Telemachus Orfanos was a Navy Veteran who was at and survived the Las Vegas country music festival shooting that killed 58. One month later he was shot and killed in the Thousand Oaks Borderline Bar and Grill shooting that killed 13. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Californian Native Americans used the poison oak to cure ringworm. wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxico…
On November 30, 1954, a grapefruit-sized meteorite crashed through the roof of a farm house in Oak Grove, Alabama, bounced off a large wooden console radio, and hit Ann Hodges while she napped on a couch. This was the first documented extraterrestrial object to have injured a human being. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syl…
The town of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, was built around a large oak tree in 1717. Legend has it that George Washington and his troops camped under it during the Revolutionary War. The tree was estimated to be 619 years old when it died in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Germany has the only tree in the world with its own mailing address. It's known as the Bridegroom Oak, and it receives about 1000 letters per year from singles looking for love. Anyone can take letters from the tree and respond. They estimate that it's responsible for over 100 marriages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
There is a Live Oak Society composed entirely of live oak trees. The current president of the Live Oak Society is the Seven Sisters Oak, and is at least 500 years old. lgcfinc.org/live-oak-soci…
Prehistoric European often connected Oak trees to their respective lightning gods. Modern scientific evidence points to Oak trees as being more likely to be struck by lightning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak
The Red Peppers used in Tabasco Sauce are made into a Pepper Mash and aged in decommissioned white oak bourbon barrels sourced from different distilleries around the US. tabasco.com/blog/about-ou…
Today I learned the blisters from Poison Oak/Ivy are our immune systems response to the chemical Urushiol and our immune systems cause the cells to blister. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uru…
King Charles II escaped Cromwell's forces by hiding in an oak tree. It is commemorated by Royal Oak Day in England on May 29th. The oak tree has since been destroyed by tourists who wanted a piece of the tree in the 17/18th century, but a son tree is in its place en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
In the original Pinocchio story he is executed by hanging. The Fox and the Cat bind his arms, pass a noose around his throat and hang him from the branch of an oak tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Oak Bluffs on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, has been a traditional summer destination to upper class African-Americans for over a century. Though many had lived and worked in the area as early as the 1600s, by the late 1800s it had developed into an exclusive resort town. townandcountrymag.com/soc…
City Park in New Orleans holds the world's largest collection of mature live oak trees, some older than 600 years in age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
Napoleon was buried inside six nested coffins (seven if you count the sarcophagus itself): "one made of soft iron, another of mahogany, two others of lead, one of ebony and finally the last one of oak." napoleon.org/en/magazine/…
England use to have a public holiday known as 'Pinch Bum Day' (officially Oak Apple Day). On the anniversary of the restoration of King (1660) it was customary to wear oak leaves, anyone who failed to do so risked getting pinched, pelted with eggs or thrashed with stinging nettles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak…
Because copper was prioritized for conventional war materials, the Manhattan Project borrowed 14,000 tons of silver from the US Mint for the electromagnets used in the Oak Ridge uranium refining plants. americanscientist.org/art…
Planting almost 200,000 square kilometers (77,220 square miles) of forest created a 0.12Β°C rise in temperature due to a shift from broad-leaved tree species like oak to more economically valuable conifer species like spruce and pine sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
In 1987, Mr. T angered his neighbors of Lake Forest, Illinois by cutting down more than a hundred oak trees on his estate. The local newspaper referred to the incident as "the Lake Forest Chain Saw Massacre". en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Today I learned of Oak Ridge, a city built in the U.S. in 1942. 100,000 people lived and worked there doing very specific tasks, most of whom with no idea of what they were working towards. In 1945 they saw news reports of the atomic bombings of Japan and realised they’d been working on the bombs all along theatlantic.com/photo/201…
Today I learned about Marcescence, where trees such as oak and beech do not necessarily shed their old, dead leaves in the fall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
"An acre of corn gives off about 3,000-4,000 gallons (11,400-15,100 liters) of water each day, and a large oak tree can transpire 40,000 gallons (151,000 liters) per year." usgs.gov/special-topic/wa…
In 1687 King James II arrived with an β€œarmed force” to seize Connecticut’s Charter but during negotiations the candle-lit room went dark. This allowed Capt. J. Wadsworth to successfully sneak away with the charter and hide it in an Oak Tree, which is why today it is CT’s official State Tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The ancient pagans in Germany had a special, sacred tree called Thor's oak but the Christians cut it down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Legendary actor and decorated soldier Jimmy Stewart was initially relegated to being an "Army Recruiting Symbol". He requested to be apart of combat and would go on to earn many commendations including the Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal with Three Oak Clusters, and The Croix de guerre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Due to animals matching the output of acorns, oak trees will have a "Masting" year. A masting year will see a tree produce tons of extra nuts to prevent from all seeds being eaten. All trees in an area will do it at the same time for some unknown reason. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
The famous 500 year old Treaty Oak was deliberately vandalized in 1989 with enough herbicide to kill over 100 oak trees. It managed to survive and still thrives today, albeit two-thirds it’s original size ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-…
Today I learned about a 700-1000 year old oak tree in the UK that burned down in 2004 and was remade into a replica throne bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
Today I learned about Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a relatively unknown town that built the first atomic bomb used in warfare, without the majority of the workers, who lived in the city, knowing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak…
Lord Collingwood, Nelson's second in command at the Battle of Trafalgar, would carry a pocket full of acorns on walks in the countryside, planting them as he went so the 'Navy would never want for oaks to build the fighting ships upon which the country's safety depended.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cut…
Fresh mangos produce a sap that contains the same allergen as poison ivy and poison oak, which can cause severe rashes. pharmacytimes.com/contrib…
Ann Hodges of Oak Grove, Alabama is the only confirmed person in history to have been hit by a meteorite (1954). news.nationalgeographic.c…
, Texas billionaire and former Presidential candidate Ross Perot wrote a blank cheque to fund and save the 500-year old Treaty Oak in Austin Texas which was poisoned by a vandal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Mangos have high concentrations of the chemical Urushiol in their skin. This chemical is also found in poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac. Those allergic to it can develop an itchy rash on their lips, called Mango Mouth, after eating the fruit. rd.com/food/fun/mango-mou…
Today I learned of the Bridegroom's Oak. A 500yo tree with its own postal address, those seeking love can both send love letters as well as check and reply to those they wish. It receives around 1000 letters a year and has allegedly been responsible for at least 100 marriages. bbc.com/travel/story/2018…
Until Oct. 1972, airlines had viewed hijackings as a manageable risk. It took three men armed with guns and hand grenades taking control of and threatening to "bomb" Oak Ridge National Laboratory's nuclear reactor with SA Flight 49 to have them institute passenger screening on Jan 5. 1973 slate.com/human-interest/…
Today I learned of the "Tree That Owns Itself" - A white oak tree in Athens, Georgia, that has legal ownership of itself and of all land within eight feet (2.4 m) of its base en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Every year divers replace the White Ensign on the wreck of HMS Royal Oak navynews.co.uk/archive/ne…
Louis XIV's minister of finance had the huge Forest of Troncais created in 1670 to provide the future French Navy with a supply of oak masts. When the forest reached maturity 250 years later, the navy was busy switching to steam ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Only one acorn in 10,000 will become an oak tree firewood-for-life.com/oak…
Today I learned about Ed Westcott, one of the few people permitted to have a camera in the Oak Ridge area during the Manhattan Project, he created the main visual record of the construction and operation of the Oak Ridge production facilities and of civilian life in the enclosed community of Oak Ridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_…
The β€œTree That Owns Itself” is a white oak tree in Athens, GA, that is widely assumed to legally own itself and the eight feet of land surrounding it. According to newspapers, a deed written by Colonel William Jackson was written to the tree, giving ownership of the land to itself in the 1800s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Of the Oak Island Money Pit - a mysterious tunnel on an island in Canada that supposedly contains a great treasure. People have been trying - and failing - to reach the bottom of the tunnel for two hundred years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak…
Cashews and mangoes are in the same botanical family as poison oak and poison ivy. Mango vines and uncooked cashews contain enough urushiol oil to cause similar rashes to ivy/oak exposure. piecubed.co.uk/cashew/
The Boston Celtics have the only NBA court made out of red oak wood. All of the others are made of maple. si.com/nba/2015/12/02/nba…
Mr T once had more than a hundred of the oak trees on his estate cut down because he was suffering from allergies. Local residents termed it β€œThe Lake Forest Chainsaw Massacre”. nytimes.com/1987/05/30/us…
Tobasco sauce is made from mashed peppers that have been aged in oak barrels for at least three years. This process makes the flavor more mellow. [2:30] youtu.be/A0o6z_qoVXc
Goats are immune to poison oak/ivy and are used to control the growth of the toxic plants by grazing. Even better, the toxicants don't pass through their milk. ucanr.edu/repositoryfiles…
Cork is a layer of bark tissue that is harvested for commercial use primarily from Quercus suber (the cork oak). About half of the world's supply of cork is produced in Portugal. Cork was examined microscopically by Robert Hooke, which led to his discovery and naming of the cell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Cork is made from the bark of a tree, Quercus suber, or the cork oak.These trees have thick, rugged bark from which cork is made. In cork cultivation you don’t have to chop down a tree to make corks, you can harvest the bark without harming the tree, and repeat it again in another 7-10 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
That the hardest wood in the world is the Australian Bull Oak. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
A harvested cork oak is capable of storing three to four times more CO2 than a non-harvested oak. Also, each cork stopper contains about 12 grammes of CO2. Annually, this comes down to about 150.000 tonnes. amorim.com/en/why-cork/my…
Traditional Balsamic Vinegar must be aged for at least 12 years in a succession of 7 barrels of different woods such as Chestnut, Acacia, Cherry, Oak, Mulberry, Ash & Juniper. It can cost US$400 for a tiny 100ml bottle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
New England's vibrant fall foliage is a result of a major hurricane that blew through the region in 1938. Ninety percent of the trees destroyed were white pines. As the forests regrew, trees with colorful leaves like oak, maple, birch, dogwood, and elm sprouted up in place of the pines. mnn.com/earth-matters/cli…
Original Tabasco sauce is aged 3 years in oak barrels tabasco.com/tabasco-produ…
Though it's commonly cited, bourbon does not need to be aged in American oak barrels. Any oak will work as long as its new oak. alcademics.com/2015/05/bo…
Sergeant first class Jorge A. Otero Barreto aka the "Puerto Rican Rambo" is considered the most decorated U.S. soldier of the Vietnam War: silver star with two oak leaf clusters (olc), bronze star with 4 olc, purple heart with 4 olc, air medal with 4 olc and many others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jor…
Since Queen's lead guitarist Brian May could not afford a guitar at the beginning of his career, his father and he decided to build an electric guitar from scratch with old oak wood from a fireplace in 1963. He still plays "Red" wherever he tours. youtu.be/jJ_OamX-PA8?t=78…
In 1987, Mr. T angered the residents of Lake Forest, by cutting down more than a hundred oak trees on his estate. The incident was called The Lake Forest Chain Saw Massacre nytimes.com/1987/05/30/us…
The largest mining disaster in England, and second largest in the UK, was at the Oaks Colliery in Barnsley in 1866, when 361 miners and rescuers were killed in a series of firedamp explosions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak…
The cork tree is a member of the oak family that can live for 200 years, and whose bark can be harvested up to 12 times. selectree.calpoly.edu/tre…
Today I learned of Major Oak, a freakishly large English Oak Tree voted Britain's favorite tree and supposedly Robin Hood's shelter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maj…
Javaa Programming Language was developed with the combined effort from 5 great geeks while they all were working for Sun Microsystems, Inc in 1991. It had a initial name as β€œOak” which was renamed to Java in 1995, due to copyright issues. stacktips.com/tutorials/j…
Former U.S. Senator Roland Burris has built a mausoleum for himself in Oak Woods Cemetery on Chicago's South Side. His tombstone proclaims, "TRAIL BLAZER", and includes a list of his accomplishments, with space left for future accomplishments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
"Awareness ribbons" were started in the early 1970's by Penney Laingen, the wife of a hostage in Iran, and was inspired by the hit song "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree"by Tony Orlando and Dawn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awa…
Oak island has been baffling treasure hunters for over 200 years. There are booby traps, secrecy tunnels and clues around the island. No one knows what it's hiding, who built it, or when. oakislandmoneypit.com
Director Oliver Stone enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war and requested combat duty. For his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star with "V" device for his heroism in ground combat, as well as a Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
Today i learned of Oak Island Money Pit. Where many think to hold burried treasure, but none has actually been found. atlasobscura.com/places/o…
There is a tree that owns itself in Georgia; a certain white oak is widely assumed to have legal ownership of itself and of all land within eight feet of its base. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Today I learned of the Oaks explosion, the worst mining accident in England and the second worst mining disaster in the United Kingdom. 361 miners and rescuers were killed, and it was discovered at the inquiry after the explosion that government inspectors had not visited the site for some years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak…
It took over 40 acres of mature oak woodland to construct just one Man-of-War www3.hants.gov.uk/shipwri…
The winners of the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin received an oak tree as a gift from Hitler. npr.org/2011/07/27/138590…
In the first PokΓ©mon games you were supposed to fight Professor Oak at some point, but the fight was removed from the final game. bulbapedia.bulbagarden.ne…
The more than 100,000 people working on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge Tennessee in the 1940s had no idea what they were working on. It wasn't until the local newspaper printed the bombing of Hiroshima were the workers told what they had been working on for the last several years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/../…
New College in Oxford was in need of new oak beams for it's dining hall (the old ones were infested with beetles). They soon discovered that the original builders had planted them replacements hundreds of years before. atlasobscura.com/places/o…
During WWII, Oak Ridge TN, population 75,000, used 1/7 of all US electricity to process uranium for the atomic bomb. u-s-history.com/pages/h16…
Today I learned about the sinking of the Royal Oak at Scapa Flow, despite thought to be impenetrable a U-boat easily sailed into the harbour, fired on the battleship for 30 minutes and then escaped without raising an alarm skylighters.org/special/t…
Mango skin contains urushiol, the oil that causes sensitivity to poison ivy/oak/sumac. instah.com/allergies/mang…
There is a white oak tree that legally owns itself. visitathensga.com/listing…
Martha's Vineyard - specifically Oak Bluffs - a mile off America's northeastern coast, has been a traditional Summer destination for the African-American elite since the early 20th Century. youtube.com/watch?v=4zDtR…
There are 4 "utopian" communities still active in the United States. The Fairhope Single Tax Corporation in Fairhope, AL. The Arden Village in Delaware. The town of Post, Texas. And Twin Oaks in Virginia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Singer/Songwriter Neil Young accidentally gave a group of children a case of poison oak at his annual birthday celebration by having the children roast marshmallows on the poisonous tree's branches (which he had gathered himself). thedailybeast.com/article…
At the height of WWII, Oak Ridge, TN used 20% more electricity than NYC ornl.gov/info/swords/swor…
In 1987 Mr T. had 100 oak trees on his property cut down in a misguided effort to get some relief from his allergies. mentalfloss.com/article.p…
In the April 1967 Oak Lawn, Illinois tornado outbreak, 33 people perished and over 1000 seriously were injuried as a result of this massive and deadly F4 twister. This tornado part of a series of 17 confirmed tornado touchdowns that afternoon in Northern Illinois. youtube.com/watch?v=LDPF3…
Java was originally called Oak after an oak tree that stood outside James Gosling's office. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jav…
When Virginia International Raceway's famous oak tree fell in 2013, VIR worked with Virginia Tech's Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in an effort to clone the tree. roadandtrack.com/motorspo…
Dr. Richard Feynman solved a potential problem in the second Oak Ridge uranium plant by mistake, while trying to determine whether a symbol he did not understand on the blueprint was in fact a valve. calteches.library.caltech…
MR. T. bought a mansion in arguably the most elegant suburb of Chicago, then proceeded to cut down over a hundred mature oak trees because. . . "allergies." Angry residents dubbed it, The Lake Forest Chainsaw Massacre." nytimes.com/1987/05/30/us…
An 82 year old nun named Megan Rice, along two men aged 63 and 57, broke into the Y-12 facility at Oak Ridge which stores bomb grade uranium. Once inside the trio splashed blood around, hung a protest banner and beat on the walls with sledgehammers nti.org/gsn/article/y-12-…
In 1859 Santa Barbara, CA endured the third hottest temperature recorded on Earth, 133 F. Fruit dried and fell from trees, cattle died in the shade of oak trees where they sought refuge, and most people flocked to the mission in terror, fearing that the world was ending. edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm…
There is a chapel literally built on the inside of an ancient oak tree in France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%…
The Pokemon anime eventually revealed that Gary Oak chose Squirtle as his starter Pokemon. It was eventually defeated by Ash's Charizard. bulbapedia.bulbagarden.ne…
The "Oak Island Money Pit", a mysterious pit that has oak "floors" every ten feet and goes down hundreds of feet is rumored to have a treasure that nobody has been able to get to present day. It's now thought to be a vertically sunken viking ship that fell into a sink hole youtube.com/watch?v=DFBsO…
There is a deep hole on Oak Island believed to be filled with treasure. It was discovered in 1795 and it is booby trapped so well that nobody has been able to recover anything from it. unmuseum.org/oakisl.htm
At the "Bloody Angle" during the Battle of Spotsylvania a 22 inch oak tree was severed completely by rifle fire en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
For over 200 years, no one has been able to retrieve the pirate treasure buried on Oak Island, Nova Scotia due to underground booby-traps. activemind.com/Mysterious…
Gladys Owens, a calutron operator at Oak Ridge National Labs during the Manhattan Project, didn't know she was involved with the development of an atomic bomb until she took a public tour of the facility 50 years later. (See photo caption near the bottom of the EM separation section) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Mango Skin Contains the Same Itch-Provoking Chemical as Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac chemistry.about.com/b/201…
In 1991, a 7-Eleven store in Thousand Oaks, CA experimented with use of Classical Music to Keep Youths Away articles.latimes.com/1991…

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