In 2007 a man in a wheelchair was hit by an 18 wheeler. The handles were ensnared within the grill of the truck and he was pushed at over 60 mph for several miles on the highway. Amazingly, he escaped without injury. thestar.com/news/2007/06/…
Burger King has the rights to use its name throughout the entire United States, with the exception of a 20-mile radius surrounding a totally unrelated restaurant, also called Burger King, in Mattoon, Illinois. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
"TMZ" stands for the Thirty Mile Zone around Los Angeles within which film crews don't get paid overnight expenses lamag.com/askchris/ask-ch…
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are able to fly across the Golf of Mexico, a distance of 500 miles, in one 20-hour non-stop flight. This requires more calories than the bird's weight, so they prepare by doubling their fat mass. They expend the entire caloric reserve during the flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
420 mile markers are being replaced by 419.9 markers because of theft. usnews.com/news/national-…
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…
A 3000 mile long fiber-optic cable called Project Express was installed between London & New York in 2012. At a cost of $300 Million, the line was designed to shave 5 milliseconds from financial trades between the two cities. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
A nautical mile is based on the circumference of the earth itself. 1 nautical mile is equal to 1 minute of arc on the planet earth. So 60 nautical miles is equal to 1 degree of arc. Consequently earth circumference is 60*360 = 21600 nautical miles. science.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned of the 1626 AD Explosion in Beijing, one of the largest and most lethal explosions ever, and the exact cause hasn't yet been determined. Body parts and animals rained down from the sky. Everything within 3-14 miles was utterly obliterated. The explosion was about equal to the Hiroshima bombing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
Elephants are tremendous distance swimmers. They can swim for up to six hours and 25 miles (48km). They are so buoyant that if they tire in the water, they can just rest by floating and will not sink. They can also use their trunk as a snorkel and dive. wildanimalpark.org/can-el…
In 1816 US built a fort half a mile inside canadian border, by mistake. The Fort became to be called as Fort Blunder. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
Today I learned of highway robbery. 50 k/31 miles of highway was stolen, with over 7000 concrete slabs dismantled and sold for private profit by an official in Russia's Komi region bbc.com/news/world-europe…
On Disneyland's opening day in 1955, an invitation-only crowd of 15,000 was expected, but thanks to counterfeit tickets, 28,154 entered the gates. A few more even scaled a fence, using a ladder erected by an entrepreneur who charged $5 a head. On the Santa Ana Freeway, there was a 7-mile backup history.com/news/disneyla…
The Chinese Army has been training 10,000 pigeons to provide support to the military's communications in the event that war renders its modern technology unusable. The pigeons, flying at speeds of up to 75 miles (120 km) per hour, are being trained to carry loads of up to 3.5 oz (100 g) content.time.com/time/wor…
There was a man eating Leopard who killed over 150 people in British India in the early 20th century. The leopard reportedly killed a victim once every 2–3 days, each time in a different area to the last, with the killings sometimes taking place 20–30 miles apart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Large ships often measure their fuel efficiency in 'gallons per mile'. A cruise ship will usually burn 30 to 50 gallons per mile, and as much as 250 tons of fuel in a day. cruises.lovetoknow.com/wi…
Today I learned about Benson rafts, huge rafts up to 1000 feet long made of thousands of logs lashed together that used to be floated across 1,100 miles of open ocean from the mouth of the Columbia River to San Diego as a cheaper alternative to sending the logs by rail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
, there's an 18 mile long wire circling above the buildings of Manhattan and certain other US cities with large populations of orthodox Jews. This is a talmudic invention meant to circumvent sabbath restrictions against carrying a burden. npr.org/2019/05/13/721551…
After WW2, the Allies discovered meticulous plans for a Sun Gun by the Nazis. Planned by renowned Nazi Scientist Hermann Oberth, it was a .62 mile mirror attached to a space station to burn cities and evaporate oceans estimated to take 15 years to build. He later joined NASA. huffpost.com/entry/nazi-s…
In World War 2 the Japanese made American and Filipino soldiers walk 96.6 km or 60 miles. They were subjected to physical abuse and given little to no food and water. With the death of thousand of soldiers it is called the "Bataan Death March" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 1896, Auburn students greased the train tracks leading in and out of the local station. When Georgia Tech's train came into town, it skidded through town and didn't stop for five more miles. The GT football team had to make the trek back to town, then went on to lose, 45-0. thewareaglereader.com/201…
The Mongol Empire once extended over an estimated 9.27 million square miles (24,000,000 km2), which is about 17.8% of Earth's total land area, almost 5x larger than 'Pax Romana' Rome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
: Elephant's ears allow them to hear sounds 6 miles away 4elephants.org/blog/artic…
Tom Stuker, the world's most frequent flyer, who had flown 21 million miles as of 2019 (the last million taking only 6 months), has paid out of pocket for every one of his trips, saving his miles to give to family members, charities and others nypost.com/2019/07/27/wor…
Today I learned of the Aquatots. In 1950, Bubba, aged 4, swam 22 miles of the Mississippi River while Kathy, aged 2, swam 5 miles. When their father attempted them crossing the English Channel, the British and French forbade it as child abuse. Later, the father bragged of their baby food diet and killed Kathy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqu…
The 2008 Battle for Sadr City involved the unusual military strategy of an 'inverted siege' - instead of usual breaching techniques to break a siege the US forces instead erected over 3 miles of 12ft tall concrete barriers encircling the city and trapping insurgent forces inside realcleardefense.com/arti…
Victor Prather, a surgeon involved in developing space suits, ascended in a balloon to an altitude of 21 miles in 1961. He survived the freezing journey of 10 hours. He fell into the sea when rescued by a helicopter in the Gulf of Mexico. His suit filled with water, and he drowned. stratocat.com.ar/stratope…
Alexander the Great once built a half-mile causeway through the sea to capture the impregnable Tyre island. The island has remained a peninsula ever since masteruxr.com/on-changing…
The Bull shark can thrive in both salt and fresh water and can travel far up rivers. They have been known to travel up the Mississippi River as far as Alton, Illinois, about 700 miles (1100 km) from the ocean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bul…
Stanley Kubrick used over 450,000 feet or about 85 miles of film to shoot "A Clockwork Orange" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
Jamie McDonald ran 524 treadmill miles in a week. He had less than 3 hours of sleep a night, covering 3 marathons a day, a total of 20 marathons. A few weeks earlier he'd run 5,500 miles across America over a period of a year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Anyone who moves to Villas Las Estrellas, a settlement in Antarctica, must first have their appendix preemptively removed because the nearest hospital is over 600 miles away. bbc.com/future/gallery/20…
In May 2006, the tailfin of an F-14 Tomcat washed up on a beach in Ireland. It was discovered to have come from an aircraft that had crashed 4,900 miles away during a training flight in the Gulf of Mexico 3 1/2 years earlier. anft.net/f-14/f14-serial-…
An underground coal seam 140 miles north of Sydney Australia has been on fire for the last 6000 years. The first advances about 3 feet a year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
The top 3 cities with the highest population density in the world are in the Philippines (Manila, Pateros, and Mandaluyong). All are above 90 thousand people per square mile. titlemax.com/discovery-ce…
Today I learned about Juliane Koepcke, who was in a plane over the Peruvian rainforest when lightning struck. She was ejected, still strapped in her seat, 2 miles to the ground and survived. She wandered for 10 days with maggots eating her wound. She finally found some men and was rescued. bbc.com/news/magazine-174…
BMW drifted a M5 for 232.5 continuous miles, which included a stuntman refueling the car from a tandem-drifting tanker. thedrive.com/news/17508/n…
The highest point (Mount Whitney at 14,494 feet (4,418 meters) above sea level) and lowest point( Badwater Basin at 282 feet (86 meters) below sea level) in the Contiguous US are only 88 (142 kilometers) miles apart. howderfamily.com/blog/dea…
Today I learned about Junius Groves, a former slave who walked 500 miles from Kentucky to Kansas City, Kansas and became very wealthy after finding great success growing potatoes. zocalopublicsquare.org/20…
The speed of electrical signals in our body varies greatly depending on the type of signal. Signals carried by neurons that link the spinal cord to the muscles can travel at 156 to 270 miles per hour while signals carried on the fibres of pain receptors travel at 1.1 to 4.4 miles per hour. earthsky.org/human-world/…
Iron Mountain Mine in CA is one of the most polluted places in the US and has the most acidic naturally occurring water on Earth. The pH is below 0 (-3.6). Bacteria add to the acid and form a biofilm over hot water with a pH of 0.8. 70,000 people drink water from within 3 miles of the source. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
Today I learned about the C-2 visa, given to UN representatives of nations that have poor relations with the United States. It allows travel within a 25-mile radius of New York's Columbus Circle and is designed to only allow travel to and from the United Nations headquarters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-2…
Broadway actually continues North of Manhattan, and is a total of 33 miles long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
The human brain's 86 billion neurons are connected by approximately 850,000 km (530,000 miles) of axons and dendrites. To put things into perspective, the distance between Earth and Moon is only 384,000 km (240,000 miles) aiimpacts.org/transmittin…
The crater from the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs was 93 miles wide and 12 miles deep. audubon.org/news/how-bird…
The US used to control a 10-mile strip of land centered on the Panama Canal. It was gradually transferred to Panama starting from 1979. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
A 9,000 year old skeleton found inside a cave in Cheddar, England, has a living relative was teaching history only a 1/2 mile away, tracing back nearly 300 generations. independent.co.uk/news/th…
General George Pickett (who had been told by Robert E. Lee to hold Five Forks at all costs) was attending a shad bake several miles away with other Confederate Generals when his troops were routed at Five Forks, severing the last remaining lifeline to the Confederate capitol of Richmond. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Today I learned of the Man vs. Horse Marathon, an annual 22 mile race pitting human runners against riders on horseback β€” and that humans have beaten the horses at least twice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
A single sneeze travels 100 miles per hour (160 kph) and shoots 100,000 germs into the air. healthline.com/health-new…

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