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/…
Patricia Demauro walked to a craps table at Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa with $100. Four hours and 18 minutes later, Demauro had rolled the World Record for Craps Rolls. She rolled 154 times, the odds of accomplishing this is 1 in 1.56 trillion. content.time.com/time/nat…
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are able to fly across the Golf of Mexico, a distance of 500 miles, in one 20-hour non-stop flight. This requires more calories than the bird's weight, so they prepare by doubling their fat mass. They expend the entire caloric reserve during the flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
The residents of the Spanish village Villar de Corneja near Avila, where the average age is 75, toast the New Year 12 hours before the rest of their countrymen in a collective decision to get to bed at a decent hour. newsbeezer.com/austriaeng…
Today I learned about "Myst Island" a proposed theme park at Disney World. A limited number of guests would get ferried to an 11-acre island designed like Myst. They'd spend hours there, exploring areas and discovering clues non-linearly. Theoretically, no 2 guests would have the same adventure. slashfilm.com/myst-theme-…
In 1714, 2 gunships fought for 14 hours, before one ran out of ammunition. The captain messaged his opponent, thanking him for a fine duel, and asking for more ammunition, so that the fight could continue. His opponent refused, but they then agreed to sail away in opposite directions. historyanswers.co.uk/hist…
Ants sleep by taking about 250 one minute naps throughout their day. It totals just under 5 hours of sleep. This allows for 80% of their colony to be awake, working and prepared at any given moment. kingstownelawn.com/blog/d…
Psychologist George Stratton wore glasses that turned the world upside down for 8 days. By the third day his brain had adjusted the image to feel right side up and normal. Once he took the glasses off his normal vision looked inverted for hours. madsci.org/posts/archives…
Within 24 Hours of The Pearl Harbor Attack, Japan Successfully Invaded the Philippines, the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), Much of New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Guam, and Other Strategic Areas All Over the Western Pacific. britannica.com/topic/Paci…
Air traffic controllers get a break every 2 hours. When controllers remain "on position" for more than 2 hours without a break, performance can deteriorate rapidly, even at low traffic levels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Psychology research demonstrates the psychological benefits of working less. Working fewer hours was associated with improved psychological and health benefits. It also helps with productivity. neurosciencenews.com/psyc…
In 2008, McDonald's Japan paid 1,000 people to wait in line for the release of the Quarter Pounder in Osaka. People were paid $10 an hour to do this. 15,000 people gathered at the restaurant due to the fake crowd which caused people to accuse the company of trickery. factsanddetails.com/japan…
If you totally sleep-deprive a white-crowned sparrow in the laboratory during the migratory period of the year, it suffers virtually no ill effects whatsoever. The US government continues to have a vested interest in this sparrow: their hope for developing a 24-hour soldier. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Elephants are tremendous distance swimmers. They can swim for up to six hours and 25 miles (48km). They are so buoyant that if they tire in the water, they can just rest by floating and will not sink. They can also use their trunk as a snorkel and dive. wildanimalpark.org/can-el…
Today I learned of the tragedy of Love Canal, NY a town that was meant to be a dream community but was built on a toxic waste dump. The government ignored helping the families suffering from birth defects and health issues until a group of activist moms kidnapped 2 EPA officials for a few hours. wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_C…
MoliΓ¨re's legendary death: collapsing on stage while performing in the last play he had written, insisting on completing his performance, collapsing again, died hours afterwards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
A teenaged Evel Kinevel, while working at a copper mine, popped a wheelie with a piece of heavy machinery. He hit a power line, causing the city of Butte, Montana to lose power for several hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
If you're under 18 in China you can only play games up to 90 minutes on weekdays and three hours on weekends. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Sony didn't believe that Aaron Sorkin's 162 page script for 'The Social Network' would come out under 2 hours. David Fincher timed Sorkin reading it aloud. The reading took 1 hour and 59 minutes, which was the exact running time of the final cut youtube.com/watch?v=Ya3jO…
In 2007, 33-year-old Steve Way weighed over 100kg, smoked 20 cigarettes a day & ate junk food regularly. In order to overcome lifestyle-related health issues, he started taking running seriously. In 2008, he ran the London Marathon in under 3 hours and, in 2014, he set the British 100 km record en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
During the Christmas of 1819, King George III - who by then was completely blind, increasingly deaf, had dementia, was in pain from rheumatism and suffering from another bout of insanity - spoke nonsense for 58 hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In 2007 six US cruise missiles with the nuclear warheads were mistakenly loaded onto a bomber, not reported missing, and remained mounted for 36 hours with no security precautions for nuclear weapons implemented. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Bill Murray once drove a taxi cab so that the cab driver could spend time playing saxophone in the backseat. The cab driver mentioned that he never had time to play his sax since he had to work 14 hours a day. Murray took the driver’s seat so that he could finally play some tunes. pagesix.com/2014/09/05/bi…
The birth of JFK's sister Rosemary in 1918 was complicated by medical resources focused elsewhere during a pandemic. A nurse, trying to delay delivery for a doctor, held her mother's legs closed. When that failed, she reached into the birth canal and held Rosemary's head in place for two hours. marieclaire.com/celebrity…
In 1793, The French government implemented a new calendar, based on decimals. It had 10 days per week, 10 hours per day, 100 minutes per hour and 100 seconds per minute. The experiment lasted 12 years, failing to gain wider acceptance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Andy Griffith was buried within five hours of his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
The Chinese Army has been training 10,000 pigeons to provide support to the military's communications in the event that war renders its modern technology unusable. The pigeons, flying at speeds of up to 75 miles (120 km) per hour, are being trained to carry loads of up to 3.5 oz (100 g) content.time.com/time/wor…
In 2006 VH1 ran a fundraiser for Hurricane Katerina where viewers who made donations were able to choose which music videos the station would play. One viewer donated $35,000 and requested continuous play of "99 Luftballons" and "99 Red Ballons" for an hour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/99_…
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent not 1, not 5, but 21 hours, 36 minutes on the moon's surface, after a rest period that included seven hours of sleep. nasa.gov/mission_pages/ap…
The first two ironclad ships, one from each side during the civil war, battled for hours because their cannon shots proved entirely ineffectual against each other's iron armor. After a long period of fighting, both ships retreated to their respective ports. mashable.com/2016/03/03/c…
Koalas sleep 18-22 hours a day due to the daily strain on their system to digest toxic Eucalyptus nationalgeographic.com/an…
Researches at Uni. of Oklahoma injected almost 300 MG of LSD into a male Indian elephant in 1967. Within 5 minutes he collapsed; slightly under two hours later he was dead. illinoisscience.org/2016/…
The Oneida silverware company was started as a free love community where monogamous marriage was frowned upon and even restricted. Lovers could only spend a couple hours together so as not to form special bonds. bbc.com/reel/video/p08sbb…
A fan drove three hours to deliver rapper, Boozie Badazz, a much needed dosage of insulin. She refused to accept payment and instead asked for just a photo. On her way home she stopped at a store, bought a scratch off ticket, and won $10,000. revolt.tv/platform/amp/ne…
18th century France developed a visual telegraph system. Using a series of towers topped with adjustable beams that would display a message and instructions on the next tower to relay it to, messages could be sent across the country in a mere matter of hours, long before electricity. bbc.com/news/magazine-229…
Lyndon B Johnson was sworn in as President on Air Force One just two hours and eight minutes after JFK was assassinated, using a Roman Catholic missal from President Kennedy's desk, despite LBJ not being Catholic, due to the missal being mistaken for a Bible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
Today I learned of an attempted plane bombing in 1985 where the bomb went off an hour early, while still in the airport. The perpetrators did not realize that Japan does not observe daylight saving time, so the bomb went off before it made in onboard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
In 1997 a poacher named Vladimir Markov shot and wounded a tiger and then stole a part of the tiger's kill. The injured tiger staked out Markov's cabin, waited 12-48 hours for Markov to come home and then proceeded to kill him and eat him. wbur.org/npr/129551459/st…
Jamie McDonald ran 524 treadmill miles in a week. He had less than 3 hours of sleep a night, covering 3 marathons a day, a total of 20 marathons. A few weeks earlier he'd run 5,500 miles across America over a period of a year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Today I learned about UNICOR, they a government company that uses federal prisoners paid between 23Β’ and $1.15 an hour to produce almost all the furniture seen in federal buildings. businessreview.berkeley.e…
Two Liverpool fans travelled to see Liverpool play against the Belgian team Genk - but by mistake, went to Ghent, 150 km away, only discovering their mistake an hour before the match. After hearing the story, the local team KAA Gent offered them to be VIP guests at an upcoming match against Genk bbc.com/sport/football/50…
The F-35 has a lifespan of 8,000 hours and it costs $44,000 per hour to fly. popularmechanics.com/mili…
The fig wasp grows a telescopic penis and inmediately impregnates his sisters after birth. The female wasps then have 48 hours to find a fig and lay eggs bedore dying. trendsmap.com/twitter/twe…
People who are in love report at least one hour less of sleep per night than their romantically unattached peers. This lack of sleep is attributed to the hypomanic-like condition our brain enters when we are in love. theglobeandmail.com/life/…
When Bill Withers was in his 30s earning $3 an hour, he went to a Lou Rawls concert. He overheard that Rawls (who didn't arrive) was to be paid $2000 for the show. Withers immediately bought a cheap guitar and started writing songs. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Giraffes have a blue tongue to protect them from sunburn, because they graze on the tops of trees for up to 12 hours a day in the direct sunlight. Their tongue contains melanin, the same pigment responsible for tanning. earthnworld.com/why-giraf…
The speed of electrical signals in our body varies greatly depending on the type of signal. Signals carried by neurons that link the spinal cord to the muscles can travel at 156 to 270 miles per hour while signals carried on the fibres of pain receptors travel at 1.1 to 4.4 miles per hour. earthsky.org/human-world/…
Today I learned about a case report on a 19 year old wrestler who died after losing 9 pounds in 8.5 hours by exercising vigorously in a hot environment wearing a vapour-impermeable suit under a cotton warm-up suit. He resumed exercising 2 hours after the weight loss and died from cardiac arrest an hour later. cmaj.ca/content/158/9/117…
In 1957 the Soviets sent a street dog, named Laika, out to space. She became the first ever living being sent to space, yet there wasn’t any plan to return her to earth. Laika only survived about five to seven hours after liftoff before dying of overheating and panic. britannica.com/topic/Laik…
Today I learned of American daredevil Sam Scott who in 1841 London planned to run from the White Lion Pub to Waterloo Bridge, jump into the river and get back within an hour. At the bridge as he swung from a rope to jump it slipped around his neck and he promptly hanged himself in front of crowds of onlookers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…

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