In 1881 an Egyptian obelisk named Cleopatra's Needle was erected in NYC's Central Park. A capsule buried beneath holds the 1870 census, a Bible, a Webster’s Dictionary, the complete works of Shakespeare, a guide to Egypt, and a copy of the Declaration of Independence. centralparknyc.org/locati…
Since the Ford Prefect wasn't a common enough car outside of the UK, the French and Greek translators changed the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy character Ford Prefect's name to "Ford Escort" to keep the name's automotive connection clear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
There are more statues dedicated to Sacagawea, who was Lewis and Clark's native guide than any other American woman nps.gov/articles/sacagawe…
A guide dog named Roselle led a group of people including her blind owner down 78 flights of stairs before the North Tower collapsed on 9/11. She only stopped to give kisses to a woman who was having a panic attack. money.cnn.com/galleries/2…
Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad, relied on celestial navigation to guide herself and others along their route. They used the Big Dipper (which resembled a drinking gourd) to find the North Star, and they followed that beacon to freedom. resources.billofrightsins…
Pelorus Jack was a dolphin that used to guide ships through a notoriously dangerous channel in New Zealand. In 1904 someone aboard the SS Penguin tried to shoot Jack with a rifle, he survived and continued to guide all ships except the SS Penguin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pel…
Girl Guides were used for espionage in the first world war. Boy Scouts were also used at the start, but they were too talkative and boisterous. scotlandswar.co.uk/guides…
During the Lewis & Clark expedition Sacagawea was reunited with her brother Cameahwait, the "Great Chief" of the Lemhi Shoshones. This led to generous aid including selling horses, carrying cargo, sharing knowledge of the Bitterroot Mountains and the Columbia River, and supplying a guide. lewis-clark.org/article/2…
The Dead Sea Scrolls include a guide to hidden treasure history.com/.amp/news/6-t…
Psychologist B.F. Skinner tried to train pigeons to serve as guides for bombing runs in WWII. After canceling the project, he successfully taught the pigeons to play ping pong instead. biography.com/scientist/b…
Today I learned of Tecun Uman, one of the last rulers of the K'iche' Maya people. Legend says his animal spirit guide, a quetzal bird, accompanied him as he faced Spanish conquistador Pedro de Alvarado in a final battle. The quetzal is said to have landed on Tecun's bloodied chest after he was killed by Pedro. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tec…
Double spacing after a period is no longer the standard, according to most style guides. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sen…
Xolos (dogs) were used by the aztecs for cuddling (for warmth because they were hairless). They were considered to be related to the God of death (xolotls) and guide them to MictlΓ‘n (aztec underworld). phys.org/news/2019-12-rev…
Today I learned about a Documentary called Kadoma. In which 2 American Pro Kayakers and their South African guide attempt the first descent of the Lukuga River in The Democratic Republic of Congo.While filming, the guide was snatched out of his Kayak by a 15fT crocodile and never seen again. mountainfilm.org/media/ka…
George McCoy is Britain's leading Brothel Reviewer with 13 national guidebooks, multiple local guides and even street planners. He often gets free services as he is reviewing and some Brothels even have β€œRecommended by George McCoy” stickers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In 1979, the first stage version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy had the entire audience wafted 1/2000th-of-an-inch above the floor aboard an industrial hovercraft during set changes. Zaphod Beeblebrox was portrayed by two actors inside one large costume. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
The first winter ascent of Mont Blanc was made by a woman, Isabella Straton, in January 1876. She later married the mountain guide who led her that day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
A former Michelin Guide inspector said an inspector's life is lonely, underpaid drudgery, driving around France for weeks on end, dining alone, under intense pressure to file detailed reports on strict deadlines, the guide had become lax in its standards, & some famous chefs are "untouchables". wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel…
Sacagawea, Native American kidnapped, enslaved and sold as a wife at age 12, helped guide the Lewis & Clark Expedition through the Rocky Mountains. Her route was later chosen as the optimal path for the Northern Pacific Railroad to cross the Continental Divide. biography.com/explorer/sa…
In 2015, a guide dog in New York was awarded the ASPCA’s β€œDog of the Year” award for running in front of an oncoming bus to protect his blind owner, and didn’t leave her side until she received medical attention even though he suffered a broken leg. newyork.cbslocal.com/2015…
Dogs not eligible to continue guide dog training are offered "career changes" guidedogs.com/meet-gdb/do…
Aboriginal Australians have extremely intricate, multi-language 'songlines' - ancestor songs which guide/navigate them through extremely vast distances of Australian Terrain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
Today I learned about Marvin Creamer an American college professor who became the first person to sail around the world without any navigational equipment. He relied on the sun, stars and moon to guide him instead of a compass, sextent, clock or any other type of navigational instrument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of the Parthian shot, an ancient military tactic where archers on horses would feign retreat and then turn their bodies while at full gallop to shoot at the pursuing enemy. It required great skill to master. Without a stirrup, the rider relied solely on pressure from his legs to guide his horse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
The RAF had to guide a light aircraft pilot down to a safe landing, after temporarily he went blind from a stroke. theguardian.com/uk/2008/n…
In the 1800s, Mrs Favell Lee Mortimer set out to write an ambitious guide to all the nations on Earth. She had never set foot outside Shropshire. She was horribly misinformed about virtually every topic she turned her attention to. And she was prejudiced against foreigners. publishersweekly.com/9781…
Skyscrapers shrink over time due to building materials compressing. This shrinkage is large enough that elevator guide rails in the highest skyscrapers need to be mounted to sliding clips, instead of attached solidly, so they can move when the building shrinks instead of warping. hitachi.com/rev/archive/2…
Mavis Beacon is not a real person, but actually a character used to teach typing. Mavis Beacon's name is a combination of the original developer's favorite singer and the word beacon as a guide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mav…
Today I learned of COCOM limits, controls placed on GPS systems which stop them from functioning at a speed of over 1200 MPH and/or 59,000 feet. These are specifically in place to prevent the GPS from being used to guide missiles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coo…
Jennifer Aniston & Matthew Perry (from Friends) starred in a video guide infomercial for Windows 95 youtu.be/vLlWrt-zmTo
Left pawed dogs are far less likely to pass guide dog training. arc.gov.au/news-publicati…
Agatha Christie kept a copy of the ABC railway guide beside her telephone and that's where she got the idea for "The ABC Murders". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Tim Staffell, original member of the band that would become Queen, later worked on the TV adaption of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and made models for Thomas the Tank Engine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Super Mario Bros. was so wildly popular the best selling book in Japan in 1985 was a strategy guide for Super Mario Bros. youtube.com/watch?v=2EUYS…
About 95% of serotonin is produced in the gastrointestinal tract which is lined with a hundred million nerve cells, or neurons, that are influenced by bacteria. The inner workings of the digestive system don’t just help digest food, but also guide moods and emotions. health.harvard.edu/blog/n…
The dictionary isn't as much an instruction guide to the English language, as it is a record of how people are using it. Words aren't added because they're OK to use, but because a lot of people have been using them. languages.oup.com/our-sto…
In Finland, city planners are known to visit parks immediately after the first snowfall, when the existing walking paths are not visible. People naturally choose desire paths, clearly marked by their footprints, which can be then used to guide the routing of new purpose-built paved paths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
Disney was forced to abandon its policy of letting disabled people skip lines in its theme parks, after rampant abuse of the rule by people hiring disabled β€œtour guides” to skip waiting for rides. These guides sometimes charged up to hundreds of dollars per hour. nbclosangeles.com/news/lo…
At age 82, Nobel Prize Winner Yang Chen-ning married a 28-year-old Chinese woman. Yang first met her during a conference and the first-year university student was his guide taipeitimes.com/News/taiw…
A miniature horse named Digby is the UK’s first guide horse, trained to help his partially-sighted owner navigate London’s streets and its Metro. Horses are sometimes preferred over dogs due to their long lifespan, averaging anywhere from 30-45 years. news.sky.com/story/uks-fi…
There is a group called "Snapewives". So called "Snapeists", these woman claim to channel Severus Snape's spirit through their bodies and speak and have romantic relationships with him. They believe Snape is an immortal deity, and see him as a guide to daily life. fanlore.org/wiki/Snapewiv…
Camels eat cactus no problem. Using hardened protrusions called papillae to guide their chew. They guide their bites and swallow the thorns vertically to avoid being poked. This isn't to say it still doesn't cause discomfort, camels just tank it. cactusway.com/can-camels-…
Kelly Blue Book has been purchased by Autotrader (used car seller) and NADA Guides has been purchased by J.D. Power (a P.R. firm) and no longer give accurate values of used cars. youtu.be/yUwx3TEJuAs
Mt. Everest guide Scott Fischer claimed, "We've got the Big E figured out, we've got it totally wired. These days, I'm telling you, we've built a yellow brick road to the summit." Fischer and 7 others were killed in a blizzard on Mt. Everest, and his body is still on the mountain. outsideonline.com/1915126…
Today I learned about Tatunca Nara, who claimed to be from Akakor, an ancient underground city, located somewhere between Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. He worked as a jungle guide, but several of his clients disappeared, and it was discovered he was actually born in Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tat…
Beloved children's book author E.B. White was also co-author of a notable American English writing style guide. americanliterature.com/au…
During WWII Germany used 2 β€˜Lorenz beams’ to guide bombers at night over the U.K. Bombers followed 1 beam, then, when they crossed the 2nd beam, they dropped their bombs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lor…
, the best-selling book in Japan is 1985 was the strategy guide for Super Mario Brothers. thegamer.com/1985-best-se…
Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z) is Mel Brooks' (Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs) son en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
Super Mario Bros was so popular that at the end of 1985, Japan's highest-selling book was a strategy guide on how to beat the game. kotaku.com/5802916/when-m…

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