A town in Texas renamed itself to Dish in 2005 for 10 years of free television service from the company Dish network. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Today I learned of William Lyttle, the "Mole Man of Hackney", who spent around 40 years digging a network of tunnels up to 59 feet (18 m) long beneath his home. When the authorities discovered the extent of his burrowing, he was rehoused on the top floor of a high-rise to prevent digging. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
A professional security tester named Jayson E. Street, was once hired to attempt to compromise the computers and networks of a bank in Beirut. He succeeded in the compromise and found several exploits, but was soon shocked to discover he had just robbed/hacked the wrong bank darknetdiaries.com/episod…
New York uses steam as it's main source of heating! - You can often see it bellowing out of pipes in the city. It has the largest steam network in the world. The Steam system was built in the 1800's to reduce the amount of wood that was being burned as a heat source in the cold winter months. youtube.com/watch?v=mAB1g…
Canadian sports network rivals TSN and SportsNet were once based at the same office complex, with only a parking lot separating the two. Workers would refer to leaving one channel for the other as β€œcrossing the lot” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9_C…
Today I learned of the New Cult Awareness Network, which provides information on cults, is owned and operated by associates of The Church Of Scientology en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
The Russian railway network is long enough to circumnavigate the globe more than twice russianrail.com/guide/the…
Today I learned about the North Korean third broadcast network. It is a network of speakers that are wired into people's homes and relays local news and instructions. There are also rumours that the system can't be turned off, but the volume can be lowered. nknews.org/2019/06/the-no…
Chuck E. Cheese Pizza was created by Atari founder Nolan Bushnell. Bushnell created the pizza & arcade restaurant to serve as a distribution network for his Atari games. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nol…
Wild blueberries bushes grow naturally in rocky terrain via a dense network of underground rhizomes that helps with nutrient extraction. A controlled field burn in the off-season, traditionally practiced by Native Americans on the Maine coast, enriches the soil and provides pest/weed control. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about the Mirai botnet, a network of malware-infected devices that was used to shut down the internet for most of the US East Coast in 2016 and sparked fears of an attack from a hostile state. The botnet's creator? A group of college students trying to get more players on their Minecraft server. csoonline.com/article/325…
Today I learned of The Box, a music video TV Network that existed from 1985-2001. It was similar to MTV but the music videos that aired were selected by viewer request via telephone. Many videos would show up on The Box and would be quite popular before they ever appeared on MTV. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Internet's takeover of the global communication landscape was rapid in historical terms: it only communicated 1% of the information flowing through two-way telecommunications networks in the year 1993, 51% by 2000, and more than 97% of the telecommunicated information by 2007. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned about the Family Computer Network System. It was a modem for the Nintendo Famicom that allowed users to do a variety of things, including stock trading, weather forecasts, and even betting on horse racing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fam…
On the night that MTV launched, the opening sequence for the network featured footage of the Apollo 11 launch, simply because it was public domain and free to use. It was that opening sequence that connected MTVs image with astronauts, including the Video Music Award β€œmoon man” trophy. mtv.com/news/2924701/vma-…
The Channel 4 TV network in the UK does not produce any programming (including news) inhouse and instead purchases/commissions programming from independent production companies. channel4.com/corporate/ab…
Sony didn't believe that Aaron Sorkin's 162 page script for 'The Social Network' would come out under 2 hours. David Fincher timed Sorkin reading it aloud. The reading took 1 hour and 59 minutes, which was the exact running time of the final cut youtube.com/watch?v=Ya3jO…
Charlie Day was offered a part on the network show "Life on a Stick." At the same time, his friends began filming their own show with no money. Day turned down β€œLife on a Stick,” which lasted one season, while "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" became one of the longest running comedies ever. businessinsider.com/full-…
In 2015, a production company paid the cable network FFX to show a pilot for a series based on "The Wheel of Time" high fantasy novels in the middle of the night just to retain the TV rights to the books. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
While Mark Zuckerberg was critical overall of his portrayal in "The Social Network", he was impressed by the accuracy of his depicted wardrobe: "Like every single shirt and fleece they had in that movie is actually a shirt or fleece that I own" theguardian.com/film/2010…
The reason for the Netherlands not being underwater is due to its complex network of dikes, ditches, canals and pumping stations that have been built through the course of its history. It is so intricate that controlled flooding can create a ring of fortification around Amsterdam, its capital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In 1999, British network ITV aired a remake of That 70's Show called Days like These that was cancelled after only six episodes. youtube.com/watch?v=Va-Ae…
Guy Fieri, before Food Network fame, used to be the spokesman for Flowmaster roadandtrack.com/car-cult…
In April 2008, Comcast sued the Chattanooga Electric Power Board (EPB) to prevent it from building a fiber network to serve residents who were getting slow speeds from the incumbent cable provider, and lost. After EPB launched in 2009, Comcast and AT&T finally started upgrading their services. arstechnica.com/informati…
Somebody paid to have a banner flown through the sky reading out β€œCheater” during the Walk of Fame ceremony of Food Network Star and Chef Bobby Flay after divorcing his wife due to a cheating scandal. eonline.com/news/663091/b…
Lawrence Welk was the first TV show to air in stereo - in 1958, before stereo TV had been invented. ABC simulcast one audio channel on its radio network, the other channel via TV; listening to both would give you the stereo effect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Russia still operates a 1G telecommunications network. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Gilligan's island was axed to make the network president's wife happy mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The first first-person shooter, Maze, was created in 1973. It included features like corner peeking, AI bots, and 8-player online play. In fact, it was so popular that DARPA had to ban it from ARPANET because half of all network activity for a month was between players at MIT and Stanford. polygon.com/features/2015…
In 1944, the American air force bombed the train station of Hasselt in Flanders. The bombs that missed made a network of craters in the nearby grasslands, which are now more than 110 ponds and house a large amount of aquatic animal species, some of which are of high conservation importance. pondscape.be/downloads/2a…
The Los Angeles Dodgers got their name due to fans having to dodge Brooklyn's complex network of trolley cars, which killed over 130 people in the first 3 years of operation. With horse drawn trolleys, the horse would stop. The all new electric trolley cars, however, would plow right over you. gizmodo.com/the-la-dodger…
Thanks to a genetic algorithm, Dr. Adrian Thompson produced a prototype voice-recognition circuit distinguishing and responding to "stop" and "go" using only 37 logic gates; 5 of them weren't connected to the rest of the network, yet if they were removed, the device stopped working talkorigins.org/faqs/gena…
A network of centuries-old tunnels under the city of Puebla, Mexico, was considered an urban legend until they were dediscovered in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pue…
US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq is world's largest (almost of the same size as Vatican City). It houses its own power station, water & sewage treatment, internet and phone network, gym, cinema and sports facilities. Also has 6 apartment buildings for employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…
The FCC can fine individuals and networks up to $495,000 for each instance of "Fuck" said on public airwaves, but only if it refers to a sexual act. There is no penalty if "Fuck" is used as a noun or adjective in an exclamation. cbsnews.com/news/fcc-oks-…
Today I learned of Evan Doorbell who recorded and decoded the clicks and buzzing of telephone networks across America. He could describe the type of equipment used by networks based on the sounds they made when making calls. wideweb.com/phonetrips/
The first series produced by Cartoon Network was Space Ghost Coast to Coast in 1994 and is considered instrumental in establishing Cartoon Network's appeal to older audiences. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartoo…
The broadcasting network UPN was started in 1995 by boat company, Chris-craft industries, who were most famous for mahogany-hulled powerboats in the 1920s through the 1950s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
The Simpsons producer's contract allows them to write the show without interference from Fox. This allows them to make fun of the network. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
In order to arrest two Russian hackers, the FBI created a fake startup company called Invita, and invited them to the U.S. for a β€œjob interview”. The two men accepted and were arrested. They had hacked into the networks of at least 40 U.S. companies and then tried to extort money. nbcnews.com/id/3078784#.X…
Today I learned about the Wood Wide Web, the microbe network that connects plants such as trees and fungi! sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
Before 1995, anyone who wanted a domain name could register it free of charge. This changed when the National Science Foundation awarded consulting company 'Network Solutions' the ability to charge for registration. mashable.com/2014/03/10/d…
A Russian eagle named "Min" & 3 other eagles being tracked by scientists unexpectedly flew into Iran/Pakistan; the birds racked up so many out-of-network data roaming charges on SMS text transmitters that scientists had to take out a loan & ask for help on social media to pay off the phone bill. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Nirvana once purposefully butchered Smells like Teen Spirit while performing live on the British TV show "Top of the Pops". The network forced them to play over a pre recorded tape which the band disliked. They proceeded to jokingly play their instruments and changed the lyrics of the song cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
The closing theme to WKRP in Cincinnati was made up of largely unintelligible lyrics. That's because they were meant as a stand in. Series creator Hugh Wilson figured they added to the verisimilitude, so he kept them. Also, the closing credits were often talked over by the network announcer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WKR…
The Taliban used dynamite to destroy two 4th century statues of Buddha. They saw it as idolatry. The destruction revealed a previously unknown network of caves with wall paintings from the 5th to 9th centuries and another giant statue of Buddha. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
In 1857 India, the British rulers panicked when they found a network of Indians passing Chapatis (fleatbread) from village to village for no reason. When rebellion broke out later that year, the 'chapati movement' was credited. Historians now say that the events were completely unrelated. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
A woman faked her entire tragedy and the loss of her husband during the 9/11 attacks and became President of the Support Network in New York. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
Today I learned that Chinas high-speed rail network is 500 times longer than the US high-speed rail network and accounts for two thirds of the global total. eesi.org/papers/view/fact…
The Playstation Network went down for a whole month in 2011, from April 17 to May 15. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…

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