Today I learned of 'Death by GPS,' or the deaths of people who follow their GPS systems off cliffs, into lakes, and deep into the desert. These deaths are mainly attributed to "uncritical acceptance of turn-by-turn commands and paying more attention to the navigation system than what is in front of them." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
75% of mammoth fossils are male, because "male mammothsβ€”young, reckless, foolhardyβ€”were just more likely to get into some kind of trouble and die, from getting stuck in a pit to running afoul of hunting humans." The tar pits, bogs, crevices, and lakes preserved remains well. atlasobscura.com/articles…
There is a lake in Russia nicknamed the β€œSiberian Maldives” where Russians pose for photos due to its bright turquoise colour. The lake is not that colour naturally it is turquoise due to toxic waste runoff from a local power plant and is very hazardous bbc.com/news/world-europe…
In the entire world, there is only one known lake on an island in a lake on an island in a lake. The lake has no name. Nor does the island it sits on. Nor does the lake THAT island occupies. Nor does the island that THAT lake is on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rec…
Today I learned about Wizard Island, an island created from a volcanic eruption inside the lake of an older volcanic eruption's caldera en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiz…
Stalin's poorly planned canal projects in the Amu Darya river and Syr Darya river to divert water to cotton fields was one of the major causes of drying of Aral Sea and completely destroying ecosystem around it which was the 4th largest lake at the time. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
There's a lake in Russia which we think might have been formed in 1908 by the Tunguska event, but we're not sure because there are no accurate pre-1908 maps of the area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Today I learned of the Genetic Bottleneck Theory. Around 75,000 years ago, a supereruption occurred at Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia. This resulted in the early human population to drop to 3k-10k unique genetic individuals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tob…
Every ten years, the artificial lake Osiglia, in Italy, is drained to maintain the dam and the old medieval village is visible to all. lifeinitaly.com/travel/tr…
In the 1850s the timber pirates of the Great Lakes stole lumber, burned ships, and openly threatened federal agents; killing atleast one. On May 6th 1853 the Buffalo, a lumber steam ship, rammed the USS Michigan but no charges were levied against the ship captain or owner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The water of Lake Tahoe is so cold that when the body of Donald Christopher Windecker was found 17 years after he went missing, it was preserved enough to conduct an autopsy and determine his cause of death. The body was located 265' (80 meters) below the surface. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Out of all the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan is the deadliest because of it's unpredictable weather and abnormally high number of rip currents mlive.com/news/grand-rapi…
A Mormon leader shaped a sleepy island in Lake Michigan and declared himself king. michiganradio.org/post/ho…
There is a very popular ice skating race of 200km on frozen lakes / rives in the Netherlands which is only organised when the ice on the whole route is 15 cm thick. Last time they organised this Elfstedentocht was in 1997. holland.com/global/touris…
Lake Mareotis (seen in Assassin’s Creed Origins), became a salt water bay because the British cut the fresh-water canal and destroyed the dykes separating it from the sea during the Napoleonic Wars. The subsequent flooding destroyed 150 Egyptian villages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Today I learned about exploding lakes. A limnic eruption, also known as a lake overturn, is a rare type of natural disaster in which dissolved carbon dioxide suddenly erupts from deep lake waters, forming a gas cloud capable of suffocating wildlife, livestock, and humans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lim…
Since 2002 there have been 480 incidents with rip currents on the Great Lakes, and about 150 of them have been fatal. news.wbfo.org/post/deadly…
Today I learned about "Aztec Cheese", a fast growing algae, was responsible for the protein needs of the 1.5 million residents of the Lake Texcoco region. Today, it is known as the super food "Spirulina" and is sold in tablet form. mexicolore.co.uk/aztecs/h…
Today I learned about Lake Peigneur a lake in 1980 that was turned to saltwater from fresh due to a mining mistake and temporarily created the biggest waterfall in Louisiana youtube.com/watch?v=p_iZr…
I learned there’s a freshwater lake on a golf course in Australia with bullsharks. The sharks came to the lake due to a flood and aren’t able to go to the ocean after the flood receded. They have since breeded in the lake. brisbanetimes.com.au/nati…
Land O' Lakes was the first company to successfully complete the first cross-country, commercial freight run by a self-driving truck en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Today I learned of Lake Mega-Chad, which covered much of the modern Sahara in 5000 BC en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
In 1988 Holland, MI installed a snowmelt system underneath their sidewalk to help bring more tourism and to combat lake-effect snow. holland.org/snow-free-hol…
In 1986, a limnic eruption at Lake Nyos in northwestern Cameroon killed 1,746 people. The eruption triggered the sudden release of a cloud of CO2 which rose at nearly 100 km/h and then descended onto nearby villages, displacing all the air and suffocating people and livestock. sci.sdsu.edu/how_volcanoe…
, Michigan's famous Great Lakes Crossing mall's opening and success would draw people away from Summit Place Mall in nearby Waterford Township in the Pontiac area. The success of Great Lakes Crossing would be part of the reason for Summit Place Mall's demise, and eventual closure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Meromictic lakes are a rare type of lake whose layers of water do not mix at least once a year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
Lake Nicaragua, a landlocked lake, has Bull Sharks, despite being marine animals. Initially it was assumed to be a endemic freshwater species, but turns out the sharks travel up the 190km San Juan River which connects lake and Caribbean ocean. You can also find tarpon and sawfish there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Ancient Native American tribes around Great Lakes didn't need to smelt copper to make tools since the copper purity was around 95% and would be hammered into shape. While evidence of organized mining are present between 4000-500 BCE, there's oddly a lack of pottery and ceramics during this era. mpm.edu/research-collecti…
The New York City Ballet has an annual shoe budget of $780,000; on average, their dancers go through 500-800 pointe shows for "The Nutcracker" over six weeks, and even more pairs for two weeks of "Swan Lake" dancespirit.com/the-secre…
The song 'The Night Chicago Died' by Paper Lace references an east side of Chicago, which does not exist. There are North, South, and West Downtown Chicago but the east is occupied by Lake Michigan. Songwriters Peter Callender and Mitch Murray had never been to Chicago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Maryland doesn't have any natural lakes. msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdma…
The London Bridge is in Lake Havasu City, Arizona en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
The Gaet'ale Pond is the saltiest water body on Earth, at a salinity of 43%. Don't go swimming there because its temperature is roughly 50–55 Β°C (122–131 Β°F). Bird and insect corpses have been found around the lake, likely because of the odorless gas it emits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gae…
The Great Lakes of North America are only a few thousand years old. They formed when the ice sheets of the most recent glacial period began to recede about 14,000 years ago, filling the basins they left behind with water. britannica.com/place/Grea…
Today I learned of exploding lake syndrome, a rare type of natural disaster in which large amounts of dissolved carbon dioxide suddenly erupts from lake water, forming a gas cloud that can suffocate anyone within many miles. This happened in Cameroon in 1986, killing 1900 people and 3500 livestock. blogs.unimelb.edu.au/scie…
8-yr-old Saga Vanecek found a 1,500-yr-old sword when wading in a lake in Sweden. She pointed it up to the sky and called out, β€œDaddy, I’ve found a sword!” She was bummed when her dad made her give the sword to the local museum and said she was raising money to make a sword replica for herself. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
The largest lake in California, the Salton Sea, is man made by an engineering mistake. interestingengineering.co…
The country of Ghana has exactly one natural lake, created by a meteorite impact 1 million years ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Lake Tahoe at one time was named Lake Bigler in honor of the popular third governor of California. However, once it was revealed that Bigler was a Confederate sympathizer during the US Civil War, his name was removed from the lake and renamed Tahoe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of Singapore, Michigan, a ghost town buried beneath the shores of Lake Michigan after complete deforestation removed its protection from the surrounding sand dunes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Today I learned about a geographic oddity caused by surveying errors, affectionately known as the Angle. The Northwest Angle's only land link is its western border with Manitoba. It's technically part of Minnesota β€” but with Lake of the Woods to the south, it shares no land connection with the United States. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
North America's Lake Superior contains 10 percent of the world's surface freshwater and holds the remains of 6,000 shipwrecks outsideonline.com/2183826…
Niagara Falls is going to end up in Lake Erie because of gradual erosion! The rate of around 3 feet per year. During the last 12,300 years, it has eroded 11.4 kms. The Niagara Falls has retreated from Lake Ontario towards Lake Erie in the last 200 years at a yearly rate of 5 feet! marriottonthefalls.com/bl…
The most powerful earthquake ever recorded, the Great Chilean Earthquake, had a magnitude of 9.4-9.6. It caused tsunamis in Chile, Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, eastern New Zealand, and southeast Australia. It also caused glacial landslides, lake floods, and a volcanic eruption. learnodo-newtonic.com/chi…
The state of Alaska has over 3 million natural lakes. adfg.alaska.gov/static-f/…
Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, containing 22–23% of all fresh surface water. it contains more water than the North American Great Lakes combined: is the world's deepest lake; and is considered the world's oldest lake, at 25–30 million years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
A freshwater lake in Canada is one of only a few lakes in the world to contain living coral reef like structures believed to resemble early life on earth or life on other planets. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Only about 1,000 years ago the largest lake in the world was located in the center of the country Chad in the middle of what is now the Sahara Desert. earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
Formerly the fourth largest lake in the world with an area of 26,300 sq mi, the Aral Sea has been shrinking since the 1960s after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects. The eastern basin of the Aral Sea has completely dried up and is now called the Aralkum Desert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
That, in terms of the number of men involved, the largest ambush in military history was organised by Hannibal during the 2nd Punic War. The Battle of Lake Trasimene resulted in a heavy defeat for the Romans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…

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