Taco Bell has failed twice to expand their operations to Mexico. In 1992, Mexican customers found their tacos too expensive, and in 2010 their expansion restaurant closed because customers were unfamiliar with the menu items. mashed.com/234254/why-tac…
Paul Revere never shouted the legendary phrase β€œThe British are coming!” as he passed from town to town. The operation was meant to be conducted as discreetly as possible since scores of British troops were hiding out in the Massachusetts countryside. history.com/news/11-thing…
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…
Operation Wandering Soul was a psychological warfare campaign used by the United States during the Vietnam war where eerie sounds and altered screams were played in battlefields. This exploited the Vietnamese belief that unburied soldiers’ souls would wander in constant pain and suffering en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
During the Cold War, the US Army experimented with using infected insects as a bioweapon, including releasing 300,000 mosquitos on the state of Georgia during Operation Big Buzz en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ent…
The Church of Scientology tried to take over the city of Clearwater, Florida, in the 1970s. When mayor Gabriel Cazares criticized this, the Church tried to concoct a sex scandal and stage a false hit-and-run accident involving Cazares, calling the operation "Speedy Gonzalez." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gab…
Letters addressed to Santa through the USPS (that don’t already have a response letter written by a parent inside) are handled by Operation Santa where postal workers, members of the public, and organizations can "adopt" letters and respond to them or even grant the child's wishes insider.com/letters-to-sa…
During WWII the American army created Operation Fantasia in which foxes covered in glow in the dark paint would have been released in Japan as a form of psychological warfare. The plan never reached Japan, but they did test it on some DC natives. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
There's a 1967 film starring Sean Connery's brother Neil titled "O.K. Connery" (released as "Operation Kid Brother" in the US) about James Bond's brother being obliged to thwart a world domination plot, which also starred Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell and others from the early Bond films en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O.K…
Today I learned about Chuuk Lagoon and Operation Hailstone where, in 1944, the US Navy sank over 40 Japanese ships and destroyed more than 250 aircraft. It was described as "Japan's equivalent of Pearl Harbor". One submarine, Shinohara, which had taken part in Pearl Harbor, sank while trying to dive for cover. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
, during a practice operation for the D-Day landings, the US Army lost over 700 men to friendly fire and a sneak attack by German torpedo boats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exe…
Operation Fish was the largest movement of physical wealth in history – approximately $160 billion of British gold (in 2017 dollars) was shipped from the UK to Canada for safekeeping at the onset of World Ward 2 bankofcanadamuseum.ca/201…
Today I learned of Operation Long Jump,an alleged German plan to simultaneously assassinate Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, and Franklin Roosevelt, the "Big Three" Allied leaders, at the 1943 Tehran Conference during World War II. warfarehistorynetwork.com…
Capitol Hill's mystery soda machine was a vending machine in Capitol Hill, Seattle, that had been in operation since at least the early 1990s. It is unknown who stocked the machine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Operation WeserbΓΌng, specifically the invasion of Denmark, was the first ever military operation using paratroopers, or fallschirmjΓ€gers. The invasion only lasted for less than six hours, and was subsequently named the shortest battle of the Second World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Operation theatres are called theatres because they literally were theatres, built in a gallery style for public observation. Operations used to be advertised in newspapers It was not unknown for an operation to be cancelled because public demand was such that a larger theatre had to be found. dundee.ac.uk/museum/exhib…
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 the operation Wikinger, an offensive operation by Nazi Germany that led to the lost of 2 destroyers and 578 men, despite the absence of any Allied forces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
First demonstration of modern anesthesia was on October 19, 1846. Before the advent of anesthetics, surgical operations were conducted with little or no pain relief. woodlibrarymuseum.org/his…
Today I learned about Operation Paperclip, a controversial top-secret U.S. intelligence program that brought Nazi German scientists to America. history.com/news/what-was…
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/…
The 89th Division’s commander, Gen. Wright, decided few hours before the WWI Armistice to take the french village Stenay kept by Germans for offering probable bathing facilities to his soldiers. He lost 365 lives in the operation. historynet.com/wasted-liv…
Today I learned of "Operation Wandering Soul". A psychological warfare campaign used by U.S. forces that exploited the Vietnamese superstition of a lost tortured soul who was not buried properly and would roam around in agony. The U.S. broadcast these eerie sounds on loud speakers to scare off the Viet Cong. pcf45.com/sealords/cuadai…
Today I learned of Operation Tamarisk, a Cold War spy op where Western agents dug through used Soviet toilet paper. In the GDR, Soviet troops weren't given TP so they used letters from home, or sometimes, military documents. In one case, British spies found a log with top-secret data on the latest Russian tank. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Barbed wire enabled cattle operations in the American West to become profitable in the mid 19th century. Before the invention of barbed wire, the wood and stone fences used to contain cattle were too expensive to make the business profitable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
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/…
The modern American and Canadian special operations forces trace their heritage to the 1st Special Service Force, an elite American–Canadian commando unit in World War II. During the war, the 1,800-man unit accounted for some 12,000 German casualties, captured some 7,000 prisoners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Today I learned of Sidney Reilly, a Russian employed by the British who spied on at least four world powers, including attempting to foil the Bolshevik Revolution. Lured by a Soviet counter-intelligence program called Operation Trust, he disappeared and was later executed in a Moscow forest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid…
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…
Today I learned of John Taylor, a charlatan from the 18th century, parading from town to town doing bogus eye operations, and allegedly blinding hundreds of people, including famous composers Handel, and Bach. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of Operation Gladio, a secret NATO operation during the Cold War, where hidden operatives were placed in NATO countries to prevent the rise of of communism. Gladio has been linked to a number of bombings, kidnappings and assasinations of leftist figures in various countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
During Operation Bullpen, the FBI seized approximately $10 million in forged sports memorabilia. Some of the cooperating subjects believe that between 50-90% of all autographs on memorabilia is fake. The operation shut down a ring that was responsible for $100 million in forged items. autograph-market.com/comp…
While evaluating security at a Fortune 5 company, a penetration tester was suspicious that the small-town restaurant across the street served black duck eggs, a rare Chinese delicacy. The restaurant was reported to the FBI and was revealed to be a front for a Chinese espionage operation. darknetdiaries.com/episod…
Today I learned of a 1972 CIA project to wiretap enemy phone lines deep within North Vietnam. The helicopter used in the operation, developed at Area 51, was the quietest ever built. In the dead of night, its pilots flew 100-200 feet above North Vietnamese farmers and anti-aircraft guns without being detected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The codenames for British military operations in the run up to D-Day repeatedly appeared in a newspaper crossword puzzle, that may have been accidentally leaked by soldiers to school children who had sites based next to each other. The headmaster of the school was also the crossword compiler. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-D…
Today I learned of Operation Nemesis which aimed to take revenge against the people responsible for the Armenian genocide. Seven assassinations were secretly carried out in a span of two years. operationnemesis.com/
Quack Doctor John R. Brinkley amassed a great fortune in the 1930s by performing an operation which transplanted goat testicles into humans as a cure for impotence. historynet.com/john-r-bri…
Today I learned about CANZUK, a theoretical political and economic union of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The international body would be similar in scope to the former European Economic Community and focus on trade, foreign policy co-operation, and military co-operation between the four nations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAN…
In the Maldives (a strictly Islamic island nation in South Asia), dogs are prohibited for citizens and tourists, except for law enforcement officers, who use sniffer dogs at customs and for special operations maldivesfinest.com/touris…
Today I learned of Operation Anthropoid, the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi in charge of Bohemia. The Czech Resistance begged the Allies not to, knowing the reprisal would be brutal, but the exiled President needed to show his country's value. ~5,000 were killed and two villages leveled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
In 2010 The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country, killing an estimated 30 spies businessinsider.com/how-c…
About operation "come of power" where by a coven of British witches convened in the forest in 1940 to thwart the Nazi leadership and turn the tide of the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
For 8 years the CIA ran Operation Midnight Climax, brothels in NYC and San Fran where they secretly administered drugs to johns to study the effects. sfchronicle.com/chronicle…
NASA has a public access TV channel. When not showing live news coverage, NASA TV airs a variety of programming. Viewers may see views of the Earth from the International Space Station; replays of mission operations or news conferences; or episodes of produced programs nasa.gov/multimedia/nasat…
Today I learned of Operation Julie, during which UK police seized 7.5 million doses of LSD. The bust removed 90% of the UK supply and caused the street price to increase fivefold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The 1974 documentary on Idi Amin by the celebrated Swiss filmmaker Barbet Schroeder, was filmed with the Ugandan dictator’s co-operation, but he wasn’t happy when he heard that a version he hadn’t seen was being shown in Europe thehindu.com/entertainmen…
The German submarine U-1206 flooded as a result of improper toilet operation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
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 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 2009, Tim Cook offered a portion of his liver to Jobs, since both share a rare blood type and the donor liver can regenerate tissue after such an operation. Jobs yelled, "I'll never let you do that. I'll never do that." theregister.com/2015/03/1…

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