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…
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…
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_…
In 1861, the Japanese created an illustrated history of the United States called Osanaetoki Bankokubanashi (β€œChildren’s Illustrated Tales from 10,000 Countries”) which is a mythology of bizarre tales about the country, including John Adams and his fight against a giant serpent nextshark.com/japanese-bo…
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…
During WW2, the UK planned to build 'unsinkable' giant aircraft carriers with 40ft thick hulls made out of a mixture of ice and wood pulp. The project was canceled, but the scale model took three years to melt. edition.cnn.com/style/art…
Morgan Freeman converted his 124-acre ranch into a giant sanctuary to protect honey bees mymodernmet.com/morgan-fr…
A hobbit-like human ancestor was found in Asia. Scientists have found skeletons of a human species that grew no larger than a three-year-old modern child. The species lived with pygmy elephants and giant lizards on a remote island in Indonesia. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Alma, Arkansas (self-declared "Spinach Capital of the World") has a giant, bronze Popeye statue in the middle of Popeye Park that was unveiled in 2007 during their annual Spinach Festival. atlasobscura.com/places/p…
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…
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…
It would be possible to restore the atmosphere of Mars by placing a giant magnet between the Sun and Mars phys.org/news/2017-03-nas…
Two giant birds attacked and tried to pick up a child in Lawndale, Illinois in 1977. The birds were never identified. lincolncourier.com/articl…
These famous international chocolate brands: Milka (German), CΓ΄te d'Or (Belgian), Toblerone (Swiss), Cadbury/Frys/Green & Black's (all British), Freia (Norwegian) and Marabou (Swedish) are all owned by US food giant Mondelez en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
A bird called the lammergeier eats tortoises after weakening their shells by dropping them from great heights. In 455 BC a man was killed by a tortoise dropped by the bird after the bird mistook his bald head for a giant rock. oddee.com/item_99118.aspx
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…
Giant pandas are under thread of mass starvation due to bamboo mass blossoming this year. After bamboo, panda's main food source, blooms it dies and it takes 10 years for new bamboo to mature. When this happened in 1975 giant panda population dropped from 2000 to 1000 over the next 10 years. earth.org/bamboo-flowerin…
Mexico is the only country other than China that owns Giant Pandas news.yahoo.com/mexicos-gi…
In 1978, an inspection of a damaged U.S. Navy ship revealed the remnants of claws from the tentacles of a giant squid. The claws were much larger than any that had been seen by scientists, indicating that the squid was of a size substantially greater than any that had been documented. navalhistory.org/2019/06/…
Kyrgyzstanβ€˜s national sport is tossing a headless goat carcass from horseback into a giant ring. offbeattravelling.com/dea…
l Python hunting is allowed in Florida's Everglades as a measure to control the non-native snake, the Pythons originally pets released by their owners have become an invasive species. The giant snakes have decimated local bird populations and wildlife because it has no know natural predators. sunshinestatenews.com/sto…
Today I learned of the "Giant Panda Kindergarten" in China where 18 cubs celebrated their 1st birthday in 2019. Researchers mistakenly thought pandas liked solitary life & kept each panda in a tiny den; the pandas got depressed & didn't want to mate; this changed when pandas were allowed to hang out together. chinadaily.com.cn/a/20190…
Mark Wahlberg loved his giant penis prosthetic from Boogie Nights so much that he would wear it even in scenes where he didn't need it movieweb.com/boogie-night…
The Fernandina giant tortoise, believed to be extinct for over 100 years, was spotted in the Galapagos last year. theguardian.com/environme…
When US-born giant panda twins arrived in China, they struggled with local food and language. Mei Lun & Mei Huan were confused by "have you eaten up" in Chinese but responded to English "come here". They preferred "Western fast food" biscuits instead of local "wowotou" (steamed corn bread). straitstimes.com/asia/eas…
Hungary preserves its communist-era monuments in a park, the collection includes a statue of Stalin's giant boots atlasobscura.com/places/m…
In 2011 a giant sculpture of a woman bathing was built in the Alster Lake, Hamburg Germany. It remained in the Lake for 10 days and was made up of a head and 2 knees protruding from the water. newsfeed.time.com/2011/08…
According to Maori legend New Zealanders were prey to giant eagles; Haast Eagles, which could catch prey up to 510 lbs and had a wingspan up to 9.8 ft, went extinct around 1400. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haa…
Despite having an intense rivalry lasting 125 years, Major League Baseball's Dodgers and Giants have never faced each other in the post season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dod…
Writing a giant SOS on a beach has the added advantage of being an ambigram: SOS can be read right side up or upside down en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOS…
Charles Darwin predicted the existence of the giant hawkmoth 20 years earlier which was eventually discovered in 1882. He was 5,700 miles away then as he sat in his London office inspecting an unusual Star-of-Bethlehem orchid sent by a colleague. calacademy.org/explore-sc…
Today I learned of an organization in Belgium training giant rats (nicknamed "HeroRATs") to sniff out landmines in countries where explosive remnants of war pose a large threat to communities. The rats are extremely effective, outperforming both metal detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs. boredpanda.com/hero-rats-…
Before trees were common, Earth Was Covered by Giant Mushrooms eartharchives.org/article…
Ke-alelo-O-Pilikua is a lava formation near the mouth of Lumaha'i River in Kauai, Hawaii and means β€œtongue of Pilikua." Pilikua comes from the name of a giant who was known for his booming voice. Legend says the people who heard him repeatedly became so irritated with him that they killed him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ke-…
Captive Giant Pandas were shown a video of pandas mating in the wild, in an effort to get them to mate in the female's 3-day breeding cycle. When "Yongyong" tried to mount "Ke Lin", she fought him off; but after Ke Lin viewed the "panda pornography," the pair mated successfully. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
The Giant Squid sees the world with Eyes the Size of Soccer Balls. They're at least 25 centimetres (10 inches) across, making them the largest eyes on the planet. Even the blue whale – the largest animal that has ever existed – has measly 11-centimetre-wide eyes. youtu.be/dRK4oYjPrF0
George Hull, an atheist, after an argument about the existence of Giants at a Methodist revival, hired men to quarry out a 10-foot-4.5-inch-long (3.2 m) block of gypsum to fake a giant body was buried. Nearly a year later, he hired 2 persons to dig a well and claim that they have discovered it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The Mandalorian was filmed on a giant virtual set, displaying the backgrounds with real-time graphics, captured in-camera. youtube.com/watch?v=gUnxz…
Today I learned about the Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox, an endangered megabat species that has a wingspan of up to 1.7m (5.6 feet). taiwannews.com.tw/en/news…
In the 1975 film, The Giant Spider Invasion, β€œTo motivate the screenwriter, who was told to write 10 to 15 pages a day, Rebane (the director/producer )locked him in a cabin and told him to finish the daily task or he would not be fed.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A Giant Tortoise, the last confirmed sighting of which, was in 1906, was discovered in 2019. The female Tortoise was discovered on Fernandia, an active shield volcano on the Galapagos Islands. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Our solar system's planet configuration is quite unusual and that it is more common for extrasolar planetary systems to have larger planets close to their suns, as opposed to our solar system which has small terrestial planets closer in, followed by the gas giants further away blogs.scientificamerican.…
There are around 1000 people in Scandanavia/Denmark that follow the old Norse belief system, worshiping the gods Odin, Thor, NjΓΆrd, Freya, etc. and the giants as well as their ancestors. This religious revival is referred as "Asatro" and meet for ceremonies related to the changing seasons. en.natmus.dk/historical-k…
That, in 1846, planet Neptune's exact location was predicted by three astronomers studying the eccentric orbits of several distant asteroids. The data hinted at the presence of a giant, distant planet. Neptune was found on the very first night, only 1Β° off its predicted position. earthsky.org/human-world/…
The oldest (known) living terrestrial animal in the world is a Seychelles giant tortoise named Jonathan. He hatched in 1832, making him around 188 years old. He lives on the island of Saint Helena, a British Overseas Territory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
South America was once inhabited by giant sloths (Megatherium). It weighed up to 4 tonnes (similar to a present day elephant) and on its hind legs it would have stood 3.5m (12ft), which make it the largest bipedal mammal of all time. It lived from ca 400'000 ago until ca 8'000 ago. nhm.ac.uk/discover/what-w…
Today I learned about Charlie Faust, who joined the New York Giants in 1911 after a fortuneteller said he'd lead them to the World Series, though he was no athlete. The Giants won the pennant that year and started 54-11 in 1912 before releasing Faust, who was later diagnosed with dementia and died in 1915. calltothepen.com/2017/10/…
There are giant amoebas living in the deepest ocean trenches that grow up to 8 inches (20cm) across. That’s pretty big for a single-celled creature! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xen…
Chinese debtors shamed with broadcast of names and faces on giant screens on May 1 holiday scmp.com/news/china/socie…
Today I learned about the Giant Golden-Crown Flying Fox. It is one of the largest bats in the world with a wingspan up to 5.6 feet. timesnownews.com/the-buzz…
The Kaaba πŸ•‹ in the Great Mosque of Mecca is black because it's covered with a giant silk shroud called the kiswah. It's made with 670 kgs of black silk, embroidered with 15 kg of gold thread, and costs $4.5 million to make. It's also replaced every year by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kis…
In 1794, the world's tallest structure, the Strasbourg Cathedral spire, was saved by a hat. Revolutionaries wanted to tear down the spire, as it stood against equality. The citizens of Strasbourg crowned it with a giant tin Phrygian cap, a symbol of liberty commonly worn by revolutionaries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Quebec engineering students invented a giant vacuum to clean up microplastics from beaches. At about 3 gallons/minute, it sucks sand into a tank which then separates particles by weight, so plastic can be filtered out. fastcompany.com/90366838/…
In 2004 police discovered a movie theater in the Paris Catacombs. It was equipped with a giant cinema screen, seats, projection equipment, film reels, a fully stocked bar and a complete restaurant with tables and chairs. Its power source and the identity of those responsible remain unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Whales used to have four legs. Whales descend from giant legged land mammals that moved like Otters. cnn.com/2019/04/04/health…
Samsung used to be a grocery store at first , and became the giant of electronics after 1969. britannica.com/topic/Sams…
In the Late Miocene Epoch, giant, meter long toothed platypuses inhabited Australia sci-news.com/paleontology…
IKEA allowed a giant hide-and-seek game in a store for the 30th birthday of a woman who planned the meet-up on FB; over 1K people signed up to play. More hide-and-seek parties popped up on FB including 19K signing up in Amsterdam. IKEA no longer allows hide-and-seek in their stores. fastcompany.com/90399077/…
There is a church in Taiwan in the shape of a giant glass slipper. bbc.com/news/amp/world-as…
The calcium in out bones and the iron in our blood come from ancient explosions of giant stars. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The character Argus Filch from Harry Potter is named After Greek giant Argus Pantoptes that had 100 eyes because Argus Filch sees all thewordexplorer.blog/2015…
In the 1987 film Predator, the monster was originally designed to look like a giant bug-eyed lizard thing and was actually played by Jean-Claude Van Damme. The monster scenes were later reshot with the new predator designed by Stan Winston. movieweb.com/predator-mov…
Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia's actor) was cremated and the ashes are kept in a giant Prozac pill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The Taliban used dynamite to destroy two 4th century statues of Buddha. They saw it as idolatry. The destruction revealed a previously unknown network of caves with wall paintings from the 5th to 9th centuries and another giant statue of Buddha. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
, most Giant Pandas 🐼 that you see in your country’s zoo are on loan by China. theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned of the Giant Moa, a flightless bird twice as tall as a person and as heavy as a panda. It went extinct in the 16th century newdinosaurs.com/giant-mo…
Schiphol Airport(Amsterdam) features a man painting the minutes on a giant clock for 12 hours. slate.com/human-interest/…
The rubber coating of the sonar dome of the USS Stein was attacked by a giant squid, the evidence of which points to a squid larger than any discovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Today I learned about Edward Leedskalnin, an old man who moved giant stones by himself and created the Coral Castle in Florida. He told others that he knew the secrets on how the pyramids were built but died before anyone else knew. His journals said he used electromagnetism to make giant stones β€œweightless” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Today I learned about Stephen C. Sillett, the first ever scientist to explore the canopies of the old growth giant redwood forests youtu.be/KMudRLPZidg
Actress Kate Mara’s great-grandfathers (Tim Mara and Art Rooney Sr) founded, and her families still own, the NY Giants and the Pittsburg Steelers. Her acting contracts state that if either team make the Super Bowl, she can attend. wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_M…
Marine Biologist, Edith Widder created a device that mimicked the Atolla Jellyfish's alarm (when threatened the jellyfish will emit a light that signals bigger predators to its location). She placed the device in the deep sea along with a camera. To her surprise a giant squid showed up. youtube.com/watch?v=rXkOP…
The T. Rex in Jurassic Park was made of two giant animatronics that cost half the film's budget, not a result of CGI youtube.com/watch?v=1iwum…
The rabbits used on the set of "Teletubbies" are a special breed of rabbits called "Flemish Giant". This species of rabbit was used to not give away the scale of the filming site. teletubbies.fandom.com/wi…
Today I learned about the Tanuki, a fox-like animal in traditional Japanese folklore with giant magical testicles tofugu.com/japan/tanuki/
Wrestler and Actor Andre the Giant owned a restaurant in Montreal called Le Picher, and was something of a foodie. biography.com/news/andre-…
Today I learned of the Great Catfish Massacre of 1985, where a Louisiana mayor decided to turn the town swimming pool into a giant catfish farming operation. Turned out the circulation blades didn’t have blade covers, which was a problem for the ecosystem. β€œIt looked like we were chumming for sharks." bayoubrief.com/2019/08/13…
In 2000, one of the worst peacetime submarines accidents ever took place off the coast of Russia. A huge explosion sank the giant nuclear-powered submarine Kursk, killing most of its crew and stranding nearly two dozen survivors hundreds of feet underwater. popularmechanics.com/mili…
Today I learned about Agnus MacAskill, who is the tallest ever "non-pathological giant" and could allegedly lift a 2800 lbs ship anchor to chest height! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
A cancelled Hulk film was to feature him fighting a giant hummingbird and a giant beetle. youtube.com/watch?v=-GUuH…
Over 14 months, artists in Mexico turned a low-income neighborhood into one giant mural, painting the facades of 200 homes bright lavender, lime green, & incandescent orange. theguardian.com/world/201…
In 2017, a navy pilot drew a giant penis in the sky with the contrails of his plane over a town in Washington where it remained for several hours. The town was understandably confused, and didn’t receive an explanation for almost two years! popularmechanics.com/mili…
Today I learned of the Giant Impact hypothesis, where a Mars-sized planet, Theia, is theorized to have collided with Earth 4.5 billion years ago. The debris from both planets eventually coalesced to form the Moon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia…
Niel Armstrong was misquoted when he took his first step on the moon, instead of what most people think he says which is, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." It's actually "That's one small step for A man, one giant leap for mankind." space.com/17307-neil-arms…
Mobile phone giant Gionee went bankrupt in 2018 when it's chairman lost $144 million gambling at a casino forcing the liquidation of the company en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gio…
Today I learned of the β€˜Megatherium’ or Giant ground sloth, one of the largest land mammals known to have existed, weighing up to 4 tons, and measuring up to 6 m (20 ft) in length from head to tail, as big as modern elephants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
Giant crabs exist! They are called coconut crabs. True to name they can crack a coconut and eat it, but they also kill and eat birds and other small animals. youtube.com/watch?v=U0Nfu…
Khem Puri caves, Meghalaya: World longest cave system(24 km long, 4025 ft altitude) made of sandstone contains many wonders, from the narrow labyrinth to giant Huntsman spiders. this geographical delight is home to fossils of Shark tooth and giant water dinosaur bones. Indeed incredible India. bbc.com/news/world-asia-i…
There's currently no evidence that Japanese Admiral Yamamoto said "I'm afraid we've awakened a sleeping giant" sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-…
A tablespoonful of neutron star placed on Earth's surface would weigh as much as Mount Everest (whereas a tablespoonful of the Sun would weigh about 5 pounds). If the neutron star sample suddenly appeared on Earth, it would cause a giant explosion, vaporizing a good chunk of our planet with it. astronomy.com/magazine/as…
, we have actually no idea what the giant shark "Megalodon" looked like. The image of an over sized great white (which it's only distantly related to) is mainly just done for convenience. nhm.ac.uk/discover/megalo…
Forty-three giant busts of U.S. presidents are sitting in a field in Virginia. atlasobscura.com/places/p…
Before kickoff Super Bowl XLII (2007 Patriots vs Giants), Giants backup QB Jared Lorenzen went and checked the Giants' Gatorade color. He then texted his friend who had financial difficulties and told him the color so that friend could gamble on the Prop Bet and make money if the Giants won. actionnetwork.com/ncaaf/j…
There are ice caps, crusts is water ice, and water crystals that can be found in many places in our own solar system on planets, moons, comets and in the rings of giant planets like Saturn. spaceplace.nasa.gov/ice-o…
Today I learned of the tallest solider of all time, VΓ€inΓΆ Myllyrinne. While he served for the Viipuri Heavy Artillery he was (7ft 3in) tall. Later in his life he had anothe growth spurt and he ended up being (8ft 3in) tall. On top of all that he was a wrestler, in a circus, and had GIANT hands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C…
Giant ground sloths dug enormous burrows in South America thousands of years ago that still exist today. The biggest ones are over 6 feet tall and 2,000 feet long. discovermagazine.com/plan…
There is a giant shoe statue dedicated to the man that threw one at GWB at a conference in 2008 nydailynews.com/news/worl…
Today I learned of Elasmotherium: an extinct giant hairy rhino that looked like Mudhorn from Mandalorian curiosmos.com/how-a-chang…
A meteor reportedly fell right on the battlefield during a war between Pontus and Rome. According to Plutarch, the sky suddenly split apart and a large silvery-hot meteor resembling a giant hogshead bombarded the ground between the armies. Both forces promptly withdrew to fight another day. realmofhistory.com/2015/1…
Tolkien’s original version of the Dark Lord Sauron in Lord of the Rings was a giant black cat....β€œTevildo the prince of cats” youtube.com/watch?v=QAJWF…

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