Bounty is a candy bar made by Mars and sold in Canada and Europe made with coconut covered with milk chocolate. If this sounds familiar to Americas, it is similar to the Mounds bar except Mounds is made with dark chocolate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bou…
Today I learned of the Citadel of Erbil, a mound continuously inhabited since 5000 BC. In 2007 all inhabiants were temporarily evicted to conduct a restoration project, except for a single family, who was allowed to stay as to not break the continuous habitation record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
Today I learned about the city of Cahokia; a Native American (Mississippian) city built on the Mississippi which had over 140 hand-built earthen mounds, more people than contemporaneous London, a copper smelting workshop and 5 concentric circles of posts which line up with the sun on equinoxes and solstices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cah…
David Attenborough in 1968 as controller of BBC2 commissioned a programme that involved tunnelling into a huge stone age mound live on TV. theguardian.com/tv-and-ra…
Today I learned about Cahokia, the largest pre-Columbia city in what is now the United States. Its pyramids and earthen mounds stood near present-day East St. Louis, IL. Around the year 1050, it had 30,000 people, making it larger than London or Paris at the time. It was abandoned by 1400. arstechnica.com/science/2…
When the first Spanish explorers went through what would become the Eastern United States they described large towns of natives with giant mounds in the center, ruled by a chief known as the β€œGreat Sun”. By the time British settlers arrived disease had decimated America’s original civilization. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
There is a 115 ft tall mound in rome called Monte Testaccio that is made of about 53 million broken amphorae. They were used mostly to bring olive oil from today's Spain, but reusing that kind of amphorae was unusually difficult. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The term β€œwalk-off win” was coined by Dennis Eckersley to signify walking off the mound as a pitcher to end a baseball game. mlb.com/glossary/standard…
Today I learned of Knowth neolithic burial mounds, located a couple of fields west of the more famous Newgrange burial mound, its not only is the main mound bigger than Newgrange, but it also contains 17 smaller mounds surrounding the main mound... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kno…
β€œTurtle Mound” in Florida is the largest shell midden on the mainland United States and is primarily comprised of oyster shells and refuse from the prehistoric Timucuan people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Today I learned of Joan Murray who survived an 80 mph skydiving fall, thanks to landing on a mound of fire ants, who's bites are believed to have given her a rush of adrenaline which kept her heart beating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
Today I learned of an ancient city, Cahokia, which was settled circa 600 AD and by 1250 was bigger than London. The cultural heritage site is located 8 miles from the Gateway Arch, in Illinois. The city was made up of pyramids and large earthen mounds, and β€œWoodhenge,” which marked the soltices and equinoxes. saintcharlesroofing.com/i…
Turks and Caicos, a major salt producing area, drew salt mounds on it's crest in 1889. When sent to London, igloos were drawn on it because they didn't know where the Turks and Caicos were. This was replaced by a flamingo crest in 1965. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Joan Murray survived a 14,500 ft fall when her main parachute failed while skydiving. She landed in a fire ant mound. Numerous venomous stings caused an adrenaline rush to keep her heart beating long enough for doctors to assist. skydiving.com/news/2017/s…
There is a monument in Kyoto Japan called the Ear Mound. It consists of Ears and Noses of Chinese and Koreans killed by the Japanese in the late 1500's. Its estimated there are 38,000 Korean noses in this Ear Mound memorial. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mim…
Today I learned about Monte Testaccio, the 'Mountain of Pots' in Rome, a hill made entirely from around 53 million discarded ancient Roman containers used to carry olive oil. It is one of the largest ancient 'spoil mounds' in the world, and is now key in understanding Roman trade routes in Spain and Libya. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
In the Ancient Egyptian creation myth, Atum was considered to be the first god, having created himself, sitting on a mound, from the primordial waters. Atum did so through masturbation, with the hand he used in this act representing the female principle inherent within him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atu…
That, following the closure of a Paris cemetery and removal of bodies in 1786, many of the bodies had improperly decayed and only remained as mounds of human fat. This fat, known as "corpse wax", was subsequently collected and turned into candles and soap. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell would often be distracted by shiny things, puppies, and balloons while on the mound. He once ran off the field to chase a fire truck on the way to a fire. fromdeeprightfield.com/ru…
Excavations of a burial mound in Russia found that Scythian tribal chiefs used gold bongs 2,400 years ago to smoke cannabis and opium. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
Today I learned of Polyrhachis sokolova, the most aquatic of all ants, which nests at the base of mangrove trees and scavenges organisms that wash up in the tides. Its nests are mound-like, with a small opening at the top, and are completely submerged at each high tide. antwiki.org/wiki/Polyrhac…
Today I learned of the 'Cueva de los Tayos'. In 1976, one of the largest and most expensive cave explorations ever undertaken sought to find a 'metallic library with mounds of gold and unusual sculptures'. Hundreds of experts, military personnel, a film crew, and former astronaut Neil Armstrong were involved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cue…
In 1834 Mormon leader Joseph Smith desecrated an Indian grave mound and declared the bones were from Zelph a White Indian who worked for the great Prophet Onandagus. Smith and his buddies divided up the bones and they are now lost. 116pages.com/2015/04/my-p…
A curve ball can curve 17.5 inches from mound to plate. popsci.com/how-people-pro…
Scientists have discovered colonies of worms living in mounds of methane ice at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. solarsystem.nasa.gov/gall…
In 1999, a woman survived a 14,500 foot fall after her parachute didn't deploy while skydiving. She landed on a mound of fire ants and was stung several hundred times, giving her an adrenaline rush to keep her heart beating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
WΙ‘lmΙ‘rt leveled prehistoric Native American burial mounds for fill dirt. archive.archaeology.org/b…
Today I learned of WWII POW Bert Shepard, who was shot down near Berlin and had his leg amputated below the knew. After a prisoner exchange, he later tried out and played for baseball's then Washingon Senators, taking the mound 2 days before Hiroshima. blogs.weta.org/boundaryst…
On June 28, 1997, NY Yankees pitcher David Wells took the mound wearing an authentic 1934 Babe Ruth hat, which he had bought for $35,000. Manager Joe Torre made Wells take it off after the first inning because it didn't conform to uniform standards. It was later sold in 2012 for $537,278. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Lace monitors dig into a termite mound to lay their eggs, the termites then reseal the mound keeping the eggs at a constant temperature. The lizard returns 9 months later to dig the eggs out so they can hatch. cincinnatizoo.org/blog/an…
Today I learned of Joan Murray who landed on a mound of fire ants at 80mph after her parachute failed to open. Doctors believe that the shock of being stung over 200 times by the ants released a surge of adrenaline which kept her heart beating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
Ostriches have excellent eyesight and often see predators before they see it, so they lay on the floor as flat as possible to appear like a dirt mound. animals.sandiegozoo.org/a…
Sea coral is not only an animal, but it is mound of thousands of tiny animals called polyps, that have their own mouth and tentacles. A coral polyp is an invertebrate that can be no bigger than a pinhead to up to a foot in diameter. floridakeys.noaa.gov/cora…
The highest point in The Maldives is Mount Villingili. It's an artificial mound on a golf course which stands at 5.1 metres. Visitors who complete the ascent are awarded a certificate by the resort that owns the golf course. telegraph.co.uk/travel/ne…
In 1834 Mormon leader Joseph Smith desecrated an Indian grave mound and declared the bones were from Zelph a White Indian who worked for the great Prophet Onandagus. Smith and his buddies divided up the bones and they are now lost. wikipedia.org/wiki/Zelph
The Calusa Native American tribe ate shellfish and discarded middens of shell waste into Florida waters for generations, forming an entire island, ecosystem, and archaeological site known as Mound Key en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
Today I learned of Joan Murray, who survived a 14,500 feet fall after her parachute malfunctioned while skydiving, landing on a Fire Ant mound. She survived due to receiving over 200 Fire Ant bites, which released a surge of Adrenaline, keeping her heart beating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
Thomas Jefferson conducted the first legitimate archaeological dig in history and proved that the massive burial mounds were created by Native Americas, not the "lost race" of white people previously thought. encyclopediavirginia.org/…
St Paul's Cathedral in London can be seen from King Henry's Mound, 16 km (10 miles) away. No building obstructing this view is allowed to be built by law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
A family of birds, Megapodes, hatch deep within an earthen mound and use their powerful claws to rip through the egg and tunnel to the surface, emerging fully feathered and capable of flight. burkemuseum.org/blog/how-…
Near St Louis there is the remains of a huge Native American city. The civilization that lived in the city built a giant mound larger at its base than the Great Pyramid of Khufu, Egypt's largest ngm.nationalgeographic.co…
Today I learned of 'St Paul's heights' which is a planning rule used to protect the existing veiws of St Paul's cathedral in London. One example of this is from King Henry VIII’s Mound over 10 miles (16 km) away and created in 1710, this view frames the cathedral through a special gap in holly hedging. citymetric.com/fabric/pro…
A woman survived a fall of 14,500 feet when main chute didn't open only to land in a FIRE ANT MOUND. Was bitten over 200 times and broke most of the bones on her right side. people.com/people/archive…
An underground nuclear explosion that results in a rock mound is called a "retarc", which is crater spelled backwords. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub…
"Moat" originally referred to the dry mound on which a castle was built ('motte' means 'mound' or 'hillock' in Old French). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moa…
Thomas Jefferson became interested in Indian burial mounds near his Virginia home and decided to excavate them and record his findings. His use of trenching and stratigraphy make it the first Archaeological dig in North America monticello.org/site/resea…
There are multiple types of show shelter and what people often call an "Igloo" is actually a "Quinzhee". Igloos are made from stacked blocks of snow and Quinzhees are made from hollowing out a mound of snow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
Monks Mound is the largest Pre-Columbian earthwork in the Americas and the largest pyramid north of Mesoamerica. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Today I learned of Joan Murray, a skydiver who's parachute failed and she survived the fall by landing on a mound of fire ants en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
In 1999 a woman fell 14 500 feet, and landed on a mound of fire ants. Despite breaking most of her bones, and getting bit 200 times, she survived. people.com/people/article…

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