Today I learned about Sarah Rector, an impoverished black girl who became a millionaire oil baron when oil was discovered on the land allotted to her by the government. She was so wealthy the Oklahoma legislature declared her to be a white person. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Actress Tilda Swinton comes from an ancient Anglo-Scots family that can trace its lineage to the Middle Ages, & is one of only three British families that can trace their unbroken land ownership and lineage to before the Norman Conquest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Til…
In 1962, when Washington Redskins owner George Preston Marshall refused to integrate his team, President Kennedy forced his hand by refusing to allow the team to play in their then-new stadium, which was on Federal land. Marshall relented and became the last NFL owner to integrate. npr.org/2011/09/04/140066…
George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, has his own fire department with one fire truck. He originally had two but donated one to the Muir Beach Fire Department. There are 12 firefighters in his department and they protect his land and surrounding areas from wild fires. firehouse.com/apparatus/n…
Xenophanes, who died ca. 490 B.C.E., found fish fossils and concluded that the land where they were found must have been underwater at some time. He was the first person known to have used fossils as evidence for a theory of the history of the Earth. ucmp.berkeley.edu/history…
With every bottle of Laphroaig Whisky, you are entitled to a lifetime lease on a plot of land in Scotland (1ft squared) thewhiskeywash.com/whiske…
The Black Plague solved the overpopulation problem in the 14th century. In the aftermath, there was more land available, more food for better dietary habits, more money due to an increase in wages and an increase in life expectancy. americanscientist.org/art…
In 1915, Kulbir Thapa was the first Nepalese Gurkha to receive the Victoria Cross. Thapa carried two wounded Gurkhas through No-Man’s-Land despite being wounded himself. When he went back a third time, German soldiers stopped firing and began clapping, allowing him to walk back to his own line. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kul…
When acquiring land for future Disney World in Florida, Walt Disney went to extreme lengths to keep the project secret fearing land would become too expensive if sellers knew the true project. Disney created shell companies to scout and buy land. Walt died before Disney World opened. groovyhistory.com/walt-di…
Bears are considered by many wildlife biologists to be one of the most intelligent land animals of North America. They possess the largest and most convoluted brains relative to their size of any land mammal. In the animal kingdom, their intelligence compares with that of higher primates. pbs.org/wnet/nature/arcti…
In 2015, a flight from the UK to Dubai had to turn around and land after 30 minutes because of a 'poisonous' smell in the plane. The smell was later confirmed to be the "liquid faecal excrement" of a passenger in the toilet, which was so bad it caused a safety hazard. vice.com/en_uk/article/bn…
Research suggests that a future Martian colony should grow and develop completely independently from Earth. Its members would relinquish their Earthly citizenship, have no nation on Earth to answer to, and only establish diplomatic and economic relations with new crews that land on the planet. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The initial working title of the book was β€˜Where The Wild Horses Are’, and the story was supposed to be about a child who escapes to the land of the wild horses. Although his editor loved the idea, Maurice realized he was unable to draw horses, and the idea of the β€˜Wild Things’ was born. huffingtonpost.in/entry/w…
Today I learned of the world's rarest insect, the land lobster, which is found only on an island one-eighth of a square mile in size, in a small patch of shrubs growing on a single rock ledge. ansp.org/exhibits/online-…
Today I learned about the largest Empires. Spain was the first global empire. The British was the largest ( 22% of the earth's land-mass). Mongol's was the largest contiguous and Portugal's is the longest-lived modern European colonial empires. businessinsider.com/the-1…
Today I learned about the most densely populated place in all of human history: Kowloon Walled City. Demolished by the government in 1994, the 6.4 acre piece of land in Hong Kong was home to over 50,000 people. The "City of Anarchy" was so densely constructed you couldn't see the sun from the streets below. youtube.com/watch?v=t6IOd…
A child prince from the Khwarezmian Empire was sold as a slave after the Mongols invaded their land and killed his family. He arrived in Egypt and rose among the ranks until he became Sultan. He then served the Mongols one of their first major defeats in history. A Historical turning point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qut…
Alberta Canada is the largest inhabited land mass that has no rat population. Every territory surrounding it has rats, but high rat control efforts have kept them out. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Sloths can swim three times faster than they can walk on land. And because of their ability to slow their heart rates to one-third its normal rate, they can also hold their breath for a whopping 40 minutes under water. roaring.earth/sloths-swim…
NASA is under presidential orders to land humans on Mars by 2033, and NASA-funded engineers are studying a way to build potential human habitats there by producing bricks from pressurized Martian soil. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Today I learned of the Montana Dueling Dinosaurs, an incredibly well-preserved fossil of a Tyrannosaurus and a Triceratops locked in combat. Despite the important nature of the fossil, it remains obscure due to a land rights controversy preventing it from being studied, cleaned up and/or put on display. theguardian.com/science/2…
Two doctors saved a woman’s life on an airplane by performing mid-air surgery on her with a coat hanger and silverware. They also used cognac to sterilise the equipment. It was on a flight from Hong Kong-London. They couldn’t land for help, as the increase in air pressure could kill her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
Today I learned about Gonzalo Guerrero, a Spanish sailor who was shipwrecked along the Yucatan Peninsula in 1511 and taken as a slave by a Mayan lord. He earned his freedom, became a respected Mayan warrior, and died fighting Spanish colonization of indigenous lands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gon…
In the last days of the war, South Vietnamese major Buang-Ly on a stolen plane with his family (wife and 2 children) dropped a note on USS Midway pleading to allow him to land. Comd. Chambers gave orders to push overboard millions of dollars' worth of helicopters to make room for landing. historynet.com/maj-buang-…
The eastern most part of Russia and the western most part of USA are separated by just 2.4 miles or 3.8 kilometers. Russia is the closest country to USA which doesn't share a land border. earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
While Apple was buying rural land for a new building, one couple refused to sell their 1 acre plot of land they had originally purchased for $6,000. After rejecting every single offer, Apple just told them to name a price. They sold it for $1.7 million. gizmodo.com/old-couple-se…
Antartica has a native insect species the Antarctic Midge, Belgica Antarctica. The species has been for around 30 million years and has adapted to surviving the cold, it is the technically the largest land animal on the contient and has the tiniest genome of any insect. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Aimo Koivunen overdosed on methamphetamine, stepped on a land mine, survived for a week in a ditch by eating pine cones, skied 250 miles and was found weighing 94lb with a heart rate of 200bpm. Then wen ton to live for another 45 years! thedorkages.com/aimo-koiv…
The community of Rudyard Montana is the only town or census-designated place in the lower 48 states of the USA to have a non-oceanic antipode; the only place you could proverbially dig a hole and end up on dry land. missoulacurrent.com/opini…
Disney owns an enormous amount of land in Florida (Nearly 40 Square Miles). All of Disneyland could fit in the Magic Kingdom parking lot. wdwnews.com/fact-sheets/2…
A U-2 spy plane lands via a "controlled crash" every time because its massive wingspan makes it difficult to maneuver and there are no wheels on the sides (only front and back). When the plane finally tips to one side, the titanium skid pads under the wings help bring it to a stop. youtu.be/txVHB8k0rTI
Kangatarianism is a vegetarian diet with the addition of kangaroo meat as a choice. It has environmental benefits because indigenous wild kangaroos require no extra land or water for farming and produce little methane. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
Today I learned about "The Forgotten 500" U.S. airmen who were shot down during bombing raids into Romania. Serbian peasants hid the airmen, at considerable risk, while the men, living on goat’s milk, had to build a runway large enough to land C-47s, without any real tools or alerting Nazis, for their rescue. historynet.com/wwii-book-…
In 2013, while walking their dog in their back yard, a married couple came across several rusty buckets sticking out of their land. The buckets were full of gold coins minted from 1847 to 1894. The total value of all the coins was about $11 million. nydailynews.com/news/nati…
In the 1910s, an encyclopedia company gave away tracts of land in Huntington Beach, California, with every $126 encyclopedia set purchased. Today, the median home price in the area is close to a million dollars. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Dick Van Dyke had to pay Walt Disney $4,000 to land a second role as the banker in Mary Poppins hollywoodreporter.com/new…
The name of the African country of Malawi translates literally to "Land of Flames," because iron working was the dominant economic practice of the pre-colonial kingdom that controlled the area. The sheer density of kilns were said to light up the countryside at night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Russia is so large, that not only does it take up 1/8th of the land on Earth, but the country alone is bigger than the planet Pluto. businessinsider.com/more-…
There are 35 possible dates that Easter can land on, some of which don't repeat for hundreds of years at a time. Nearly 1 out of every 10 calendar dates has been or will be Easter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Camels originated in North America and crossed the Bering land bridge to Asia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
There is a fish, a shark, to be precise, that can walk on land in search of food. oceanicsociety.org/blog/1…
Today I learned of the Treaty of Canandaigua between the USA and the Iroquois in 1794. Article 6, requiring the US to provide $4500 in goods every year, is honored to this day, but Article 2, protecting the land of the Oneida, was mostly ignored and their land fell from 6,000,000 acres to just 32 acres in 1920. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Mel Brooks served in World War II, defusing land mines as the allies advanced into Nazi Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel…
In 2017, a group of travel influencers were banned from all U.S. public lands. Their violations included driving an RV across the Bonneville Salt Flats, walking on Yellowstone’s hot springs, and affixing a rope swing to the Corona Arch. A year later, they fell off a waterfall in B.C. and died. outsideonline.com/2325286…
Owing to their remoteness, the islands of New Zealand were the last large habitable lands to be settled by humans. Between about 1280 and 1350, Polynesians began to settle in the islands, and then developed a distinctive Māori culture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
In "The Land Before Time X" the long-neck dinosaurs gather together and believe in a myth that during each eclipse they must all stretch out their necks and help push the sun up so it doesn't fall. They succeed and celebrate having saved the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There exists a Belgian bicycle road in Germany. It's not that they just own the land, no, the road is fully Belgian territory. It used to be a railroad track, which was appointed to Belgium after the first World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
In 2014, rollercoaster thrill-seekers were showered in blood after the ride decapitated a deer which ran onto the tracks. The Ultimate, the 2nd longest in the world at 7,442 ft / 1.4 miles, mostly hugs the hilly land at ground level, this was the second deer death (Yorkshire, England) thenorthernecho.co.uk/new…
In Ireland you cant own a lake or river but by owning the land on both sides you can own the bed and the airspace above and completely control access to it canoe.ie/water-access/
The land speed record for steam powered cars was set in 2009 at 139.8 MPH beating a 103 year old record. theguardian.com/uk/2009/a…
Flipping a coin is not random. It is deterministic, and if we knew all variables at the start, we could easily predict how it will land. youtube.com/watch?v=AYnJv…
Today I learned about the mythical isle of Thule. The Ancient Greek explorer, Pytheas, was the first to write about Thule during his travels between 330-20 BC. Thule is described like a land of fire and ice in which the sun never sets, about six days sailing north from Britain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thu…
The name "Puntland" is derived from the Land of Punt mentioned by ancient Egyptian sources. However, the exact location of the fabled territory is still a mystery. Many studies suggest that the Land of Punt was located in Somalia, whereas others propose that it was situated elsewhere en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out…
A first time deer hunter named Sergio Martinez, who got lost in the woods of San Diego county in 2003, set a small fire to signal rescuers. The fire quickly got out of control and became the Cedar Fire burning nearly 300,000 acres of land, destroying more than 2200 homes and killing 15 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ced…
After a horse ran into No Man's Land during World War I and got shot, French soldiers decided to replace it with a fake papier-mache horse with a sniper inside. He also had a telephone wire so he could message back to the trenches on enemy movement. The ploy was discovered after three days. historydaily.org/decoy-ho…
The youngest state governor in American history was Michigan's first governor, Stevens T. Mason, who took office at 24-years-old. In one of his first acts of legislation, Mason ceded land to Ohio in exchange for parts of the Upper Peninsula. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
The amount of arable land (land that crops can grow on) per person on the planet is .19 hectacres, less then half a football field (excluding endzone). data.worldbank.org/indica…
15% (5.2 million acres) of land in England is unregistered. It has never been registered since the land hadn't been sold since before land registration became compulsory. Much of the land is owned by the Crown, the aristocracy, and the church. whoownsengland.org/2019/0…
When the ship the HMS Guardian struck an iceberg in 1789, its captain decided to stay on it with 62 people. 259 left in boats. However, the captain was able to save the ship and sail back to land. It took 9 weeks, but everyone on the ship made it. Of the 259 that left, only 15 survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
It is estimated that it will take another 300-700 years for the land in northern France to fully recover from the impact of WWI due to the vast amount of unexploded ordnance and poisoned soil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zon…
Ulysses S. Grant went on a post-presidency world tour from 1877-79. He was received quite well, often greeting cheering crowds, being offered gifts, and meeting various heads-of-state. He even acted as an unofficial diplomat in some cases, such as a land dispute between China and Japan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
Geolibertarianism (Georgism) is a poltical philosophy which asserts the ONLY tax should be a land tax, and seeks to find balance with ecology. Famous proponents include Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Huygens, an ESA spacecraft, was launched from Earth on October 15, 1997 to land successfully on Saturn's moon Titan on January 14, 2005. That's 1.2 billion kilometers. Its six instruments gathered atmospheric data and continued sending it 90min after touchdown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huy…
Morgan Freeman wears gold earrings based on an old sailors tradition. They were earrings in order to cover their burial in a forgein land military.id.me/community-…
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…
Templar Knights would issue letters of credit to the pilgrims journeying to the Holy Land. Pilgrims deposited their valuables with a local Templar, received a document indicating the value of their deposit, then used that document upon arrival to retrieve their funds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Isoroku Yamamoto, Admiral of the Japanese navy in WWII, who had first been assigned to sea, (following his opposition to the Tripartite pact with Germany and Italy), for fear that if he stayed on land he would be assassinated within a year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iso…
A sacrifice zone is a geographic area that has been permanently impaired by environmental damage or economic disinvestment, often through locally unwanted land use. The term commonly applies to industrial areas, like lead smelters, that have not been maintained or do not meet modern standards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
Today I learned about "Cargo Cults", which are religions that are formed from natives seeing bases being built in their areas during WW2, after the war ended and everything was abandoned, the natives would try and replicate the soldiers during ceremonies, such as by marching, and signaling planes to land en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
"thalassophobia" is an intense and persistent fear of the sea and can include fear of being in deep bodies of water, fear of the vast emptiness of the sea, and fear of distance from land. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Whales used to have four legs. Whales descend from giant legged land mammals that moved like Otters. cnn.com/2019/04/04/health…
In 1968, the US army accidentally killed 6,000 sheep on ranch land north of its biological and chemical weapons testing facility known as the Dugway Proving Ground. The Skull Valley Sheep Kill - as it came to be known, was caused by the open air testing of a highly toxic nerve agent "VX". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dug…
Today I learned about the Domesday Book, a survey of all of England ordered by William the Conqueror. It was meant to determine who held what land and what taxes were owed on them. Completed in 1086 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
The most obvious difference, the one seen at first glance, is that the Arctic Sea is surrounded by land, and the Antarctic is the land surrounded by sea. In other words, the Arctic is a region, a polar circle, while Antarctica is a continent. needforscience.com/geogra…
Upstate New York is the portion of New York state located north of the NY metropolitan area. It's not just the upper area of the state; it's the vast majority of the state's land area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ups…
Today I learned about the Hidden Continent of Zealandia, a region of continental crust twice the size of India. Mostly submerged, the only major land masses include New Zealand and New Caledonia. scitechdaily.com/zealandi…
Cats directly register, which means that when they walk, their hind paws land in the same place as their front paws to reduce tracks and noise. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Before Japan surrendered to end WW2, the US armed forces ordered over 1 million Purple Heart medals in anticipation of a difficult land invasion. That stock is still being used today. warhistoryonline.com/inst…
Knights who had pledged allegiance to the feudal host and had land were obliged to give 40 days’ service per year. britannica.com/topic/knig…
To escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand, 3 wild rabbits were found riding on the backs of sheep where they were carried to dry land. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned of Ivaylo the "lettuce", a swineherd, who, frustrated with mongol raids on his lands, led a peasant army which defeated the Mongols and later the Bulgarian army, slaying the king and taking the throne. He defeated the mongols again and the byzantines 3 times, at one point fighting a 2 front war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upr…
Black and white stripes deter insects. Japanese scientists hypothesized that zebras' stripes deter insects. So they painted black and white stripes on cows. Striped cows had about 50% fewer biting flies land on them than unpainted cows. cnn.com/2019/10/08/us/cow…
, the Great Sioux Nation, consisting of nine tribes, lost the Black Hills, SD when the US violated a treaty. In 1980, the Supreme Court agreed, and set $105M in funds aside as compensation. The Sioux did not accept it, preferring the land instead. There is now ~$2B in that fund as of 2019. pbs.org/newshour/arts/nor…
Rastafarians believe the former Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie is their God. They also believe that they will one day return to the promised land of Ethiopia to live in peace and freedom. bbc.co.uk/religion/religi…
The Alabama State Capital building is located on the same plot of land as the "First White House of the Confederacy," inhabited by Jefferson Davis in 1861 when Montgomery, Alabama was the Confederacy's interim capital en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
"Doctrine of Discovery", which holds that European Christian colonizers inherently held sovereignty to lands they "discovered" irrespective of those already there, is still to this day used by the U.S. Supreme Court to justify not returning lands, such as holy sites, to indigenous peoples. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Juneau, the capital city of Alaska, is larger in land area than Delaware and Rhode Island combined, but is comprised of only about ~32,000 people trendrr.net/1946/top-10-l…
Over the past two centuries, Singapore’s land area has expanded by a 25% – from 58,150 to 71,910 hectares (or 578 to 719 sq km).1 This gradual increase in land surface is not because of tectonic movements but rather the miracle of a man-made engineering feat known as land reclamation. nlb.gov.sg/biblioasia/201…
Land mines have led to a positive development in the Falkland Islands by providing sanctuary for penguins who are not heavy enough to detonate them so they can breed safely without human intrusion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
No species of turtle nurtures their children. Turtles mothers find a location on land to dig a nest and lay their eggs. After they lay their eggs, they walk away. It’s up to the babies to fend for themselves once they hatch. wildsea.eu/blog-en/10-sur…
Today I learned about Bruce Murray. A South African signmaker, in 2012, he inherited 120,000 acres of land and a dutchy in Scotland. He is now the commander of the only legal private army in Europe, the Atholl Highlanders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
Today I learned of the Queenstown oval in Tasmania. The gravel surface has been in use since 1895 and one long time player claims the best way to deal with it is to "Land on someone" abc.net.au/news/2019-09-1…
Today I learned about a group of 6 adult male lions that formed a coalition and took over 7,000 acres of land, killed over 100 other lions, and practiced cannabalism for over 16 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Map…
Today I learned of the Great Toyota War, which was the last phase of the Chadian–Libyan conflict in 1987, on the Libyan–Chadian border. It takes its name from the vehicles used, the Toyota Hilux and the Toyota Land Cruiser, to provide mobility for the Chadian troops as they fought against the Libyans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
A civilian who went on a fly-along aboard a French Air Force Rafale B fighter jet was accidentally ejected during flight. He survived with back injuries and the pilot managed to land the jet with minor injuries to his hands from broken canopy glass but the cause of the error is unknown. militarytimes.com/off-dut…
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…
During the Christmas truce of the great war in 1914, German and British troops held a football match in no man's land. Germans won 3-2. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk/41…
"potter's field," a term synonymous with mass graves, has a Biblical origin. It refers to an extremely clay-rich parcel of land in Jerusalem, purchased with the 30 pieces of silver which Judas returned to the chief priests. Useless for farming, the land was used to bury strangers. nytimes.com/interactive/2…
Today I learned about Aki Ra. A man who has personally cleared 50,000 land mines by hand with minimal equipment. badassoftheweek.com/aki-r…
There is a museum in Seoul, South Korea centered around poop. It's called Poopoo Land. english.visitseoul.net/at…

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