Prairie dog language is complex. They don’t just have a call for β€œdanger”: their calls differentiate human, hawk, domesticated dog, coyote etc. and specify size & color. One study found that they can communicate β€œHere comes the short human in the yellow” (vs the tall human in blue) to each other npr.org/2011/01/20/132650…
Ewan McGregor's character in Black Hawk Down is fictionally named because the real person was convicted of child molestation in 1999. The Pentagon gave permission to use actual Army Black Hawks in the movie if the producers agreed to change the name from John Stebbins to 'John Grimes'. crimemagazine.com/war-her…
Despite their looks, falcons are more closely related to parrots than they are to hawks and eagles. amentian.com/post/6xwZ
A hawk caused a wildfire in Montana by landing on a powerline with a snake in its talons, which electrocuted both animals and their charred bodies fell into the brush below and started a 40 acre fire. newsweek.com/how-snake-ea…
Many US military officials, even war hawks such as Douglas MacArthur and several fleet admirals, opposed the usage of atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki as unnecessary and cruel. Curtis LeMay even went as far as to say "The atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war at all." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deb…
Skateboarding was so uncool that Tony Hawk had to hide his skateboard at school so that he wouldn’t get beat up and bullied. youtu.be/9Dj2SP5sbd8
In May of 2020, Gui Khury, a 11 year old Brazilian skateboarding prodigy successfully completed the first 1080 on a vert ramp. For reference, Tony Hawk was 31 when he landed the 900 in 1999. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/108…
In March 1984, the USS Kitty Hawk collided with a Soviet Victor-class submarine. A red submarine was painted on her island near the bridge but was ordered removed upon return to home port North Island San Diego, CA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The development team for Tony Hawk’s Project 8 β€œworked on the weekends” just to get drunk and play Guitar Hero; they were subsequently selected to head the development of Guitar Hero. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
In the late 1990's Activsion offered Tony Hawk $500,000 for his name rights in the Tony Hawk video game franchise. Tony Hawk turned down the offer & the video games went on to generate over $1.4 billion in sales worldwide. cnbc.com/2019/06/13/tony-…
An entomologist developed the Schmidt Pain Index to compare the pain and intensity of insect stings on a scale of 1-4; the most painful stings are those of the bullet ant, tarantula hawk, and warrior wasp. atlasobscura.com/articles…
British comedian Tony Hawks became so frustrated with being mistaken for pro skateboarder Tony Hawk that he has published a book called "Tony Hawk's The A to Z of Skateboarding" that contains nothing about skateboarding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
The top 3 most expensive skateboards ever sold were a collaboration between Tony Hawk & Ben Harper to raise money for skateparks in low income communities. The highest price paid was $38,425 for a skateboard with the lyrics to "Blowin' in the Wind" personnally penned by Bob Dylan on it. moneyinc.com/most-expensi…
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 has a song call Confisco from Charlie Brown Junior made possible because the fans made a petition asking Activision. CBR is a locally famous brazilian band, the singer most know as ChorΓ£o was a big skate advocate, he passed 2013. youtube.com/watch?v=3EmU3…
Falcons are more closely related to parrots and songbirds than they are to hawks. nsf.gov/news/news_summ.js…
Today I learned about the Hummingbird hawk-moth, which are often mistaken for hummingbirds because of the similar way that they hover and feed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Hummingbirds build nests near and below hawk nests because their predators are scared of the hawks and tend to avoid hawk nests. Survival rates are higher for eggs laid in a cone-shaped area near/below hawk nests smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Tony Hawk Performed 50 Tricks in Celebration of Turning 50. The 50 tricks were among the 100+ tricks that he created since he started skating in '77. youtu.be/8Zx7fFFfPis
Jim Coleman, a sportswriter made up the 'curse of Muldoon' to meet an editorial deadline. The curse supposedly prevented the Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League from finishing in first place from 1938 to 1967. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 had a day one patch amounting to more than 8GB as it turns out all said 8GB was the whole game and without the patch all you get is the already inaccessible tutorial. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_H…
The Wright Bros. famous first flight at Kitty Hawk actually took place on an island off North Carolina en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
The sound commonly attributed to the Bald Eagle is actually the call of a Red-Tailed Hawk, whereas the Bald Eagle sounds more similar to a... Seagull youtube.com/watch?v=NVBxL…
When a hawk moth caterpillar feels threatened, its body swells up taking the shape of a pit viper's head, with two huge black markings appearing as the snakes' eyes. The caterpillar also turns itself over to reveal its belly, completely transforming itself into a menacing predator. earthtouchnews.com/wtf/wt…
Many moth species have developed sonic defenses to help camouflage themselves from bats. One example is the male hawk moth which stridulates their genitalia mid flight to produce a sound at that effectively acts like a sonar jammer. pnas.org/content/112/20/6…
US Marine Reservist Hussein Mohamed Farrah Aidid served in Operation Restore Hope (the setting of Black Hawk Down). His father, Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid, was the opposition leader. One weekend in 1995 he didn’t show up to drill because he was busy taking over as warlord. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The Kremlin has a division of trained hawks that defend the building from crows. At first, keepers tried to use pre-recorded shrieks, but crows got used to them, so falcons-later hawks, were used. They are easier and cheaper to train. There’s also an eagle-owl that hunts at night. rbth.com/lifestyle/327146…
Today I learned about the Tarantula Hawk, A Spider Wasp That Preys on Tarantulas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Gray foxes can climb trees. β€œThey can climb trees that are straight up; they do not require leaning trees to climb. Not only will they climb trees to escape predators but they also climb to take a nap in a sunny location, and they have been known to hide or sleep in hawk and owl nests.” wildlifelandtrust.org/wil…
The Hotel Del Coronado in southern CA uses a trained Hawk to keep seagulls from bothering guests who are dining outdoors. cbs8.com/mobile/article/n…
Mosquito hawks do not actually eat mosquitos. Instead, the larvae mostly feed on roots of forage crops, turf grasses, and seedling field crops, while adults, if they feed at all, feed primarily on liquids such as nectar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
"buzzards" are hawks, not vultures. Referring to vultures as "buzzards" is a strictly American English practice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Owls have a reputation of being wise due to their large eyes, but are not smart enough to be trained - unlike parrots, hawks, and pigeons. They still have a complex brain, but it spends much of its time processing information from its optic nerves. scienceiq.com/Facts/WiseA…
A 40 acre Montana fire was caused by a hawk landing on power lines while clutching a large snake. The wriggling snake touched a second power line, completing the circuit and electrocuting both animals with up to 700,000 volts. earthtouchnews.com/wtf/wt…
A Tarantula Hawk is a spider wasp that preys on tarantulas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Female birds of prey (Hawks, falcons, etc.) are generally significantly larger than their male counterparts. audubon.org/news/most-fem…
Today I learned of the Tarantula Hawk, a giant member of the wasp family whose sting is described as an "immediate, excruciating, unrelenting pain that simply shuts down one's ability to do anything, except scream. Mental discipline simply does not work in these situations." It's the state insect of New Mexico. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
16,000 homing pigeons were parachuted into France on D Day, with the intention that anyone who found them could send valuable information back to Britain. Only 1,800 made it back, and the remainder either perished unfound in their containers, or fell victim to nazi hawks stationed along the coas news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
The Army pressured the filmmakers of Black Hawk Down to change the name of the war hero portrayed by Ewan McGregor because the real life soldier is serving a 30 year prison term for raping his six year old daughter ratical.org/ratville/JFK/…
Certain species of hawk in Australia have been known to purposely spread wildfires beyond firebreaks in order to force prey out into the open news.nationalgeographic.c…
Neil Armstrong took souvenirs to the Moon. Specifically, he carried cloth and pieces of propeller from the original Wright Flyer, which Wilbur and Orville flew at Kitty Hawk. Armstrong specifically requested to take the items, and they were counted as his personal belongings. time.com/5418950/first-ma…
In 2003 WB approached Tony Hawk to make Skate Jam, a skater-themed sequel to Space Jam, but it was cancelled after Looney Tunes: Back in Action bombed. It was one of several sequel ideas, including Spy Jam (starring Jackie Chan), Race Jam (starring Jeff Gordon), and a film with Tiger Woods. slashfilm.com/space-jam-s…
The small elephant hawk moth (Deilephila porcellus) gets its common name for the caterpillar head's resemblance to an elephant's trunk. Hawk moths are also known as sphinx moths because the caterpillar resembles the Great Sphinx of Giza when resting. They are found in Europe and northern Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dei…
Today I learned of the tarantula hawk wasp that has a non-deadly sting so painful, experienced professionals will just suggest you to lie down & scream if stung, because most people lose verbal & physical coordination afterwards. wired.com/2015/07/absurd-…
In 1903, the New York Times declared that "flying machines" were essentially a waste of timeβ€”only a week before the Wright brothers successfully flew their airplane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. nytimes.com/1903/10/09/ar…
The Tarantula Hawk is a Spider Wasp which hunts Tarantulas. They have the highest rating (4) on the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. The pain is described as "blinding, fierce, and shockingly electric. A running hair dryer has been dropped into your bubble bath." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
A Hawk named Timber is trained to keep seagulls, crows and ravens away from tourist at a San Diego hotel. sandiegouniontribune.com/…
Skateboard legend, Tony Hawk was tested to have an IQ of 144. the-talks.com/interview/t…
The majestic call of the American Bald Eagle is a myth. The sound we associate with eagles is actually that of the red-tailed hawk, which is dubbed over. For such a powerful bird, the Bald Eagle emits surprisingly weak-sounding callsβ€”usually a series of high-pitched whistling or piping notes. npr.org/templates/story/s…
The "caw" sound associated with the bald eagle is usually dubbed with the call of the red tailed hawk. In reality, bald eagles sound more like seagulls. youtu.be/PQ2uMauyBow?t=36
The Hawks Nest Tunnel disaster was one of the worst industrial accidents in the US. Between 476 & 1,000 workers eventually died of silicosis in the 1930s after a silica vein was struck boring the tunnel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…

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