The 6th Dalai Lama led a playboy lifestyle, sleeping with girls and getting drunk on the journey to become Dalai Lama, and spending nights in the streets of Lhasa, drinking wine, singing love songs and having amorous relations with girls. He later disappeared, with his body never found en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th…
The Deepest Metro Station in The World is in Kiev, it is 105.5 meters underground and you have to take two escalators and the journey takes about 5 minutes amusingplanet.com/2017/03…
Carl Benz's wife Bertha was the first motorist. In the summer of 1888 Bertha decided to β€œtest drive” the second prototype Motorwagen on a journey from Mannheim to Pforzheim, a distance of more than 50 miles in a single day and left a note for Carl on the kitchen table heacockclassic.com/articl…
Scientists applied Einstein's Theory of Relativity to Luke and Leia's journeys to Cloud City in Empire Strikes Back and calculated that Leia would be nearly two years older than Luke radiotimes.com/news/2015-…
A man named George Meegan walked across the Western Hemisphere, a total distance of 19,019 miles. It took him close to seven years to complete his journey. independent.ie/lifestyle/…
Today I learned of the most famous person ever to have literally been in a pickle, Horatio Nelson. He died at sea, so the surgeon on board pickled his body in brandy to preserve it for the long trip to England. 2 weeks into the journey, gaseous pressures burst the cask lid, making Nelson "rise from the dead." atlasobscura.com/articles…
Magellan didn't circumnavigate the globe. Magellan only made it to the Philippines, where he started a battle and was killed by natives. It was one of his Captains β€” Juan SebastiΓ‘n Elcano 1476 – 1526 β€” who actually completed the journey, yet historically has not received credit for his journey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jua…
The first undisputed journey to the North Pole was completed by the crew of the airship Norge, captained by Roald Amundsen, which was capable of reaching speeds of up to 70mph britannica.com/biography/…
After losing a drunken bet with his bandmates, Sabaton singer Joakim Broden had to walk to the band's next gig. Broden walked from Falun, Sweden to Trondheim, Norway, over ~700km, staying at fans' houses and accepting food/beer donations along the way to complete the journey. bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
Today I learned about John Howard Griffin, who is best known for his project to temporarily pass as a black man and journey through the Deep South of 1959 to see life and segregation from the other side of the color line. wikipedia.org/wiki/John_H…
Today I learned about the Terra Nova Expedition. Arriving too late, the 5-man party began their journey to the ship. Evans died after injuries and Oates, severely frostbitten, walked into a blizzard in self-sacrifice. Wilson, Bowers, and Scott were stopped by a storm and took to their tent, but never emerged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
When Australian javelin thrower Reg Spiers could not afford (financially) to purchase a flight back to Australia from London, he "mailed/posted" himself back to Australia in a wooden box...a journey that took 63 hours and passed through India and Singapore. This happened in 1964. nationalgeographic.com.au…
There is a zip line stretching across the border between Spain and Portugal. The journey on the zip line is over in less than one minute but when you land at the other side you are in a different time zone and will be one hour ahead, thanks to the time difference. interestingengineering.co…
Prince asked Journey's Jonathan Cain for his blessing when he had recorded "Purple Rain" because he was worried it sounded too much like Journey's "Faithfully" billboard.com/articles/ne…
On the Kon Tiki expedition across the Pacific, the 6 men would eat off of whatever came on board. There was a crab in a hole near the steering block that showed no fear, so they let it stay and named it Johannes. Johannes the crab kept the watchman company for the rest of the journey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon…
Sergei Krikalev, the last Soviet Cosmonaut holds the record of most time dilation experienced by a human, having gained 22.68 seconds on his journeys to space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Today I learned about Nadja West: orphan to West Point to MD to first black, female Lieutenant General (3 stars)β€”her journey inspired by none other than Star Trek armytimes.com/news/your-a…
In 1931, an Australian Aboriginal girl called Molly Craig was taken from her parents and imprisoned in a Native Reserve. She escaped the next day with her 11-year-old sister and 8-year-old cousin. The journey took 9 weeks and 1600 KM. In 1940, she escaped again, with her 18-month-old daughter. smh.com.au/national/daugh…
Today I learned of Lee Hyeon-seo, a North Korean defector who escaped and then went back for her mother and brother. After a long journey, her family was arrested. Lee didn’t have the money to free them. An Australian noticed her and gave her enough money to free them and two other North Koreans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee…
Bertha Benz successfully marketed her husband's invention, the motor car, when she took it for a 65 mile trip, overcoming mechanical problems and inventing brake shoes on the way, and proving that cars were suitable for long journeys. Her trip gained attention, resulting in Benz's first sale. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
In 1897 a Swedish Balloonist and his two colleagues began their nationally covered journey to fly over the North Pole in a hydrogen balloon. Four decades later a whaling ship came across their remains on a small arctic island, having crashed and perished in the tough arctic climate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
7yr old Tyler Moon walked 1km (0.6 miles) of forest to save his father’s life after their quad crashed. Tyler made the journey to get help despite his own injuries: two collapsed lungs filling with blood and seven broken ribs. He managed to alert help just in time before collapsing himself. smh.com.au/national/boy-g…
When the world's largest diamond was transported from Africa to England, an elaborate & secure journey by sea was publicized - as a rouse. The real diamond was simply posted by mail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
Today I learned of Huberta, a South-African hippopotamus who set off in 1928 on 1600km journey over three years where she attracted crowds, became revered and was eventually declared royal game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad started his journey to becoming the 8th richest man in the world at age 5, by selling matches to his neighbors. He bought matches in bulk, cheaply & re-sold them at a very low price while still making a good profit, the same basic model used later at IKEA. ikea.com/ms/fr_MA/about_i…
During the serum rush in 1925, a sled dog named Togo lead a 260 mile dangerous journey across Alaska, even crossing the open ice of the Norton Sound. However it is Balto who gets all the credit and fame, while mushing 51 miles. Togo was the real hero by over 200 miles,he saved thousands of lives nps.gov/people/togo.htm
Louis Vuitton (the designer) left his childhood home at age 13 after his mother's death. He then decided to go to Paris by foot, a journey that took him 2 years, finding shelter and work as he went along. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
When NASA's New Horizons spacecraft passed by Pluto, the trip took about 1 minute less than predicted or in a decade-long journey, NASA's forecast was 99.99998% accurate or the equivalent of forecasting a trip from New York to Boston & being accurate to within four-millionths of a second. fool.com/investing/genera…
In the LOTR, Gimli was 139 years old when he joined the Fellowship. He also wanted to join his father and Thorin Oakenshield on their journey to reclaim The Lonely Mountain in The Hobbit, but was denied for being too young at age 62. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gim…
Hachikō the Akita dog became famous in the 1920s for meeting his master every day at a railway station. He continued to make the journey nine years after his owner's death, and is held up in Japanese culture as an example of loyalty and fidelity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hac…
All the oceans' waters travel on a "global conveyor belt" called thermohaline circulation--and the journey once around the planet takes about 1000 years. oceanservice.noaa.gov/edu…
The reason that NORAD annually tracks Santa Claus' journey from the North Pole is because Sears printed an ad to talk to Santa on his private line, with a wrong phone number that was actually CONAD's top secret hotline that would only ring if there was a national crisis snopes.com/holidays/chris…
Pigeons use roads and highways to navigate, even if it makes their journey significantly longer than flying in a straight line from A to B. nature.com/news/2004/0402…
A male grey wolf, dubbed OR-7 or Journey, migrated more then 1000 miles alone through Oregon and California in search of a mate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OR-…
In 2019 Clay Hughes and Cody James traveled 3,530 miles by bicycle from Salt Lake City, Utah to Denali in Alaska to hike up and ski down the mountain. They carried all their gear, including their skis, the entire 81-day journey. outsideonline.com/2399562…
The Spirit of St. Louis, which was the first aircraft to make a transatlantic flight in 1927, needed 450 pounds of fuel to make the entire journey. The Saturn V meanwhile, burned through 20 tons of fuel, or 40,000 pounds, per second. interestingengineering.co…
The most downloaded 20th century song is Journey’s β€œDon’t Stop Believin’”, with over 7 million paid downloads, and an additional 1 million ring tones sold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Today I learned of Chalons-Vatry Airport which markets itself as 'Paris-Vatry Airport' using the tagline 'So Close, So Fast'. The airport is located 150km east of Paris with a journey time of 1hr 30 to the French capital. parisvatry.com/en/
The sequel Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey changed its name from the original β€œBill and Ted Go To Hell” because, in 1991, they were unable to advertise a film with the word hell in it on television before 9PM. nytimes.com/1991/07/14/mo…
The aviation industry always uses "deaths per km" to quote safety to the public, while internally insurers use "deaths per journey", where air travel is more dangerous than most other forms of transportation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avi…
"The Book of the Dead", also known as "Book of Coming Forth by Day" or "Book of Emerging Forth into the Light", is an ancient Egyptian text that originated around 1550 BCE. It consists of at least 192 spells to assist a dead person's journey through Duat, or underworld, and into the afterlife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
Dragon Ball Z was inspired by Journey to the West (c. 1592), a classic Chinese novel. As an example, Son GokΕ« is Japanese for Sun Wukong (ε­«ζ‚Ÿη©Ί, the Monkey King), a main character of the classic novel. Correlations in the plot between the two works have also been evident. geekandsundry.com/this-mo…
Captain Oates an Antarctic explorer died during the Terra Nova Expedition. Oates struggling with the journey back walked from his tent into a blizzard. He committed suicide in an act of self-sacrifice when his ill health was compromising his three companions' chances of survival. wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawren…
Jonathan Cain from Journey was a student of Our Lady Of the Angels school In Chicago when it caught fire in 1958, killing 95. He References it in β€œAsk the lonely” chicago.suntimes.com/2018…
Today I learned of Joan of Leeds, an English nun, who, bored with her monastic and enclosed life, at some point in 1318 escaped from St Clement's by York priory to journey to Beverley, where she lived with a man. To escape, she feigned her death with a dummy which was buried in her place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
Russia attempted to send a satellite, Luna 15, to the moon to collect rocks and fire them back to Earth to beat the US in obtaining them first. In the end, Luna 15 crashed into the moon a safe distance away, just a few hours before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin began their journey home. technologyreview.com/s/61…
Alice Huyler Ramsey was the first woman to drive coast-to-coast across the USA in 1909. The 22-year-old housewife and mother completed the 3,800-mile journey from New York to San Francisco in a green Maxwell 30. The 59-day trek took 3-weeks longer than planned & 96% of the route was unpaved en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
The Apollo 11 journey to the moon and back only lasted 8 days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
The death of Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang was kept secret for two months by his prime minister. He died on a journey in the middle of summer, so the minister hid the stench of his decomposing body by having two carts full of rotting fish surround the emperor’s wagon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin…
It takes four or five generations of monarch butterflies to complete the annual migration from Mexico to northern USA/Canada in the spring but in the fall a single "super generation" completes the entire 3,000 mile journey. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Lao Tzu is the one who said: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" is a major figure in Chinese philosophy whose historical existence is debated. He is recognized as the founding father of Taoism. bbc.co.uk/worldservice/le…
If the Earth would begin falling towards the Sun, the whole journey would take about 65 days. It would take 41 days to cross the orbit of Venus, and on day 57, we'd cross the orbit of Mercury. phys.org/news/2016-07-ear…
In 1920 the New York Times wrote space flight was doomed because "after the rocket quits our air and really starts on its…journey, [it] would be neither accelerated nor maintained by the explosion of the charges it then might have left." They retracted in 1969, when Apollo 11 went to the moon. en.wikisource.org/wiki/Th…
Famous rock critic Dave Marsh called Queen "fascist" and Freddie Mercury's voice "passable", said that John Bonham of Led Zeppelin was "something like clinically incompetent", gave all Journey records 1/5 stars and described Grateful Dead as "the worst band in creation". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
A German man drove the same car, nicknamed Otto, 549,000 miles in 177 countries on a 26-year road trip. His wife joined him for most of the journey, where they traveled to nearly every country on the planet. bbc.com/news/special/2014…
A sheepdog made a 240-mile journey home to his birthplace in Wales after escaping from his new home in Cumbria. He was sent to the Cumbrian farm to work but turned up on the doorstep of his original owners 12 days later, limping and a little thinner than before, but in otherwise good condition. telegraph.co.uk/news/2016…
How IPAs, or β€œIndian Pale Ales” got their name. Most beers couldn’t withstand the 6 month trip from Great Britain to the British colonies in India, where the climate was too hot to brew. In response, a brewer heavily hopped and aged their beers, making them pale, and able to survive the journey. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
In 1903, two men and a pit bull made the first documented journey by automobile from San Francisco to New York using only a connection of dirt roads, cow paths, and railroad beds. The journey took 63 days, became a national sensation, and called for a system of long distance roads. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
The longest canoe trip was 12,182 miles from Winnipeg, Canada all the way to the mouth of the Amazon River in BelΓ©m, Brazil. It took a father and his sons 23 months to complete the journey. wbur.org/onlyagame/2017/1…
None of the Apollo 11 crew members (Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins) ever returned to space after the first moon-landing journey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
The Burke & Wills expedition of 1860, Australia’s own Lewis & Clarke. Burke, Wills and 17 others set off to cross Australia South-North, from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria, a 3250km journey one way. Both men died. Only one, an Irish soldier named John King completed the journey back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
"This Is Us" star Chrissy Metz is contractually obligated to lose weight as her character's journey progresses throughout the show. She considers it a win-win. allure.com/story/chrissy-…
Sacagawea was instrumental in the success of the Lewis & Clark Expedition & received no compensation for her contributions as a guide & Shoshone interpreter. She was a teen with a 2 month old baby when she started the journey to discovering the western United States after the Louisiana Purchase. shessocoolpod.com/podcast…
Penn & Teller created a Sega Game in the 90s called 'Desert Bus.' The Objective is to drive in a straight line from Tucson, Arizona, to Las Vegas, Nevada. The Journey takes aprox 8 hours, cannot be paused and you are awarded 1 point every time you complete it. newyorker.com/tech/elemen…
The cast of the critically acclaimed *Das Boot* were not allowed to see sunshine during the entire year the movie was filmed. This was done in order to maintain their unhealthy pallor and contributed to their realistic portrayal of a "journey into madness". uboat.net/special/movies/…
Today I learned of Bill Irwin, the first profoundly blind man to hike the Appalachian Trail. He completed the journey with the help of his guide dog, Orient. appalachiantrail.com/2014…
Palmerston is one of the most isolated island communities in the world. The tiny Pacific island is visited by a supply ship twice a year after a long, hazardous journey. What's more, most of its 62 inhabitants are descended from one man - an Englishman who settled there 150 years ago. bbc.com/news/magazine-254…
A Japanese man traveled to Mexico to establish trans-Pacific trade relations in 1610. His journey was recorded in the journal of an Aztec nobleman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
Today I learned of Alcock & Brown, the first aviators to fly across the Atlantic non-stop. Despite the cloud only lifting three times during their journey, Brown had managed to navigate them to within 20 miles of their original target destination using just a sextant and calculus. bbc.co.uk/news/extra/bM5d…
When the world's largest diamond was transported from Africa to England, an elaborate & secure journey by sea was publicized - as a rouse. The real diamond was simply posted by mail. gilletts.com.au/blog/diam…
Bernard Dadie wrote a novel about a young African man's first journey to France in an informal and humorous way. In 1959, when "Un Negre a Paris" first appeared, the French still held West Africa under colonial rule press.uillinois.edu/books…
Titanic survivor, Katherine Gilnagh, who was 16 when the Titanic sank, didn't realise the seriousness of the ship's situation until she reached New York. She thought that disembarking in lifeboats and being picked up by another ship was all part of the journey. youtu.be/LcppeWzgUns?t=7m…
Sean Bean is terrified of flying. So during Lord of the Rings when the cast had to fly to remote shoot locations by helicopter, like the snowy mountains, he travelled part of the way via ski-lift and then spend two hours walking the remainder of the journey, in full Boromir costume. warpedfactor.com/2014/11/…
In 2000 16-year-old Henry Cavill was an aspiring actor who had a chance encounter with Russell Crowe. Crowe sent him a gift box with a note saying "Dear Henry, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Russell." 13 years later, they starred together in β€œMan of Steel.” cnn.com/2013/06/19/showbi…
Today I learned of the Polaris Expedition, an early 1870s expedition to reach the North Pole that ended in disaster. Midway through the journey, the captain was allegedly poisoned and killed, and 19 of the crew members became stranded on an ice floe, drifting for 6 months over 1800 miles before being rescued. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
1816 was called "The Year Without a Summer" after the eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia. Crop failure forced Joseph Smith to leave Vermont, and his journeys resulted in "The Book of Mormon," the dreary rain in Switzerland drove Mary Shelley to stay indoors, where she wrote "Frankenstein." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…
In 1998 some 63% of all journeys in the city of Jinan were made by bicycle. By 2011 that figure had fallen to 10%. In Shanghai, cycling rates fell by 60% over the same period smartcitiesdive.com/ex/su…
Balto was only the last lead dog in a long relay of dog sled teams used to reach Nome, Alaska. The most hazardous part of the journey was actually lead by another dog; Togo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
In 1985, a film called the "Fabulous Journey of Mr. Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit" was created in the Soviet Union based on the J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" book. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The french expression "faux comme les diamants du Canada" ("As false as Canadian diamonds") refers to the outcome of Jacques Cartier's third and final journey. Where he brought home a "huge gold and diamond treasure" of iron pyrite (fool's gold) and quartz crystals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
The riddle "As I was going to St Ives", dates back to 1779. All potential answers to this riddle are based on its ambiguity because the riddle only tells us the group has been "met" on the journey to St. Ives and gives no further information about its intentions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_…
One Man Drove Around the World In an Amphibious Jeep, Taking 10 Years to Complete the Journey huffpost.com/entry/half-s…
"South Detroit" as referenced in Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" doesn't exist. The area south of Detroit's city center is the city of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. cbc.ca/news/entertainment…
In 1911 two teams raced to be the first to reach the South Pole. Roald Amundsen's team won and his team returned alive, Robert F. Scott and his team reached the pole 6 weeks later and died during the return journey. coolantarctica.com/Antarc…
The journey of Lennie Gwyther the 9 year old who rode 1000km to see the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on his pony, met the Prime Minister and received a bat from Don Bradman theage.com.au/national/th…
German railways during WWII forced adult prisoners to pay 4 pennies per kilometer while on their journey to death camps but children under the age of 4 travelled for free. theguardian.com/world/200…
In Journey's Don't Stop Believin', "Born and raised in South Detroit" accidentally refers to Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
There are an estimated 200 bodies on MT Everest that hikers use as markers on their journey up the beast of a mountain, including a corpse named "green boots". atchuup.com/200-bodies-on…
The FBI investigated the possible escape of Adolf Hitler at the end of the war, where it was purported that he had actually not committed suicide. In the the 700 page report are thousands of statements, naming people and places involved in Hitler's alleged journey from Germany to Argentina en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat…
During the dangerous 36-hour rescue journey for the ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, Ernest Shackleton, Frank Worsley, and Tom Crean all reported they felt the silent presence of another person walking along with them. This has become known as the "feeling of presence" phenomenon. theguardian.com/science/2…
In 1994 a 74 year old man unable to get a driver's license drove 240 miles on a 1966 John Deere lawnmower to visit his brother who recently had a stroke. At a top speed of 5 mph, the journey took 6 weeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alv…
, an Indian man traveled from India to Sweden on a bicycle to meet his Swedish wife in 1978. The journey took him 4 months and through eight countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P_K…
The first solo journey to the lowest point in the Marianas Trench, Challenger Deep, was done by Titanic and Avatar director James Cameron. It took 2 hours and 36 minutes to descend down the trench in a submarine and was captured in the documentary, β€˜Deepsea Challenge 3D’. deepseachallenge.com
Today I learned of Laika, the first dog in space. Her journey was actually a journey into hell. The insulation came off the craft and the dog spent five hours in extreme stress and 100+ heat before succumbing and dying. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/scien…
Every year when the clocks go back, Amtrak makes every one of its overnight trains stop at the next station and wait for one hour so that they don't need to go through the effort of adjusting the timetable, causing every train journey that night to be delayed by one hour onemileatatime.boardingar…
The Donner Party set out from Springfield, Illinois. A local lawyer named Abraham Lincoln considered joining them on their journey. The ill-fated group of pioneers set out in 1846 to travel to California but got trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains for the winter. sj-r.com/news/20170613/au…
The world's largest aircraft is so big that if the Wright brothers had begun their initial Kitty Hawk flight at the tip of one its wings, they could have completed the journey and done it twice more before they reached the other end. wired.com/story/stratolau…
In 2015, 2 men escaped paying for their Β£140 (€195) taxi fare by bringing a mannequin wearing a hat with them into the car. After they both got out (leaving the mannequin) they told the cabbie where their "sleeping friend" lived and that he would settle up payment at the end of the journey. joe.ie/life-style/the-sto…
There's a Post Office at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It serves the Havasupai Reservation and the town of Supai, and post arrives via mule on a 2 1/2 hour journey each day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
Thor Heyerdahl stated that ancient people from South America could have settled in Polynesia, but most anthropologists didn't believe him. So in 1947 he built a primitive raft and made the 101-day journey himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon…

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