The White House was completely gutted and reinforced with steel beams in 1949-50. It was only standing, in the words of the Public Buildings Administration commissioner, β€œby force of habit.” mashable.com/2016/01/06/w…
In 1932, a group of World War I veterans gathered in Washington, DC to demand early payment of their service bonuses. President Hoover called in the Army to disperse the protestors. With a force of 500 infantrymen, 500 cavalry, and 6 tanks, the Army succeeded, and two veterans were killed. britannica.com/event/Bonu…
The German armed forces have the concept β€œinner guidance”, which obliges every citizen-soldier to think for themselves. Soldiers may disobey orders against their conscience and it officially traditionalizes the actions of the July-plot conspirators, like Claus von Stauffenberg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Today I learned of Trish Vickers, a blind author who wrote 26 pages of her first novel without realising her pen had run out of ink. The local police force used their forensic lab to find the missing words, and the book was published on the day of her death. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
Australia's first cops were all criminals. Our first police force was made up of 12 of the best behaved convicts. worldatlas.com/articles/w…
In 1968, in protest of the UK government cutting military funding, a Royal Air Force pilot went rogue and flew a Hunter jet low over parliament, rattling their windows, before tucking through a gap just 200 ft wide in Tower Bridge. The stunt remains as a record to this day. youtube.com/watch?v=Gavx5…
In WW2 a female feudal lord took control over 275 Nazis to force them to fix up her island after German occupation ended in Sark mentalfloss.com/article/5…
In 2005 the president of Georgia fired the country's entire traffic police force of around 30,000 officers due to widespread corruption. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
So many aircraft were assembled for the filming of Battle of Britain (1969) that it was the 35th largest air force in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned of Pete Goss; A British yachtsman who turned back during the 1996 Vendee Globe race to save a fellow competitor, Raphael Dinelli. Goss sailed into hurricane force winds for two days to reach Dinelli; who was said to have been clutching a bottle of champagne when he was pulled from the sea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
When Hitler was Chancellor Jewish orgs/papers said, "nobody would dare to touch Jewish constitutional rights", "forces are active that would turn against a barbarian anti-Jewish policy.", "It is a hopeless misjudgement to think that one could force a dictatorial regime upon the German nation." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
Texaco, Inc. ("The Texas Company"), the American oil subsidiary of the Chevron Corporation, illegally supplied oil on credit to Franco's forces during the Spanish Civil War and also shipped oil to Germany to support the Nazis during World War II. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
Today I learned of William Howard Hughes, a United States Air Force officer with security clearance and expertise in rocket self-destruct technology, vanished in 1983. Authorities feared he had defected to the Soviet Union. In June 2018, he was found living in California under an assumed name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
In 2015, the US Air Force wanted to scrap the A-10, and Chuck Norris wrote a column praising it. In 2019, most of the fleet got new wings, enabling them to stay in service until late 2030s. airforcetimes.com/news/yo…
The United States Airforce Thunderbirds Demonstration Squadron, are part of the USAF combat force and can be rapidly integrated into an operational fighter unit and be combat ready in less than 72 hours if the need arises. af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Shee…
In 1997 an Air Force pilot stole a fully loaded A-10 Thunderbolt II and apparently committed suicide by crashing it into a Colorado mountain. The ordinance was not with the aircraft when it was found and has never been recovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
There are Wile E. Coyote/Roadrunner rules, such as "No outside force can harm the Coyote", "The Road Runner must stay on the road", and "No dialog ever, except beep-beep" time.com/3735089/wile-e-c…
In 1972 a Royal Air Force Harrier was struck in the engine intake by a large bird. After hearing irregular sounds in the engine the pilot ejected, only to watch his plane ascend beautifully into the clouds. It flew for 38 miles without a pilot before running out of fuel. aviation-safety.net/wikib…
The movie "Independence Day" was originally meant to have support from the United States Armed Forces, but they backed out when the references to Area 51 were not removed from the script en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
Men are much stronger than women in terms of hand-grip strength (90% of women in the study generated less hand-grip force than 95% of men for men and women aged 20-25) ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1…
, By the 1860s, mustaches were finally compulsory for all the Armed Forces and they became as much an emblem for the Armed Forces as the Army uniform. businessinsider.com/from-…
Irish Guardsman Edward Charlton was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for using a .30 cal machine gun to stop a numerically superior German force from overrunning his unit’s position. Ironically, many accounts of his actions came from the opposing Germans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Russia was actually the first country to form a Space Force from 1992 to 1997, and then again from 2001 to 2011. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
US general, Douglas MacArthur, had two of the worst military disasters in American history happen under his command: the largest surrender of US forces (Battle of Bataan, WWII) and the longest retreat of US forces (The retreat back to the 38th parallel during the Korean War) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
There is no completely average human, When U.S. air force discovered the flaw of averages thestar.com/news/insight/…
The Uzi submachine is named after the inventor, Uziel Gal. Gal designed the weapon in 1948 and in 1951 it was officially adopted by the Israel Defense Forces. Gal did not want the weapon to be named after him but his request was ignored. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uzi…
Today I learned of Charles MCGEE a retired American fighter pilot who saw combat missions in World War II, Korean War, & Vietnam making him one of the longest active duty air force pilots in history(spanning 30 years). He is also one of the last living tuskegee airmen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
1% of fighter pilots accounted for 50% of fighter pilot kills in the American army Air Force during WWII youtube.com/watch?v=zViyZ…
A TV movie about nuclear war called The Day After (1983), starring Steve Guttenberg and Jon Lithgow, may have prevented nuclear war. When Ronald Reagan wrote about it he said it left him "greatly depressed". This lead to the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1987. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There are customized "presidential" M&M's that are handed out to guests aboard Air Force One and in other presidential locations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Over 140 Polish pilots flew in the British Air Force during the Battle of Britain, making them the largest non-British nationality in the force. 2nd was New Zealand, and 3rd was Canada. Nearly a quarter of the pilots that fought for the RAF and RN in the Battle of Britain were not British. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non…
In 1966 a US Air Force B-52 bomber and a USAF tanker collided in midair, and the 4 nuclear bombs the B-52 carried fell into Southeast Spain. One of the bombs detonated, scattering plutonium all over the countryside. businessinsider.com/us-ai…
The Star Fleet logo (from Star Trek) is based off the delta symbol. The symbol was first used as early as 1942 by the U.S. Army Air Forces and was used in early Air Force space organization emblems dating back to 1961. spacenews.com/u-s-space-f…
Today I learned of the Republic XF-84H, the loudest aircraft ever built. Its engine was audible from 22 miles away, and Edwards Air Force Base was worried the noise would break windows in the control tower. The airplane was not popular at Edwards, and is rumored to have caused several miscarriages. airspacemag.com/how-thing…
In 2018, a man ruptured his throat by trying to trap a high-force sneeze. With nowhere to escape, the pressure ripped through the soft tissue in his neck. Trapping a sneeze could also damage the ears or even rupture a brain aneurysm. bbc.co.uk/news/health-426…
More men were killed in the 8th Air Force (Bombers) in WWII than in the entire Marine Corps 398th.org/History/KIA/ind…
Today I learned of "Project A119" a plan from 1958 in which the US Air Force wished to nuke the moon in an attempt to show power over the Soviets and also collect data on astrogeology. The project was eventually rejected due to fear of public backlash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned of Benito "Benny" Agrelo, a 15 y.o. born with a malfunctioning liver, underwent 2 liver transplants, and took 8 different medications 3 times/day since age 8, with major side effects. He stopped the meds, knowing he would die, but the state tried to force him to resume. He won in court and died. sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-…
In 2007, reigning Jeopardy! champion Scott Weiss purposely placed his final bet in such a way as to force the first three-way tie in the game's history. He said he knew he could have bet more and won the game, but thought it would be fun to force a tie instead. npr.org/templates/story/s…
It wasn't a single drug discovery that stopped people from dying of AIDS in the 1990s but the discovery that combining several drugs would each affect a different aspect of HIV and together force the virus into undetectable remission, called the "AIDS cocktail" healthline.com/health/hiv…
Today I learned about Project A119, a plan by American scientists and the Air Force to nuke the moon in a show of force during the Space Race. They also thought that dropping a bomb would allow them to be able to accurately study previously mysterious lunar properties history.com/news/nuclear-…
The Stasi, East Germany's secret police force, employed around 90,000 full-time staff, assisted by around 170,000 unofficial informants and countless other occasional collaborators. It is estimated that there was one agent or informant for every 6.5 people living in the GDR. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
There is a shrew that evolved anti-crush defense and can withstand force 1000 times its weight unharmed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Today I learned about Boudicca, a queen of the British Celtic Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire in 60 AD or 61. The revolt left the ancient Roman cities of Camulodunum, Londinium, and Verulamium in ruins and over 80,000 citizens of Roman British dead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bou…
Today I learned of Baron von Steuben. A Prussian Military Officer who served as Major General of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Von Steuben wrote the Army's Drill Manual, and is credited for turning the Continental Army into a formidable force. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
For over 70 years, allied navy ships in the Pacific fought over a photo of actress Esther Williams. Ships officers would steal or take it by force, and display it in their ship’s officers mess. It was retired in 2013 after Esther Williams died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Est…
The Royal Canadian Air Force is the sixth largest in the Americas. After the US Air Force, US Navy, US Army, US Marine Corps, and the Brazilian Air Force. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Monty Python and the Holy Grail was originally planned to end with a massive battle between Arthur's forces, the French knights, and the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog. This was scrapped because the movie didn't have a big enough budget for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
President Ronald Reagan wrote in his diary that the 1983 film The Day After "left me greatly depressed" and that it changed his mind on the policy on nuclear war. Reagan's memoirs drew a direct line from the film to his signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1987. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
, actor Clark Gable fought in WW2 and almost got killed once. When word of this reached MGM, studio executives began to badger the Army Air Forces to reassign him to noncombat duty. Also, Hitler was a fan and offered a sizable reward to anyone who could capture and bring Gable to him unscathed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
Today I learned about Kenny brack, a former Indy racing car driving who got into a crash & experiencing a declaration of 214g, holding the record for surving the highest G force experienced by a human. It also made his body 214 times Heavier for a fraction of second, weighing 15 tonnes. youtu.be/8onD87zQqAw
The Sacred Band of Thebes was a troop of select soldiers, consisting of 150 pairs of male couples which formed the elite force of the Theban army in the 4th century BC, and were responsible for the defeat of the Spartans at the decisive Battle of Leuctra (371 BC). wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred…
Roald Dahl (author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) popularized the concept of gremlins, which were a myth among pilots in the Royal Air Force, in his first novel, written for Walt Disney Productions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
There is only one publicly known operator who served both DEVGRU (US Navy Seal Team 6) and US Army Delta Force special-ops.org/the-only-…
At the end of WWII, Allied forces occupying Germany forced German civilians to tour the recently liberated concentration camps and forced to assist burying the dead as well as feeding and clothing the survivors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States and commander of all allied forces during WWII, never set foot on an active battlefield during his entire 27 year career in the army. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Australia’s first police force was made up of the most well-behaved convicts. nationalgeographic.com.au…
Robert L. Howard, a highly decorated United States Army Special Forces officer and Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War, was wounded 14 times over 54 months of combat. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, eight Purple Hearts, a Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver Star & four Bronze Stars wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert…
The Mormon Church has a secretive task force that monitors what church members say, publish, or post online. Any member that criticizes the church can be reported to local church leaders, so that the offending member can be corrected, disciplined, or excommunicated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Today I learned about Mobutu Sese Seko, the military dictator of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) from 1965 to 1997. Mobutu was supported by the U.S government as an anti-Communist force in Africa, while his regime is regarded as one of the worst in terms of human rights violations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mob…
Jack Ma, the founder of one of China's most successful companies, failed primary school twice and middle school three times and also failed his university exam three times - he was also rejected by the police force and even KFC - but now is the one of the richest people in the world ccamonash.com.au/articles…
Spotted Hyenas have a bite force of about 1,000 lbs per square inch. That is enough to bite through bone. Hyenas are also known to hunt lions and have been photographed with full animal heads (including a lions) in their mouth. stillunfold.com/animal/hy…
The Quartering Act of 1765 did not force colonists host British troops in their homes as commonly believed. Rather, it called for construction of barracks, and if no room, housing was extended to β€œinns, livery stables, ale houses, victualling houses, and the houses of sellers of wine.” constitutioncenter.org/bl…
Charles Lindbergh was a noted Anti-Semite who was a spokesman for the America First committee and who resigned his commission from the Air Force after FDR spoke against him. After the Attack on Pearl Harbor, he tried to rejoin the Air Force but was banned per Roosevelt's orders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
British Member of Parliament, Arnold Wilson, joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in October 1939. He stated that "I have no desire to shelter myself and live in safety behind the ramparts of the bodies of millions of our young men." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arn…
The South's first police force was created for the preservation of slavery " Some of the primary policing institutions there were the slave patrols tasked with chasing down runaways and preventing slave revolts,". time.com/4779112/police-h…
New York City once had two competing police forces - city and state - who rioted in front of City Hall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Fear of the unknown is the driving force behind many anxiety disorders spring.org.uk/2016/11/per…
, chameleons can snatch their prey with their tongues in as little as .07 of a second, generating a force of 41g. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF, or the modern Japanese Navy) uses the same rising sun naval ensign that the Imperial Japanese Navy used before and during WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Sometimes Air Forces Ceremonially Set Pianos on Fire en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia…
Today I learned about the last large scale battle of World War 2. The defeat of the Japanese/Manchurian Kwangtung army, by Soviet forces. youtu.be/XTzLM6lInK0
Today I learned of isolated incidents of humans surviving abnormally high G-forces, most notably the Air Force officer John Stapp, who demonstrated a human can withstand 46.2 G’s. The experiment only went on a few seconds, but for an instant, his body had weighed over 7,700 pounds. wikipedia.org/wiki/John_S…
Today I learned about Lisa Nowak, a NASA Astronaut who in 2007 was arrested for the attempted kidnapping, assault and battery of US Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman, the girlfriend of Astronaut William Oefelein, with whom Novak had been romantically involved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Before Japan surrendered to end WW2, the US armed forces ordered over 1 million Purple Heart medals in anticipation of a difficult land invasion. That stock is still being used today. warhistoryonline.com/inst…
During the hunt for Radovan Karadzic, a member of the US Seals dressed in a gorilla uniform, in the hope that Karadzic's bodyguard would be so dumbfounded at seeing one in Yugoslavia, they'd slow down enabling an attack by US forces. theguardian.com/world/201…
NATO carried out airstrikes against Yugoslavia for 78 days from March 24, 1999 to June 10, 1999 and that the US codenamed the military operation "Operation Noble Anvil" despite its official codename "Operation Allied Force" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAT…
Today I learned of Prince Frederick (1707-1751), the heir apparent to the British throne, who died at the age of 44. His cause of death was historically attributed to a burst lung abscess, caused by blunt force trauma to the chest delivered by a cricket ball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
, of the Battle of Blair Mountain WV. The Largest armed uprising in the US since the Civil War. where 10,000 armed miners fought 2,000 mine backed 'strike breakers'. the anti-union forces were armed with machine guns, air support, and eventually supported by the WV National guard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The term β€œspook” was a popular slur for black people during WII. Its use was especially prevalent in the military. Nazi Germany’s Air Force was called the β€œLuftwaffe” so some people referred to the African-American Tuskegee Airmen as the β€œSpookwaffe”, including the pilots themselves. npr.org/sections/codeswit…
The United States Air Force has an official rock band called β€œMax Impact” youtube.com/watch?v=jvVqI…
Nazi Germany labor force was 25% slaves. Among the slave labourers in the occupied territories, hundreds of thousands were used by leading German corporations including Thyssen, Krupp, IG Farben, Bosch, Blaupunkt, Daimler-Benz, Demag, Henschel, Junkers, Messerschmitt, Siemens, and Volkswagen. wikipedia.org/wiki/Econom…
The moon's tidal forces are slowing down Earth's rotation over time. 500 million years ago, days on Earth were 21-22 hours long abc.net.au/science/articl…
The Rank of Admiral of the Navy is the highest possible rank in the United States Navy. The rank is equated to that of a six-star admiral and is one of the two highest possible military ranks in the United States Armed Forces. It has only been awarded once, to George Dewey in March 24, 1903. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adm…
Project Corona, one of the earliest reconnaissance satellites, sent film back to earth via recovery vehicles that would be caught in mid air by an Air Force C-119. The recovery vehicles were designed to sink in the ocean after two days should the plane fail to catch it. army.mil/article/173155/p…
Maggots can jump by curling their bodies, sticking themselves together and then pumping body fluids into one part until they unstick and explode upwards from the force theatlantic.com/science/a…
Within London (UK) there is a small place called 'The City of London', with its own separate government, laws and police force. Ceremonially, the 'Lord Mayor of The City of London' (different from London's own mayor) will surrender the city's sword sword to the Queen, should she enter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
A civilian who went on a fly-along aboard a French Air Force Rafale B fighter jet was accidentally ejected during flight. He survived with back injuries and the pilot managed to land the jet with minor injuries to his hands from broken canopy glass but the cause of the error is unknown. militarytimes.com/off-dut…
In 1942 a dental surgeon from Pennsylvania USA wrote to the White House suggesting the use of incendiary bombs attached to bats, what ensued was $2 million dollars in research and a burnt down Air Force base. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
At the end of the bronze age (1200-900 BCE). Several ancient civilizations were invaded and in some cases conquered by an obscure force of "Sea Peoples". They were a contributing factor to the Bronze age collapse and their origin is still mostly unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
The national meteorological service of Italy is one of the last national meteorological service which is still within the armed forces en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
In April 1975, Major Buang Lee of the South Vietnamese Air Force became the first and only pilot to land a Cessna on an aircraft carrier, the USS Midway tacairnet.com/2015/08/20/…
Why dogs drink water more sloppily than cats. Both use the tongue to create a vertical jet of water which they clamp down on. Dogs plunge the tongue deep & pull up with a force up to 8x gravity & cause splashes. Cats lap the surface & pull up with a force up to 2x gravity & cause no splashes. businessinsider.com/r-phy…
King Charles II escaped Cromwell's forces by hiding in an oak tree. It is commemorated by Royal Oak Day in England on May 29th. The oak tree has since been destroyed by tourists who wanted a piece of the tree in the 17/18th century, but a son tree is in its place en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Today I learned about Operation Christmas Drop, a tradition since 1952 where the US Air Force drops Christmas gifts from airplanes on some Pacific Islands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Lt Gen Lesley McNair was killed by errant bombs of the Eight Air Force, near Saint-LΓ΄ on July 25, 1944. In one of the first Allied efforts to use heavy bombers in support of ground combat troops, several planes dropped their bombs short of their targets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les…
Male bees ejaculate with such force that it rips apart their organs, killing them instantly. wikipedia.org/wiki/Drone_…
Today I learned about Manfred von Richtofen aka the Red Baron . The baron was a fighter pilot with the German Air Force during WW1. He is considered the ace-of-aces of the war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories. history.com/topics/world-…
Actor Jimmy Stewart (of It's A Wonderful Life fame) rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the Air Force, flying missions in World War 2 and one in Vietnam before retiring as second highest ranking actor in American military history. nationalmuseum.af.mil/Vis…
Wall Street was the site of an actual wall that the original Dutch settlers built, using slave labour, to defend against Indigenous and British forces. It also contained a slave market for 50 years, which New York City collected taxes from. history.com/topics/us-sta…

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