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…
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…
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.…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Some farmers in Bangladesh are now raising ducks instead of chicken because ducks can float during floods. theatlantic.com/internati…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned about St. Lucia's flood. A storm tide in 1287 in Northern Europe that was so large it killed between 50,000 to 80,000 people and created a large saltwater bay in the Netherlands called the Zuiderzee (Southern Sea) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
Greenland Has a Grand Canyon Beneath Its Ice, Carved by Ancient Floods, where Ancient topography lurks beneath the white expanse. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Some farmers in Bangladesh have switched to raising ducks instead of chickens, because during catastrophic floods, ducks float. blogs.redcross.org.uk/res…
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 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…
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…
Today I learned of catastrophism, a 19th century geological school of thought which saw the large fossil record as evidence proving the existence of a world previous to ours, destroyed by sudden natural catastrophes such as great floods and the rapid formation of major mountain chains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Today I learned of the St. Francis Dam disaster of 1928. Located in Angeles National Forest, the reservoir held 12 billion gallons of water. The dam failed before midnight on March 12th. A 140 ft flood wave swept debris and bodies 54 miles to the pacific ocean. Second worst loss of life in California history. latimes.com/local/califor…
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…
That Nine people drowned in London by a flood of over 300,000 gallons of beer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Today I learned about Mandate of Heaven, theory in China, according to which the ruler must have the support of Heaven to rule. Moral rulers who care for their people gain the mandate. If a despot sits on the throne, the Heavens can withdraw it, which they signal through e.g. eclipses, floods, wars, plagues etc en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
The electric car FOMM ONE is designed to float on water in the event of floods and tsunamis. gov-online.go.jp/eng/publ…
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…
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…
From the Biblical genealogical account, Adam lived for 930 years was still alive for about the first 56 years of Lamech's life. Lamech was the father of Noah who died just a few years before the Flood bible.wikia.org/wiki/Lame…
Today I learned of the London Beer flood of 1814, where a 22 foot vat of Porter beer burst, flooding the streets and killing 8 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
The ancient Egyptians had structures marked with cubit scalesβ€”now called "nilometers"β€”to measure the Nile River's water level during the annual flood (the foundation of their civilization), to predict how much it would fertilize their cropland and whether the flood would be destructive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nil…
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. spent roughly $3 million each year on weather modification campaigns designed to draw out the monsoon season and even one campaign involved an attempt to flood the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the main route that enemy fighters were using to deliver their supplies. finance.yahoo.com/news/ch…
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…
The Ferocactus genus of barrel cacti evolved hook-like spines and shallow roots so they could be uprooted by flash floods, go with the flow, and then re-settle in a place where water accumulates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
On Titan, the atmosphere can hold the equivalent of about 10 meters of liquid before rain forms vs. only a few centimeters on Earth. So Titan's weather is expected to feature torrential downpours causing flash floods, interspersed by decades or centuries of drought. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huy…
, there's enough water in Lake Superior to flood both North and South America to a depth of one foot. (5th down on the list) law2.umkc.edu/faculty/pro…

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