British politician Tony Benn met his wife in Oxford in 1949. 9 days later, he proposed to her on a park bench. Later, he bought the bench from Oxford City Council and installed it in the garden of their home. They were together for 51 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Garden Veggie Straws, which shows fresh vegetables on the bag, and are promoted as a healthy alternative to chips, are actually made of salt, starch, and tomato paste. They have less nutrition than actual potato chips and the manufacturer, which has a history of false claims, is now being sued. nypost.com/2017/07/06/the…
In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism anightatthegarden.com/
Minesweeper's theme was so controversial in some countries that Microsoft was forced to replace the mines with flowers in some locations and rebrand it as "Flower Garden". Link instantfundas.com/2010/02…
There’s a garden in the UK dedicated to plants that are deadly & can kill you. It’s only available to visit by booking a guided tour & people have fainted walking around due to the fumes that some plants give off. It’s classed as the most dangerous garden in the world & holds over 100 plants. alnwickgarden.com/the-gar…
Tribeca is one of a number of neighborhoods in New York City whose names are syllabic abbreviations, including SoHo (South of Houston Street), Nolita (North of Little Italy), NoMad (North Madison Square) and BoCoCa (Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Serial killer Edmund Kemper buried one of his victim's head in his mother's garden facing upward toward her bedroom. After his arrest, he stated that he did this because his mother "always wanted people to look up to her." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edm…
Someone has placed a gnome garden at the bottom of Wast Water lake in England. It was removed by police after three divers died while searching for it, but it is rumored to have reappeared at a point deeper than police are allowed to dive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
One of the 7 ancient worldwonders, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, probably did not exist. Scientists have not found any evidence of its existence even today. It is now assumed that the gardens either stood somewhere else, or they were merely a myth of writers. history.com/news/hanging-…
On the Friday night the day after Martin Luther King's asasination Boston would be nearly alone among America’s major cities in remaining quiet and calm. Thanks in large part to James Brown refusing to cancel his concert that night at the Boston Garden. history.com/this-day-in-h…
The Alnwick Poison Garden is the worlds most deadliest garden; home to 100 of the most poisonous plants. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
A pony in Cornwall, England named "Fat Boy" broke out of his stable into a nearby garden with another pony, got drunk from munching on fallen fermenting apples, and fell into a swimming pool. Fire crews spent 2 hrs building a set of hay steps in the pool & hoisted Fat Boy out with harnesses. telegraph.co.uk/news/3202…
Memorial NecrΓ³pole EcumΓͺnica is the tallest cemetery in the world with restaurants, concert hall and gardens. It has 32 floors with 150 tombs in each floor. It offers a three year burial option which costs between between $5,900 and $21,000. odditycentral.com/archite…
Ringo Starr's song Octopus's Garden on Abbey Road was written as an F-You to the other members of the Beatles in response to tensions that were threatening to, and would eventually, break up the Beatles ultimateclassicrock.com/b…
A 16th century Christian mystic/magician claimed to have come in contact with angels who shared with him the language spoken in the Garden of Eden. It has been called "Enochian" because Enoch was supposedly the last person to speak it, and it's used to cast spells in Enochian Magic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eno…
One of the things the Mafia can trace it's origins to is the citrus trade in the mid 1800's. The extortion, intimidation, and protection rackets that characterize Mafia activity were first practiced and perfected in the citrus gardens of Palermo, Italy. atlasobscura.com/articles…
In the 18th century wealthy European landowners would pay hermits to dress as druids and live in the gardens of their estates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
The clementine is a random cross between mandarin oranges and sweet oranges discovered at an orphanage in Algeria. Father Marie-Clement Rodiers found the new fruit growing in his orphanage’s garden in the late 19th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
The band Savage Garden got their name from a quote in the book The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice bandnameexplained.com/201…
The Kuwae volcanic eruption affected the entire world. During the final siege of Constantinople the city's gardens failed and it was racked by a thunderstorm. There were crop failures in Sweden, the Chinese recorded countless died of cold and famine, and Mexican codices record frosts in fall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuw…
Today I learned of eccentric English aristocrat Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners [1883-1950]. A talented composer, writer and artist, Lord Berners had a clavichord in his Rolls-Royce, paper flowers in his garden, had tea with a horse and would drive around his estate in a pig mask to scare the locals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lor…
In 1906, a Moroccan serial killer was sentenced to be walled up alive after he was found guilty of murdering 36 women (the bodies were found buried beneath his shop and garden). His cries for help were heard for two days before he went silent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imm…
Today I learned of the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Heist, one of the largest burglaries in Britain... And it was carried out by pensioners wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatton…
During the 18th century rich people used to pay people to be "hermits" in their gardens en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Head found in David Attenborough's garden was murder victim telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
Today I learned about the Montreal Botanical Garden, a historic garden in Quebec, Canada that is considered one of the most important botanical gardens in the world due to the extent of its collections and facilities in addition to its natural beauty. publicgardens.org/about-p…
Today I learned of a garden in England dedicated entirely to poisonous plants. It's the most dangerous garden in the world. It holds over 100 killer plants such as, hemlock, strychnine, and nightshade. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
Italy has an infamous "monster park" called the Gardens of Bomarzo filled with disturbing statues carved by a Renaissance-era mad genius. vocal.media/wander/the-ga…
Tim Wong made the first and only successful attempt at singlehandedly repopulating the extremely rare pipevine swallowtail butterfly in San Francisco. In seven years, he cultivated more than 200 pipevine plants (sole food source) and donates thousands of caterpillars to the Botanical Gardens. returntonow.net/2019/04/2…
There are a handful of arthropods that grow tiny gardens on their backs as a form of camouflage and that those mini gardens support microscopic ecosystems of their own! indefenseofplants.com/blo…
Today I learned of The Testimony of Truth, a 4th century Gnostic manuscript that tells the story of The Garden of Eden from the point of view the serpent, a gnostic symbol for divine wisdom and knowledge, in which it depicts God as jealous and the villain in the story. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tes…
Two of the oldest amusement parks in the world that can still be visited today are in Denmark. Bakken in 1583, and Tivoli Gardens in 1843. Notable visitors to these parks that took inspiration from them include H.C. Andersen and Walt Disney. oldest.org/entertainment/…
In April 2015, the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company, an underground safe deposit facility in London's Hatton Garden area, was burgled. The incident has been called the "largest burglary in English legal history." The heist was planned and carried out by elderly men. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Japanese barberry (a common garden plant) has been shown to increase tick abundance and lyme disease. It is also an invasive species in America harming many local forests. academic.oup.com/ee/artic…
There is poison garden in Alnwick garden where it house poisonous plants that could kill. Visitors are advised to not smell, touch or taste the plants given their nature. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
Since 1922, the British Royal Horticultural Society has given out an annual Award of Garden Merit to the plant or crop which performs best under UK growing conditions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awa…
Today I learned of Dessau-WΓΆrlitz Garden an 17th century garden that contains a Synagogue that survived the Nazis, A grotto, Gothic House, replicas of Roman temples and a working replica volcano. youtube.com/watch?v=fAhbc…
Granny Smith Apples originated by accident, when a lady dumped a crate of old rotten French crab apples in her garden and then later found an apple sapling growing there. The tree grew to produce green tart apples that had never grown before. culinarylore.com/food-his…
Due to expensive boll weevil infestations it's illegal to grow cotton in a garden or as a houseplant in most southern states. States spend millions to keep them at bay. tomorrowsgarden.net/conte…
A French court ruled that the geese and ducks of Dominique Douthe may continue to quack, rejecting the unnamed neighbor's complaint that the fowl noise prevented him/her from enjoying time in the garden & sleeping with windows open. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Medieval artists had never seen elephants but painted them anyway. They were compared to dragons and it was claimed they could only mate after the female had fetched a mythical human/plant hybrid called a mandrake from the garden of Eden. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The common black garden ant queen has an average lifespan of 15 years, with some living up to around 30. And while under laboratory conditions, workers can live at least 4 years. Watch your step! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
In 1960, a man planted a garden inside a large bottle and created a self-contained ecosystem that is still thriving to this day. boredpanda.com/sealed-bot…
Camko City is a $2 billion urban development project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. CamKo City means Cambodia and Korea City and will include a fully green environment, pond, garden, swimming pools, fitness center and club house en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
After Taiwan transitioned into democracy, a β€œGarden of Generalissimos” was formed from all the statues of Taiwan's former dictator which were removed from schools and other public places en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
During President Kim Il-sung’s visit to Indonesia in 1965, President Sukarno showed Kim around the Bogor Botanical Gardens when the latter was smitten by an orchid. Sukarno promptly named the flower Kimilsungia and appointed it as the symbol of the eternal friendship between the two countries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
Today I learned of Atomic Gardening, a system in which gamma-irradiated garden seeds were distributed to common gardeners. These gardeners were then to report back with the results of growing the mutated seeds. ediblegeography.com/stran…
The largest submarine ever made is 175m long and was built by the Russians in 1980. It has a swimming pool, sauna and winter garden for its crew and is still in active service today. rbth.com/economics/2015/0…
The Iran Mall is the world's largest shopping mall. It features a fashion avenue, a diamond and crystal atrium, three food courts with more than 200 restaurants, and a 3,300 square meter book garden with 67,000 volumes of books en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira…
Japanese emperor Meiji was so enthused about a treaty with Mexico he gave them a portion of his own Imperial gardens to build their embassy. It is also the closest to the national diet and their rent for the embassy is 115 yen a year. youtube.com/watch?v=kVGAu…
According to coordinates supplied by the Book of Genesis, the Garden of Eden was at the spot where one river split into four. The four rivers are Pishon, Gihon, Tigris and Euphrates. Believers have alternately placed the garden in Armenia, in the Zagros Mountains of Iran, and in Bahrain atlasobscura.com/articles…
An 86-year-old wrote an upbeat review for her local paper about a new Olive Garden. She was mercilessly mocked by the Internet. Anthony Bourdain thought she had a valuable POV on small town dining. So he published a book of her reviews. eater.com/2013/8/19/63856…
Pro-Nazi Party rallies were held at Madison Square Garden in 1934, 1935 and 1939 mashable.com/2016/07/27/n…
Worth Β£2 million, Lampy is the oldest garden gnome in existence, made in 1847. There had been 21 of them, but the original owner's daughter hated them and tried to remove them all. She missed this one. atlasobscura.com/places/l…
The underbelly membrane of lobsters is the toughest material of all natural hydrogels, including collagen, animal skins, and natural rubber. The membrane is about as strong as industrial rubber composites, such as those used to make car tires, garden hoses, and conveyor belts. phys.org/news/2019-02-lob…
During World War I, a Canadian soldier made a black bear his pet and named her Winnipeg. β€œWinnie” was later a resident of the London Zoological Gardens where she was an adored attraction, especially to a boy named Christopher Robin. The boy even named his teddy bear after her. wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnip…
Danny DeVito is an accomplished movie and TV producer. Through his company Jersey Films, he has helped produce Pulp Fiction, Erin Brokovich, Garden State, Get Shorty, and the television show Reno 911! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
The Great Pyramid at Giza is the oldest of the Seven Wonders and the only one still standing today. The Colossus of Rhodes, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Temple of Artemis, the Statue of Zeus were destroyed. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon is still unknown. ancient.eu/The_Seven_Wond…
The historic 16th century garden of Babur is considered the loveliest spot in Kabul, Afghanistan. There’s a delicate white marble mosque in the garden built in 1647 by Shah Jahan, who commissioned the Taj Mahal lonelyplanet.com/afghanis…
Today I learned of the Poison Garden of Alnwick Castle in England. Many of the plants are so deadly they're grown in cages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A three-sided skyscraper in the heart of Mexico City rises 246 metres, making it the tallest tower in the sprawling metropolis. It is organised into 14 four-storey clusters, conceived as "buildings within a building". Each cluster has its own interior garden dezeen.com/2016/07/27/lbr…
Today I learned of the "lemon ant", which gets its name for tasting like lemon when eaten. This same ant also is known for creating a "devils garden" by releasing its own herbicide which creates a natural clearing on the rain forest floor where at most three plant species can survive. worldatlas.com/articles/w…
In Sweden you have a constitutional right to allemansrΓ€tten, which is the right to peacefully hike, camp, bike and enjoy nature anywhere in the country unimpeded, with the only restriction being very close to someone's house or if you mess up a garden. swedishepa.se/Environment…
In In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism anightatthegarden.com/
A Stanford student arranged for groups of men from Papua New Guinea to carve The New Guinea Sculpture Garden on campus and raised $250,000 in donations. The carvers were the toast of Palo Alto, multicultural Stanford where they dined in mansions and performed with African-American drummers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pap…
Today I learned about the "sponge cities" in China. The scheme means that Wuhan and other areas in the scheme will have 20% of their urban land include "sponge features" (such as rain gardens and wetlands) by 2020 with an aim of retaining 70% of storm and flood water. theguardian.com/cities/20…
Today I learned about "Gray Gardens" a 1975 documentary about the eccentric lifestyles of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and Edith Bouvier Beale, known as "Big Edie" and "Little Edie" respectively, a mother and daughter who removed themselves from society, and live in decaying, old mansion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Tensions between the US and UK nearly escalated to war over the killing of a pig in 1859. An American farmer on a disputed island found the pig eating potatoes in his garden and shot it, and after the British threatened arrest, the settlers called for help. Both sides sent major forces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
Last summer the band Phish played thirteen concerts in a row at Madison Square Garden, and performed 237 songs without repeating a single one. jambase.com/article/numbe…
The tea-growing reagion of Assam has it's own time zone, Tea Garden Time, which is one hour ahead of Indian Standard Time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
When female Garden Spiders experience a shortage of food, they will emit a pheromone much like the pheromone of fertile female moths, attracting nearby male moths to their death. insidescience.org/news/sm…
Octopuses have been observed acquiring shiny and reflective objects and planting them around their homes in the sea bed like a garden. The song β€œOctopus’s Garden” by the Beatles was inspired by the captain of a boat informing Ringo Starr of this fact while on vacation. beatlesbible.com/songs/oc…
During "the 1990s Persian Gulf War" "more than 700" oil wells burned in Kuwait. Many "caught fire in the air . . . when oil shot out of the ground at high pressures." "At 15,000 PSI (pounds per square inch), oil comes out like an aerosol spray can rather than a garden hose," says Ronald Ferek. earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
In the 18th century, the wealthy would keep live "garden hermits" or, people that would dress as druids and live in handmade grottos among the properties. They would be used as entertainment, could not cut their hair or nails, and were often treated as sages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
2,000 Dutch soldiers fought bravely in World War Two's D-Day, Operation Market Garden and the Invasion of Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
In sports when a player/team is described as being β€œseeded”, it is a metaphor for gardening: β€œbased on the idea of laying out a tournament ladder by arranging the players the way seeds or seedlings are arranged in a garden: smaller plants up front, larger ones behind.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/See…
When they tore down the Boston Garden they found the remains of a monkey that had been living there southcoasttoday.com/artic…
More than half the territory of the Vatican City is made up of gardens. They cover 57 acres. Pope Francis opened the Vatican Gardens to the public in 2014. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Istanbul Sapphire is the 4th tallest skyscraper in Istanbul and Turkey. There are special floors with private gardens between every 3 floors, and every 9 floors are separated from each other by a communal living area or mechanical floors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ist…
Bees are calmed by lavender which prevents getting stung while working in the garden. It also improves their memory over the bee's lifespan. Science hopes to apply these findings to humans suffering with dementia. youtu.be/HDadnBWXyrQ
A garden snail has around 14.000 teeth exceptionalsmiles.dental/…
Post Malone has the legal rights for the former slogan for Olive Garden, "When you're here, you're family", after Jimmy Fallon gave them to him. thedailymeal.com/entertai…
Botanists in Kew Gardens (UK) bought a Β£1.29 bag of supermarket porcini mushrooms sourced from China and found three species of mushroom previously unknown to science. kew.org/science/news/new-…
In 2014 Olive Garden shareholders voted to replace the company's entire board of directors after investors got into a disagreement over the promise of unlimited bread sticks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
David Bowie's last live performance was singing "Little Fat Man" at a Ricky Gervais gig at Madison Square Garden in 2007. smoothradio.com/artists/d…
Eight-year-old Gabi Mann of Seattle, Washington receives gifts from crows in her garden. She feeds the crows regularly and little "treasures" are given in return including a miniature silver ball, a black button, a blue paper clip, a yellow bead, a blue Lego piece, and a pearl colored heart. bbc.com/news/magazine-316…
A ticket seller at a Japanese garden stopped collecting admission fees from foreign tourists after one of them yelled at him and he became too scared to ask them to pay. He let about 160.000 people enter the garden free in 2 and a half years causing a $220,000 demage. theguardian.com/world/201…
- The Olive Garden restaurant chain has locations in 9 different countries around the world and none of them are in Italy or even Europe for that matter. olivegarden.com/internati…
Built on the site of a pre-Columbian town, Xochimilco is famous for its floating gardens. Locals constructed branch and reed rafts on the lake, covered them with mud from the bottom of the lake, and cultivated fruits, vegetables, and flowers, which they shipped to Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City) britannica.com/place/Xoch…
A Swedish woman found her wedding ring on a carrot in her garden 16 years after she lost it bbc.com/news/world-europe…
The self proclaimed arch druid of Cornwall has his own henge in the front garden of his bungalow, comprising huge granite stones weighing up to 10 tonnes each. telegraph.co.uk/travel/71…
The First Playgrounds built in North America in the late 1800's were actually just large piles of sand. The "sand gardens" were very popular in urban areas where kids didn't have access to nature play or large yards. pgpedia.com/s/sand-garden…
Arctic foxes create unintentional gardens by reusing den sites for generations and that these gardens are hotspots of biodiversity in such a challenging landscape indefenseofplants.com/blo…
Froebel characterized the children in his school as plants, and the teachers as the gardeners. Kinder in German means β€œchildren” and garten means β€œgarden”, thus kindergarten. knowledgestew.com/2016/01…
In 1939 20,000 Americans met in Madison Square Garden, then rallied in support of Hitler and the Nazis. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
That, in 1964, a group of college students used garden spades to tunnel under the Berlin Wall into East Berlin, allowing 57 people to escape to the West. The students moved enough dirt to fill four eighteen-wheeler big rigs; one of them went on to design tunnels professionally. gizmodo.com/the-college-k…
NASA sponsored research in the 1970s into potential human colonies in space. Plans called solar-powered cylindrical colonies with gravity created by centrifugal force. The colonies, with their lush gardens and Modernist homes, never got beyond the conceptual stage. cnn.com/style/article/nas…
In 1993, Tool was scheduled to play at the Garden Pavilion in Hollywood but learned at the last minute that the venue belonged to the Church of Scientology. Their lead singer, MJK, spent most of the show "baa-ing," like a sheep, at the audience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Too…
A study published in 2015 reported detecting traces of Cannabis on pipes found in William Shakespeare's garden. time.com/3990305/william-…
When Sinead O'connor was being boo'd (booed?) at Madison Square Garden, the stage manager asked Kris Kristofferson to pull her off stage. Instead he offered her words of support and they became good friends. youtube.com/watch?v=3HwWD…

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