India requires voting booths within 2 km of every registered voter. This means some poll workers trek for days through mountains and jungles to reach small, remote villages, sometimes for only a single registered voter. cbc.ca/news/world/india-e…
Today I learned of the UK's "Right To Roam" - people can access most mountains, moors, heaths and downs that are privately owned for hiking and leisure gov.uk/right-of-way-open-…
A permit was denied for the production crew of "The Sopranos" to film the episode "Pine Barrens" at South Mountain Reservation by Essex County, New Jersey Executive James Treffinger, due to the show depicting Italians as corrupt, Treffinger was later convicted and imprisoned for corruption en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
During the Lewis & Clark expedition Sacagawea was reunited with her brother Cameahwait, the "Great Chief" of the Lemhi Shoshones. This led to generous aid including selling horses, carrying cargo, sharing knowledge of the Bitterroot Mountains and the Columbia River, and supplying a guide. lewis-clark.org/article/2…
Today I learned of the battle of Blair Mountain, which took place in West Virginia and was the largest labor uprising in US history as well as the largest armed uprising in the US since the civil war. The uprising was caused by coal miners trying to unionize and was brutally crushed by the US government en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about Goran Kropp. He rode a bicycle 6,000 miles from Stockholm to the base of Mount Everest in 1996 with his mountain equipment, successfully climbed it solo and without bottled oxygen, and then cycled back home. theguardian.com/world/200…
Pink Himalayan sea salt is actually mined from mountains in Pakistan from a sea that existed hundreds of millions of years ago loveseasalt.com/himalayan…
Due to Galileo's training in Renaissance art and an understanding of chiaroscuro (a technique for shading light and dark) he quickly understood that the moon shadows he was seeing were actually mountains and craters. From his sketches, he made estimates of their heights and depths loc.gov/collections/findi…
Git-hub, a code hosting platform is protecting priceless open-source codes by storing multiple copies in archival facility 250 meters deep in the permafrost of an Arctic mountain to last at least 1,000 years so that future historians can find it ! archiveprogram.github.com…
Contrary to popular belief, 'orange' does rhyme with Blorenge (a mountain in Wales) and sporange (a sac where spores are made) dictionary.reference.com/…
Tlachihualtepetl, a giant pyramid hidden inside a mountain in modern-day Mexico, is the world's largest monument, with a base four times the size of the Great Pyramid at Giza bbc.com/future/article/20…
In 2016 a Forest Service Officer named Brad Treat took a blind turn while mountain biking at 30 mph. He crashed into a large grizzly bear that was sitting on the trail and was immediately mauled to death in response to the collision. nsmb.com/articles/report-…
The Nazis focused on climbing the mountain Nanga Parbat first because they couldn't access Everest and Kanchenjunga was too difficult. They never succeeded, but in 1953, after 31 already died on Nanga Parbat, Austrian Hermann Buhl finally climbed it partially solo while taking coca and meth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…
Sacagawea, Native American kidnapped, enslaved and sold as a wife at age 12, helped guide the Lewis & Clark Expedition through the Rocky Mountains. Her route was later chosen as the optimal path for the Northern Pacific Railroad to cross the Continental Divide. biography.com/explorer/sa…
Today I learned of the Mount Washington Devil’s Shingles. Workers who worked on the Mount Washington Cog Railway sometimes raced sleds down the 6,300 ft. mountain. One time a worker went from the summit to the base in 2 1/2 minutes, at points traveling as fast as 60-100 mph. bangshift.com/general-new…
In 1928 a mail plane crashed into Georgia's Stone Mountain. The pilot not only survived the crash, but manually picked up the mail and descended the mountain himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
There are two mountains in Colorado so close to each other in height, supporters of one mountain pile rocks so that one is higher than the other while the supporters of the other mountain continue to knock them down. leadville.com/hike-a-colo…
Mt Chimborazo of Ecuador is the highest point on Earth, 1.5 miles/2.4 kilometers above Mt Everest. The Earth is an 'oblate spheroid' shape, so the equator bulges out. The mountain sits on top of this bulge so it is the closest point to the moon and outer space. universetoday.com/15025/h…
Walt Disney originally wanted to bring Walt Disney World to St. Louis until local officials refused his proposition to pay for the buildings that would house themed attractions/rides (such as Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad) due to cost concerns. orlandosentinel.com/trave…
The Azerbaijani village of QΔ±rmΔ±zΔ± QΙ™sΙ™bΙ™ is the world's only all-Jewish town outside Israel and the USA, and is considered to be the world's last surviving shtetl. Alongside Azerbaijani and Russian, residents also speak Judeo-Tat, the traditional language of the Mountain Jews en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q%C…
One Hollywood movie studio complex was used only by the US military for making secret films --mostly editing footage of nuclear weapons tests. The activities of the so-called "Lookout Mountain Air Force Station" ended in 1969, but remained largely unknown to the public until the 1990s. atlasobscura.com/places/l…
Today I learned of "Burro" Schmidt a gold miner in the Mojave Desert who started digging a tunnel through the mountains to safely transport his ore to the smelter. He completed the tunnel in 38 years, moving 5,800 tons of granite with a pick. In the meantime a road was built so he never used the tunnel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
The largest firework on record used a 62" shell, weighed 2797 pounds, was launched from a 26 ft metal pipe buried into Emerald Mountain in Colorado, and was launched with a starting velocity of at least 300mph. datagenetics.com/blog/jul…
Am-Phu cave in Vietnam is decorated with "hell" themes: sculpted demons "and fanged devils bathed in sinister red light, where hands reach up from the waters below and river monsters threaten to gnash (visitors') souls to bits." It's located under the mountain associated with heaven. atlasobscura.com/places/a…
Today I learned of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, when the Mormons killed 120-140 people of a wagon train passing through Utah en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
Kangchenjunga, the tallest mountain until a survey of Everest in 1849, has never been fully climbed. The first people to reach the top in 1955 stopped short of the summit because they promised the ruler of Sikkim to keep the sacred mountain intact. Every climber since has done this, too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
Today I learned about the 'Doomsday Vault' aka Svalbard Global Seed Vault. A secure facility built into a mountain in Norway that is intended to safeguard the seeds of the world’s food plants in the event of a global crisis. It is one of the most heavily guarded facilities on the planet. time.com/doomsday-vault/
Jackson Mountain, located in the Presidential Range of New Hampshire, is named after Charles Thomas Jackson, a state geologist in the 19th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
Today I learned of the Targa Florio, an automobile race through small mountain villages in Sicily, where spectators sat, stood right next to, or even on, the road, leading at least one race car driver to call it "totally insane." The race was held annually for around 70 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
When ice sheets collide, they can form mountains at the boundary, just like tectonic plates en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
A cougar has over 80 different names including: mountain lion, panther and puma! animals.howstuffworks.com…
Led Zeppelin songs β€œRamble On,” β€œMisty Mountain Hop,” and β€œThe Battle for Evermore” were all inspired by The Hobbit and/or The Lord of the Rings. Black Sabbath, Rush, Genesis, and many other classic rock bands were also inspired by Tolkien’s works! rollingstone.com/music/mu…
In parts of the Caucasus Mountains highlands, some 1,000-year-old stone tower-fort homes built by the isolated Svan warriors are still being lived in. "The turbulent history of the region ensured that these fortifications remained in use long after similar defenses become redundant elsewhere." atlasobscura.com/places/t…
There is a tribe in Vanuatu that worships Prince Phillip as a divine being. They believe that he is the son of an ancient mountain spirit that travelled over seas to marry a powerful woman and will in time return to them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Because mountain lions usually wander the wilderness alone, scent scraping sometimes isn’t enough to locate each other for mating. A female mountain lion will ascend to a high elevation and call to a male by caterwauling, a loud blood-curdling screeching cry that can be heard up to 5 miles away. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Originally Mt. Rushmore was to feature the faces of famous mountain men; Kit Carson, John Colter and Jim Bridger (played by Will Poulter in the 2015 film The Revenant) wytv.com/news/daybreak/nu…
Today I learned about Luna 15, the failed soviet lunar probe that launched three days before Apollo 11, while Neil Armstrong was taking the first steps on the moon, the soviets were trying to regain control of the probe were ultimately they failed causing luna 15 to promptly crash into a mountain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun…
After the Battle of Blair Mountain (1921) striking miners feared jail and confiscation of their guns, many decided to hide their weapons in the woods before leaving Logan County. Collectors and researchers are still finding weapons and ammunition hidden around the site to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Heat Lightning isn’t an actual type of lightning. It’s the reflection of lightning on clouds from a thunderstorm so distant (and obscured by hills, mountains, curvature of the Earth, etc.) that we can no longer hear the accompanying sound. farmersalmanac.com/what-i…
Mayon Volcano, the most active volcano in the Philippines, is renowned for having an almost perfect cone. Mayon Volcano Natural Park is located in the eight cities and municipalities that has jurisdiction of the mountain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
When a Dutch columnist proposed making an artificial mountain 2 kilometres tall and 5 kilometres wide, the Eindhoven University of Technology actually calculated the cost of such a project. It turned out that the potential cost of the mountain would be up to 7 trillion euros. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die…
In 2016 hunters found a mountain lion with an extra set of teeth and whiskers on the side of its head idahostatejournal.com/out…
A man named William "Burro" Smith spent 33 years of his life single handedly digging a 2000ft tunnel through a mountain in the Mojave Desert. desertusa.com/desert-pros…
The name Vermont comes from the French "verd mont" meaning green mountain. vermonthistory.org/journa…
The Mount Everest isn't called by that name by the locals of the Himalayan region. The Tibetans named the mountain "Chomolungma" (Holy Mother Mountain) while the Nepalese call it "Sagarmatha" (Goddess Sky Mountain). The Chinese use the either the Tibetan name or Shengmu Feng (Holy Mother Peak). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
Due to the structure of Planet Earth, there are actually subterranean mountains some 410 miles down below the surface, with some being taller than Mount Everest. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Mt. Elbert is the tallest mountain in the Rockies, 12 feet taller than the neighboring Mt. Massive. In the 1970s Mt. Massive fans tried to increase their mountain's height by stacking rocks on top. Detractors would hike the mountain and tear the stack down, Mt. Elbert has remained the highest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
There have already been 4 gold rushes in the 21st century - the Great Mongolian Gold Rush (2001), the ApuΓ­ Gold Rush (Brazil, 2006), the Peruvian Amazon Gold Rush (2009), and the Tibesti Mountains gold rush (Chad/Libya/Niger, 2012) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Catatumbo lightning is an atmospheric phenomenon in Venezuela. It occurs only over the mouth of the Catatumbo River. It originates from a mass of storm clouds over nearby mountains, and occurs during 140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours per day and up to 280 times per hour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Jeff Bezos is building a 10,000-Year Clock in a mountain in Texas. popularmechanics.com/scie…
In 1997 an Air Force pilot stole a fully loaded A-10 Thunderbolt II and apparently committed suicide by crashing it into a Colorado mountain. The ordinance was not with the aircraft when it was found and has never been recovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Harry R. Truman refused to leave his lodge at the base of Mount St. Helens in Washington state despite evacuation orders due to its seismic activity, saying to reporters "If the mountain goes, I'm going with it." He was killed by the pyroclastic flow from the eruption on May 18th, 1980. knkx.org/post/mount-st-he…
There was a supposed "Curse" of the subjects featured on the 50 State Quarters. One of the most famous examples was New Hampshire's "Old Man of the Mountain" which collapsed in 2003 money.cnn.com/2003/05/15/…
Clarence Birdseye, inventor of frozen foods, had previously worked as a hunter for the US government. Seeking to find a cure for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Birdseye was assigned to collect small animals and search them for the ticks which transmitted the disease. He found nearly 4,500 ticks. niaid.nih.gov/about/rocky…
Today I learned about John β€œLiver Eatin’” Johnson, a Mexican-American War veteran turned mountain man, who in 1847 started a personal vendetta against the Crow Nation after they killed his Flathead wife, he is said to have killed and scalped more than 300 Crows and then ate their livers as a sign of disrespect latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Measured from the earth's core, Mount Everest is not the tallest mountain on the planet. Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador is. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
Today I learned of this Turkish language which is not spoken but whistled, this language is used by villagers living in the mountains and the high pitch of the whistle allows them to communicate across long distances youtube.com/watch?v=6CYhR…
Ocean floors are far from being a Plain & are full of relief features (Ridges, Mountains & other features) , Also the oceanic ridges are far younger than our continental rock structures westfield.ma.edu/Personal…
Jeff Bezos is building a 10,000 Year Clock inside a remote mountain in West Texas an icon for long-term thinking. It ticks once a year, the century hand advances once every 100 years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium, and will keep time for the next 10,000 years. 10000yearclock.net/learnm…
A golden chamber with ultra-sensitive lightbulbs is buried under a mountain in Japan and contains water so pure that it can be corrosive and dissolve metal- and it's helping scientists detect neutrinos from dying stars. abc.net.au/news/2019-06-1…
Today I learned of Qin Shi Huang the 1st emperor of China. Obsessed with immortality he sent out quests for magicians & searched for powerful mountains to give him long life. Reportedly, he died from poisoning due to ingesting mercury pills, made by his physicians believing it to be an elixir of immortality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin…
Studies in 'ice cores' found in Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania - the mountain which supplies the Nile with its water - have revealed that a drought did take place around 3600 years ago - around the time the Bible sets Joseph's story in Egypt bbc.co.uk/religion/religi…
, climbers on Mt. Everest, use the corpses of other unfortunate climbers, as waypoints up the mountain. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Splash Mountain's original name was Zip-A-Dee River Run, but Disney CEO Michael Eisner insisted that the ride be named for the movie "Splash" starring Tom Hanks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spl…
A golden chamber buried under a mountain in Japan contains water so pure it can dissolve metal, and it's helping scientists detect dying stars businessinsider.com/super…
75%- 80% of Japan is made up of mountains, forcing 93% of the population to live in the cities and thus the high population density in its cities. umich.edu/~isn/fest/part-…
When a clothing company called The South Butt was asked to cease and desist by The North Face, they complied, then turned around and created "Why Climb Mountains," featuring The Butt Face. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1979, a woman became ill on Space Mountain and couldn't exit the rollercoaster. While waiting for help, she was accidentally sent on the ride a second time by a different set of employees. She slipped into a coma and died one week later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There's an underwater mountain in the middle Lake Superior that rises from the lake bottom (400 feet down) to as high as 21 feet below the surface. Some say Superior Shoal was responsible for the 1975 wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
The mountain lions originally found throughout North America were completely wiped out by the arrival of humans some 10,000 years ago. The mountain lions seen since then are actually descendants of South American mountain lions that moved north and recolonized the continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
In 2012, Mountain Dew asked the internet to name their new apple drink. Before the poll was shut down, the top four names were: "Fapple", "Gushing Granny", "Diabeetus" and "Hitler did nothing wrong". newsfeed.time.com/2012
β€œIdaho” was not a Native American word as originally thought but rather a made-up word. β€œTo his horror, he found that he had been the victim of a practical joke. [He]learned, to his surprise, that the name did not mean, "gem of the mountains"...In fact, it did not mean anything at all.” digitalatlas.cose.isu.edu…
In 1933, Adolf Hitler made friends with a young Jewish girl, Rosa Nienau, whilst he was staying at his mountain retreat. After the meeting they became penpals and the correspondence carried on right until 1938 when Hitlers secretary told her to cease contact. bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
Today I learned of the 2008 K2 disaster, where in one day 11 climbers lost their lives on the second highest mountain in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
When considering what to name Idaho, a man named George M. Willing suggested Idaho claiming it was an indigenous word meaning "Gem of the Mountains". The name stuck. Afterwards it came out that it wasn't an indigenous word and Willing made it up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida…
In the 1960s, the CEO of Ampex wanted his employees to take LSD to improve their creativity. The board of directors said no, and then had to fire him after they discovered he'd snuck off anyway on a mountain hike with seven or eight engineers and given them LSD. siliconvalleywatcher.com/…
Today I learned of Maurice Herzog, the french mountaineer who summited Annapurna 1 first in 1950, the deadliest 8000 meter mountain with a 32% death rate. Not only was this the first 8000 meter peak summited, but also the only 8000 meter peak conquered on its first attempt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mau…
Thomas Jefferson mentioned one of the reasons for Lewis and Clark expedition was to find a 180 miles long and 45 wide mountain of salt in Missouri. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
A group of striking coal workers in West Virginia had leftover WWI chemical bombs dropped on them by the US government during the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain, the largest labor uprising in American history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Despite being an equatorial, tropical country, there are permanent glaciers in The Republic of the Congo. The Rwenzori mountains reach upwards of 16,000 feet in elevation, allowing temperatures cold enough to allow snow accumulation and glacier formation year round en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwe…
, 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…
The highest settlement in the world is La Rinconada, Peru. At an elevation of 5,100 m, it is higher in elevation than every mountain in the contiguous United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_…
Today I learned about the 1958 destruction of Ripple Rock, an underwater mountain in southwest British Columbia. It took three years to place over 1,000 tons of explosive in tunnels under the mountain, and it was one of the largest non-nuclear planned explosions on record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rip…
Today I learned of catastrophism, a 19th century geological school of thought which saw the large fossil record as evidence proving the existence of a world previous to ours, destroyed by sudden natural catastrophes such as great floods and the rapid formation of major mountain chains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Mountain Dew is banned in over 100 countries for using a dangerous chemical called BVO. It was also created to be a mixer for moonshine. (Had to remake cause I couldnt spell or edit). mashed.com/173311/the-unt…
Of the 10 tallest mountains in the United States, 10 are in Alaska. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about Rainbow Mountain, a holy site that sits 16,000 ft in the Peruvian Andes. In 2015, snowmelt revealed the rock’s unique mineralogy, which created a marbling effect, with layered hues of beautiful colors. It’s now a popular tourist trek from June-August. cnbc.com/2019/10/28/what-…
The story of Pete Shoening who saved 5 people at 8600 metres using a rope and a pickaxe on the harshest mountain in the world, K2 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
There is an underground mountain biking trail inside of an old mine in Slovenia. bikenomad.com/en/main/bla…
Purgatory in the Divine Comedy (1320) is a mountain situated on the opposite end of the world to Jerusalem, and Dante and Virgil reach it by going to the centre of the Earth (via Hell) and up the other side. This is because the Medieval world, and hence Dante, knew the Earth was a sphere. florenceinferno.com/dante…
Mountains have "roots" i.e. a part of the mountain that extends underground in order for the mountain to have isostatic equilibrium geolsoc.org.uk/Education-…
There is no official difference between a hill and a mountain nationalgeographic.org/en…
Even a gentle human voice is enough to make apex predators such as mountain lions flee in terror theatlantic.com/amp/artic…
Today I learned about The Mad Trapper of Canada. He opened fire on policemen, fled 85 miles in -50 degree weather in 3 days, climbed a 7,000 foot mountain during a blizzard, and was finally shot dead by a WWI ace. The only sound he ever made was laughter as he killed a policeman. His identity is still unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
The Rocky Mountains locust has the Guinness world record for the largest animal gathering in the world and is mysteriously extinct one century ago. hcn.org/issues/243/13695
America's largest Confederate monument is Stone Mountain, Georgia. It's over 800 ft tall and 1.5 miles wide, draws 4 million visitors a year, and has a relief covering one face of the mountain that depicts three leaders of the Confederacy – Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis. kqed.org/lowdown/19119/st…
About The Battle Of Blair Mountain - the largest labor uprising in United States history and the largest organized armed uprising since the American Civil War. For five days from late August to early September 1921, some 10,000 armed coal miners confronted 3,000 police and strike-breakers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Tumbleweed is native to the Ural Mountains in Russia, and was brought to the US around 1877. desertusa.com/flowers/tum…
Today I learned of a millionaire that hid treasure somewhere in the Rockie Mountains and gave several clues in a poem, four people have died looking for it businessinsider.com/treas…
There is a scientific study evaluating Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad’s ability to assist in passing a kidney stone jaoa.org/article.aspx?art…

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