In 1982 a line drive foul ball hit a 4 year old boy in the head. Red Sox player Jim Rice scooped up the boy and laid him on the dugout floor so the Red Sox medical team could treat him. When the boy arrived at the hospital 30 minutes later doctors said that Jim's actions saved the boy's life. nola.com/sports/article_f…
When Hurricane Ivan was in the Gulf of Mexico in 2004, pressure sensors on the ocean floor detected a freak wave 91 feet tall. Computer simulations suggested that at the storm's peak as a Category 5 it was producing waves over 130 feet high. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
Today I learned of the Creation Evidence Museum, a museum in Texas dedicated to the display of evidence related to creationism. One of their main exhibits is found on the second floor balcony of the museum and features prominently a 12 feet high statue of Dallas Cowboys football coach Tom Landry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
Today I learned of a brawl involving 50 congressmen on the US House floor in 1858. It ended when someone knocked off a man's wig and the man accidentally put it back on backwards, causing both sides to laugh and stop fighting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
FDR had a massive 750 lb globe on the floor behind his desk in the Oval Office. During WWII, he used the 4 ft wide globe to trace troop movements and plan military strategy with his advisors. blogs.loc.gov/maps/2018/0…
30 years ago you had 15-17 minutes to escape a house fire. Nowadays you only have 3-5 minutes (due to more plastics & petroleum-based products in the house as well as more open floor plans, bigger rooms, & higher ceilings). buyersask.com/interior/al…
The Empire State Building's spire was originally intended to be an airship docking station. The designers proposed ticketing offices and passenger waiting rooms on the 86th floor, while the airships themselves would be tied to the spire to steady it for boarding passengers. nyc-architecture.com/MID/…
Before elevators the piano nobile or noble level (first storey in European terms; second floor in American terms) had the best rooms with large windows and balconies, avoiding the damp and smell of the street. Some newer buildings preserve the tradition. architecturalobserver.com…
Batfish is a species of fish that doesn't swim. They instead use their pec muscles to "walk" along the ocean floor. britannica.com/animal/bat…
There is a 1.5km thick layer of salt deep beneath the sea floor of the Mediterranean Sea from the near complete drying up of the Mediterranean Sea 5.5 mya. Salty! medsalt.eu/
During the filming of "Trading Places", Aykroyd's and Murphy's presence on the floor distracted the active traders and over $6 billion of trading had to be halted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Today I learned of 67 yr-old 4'10" 100 lb Lorenza Marrujo, aka β€œLady Ninja” who has a black belt in jiujitsu. When she saw a 5'9" 170 lb man attacking her friend, Lorenza bent his fingers back, hit him twice with her elbow in his sternum, and pinned him to the floor with knees on neck & chest till help arrived. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Today I learned about a russian folk dance called Beroyzka, which was founded by Nadezhda Nadezhdina in 1948, where they float across the floor as if on wheels youtu.be/gwbcTYQ84dU?t=26
Children from Roosevelt's family would crawl through the space between ceilings and floors in the White House, where no living being but rats and ferrets had been for years. eyewitnesstohistory.com/t…
The Navy has a program for intentionally sinking old vessels to become artificial reefs for marine life. The first and largest of these vessels was the USS Oriskany, an aircraft carrier built at the end of WWII, which was sent to the ocean floor off the coast of Florida in 2006. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Today I learned of the estimated 3 million shipwrecks on the ocean floor, World War II claimed over 3,500 merchant vessels, 175 warships, and 783 submarines popularmechanics.com/scie…
Alan Alda met his wife of over 60 years at a dinner party when they were the only two guests who ate the rum cake after it fell on the kitchen floor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
Carol Burnett sued Family Guy after the show portrayed her cleaning the floor of a porn shop. The judge ruled against her under the 1st Amendment, but stated "the character Burnett created was far more creative than anything the Family Guy team could come up with on their own." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
In some jurisdictions, dancers at strip clubs are only permitted to expose breasts and/or genitals when performing on a raised platform; they must be dressed before their feet touch the venue's main floor. Managers responsible for enforcing this rule communicate it as 'the floor is lava'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Relics of Forbes Field, the demolished former stadium of the Pittsburgh Pirates, remain in (approximately) their original locations in middle of University of Pittsburgh's campus. The relics include an outfield wall and home base encased in the floor of a classroom building. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The communal chatter of snapping shrimp colonies on the ocean floor created enough white noise that the U.S. Navy successfully hid submarines near them during WWII, avoiding detection by underwater Japanese hydrophones. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
The Brookesia nana, a tiny chameleon found in Madagascar, was first described in 2021. Adult males and females measure 22 mm and 29 mm in total length, respectively. Unlike most other chameleons, they do not change colors or live in trees, but prefer to live on the forest floor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Today I learned of the flesh-eating penis worm, a phallus-like creature that emerged 500 million years ago. A vicious predator, its tooth-lined throat acted as a cheese grater, and could also turn inside-out to help it crawl. About 20 species still exist today, but luckily they're all under the ocean floor wired.co.uk/article/flesh…
In June of 2017, the helmet worn by Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet in Spaceballs sold for $39K at a Hollywood memorabilia auction. Also sold at this auction, the light up dance floor from Saturday Night Fever ($1.2M) and R2-D2 from Star Wars ($2.76M) profilesinhistory.com/wp-…
Today I learned about the Erfurt Latrine Disaster of 1184, when a number of nobles from across the Roman Empire met in the Church of St. Peter to settle an argument. Instead, the floor collapsed beneath them, opening into the latrine. This resulted in 60 people drowning in liquid excrement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erf…
Boobytrapped treasures are a real hazard including flood tunnels, poisonous gems, false floors, sand traps and real cross bow killing zones. historydaily.org/boobytra…
Workers in Valdosta, Georgia who were readying commercial space found an estimated 1,000 human teeth buried in a second floor wall. valdostadailytimes.com/ne…
The Burj Khalifa is so tall, those above the 80th floor have to wait an extra 2 minutes before they can break Ramadan fast, as the sun can still be setting versus what people on the ground see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Muslims above the 80th floor of the Burj Khalifa fast longer during Ramadan since the sun can still be seen from the higher floors even after it has already set at ground level bbc.com/news/world-middle…
Bill Paxton was in the crowd when President Kennedy emerged from the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth on the morning of his assassination on November 22, 1963. Photographs of an eight-year-old Paxton being lifted above the crowd are on display at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Today I learned of the Pittsburgh Toilet or "Pittsburgh Potty." In Pittsburgh, many basements or cellars feature a toilet, unguarded by walls, free-standing in the center of the floor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit…
The floor plans of MI6 (British Secret Intelligence Service) headquarters in London were 'lost' by building contractors during refurbishment. The documents held sensitive information on the layout, including entry and exit points. Most documents (but not all) were later recovered. bbc.com/news/uk-50927854
The Law and Order "clang" sound is actually 6-7 separate sounds, including the sound of 500 Japanese men stomping on a wooden floor. ew.com/article/1993/02/26…
Fiat's Lingotto factory was built in 1923 as five stories with a racetrack on top. With an upward assembly line, production began at the bottom floor and progressed upward until completion. When a Fiat finished its climb through 16,000,000 sq. feet, it exited by roof and was raced by employees. jalopnik.com/fiat-s-roof-…
In the early days of WW1 aircrafts didn't have machine guns, enemy pilots would shoot at each other with pistols. Usually, with the US .45 cal M1911 pistol with a cage that prevented the spent shells from ejecting onto the floor and interfere with the foot controls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avi…
The last Chief of the East German Stasi was a great fan of George Orwell’s 1984, to the point that he renumbered the floors in the Stasi headquarters so his office would be Room 101 independent.co.uk/arts-en…
A Japanese company wanted to build an office building on a plot of land it owned, while another company had permits to build a highway through the same plot. The companies compromised by building a 16-story office building and putting the highway on floors 5-7. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gat…
Joey Ramone of the punk band The Ramones recorded an ode to financial journalist Maria Bartiromo, who, at the time, reported from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on CNBC. Sample lyric: "I watch her every day / I watch her every night / She's really out of sight / Maria Bartiromo." theguardian.com/business/…
Kegels are for men too; men who do kegel exercises by working out their pelvic muscles can ejaculate further and stronger, control bladder functions, and urinate more precisely. In addition, urologists suggest that kegels help recover from prostate cancer by strengthening the pelvic floor. uclahealth.org/urology/pr…
Two people have fallen from the Empire State and lived. Elvita Adams jumped in 1979 in a suicide attempt, but a gust of wind blew her onto a ledge one story below. In 2013, a man fell but was also saved by a ledge one story below. They both fell from the 86th floor and landed on the 85th floor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Hippos cannot actually swim. They have very little body fat and are made up of almost pure muscle. Unlike other mammals that usually float, hippos sink straight to the bottom. They are either running on the floor of the body of water, or they are pushing off and bouncing. youtu.be/X-YRJCSZRJU
In Chapel Hill, NC, there’s an apartment complex with a fully operational Target on the first floor. bizjournals.com/triangle/…
There are tiny doors in the US Capitol Building that house water spigots; they were installed after an Xmas Eve fire in 1851 (which devastated the then collection of the Library of Congress) to help combat future potential fires and to clean the floors. youtu.be/aizDj6gp0g0
On June 1948 a Piano Leg crashed through the floor of the Whitehouse and, and the "beams were staying up by force of habit only". Similarly the floor moved so much Harry Truman was sure he would fall through the floor in his bath "wearing nothing more than my reading glasses" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
On the floor of a cave in southern France were found a number of detailed portraits of humans dating back to the Ice Age. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/scien…
Elvis Presley died while trying to poop in his toilet: he had enlarged colon, which makes this activity harder. Due to rigor mortis, his body was found still in the seating position, but fallen forward on the floor, head down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elv…
President Theodore Roosevelt was such a loud snorer that during his hospital stays he had a whole floor to himself so the other patients could sleep restonic.com/blog/preside…
Soul Superstar Curtis Mayfield ("Super Fly", "Move on Up", etc) was paralyzed from the neck down in an on-stage accident. Mayfield wrote and recorded his final album while paralyzed, lying flat or at a slant on the studio floor and singing a couple of lines at a time. popmatters.com/120209-bac…
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-…
Ingrid Bergman had an affair with a womanizing Italian director & bore him a child out of wedlock. The affair was so vilified that a U.S. senator took to the Senate floor in 1950 to denounce her as a β€œpowerful influence for evil,” & hurt her career in the US until her triumphant return in 1956. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ing…

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