Slaveholders in the US knew that enslaved people were escaping to Mexico, the U.S. tried to get Mexico to sign a fugitive slave treaty, but Mexico refused to sign such a treaty, insisting that all enslaved people were free once they set foot on Mexican soil. history.com/news/undergro…
Leif Erikson was a Norse explorer from Iceland. He is thought to have been the first known European to have set foot on continental North America, approximately half a millennium before Christopher Columbus. history.com/news/the-viki…
The thick sheet you find at the foot of hotel beds are known as beds scarves and are meant to keep the bed clean if someone lies down with their shoes still on blog.innstyle.com/2016/07…
A shoelace knot gets untied while running due to the foot striking the ground at 7G. As the knot loosens, the swinging leg applies an inertial force on the free ends of the laces, which rapidly leads to a failure of the knot in as few as 2 strides after inertia acts on the laces. news.berkeley.edu/2017/04…
Costco's hot dog has remained $1.50 since it was first introduced in 1984. After the company president complained they were losing money on it, CEO Jim Sinegal put his foot down. "If you raise [the price of] the effing hot dog, I will kill you," Sinegal said. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of Jerimoth Hill, an 812 foot gentle slope, which was one of the hardest highpoints to reach in the US, because of an angry elderly man who would threaten those who entered his driveway which intersected the path to reach the summit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Music producer Scott Storch managed to go from $70 million of net worth to bordering on bankruptcy in just a few months by quitting his job, abusing cocaine, purchasing a private jet, a 117-foot yacht and nearly 20 luxury cars, and having a 6-month $30m spending spree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
Major Pentagon officials once called Five Guys and requested them to break their no delivery rule. Not only did they refuse, the restaurant's founder ordered a 22-foot banner saying "ABSOLUTELY NO DELIVERY" and hung it in front of the store. Business from Pentagon employees increased. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned about the Lion of Lucerne, a 30-foot long lion carved into the side of a quarry. The monument is dedicated to the Swiss Guards who were massacred during the French Revolution. Dying from a spear, the lion was described by Mark Twain as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world." atlasobscura.com/places/l…
Today I learned of the Ommelebommelestien, a giant boulder off the coast of Urk, a city in the Netherlands which is the basis for a folktale explaining how babies are born. Babies are retrieved from the rock by their fathers, while their mothers stay in bed with a nail lodged in their right foot. naupar.com/sights/ommeleb…
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…
Since 1959 the US has defined its customary units of length; inch, foot, yard etc in terms of metric units with 1 yard = 0.9144 metres so technically the US is already metricised ngs.noaa.gov/PUBS_LIB/Fed…
There is a cavernous 40-foot tall basement underneath the Lincoln Memorial excavated during its construction. At one point it was open to the public, before being closed after asbestos was found by a tourist. As recently as 2017, it was proposed the basement should be converted to a museum. architectofthecapital.org…
Today I learned of the Cardiff Giant, created by skeptic George Hull after an argument with a Bible literalist. With the help of various people, he built and buried a 10-foot statue with the intent on duping the susceptible. He cleared roughly $400,000 in today's money. history.com/news/the-card…
48 million years ago whales were six foot long land mammals ocean.si.edu/through-time…
Zero Freitas has the largest collection of vinyl records in the world, over six million. Stored in boxes in a 25,000-square-foot former factory in SΓ£o Paulo, at an average of 40 minutes per record, listening 10 hours per day, it would take over 1,095 years to hear each track. theguardian.com/music/201…
It is possible to walk on foot from the United States, to Russia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dio…
Today I learned about the Bolton Strid. Running through Bolton Abby in Yorkshire, England is a 6-foot wide, seemingly calm stretch of water that has claimed the lives of anyone who ever entered it. atlasobscura.com/places/b…
Today I learned about the Inuit sport of the Ear Pull. Competitors face off with a 2 foot loop of string wrapped around one ear each. The winner is determined if the string falls off the opponent's ear or the opponent quits. newsminer.com/news/local_…
Shortly after Benny Hill died in 1992, grave-robbers dug up his grave under the mistaken belief that he was buried with copious amounts of gold and jewelry. He was re-buried with a 1-foot thick slab of concrete on top to prevent future dusturbances. wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_…
The contrabass clarinet, also known as a pedal or elephant clarinet, has a 10-foot tube which doubles back on itself twice. However, the lowest sounding clarinet is the octocontrabass. Only one such instrument is known to have existed, but it was created only for experimental interest classicfm.com/discover-mu…
Robert Waldlow, the worlds tallest man, had over a ten foot long casket that weighed 1000 lbs. and required 16 pallbearers. His family ordered his casket entombed in concrete as they feared grave diggers. riverbender.com/articles/…
In 1790, Thomas Jefferson proposed a decimal-based system for weight, length, and volume that predates the metric system. If it had been adopted, 1 mile would equal 10,000 ft, an inch would be divisible by 10, and 1 cubic foot would equal exactly 1,000 ounces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
, Special devices exist in the form of "wrap-around foot stools" to allow users of western-style toilets to defecate in a posture that is somewhat similar to squatting. huffpost.com/entry/squatt…
The law in NYC tends to favor the rights of musicians to make a β€œreasonable” amount of noise during the day. Another option is the "Whisper Room", a 4Γ—4 foot booth that one can practice inside of which eliminates noise for neighbors while cutting it down by 70% inside your apartment bestsaxophonewebsiteever.…
A study found that an Andean Condor can soar 100 miles without flapping its wings, staying airborne for up to 5 hours by surfing currents of rising air called thermals. It's the world's heaviest soaring bird at 33 pounds with a 10 foot wingspan. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a Japanese military leader who unified Japan and became the de facto leader of Japan, was never granted the title of Shogun because he had no traceable samurai lineage, and his father was an ashigaru – a peasant employed by the samurai as a foot soldier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
Michael Jackson planned an ultimately-cancelled Las Vegas residency in 2005, and among one of the plans was a 50-foot MJ robot that would roam the Nevada desert visible to tourists entering from their airport and was meant to advertise his show mtv.com/news/1618999/excl…
TMNT is inspired by Daredevil, born from the same ooze, Splinter is based on Stick, The Foot Clan vs The Hand! theweek.com/captured/4463…
Orchestral Conductors used to keep time by pounding on the ground with a large staff until the composer Jean-Baptiste Lully stabbed himself in the foot, refused treatment, got gangrene and died. This eventually led to conductors using their hands or a baton to conduct music. classicfm.com/discover-mu…
The defunct Kingdom of the Two Sicilies still exists, but only on non FIFA/UEFA foot all en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two…
There's a deep-sea snail called the scaly-foot snail with an iron sulfide shell and iron sulfide plates on its foot as defenses--so far one of the only animals known to make use of iron sulfide in such a manner. It's even magnetic! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sca…
A retired American heart and lung surgeon has patented a scuba suit that would allow a human to breathe β€œliquid air”, like in the movie The Abyss. He has simulated 1000 foot dives with mammals and has decompressed them in less than half a second with no decompression sickness. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
The largest building in Kentucky is a 4,000,000 square foot man-made cavern underneath the city of Louisville that houses businesses, storage facilities, ziplines, and a mountain bike park. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
For several hundred years, millions of Chinese girls had their bodies painfully misshapen to conform to a prevailing social expectation known as Foot-Binding, where woman's feet are broken and mis-shapen to fit into shoes that can be several inches long. ancient.eu/Foot-Binding/
Today I learned about Analemma Tower; a creative futuristic architectural concept/design that envisions a 104,987 foot residential building/small town attached to a moving astroid. β€œThe tower will be suspended via high-strength cabling from an asteroid and placed in "eccentric geosynchronous orbit". cnn.com/style/article/ana…
Today I learned about Monopods, mythical creatures with only one foot. Ancient Greeks and Romans thought Monopods inhabited India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Union Major-General Ulysses S. Grant expelled all Jews from his military district because he wanted to stop illicit trading of Southern cotton. Jews were rounded up, treated roughly, and forced to leave Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee by foot. He claimed it was done without prejudice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Today I learned of I-mutation; the raising of back vowels (a, o ,u) when they are followed by a syllable containing /i/, /Δ«/ or /j/ (in English the ⟨y⟩ as in "yes"); and the reason behind the etymologies of certain English plurals such as: manβ†’men, footβ†’feet, gooseβ†’geese, toothβ†’teeth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
The crown of the General Electric Building in New York features four 50-foot-tall sculptures of electric deities holding forked lightning. The "rays" of the deities have the ability to light up at night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Apparently ducks have penises that can reach up to a foot+ in length and that hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent studying them. gawker.com/5993385/i-cant…
Knights would work out in their armor and put weights on their swords to make themselves more effective in combat. One knight even climbed a 60-foot ladder in armor by hand, with no foot support. atlasobscura.com/articles…
In the 1860's an atheist tobacconist named George Hull created a 10-foot stone statue, buried it, then exhumed it a year later as proof of giants, all to mock a bible verse that states giants once lived on the Earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
An 9 foot alligator clamped onto the leg of 10-yr-old Florida girl Juliana Ossa. She thought of a plan she'd learned in "Gatorland" where she saw a guy wrestle a gator with its mouth taped. The situation was reversed, so Juliana stuck her fingers up the gator's nose, and it released her leg. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
Cowboy boots are designed for safety. The high heel prevents your foot from sliding thru the stirrups, trapping your foot but if it does and you fall off the horse the lack of laces allows your foot to slide out of the boot preventing you from being dragged by the horse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow…
The phrase "the customer is always right" was coined by indigent Prussian migrant who worked in the hotel industry, invented room service, became a multi-millionaire, bought an island and built a castle for his beloved wife. Wife died before completion, and he never set foot on the island again pressconnects.com/story/l…
Today I learned about the Suicide Palm Tree, a tree 60 foot high and native to Madagascar which has a life span of around 30-50 years. Once the time comes the palm tree bursts out hundreds of flowers, taking up so many of the tree's nutrients it kills itself. grangettosnews.com/news/1…
In 1963, an East Berlin soldier named Wolfgang Engels stole an APC and tried to ram it through the Berlin wall to escape to West Berlin. It wasn’t strong enough to get through. He tried to flee on foot but was shot twice by border-guards. He survived and was pulled to safety by West Berliners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wol…
Richard Kiel, the seven-foot-tall actor who played Jaws in James Bond movies and video games, wrote a book about Kentucky abolitionist Cassius Clay en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
The Antarctic Snow Cruiser, built in 1939 for Admiral Byrds' 3rd Antarctic Expedition was a 56 foot vehicle with 10 diameter wheels. Because it failed to have enough power and traction on the Antarctic ice, it was finally abandoned and last seen in 1958. thedrive.com/news/33433/t…

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