Only 128 people in the United States are licensed to fly blimps rd.com/article/why-you-do…
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are able to fly across the Golf of Mexico, a distance of 500 miles, in one 20-hour non-stop flight. This requires more calories than the bird's weight, so they prepare by doubling their fat mass. They expend the entire caloric reserve during the flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
In 2003 two men, who weren’t licensed to fly, stole a parked Boeing 727 from Luanda International Airport and neither the men or the plane have ever been found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
At Boston’s Logan International Airport, two American flags fly above gates B-32 and C-19. These gates are where American Airlines flight 11 and United Airlines flight 175 departed from on 9/11. wbur.org/morningedition/2…
Today I learned about the U.S. Air Force's doomsday weapon, SLAM. The rocket was designed to fly fast and low over the Soviet Union, dropping hydrogen bombs over predetermined targets while its unshielded nuclear reactor contaminated everything in it's path. popularmechanics.com/mili…
Airplanes that fly the advertising banners do not take off with the signs. They lower a grappling hook and grab them from the ground. airsign.com/blog/how-we-f…
New Orleans architectural historian Samuel Wilson, Jr. stated that the term "shotgun" house is a reference to the idea that if all the doors are opened, a shotgun blast fired into the house from the front doorway will fly cleanly to the other end and out at the back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Our closest non-primate relative is the flying lemur. They are one of the inaccurately named animals as they cannot fly and are not lemurs but colugos nature.com/news/2007/0711…
There is a species of squid that can jump out of the water and fly in the air. Sometimes they fly in flocks of up to twenty. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
To learn how to land the Space Shuttle, astronauts trained on a modified Gulfstream II designed to fly with its landing gear down and engines in reverse to simulate the "falling brick" descent of the Shuttle. vice.com/en/article/jpp59…
The F-35 has a lifespan of 8,000 hours and it costs $44,000 per hour to fly. popularmechanics.com/mili…
Brazilians deeply believe that Santos Dumont was the first person to fly not the Wright Brothers. wright-brothers.org/Histo…
Microsoft had to fly in the Photographer of the "Bliss" Image (XP Background), because no courier service had an insurance which would have covered the six figure price tag on the Photograph/Original Negative en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bli…
The black soldier fly larva turns most organic substances into nutrient-rich protein and frass, a valuable organic fertilizer. Significant reductions in E. coli and Salmonella were measured in manure after larvae were introduced in it. They can also purify biomass contaminated with heavy metals. entomologytoday.org/2020/…
Today I learned about the Huma bird, a mythical bird of Iranian legends and fables, which flies invisibly above the earth and never lands. In Sufi tradition, catching the Huma is beyond even the wildest imagination, but catching a glimpse of it is sure to make one happy for the rest of his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Today I learned of NASA's upcoming Dragonfly mission, in which NASA will launch a nuclear powered drone weighing half a ton to Saturn's moon Titan. The plan is that the nuclear powered drone will fly around on Titan, scouting its terrain while searching for complex and prebiotic chemistry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Today I learned of operation mana. Towards the end of WWII the royal air force air dropped tons of food over still occupied Netherlands. Initial test flights were undertaken before a ceasefire was agreed, and even then the bombers carrying the food had to fly at an altitude of hundreds metres. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
In 1986, a French woman studied for months so she could learn how to fly a helicopter. Then she rented one, flew it over a prison and grabbed her husband, a convicted bank robber, from the prison's roof. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 2009 Guitarist Joe Satriani sued Coldplay for their song β€œViva La Vida” which sounded like his 2004 song β€œIf I Could Fly”. The suit was eventually dropped. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Today I learned of Ken Perenyi, an art forger at work since the 60s, had created various techniques to forge art of lesser known "old masters" paintings. He even imitated fly droppings on old paintings with coloured epoxy glue and a needle. He has proof, ponders releasing it after death, destabilizing art world jordanharbinger.com/ken-p…
Pilots can lose the sense of direction and as a result of this they sometimes fly into the ground at high speed. It's called "CFIT" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Jar of Flies by Alice In Chains was the first EP to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The feat would not be repeated for another 10 years, when the Jay-Z/Linkin Park Collision Course EP did it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jar…
Emergency fuel shipments to Siberian cities cost Russia an estimated $500 million per year - and according to economists, it would be cheaper for Russia to fly labourers into Siberia to extract the natural resources and then fly them out again, instead of keeping Siberian cities functioning smithsonianmag.com/travel…
Today I learned about the real lord of the flies where a group of six boys between 13 and 16, who, in 1965, ran away from a school on the island of Tonga, stole a boat, and became shipwrecked on the deserted remote island of 'Ata. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Spiders use earth’s electric field to fly vast distances in a process called β€œballooning”. Charles Darwin first theorized that spiders use electric force to fly in 1832 when he observed the HMS Beagle was covered in webs while at sea. fortune.com/2018/07/06/sp…
Today I learned about flicker fusion rate, which explains why time is perceived differently among different creatures. This is why it's so hard to kill flies; time is perceived 600% slower for them! bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Crane flies, AKA mosquito eaters, do not eat mosquitos magazine.scienceconnected…
While he was being given Military Honors for fighting 2 wars in France, the first black fighter pilot - an American - wasn't allowed to fly in the U.S. Air Force. apple.co/2KTn6tm
Today I learned of the Tongan Castaways, six boys who stole a boat and were stranded on a deserted island in 1965, staying there for 15 months before rescue. Called a real-life Lord of the Flies, the boys built a "commune" with a garden, permanent fire, gym, and badminton court. theguardian.com/books/202…
Flies don’t have lungs, and when submerged in a liquid don’t initially drown and instead go into β€œlow oxygen mode” (12:50 min in) abc.net.au/triplej/progra…
The "fly" in a pair of trousers refers to the flap of clothing covering the opening, and not the zipper itself. For tailors, a fly is any flap of clothing that covers an opening in a garment. courant.com/ctnow/hc-word…
It's not known why dinosaurs evolved feathers, because they couldn't fly at that point, but theories include insulation or decoration. theguardian.com/science/l…
The common rock pigeon can fly 148kph/92mph, and is one of the fastest known birds in the world jagranjosh.com/general-kn…
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…
The common chicken does not exist on the wild, they are the result of the domestication of another species of bird called the "Red Junglefowl" that lives in South Asia. They look like chickens except they live on trees and can actually fly ebird.org/species/redjun
Astronaut Gregory Jarvis was bumped from his first scheduled flight by US Sen. Jake Garn and then bumped again by US Rep. Bill Nelson. He finally got to fly on his third attempt: STS-51-L, the Challenger disaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned that pixie dust in Peter Pan was added later on because children reading the story would think they too could fly like Peter Pan. Apparently there was a rash of young children hurting themselves by trying to fly like pan breakingcharacter.com/hom…
In 1745 a Buddhist Mongolian named Bunia tried to fly by experimenting with prototype parachutes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erd…
The first aircraft autopilot was developed in 1912. It permitted the aircraft to fly straight and level on a compass course without a pilot's attention, greatly reducing the pilot's workload. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
Millions of Mayflies on river Tisza in Hungary hatch in June. First, males are hatched and they live only couple of hours, mating as fast as possible with females who then fly few miles up the river, lay the eggs and die. Current slowly transfers the eggs to the same location as they were born. hungarytoday.hu/tisza-may…
The Venus Fly Trap and Mimosa plants are susceptible to anesthesia youtube.com/watch?v=4W9en…
Since 2017 Six Flags over Texas only flies U.S. flags. It used to fly the Six Flag of the nations that used to rule Texas (France, Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate "Stars and Bars" (not the battle flag) and the US Flag) wfaa.com/article/news/ent…
The human bot fly, native to Central and South America. A female bot fly will catch a mosquito mid-flight and deposit eggs on its body. When the mosquito takes a blood meal, the eggs hatch and enter the skin through the bite wound. The larvae feeds on the host for 6-12 weeks before crawling out ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Tsar Bomba (most powerful explosive ever detonated by mankind; 4000x Hiroshima; 59 mi high mushroom cloud 10x height of Mt. Everest) was dropped with a parachute so the release plane could fly 28 miles away, giving the crew a 50% chance of survival... businessinsider.com/54th-…
The first song ever played on the lunar surface was "Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra. Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, took the cassette with him on the mission, and subsequently he played it off when he stepped onto the moon's surface shortly after Armstrong. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Swifts (highly aeriel birds), spend most of their lives flying in the air, and can fly for almost an entire year, without ever landing. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Lovebug fly has an acidic body chemistry. When they die on windshields, hoods, and radiator, if left for more than an hour, remains become extremely difficult to remove. The acidity of the dead body, often resulted in pits and etches in automotive paint and chrome if not quickly removed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lov…
Bumblebees can fly higher than Mount Everest independent.co.uk/news/sc…
John Glenn was a NASA Astronaut, four term US Senator from Ohio, the first American to orbit the Earth and was both a sitting senator and the oldest person to fly to space at the age of 77 when he flew on Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-95 mission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The mens' Olympic Javelin was modified in 1986 to reduce throwing distances. The longest throws were beginning to exceed the length of the field and were a danger to people in the stands. The new javelins only fly 90% as far as the previous design and all pre-1986 records have been nullified. worldathletics.org/discip…

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