Avocados evolved alongside extinct megafauna like giant ground sloths whose digestive system could pass the intact pit. Human cultivation saved the avocado. thegreatstory.org/avocado…
A helium balloon on the moon, unlike what might feel intuitive, would drop to the ground as if it was heavy. popsci.com/science/articl…
Pumping water from the ground causes the ground to contract. Areas with high well usage can lose dozens and dozens of feet of elevation due to this "land subsidence". usgs.gov/special-topic/wa…
New York’s Five Mafia Families received millions of dollars for contracts for the Ground Zero debris clean up and engaged in a variety of schemes from no show jobs for high level bosses to illegally dumping debris nydailynews.com/archives/…
In 1961, Goodyear released "illuminated tires" made of a translucent material available in several different colours. Each tire contained 18 light bulbs that would generate an electroluminscent-like glow on the ground and in the wheel wells. thedrive.com/news/26862/w…
After Marcelo Bielsa became manager of Leeds United FC, he found out that the average fan had to work 3 hours to pay for a match ticket. He called his players together and made them pick up litter from around the training ground for 3 hours, to appreciate how the fans laboured for their passion theguardian.com/football/…
In the original Grimms' Rumpelstiltskin (1812), when the imp's name was revealed, he fled in surrender, never to be seen again. In 1857, the Grimms rewrote a new, more brutal ending, wherein the Imp, in defeat, plants one foot in the ground, grabs the other, and tears his own body in half. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum…
During solar eclipses, tree leaves act as pinhole cameras, resulting in trees casting crescent-shaped shadows on the ground. This effect puzzled Aristotle in the 4th Century BC. science.nasa.gov/science-…
Today I learned of the Oster conspiracy where members of the Abwehr wanted to use a negative response from Britain in the Sudeten Crisis to arrest Hitler on the grounds of of endangering the safety of Germany and its people. Despite being made aware of the plot, Britain sided with Hitler. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ost…
As Drone Bees mate with Queen Bees mid-flight, all blood in the Drone's body rushes to his endophallus causing him to lose control of his body. After inseminating the queen, his body falls to the ground leaving part of his endophallus in the queen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dro…
A species of Australian Nocturnal Ground Parrots thought to be extinct for 100 years were found by one man after 15 years of searching. His search began when he found one feather of this bird on a truck and traced it back to the farm of an Old Indigenous Gentleman. audubon.org/news/yes-more…
There is a distinct variety of mosquito that's evolved to live in the London Underground - unlike its above-ground counterpart, it doesn't hibernate and feeds mostly on human blood, rather than bird bbc.co.uk/earth/story/201…
NBC executives hated the script for the Seinfeld episode, 'The Chinese Restaurant', and only agreed to allow it to be filmed after co-creator Larry David threatened to quit. It is now considered a ground-breaking episode of TV, and the best example of Seinfeld's 'show about nothing' premise en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Quokkas don’t throw their babies at predators like the rumors said. Instead, the mothers will make their kids lay writhing and hissing on the ground to attract predators (while they escape) africacheck.org/fact-chec…
Today I learned about Reaction wood growth in trees and how it is the wood that grows due to stress (wind, water, outside forces..). This is the reason trees can grow near parallel to the ground and not fall over. botanicalgarden.berkeley.…
Wheelie bins manufactured and/or sold in the EU must be measured on the volume of noise they make when the lid is shut and when moved over irregular ground and the "guaranteed sound power level" must be "visibly, legibly and indelibly" fixed to it. eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-c…
Egyptians' sun god Khepri was scarab-faced because they believed that in the same way as the beetle pushes large balls of dung along the ground, Khepri moved the newly-born sun across the sky en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khe…
Sloths lose 1/3 of their body weight when they poop, which happens once a week on the ground, and in the standing position. businessinsider.com/the-h…
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas in the ground. It can build up in basements and crawl spaces, increasing the chances of lung cancer when breathed in because of the radiation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
Giraffes sleep between 30 minutes and 2 hours per day often broken up into smaller sections. Because getting up from the ground takes them a little time, laying down makes them more vulnerable to predators such as crocodiles and lions. startsleeping.org/animal-…
The American with the most days in space is Peggy A. Whitson. At 665 days, she has nearly spent two years literally without her feet on the ground. supercluster.com/astronau…
Today I learned about Marion Crawford who served as the governess to Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, and was the named author of the book β€˜The Little Princesses’. She was shunned by the Royal Family and left her grace and favour house in the grounds of Kensington Palace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
J.R.R Tolkien was rejected for a Nobel Prize, in 1961, on the grounds of his poor storytelling. tolkienlibrary.com/press/…
Coppicing -- cutting a deciduous tree to the ground when it is dormant -- produces multiple stems growing out of the main trunk. This method of pruning allows the continual harvest of wood from the same tree for centuries. midwestpermaculture.com/2…
Skywriting was invented by the Royal Air Force in World War I to send messages to troops on the ground. After the war, Pepsi built a fleet of skywriting biplanes. vox.com/the-goods/2019/5/…
A shoelace knot gets untied while running due to the foot striking the ground at 7G. As the knot loosens, the swinging leg applies an inertial force on the free ends of the laces, which rapidly leads to a failure of the knot in as few as 2 strides after inertia acts on the laces. news.berkeley.edu/2017/04…
In 623, Tuyuhun raiders invaded China. With the raiders holding the higher ground, a general sent two dancing girls and a group of musicians to a hill near their camp, where they performed an erotic dance. The raiders rushed to the hill, where they were attacked in the rear, with over 500 killed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuy…
In 1968, the US army killed about 6000 sheep after accidentally releasing a gaseous nerve agent (VX) on a huge flock of them after a test at the Dugway proving grounds in Utah. This was known as the Dugway sheep incident the first documented admission about it from the Army was in 1998. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dug…
In 1871 criminal defense attorney Clement Vallandigham argued his clientβ€”accused of murderβ€”is innocent by conjecturing the victim accidentally shot himself. While demonstrating to the jury, Vallandigham accidentally shot himself dead with the same gun. His client was acquitted on those grounds. uknowledge.uky.edu/cgi/vi…
There is a prefabricated cast iron church in Istanbul. Cast in Vienna, barged down the Danube , across the Black Sea, and bolted together in 1871, iron was chosen instead of concrete due to the unstable ground. The Bulgarian St. Stephen Church represents independence from Greek Orthodoxy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bul…
Today I learned of the Middle Ground Lighthouse in the James river of Virginia, which was converted to a private home in 2005. middlegroundlight.com/bef…
Sloths are almost totally blind during the day. In bright light, sloths rely totally on a highly developed sense of smell. Consequently, the greatest number of sloth deaths occur when they go to the ground to poop once a week. wildernessclassroom.org/w…
It is not allowed to be buried in Svalbard. Due to the permafrost, the bodies do not decompose, and any viruses or diseases they are carrying are also preserved. If the permafrost melts, the bodies can be pushed out the ground, where it is possible to infect people again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
, that the world record for the highest flight endurance is 64 days, 22 hours and 19 minutes. It was achieved in a modified Cessna 172 flown by R. Timm and J. Cook. The modifications included a large belly fuel tank and a oil tank refuelable inflight. Gazoline was obtained by a truck from ground. disciplesofflight.com/fli…
Airplanes that fly the advertising banners do not take off with the signs. They lower a grappling hook and grab them from the ground. airsign.com/blog/how-we-f…
Today I learned about β€œpiss pipes” β€” PVC tubes stuck in the ground so soldiers can urinate at a designated area while in the field without overflowing the surface. military.com/undertherada…
Today I learned of Richard Russell, an airport ground service worker who stole a 76-seat passenger plane and flew for an hour doing barrel rolls before committing suicide by crash landing, all while talking to ATC seattletimes.com/seattle-…
Coleco, the maker of the ColecoVision video game console was founded as the Connecticut Leather Company selling leather products to shoe repair shops. They went on to make above-ground pools before moving into video games. They also created the iconic Cabbage Patch Kid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
After being confronted by a protestor, Jean ChrΓ©tien, then-Prime Minister of Canada, grabbed the man by the back of the neck and chin, forcing him to the ground and breaking one of his teeth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
The Burj Khalifa is so tall, those above the 80th floor have to wait an extra 2 minutes before they can break Ramadan fast, as the sun can still be setting versus what people on the ground see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Not only is Laurel Hill Park (fka. Snake Hill) in Secaucus, NJ the site of a former "Lunatic Asylum," but in 2003 more than 4,500 bodies of poor people, prisoners and patients were moved from the grounds to make way for the Turnpike's Exit 15X ramp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sna…
Muslims above the 80th floor of the Burj Khalifa fast longer during Ramadan since the sun can still be seen from the higher floors even after it has already set at ground level bbc.com/news/world-middle…
Annie Murphy (Alexis from Schitt’s Creek) almost quit her acting career after her apartment burnt to the ground and she had $3 in her bank account. A couple days later she secured her audition for Alexis. cnbc.com/2020/01/30/annie…
Humans spend less time sleeping than any other primate. However, humans also sleep deeper than other primates. Because we sleep on the ground (no risk of falling from tree) and are well-defended from predators, we can afford to get deeper, higher-quality sleepβ€”so we don't need to sleep as long. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
Peanuts start out as flowers above ground. They then wilt, and the remaining peg goes back into the ground and turns into a peanut. auntrubyspeanuts.com/howg…
There is a phenomenon called refraction that affects the direction of sound propagation. During the day, the sound bends away from the ground; during the night, it bends towards the ground. Hence at night you have additional "sound" reaching you, making it louder. thermaxxjackets.com/sound…
In 2003, the mayor of Chicago illegally bulldozed the runway of a downtown airport in the middle of the night to create a park. This stranded 16 planes on the ground and required an inbound flight to be diverted. The FAA fined the city $33k - the maximum allowed at the time. aviationpros.com/home/new…
The last duel fought in Canada was in 1873 over a woman. Upon turning and firing, one duelist fell to the ground. Both duelists unknowingly had blanks loaded in their guns by their seconds. The one man fell because he fainted with fear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
NASA and ESA's minimum safety requirement for deorbiting satellites is anything smaller than a 1 in 10,000 chance of injury or death on the ground spectrum.ieee.org/tech-ta…
In 2007, an Australian cricket player made his debut for the national team in a match that he was originally attending as a spectator. Luke Pomersbach was at the ground as a spectator, but a back injury to a player during the warm-up forced the team to call on him as an emergency replacement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luk…

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