The Tourette Association of America initially feared South Park’s release of their Tourettes episode, but ended up being surprised at how accurate and well-researched the show was on the condition. The only thing they critiqued was the frequent use of β€œcoprolalia” or rampant swearing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
The South Korean government started massively subsidizing (1%+ of GDP) its entertainment industry in 1994 after realizing one Jurassic Park film made as much as the combined sales of 1.5 million Hyundai cars. business.financialpost.co…
When Dr. Roswell Park was interrupted in the middle of surgery, he said he could not leave "even if it were for the President of the United States." He was then told he had to operate on William McKinley, the President of the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
A dad in Texas couldn’t find an amusement park that would accommodate his daughter with special needs so he sold his homebuilding business and built a completely accessible amusement park for kids with special needs called Morgan’s Wonderland. freethink.com/videos/morg…
British politician Tony Benn met his wife in Oxford in 1949. 9 days later, he proposed to her on a park bench. Later, he bought the bench from Oxford City Council and installed it in the garden of their home. They were together for 51 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
When Steven Spielberg re-enrolled at California State, Long Beach to earn his BA more than 30 years after dropping out, he was given three course credits in paleontology for making Jurassic Park. time.com/4351287/steven-s…
Disney uses code names in the park. Rude visitors are called 'Treasured Guests.' Vomit is called 'Protein Spill.' Kids peeing in the pool is called 'Code Winnie.' Illegally spreading ashes is called 'White Powder Alert.' nypost.com/2017/09/07/dis…
A β€œtouron” is park ranger slang for a tourist who behaves like a moron when entering a national park. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tou…
Today I learned about Congo's Salonga National Park. The world’s second largest tropical rainforest national park and the largest in Africa. It is considered to be practically virgin, unaffected by human activities and largely unexplored. naturalworldheritagesites…
Gus was a polar bear in Central Park Zoo described as "bipolar", "neurotic", and "depressed" who swam obsessively 12 hours a day. He was the first zoo animal to be given Prozac. He stopped eating, and after surgery revealed he had a thyroid tumor was euthanized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
Capuchin monkeys at Brazil’s Serra da Capivara National Park, are 3,000 years into their own 'Stone Age' nationalgeographic.com/sc…
There was an entire horror movie filmed inside the US Disney parks, without permission. Actors and crew dressed up as tourists and filmed over 2 weeks in each park. Disney chose to ignore the movie, most likely to avoid giving it further attention. It premiered at Sundance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esc…
There's a special memorial with tiles in a London Park for ordinary people that died while saving people other peoples live. It's called 'Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice' . It has been erected in 1900. Last name added was in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
In 1989 two brothers flew ultralight planes over the Berlin Wall into East Germany to rescue a brother they'd left behind when they escaped years earlier. They landed at a park inside the DDR, picked up their brother, and flew back to West Berlin in less than 20 minutes. youtu.be/ywY67XU56KE?t=49
New York City paid more for Central Park than America paid for Alaska. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
The mosquitos they extracted the blood from to create the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park didn’t actually suck blood, negating the entire premise of the film businessinsider.com/juras…
After the 2009 MTV Music Awards where Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech, Comedy central aired his south park episode "Fishsticks" on repeat for two hours. billboard.com/articles/ne…
Dutch authorities created over 300 little "parks" for bees on top of bus stop shelters in Utrecht; roofs are planted with low-maintenance sedum providing a safe habitat for bees. Over 50% of Netherlands' 358 bee species are endangered. Human commuters get with bamboo benches and LED lighting. thisiscolossal.com/2019/0…
Today I learned of Frasier the Sensuous Lion. He was an 18 y.o. lion (human equivalent of 80) who was adopted by a pride of females at an animal park. He was blind, had no teeth, and could barely walk, but ended up siring 35 cubs. kimcampion.com/miscellane…
A bear in a state park got into campers’ coolers and used claws & teeth to puncture beer cans; Fish & Wildlife Sgt. Bill Heinck said the bear tried a can of Busch, ignored the rest, then drank about 36 Rainier beers. They caught it a live trap baited with donuts, honey, open cans of Rainier. nbcnews.com/id/5756809/ns…
Today I learned of the Death Valley Germans - a family of four German tourists who went missing in Death Valley National Park and whose remains were discovered 13 years later en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Disney's theme park ride "Pirates of the Caribbean" originally used real human skeletons as props atlasobscura.com/articles…
A "fat-in" was staged in New York's Central Park in 1967 as a fat acceptance movement. It consisted of a group of 500 people eating, carrying signs and photographs of Sophia Loren (an actress famous for her figure), and burning diet books. wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat_ac…
Some ranchers around Yellowstone National Park are using old heritage breeds of cattle because those breeds are more maternal and defensive of their calves, so they are much more likely to deter predators like bears and wolves. ensia.com/features/predat…
Tyrannosaurus Rex lived closer to the making of the movie Jurassic Park (1993) than they did to the existence of Stegosaurus. si.edu/newsdesk/factsheet…
In Jurassic park (1993), the insect trapped in amber and which made the cloning of dinosaur possible was actually elephant mosquito. It's the only mosquito that doesn't suck blood, so cloning wasn't actually possible. businessinsider.in/home/m…
Today in 1954 for 5 minutes, thousands of baby frogs fell from the sky after being picked up by a tornado and landed in Sutton park in Birmingham. birminghammail.co.uk/news…
Jadav Payeng planted created an entire forest in India by himself over 40 yrs. He started planting trees as a part of a social forestry initiative & continue to do so after the project officially ended. The once-barren wasteland is now a massive 1,360-acre forest (bigger than NYC's Central Park) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jad…
There are large tunnels called Utilidors running under the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. The Utilidors allow employees to perform services like trash removal and for characters to travel around the park without being seen. disneyfanatic.com/12-terr…
There is a park in Moscow containing toppled statues from across Russia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
Many of the former statues and monuments of Soviet Union went into a gorgeous park where their historical context is taught and modern art hosted - Moment Park in Budapest is one example. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
Hungary preserves its communist-era monuments in a park, the collection includes a statue of Stalin's giant boots atlasobscura.com/places/m…
Jerry Seinfeld was 38 when he started dating Shoshanna, then a 17 year old high schooler whom he met in a park heyalma.com/this-comedian…
A Chinese theme park has a ride that simulates death. It begins in a "morgue" where riders are placed in a casket and carried on a conveyor belt to be "cremated” by a blast of 105 degree hot air. It ends with the rider being passed through a β€˜womb’ and being reborn. local10.com/news/2015/05/…
Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park and many more novels, graduated Harvard Medical School with his MD. He never obtained his medical license (after deciding he hated the system and culture), and instead pursued writing. wikipedia.org/wiki/Michae…
Today I learned about β€œTeam Lioness,” one of Kenya’s first group of all-female Rangers, organized in 2017. While protecting the area surrounding Amboseli National Park from poachers, these 8 women are also involved with community education and are the first in their families to be employed. ifaw.org/journal/meet-the…
A man once held 20 hostages in the Canadian embassy in Beirut because the government of B.C., CA, wouldn't let him build an amusement park on a deserted island in Okanagan Lake. infotel.ca/newsitem/the-l…
The CNN world headquarters building used to house an indoor amusement park called The World of Sid and Marty Krofft en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CNN…
Today I learned about Windjammer Surf Racers, a roller coaster that was so bad and poorly designed that the park, Knotts Berry Farm, sued the ride’s manufacturer, TOGO, for its issues. The park won, causing the company to go bankrupt. thecoasterkings.com/this-…
A man was killed by a Grizzly Bear in Yellowstone National Park in 2011. It was determined his running from the bear caused the attack, and it was a "one in 3 million occurrence." The bear was not put down until it was found near another fatal attack the next month. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
, Johnny Cash was brutally attacked by an ostrich he kept in a wildlife park, it broke 2 ribs and slashed his stomach open. As a result of the pain pills he was prescribed, he fell back into drug addiction years after overcoming them. musictimes.com/articles/3…
In 1981, three german tourists camped at Buchingham Palace, after mistaking it for a public park. theguardian.com/uk/1982/j…
The first Legoland theme park built outside of Europe was in Carlsbad, California. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
Bacchus Ladies are elderly female prostitutes in South Korea. They traditionally sold 'Bacchus' drinks, but the term is now synonymous with elderly prostitution. Ladies (mainly in 60s and 70s) solicit men in public parks. Most earn around $168 to $252 a month. nypost.com/2015/09/25/eld…
Today I learned about the Leap-The-Dips, the oldest operating roller coaster in the world. It was opened in 1902, and currently resides at Lakemont Park, in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The coaster has a top speed of 10MpH. coasterpedia.net/wiki/Lea…
In 2000, an Australian man, after having his job application rejected, managed to hack into the local government's waste management system using a computer and radio, flooding parks, rivers, and the lawn of a hotel with raw sewage. theregister.co.uk/2001/10…
Today I learned of Kenny, a mutated gene that is named after Kenny McCormick from South Park, which causes adult flies to die within two days after they are infected with certain bacteria. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Jurassic Park almost had a sequel cartoon series in 1994 jurassicoutpost.com/entir…
One can only hike on San Miguel Island (one of 5 in Channel Islands National Park) if accompanied by a ranger, due to the possibility of unexploded mines, bombs, and grenades. laist.com/2016/05/04/san_…
European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris), native to Europe, were first introduced by Shakespeare enthusiasts in 1890 in Central Park, NY with the release of about 100 birds, and they are now one of the most abundant and destructive birds in North America with a population of roughly 200 million. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
There is a diamond mine open to the public in Arkansas, it is the only diamond mine open to the public. So far 31000 gems have been found since it became a state park in 1972, the visitors keep what they found. arkansasstateparks.com/pa…
4 Canadian wolves were air-dropped into Isle Royale National Park in Michigan to boost the park's wolfpack to 8. The extra wolves were brought in to help keep the moose population in check, thereby preventing mass starvation of the moose herd. foxnews.com/science/4-can…
Six Flags Theme Parks originally opened in 1961, and had a section of the park dedicated to The Confederacy because that is one of the Flags that once flew over Texas. youtu.be/MiME7Lr1MtY
A suspected rhino poacher who illegally entered a national park in South Africa was trampled to death by an elephant then eaten by a pride of lions. His accomplices told the man's family they moved his body to a road & left the park. Park rangers said lions left only the man's skull & trousers. npr.org/2019/04/07/710840…
The original South Park theme was recorded by funk metal band Primus auralcrave.com/en/2018/12…
Thanks to Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Ozzy, and current Metallica's bass player), the family of legendary bass player Jaco Pastorius regained ownership of the bassist's "Bass of Doom" after having it stolen from a park bench in 1986, and resurfaced in a guitar shop in 2006. blabbermouth.net/news/met…
In 2015 Equity LifeStyle Properties, the US' largest trailer park owner, had controlling interests in nearly 140,000 parks. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Cinderella Castle at Tokyo Disneyland was once home to the Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour, an attraction involving encounters with classic Disney villains. This featured a finale with The Horned King from The Black Cauldron, making it one of the only uses of that movie in Disney Parks. youtube.com/watch?v=H6rnP…
The worlds smallest park is located in Portland, Oregon and it consists of just 1 tree and is only 2ft across. It even has an official parks and rec sign atlasobscura.com/places/m…
When Stephen Colbert was 10 years old, his father, 2 brothers, and 69 others were killed when their plane crashed 5 miles from the runway amid dense fog. The crew failed to pay attention to the plane's altitude because they were busy trying to spot a nearby amusement park through the fog. wikipedia.com/wiki/Easter…
Charles Young was the third African-American graduate of the United States Military Academy, the first black U.S. national park superintendent, first black military attachΓ©, first black man to become a colonel in the United States Army, and highest-ranking black officer in the regular army en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned of Anthony de Lucy, 3rd Baron Lucy. De Lucy was an English knight and crusader who died on campaign in the year 1368. In 1981 De Lucy's extremely well preserved remains were found in a crypt beneath the ruins of St. Bees Abbey in Lincolnshire, England, which had since become a car park. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_…
A Texas dad sold his business and built a $51 million amusement park for his disabled daughter with free admission for everyone with special needs. Morgan's wonderland has had more than a million visitors since it opened, and one-third of it's staff includes people with special needs. abcnews.go.com/WN/america…
Today I learned about Memphis' Martyrs Park, a city park built around a mass grave of the victims of the city's 1878 yellow fever epidemic and honoring the brave individuals who stayed behind despite great risk to care for the sick and bury the dead. roadsideamerica.com/story…
A 3,000-acre wilderness wolf sanctuary in Frazier Park, CA helps heal military veterans who have treatment-resistent PTSD. Vets are paired with hurt, abandoned and exploited captive wolves/wolf-dog hybrids to tend to daily. laweekly.com/this-wolf-sa…
The dinosaur noises in the "Jurassic Park" movie were made from recordings of tortoise sex. digitalspy.com/fun/a47278…
Scattering of human ashes at Disneyland and Disney World happens so frequently park employees have a special code to report it for cleanup. gizmodo.com/the-urban-leg…
Kid Rock didn't grow up in a trailer park, but on a six-acre estate with a 5,628-square-foot house and its own apple orchard. freep.com/story/news/loca…
A rare 400-year-old shimpaku tree, which was due to be entered in a Japanese beauty competition, was stolen from a roughly 5,000 hectare park run by a fifth generation bonsai master whose family practice dates back to the Edo period (1603-1868) cnn.com/2019/02/11/asia/j…
Robert Moses at one point held 12 titles simultaneously (including New York City Parks Commissioner and Chairman of the Long Island State Park Commission). However he only held these positions as an appointee. When he ran for governor of New York as a Republican in 1934 he lost in a landslide. britannica.com/biography/…
Today I learned of Way Kambas National Park in Lampung Province Sumatra Indonesia. It is home to Sumatran Elephant, Tiger & Rhino, tapir & siamang. In 2016, Way Kambas was formally declared an ASEAN Heritage Park. lonelyplanet.com/indonesi…
By 2019 the Magic Kingdom theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida had been the world's most visited theme park for 13 consecutive years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
Aubrey Plaza of "Parks & Recreation" had a stroke at 20 and a "mini-stroke" while on "P&R" youtu.be/0XpTJqNbNIk?t=73…
Today I learned of super volcanos, including the one in Yosemite National Park. These types are different from regular volcanos because they don’t have the typical steep sides and are instead depressions in the ground. They are thousands of times larger than any other volcanic eruption. nps.gov/yell/learn/nature…
Philippines thru the Debt for Nature Swap got a $18.6 M debt relief from World Wildlife Fund & USAID in exchange for doing 4 Separate Environmental Projects ( 1988-93) in El Nido National Park, Mt. Isarog National Park, Tubathaha Reef National Park & other heritage sites cbd.int/doc/external/wwf/…
Today I learned of a 100yr old+ Winchester Model 1873 was found abandoned against a tree with the bottom of its stock buried in 4-5 inches of accumulated soil and vegetation, in Great Basin National Park, Nevada, saving it from an eventual wildfire which destroyed said tree. Its called the Forgotten Winchester en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Gray wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park in 1995, resulting in regeneration of the entire ecosystem [Trophic cascade]. After the wolves were driven extinct regionally nearly 100 years ago, scientists began to fully understand their role in the food web as a keystone species. nationalgeographic.org/me…
The T. Rex in Jurassic Park was made of two giant animatronics that cost half the film's budget, not a result of CGI youtube.com/watch?v=1iwum…
In 2016 A tourist fell into an acidic pool in Yellowstone park and was dissolved in less than 24 hours businessinsider.com/yello…
The most expensive hot dog at an MLB stadium is $7 at Nationals Park in Washington DC, while the cheapest hot dog is $1.50 at Oriole Park in Baltimore, less than an hour away. statista.com/statistics/2…
Village of Skjolden [Luster Municipality] w/ 100+ residents is the endpoint of Sognefjord, the longest & deepest fjord in Norway [100 km stretch & 1300 m deep]. Skjolden is also the entry point on a long trek to Jotunheimen National Park , w/ the tallest mountain [Galdhoppigen] in Scandinavia youtube.com/watch?v=_Iw1A…
Today I learned about "Black Sunday", Disneyland's disastrous opening day. Asphalt poured that morning melted in the 101 Β°F weather, counterfeit tickets added 3x the park's capacity, a plumbers' strike forced Walt to choose running toilets over water fountains, vendors ran out of food, rides were hijacked, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
FOX network refused to pick up the South Park series, saying the talking poo character (Mr. Hankey) would stain "[their] network." The series was then brought to Comedy Central, and it became the highest rated show that made the network one of the fastest-growing U.S. cable channels at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Dennis Muren, the special effects artist who worked on Star Wars and Close Encounters, took a year-long sabbatical to read a 1,200-page textbook on computer graphics. Shortly thereafter, he led the VFX teams that worked on Terminator 2, then Jurassic Park. soundandvision.com/httalk…
The Montreal theme park "La Ronde" which was created for the 1967 World Fair, was designed in part by none other than Walt Disney himself. journaldemontreal.com/201…
The first 100,000 pressings of Tiger Woods 99 for the PlayStation contained an Easter egg a QuickTime file titled ZZDUMMY.DAT. When played, it is a VHS recording of Jesus vs. Santa by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, commonly recognized as a precursor to South Park. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_…
Hot dog cart operators pay almost $300k an year, to operate outside Central Park, NYC. delish.com/food/news/a395…
The Kilimanjaro Safari ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has so much land (110 acres), the entire Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom park (107 acres) can fit inside it. stepstomagic.com/fun-fact…
Lions still live in their natural habitat in India. There are an estimated 650 lions living in Gir National Park. This makes India the only country where lions and tigers could theoretically meet in the wild. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gir…
A 48 year old man in Ohio was arrested because he would not stop cutting the grass at the local public park. The grass was over 12 inches long, so he decided to cut it. He claimed he was just trying to save the city some money. en.wikinews.org/wiki/Ohio…
Aquatic animals have their own version of a spa! They're called cleaning stations and any fish(or even hippo) can go park themselves at the station and get cleaned of grime and parasites. How cool is that? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
They used the castle in Central Park as exterior shots for the "Count von Count" vampire on Sesame Street en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
When the Six Flags Over Texas theme park opened in 1961, it had a section dedicated to the Confederacy where actors would hunt through the crowd for Union "spies" and "execute" them by firing squad, and where boys and girls could sign up to defend the South as soldiers and nurses. dallasnews.com/news/news/…
The log cabin that Abraham Lincoln was allegedly born in and has since been enshrined by the National Park Service was determined to have been built at least 39 years after Lincoln's birth. youtu.be/NZJyMy30Li0
In Ireland there is an amusement park called Tayto Park, which is based on the Irish potato crisp brand of the same name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tay…
'23 skidoo' is believed to be America's first national fad. Popularized in the early 20th century, the phrase means to make a quick exit (sometimes by force) and was seen on Pennants and arm-bands at shore resorts, parks, and county fairs. The origin of the phrase is still debated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/23_…
60% of the geysers on Earth are in Yellowstone Park. yellowstonepark.com/thing…
Seneca Village, a community composed mainly of free black people, was destroyed in the 1850s to make way for New York City's Central Park en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sen…
Today I learned of the Regent's Park Skating Disaster, when on January 16, 1867, hundreds of skaters fell through the ice in Regent's Park in London, resulting in the deaths of 41 people. blog.britishnewspaperarch…
The New Zealander singer Wing sent Trey Parker of South Park a letter of thanks as a result of the boost of sales of her records after she was featured in a South Park episode. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…

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