All beaches in Mexico are property of the federal government. There are no privately owned beaches in the whole country, all of them are open to public use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
In 1977, Ben Cohen was a struggling potter & Jerry Greenfield was getting rejected by medical schools. The pair decided to open a bagel shop, but the cost of bagel machines was too high. As a result, they enrolled in a $5 ice cream making course instead. A year later, they created Ben & Jerry's time.com/5252406/ben-jerr…
In 1967 the Soviet cosmonaut, Vladimir Komarov died in an accident on the Soyuz 1 mission, making him the first human to die in a space flight. Komarov was aware of the faulty design of the shuttle and specifically asked the authorities to give him an open casket funeral after the mission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vla…
When a chimpanzee that learns an effective method to crack nuts open is placed into a new group that uses a less effective strategy, it will eventually stop using the superior method just to blend in with the rest of the chimps. eva.mpg.de/documents/Else…
, American pilots flew P-51 Mustangs in Very Long Range misisons operating from the island of Iwo Jima during WW2. These 7+ hour missions involved flying 3 hours across the open Pacific to targets in Japan and then 3+ hours return flight. Threats included bad weather, flak, enemy planes, etc. flynata.org/content.aspx?…
Today I learned of Alexander Yuvochenko, a survivor of the Chernobyl disaster. Most will recognize him as the man who holds the reactor door open in Episode 1 of the HBO show. Many assumed he had died, but he in fact survived his exposure to the radiation, living for another 22 years after the accident. ecolo.org/documents/docum…
Ravens and wolves have formed a mutually beneficial relationship out in the wild. Ravens have been observed calling wolves to the site of dead animals so that the wolves will then open up the carcass and leave the scraps for the ravens once they're finished. stemjobs.com/wolves-and-r…
In 1998, Alex Trebek donated of 74 acres of open land (worth $2m at the time) in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills for the purpose of conservation and as a wildlife corridor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Judge Judy earns $47 MILLION a year for taping 'Judge Judy.' In an interview she said that every 3 years she would present her salary request to the CBS TV Distribution President. Once, when he gave her a counter offer in an envelope, she refused to open it saying "This isn't a negotiation." goodhousekeeping.com/life…
Today I learned about the Battle of Los Angeles, in which a false alarm triggered US military to open fire on the night sky after it was believed to be an invading Japanese aircraft. history.com/news/world-wa…
30 years ago you had 15-17 minutes to escape a house fire. Nowadays you only have 3-5 minutes (due to more plastics & petroleum-based products in the house as well as more open floor plans, bigger rooms, & higher ceilings). buyersask.com/interior/al…
At the U.S. Open and other U.S.-based tennis tournaments, the men and women play with different balls; the men play with the slower, heavy-duty felt while the women play with the faster, regular-duty felt thestar.com/sports/tennis…
A sloth's claws work the opposite way that human hand does. The default position is a tight strong grip, and sloths must exert effort to open them up. This is why sloths don't fall out of trees when they're asleep. bbc.com/earth/story/20170…
Today I learned of Victor Prather, a NASA pilot who successfully tested a new space suit in a low-orbit flight in 1961. Prather opened his suit’s faceplate when he could breathe again on descent, and landed in the ocean as planned; however, his suit’s buoyancy was ruined by his open faceplate, and he drowned. collaborativefund.com/blo…
Today I learned of the Dobbertin Surface Orbiter, a all-terrain vehicle created from a stainless steel milk tanker, has covered 33,000 miles on land, has passed through 28 countries, transits the open ocean and is the first car to transit the Panama Canal. youtu.be/UgPPlJXvipM?t=8
Ravens and wolves have a special relationship. When a raven finds an animal carcass it will make a lot of noise to attract wolves, who will then open it up and leave carrion behind for the raven. Ravens have even been known to play with wolf cubs. youtu.be/TGWO5IWmlQ4
The most profitable act at the Moulin Rouge was a Flatuist known as both Le Petomane and The Fartiste. His performance profited over 20,000 Francs per show, more than double that of Sarah Bernhardt. He would later open his own performance hall and his act was a success until WWI began weirdhistorian.com/le-pet…
Today I learned about Balamuthia mandrillaris, one of the deadliest parasites in the world. It lives in soil and can enter the body through open wounds or the respiratory system. Less than 2% of people have survived ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
When filming "The Lost Patrol" in Arizona, the cast only worked in early morning and late afternoon, to avoid the intense day heat. The producer wanted longer filming hours, and to prove his point, walked around in the open at midday. He soon collapsed from the heat, requiring hospital treatment en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 2016, the Swedish Tourism Council created a single phone number that connected the caller to a random Swede for you to have a conversation with. In the 79 days it was open, almost 200,000 calls were made with a combined 367 days worth of conversations. theswedishnumber.com/
Today I learned of Jan Davis, who protested the banning of BASE jumping at national parks due to safety concerns, by BASE jumping off El Capitan. Her parachute failed to open and she died. hcn.org/issues/47.12/deat…
When museum couldn't open an antique safe, it sought help online. A volunteer figured out the combination, only to find that it contained a door with a keyed lock. An antique key was eventually found to fit the lock, and the safe was opened containing only a single paperclip. regina.ctvnews.ca/mystery…
The Code of Hammurabi, bestowed total jurisdiction over brewing and beer to women, indicated by the word β€œshe” used to describe every tavern owner. Sumerian women didn’t have many opportunities to earn a living, but they were responsible for brewing beer and allowed to open their own taverns. winemag.com/2020/12/22/wo…
The U.S. navy has the world's only open ocean research platform that is able to tilt 90 degrees upright allowing research to be performed that no other water vessel is capable of performing due to its extreme stability while upright. youtu.be/tQxQfQU_hsk
Not only do bats make high-pitched sounds for echolocation, many bat species also sing. A team of scientists that analyzed one species’ song translated it as a sequence that opens with a hello, then a gender identification, then some geographic information, & then a "let's talk" section. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Bears at Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in MT have jobs: try to open coolers/dumpsters/containers of treats. If bears can't make more than a tiny hole, the item is certified bear-proof. The GWDC is the only place where products can earn a certificate from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. outsideonline.com/2417218…
Some people earn a living by diving into sewers to collect tiny specks of gold that are accidentally brushed into the open sewers that run alongside the narrow streets of Dhaka's historic gold bazaar. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south…
A town in Colorado offers an open air funeral pyre as an option instead of cremation or regular burial informedfinalchoices.org/…
In the away team dressing room at Chelsea FC's stadium, the coat-hangers are very high up to strain the players' limbs; the tactics board is at the back of the door, which is a fire exit and must stay open; and the mirrors give players the impression of being smaller than they actually are uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/…
The reason snow is able to absorb sound is because it is porous. Snowflakes are six-sided crystals, and they are filled with open spaces.Those spaces absorb sound waves, creating a quieting effect over a blanket of snow. reconnectwithnature.org/n…
Almost all shells open on the right-hand side, with the exception of a few snail species whose shells open on the left. If you find a shell that opens on the left (as long as it's from a normally right-hand species), you have a rare shell sometimes highly sought by collectors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas…
The shells of loggerhead sea turtles provide a rare hard surface in the open ocean - allowing a whole ecosystem of barnacles, amphipods, and crabs to live upon them! researchgate.net/publicat…
31 million people in Europe do not have access to basic sanitation, 48 million people do not have piped water at home, and more than 300,000 people still practice open defecation, mainly in the countryside. sdg.iisd.org/news/who-and…
Saltwater crocodiles sometimes venture into open ocean, can travel hundreds of kilometers in a matter of days using ocean currents, and can spend so long in the ocean that barnacles begin to grow on their scales. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Bob Marley gave a credit on "No Woman, No Cry" to one of his friends who ran a soup kitchen, to ensure the royalty checks would keep it open. ledgernote.com/blog/inter…
Today I learned of Albert Pierrepoint, England's lead hangman from the 1940's-1950's. He executed many Nazi's and other high profile murderers. He owned a pub and usually was able to carry out an execution and still make it back to open his bar on time. He once had to hang one of his regular pub customers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Not only do bats make high-pitched sounds for echolocation, many bat species also sing. A team of scientists that analyzed one species’ song translated it as a sequence that opens with a hello, then a gender identification, then some geographic information, & then a "let's talk" section. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
The Can-Can was a particularly scandalous dance in the 19th century because women wore pantalettes, which had an open crotch, and the high kicks were intentionally revealing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Today I learned of the Coronal Heating Problem. For some reason, the Corona - the open space surrounding the Sun and extending millions of kilometers into space - is much hotter than the surface of the Sun itself. And not by a little. The corona is MILLIONS of degrees Kelvin hotter, and we don't know why. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In 2004 the father of Professional Golfer Rory McIlroy placed a Β£200 ($341) bet, at 500-1 odds, that his son would win the British Open within the next 10 years when his son was just 15 years old. In 2014 McIlroy won the tournament earning his father $171,000 from the wager. mashable.com/2014/07/21/r…
Open-plan offices can lead to increases in health problems in officeworkers. The design increases noise polution and removes privacy which increases stress. Ultimately the design is related to lower job satisfaction and higher staff turnover. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned about Benson rafts, huge rafts up to 1000 feet long made of thousands of logs lashed together that used to be floated across 1,100 miles of open ocean from the mouth of the Columbia River to San Diego as a cheaper alternative to sending the logs by rail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Tiger Woods almost ran out of golf balls during the 2nd round of the 2000 US Open because his caddy forgot to pack the balls Tiger was putting with in his hotel room the night before. He finished the round with one ball and went on to win the tournament by a record-setting 15 strokes. golfdigest.com/story/us-o…
Over 3,000 passengers die each year on the Mumbai commuter rail due to crowded trains and open dors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mum…
Harry Houdini in disguise would attend magic shows by people who claimed to be "spiritual mediums", knowing their trick, he would finally light a flashlight that left the deception in the open and stand up and cry β€œI am Houdini! And you are a fraud!" bbvaopenmind.com/en/scien…
Today I learned about Scurvy, chronic vitamin C deficiency. "Bones that had previously broken rebreak. Old wounds open up. This is because one of the major effects of scurvy is that the body can no longer produce collagen, the glue of the body’s cells" nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Japan opened its first museum dedicated to Japanese folklore monsters opens near Hiroshima japantimes.co.jp/culture/…
In 2019, a lightning storm happened only 300 miles (85Β°N 120Β°E) from the North Pole, making this the farthest north lightning has ever occurred. The 48 strikes hit the surface, which was probably made up of sea ice or areas of open ocean waters mixed with ice. seattletimes.com/nation-w…
The world record recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest golf drive in a competition is 516 yards (472 m) by 64-year-old Mike Austin in 1974 at the US Senior National Open Qualifier with a 43.5" steel shafted persimmon wood driver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
After the Nazi assassination of Austrian Chancellor Engelbart Dollfuss. Fascist Italian dictator Mussolini mobilized the Italian army on the Austrian border and threatened Hitler with open war if German troops crossed into Austria. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…

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