The huge underground secret bunker located at Mt. Weather, VA, intended to house the Government in case of a nuclear war, was disclosed to the public when TWA Flight 514 slammed into the mountain close to the entrance of the base in 1974. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
Dr. Seuss was afraid of public speaking because he was traumatized by President Teddy Roosevelt as a Boy Scout. In his later years, he lived in isolation at the top of a mountain. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
Mountain Goats are not actually in the same genus as other goats (Capra). Mountain Goats are the last surviving species of the genus Oreamnos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
A man sued PepsiCo, alleging he found a mouse in his Mountain Dew can. PepsiCo's defense won by proving that a mouse would dissolve inside the soda in the days after being put in the can. foxnews.com/health/lawsui…
In the Sellafield nuclear power plant there is an industrial freezer packed with an expanding mountain of radioactive seagulls that were shot by snipers employed by the plant independent.co.uk/environ…
The Appalachian Mountains span three countriesβ€”the United States, Canada, and France en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
In 1963 Italian engineers underestimated the landslide they would create while filling a dam, producing a shockwave 2x the intensity of Hiroshima, instantly pulverizing thousands of people & causing a 820ft tsunami to travel down a mountain & turn the towns beneath into a β€œlarge muddy crater” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaj…
The same day Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped for the first time on the surface of the Moon, Luna 15, a Soviet robotic mission to collect samples from the Moon before the US, failed and crashed 344 miles away into the side of a mountain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun…
The main cause of "soft errors" in computer memory is cosmic rays. Systems buried in caves have a negligible rate of cosmic-ray induced soft errors; computers on mountains have a far higher error rate than at sea level; and the rate of errors in aircraft can be over 300 times the sea level rate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sof…
During the Revolution, British Capt. Patrick Ferguson refused an opportunity to shoot a passing American officer in the back. Historians say there's a very good chance that the officer was George Washington. Ferguson was later killed at the battle of Kings Mountain in South Carolina. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
Budapest, Hungary declares lomtalanΓ­tΓ‘s or "get-rid-of-junk" days where residents pile mountains of trash in the streets. Scavengers, scrappers, and collectors sift through the piles before sanitation workers clean it all up. welovebudapest.com/en/art…
Alexandrite, a gemstone found in the Ural mountains, will shine different colours if it is viewed under natural or artificial light en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
The mountain in the Paramount Pictures logo is a real mountain named "Artesonraju" in Peru, and not simply an artist's depiction of a mountain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Climbing the second highest mountain on each continent is considered to be harder than climbing the highest one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
There is a crater on Mars that contains a series of mountain formations that make it resemble a smiley face. It is called Galle but for its appearance has been nicknamed the "Happy Face Crater". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal…
"mountain dew" was originally a nickname for moonshine. historydaily.org/mountain…
Today I learned about the Hawaiin volcano Mauna Kea, the tallest peak in the state. It is the tallest mountain in the world if measured from it's underwater base, can receive snowfall in the winter, and is believed to have a small area of permafrost. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mau…
Japan is covered by over 50% with mountains. japan-guide.com/list/e100…
The phrase β€œlive in the boonies” comes from the word Boondocks which in turn comes from the Philippine (Tagalog) word Bundok which means mountains, or an out of the way rural area. npr.org/sections/codeswit…
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-…
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…
Saturn's rings aren't "flat": the ice forms elaborate formations only possible due to zero gravity, with some areas rising vertically at tremendous heights to form "mountain ranges" in space around the gas giant. youtube.com/watch?v=HUtRC…
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…
1000 year old wooden structures are made of Ore-pine, the heartwood of prepared old-growth mountain pines; the trees had their branches removed and were left to stand, the tree resins bleeding upward and out through the cut branches and thus making the heartwood more resinous and rot resistant. talknorway.no/wooden-buil…
The city of Shi Cheng, which is nearly 1,400 years old, has been submerged in Qiandao Lake since 1959 when the base of the Wu Shi (Five Lion) mountain was flooded to create the Xin'anjiang Reservoir and Xin'an River hydroelectric station. uwphotographyguide.com/di…
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…
An earthquake that occurs east of the Rocky Mountains can be felt at a farther distance than earthquakes that occur west of the Rocky Mountains. The Virginia Earthquake was a good example of this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Construction on the remote Galehead Hut in the White Mountains was once halted because the design was found to not be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The mountaintop hut, accessible only via a rugged hiking trail with 2,200' of vertical ascent, now features a wheelchair ramp. archive.bdnblogs.com/1999…
The Rocky Mountains were once a plateau higher than Tibet, but because the mountains are much older than the very young Himalayas they have eroded away to their present altitude. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
There is a deer with fangs called the Siberian musk deer found in the mountain forests of Northeast Asia. It is currently listed as vulnerable and is trending towards endangered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sib…
. There are enormous floating mountains of ice on Pluto nasa.gov/feature/pluto-s-…
Today I learned of the Sutter Buttes. They are a series of eroded volcanic lava domes situated in the Sacramento Valley near Yuba City. They are the world's smallest mountain range. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sut…
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormons, has a nuclear warhead proof vault built deep into a mountain in Utah, USA. This vault contains genealogical records on hundreds of millions of people. newsroom.churchofjesuschr…
Denali mountain in Alaska is both the tallest mountain in North America, and taller than Mount Everest measuring from base to summit. Everest reaches a higher altitude however, since it’s on a ~17,000’ plateau. lastfrontier.org/faq-dena…
About the Evolutionary Timeline of Homo Sapiens and The oldest-recovered DNA of an early human relative comes from Sima de los Huesos, the β€œPit of Bones.” At the bottom of a cave in Spain’s Atapuerca Mountains scientists found thousands of teeth and bones from 28 different individuals. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The largest known β€œtectonic” cave in the United States is in Lancaster, PA. Unlike β€œsolutional” caves formed by water dissolving limestone or other rocks, tectonic caves are created when massive rocks on the sides of ridges or mountains slip and separate. unchartedlancaster.com/20…
Today I learned about Victor Vescovo, the first person to travel to the deepest points in every ocean on Earth. All of his dives used the Deep Sea Vehicle Limiting Factor, which he funded. Vescovo has also skied to both poles and climbed the highest mountains on every continent. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
The British National Army Museum approached mountain climber Bronco Lane seeking items to commemorate his successful climb of Mt Everest. Lane presented them with 5 fingers he had lost to frostbite on the trip, stating "I haven't got any use for them any more." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Today I learned the Saint Francois Mountains of Southeast Missouri are some of the oldest mountains in North America at 1.4 Billion years old. The Appalachian Mountains are half their age at 480 Million years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
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…
In 1984, J.R.R. Tolkien's book "The Hobbit" was adapted as a TV movie in the Soviet Union. It was titled "The Fabulous Journey of Mr. Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit, Across the Wild Land, Through the Dark Forest, Beyond the Misty Mountains. There and Back Again" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A Norwegian town installed giant mirrors in the mountains to give it light during the winter months. cnn.com/travel/article/rj…
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…
Due to its remoteness and virtually constant dense cloud cover, Brazil's tallest mountain - Neblina Peak - remained undiscovered until the 1950s. summitpost.org/neblina-pe…
Today I learned about Burning Mountain in Australia, where a coal seam has been burning nonstop for 6000 years atlasobscura.com/places/b…
The worlds shortest mountain, Mt. Tenpo, is 20 m tall. It's only a mountain because it was described as one on a topographical map put out by the Geographical Survey Institute of Japan. You can even get a certificate for summitting the mountain at a nearby cafe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
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…
There is an islet in Hawaii formed of the remains of a shield volcano several times more massive than the big island, but which has eroded down to a tiny uninhabited rock. It is still earth's most massive volcano or mountain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Methuselah is a 4,852-year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine tree growing high in the White Mountains in California. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
The largest building in Kentucky is a 4,000,000 square foot man-made cavern underneath the city of Louisville that houses businesses, storage facilities, ziplines, and a mountain bike park. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…

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