Somali Pirates set up an exchange (like a stock market) where people could buy shares in pirate groups to finance their operations. A 22 year old 'investor' made $75,000 in 38 days after joining the 'company' - after getting a share of ransom money. reuters.com/article/us-so…
Today I learned of "Operation Rock Wallaby", a helicopter mission which dumped thousands of pounds of veggies (mostly carrots and sweet potatoes) to wallabies and other animals left without a food source after surviving wildfire in New South Wales. sea.mashable.com/science/…
4 months after Florida man Ryan Lee Carroll won a Breaking Bad contest to meet the cast, he was charged with running a drug distribution operation when he was found with $1M in synthetic marijuana. Also seized was a souvenir Hazmat suit signed by the Breaking Bad cast. theguardian.com/world/201…
Marlon Brando tried to purchase the rights to a movie about the Iran-Contra scandal using a former CIA connection. The CIA was able to derail this by creating a front company to outbid Brando for the rights. The man they put in charge of this operation was none other than Col. Oliver North independent.co.uk/voices/…
Today I learned about Monet's Ultraviolet Eye. Due to an eye surgery, the famous French painter could see ultraviolet rays. This operation had an influence on his paintings, where nature was represented much more bluish. downloadtheuniverse.com/d…
In 2010 The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country, killing an estimated 30 spies businessinsider.com/how-c…
The US fire-bombed Tokyo, Japan (100k) in 1945, which killed more lives than BOTH the atomic bombs dropped in Hiroshima (70k) and Nagasaki (46k), codenamed Operation Meetinghouse. It was the DEADLIEST bombing raid in human history. cnn.com/2020/03/07/asia/j…
The helicopter used during the US operation that killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011 that crashed was a stealth helicopter that was never known to publicly exist before bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
The Pony express was in operation for only 18 months between April 1860 and October 1861. nps.gov/poex/learn/histor…
When the space shuttle was in operation, it could launch a payload of 27,500 kg for $1.5 billion, or $54,500/kg. For a SpaceX Falcon 9, the rocket used to access the ISS, the cost is just $2,720/kg. SpaceX’s technical advances and cost reductions have changed the direction of U.S. space policy. theconversation.com/how-s…
In WWII, an Australian soldier removed his own appendix in the middle of a Philippine jungle in 1944, without any anaesthetic and with only the use of a mirror and an ordinary knife. The operation took 4 and a half hours and he stitched himself up with jungle fibre. trove.nla.gov.au/newspape…
Today I learned about Operation Flagship, where the U.S. Marshals sent letters to 5,000 fugitives telling them that they had won NFL tickets, and to come and collect their prize at a Convention Center. 100 people showed up and were arrested for their outstanding warrants. usmarshals.gov/history/fi…
Today I learned of Operation London Bridge, a detailed plan for what is to happen in the days after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The plan is updated several times yearly and was devised in the 1960s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned of Operation Underworld. During WWII the U.S. government worked with Mafia families to secure the country's northeastern ports. They provided protection against spies and saboteurs, avoided wartime labor union strikes, and limited theft by black-marketeers of vital war supplies and equipment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Hitler commissioned special "Wound Badges of 20 July 1944" to those who were wounded in the failed assassination attempt with him as per the Resistance's Operation Valkyrie. Only 24 people were awarded such medals. warmilitaria.it/en/wounde…
Operation Bagration, a Soviet offensive in Byelorussia that lasted between June 23 and August 19, 1944, was the largest defeat in German military history. Twenty-eight (out of 34) German divisions were wiped out, with 57,000 soldiers taken prisoner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
There are 44 Kmart stores still in operation, with 6 in Puerto Rico, 4 in the US Virgin Islands, and 1 in Guam en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kma…
Southwest Airlines has only had 4 fatalities in it's 53 years of operation, and 2 of those were not the fault of the airline. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
The federal government setup sting operations in 1985 to catch individuals buying child pornography. In one instance, they offered a farmer a magazine 3 times and reluctantly accepted the third time. He was later found innocent as the arrest was considered entrapment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
The church of Scientology ran a criminal operation to purge unfavorable records from 136 government agencies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
One part of Operation Anadyr, the Soviet Deception plan preceding the Cuban Missile Crisis, involved giving Cuban exiles in the USA correct information on the shipment of nukes and missiles, guessing (correctly) that the CIA would perceive them as lies to encourage an invasion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The human brain is estimated to compute at roughly 1 exaFLOP (10^18 operations) per second. The world's currently largest supercomputer operates at 0.2 exaFLOP/s and consumes 13 Megawatts. Our brain uses 20 watts. aiimpacts.org/brain-perfo…
The term "bug" existed before a real bug in a computer caused it to crash, and that the term was used before by electrical engineers to refer to hard-to-find physical defects that hindered the operation of an electric device. sites.harvard.edu/~chsi/m…
The Arizona Cardinals, an NFL franchise, are older than the state of Arizona. The Cardinals have been in continuous operation since 1898, while Arizona became a state in 1912. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ari…
U.S. General Dwight Eisenhower had a speech prepared in the event that the 1944 D-Day invasion failed. In the speech he takes full responsibility for the failure of the operation. npr.org/2013/06/08/189535…
On the day of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, officials from BP were on board to congratulate the crew for "7 years of operations without a time-loss incident" thechemicalengineer.com/f…
Today I learned about Operation Popeye, when the US military successfully controlled the weather by seeding rain clouds, extending the monsoon season in Vietnam by a month. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Herman Goering's brother, Albert, was anti-Nazi and even enabled sabotage and resistance operations in Czechoslovakia during the war. He regularly used his brother's influence to get out of trouble. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
The father of the baby in the 'Success Kid' meme (the baby with a scowl with his fist balled up) needed a kidney transplant, and the family used the meme to raise over $100,000 to pay for the operation. abcnews.go.com/Health/dad…
Today I learned of Operation Bloodstone, a CIA project to recruit former Nazis and collaborators to conduct "psychological warfare, subversion, sabotage, [...] assassination, target capture and rescue". Many hired agents were high ranking Nazis, some of which had committed crimes against humanity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Pipelines are internally maintained via "PIGS" (Pipeline Inspection Gauges), which perform cleaning, inspection and other maintenance operations. The PIG is inserted via a "pig launcher" and removed via a "pig catcher." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
Ben Rich, legendary Skunk Works engineer behind the propulsion system of the SR-71 Blackbird and creator of the F-117 Nighthawk, adopted the alias β€œBen Dover” in order to protect the top secret operations of designing Cold War-era stealth aircraft. britannica.com/biography/…
The likely origin of the CIA and black helicopters came from when they modified an OH-6, dubbed the "Quiet One," to be ultra quiet for the Vinh Wiretap operation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Rita Crundwell, who embezzled $53.7 million during her 22 year career as treasure and controller of Dixon, Illinois. She used this money to support her championship Quarter Horse breeding operation. In 2008 alone, she was able to embezzle $5.8 million off of a city budget of $8-9 million. wikipedia.org/wiki/Rita_C…
NASA once raided a Denny's as part of a sting operation to bust a 75 year old woman for possessing and attempting to sell a moon rock the size of a rice grain latimes.com/local/lanow/l…
NATO carried out airstrikes against Yugoslavia for 78 days from March 24, 1999 to June 10, 1999 and that the US codenamed the military operation "Operation Noble Anvil" despite its official codename "Operation Allied Force" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAT…
Today I learned of the Great Catfish Massacre of 1985, where a Louisiana mayor decided to turn the town swimming pool into a giant catfish farming operation. Turned out the circulation blades didn’t have blade covers, which was a problem for the ecosystem. β€œIt looked like we were chumming for sharks." bayoubrief.com/2019/08/13…
Today I learned about the Zwentendorf Nuclear Power Plant, Austrias first power plant that was build in the 70s for nowadays 1.4 billion euros, completed, but never went into operation because it was stopped last minute by a referendum with 50.5% against it. Now it is a training station & tourist attraction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwe…
Today I learned about Operation Unthinkable, in which the Allies would invade the Soviet Union in a surprise attack, enlisting German P.O.W and U.S help in the aftermath of WW2. nationalarchives.gov.uk/e…
Today I learned about Operation Christmas Drop, a tradition since 1952 where the US Air Force drops Christmas gifts from airplanes on some Pacific Islands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Union Pacific train operators once faced a real life "trolley problem" when 30 of its cars broke loose during a switching operation and headed at high speed without breaks toward downtown Los Angeles -- and decided to derail them on a side track, destroying two homes and injuring 13 people cnn.com/2003/US/West/06/2…
Today I learned of the Battle of Hainan Island (Chinese Civil War). The Communists conducted a successful landing operation using 2000 traditional wooden junks. This led the KMT Navy to underestimate them and tried to capture them, only for the junks to reveal artillery pieces, forcing a KMT Destroyer to flee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about the mobile offshore base (MOB) a proposed idea for a super-massive naval ship for performing military operations where regular land bases are not present. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mob…
Operation Babylift happened in 1975 when 3300 orphaned Vietnamese babies and children where taken to the US and other Allies to be adopted. The first flight crashed, and 78 children died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
US Marine Reservist Hussein Mohamed Farrah Aidid served in Operation Restore Hope (the setting of Black Hawk Down). His father, Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid, was the opposition leader. One weekend in 1995 he didn’t show up to drill because he was busy taking over as warlord. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The Flamingo Las Vegas which opened in 1946 is the oldest hotel and casino still in operation found on the Las Vegas Strip worldatlas.com/articles/t…
Today I learned of the Laconia Incident, in which a German U-Boat conducting rescue operations upon Allied troops was deliberately attacked by a US bomber. wikipedia.org/wiki/Laconi…
Ringo Starr nearly died from a operation on his intestinal tract, lost his house to a fire, and survived a major car crash all in a 13 month span en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
There is an inn in Japan that has been in continuous operation since 718 -- over 1300 years & 46 generations -- and it's not even the Guinness Work Record holder for oldest inn. abcnews.go.com/Travel/jap…
Today I Learned that the United States of America bombed, without being at war with, Cambodia for over a year during "Operation_Menu". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Operation Marigold, a failed secret attempt by a Polish diplomat which would've ended Vietnam War much earlier had it succeeded en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned about a procedure called ”tooth in eye surgery”, where the patient’s tooth is removed, a tiny lens is inserted into it, and the tooth is the put inside the patient’s eye. It’s only used for rare cases of corneal blindness and only a few operations take place each year. rnib.org.uk/nb-online/too…
Today I learned of No Kum-sok, a North Korean pilot who defected in his MiG-15, allowing the Wests first look at the fighter. As part of Operation Moolah, he was given $100k and later became a US Citizen and aeronautical engineer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_…
The longest running military operation in Canada is the Army shelling mountainsides to create avalanches! youtube.com/watch?v=clI4V…
The widespread myth that HIV was created by the USA government was originally spread as a disinformation campaign by the KGB, in an operation called Infektion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Most of Paul Revere's Midnight Ride was fabricated. The operation was to be done discretely as possible and Revere most likely said "the regulars are coming" due to the colonists considering themselves British at the time. history.com/news/11-thing…
Among the oldest companies in the world still in operation are - St. Peter Stifts Kulinarium, Austria (Restaurant, opened in 803), Monnaie de Paris, France (Mint, opened in 864), and Sean's Bar, Ireland (Pub, which claim to have been opened in 900) businessfinancing.co.uk/t…
Citizens who work for the CIA are officers – not agents or spies. All employees, from operations officers, to analysts, to librarians and public affairs, are considered CIA officers. The operations officers recruit well-placed human assets with access to information. These spies are agents. cia.gov/news-information/…
Iran carries out more sex change operations than any other nation in the world except Thailand. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/72590…
It's estimated that there are only 20 to 25 advertising blimps in the world, with only about 13 still in operation today. vanwagneraerial.com/blog/…
James Bond is based on several different individuals that author Ian Fleming came across in the British Royal Navy during WW2. Among those were his brother, Peter, who was involved in behind-the-lines operations in Norway & Greece during the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
In 1940, Gen. Bonner Fellers was assigned as an attachΓ© to the British in Egypt, reporting on operations back to the US. Despite his repeated concerns, he was told to transmit intel by radio. For 6 months, the Germans intercepted these, relying on them so much, he was called "The Good Source" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
Today I learned about Operation Cottage, the Allied invasion of the Aleutian Island Kiska during WWII, which had been captured by the Japanese. 34000 troops spent two days securing the island amidst heavy fog, losing 300 men. But they weren't fighting anyone - the Japanese had left three weeks prior. ndupress.ndu.edu/JFQ/Join…
Today I learned of Operation Sea-Spray, when the US Navy sprayed the San Francisco Bay area with bacteria as a bioweapon test smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The US Navy built a ship that "flips" on purpose. The FLIP platform buries it's sensors ... at the prow of the ship under water and stays with the stern way out of the water during it's operation. ship-technology.com/proje…
Today I learned of Operation Dawn Raid, where Malaysia acquired Guthrie on 7 September 1981, the oldest and 2nd largest plantation company on London Stock Exchange by surprise. cilisos.my/the-greatest-h…
Woolworth's, once one of the most successful retail companies in the world, wound down the vast majority of its operations in the U.S. in the 90's while the sporting goods division kept growing. Today, it's the only part of the business that still exists and is now called Foot Locker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._…
LimeWire founded in 2000 by Mark Gorton. In 2010, LimeWire was ordered cease operations after losing a court battle with the RIAA. In 2011, the RIAA sued LimeWire for $72 trillion - a sum greater than the global GDP. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lim…
"Earth Simulator" is one of the most powerful supercomputers on the planet with nearly 35 trillion operations per second and it's used to model Earth's Climate sciencenetlinks.com/scien…
The Mayerthorpe tragedy of 2005 was worst one-day loss of life for the RCMP since five officers drowned on June 7, 1958, and the worst multiple-officer killing in contemporary Canadian history. The attack occurred during a search for stolen property and a marijuana-growing operation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
The Co-founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, bought a 28,100 acres of land in the U.S. for $23 million. His long term plan is to retire to the region. And his short term plan - to stop the logging operations and preserve the country. expand-your-consciousness…
Britain engaged in battle with France during Operation Catapult in 1940, in an attempt to seize warships before the Axis could. Nearly 1300 French service-members were killed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
The US military uses the terms PSYOPs and PSYWAR to replace the word propaganda. Psychological Operations or PSYOP are planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately their behavior psywarrior.com/
Today I learned about Operation Vengeance, where Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was specifically targeted and killed by the US Army Air Force on April 18, 1943, in retribution for Pearl Harbor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Operation Condor was a United States-backed campaign of political repression and state terror involving intelligence operations and assassination of opponents, officially and formally implemented in November 1975 by the right-wing dictatorships of the Southern Cone of South America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Operation Downfall was a proposed Allied plan for the invasion of the Japan. The Japanese were able to accurately predict the Allied invasion plans and thus adjust their defensive plan, Operation Ketsugō. The operation was canceled when Japan surrendered after two atomic bombs hit the country. wikipedia.org/wiki/Operat…
Leaders of the Black Panther Party were "neutralized" (murdered, imprisoned, publicly humiliated or falsely charged with crimes) by COINTELPRO, a series of illegal FBI operations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COI…
Today I learned about Operation Power Flight (3 B52's fly non-stop around the Earth) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Operation Hope Not was the codename for planning Winston Churchill's funeral, the largest state funeral in British history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
In 1883, U.S. and Canadian railroads adopted a four-zone system to govern their operations and reduce the confusion resulting from some 100 conflicting locally established β€œsun times” observed in terminals across the countries. transportation.gov/connec…
Operation Hannibal is one of the largest evacuations by sea. An estimated 800,000-900,000 German civilians and 350,000 soldiers were evacuated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned about Operation Chariot. The WWII mission where 611 British Commandos rammed a disguised, explosive laden destroyer, into one of the largest Nazi submarine bases in France filled with 5000 nazis, withdrew under fire, then detonated the boat, destroying one of the largest dry docks in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_…
Rome has been nicknamed the Cocaine Capital of the World with €1,23 billion worth of cocaine seized in 3 police operations but it was all kept on the low key to protect the image of the eternal city. the-view-from-rome.blogau…
Today I learned of Operation Argus, during which the US secretly detonated a series of low yield Nuclear devices in the upper atmosphere in order to create a radiation belt that would degrade radio and radar transmissions, damage and destroy ICBM warheads, and endanger the crews of space vehicles hsns.ucpress.edu/content/…
Today I learned about Noor Inayat Khan, a female Muslim war hero, who was born in Moscow to American and Indian parents, raised in London and France, joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and Special Operations Executive during WW2, and was captured in France and executed at Dachau en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noo…
In South Korea it is illegal to sell phones with unremovable software that is not critical to system operation or maintenance. zdnet.com/article/south-k…
The Allies considered bombing Auschwitz in an effort to stop operations at the concentration camp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aus…
The basic operations of arithmetic are presumed in various Bible passages. Fractions are mentioned in Leviticus, and inequalities are either mentioned or implied in Matthew and Genesis. There is reference to the magnitude of pi in Kings trinityfoundation.org/jou…
On October 23, 1983, two truck bombs struck buildings in Beirut, housing American and French service members of a peacekeeping operation during the Lebanese Civil War. The attack killed 307 people. The attacks eventually led to the withdrawal of the international peacekeeping force from Lebanon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
The most sophisticated German espionage operation in the United States was establishedβ€”and bustedβ€”before America even entered the war. The Duquesne spy ring included 30 men and three women, it was toppled in 1941 when a new recruit named William G. Sebold became a double agent. fbi.gov/history/famous-ca…
Britain's Special Operation Executive initially struggled to coordinate resistance activities in WWII France. A stand-out agent emerged who made the program successful. An American woman with a prosthetic leg, turned down from her own government's foreign service. Her name was Virginia Hall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
Operation Gladio is the codename for clandestine "stay-behind" operations of armed resistance that was planned by the Western Union (WU), and subsequently by NATO, for a potential Warsaw Pact invasion and conquest in Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned about Operation Devil Eyes, a secret CIA plan to make Osama Bin Laden action figures that turned devilish in direct sunlight and give them to children as toys en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dev…
- The US government had a secret operation called 'Project Eldest Son' during the Vietnam war. It involved leaving behind thousands of rounds of faulty ammo that would backfire in Vietcong AKs while also leaking fake documents that questioned quality control in Chinese munition factories. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
More than 1,500 German scientists, engineers and technicians (many of whom were formerly registered members of the Nazi Party, some were party leaders) were recruited and brought to the United States. After World War II they were hired under Operation Paperclip. aviationtrailinc.org/sing…
Today I learned of operation Tamarisk | During the cold war, soviet troops weren't issued toilet paper in the field, leading to them using official documents; Spies were sent in to retrieve these documents from disposal bins. It's seen as one of the most successful espionage missions of the cold war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned of Operation Biting β€” when a group of British paratroopers led a raid on Bruneval, France in 1942 to steal a a German radar dish, the Wurzburg. This allowed the Brits to study Germany’s more advanced radar capabilities, the knowledge of which would ultimately change the course of the war. warhistoryonline.com/worl…
Today I learned about Operation Gladio, an alliance between NATO, the CIA the mafia, the catholic church, and several neo-fascist groups to crush any kind of leftist political movement in Italy between 1956 and 1990 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Operation Midnight Climax was established in order to study the effects of LSD. Sex workers on the CIA payroll were instructed to lure clients back to the safehouses, where they were given LSD and studied through a one way glass to see if this could help the CIA's mind-control research program. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned about Operation Wandering Soul, during which the US Government attempted to intimidate the Vietnamese with "ghost sounds" in the forest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…

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