Today I learned of the Battle of the Wabash or St. Clair's defeat. When an American army of 1000 men was slaughtered by a Native American force of near equal strength in 1791. Only 28 men escaped unscathed with a casualty rate of 97%, it remains the largest defeat in American history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
President Kennedy was prescribed a rocking chair for back pain. He found one he liked so much he bought 14 copies for the Oval Office, Camp David, Air Force One, and homes of his family. He also gifted them to heads of state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Adam Mattocks is the only aviator to bail out of a B-52 cockpit without an ejector seat and survive. The B-52, carrying two 3.8-megaton H-bombs, crashed in North Carolina. Upon reaching an Air Force base to explain his story, Mattocks, an African-American, was arrested for stealing a parachute. nationalgeographic.com/hi…
During D-Day invasion of Normandy by the allied forces, German commanders wanted to send the armored (Panzer Tanks) division to stop them. They had to wait for the order from Hitler because he was sleeping at the time and didn't want to be disturbed. When he woke up, it was too late. history.com/news/d-day-hi…
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…
America recruited 29 Navajo speaking men during world war 2, who later came to be called, Navajo code talkers. They had created a brand new set of code words in Navajo language, which even if intercepted could not be translated by the enemy forces. azcentral.com/story/news/…
One of the German Generals who occupied France during WWII refused to destroy Paris, and then attempted to overthrow Hitler. He was later promoted to Supreme Commander of NATO forces in Central Europe, and given a French Palace as his headquarters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Today I learned about a fight between clowns and firemen which blew up into a full scale riot and led to the entire Toronto police force losing their jobs torontoist.com/2013/09/ho…
The highest g force voluntarily experienced by a person was 46.2 g's by John Stapp. He rode a rocket sled that reached a top speed of 632 MPH, The land speed record at the time and he stopped in 1 second. For a brief moment his body weighed 7700 pounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
ONLY Air Force planes are called Air Force One when carrying the president. "Marine One" and "Navy One" are used for presidential flights on aircraft by those branches, and there has been one "Executive One" flight on a civilian aircraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exe…
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…
The unofficial motto of the U.S. Air Force crews serving in America's nuclear missile silos is 'Death Wears Bunny Slippers' because of the tendency for missileers to wear pajamas and Snuggies while on duty. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Chuck Yeager enlisted as private, was an aircraft mechanic before becoming a pilot, got shot down over France but escaped, had 11.5 aerial victories, broke the sound barrier and multiple speed records as a test pilot, and retired from the US Air Force after 34 years as a brigadier general. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Methamphetamine was sold in WW2 under the brand name Pervitin. It was used by all branches of the Wehrmacht forces of the Third Reich for its "stimulant effects and to induce extended wakefulness." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
After World War 2 Canada had the 4th largest air force, 5th largest navy, and the largest volunteer army in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Sarbi, a Special Forces dog from Australia, trained in explosives detection, was MIA for 14 months in Afghanistan after disappearing during an ambush in 2008. She was later rediscovered by an American soldier and flown back to her Australian handlers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
A gorilla’s punch has 1300-2700 pounds of force. That’s enough to shatter a human skull with one hit wildgorillasafaris.com/fa…
Today I learned of a planned WWII chemical weapon called "Who Me." It was a compound that reeked of fecal matter that French Resistance members could discreetly spray onto occupying German forces. The project was abandoned because the compound was too volatile and stank up anyone who handled it. sfgate.com/news/article/A…
The Super Soaker was invented in 1990 by NASA engineer, and Air Force Veteran Lonnie George Johnson who describes himself as a "part of a small group of African-American inventors whose work accounts for 6 percent of all U.S. patent applications." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Lyndon B Johnson was sworn in as President on Air Force One just two hours and eight minutes after JFK was assassinated, using a Roman Catholic missal from President Kennedy's desk, despite LBJ not being Catholic, due to the missal being mistaken for a Bible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
Prior to the 16th century when statistical analysis was finally done on the throwing of dice, the prevalent attitude had been that dice and similar objects fell the way they did because of the indirect action of gods or supernatural forces. britannica.com/topic/dice…
William "Billy" Mitchell was an US army general who was an outspoken proponent of air power and its ability to defeat battleships. Due to his unrelenting criticism of high command's refusal to adapt, he was demoted and court martialed. Today he is regarded as the father of the US Air Force. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
The 2008 Battle for Sadr City involved the unusual military strategy of an 'inverted siege' - instead of usual breaching techniques to break a siege the US forces instead erected over 3 miles of 12ft tall concrete barriers encircling the city and trapping insurgent forces inside realcleardefense.com/arti…
Gen. George Custer, before the disastrous Battle of Little Bighorn, was warned by his own Native American scouts that the Lakota allied forces vastly outnumbered Custer's men. Custer ignored these warnings believing his well armed forces to be nigh invincible. He was dead within the day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
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…
A-10's main gun (GAU-8 Avenger) generates a recoil force greater than one of the plane's engine and generates so much smoke that it made the engines stopped during initial test flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GAU…
In 1965 a machine was patented to deliver a baby using centrifugal force. The machine would spin you until the baby came out and it would be caught in a net. amusingplanet.com/2019/12…
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 Kyrgyzstan, the man can kidnap the girl he likes and force her to marry him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
Since 1956 the US Air Force trains falcons. They have 8 main falcons, Ace, Apollo, Cairo, Karena, Nova, Oblio, Zeus, and Ziva usafa.edu/cadet-life/club…
Today I learned about Charles Q. Brown Jr., who is the 22nd Chief of Staff of the US Air Force. He is the first black Chief of Staff to lead any branch of the US Armed Forces, and was confirmed unanimously by the Senate in June 2020. af.mil/About-Us/Air-Force…
LBJ constantly asked the flight crew of Air Force One to change the temperature of the cabin. Eventually, they installed a fake control knob for him to 'control' the temperature himself. The president stopped complaining. blog.museumofflight.org/q…
Sir David Attenborough is a member of the β€œOrder of Merit,” in 2015. It recognizes distinguished service in the armed forces, science, art, literature, or for the promotion of culture. Only 24 (living) people can be a member at a given time wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_…
There is collection of islands off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, that are actually French Territory. These islands, called Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, are one of the few time zones on earth that will force you to set your watch forward as you travel west from NL by ferry to reach it. newworldencyclopedia.org/…
The moment Gerald Ford was sworn in, Nixon was on Air Force One flying home. Because he was no longer President, the airplane's call sign was changed mid-flight from Air Force One to SAM 27000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VC-…
Wombats hide in tunnels when attacked, only leaving their toughened rear hide open. A wombat may allow an intruder to force its head over the wombat's back, and then use its powerful legs to crush the skull of the predator against the roof of the tunnel. napavalleyregister.com/li…
The design of carburetors in British WWII fighter aircraft had a fault that would shut down the aircraft's engine during a negative-G force maneuver. In 1941 a female engineer solved the problem with a simple device, which British pilots then named after her. It was named Miss Shilling's orifice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
55 years ago (Jan 17, 1966) a U.S. Air Force mid-air refueling accident resulted in 4 U.S. nuclear bombs fell on/near Spanish soil (The 1966 Palomares B-52 Crash) realclearhistory.com/2021…
In 1945, the German submarine U-1206 was sunk after a toilet malfunctioned, resulting in seawater flooding into the hull, which when coming into contact with a battery, created chlorine gas, forcing the submarine to resurface. At the surface, it was discovered and sunk by Allied Forces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
The largest action of the American War of Independence was actually the Great Siege of Gibraltar (1779-1783) by a combined French & Spanish force, showing how the Thirteen Colonies were merely one theatre of a much wider war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned about the Devil Frog, or Beelzebufo ampinga, which was the largest frog to ever exist at ~16 inches and ~10 pounds. It preyed upon baby dinosaurs and had a bite force comparable to a lion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
Today I learned of Oprichniki, a force led by Ivan the Terrible which wore black clothing and rode black horses. They rode with severed dogs heads as they terrorized Russia and Ivan carried a canine head made of iron jaws which opened and snapped shut as he galloped. Some believe this force was his wife's idea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opr…
Five Lithuanian soldiers serving in a reconnaissance unit were declared missing during a military exercise. They thought the drill was ongoing and successfully evaded all forces sent to find them, including trained dogs and a helicopter lrt.lt/en/news-in-english…
Today I learned of the SWAT World Challenge, where SWAT teams and special forces compete in armed drills. Since 2007, the second place all time score belongs to the US Office of Secure Transportation, the agency for guarding America's nukes. But beating them is Ocean Country NJ's SWAT team. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWA…
Today I learned of the Trent Affair. In 1861, two Confederate envoys traveling to Britain aboard an English ship were seized by U.S. Naval forces. This angered Great Britain, who claimed seizing a neutral ship violated international law, almost causing a war with Great Britain and France during the Civil War. history.com/.amp/topics/a…
The Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a Catholic order descending from knights, briefly had an air force when Italian bombers were given to them to circumvent the ban on Italian aircraft of the type after WW2 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sov…
Right after the end of WWII in 1945, surrendered Japanese soldiers in Southeast Asia were pressed to fight alongside British & other Allied forces to help reestablish European control in the region and defeat independence movements. This was due to a shortage of Allied troops available. billdownscbs.com/2015/07/…
In 1944, the American air force bombed the train station of Hasselt in Flanders. The bombs that missed made a network of craters in the nearby grasslands, which are now more than 110 ponds and house a large amount of aquatic animal species, some of which are of high conservation importance. pondscape.be/downloads/2a…
Today I learned that trees have a maximum height of 426ft and cannot grow taller due to the opposing force of gravity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In the 1960's the US Air Force forced live black bears to ride rocket sleds and ejected them from jet planes at Mach 2 speeds youtube.com/watch?v=98cXG…

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