Casa Bonita needs to monitor the airing of the South Park episode because it causes an influx of customers. youtu.be/S6k26GDq9_0
In 2003, the mayor of Chicago illegally bulldozed the runway of a downtown airport in the middle of the night to create a park. This stranded 16 planes on the ground and required an inbound flight to be diverted. The FAA fined the city $33k - the maximum allowed at the time. aviationpros.com/home/new…
Teddy Roosevelt took a break from the presidency to go camping with John Muir for four days. They explored without any supervision/security. Roosevelt was so inspired by the trip that it eventually led to the creation of the National Park Service. bbvaopenmind.com/en/scien…
Three cows that were swept off an island in North Carolina during Hurricane Dorian were found alive on a different island. Cape Lookout National Seashore Park officials say they believe the three stranded cows swam up to five miles. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
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_…
Dr. Khurshid Guru, the Director of Robotic Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in New York, saved the life of a child having an asthma attack aboard his transatlantic flight, by making a makeshift inhaler with a water bottle, cup, some tape, and an oxygen tank. bbc.co.uk/programmes/p039…
Steven Spielberg receives $30–50 million a year from all park ticket revenue/portion of park concession for his role as a creative consultant for Universal theme park rides. He can also trigger an exit deal clause and collect a lump sum payment of $535 million, some predicting to be $1 billion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The character of Ian Malcolm in "Jurassic Park" was nearly written out of the script. The writers planned to combine him with the character of Dr. Grant, but Jeff Goldblum wanted to be in a Steven Spielberg movie and asked Spielberg to keep the character. youtube.com/watch?v=py9lr…
Today I learned about the 'cyber seat', the world's first park bench with free internet. It was installed in the UK in 2001 by Microsoft. Within days, two teens had plugged their house phone into it, attempting to call Bill Gates to say 'we are calling you from your bench'. They managed to reach his secretary. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/t…
One of South Park co-creator Trey Parker's first productions was a sketch for his 6th grade school variety show called "The Dentist." There was so much fake blood involved that the sketch upset kindergarten students in the audience and Parker's parents were called. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned about a Lithuanian artist who designed a roller coaster whose purpose is to kill people through euphoria obtained by g-forces and appropriately called it "Euthanasia coaster." He got this idea while working at an amusement park. vice.com/en_us/article/ex…
When adapting Jurassic Park from the page to screen, Hammond was changed from a ruthless businessman to a kindly old man, because Spielberg identified with his obsession with showmanship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
China has a Dwarf Theme Park exclusively staffed by dwarves. Called β€œKingdom of the Little People”, the park employs over 100 Chinese dwarves to sing and dance. bbc.com/news/magazine-322…
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…
President Park Chung Hee was responsible in large part for South Korea’s β€œeconomic miracle”; the programs he initiated gave his country one of the fastest-growing economies in the world during his 18 year rule britannica.com/biography/…
There is a community in Florida known as Pervert Park, a trailer community strongly concentrated with convicted pedophiles living together upon release from prison thedailybeast.com/inside-…
Only 2 songs sung by villains have been nominated by the Academy for best song: β€œMean Green Mother from Outer Space” from Little Shop of Horrors and β€œBlame Canada” from the South Park movie. β€œMean Green” was also the first with profanity to be nominated. wikipedia.org/wiki/Little…
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…
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…
At Major League Baseball parks, one doesn't see local dirt (sandy in Florida, farmland black in the MidWest, etc) but rather a standardized clay-rich orange "infield mix." Over 20 stadiums use dirt "imported" from Slippery Rock, PA. The official dirt is shipped in and mixed with regional sand. post-gazette.com/sports/p…
Prior to After Earth's (2013) abysmal box-office performance, Will Smith had plans for the film to spawn a sequel, an animated television series, a video game, theme-park attractions, and a social media platform. screenrant.com/will-smith…
After almost 50 years of use and dubbed as the largest landfill in the world, the Staten Island NY landfill has slowly coming back to life as a park (Freshkills Park). The bucolic rolling meadows conceal a topography that's made entirely of garbage. ny.curbed.com/2016/9/13/1…
Saddam Hussein was forced to watch his cameo in South Park repeatedly while in prison. The creators of the show were given a signed photo of him afterwards huffpost.com/entry/south-…
Today I learned about Crater of Diamonds state park in Arkansas. The strange greenish soil is from an extinct volcano and a local farmer discovered diamonds laying in the dirt. Although the site was professionally mined for a time, it's now a state park where visitors can hunt for diamonds and other gemstones. arkansasstateparks.com/pa…
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…
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…
The 3D graphical file browser used in Jurassic Park was a real UNIX application before the movie and not just Hollywood computer bs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fsn…
Today I learned of Kenneth Parks. In 1987 he drove 20 kms from his house to his In Laws' in Scarborough Toronto. He stabbed both of them killing his mother & badly injuring his father in law. He was acquitted of the murder charges because he was a Sleepwalker. toronto.citynews.ca/2006/…
There is a mutated gene in fruit flies which causes them to die in 2 days when infected by a certain bacteria. This gene is named Kenny, after Kenny McCormick from South Park. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
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…
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…
Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary, designed by the β€œSociety for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons,” so isolated prisoners that many went insane. (The 1829 castle-like complex did have better comforts than period prisons --like dependable heat. Shut: 1971, ruin-park since '94.) atlasobscura.com/places/e…
The term "parking" (a car) comes from when Washington, DC built roadside parks on city streets. Owners would tie their horses to the trees to rest in the shade, and the practice stuck as cars took over arnoldia.arboretum.harvar…
Tess than 75 years after the discovery of gold in 1848, almost every grizzly bear in California had been tracked down and killed. ... Two years later in 1924, what was thought to be a grizzly was spotted in Sequoia National Park for the last time and thereafter, grizzlies were never seen again en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
New York City paid more for Central Park than America paid for Alaska. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
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…
After Disneyland's success, NBC invited Walt Disney to build his 2nd theme park near Secaucus, New Jersey not far from NYC. Walt found out the NJ climate would not allow a year-round park, and Roy Disney suggested putting "some method of controlling the weather – a vast dome or some such thing." themeparktourist.com/feat…
Capuchin monkeys at Brazil’s Serra da Capivara National Park, are 3,000 years into their own 'Stone Age' nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Today I learned of involuntary parks, areas rendered unsuitable for human habitance (by acts of mankind) that have since returned to its original, wild state as a result, like the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for example. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inv…
"The Havasupai people, which literally translates to 'people of the blue-green water,'” live near secluded waterfalls in the Grand Canyon. The tribal land is just outside the national park border. The water's striking turquoise color comes from calcium carbonate in the spring feeding the falls. atlasobscura.com/places/h…
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…
Helena, Montana had a city park with a Confederate Memorial Fountain built by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It was removed in 2017 after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia and was replaced by the Equity Fountain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
There exists a "fly-in community" near Anthony, FL with a 7,550 ft runway capable of accommodating a Boeing 737 where residents can land their plane and park it in front of their mansions, and is home to actor John Travolta ocala-news.com/2019/07/16…
Before Alan Turing and co. began their work on cracking the Enigma machine at Bletchley Park, three Polish mathematicians (Rejewski, RΓ³zycki & Zygalski) demonstrated that the Nazi code was breakable and even managed to reverse engineer an Enigma machine bbc.com/news/uk-england-b…
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…
Developers in China built a sex theme park β€˜Love Land’ with naked human sculptures, giant replica genitals, sex technique workshops and a photo gallery on the history of sex. It was deemed a negative influence on Chinese society and the government demolished it before it could open odt.co.nz/news/world/love…
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…
Construction of Wrigley Field baseball park, home of the Chicago Cubs, began on February 23, 1914 and was ready for the home opener two months later on April 23, 1914, and cost $250,000 (the equivalent of $6.4 million today). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
The shadows on the Velociraptor in this scene in Jurassic Park are DNA nucleotide sequences youtu.be/EG3nizApcRQ
The Tarzan Character Was Temporarily Removed From Disney Parks Because People Kept Pinching His Butt Cheeks lamag.com/longform/jacksp…
For 26 years, German feminists Ottilie Assing and African-American Abolitionist Frederick Douglass were believed to be having an affair. I’m August 1884, after learning Douglass remarried to Helen Pitts, Assing killed herself by swallowing cyanide in a public park in Paris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ott…
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
Alma, Arkansas (self-declared "Spinach Capital of the World") has a giant, bronze Popeye statue in the middle of Popeye Park that was unveiled in 2007 during their annual Spinach Festival. atlasobscura.com/places/p…
Japanese snow monkeys like to bathe and relax in hot springs. The monkeys, called macaques, can be viewed lounging in the primate-only onsen (hot spring) in the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park. cnn.com/travel/amp/snow-m…
Denali Flavors, Inc., the company that makes Alaska-themed ice cream flavors "Moose Tracks", "Caramel Caribou", and "Bear Claw" is based in Michigan. The name simply refers to the national park and mountain, and is considered, "a unique connection to the 'Alaskan Classics' ice cream flavors." denaliingredients.com/us-…
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…
Trey Parker and Matt Stone added Marc Jacobs as one of Cartman's stuffed animals in South Park after learning Jacobs had Cartman's Clyde Frog and Rumpertumskin dolls as tattoos. Jacobs honoured the reference by getting a Marc Jacobs doll tattoo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1%2…
Kuwait has their own version of South Park youtu.be/7NqAvmhEz68
The worst record in MLB history belongs to the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, for losses (134) and winning percentage (.130). They were so bad that opponents refused to visit their park, forcing Cleveland to play 112 of 154 games on the road, leading to an impossible-to-break record of 101 road losses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/189…
, Satan's Village was a year round Christmas theme park and is considered the first franchised amusement park in history. At it's peak it featured reindeer shipped from Alaska and had 3 locations across the U.S themeparktourist.com/feat…
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…
A study of 3,599 commuters in 4 European cities found that people who commuted daily through natural environments reported better mental health. "Natural" was defined as outdoor spaces including forests, street trees, parks, reserves, & all types of waterbodies, both public & private. isglobal.org/en/new/-/ass…
A man got a $190 fine for allowing his pet snake to slither freely in a South Dakota park. The animal control officer suggested that he restrain the reptile on a leash while in public. pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2…
A park ranger on Rinca Island was attacked by a Komodo dragon in his own office after a cleaner had left the door open the night before. The dragon was hiding under his desk when he sat down. The smell of blood attracted more outside. The ranger was taken to the hospital and recovered. canberratimes.com.au/stor…
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…
Universal Studios Florida was only supposed to have a Studio Tour attraction ported from its Hollywood counterpart. When Disney-MGM Studios was announced in 1985, USF was switched to a full theme park by using staged encounters from Hollywood’s Studio Tour and turning them into standalone rides. themeparktourist.com/feat…
Epcot, a Walt Disney theme park, stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. It was originally built as a prototype for a utopian city of the future. Inhabitants would live in a 50-acre climate-controlled snow globe where they'd be protected from rain, heat, cold, and humidity. businessinsider.com/walt-…
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…
Rosa Parks visited the set of the hilarious and heartwarming show β€œ227”. trendsmap.com/twitter/twe…
Jurassic Park might have contributed to the overfishing of the toothfish (aka "Chilean sea bass"). The fish was served in the movie and exploded in popularity in restaurants. Correlation isn't causation, but this article outlines several other examples of movie-inspired animal crazes. vice.com/en_us/article/bm…
Disney's theme park ride "Pirates of the Caribbean" originally used real human skeletons as props atlasobscura.com/articles…
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…
Mun Se-gwang , a young Japanese-born North Korean sympathizer, attempted to assassinate South Korean president Park Chung-Hee in 1974. He attempted to get closer to the President during a speech, but inadvertently fired his revolver prematurely, injuring himself en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mun…
Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, Belarus, contains parts of the last primeval forest fragment of the European woodlands that once stretched across the European Plain. Since 2015 there has been a visa-free regime within the forest for hikers and cyclists between Poland and Belarus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
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…
Less than 24 hours before his iconic performance at Woodstock, Joe Cocker had opened for Led Zeppelin at the Asbury Park Convention Hall. ledzeppelin.com/show/augu…
There was once a Theme Park owned by People's Rep. of China called Splendid China (Florida). It was shut down in Dec 2003, 10 years after opening. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spl…
Today I learned about VerrΓΌckt, which was the worldβ€˜s tallest Water Slide at 168ft 7in (51.38m), built by the water park Schlitterbahn. Two years after its opening, a 10-year-old boy was decapitated by the safety net. The owners were charged with manslaughter. abc13.com/water-slide-boy…
Mayon Volcano, the most active volcano in the Philippines, is renowned for having an almost perfect cone. Mayon Volcano Natural Park is located in the eight cities and municipalities that has jurisdiction of the mountain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
The part of Central Park where Yoko Ono scattered John Lennon's ashes is now named Strawberry Fields. rockandrollroadmap.com/pl…
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…
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…
Today I learned about Phumdis which are a series of floating islands, exclusive to the Loktak lake in Manipur state, in northeastern India. It has the world’s only floating national park, named Keibul Lamjao National Park. earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
Larry Thor recorded an album called "Galloping on my Dinosaur." His son Cameron would later go on to appear in Jurassic Park as the agent who approaches Dennis Nedry. phelpsfam.net/larrythor/
Tourists at Yala National Park on Sri Lanka's SouthWest coast who fell victim to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami were unable to spot any wildlife on safari because the animals had sensed the tremor vibrations 4 days earlier and fled to higher ground jetwingeco.com/articles/e…
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…
An amusement park in Germany shut down one of its rides after a video showed it resembled a Nazi swastika youtube.com/watch?v=S7y5n…
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…
There are secret albino Redwood trees growing in some State Parks sempervirens.org/discover…
The β€œSmokey the Bear” hat was popularized by Buffalo Soldiers who went on to be National Park Rangers nationalparkstraveler.org…
, 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…
There is a National Park located inside a large traffic circle in the shape of an ellipse in Quezon City, Philippines. Its main feature is a 66-metre tall mausoleum containing the remains of President Quezon and First Lady en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
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…
About Pauli Murray. She was arrested for sitting in a β€œwhites only” section on a segregated bus, 15 years before Rosa Parks wunc.org/post/rosa-parks-…
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…
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/…
Hungary preserves its communist-era monuments in a park, the collection includes a statue of Stalin's giant boots atlasobscura.com/places/m…

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