallacious debate tactic of drowning your opponent in a flood of individually-weak arguments, that the opponent cannot possibly answer every falsehood in real time. It was named after "Duane Gish", a prominent member of the creationist movement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dua…
The extent of North Koreas personality cult is such that in 2012 a 14-year-old North Korean schoolgirl drowned while attempting to rescue portraits of the two "supreme leaders" from a flood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
More people die in the desert due to drowning than due to the heat. This is because people do not prepare for flash floods, which can be very extreme in the desert. adventure.howstuffworks.c…

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