Pumpkins evolved to be eaten by wooly mammoths and giant sloths. Pumpkins would likely be extinct today if ancient humans hadn't conserved them. sciencemag.org/news/2015/…
11,000 year old footprints of giant sloths have been found preserved in gypsum in New Mexico. Some also have human footprints within them, which effectively records all the action of a sloth hunt learningenglish.voanews.c…
Prussian King Frederick William I had a regiment of very tall men, known as the "Potsdam Giants". The taller they were, the more they were paid - and they were paired with tall women, to breed giant soldiers. However, they were never sent on active service, as they were considered too valuable historyanswers.co.uk/hist…
In WW1, the British would fire giant stink bombs at the German trenches. The bombs smelled terrible but were harmless. This was done to compel the Germans to put on gasmasks, which made them less effective fighters, prior to an assault. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
The largest ship ever built was an oil tanker, the Seawise Giant. Fully loaded, its displacement was over 650,000 tons. The heaviest ship of any kind, it drew so deep it was incapable of navigating even the English Channel. It was longer than the Empire State Building is tall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
In the 1960s a boy smuggled in three giant African snails into Florida, and later released them. Within seven years there were an estimated 18,000 of the creatures in the wild, taking 10 years and over $1M to eradicate. thesprucepets.com/giant-a…
Today I learned about APOPO, a non-profit organization that trains African giant pouched rats to save lives by detecting landmines and tuberculosis. apopo.org/en/who-we-are
:King Gillette (who invented Safety Razors) published a book in 1894 which advocated that all industry should be taken over by a single corporation owned by the public, and that everyone in the US should live in a giant city called Metropolis powered by Niagara Falls - to cure all social ills en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The 1999 film "The Iron Giant" is based on a 1968 science fiction novel by poet Ted Hughes, written to comfort his children after the suicide of their mother, fellow poet and his wife Sylvia Plath. theguardian.com/culture/1…
Dan Ackroyd sang in the 1985 charity single 'We Are the World' song alongside giants of the 1980s US music industry and ended up there, in his own words: β€œTotally by accident” rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Today I learned about the BΓΆΓΆgg, which is a giant snowman figure with a head full of a firecrackers that is burned as part of a spring festival every year in Zurich. The time it takes for the BΓΆΓΆgg's head to explode is supposed to predict how warm the summer will be. 🀯 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
Today I learned of Guido Keller, a decorated Italian WWI aviator who joined a pirate gang and took over a city, brought full tea services aboard his flights, engaged in giant orgies with both sexes, was addicted to cocaine, explored the Amazon River, and enjoyed posing nude for photos en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Before the arrival of Polynesians, New Zealand was occupied by large flightless birds called the Moa. The largest of these was the South Island Giant Moa which could reach up to nearly 12 feet tall, making them the tallest bird species in history. They only went extinct around 1445. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Marvel comics collaborated with Toei Company to create a Japanese version of Spiderman which involves fighting aliens,guns and giant robots. theverge.com/2015/1/12/75…
A Norwegian town installed giant mirrors in the mountains to give it light during the winter months. cnn.com/travel/article/rj…
The Golden Gate Bridge, due to new bicycle-path railings and a wind retrofit project that helps it to be more aerodynamic, is now a giant harmonica whose "songs" has been heard at more than three miles away from it theguardian.com/us-news/2…
Asian Giant Hornet, the largest hornet species in the world, are 2.25 inches (5.5 cm) in length. They secretes venom which can cause tissue damage and several stings will flush your body with enough neurotoxins to kill you. extension.umd.edu/hgic/to…
Today I learned of a variety of giant gourd shaped long-neck avocados (Persea americana Russell) with a glossy exterior that looks similar to zucchini or squash. They can grow to 13 inches long and weigh around 1.5 to 2.5 pounds while a typical Hass avocado usually weighs just 6 ounces. insider.com/what-are-long…
When the first Spanish explorers went through what would become the Eastern United States they described large towns of natives with giant mounds in the center, ruled by a chief known as the β€œGreat Sun”. By the time British settlers arrived disease had decimated America’s original civilization. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
India literally has a giant β€˜rubbish mountain’ that is on course to grow taller than Taj Mahal (further sources in comment) independent.co.uk/environ…
There is a giant obelisk in Kentucky honoring Jefferson Davis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
Wild giant pandas wallow in horse faeces and rub it all over their bodies to increase tolerance to cold temperatures. sci-news.com/biology/hors…
When the Led Zeppelin biography "When Giants Walked the Earth" was released, Jimmy Page was reported to have threatened to sue its author. However, in a later interview Page admitted that he had not read the book. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whe…
Some electrical producers store extra energy in giant rotating flywheels. energystorage.org/why-ene…
The exoplanet HAT-P-7b β€˜rains’ rubies and sapphires. The gas giant is tidally locked, with the same side facing its star. On its β€˜night’ side, high precipitation of corundumβ€”the mineral which forms rubies and sapphiresβ€”is found in the atmosphere. exoplanets.nasa.gov/news/…
Andre The Giant's paternal grandfather was even taller than he was, at 7' 8". His mother, on the other hand, was 5' 2". youtu.be/1YH0e8Bv7EM?t=88
"Lawnchair Larry" Walters in 1982 put giant balloons on a lawnchair and launched himself (along with food, beer, & a pellet gun to pop balloons --thus control elevation) 16000 feet up; jets saw him. He lost the gun overboard & drifted 45 min to land in power lines. He lived & was arrested. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
Eli Manning was once tapped to be the face of a watch company. A competing watch company then signed a deal with Manning’s team the Giants, which resulted in a conflict of interest. psmag.com/.amp/economics/…
At Isshinji, a Buddhist temple in Japan, cremated human remains are used as cement to mold giant "Bone Buddha" statues for people to pray to. japan-experience.com/city…
Camels once existed in Canada's far north. The Yukon giant camel was an 3.5 million-year-old ancestor of the living domestic camel found today in the deserts of Asia and Africa. beringia.com/exhibit/ice-…
In Oregon there is a boat race called the Giant Pumpkin Regatta where participants race in giant pumpkins instead of boats. travelportland.com/events…
Today I learned of a 1993 proposal to build a giant advertising billboard in outer space that would appear roughly the same size and brightness as the moon. The project didnt meet funding and inspired a bill to ban all advertisement in outer space. wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_…
The Coconut Crab is a giant, 1 meter wide hermit crab capable of climbing trees and eating birds youtube.com/watch?v=F8PyL…
Giant earthworms exist. Ones in South Africa can grow to an average of 1.83 m (6 ft) with the largest discovered being 6.7 m (22 ft)! youtube.com/watch?v=JryXo…
The naming system for unearthed dinosaur fossils didn't start until 1758, and that the first named bone was called "Scrotum humanum" -- because it was originally believed to be the ball sack of an ancient giant man bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
Cartoon Network aired The Iron Giant continuously for 24 hours in the early 2000s for Fourth of July and Thanksgiving en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The idea behind the relocation of the Abu Simbel temples in Egypt was given by an Italian Donald Duck comics story, where Scrooge McDuck cuts the giant statues into blocks. ventennipaperoni.com/2019…
Tlachihualtepetl, a giant pyramid hidden inside a mountain in modern-day Mexico, is the world's largest monument, with a base four times the size of the Great Pyramid at Giza bbc.com/future/article/20…
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…
Morgan Freeman converted his 124-acre ranch into a giant sanctuary to protect honey bees mymodernmet.com/morgan-fr…
Thomas Lipton, the tea merchant and yachtsman, promoted his Glasgow grocery with a giant cheese measuring 14 feet in circumference. Anticipating Willy Wonka, Lipton had gold coins placed within the massive dairy product for lucky customers to find. With no broken teeth if truly lucky. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
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 Malcolm in the Middle theme song and the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song were written by the same people, They Might Be Giants. wikipedia.org/wiki/They_M…
There is a giant cloud of antimatter, 10,000 light years wide, at the center of the Milky Way nasa.gov/topics/universe/…
Spider-man received a Japanese live-action adaption in 1978, in which he piloted a giant robot. This use of giant robots subsequently became its own franchise, which, in turn, is adapted back in the US as Power Rangers ign.com/articles/2018/08/…
A California couple’s pet cat stole more than 600 items from neighbors, including gloves, towels, bubble wrap, a San Francisco Giants baseball cap, and even a bikini. The kleptomaniac kitty’s record was 11 items in 24 hours. sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…
Spider-Man's trademark web-swinging technique in "The Amazing Spider-Man" was done using practical effects instead of the cgi used in the previous films. They built a giant rig that allowed a stuntman to swing from a thin cable attached to a winch over and through the real streets of NYC. ew.com/article/2012/07/04…
The giant prickly thistle "Miss Willmott's Ghost" gets its name because eccentric horticulturist Ellen Willmott would secretly plant its seeds in friends' gardens. She also employed a hundred male gardeners, and carried a revolver in her handbag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ell…
In 1861, Japan had an illustrated history of America which depicted, among other things, John Adams stabbing a giant snake, and George Washington punching a Tiger. kottke.org/19/02/a-japane…
Today I learned of a giant "WELCOME TO CLEVELAND" sign on a rooftop in the flight path of a Milwaukee airport. It has been causing confusion to passengers since 1978. Creator, Mark Gubin, said: "Living in the world is not a dress rehearsal. You better have fun with it." aviationhumor.net/this-gu…

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