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…
There is a Diamond mine in Arkansas that is open to the public. Visitors can keep whatever Gems they find. Till now Thousands of diamonds have been found since it opened. arkansas.com/articles/dia…
Afghanistan shares a 46-mile border with China. Marco Polo used it in his Silk Road travels. It's rumored to have a fort Alexander the Great was not able to conquer, and it has one of the largest untouched copper mines in the world. insider.com/afghanistan-c…
Minesweeper's theme was so controversial in some countries that Microsoft was forced to replace the mines with flowers in some locations and rebrand it as "Flower Garden". Link instantfundas.com/2010/02…
Recently declassified military documents revealed that a solar storm detonated U.S. navy mines during the Vietnam War. Scientists are urging governments to take space weather more seriously as it could have severe consequences on our Earth. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned about APOPO - an organization that researches and trains rats to detect land mines and tuberculosis. These rats save lives! apopo.org/en/what-we-do
La Rinconada, Peru, the highest permanent settlement on Earth (5100 m or 16,700 ft elev) is a gold mining community where workers mine for 30 days without pay. On the 31st day, they're allowed to take as much raw ore as they can carry on their shoulders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_…
A ton of old mobile phones has 100 times the concentration of gold found in an actual gold mine. fastcompany.com/90512610/…
Chinese Empress Cixi once remarked that she has heard much of Queen Victoria but she did not think that "her life is half as interesting and eventful as mine". Under her, China attained the attributes of a modern state: industries, railways, electricity, telegraph, and an army and navy napoleon.org/en/magazine/…
15,000 to 20,000 per year are killed by land mines, most of them being civilian children, long after the conflict has ended. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Today I learned about the siege of the alcazar during the spanish civil war. The defenders held out for 2 months during which the entire castle was reduced to ruins after heavy artillery bombardement and mines. Their commander refused to surrender even when his son was captured and later executed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
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 Memory of Mankind has buried modern 'clay tablets' preserving the most important modern knowledge beneath a salt mine in Austria for future generations with clues to decipher them zmescience.com/science/ne…
Lake Pigneur became the deepest lake in Lousiana in 1980 after the Gulf Of Mexico flowed into it as the result of Texaco employees accidentally flushing the entire lake like a toilet into the salt mine beneath it. atlasobscura.com/places/l…
There is a diamond mine open to the public in Arkansas, it is the only diamond mine open to the public. So far 31000 gems have been found since it became a state park in 1972, the visitors keep what they found. arkansasstateparks.com/pa…
Ten elements have been found in the mineral ore extracted from a modest feldspar mine in the small village of Ytterby on the Swedish island of ResarΓΆ. At least four of these elementsβ€” Yttrium (Y), Erbium (Er), Terbium (Tb), and Ytterbium (Yb)β€”are named after the village. amusingplanet.com/2017/08…
Between 1967 and 1989 East Germany sent a massive amount of arms to ANYONE at war with Israel - to the tune of three quarters of a million Klashnikovs, 120 MiG fighters, 180,000 anti-personell mines, 235,000 grenades; 25,000 RPG launchers; and 25 million cartridges of varying sizes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Und…
Mel Brooks served in World War II, defusing land mines as the allies advanced into Nazi Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel…
Today I learned of the GitHub Archive Program in which the GitHub team had a full archive of all current public repositories buried in a decommissioned coal mine in the Norwegian town of Longyearbyen youtu.be/fzI9FNjXQ0o
Henry Allingham, one of the last surviving veterans of WWI and one-time oldest man on earth, was called away from eating lunch to design the key countermeasure to Nazi magnetic mines - he did this in only 9 days. He attributed his longevity to "cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz original camera negatives are stored 650 feet underground in a Kansas salt mine kansascity.com/entertainm…
In 1980 a drilling rig in Lake Peigneur drilled into a mine underneath the lake causing the lake to drain, a connecting canal to flow backward, the highest waterfall in LA, and 400-foot geysers. Eleven barges, the drilling rig, one tugboat, and 65 acres were destroyed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Today I learned of Ina Koenig, a German kindergarten teacher who jumped down a 75-foot mine shaft when one of her 3-year-old students accidentally fell down it. It was filled with cold water. For more than 2 hours, she kept the child’s head above the deluge, saving his life, until helped arrived. growingyourbaby.com/teach…
Today I learned about Andy Grant, a Royal Marine and Liverpool FC fan, whose "You'll never walk alone" tattoo read "You'll never walk" after an amputation from standing on a mine while serving in Afghanistan. bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
One can only hike on San Miguel Island (one of 5 in Channel Islands National Park) if accompanied by a ranger, due to the possibility of unexploded mines, bombs, and grenades. laist.com/2016/05/04/san_…
During WWII, Finland set off hundreds of mines left by retreating Soviets by playing the same polka song about 1500 times en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C…
Over 11 million Getty images, forming the Bettmann Archive, is preserved inside a cold, heavily guarded limestone mine, hundreds of feet beneath the ground, near Pittsburgh. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about the West Virginia Mine Wars; the 2nd largest insurrection in U.S. history, where miners, including former slaves, rose up against the oppression and exploitation of mine companies and the government that supported them. wvminewars.com/history
Today I learned that the bagger 293 existed, a 315 foot tall, 738 foot long construction vehicle used to mine coal. It moves 8,500,000 cu ft of earth a day using a 70 foot long circular saw bucket mechanism. youtu.be/cocg1u0nwbI
During the Continuation War the Finnish Army used the SΓ€kkijΓ€rven Polkka to disarm radio-controlled mines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C…
In response to a literal overflow of corpses in Parisian cemeteries in 1780, it took the city 12 years to move between 6 and 7 million bodies to its former underground mine quarries which became the city’s catacombs. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
, of the Battle of Blair Mountain WV. The Largest armed uprising in the US since the Civil War. where 10,000 armed miners fought 2,000 mine backed 'strike breakers'. the anti-union forces were armed with machine guns, air support, and eventually supported by the WV National guard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
There is a mine in Canada with enough arsenic to kill every human on the planet. aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/110…
The Bulldozer Assault-Today 1991 during the Desert Storm blitz two US 1st Inf. Div. brigades faced a large, complex trench system part of the heavily fortified Saddam Hussein Line. They opted to use anti-mine plows mounted on tanks and earthmovers to simply plow over & bury Iraqi soldiers alive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gul…
There is an underground mountain biking trail inside of an old mine in Slovenia. bikenomad.com/en/main/bla…
The first French territory that seaborne Allied forces captured on D-Day were the Îles Saint-Marcouf islands off the Normandy coast. Although they faced no resistance, the US troops suffered 19 casualties, killed and wounded, from mines that the Germans had left. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
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…
Salt mines are used for storage because of their lots of space, low humidity (45%), and low risk of fires. E.g. in Kansas. youtu.be/gI5qV-kvLeg?t=13…
Today I learned about William Sidney "Sid" Hatfield (May 15, 1891– August 1, 1921), Police Chief of Matewan, WV, Labor hero, and staunch supporter of the United Mine Workers of America. He became a local celebrity after defending strikers against the Baldwin–Felts Detective Agency during The Battle of Matewan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid…
In the 1950s there was a British plan to plant nuclear mines in Germany to prevent a potential Soviet invasion with the mines being kept warm in the winter using live chickens. The idea was considered so outlandish it when it was declassified it was thought to be an April Fools joke.. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
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…
Aniseed ball candies were used as timing devices for underwater mines during WWII, as each had precisely the same spherical shape and consistently dissolved in water after 35 minutes, leaving the saboteur time to escape en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
Two-billion-year-old water was discovered in a mine in Timmins, Ontario by University of Toronto geoscientists. It is the oldest water in the world. cbc.ca/news/canada/toront…
The US military uses dolphins to find and identify underwater mines because they are better at it than humans. yahoo.com/news/why-mine-s…
Out of the 22 deepest mines in the world 17 are located in South Africa en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There is a mine in Canada buried and frozen with left over arsenic dust to kill every person in the world. huffingtonpost.ca/2014/04…
The "Where do we go now?" ending to Guns N Roses 'Sweet Child O' Mine' was born from the band not knowing how to finish that part of the song. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_…
The motto of the Naval minesweeper USS Swerve was "We Should Have Swerved". It was sunk after striking a mine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
In 1972 during the Vietnam War, dozens of sea mines randomly exploded off the coast of Hon La, Vietnam for no apparent reason. In 2018, it was discovered that a huge Solar Storm at the time had been the culprit, triggering magnetic sensors on the sea mines which led to sudden explosions. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
When the USS Susan B. Anthony sank in 1944, after it was hit by a mine off the coast of Normandy, all 2,689 people aboard were saved. According to the Guinness world book of Records, this is the largest rescue of people without loss of life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
In the last days of WW1, the Germans blew up all the French factories, bridges and railways they could and flooded the mines in France's most industrial area. This was the reason why France asked reparations from Germany, French economy needed that to survive after what the Germans had done en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Mark Twain authored a revised version of The Battle Hymn of the Republic in response to the US Imperialism and the Philippine-American War in 1900. Lines include "Mine eyes have seen the orgy of the launching of the Sword" and "As Christ died to make men holy, let men die to make us rich" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There is a massive salt mine underneath the city of Detroit atlasobscura.com/places/d…
Bayezid II, an Ottoman Sultan that took in displaced Jews from the Spanish Inquisition, reportedly taunted the King of Spain by saying: "You venture to call Ferdinand a wise ruler, he who has impoverished his own country and enriched mine!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay…
The word undermine has its origins in the tunnel warfare technique to literally mine under the fortress or defensive walls of a city by building tunnels to weaken its foundation and make it susceptible to attack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tun…
In New Straitville, Ohio, an underground fire in a coal mine started in 1884 is still burning today. 200 square miles of coal have been burnt, and in 2003 smoke emerged from the soil of Wayne National Forest because of it ohiohistorycentral.org/w/…
100 years ago, the University of Denver and School of Mines had a rivalry so intense it escalated to armed students, prisoners, and dynamite bombings until the Governor intervened du.edu/news/universitys-1…
Today I learned about the Salt Cathedral of Realmonte, a Catholic church built within the tunnels of a old salt mine in Scily. weirditaly.com/2016/02/07…
The RMS Niagra was struck by mines off the coast of Auckland NZ carrying 590 gold ingots as payment from the UK to the USA during WWII. A secret rescue mission was carried out in '41 by an old steamship to retrieve the gold using a chamber, a radio and a grab. They retrieved 555 ingots of gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
A startup plans to store energy by lifting huge weights up a disused mine shaft when electricity is cheap, dropping them down to generate power when it's expensive. Using a 12,000-tonne weight (roughly the weight of the Eiffel tower), it should be half as expensive as equivalent Li-ion battery theguardian.com/environme…
Prince backed out of singing w/Michael Jackson on Bad, b/c of the line "your butt is mine" Prince said Now, who is going to sing that to whom? Cause [he] sure ain’t singing that to me, and I sure ain’t singing it to [him].” queerty.com/that-time-pri…
Fritz Zwicky, the scientist that discovered Dark Matter and supernovas was a Swiss citizen who also served as a military contractor for a number of nations. He got Churchill hooked on the idea of aerial mines during WWII, and developed the optics for the USA's high-flying U2 spy plane nature.com/articles/d4158…
There are over 1 million penguins who live in the Falkland Island minefields because they're too light to set off the mines amusingplanet.com/2015/03…
Many Jews fought back against the Nazis. Eta Wrobel escaped transport to a concentration camp and helped organize a resistance group. Refusing to just cook and clean, she carried a weapon on patrols and set mines to destroy German vehicles. Once, she dug a bullet out of her own leg with a knife. jewishpartisans.org/parti…
The Mponeng Gold Mine in South Africa is over 4km deep. The depth causes the temperature of the rock to reach 66 Β°C (151 Β°F), and the mine has to pump a slurry of ice underground to cool the tunnel air to below 30 Β°C (86 Β°F). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mpo…
The Barbie Liberation Organization swapped the voice boxes in ~400 talking G.I. Joes and talking Barbies, then returned them to stores. Kids bought them and heard Barbie say "Vengeance is mine!" and G.I. Joe say "I love shopping!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Kraft Foods has a massive truck warehouse built underground in old mines in Springfield, MO, known as Kraft Caves youtu.be/WmCVrhXxNmU?t=86
Today I learned about Salina Turda, a massive Roman salt mine in Transylvania which contains an underground theme park and other tourist attractions including a lake, mini golf course, and bowling alley. The salty air down there is apparently very good for asthma. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
Samuel Colt, famous for producing the revolver,originally created underwater mines. They were highly effective, however John Quincy Adams scuttled the project as "not fair and honest warfare" and termed the Colt mine an "unchristian contraption." So Colt returned his attentions to guns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
English language differenciates turtles and tortoises while mine (French) only has one word for both which is "tortue" nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned about a canadian ex- banker who bought a slowly producing gold mine and created a controversial, online, open to public contest to find more sites. he offerd 500k$ prize and by using 3D model, an australian group helped him find more the 6Bn$ worth of gold without having ever visiting the site. ideaconnection.com/open-i…
Today I learned of Dipprasad Pun, a Nepalese soldier during the War of Afghanistan who was attacked by 30 insurgents. Believing he was about to die, he expended all 400 rounds of his ammunition, launched 17 grenades, detonated a Claymore mine, and killed an attacker with his tripod, causing them to retreat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dip…
Bonne Terre Mine in Missouri is home to a billion gallon lake with only one known inhabitant: Bonnie the bass roadsideamerica.com/story…
On the Western Front two mines filled with hundreds of tons of explosives were forgotten after WWI. One blew up in 1955 when it was hit by lightning, killing a cow. The other remains undetected to this day. firstworldwar.com/today/m…
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…
Today I learned about the Falkland Islands. These islands were covered by landmines in 1982 when Argentina invaded because they wanted to control them. Because of this certain areas of the islands became untouched leading to the penguin population to thrive because they aren't heavy enough to set the mines off. bbc.com/news/magazine-398…
An effective assault tactic for a castle was to mine underneath it. Sometimes the defenders would also mine and meet them underground, and a sword battle would ensue. historyonthenet.com/medie…
While asbestos production is in decline, 1.3 million tonnes of asbestos was mined in 2017. This is 27% of the peak worldwide production in 1977. Russia accounts for 53% of asbestos production. The last asbestos mine in Canada closed in 2012 asbestos.com/asbestos/his…
The British used several multi-ton land mines in the Battle of Messines. Two of these mines were left undetonated and their locations forgotten, until one was set off by lightning in 1955. The other is still unaccounted for firstworldwar.com/battles…
Coal miners used to carry caged Canaries down into the mines, as a detector of toxic gases such as carbon monoxide and methane. The Canary would show signs of distress and/or died before the gases affected the miners, leaving them some time to escape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
Cobalt was named after Kobolds, the goblin like creatures said to inhabit mines. sciencefriday.com/article…
Today I learned that a a tin mine was constructed to close to the sea and a massive lagoon was accidentally created youtu.be/5XupgwBIBCw
The city of Detroit sits on top of a working salt mine, and that the mine has provided road salt for most of North America since 1910. detroitsalt.com/history/
Aimo Koivunen, a Finnish soldier who during WW2, over-dosed on amphetamines, lost his squad, laid in a ditch for a week after stepping on a land mine, then travelled over 250 miles on skis, was found alive only weighing 94 pounds. He went on to live another 45 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aim…
Deleted scenes of the film Event Horizon were found in a Transylvania salt mine. However, they had been improperly stored and had rotted away, making them unusable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
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/
28 fossils of the largest extinct species of snake were discovered in a coal mine of Columbia. The "Titanoboa" lived about 65 million years ago. The species clocked out at about 48 feet long and weighed roughly 2,500 lb. si.edu/Exhibitions/Titano…
While trapped in a Chilean mine for 69 days, Edison PeΓ±a ran several miles a day underground. He has since ran in the New York Marathon and Tokyo Marathon. content.time.com/time/pho…
Today I learned of the Lake Peigneur disaster in which an oil drill in a lake accidentally struck a salt mine, causing the entire lake to drain into the mine taking barges and an entire island with it. youtube.com/watch?v=p_iZr…
In 1955 a lightning bolt struck a land mine from WW1 in Belgium killing a cow, making that cow a casualty of war. firstworldwar.com/today/m…
During the Siege of Petersburg the North exploded a mine under Confederate lines resulting in a crater 52 m X 37 m wide. But due to erroneous maneuvering the North got stuck inside the crater and were easily killed by Confederates. wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle…
Cobalt (as in cobalt blue) is named for the German word for goblin, Kobold. It got the name because cobalt hinders the extraction of silver, and emits toxic fumes when burned, leading to the deaths of several miners. Mine-dwelling goblins were blamed for leaving behind these β€˜cursed’ rocks. io9.gizmodo.com/cobalt-wa…
Today I learned about Geamana, an entire village submerged by the still-growing toxic waste from a copper mine boredpanda.com/geamana-vi…
The phrase "Fire in the hole!" originated in the American coal mines where miners used dynamite to loosen the rock. Dynamite was detonated in small spaces, and miners used the warning "Fire in the hole!" to alert their fellow workers to take cover. grammarist.com/phrase/fir…
Khewra Salt Mine is the world's 2nd largest Salt Mine Located in Punjab Province of Pakistan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khe…
A young Winston Churchill was on a South African train ambushed by Boers. Captured and sent to a prison camp, he escaped and then evaded a massive manhunt by hiding in a mine for days. He later led the liberation of the 180 soldiers remaining in the prison and returned home a hero. history.com/news/the-dari…
There are "combat dolphins" used by many naval forces in the world. They seek mines, look out for intruders, and locate/tag lost equipment. These dolphins can tell the difference between stainless steel, brass, or aluminum pipes that are buried over two feet in mud in the ocean floor. news.nationalgeographic.c…
The body of Mats Israelsson was preserved so well in vitriol in the Falun Mine that when his body was found 40 years after his death he looked like he had just died en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fet…
Today I learned of the Seeteufel (Sea Devil): A German attempt in 1944 to combine a tank with a submarine. Originally intended for commando raids, it could carry sea mines or torpedoes for sea combat and machine guns and flame throwers for combat on land. One prototype was built before the project was cancelled en.wikipedia.org/wiki/See…
In Rwanda, some diamond mines use mines to fend off unlicensed prospectors. files.ethz.ch/isn/15037/2…

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