It took until 2020 to clear all the landmines in the Falkland Islands left over from the Falklands War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Part of the Falklands Islands is littered with leftover landmines from the Falklands War. This stretch of beach has become home to hundreds of penguins as they are too light to trigger the mines when walking on them. bbc.com/news/magazine-398…
Today I learned about APOPO, a non-profit organization that trains African giant pouched rats to save lives by detecting landmines and tuberculosis. apopo.org/en/who-we-are
Today I learned about how African Pouched Rats are being used in Cambodia to sniff out landmines. They have an exceptional sense of smell which allows them to detect TNT in amounts as small as 1 oz, and are able to clear a 200sq m area in 30min where a human will take up to 3 days with a metal detector npr.org/sections/parallel…
A Danish company modified a version of thale cress (plant), that changes from green to red when being near landmines, because of the nitrogen dioxide gas released from landmines. This way you can detect landmines and save lives. nature.com/articles/news0…
Today I learned of the term "Thunder Run" a US improvised method of clearing land mines from Highway 19 during the Vietnam War. It involved two M48 tanks driving side by side along the road whilst firing all of their guns until they reached their destination or hit a landmine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M48…
Today I learned of an organization in Belgium training giant rats (nicknamed "HeroRATs") to sniff out landmines in countries where explosive remnants of war pose a large threat to communities. The rats are extremely effective, outperforming both metal detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs. boredpanda.com/hero-rats-…
Today I learned of Axel von dem Bussche who was chosen to model a new winter uniform in front of Hitler in 1943. He had planned to hug Hitler then detonate a landmine in his pocket, killing the both of them. The plan fell through when a traincar carrying the uniforms was destroyed by the Allies. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
Honeybees can be trained to locate landmines due to their acute sense of smell. Croatian scientists mixed a sugar solution with a small amount of TNT β€” and after about five minutes of hunting for this doped sugar solution, the honeybees are trained to flock to the smell of TNT. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
A German officer in WWII ordered his soldiers to hold fire to allow the rescue of an American soldier who stepped on a landmine. When no one came the officer went to rescue the soldier but stepped on a landmine himself. warhistoryonline.com/war-…
Heath Ledger created a character diary for the Joker. It included stills from A Clockwork Orange, photos of hyenas, unhinged clown makeup and the word "chaos" highlighted in green. It also contained things the Joker would find funny like AIDS, landmines, and geniuses suffering brain damage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jok…
People are training rats to detect landmines. The rats are too light to set the mines off and can smell the explosive compound extremely well. The rats are very fast and can clear an area 3 times faster than use of electronic mine sweepers and with higher accuracy. npr.org/sections/parallel…
Today I learned of the Blue Peacock, a nuclear landmine created by the UK during the Cold War that relied on chickens to keep the electronics from becoming too cold to operate. businessinsider.com/uk-de…
Penguins are not heavy enough to set off landmines. Because of this there is a huge nature preserve on the Falkland islands, with 1 million penguins and 5 types of penguins. bbc.com/news/magazine-398…
After a decade long effort, Herat, Afghanistan’s deadliest province for landmines, was declared free of explosive devices. Nearly 80% of the country is now mine free. reuters.com/article/us-af…
Rats have been used to locate over 100k landmines and explosives. They're effective because they're too light to trip the mines. apopo.org/
A team in Tanzania is training giant rats to spot Tuberculosis in human spit. The rats can test 100 samples in 10 to 20 minutes: a human with a microscope takes 4 days to test the same number. The same species is also used to detect landmines. theguardian.com/global-de…
Famous WWII era war photographer Robert Capa, known for taking close and personal shots of war, as well as given the Medal of Freedom by President Eisenhower. He died during the First Indochinese War, when accompanying French troops, Capa left to take pictures and stepped on a landmine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Trained rats are used to detect landmines in Mozambique, Cambodia and Angola. A single rat can check 200sqm in 20 minutes – something that would take a human 4 days to do. sciencefocus.com/nature/w…
Falkland island has thousands of landmines on areas where over 1 million penguins live, but the penguins are luckily too light to detonate them perryponders.com/2015/02/…
The 20,000 landmines used during the Britain/Argentina conflict over the Falklands have led to a booming population of penguins. Cows and humans avoid the fenced-off fields, but penguins are too light to set off the mines. The deadly fields have turned into penguin sanctuaries. amusingplanet.com/2015/03…
Landmines planted on the coasts during the Falklands War accidentally created penguin sanctuaries. The penguins are too light to detonate the mines, so they live and breed safely. The sanctuaries are so popular and profitable that there are efforts to prevent removal of the mines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
When stepped on a landmine it never makes a soft "click" and explode after the pressure is lifted like in the movies. It explodes the moment you step on it. science.howstuffworks.com…
Giant Rats have been trained to sniff out 14000 landmines and other unexploded arsenal. The rats, which undergo nine months of training, are light enough to not trigger the explosives. They literally work for peanuts! theguardian.com/global-de…
A former Khmer Rouge member in Cambodia named Aki Ra has been spending the last 20+ years disarming landmines all over the country, with no pay, and no armor. youtube.com/watch?v=7Pw-2…
Landmines planted on the coasts during the Falklands War accidentally created penguin sanctuaries. The penguins are too light to detonate the mines, so they live and breed safely. The sanctuaries are so popular and profitable that there are efforts to prevent removal of the mines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Today I learned about Aimo Koivunen, a Finnish ski commando who in 1944 escaped from pursuing Russians by taking 30 pills of Pervitin. He skied for 400 kilometers in -20C temperatures with no food and ammunition, got injured by a landmine, and had a pulse rate of 200 beats per minute by the time he was found. mapinc.org/drugnews/v02/n…
Penguins are too light to set off landmines, which has resulted in penguins flourishing in the Falkland Islands due to the landmines left behind by the Argentinian military and whalers being unable to get at them. youtube.com/watch?v=dlO-3…
Aki Ra - a former child soldier - has devoted his life to removing landmines, and caring for young landmine victims. He has personally removed and destroyed as many as 50,000 landmines from Cambodia, originally using no more than a knife, a hoe, and a stick en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aki…
Today I learned of Aki Ra, a former child soldier forced to lay landmines in Cambodia who now spends his time removing mines from around the country. He has personally removed as many as 50,000 mines and started by using only a knife, a hoe, a stick and a Leatherman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aki…
The group APOPO has trained the giant African pouched rat to search for landmines in Tanzania, Mozambique, Angola, and in Cambodia. Since 1997 the rats have been able to help clear over 13,000 landmines saving countless lives, and giving back several square meters of land back to the people. news.nationalgeographic.c…
The US Army admits it secretly dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard gas agent in the sea, along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, landmines and rockets, and more than 500 tons of radioactive waste. articles.latimes.com/2005…
Today I learned of the proposed use of "Chicken Power" to heat electronics used in nuclear powered landmines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
General Sherman used confederate POWs to clear landmines that were killing his troops georgiainfo.galileo.usg.e…
Nuclear landmines were a thing, even until the late '80s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ato…
It is estimated that there are around 110 million landmines planted all over the world, many of them having been there for decades. unicef.org/sowc96/9ldmine…
In Cambodia and Angola, they held a competition titled "Miss Landmine", aimed at finding the most attractive woman maimed by an explosive. miss-landmine.org/
The Korean DMZ (demilitarized zone) is one of the most diverse places on earth because of the absence of humans. Yet there are no animals larger than 60kgs because of landmines. edition.cnn.com/2009/WORL…
Angola holds a Miss Landmine beauty pageant to raise awareness of live landmines still in the country, by only allowing landmine survivors to enter the pageant miss-landmine.org/misslan…
Today I learned of Blue Peacock, a 10 kiloton nuclear landmine designed to be installed in the north german plane. The area was too cold for the mine's electronics to reliably function, so it was proposed to be heated by chickens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
There are around 110 million anti-personnel landmines planted in the world. Each year 15-20k people are killed or maimed by them. care.org/emergencies/fact…
In Germany, there is an undetectable mine field in a National Park filled with glass landmines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eif…
Famed war photographer Robert Capa coined the term "Generation X" in 1953, a year before he was killed by a landmine in French Indochina. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
A Superman landmine awareness campaign backfired when children ran into a minefield hoping to get rescued by Superman books.google.com/books?id…
For every 17 children in the world, there is one landmine. visit.un.org/content/expe…
Bribery of Senior Wehrmacht Commanders for their loyalty was commonplace, being paid thousands of Reichsmarks per month and being exempt from taxes. In contrast, infantrymen who had the dangerous task of clearing landmines were given a one Reichsmark a day danger pay supplement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
A boy was conscripted into the Khmer Rouge at age 10 and layed thousands of landmines, but as an adult started clearing them with a stick and a Leatherman. His collection of defused bombs became the Cambodia Landmine Museum, which is also an orphanage for victims. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aki…
The US has been making and using landmines until 2014 armscontrol.org/act/2014_…
:Every 22 minutes someone in the world is injured or killed by a landmine. pbs.org/vietnampassage/pe…
It costs $10 to $30 ($5 for the manufacturer) to buy a landmine that can blow off legs and can remain active for decades. It's estimated that 110 million of these forgotten bitches are still active today killing about 800 innocent people a month. Fuck everything about this.. unicef.org/sowc96/9ldmine…

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