After being shot by poachers, an Elephant in Zimbabwe named Ben walked to and patiently waited outside a medical lodge for 5 hours. bumihillsfoundation.org/b…
At 1:10 a.m. on May 9, 1945, night owls in the USSR heard a radio report that Nazi Germany had officially surrendered to the Soviet Union. Rather than wait until morning to celebrate, citizens took to the streets in their pajamas. 22 hours later, the entire country had run out of vodka. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Henry Ford had initially lead the movement of shorter working weeks from the entrepreneurial side of things. He (counterintuitively at the time) showed that shorter working hours led to higher productivity. cnbc.com/2017/05/03/how-t…
In Alaska, plants can grow freakishly large due to the 20 hours of sunshine they receive per day - which gives them a photosynthesis bonus. Examples include 138 lb cabbage, 65 lb cantaloupe, & 35 lb broccoli. A noted side effect is that the produce is also much sweeter due to the extra sunlight. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Nicholas White, a Business Week employee, spent 41 hours trapped in an elevator, even though he signaled an alarm, and there was surveillance video inside the elevator cab en.wikipedia.org/wiki/122…
Bees sleep- and like to take naps in flowers. Forager bees sleep for several hours a day and older bees require more sleep than youngsters. This is why you sometimes you can find bees napping in flowers with their little heads down, antennae motionless, enjoying a quick snooze. honeybeesuite.com/do-hone…
That, in America, before TV was on 24 hours, there was a nightly sign off where the Star Spangled Banner was played and an image of the American flag was shown before the TV cut to static. nytimes.com/2019/10/30/ar…
Part of the reason we sigh is because the alveoli in the lungs collapse with disuse, and a sigh pops them back open by taking in more air. Humans average about 12 sighs an hour, and without them our lungs would fail. independent.co.uk/life-st…
In order to protest the high tariffs enforced by a U.K. censorship board, a filmmaker sent in a 10 hour β€œmovie” of white paint drying. They had to watch the entire film. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Today I learned that β€˜The Rule is Not "A" Before Consonants and "An" Before Vowels’, the rule is actually based around the sound of the word. For example: He has a unique point of view on the subject and talked about it for an hour. writersdigest.com/.amp/wr…
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 1972, hours after George Wallace was shot in an assassination attempt, Nixon rushed E. Howard Hunt to the shooter's apartment to plant campaign literature for Democrat George McGovern, hoping to sway McGovern supporters to Nixon. Hunt called it off after FBI sealed off the apartment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Researchers have found that the β€˜spring forward’ to daylight savings time (i.e. putting your clocks forward an hour) causes a 6% increase in fatal car accidents in the US during the workweek following the adjustment, and results in about 28 additional deaths each year. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
A 16 year old survived a five hour flight inside the landing gear of a jumbo jet from San Jose, California to Maui, Hawaii. He blacked out on takeoff and the plane went to 38,000ft meaning temperatures of 75-80 below zero and a lack of oxygen probably leading to "a state of suspended animation." cnn.com/2014/04/21/us/haw…
Huskies need to train to be better distance runners. While the average pet husky can only run between 10 to 20 miles a day, a well-conditioned race husky can run for 11 hours straight making up to 125 miles. They can repeat this distance for up to 10 days in a row. barkstory.com/how-long-ca…
After the 2009 MTV Music Awards where Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech, Comedy central aired his south park episode "Fishsticks" on repeat for two hours. billboard.com/articles/ne…
Turkeys can fly up to 60 miles an hour despite their 20 pound heft. They roost high up in the trees at night, but spend most of their time on the ground, causing the misconception that they are incapable of flight at all. grandviewoutdoors.com/tur…
Today I learned of "The Hole", a prison camp led by Scientology. One former prisoner reported that she had to stand in a rubbish bin for hours while executives screamed in her face and poured water over her. mamamia.com.au/the-hole-s…
CIA had an instructions manual for U2 pilots describing what they could eat, so that didn't had the urge to poop while on mission, which often spanned around 9 hours. The plane had no means of disposing the fecal matter. warhistoryonline.com/inst…
Today I learned of Bloodbath of B-R5RB, a massive-scale virtual battle fought in the MMORPG space game EVE Online in January 2014 that involved 7,548 player characters and lasted for 21 hours resulting in losses of approximate real-currency value of $300,000 USD en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
A study showed that people who drank 32 ounces of energy drinks in an hour had abnormal electrical activity in their hearts and higher blood pressure four hours later. About 30% of Americans ages 12 through 17 regularly consume energy drinks, linked to increased emergency room visits and death heart.org/en/news/2019/05…
On May 19th 1989, CBS broke into their primetime programming for over half an hour to broadcast a live dispute between the CBS News team and representatives of the Chinese government. (The government was terminating all foreign broadcasts in a lead up to the Tiananmen Square Massacre.) youtu.be/Af14Ksv79uk
In 1988, Denny's restaurants (which are open 24 hours, 365 days a year) decided to close for Christmas and give their employees a day off. The only problem: their doors had no locks on them, so they had to outfit 700 locations with new locks so they would be able to close for the day. nytimes.com/1988/12/20/us…
If you could drive your car at highway speeds in a straight line off the Earth, you could reach the International Space Station in about 4 hours. planetary.org/explore/spa…
To just be allowed to try out for the US Olympic team for running the marathon, you have to run a marathon in under 2 hours and 19 minutes. That is the same thing as running 26 miles where each mile is done in around 5 minutes and 18 seconds. usatf.org/events/2020/202…
In 1714, a Norwegian captain and an English captain had a 14-hour long ship fight. Afterwards, both ships were badly damaged and the Norwegian captain was running out of ammo. He sent an envoy to the English ship, asking if he could borrow some of their ammo. They said no. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The witching hour is the time of night between 3 - 4 a.m. in western christianity considered to be when supernatural events are at their most powerful and frequent due to the absence of prayers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
The clocks in the Great Kitchen at Windsor Castle are always five minutes fast so food is never served to the Queen late. The estate has more than 450 clocks in total. It takes 18 hours to change the time on them when the clocks go back. readersdigest.ca/culture/…
The United States Airforce Thunderbirds Demonstration Squadron, are part of the USAF combat force and can be rapidly integrated into an operational fighter unit and be combat ready in less than 72 hours if the need arises. af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Shee…
Bruce Lee’s son, Brandon Lee, was killed while filming a scene where his character gets shot. A bullet had become lodged in the barrel of the gun and when a dummy round was subsequently fired, the force expelled the bullet and hit Lee in the abdomen. He died a few hours later en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
When the Japanese emperor announced Japan's surrender in WW2, his speech was too formal and vague for the general populace to understand. Many listeners were left confused and it took some people hours, some days, to understand that Japan had, in fact, surrendered. endofempire.asia/0815-1-t…
In his final interview guitarist Tommy Bolin said "I've been taking care of myself my whole life. Don't worry about me. I'm going to be around for a long time.". A few hours later he died from an overdose of heroin and other substances, including alcohol, cocaine and barbiturates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Today I learned of John Frederick Parker, the bodyguard assigned to Abraham Lincoln on the night of his assassination, not only was he 3 hours late, but he left his post to get a drink at a saloon next door. It was during this that Booth entered the box seats where Lincoln was sitting and shot the president. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
There is no antivenom for a blue-ringed octopus bite. However, if you can get a ventilator to breathe for you for 15 hours, you survive with no side effects. slate.com/technology/2015…
The 12 hour clock's AM/PM is Latin and stands for ante/post meridiem meaning before/after midday rd.com/culture/what-does-…
In 1987, Mathias Rust, an 19 year old from West Germany with about 50 hours flying experience, illegally flew his Cessna 172 aircraft from Helsinki through the Soviet airspace, bypassing their air defense systems, and landed near Red Square in Moscow. airspacemag.com/history-o…
When Devo were opening for Sun Ra, they decided to annoy the audience by playing a half-hour rendition of Jocko Homo. They kept repeating the "Are we not men? We are Devo!" line for about 25 minutes until people started fighting them to make them stop playing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joc…
While filming "Barry Lyndon" in Ireland Director Stanley Kubrick received word his name was on an I.R.A. hit list for directing a movie featuring English soldiers. Star Ryan O Neil said "He was given 24 hours. He was gone in 12." thejournal.ie/stanley-kub…
Randy Gardner was an American high school student who set the record for the longest time a human has gone without sleep. 17-year-old Gardner stayed awake for 11 days and 25 minutes, breaking the previous record of 260 hours en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Tonnage of air-conditioning is the amount of heat it removes in an hour. 1 Ton AC can remove the heat enough to melt 1 ton Ice in 1 hour. energyvanguard.com/blog/5…
Caffeine has a half life of 5.7 hours on average. So even if you only drink coffee in the morning, it'll still be in your system when you go to bed. caffeineinformer.com/the-…
Today I learned about Pierre Levegh, who attempted to drive the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1952 all by himself. He held a 4-lap lead after 23 hours, but over-revved his engine by breaking a connecting rod, causing him to lose his lead in the final hour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
Aussies are responsible for the 8 hour work day. In 1856, Australian stonemasons took action to ensure a standard of 8-hour working days, which then became recognised worldwide. nma.gov.au/defining-momen…
Swatch Internet Time was a decimal time concept introduced in 1998 by the Swatch corporation. Instead of having time zones, hours, and minutes, decimals were used to measure what time it was. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
Today I learned about the Memphis Peabody Marching Ducks. Every day at 11am they saunter down a red carpet to the hotel's water fountain, hang out for 6 hours then saunter back up to the rooftop. They've been doing this for over 30 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
The first streaming music service started in 1897. Users in New York could pick up their phones and connect to the Telharmonium, a central hub that would pipe music being played live by two musicians playing 24 hours a day. atlasobscura.com/articles…
A person takes, on average, about 8 showers per week. Men average 9 minutes per shower and women 9.5 minutes, which comes to about 62 hours per year for men and 65 hours for women. klaw.com/do-you-take-a-lo…
In WWII, an Australian soldier removed his own appendix in the middle of a Philippine jungle in 1944, without any anaesthetic and with only the use of a mirror and an ordinary knife. The operation took 4 and a half hours and he stitched himself up with jungle fibre. trove.nla.gov.au/newspape…
The measurement unit β€œleague” was originally defined as the distance you could walk in an hour. wikipedia.org/wiki/League…
Photoshop 1.0 was released on February 19, 1990 for Macintosh exclusively at a price of $895. At the time of release, it cost around $300 an hour for basic photo retouching. Photoshop became available for Microsoft Windows in 1993 where it would reach global audiences within a few years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
In 2009, a 14-year-old boy showed up at a Chicago police station in uniform and worked 5 hours of a shift. He allegedly got a police radio, ticket book and rode with an officer for several hours before his identity was realised. He knew procedure due to a "police explorer" program he’d gone to. nbcchicago.com/news/local…
In 2018, it rained 50 inches in 24 hours in Hawaii, setting a US record - that's more than 4 feet of rain. OF RAIN. wunderground.com/cat6/new…
A person with a one-hour commute has to earn 40 per cent more money to be as satisfied with life as someone who walks to the office. econstor.eu/bitstream/104…
Today I learned of the Diomede Islands, despite being separated by less than 4 Km, the time difference between them is of 21 hours. In winter the sea between them freezes and one can walk from "yesterday to tomorrow" or from "tomorrow to yesterday". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dio…
Inmates at Riker's Island are paid $1 an hour to bury unclaimed bodies on Hart Island. I also learned that Hart Island is a place in NYC that used to house an insane asylum for women, city jails, and a "reformatory for vicious boys." ny.curbed.com/2019/11/14/…
Scientists partially revived disembodied brains of pigs four hours after they were killed. The experiments did not restore consciousness, but raised questions about the nature of death itself. β€œFor most of human history, death was very simple” but ”Now, we have to question what is irreversible.” nature.com/articles/d4158…
Today I learned of the 3,500 mile Great American Horse Race of 1976. It contained over a hundred experienced riders and ended up being won by a man riding a mule named Lord Fauntleroy. He beat the next closest finisher, a thoroughbred Arabian, by 10 hours and the pair ended up winning $25,000. wbur.org/onlyagame/2016/0…
There's a river basin in Venezuela that gets struck by lightening over 200 times per hour for up to 10 hrs straight. It occurs more than 100 times a year and is predictable up to a few months in advanced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
After flying 65 combat missions over North Vietnam (144 total), Guion Bluford became the first African American to qualify as a NASA astronaut in 1979. He also became the first African American in space in 1983, ultimately logging over 688 hours across four Space Shuttle missions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
John Candy had only one day to film his scenes for Home Alone; it took 23 hours. He was paid $414, less than the actor who had played the pizza deliveryman en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
That a worm can travel up to 73 meters per hour reaps.org/assets/17-012.p…
In 1969 during the Murry hill riots in Montreal, the entire police and fire departments went on strike in order to receive a better wage. It took the city 16 hours to give in to the demands. urbansurvivalsite.com/tim…
Today I learned of Hans Litten, a German lawyer that represented Nazi opposition during various trials. In 1931, he subpoenaed and cross-examined Hitler for hours. His bravery eventually resulted in his detainment and torture in various concentration camps, leading to his death by suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
A 57 year old woman named Velma Thomas was presumed dead and taken off life support 17 hours before somehow pushing through. telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
At the time of the dinosaurs, Earth completed one rotation in about 23 hours. space.com/24871-does-the-…
Only 7 men have lived to see their millionth hour, though more than 100 women have done so en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Frank Lloyd Wright cranked out his masterpiece Fallingwater in just 2 hours β€” the time it took his client to make his surprise visit en route from Milwaukee to Wright's studio at Taliesin. smarthistory.org/frank-ll…
It is a common misconception that one must wait 24 hours to file a missing persons report. Law enforcement agencies often stress that the case should be reported as early as possible en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
There is a teenager who was kicked in the head. As a result her memory resets every two hours, meaning she wakes up thinking every day is 11 June. news.yahoo.com/teenager-m…
China has one time zone despite geographically covering what would be five time zones. It borders Pakistan on the west and there is a 3-hour difference between the two sides of the border. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
A fisherman in Florida hooked a swordfish so big that it dragged his boat for 20 miles and fought for eight hours before he could pull it in. It turned out to be the biggest swordfish ever caught in Florida waters. tampabay.com/florida/2019…
Boston Police officers cared for a stray cat named "SWAT Cat" for 3 years; when the calico cat went missing, Officer Pietroski, (15-yr veteran of BPD), worked after hours to build a "kitty condo" including a large deck & sliding glass doors. The cat returned and moved into the new home. insideedition.com/headlin…
Today I learned of the 'Tri-State Tornado', a category F5 tornado that lasted almost 4 hours, caused $2.2 billion dollars in damages, killed 695 people, and carved a path from Missouri through Illinois to Indiana back in 1925. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
There is an annual Olympiad for high school Chemistry. It began in 1968 in Prague, and had 3 countries participate. It now includes 75 countries, each sending one student team of 4. There is a practical exam, followed by a written exam. Both can be up to 5 hours in length. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
The two sides in the Nigerian Civil War agreed to a 48-hour ceasefire to watch PelΓ© when he and his team came to visit Nigeria in 1967. britannica.com/biography/…
In 1582, a significant portion of the world went to sleep on the evening of October 4th, only to wake up a few hours later on October 15th. At the time, many believed that their lifespan was shortened by 10 days britannica.com/story/ten-…
On D-Day, Paratrooper John Steele became stuck hanging from his parachute on the church steeple for two hours during the battle for Sainte MΓ¨re Γ‰glise. A statue of him still hangs there today. d-dayrevisited.co.uk/d-da…
Lucky Rich from Australia was the most tattooed man. He has spent over 1,000 hours having his body modified by hundreds of tattoo artists. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
John Franzese was a mob boss who was taped by an informant discussing the ideal method of disposing of a body. He recommended taking 30 minutes to an hour to dismember the body in a kiddie pool, dry the parts in a microwave and finally mulch them in a commercial grade garbage disposal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of the HMS Hercule. Originally a French 74-gun battleship. She was captured on her maiden voyage less than 24 hours at sea, spending the rest of her career with the British Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
A scientific study found starting high school one hour later than usual allowed students to sleep more than half an hour more, and was associated with reduced sleepiness and increased academic performance. eurekalert.org/pub_releas…
The world's fastest land animal relative to its size is Paratarsotomus macropalpis, a sesame-seed-sized mite native to southern California. Scientists recently clocked P. micropalpis traveling 322 body lengths per second – which, to scale, would be like a person running 1,300 miles per hour. io9.gizmodo.com/the-faste…
Back in 1965 a Senate subcommittee predicted that we'd enjoy 2-hour work weeks by the year 2000. However, In 1991, the average American worker put in 163 more hours on the job than in 1973, according to the sociologist Juliet Schor, the author of β€œThe Overworked American.” businessinsider.com/we-we…
A Cantor Fitzgerald employee survived 9/11 because she had been laid off less than 24 hours before the attacks. Afterwards, she learned she had never technically been fired because the HR employees that would have processed her layoff all died on 9/11. theatlantic.com/ideas/arc…
The origin of the British "lock-in" (Where pubs lock their doors at closing time and continue to serve customers inside) was a reaction to 1915 changes to licensing laws in England and Wales, which curtailed opening hours to stop factory workers from turning up drunk and harming the war effort. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magaz…
Today I learned of the Cokeville Elementary School Hostage Crisis. Where David Young stormed into a school with his wife, armed a bomb, and held 70+ students hostage. After 2 hours the bomb went off, but due to a series of coincidences, all hostages survived. Children later reported seeing angels. wyohistory.org/encycloped…
In 2016, a monkey fell on a transformer at a Kenya hydroelectric power plant, resulting in the loss of 180 megawatts of power which caused a nationwide blackout. The monkey survived and power was restored after four hours. bbc.com/news/world-africa…
Eddie Murphy is the only person to host Saturday Night Live while still a member of the cast, filling the role at the last minute when the scheduled host (his 48 Hours co-star Nick Nolte) became ill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Actress Tallulah Bankhead nearly died following a five-hour emergency hysterectomy due to venereal disease. Only 70 lbs (32kg) when she left the hospital, she stoically said to her doctor, "Don't think this has taught me a lesson!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tal…
At the age of 72 General BlΓΌcher was trapped under his horse and trodden on for several hours at the battle of Battle of Ligny. BlΓΌcher took a liniment fortified with schnapps and rejoined his army; where he led the cavalry to victory at the Battle of Waterloo the next day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geb…
Glenn K. Tripp, a D.B Cooper copycat, hijacked a plane for a $600k ransom. He had his drink spiked with Valium by a flight attendant, and after a 10 hour standoff, lowered his ransom to 3 cheeseburgers and a head start on a getaway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._…
In the midst of the French Revolution in the 1790s, the French government adopted French Revolutionary Time, which divided the day into 10 hours, with 100 minutes in an hour and 100 seconds in a minute; it lasted all but 17 months. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
The country of Kiribati has the most advanced time on Earth (UTC+14 hours), and the entire country is spread across all four hemispheres in an expanse of ocean equivalent in size to the continental United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kir…
Ketamine is a potent antidepressant. A single low, sub-anesthetic dose of ketamine given via intravenous infusion may produce antidepressant effects within four hours in people with depression. These antidepressant effects may persist for up to several weeks following a single infusion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ket…
President Lincoln signed legislation creating the secret service hours before He was shot at Ford’s Theatre. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Today I learned of Battle of Cape Ecnomus, in which 1/5th of the Roman male population participated in. A total of 300 thousand men participated in a pitched battle that lasted mere hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
20 years ago, DotComGuy (Mitch Maddox) in a promotion for Internet companies, changed his name to DotComGuy and was paid to live the entire year of 2000 in his house in Dallas, Texas, buying all food and necessities online. Video from the house was streamed 24 hours a day on the DotComGuy.com urgo.org/dotcomguy/
A sloth can hold its breath for up to 40 minutes. 4 times longer than a dolphin. They sleep for 15 hours a day and internal organs like the heart, spleen and liver are arranged to accommodate living upside down.The grip of a sloth is so strong when they die they sometimes remain hanging on trees zsl.org/sloth-facts
After hearing on the radio of Germany's surrender on 9th May 1945,the citizens of the Soviet Union celebrated Victory Day by drinking ALL the vodka in the nation within the next 22 hours. warhistoryonline.com/inst…
Comedian/Actor Joel McHale took an Uber from Rochester, NY to Manhattan. His flight out was canceled and needed to get to his appearance on Jimmy Fallon, so he spent $700 on a (350 mile, 5-6 hour) Uber ride and paid $200 in tips, as well as paid the driver additional money for his gas back. 13wham.com/news/local/ube…

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