Today I learned of Elouise Cobell (β€œYellow Bird Woman”) who founded the first Native American owned bank. As treasurer of the Blackfeet Nation she tried to resolve accounting discrepancies regarding leases on Indian Land which led to a $3.4 Billion dollar class action settlement against the US government. womenshistory.org/educati…
Large sections of Montana and Washington used to be covered by a massive lake held back by ice. When the ice broke it released 4,500 megatons of force, 90 times more powerful than the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated, moving 50 cubic miles of land. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Japan burns a portion of its garbage and uses the resulting ash in land reclamation. As of 2012 Japan has created over 250 square kilometers (96 square miles) of new land using this method. storymaps.arcgis.com/stor…
The Liberator. A 2.10$, single-shot (no magazine) pistol; It was shipped with 10 rounds and an instruction sheet in comic strip air-dropped on Axis-occupied lands; A resistance fighter was to sneak up on an Axis occupier, kill or incapacitate him using the gun, and retrieve his weapons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FP-…
In 1759 Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease on the land of the brewery at Β£45 per year guinness-storehouse.com/c…
There is a park in Tampa owned by Cuba, and for 60 years it was the only piece of Cuban-owned land in the United States visittampabay.com/blog/ar…
Humans were present in the western hemisphere long before the land bridge was habitable by life. history.com/news/new-stud…
In 1998, Alex Trebek donated of 74 acres of open land (worth $2m at the time) in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills for the purpose of conservation and as a wildlife corridor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Today I learned about "the miracle" Olympic Airways Flight 411, when the aircraft lost an engine and critical engine power, but the pilot was able to successfully land it. All following Boeing simulations show that the plane should have crashed; it's still listed as Lost. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
Airplane tires leave between 1 to 1.5 pounds of rubber on the runway when they land. internationalairportrevie…
Scientists tracking the migration of swifts discovered they can stay airborne for 10 months straight without ever landing. Of those birds that did land, they still spent 99.5% of their ten months in the air. sciencefocus.com/nature/s…
With every purchase of a bottle of Laphroaig whisky, you are entitled to a lifetime lease on a 1 square foot (0.09 square meters) plot of land on the Scottish island of Islay; it is a part of Laphroaig’s loyalty program β€œFriends of Laphroaig" laphroaig.com/en/
Today I learned about 70% of the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl disaster landed in Belarus, heavily contaminating one-fourth of the country, one-fifth of its agricultural land and affecting at least 7 million people. usatoday.com/story/news/w…
In the U.S., 30% to 40% of the entire food supply is thrown away, worth $161 billion (or 133 billion pounds of food) in 2010. Wasted food is the single largest category of material placed in municipal land fills fda.gov/food/consumers/fo…
Flies find it hard to land on striped surfaces, & zebras suffer far less from flies, which carry deadly diseases. Zebra stripes are more pronounced in environments that favour horseflies bbc.com/future/article/20…
Pumping water from the ground causes the ground to contract. Areas with high well usage can lose dozens and dozens of feet of elevation due to this "land subsidence". usgs.gov/special-topic/wa…
An acre was based on the amount of land a man could plow in a day. cnn.com/interactive/2015/…
Around 8,000 years ago, a 25-40m tsunami struck the east coast of the UK due to ice falling into the North Sea from Norway, delivering a devastating, if not final, blow to Doggerland, a dry land connection between them and mainland Europe. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
The land on the Virginia side of Washington D.C. was ceded back to Virginia in 1847. The District of Columbia is now exclusively on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
There was land bridge between India and Sri Lanka you could pass on foot 600 years ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada…
In 1986, two Russian airline pilots got into an argument over wether one could land the plane without vision. The main pilot pulled the curtains over the windows, insisting he could. Then, the plane missed the runway, flipped and killed 70 of the passengers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
Today I learned of the Dobbertin Surface Orbiter, a all-terrain vehicle created from a stainless steel milk tanker, has covered 33,000 miles on land, has passed through 28 countries, transits the open ocean and is the first car to transit the Panama Canal. youtu.be/UgPPlJXvipM?t=8
If you were a head of household who was living in Texas on March 2nd, 1836, you got given, for free, 4,605 acres of land. Some restrictions apply. glo.texas.gov/history/arc…
The name of "Germany" in the Navajo language means "Metal Cap-wearer Land", referencing the distinctive wartime steel helmets. In Plains Cree, it is "Among the Steel Helmets", and in Lakota, it is "Bad Speaker Land". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
9 species of Shark have evolved to walk on land, allowing them the walk between tide pools while hunting for prey. vice.com/en/article/y3mv9…
The previously glaciated land of the Alaskan Panhandle is rising so quickly due to isostatic rebound that a property owner built a 9-hole golf course on land that had been underwater. serc.carleton.edu/vignett…
People are most likely to cry watching a movie on an airplane than on land. time.com/5274209/airplane…
Mercy dogs were trained during World War I to comfort mortally wounded soldiers as they died in no man's land en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
Sri Lanka only became an island in 1480, when a cyclone destroyed the land bridge connecting it to mainland India. earth.esa.int/web/earth-w…
Kyrgyzstan is more distant from the ocean than any other nation. At a minimum of 1620 miles from any ocean, it is the most land-locked state in the world centralasiarally.com/kyrg…
Today I learned about Doggerland, a now submerged and previously inhabited land mass that connected Britain to Europe thousands of years ago. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
The Soviets were the first to land a human made object on another planet- Venus- during the Venera missions, 1961-1984. In that environment the maximum survival time for one of the probes was just under 2 hrs. britannica.com/technology…
The fastest animal alive is the Peregrine Falcon reaching record-breaking speeds of up to 242 mph while diving for their prey. Right behind this Falcon is the Golden Eagle (200mph) followed by the cheetah (75mph), the fastest land animal! allaboutbirds.org/guide/P…
In 1921 a Danish geologist discovered a tiny island on the northern coast of Greenland and named it "Kaffeklubben Island" after an informal academic club held at the Copenhagen Mineralogical Museum. He didn't know that he had just named the northernmost point of land on Earth after a coffee club en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaf…
Sailors from 1700-1980 used distillation of sea water to create safe drinking water and current navy fleets can desalinate more than a million of gallons of water a day and be used in times of drought on land. earthdate.org/node/137
The BiaΕ‚owieΕΌa Forest in Poland is one of the last remaining remnants of a forest that once stretched across all of Europe. The forest is only intact because a king in the 14th century used it as a refuge from the plague and afterward made it a protected land. whc.unesco.org/en/list/33…
Use of the word "road" for a fixed land route started at the end of the 16th century, with Shakespeare the first known user. Because of that, there are no roads in the "City of London" (London's medieval core): all the ways there had been named before the word came into the English language worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-…
Yuri Gagarin did not land in his Space craft, Vostok. He ejected at 20,000 feet, parachuting safely to Earth, landing near the Volga River. russianspaceweb.com/vosto…
93.9% of all cars on the road in Yemen are Toyotas. 52.4% of all cars in the country are Toyota Land Cruisers automotivetouchup.com/tou…
I learned the first American soldier to land on the beach durning the invasion of Normandy was shot twice and not only survived, but lived to be 90 years old. baltimoresun.com/features…
Leading up to WW2 Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King bought up land around his country estate so no 'jews or other undesirables' would move in cbc.ca/history/EPISCONTEN…
When the Seinfeld finale originally aired on NBC, TV Land paid tribute by not programming any shows opposite it, instead showing an image of a closed office door with hand written notes that said, "We're TV Fans so... we're watching the last episode of Seinfeld. Will return at 10pm et, 7pm pt". screenrant.com/seinfeld-b…
Ancient Egyptian dwarfs were viewed as people with celestial gifts. They enjoyed high status, worked in the royal palaces and often held prestigious jobs. Dwarfs likely travelled from distant lands to enjoy life in the Old Kingdom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwa…
Today I learned of the Wilkes Land Crater, an asteroid that hit Antarctica 250 million years ago and was 2.5 times larger than the Chicxulub asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs. wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilkes…
Martha's Vineyard is one of only 5 Natural Features in the U.S. with possessive apostrophes in their names. The Board on Geographic Names has only permitted 5 places to spell their names with possessive apostrophes to avoid disputes and issues over the ownership and control of the land. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
If you dig through any part of the continental U.S. Not only would you be nowhere near China, but there's actually a very slim chance you'd hit any land at all. geodatos.net/en/antipodes…
The Samaritans from the Bible are still around. They number around 800 and are descendants of the ancient Israelites who remained in the land of Israel during the Babylonian captivity. They view mainstream Judaism as altered and only accept the Samaritan Pentateuch from before the captivity en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
A Chemistry Prof Accidentally Killed Herself by Allowing 2 Drops of Organic Mercury to Land on Her Gloved Hand popularmechanics.com/scie…
New York and New Jersey share ownership of Liberty Island (Statue of Liberty island) and Ellis Island. New York owns the above-water land while New Jersey owns the submerged land of Liberty Island. New York owns the natural portions of Ellis Island and New Jersey owns the man-made parts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
Native Americans used controlled fires to manage the land. These prescribed burns decreased the impact/frequency of damaging wildfires, boosted agricultural production, helped with hunting, and reduced tick populations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…

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