β€œBlack Forest Ham” comes from the Black Forest region of Germany, where it was originally coated with beef blood to give it its dark color. leaf.tv/articles/differen…
The US Navy sustainably manages over 50,000 acres of forest in Indiana in order to have 150+ year old white oak trees to replace wood on the 220 year old USS Constitution. usnhistory.navylive.dodli…
The red stuff dropped from airplanes to put out forest fires also acts as a fertilizer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
In 1877, George Cowan got shot in the head, crawled to make coffee at an old camp, crawled thru Yellowstone, crossed a river, got burned in a forest fire, had surgery to remove bullets, got thrown from a carriage before it rolled over a cliff, and while receiving care afterwards, his bed broke billingsgazette.com/lifes…
There is a forest in France with wild wallabies. The Australian marsupials, which resemble small kangaroos, escaped from an enclosure in the 70s and have been thriving in the wild ever since. abc.net.au/news/2015-08-0…
In Return of the Jedi (1983) for the speeder chase, Garrett Brown walked through the forest shooting at less than one frame per second. By walking at about 5 mph and projecting the footage at 24 frame/s, the motion seen in the film appeared as if it were moving at around 120 mph en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ret…
In World War II, a group of witches gathered in the New Forest of England to harness a 'cone of power', in order to stage a magical assault on the mind of Adolf Hitler, sending a message to him that the Germans would not be able to cross the Channel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
In 1984, J.R.R. Tolkien's book "The Hobbit" was adapted as a TV movie in the Soviet Union. It was titled "The Fabulous Journey of Mr. Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit, Across the Wild Land, Through the Dark Forest, Beyond the Misty Mountains. There and Back Again" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In Slavic folklore, the Baba Yaga is a supernatural, ferocious looking old woman. She lives in the deep dark forest in a chicken footed hut. Her depictions vary greatly across tales, ranging from a child-eating monster, to helping a protagonist find his missing bride. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
In 1872, a group of hunters in India captured and 'saved' a 6-year-old feral boy they saw trailing behind a pack of wolves in the forest. The boy only ate meat, despised wearing clothes, sharpened his teeth on bones and communicated in animal noises. He might've served as inspiration for Mowgli history.com/news/6-famous…
Giraffes necks are actually too short. The Giraffe (and its rain forest relative, the Okapi) have necks that are so short relative to their legs and chest that they must splay or bend their legs. blog.londolozi.com/2011/1…
IKEA has complete ownership over their supply chain of products, even growing theor own wood (forest ownership), and uses approximately 1 percent of all lumber usage globally. lovemoney.com/gallerylist…
Arminius was born a Germanic tribal prince and grew up a hostage of the Roman Empire. Having been granted Roman citizenship and knighthood, he secretly plotted and led a Germanic revolt against Roman rule, which culminated in the ambush and destruction of 3 Roman legions in the Teutoburg Forest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
DAISUGI in Japan, is the art of pruning a tree, to have many offshoots! This technique, enables foresters to harvest wood much more quickly. The shoots can either be planted (to help quickly populate a forest) or harvested. Similar techniques can be found dating back to ancient Rome. mymodernmet.com/kitayama-…
A village in Rajasthan, India plants 111 trees for every girl child born in that village and now they have a whole forest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pip…
Today I learned about the "Forest Grove sound," an unexplained noise that annoyed and frustrated the town of Forest Grove, Oregon, for several days and nights in February 2016. The source of the loud, piercing sound, which was likened to car brakes or a "mechanical scream," was never identified. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
"fight fire with fire" is an actual technique that they use to fight forest fires, albeit with a certain amount of risk. A controlled burn of a strip of forest will create a barrier to an oncoming forest fire as it will use up all the available fuel. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
There is a naturally growing forest at the southern tip of Greenland in Qinngua Valley en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin…
Today I learned about Jānis PΔ«nups, a Latvian patriot who was conscripted into and then deserted from the Red Army in 1944. Opposing the Soviet occupation of Latvia, he hid in the forest for 51 years and did not emerge until 1995, thereby avoiding ever becoming a Soviet citizen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C…
Today I learned about pawpaws, a tropical flavored fruit, which grows in North America’s forests. seriouseats.com/2014/09/w…
Henry Ford once tried to start a colony in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest called "Fordlandia", in which the locals were forced to live a midwestern American lifestyle until they rebelled and chased their managers into the forest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Dorothy Stang, an American nun who dedicated her life to preserving the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. She helped the poor by teaching them how to harvest products from the forest and sought to protect peasants from gangs working for farmers. She was murdered by criminals hired by a rancher. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
In the first three hours of the WWI Battle of the Argonne Forest, the allies used more ammunition than had been used by both sides in the entirety of the US Civil War businessinsider.com/here-…
In 2018 the Swedish Air Force successfully extinguish a forest fire by dropping a bomb on it popularmechanics.com/mili…
Today I learned about Lapland New Forest, a Christmas theme park in the UK. Advertised as a β€œwinter wonderland”, the park was in such dismal quality that violence began to break out between visitors and staff. It shut down after a week and the organizers were sentenced to 13 months in jail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lap…
Today I learned of Sidney Reilly, a Russian employed by the British who spied on at least four world powers, including attempting to foil the Bolshevik Revolution. Lured by a Soviet counter-intelligence program called Operation Trust, he disappeared and was later executed in a Moscow forest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid…
Forest fires are essential for continuation of giant California Sequoia trees: Seeds will break open during intense heat 150.parks.ca.gov/?page_id…
[] The only original flying Fw190 from WW2, was found intact in a forest outside Leningrad (Saint Petersburg) Russia in 1989. worldwars.com/watch-fw190…
The rainbow lorikeet is a colorful species of parrot native to the forests of eastern Australia. Reportedly, they love showering and sometimes sleep upside down. As intelligent birds, they get easily bored and love to play with noisy toys. When they eat fermented fruit, they can get quite drunk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
In 2016 a Forest Service Officer named Brad Treat took a blind turn while mountain biking at 30 mph. He crashed into a large grizzly bear that was sitting on the trail and was immediately mauled to death in response to the collision. nsmb.com/articles/report-…
After Czech gymnast VΔ›ra ČÑslavskΓ‘ lost her training facility due to the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, she trained for the 1968 Olympics in the forest using potato sacks as weights and logs as beams. She medaled in all six events, four of them Gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C…
Canada still has 91% of the forest cover that existed at the beginning of European settlement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bor…
Today I learned about the Forest Swastika, a giant swastika made of larch trees in a pine forest 60 miles north of Berlin. The swastika was planted in 1938 by Nazis, but escaped detection until the early 1990s when an aerial survey of the land was made. The German government frantically destroyed it. amusingplanet.com/2016/10…
California prison inmates help fight forest fires. youtu.be/QLtsHbtuwNA
About operation "come of power" where by a coven of British witches convened in the forest in 1940 to thwart the Nazi leadership and turn the tide of the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Europe has a native bison population! European bison were only hunted to extinction in the wild in the early 1900s and were eventually reintroduced in the 1950s. Mostly they live in Eastern Europe and the largest population can be found in the BiaΕ‚owieΕΌa Forest. blog.nature.org/science/2…
Today I learned of Aditya and Poonam Singh, an Indian couple who have been buying acres of farmland around the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve & letting the forest grow back for the past 20 years. mymodernmet.com/tiger-res…
26-yr-old Henry David Thoreau accidentally set fire to over 300 acres of forest where he was to build his famous Walden Pond shack when he & his buddy failed to beat back flames from the fire they set to cook fish they'd caught. Townsfolk called Thoreau a β€œdamned rascal” & β€œa flibbertigibbet.” history.com/news/thoreau-…
There are huge, diverse 'kelp forests' underwater stretching for thousands of miles, found around coastlines on every continent except Antarctica. Darwin said of their ecosystem "I can only compare these great aquatic forests with the terrestrial ones in the intertropical regions." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kel…
In 1908 a meteorite hit Russia with hundreds of times more power than an atom bomb, destroying 500,000 acres of forest, knocking ppl over 40 miles away and causing weather events around the globe - but no one was killed and no impact crater was found. history.com/news/6-bizarr…
Today I learned about Henry Lincoln Johnson, a member of the Harlem Hellfighters known as the Black Death. During an ambush in Argonne Forest in 1918, he injured or killed 24 German soldiers, without a working gun. He was the first American soldier to win a Croix du Guerre, France's highest award for bravery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Ants make up 15 to 20% of the terrestrial animal biomass. In rain forests, as much as 25% of it is ants. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
In 1942 a forest guard in India made an alarming discovery. Some 16,000 feet above sea level, at the bottom of a small valley, was a frozen lake absolutely full of skeletons. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
Forest fires can "hibernate". When a forest fire burns hot enough, what’s left of the fire can sit over winter and smoulder, even under a layer of snow. edmontonjournal.com/news/…
"Wolf Tree" is the term used to describe trees that were not cut down during deforestation and left to grow in the new growth forests of New England. americanforests.org/magaz…
Sea Otters are the reason kelp forests exist off the coast of California seaotters.com/2013/05/why…
Today I learned about the Crooked Forest (Krzywy Las) in Poland, a forest of pine trees that bend sharply to the North before returning upright after 3ft of growth, thus resembling fish hooks. No exact reason has been found for their shape as yet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
The forest products industry's answer to "The Lorax" was "The Truax", which taught kids the importance of logging. buildingalibrary.com/misc…
A study of 3,599 commuters in 4 European cities found that people who commuted daily through natural environments reported better mental health. "Natural" was defined as outdoor spaces including forests, street trees, parks, reserves, & all types of waterbodies, both public & private. isglobal.org/en/new/-/ass…
Disney sent imaginears to Enchanted Forest (Salem , Or) to ride Mondor, so they could later build Buzz Lightyears Astro Blasters using the same technology . disboards.com/threads/tea…

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