Today I learned of Canadian conservation officer Bryce Casavant, dispatched to kill a female black bear found eating from a freezer in a mobile home park. He complied with the order to kill the mother bear but got fired for refusing to kill her 2 cubs. He finally won a legal battle to vindicate his decision. theguardian.com/world/202…
NBC contracted Mayfair Games, the company behind Settlers of Catan, to create the fake board game Cones of Dunshire for use in the television show Parks and Rec. While originally just a joke, Mayfair did eventually create a fully playable, though incredibly complicated, version of the game. news.avclub.com/parks-and…
Jurassic Park's visual effects were so groundbreaking to filmmakers that it inspired Peter Jackson to begin work on Lord of the Rings, George Lucas to start on the Star Wars prequels, and Stanley Kubrick to invest in his pet project, A.I (Artificial Intelligence). Jurassic Park (film) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
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…
Today I learned about "Myst Island" a proposed theme park at Disney World. A limited number of guests would get ferried to an 11-acre island designed like Myst. They'd spend hours there, exploring areas and discovering clues non-linearly. Theoretically, no 2 guests would have the same adventure. slashfilm.com/myst-theme-…
The US National Park Service put out a set of guidelines to avoid being attacked by a bear, such as moving sideways away from the bear and vocalizing to identify yourself as a human. They also advised: β€œDo NOT push down a slower friend (even if you think the friendship has run its course)." theguardian.com/environme…
Today I learned about Jack Horner, a paleontologist, who along with his research partner discovered a new dinosaur genus which they named Maiasaura. He was the technical advisor for all of the Jurassic Park films and is now working on the DinoChicken project in hopes to create a dinosaur using chicken DNA. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_H…
The cottage where Ulysses Grant finished his memoirs is now an historic monument and is kept how it was when he died. On his desk is a large bottle of liquid cocaine. Park rangers check it annually to make sure it is all there. blog.americanheritage1.co…
Robert Moses who built bridges across his parkways low in order to "restrict the use of state parks by poor and lower-middle-class families," who did not own cars and would arrive by bus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In Texas, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, it is legal to kill Bigfoot if you find it. It would be considered a non-protected nongame animal. stateimpact.npr.org/texas…
The National Park Service has officially advised against sacrificing slower friends in a bear attack, β€˜even if the friendship has run its course’ theguardian.com/environme…
Today I learned about "Homegrown National Park," an effort to encourage Americans to plant as many native plants as possible everywhere on their property to help bring back the continent's biodiversity smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned about the Rat Park experiment by Canadian psychologist Bruce Alexander. He built a Rat Park with food, balls and wheels for certain male and female rats while the other rats were caged. After offering tap water and morphine water to each group he found that caged rats consumed more morphine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat…
Isaac Hayes (voice of Chef) didn’t quit South Park willingly. In 2006, he had a stroke and lost the ability to speak and someone involved in Scientology quit on his behalf. hollywoodreporter.com/fea…
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer had a development plan he wanted to keep secret, so the architect jokingly labelled the block of land as "dinosaur park". After newspapers worldwide reported that they were planning to clone dinosaurs, 500 scientists applied to be involved in the process traveller.com.au/clive-pa…
In 1992, a hurricane hit Hawaii where they were filming "Jurassic Park." Spielberg's crew had to be evacuated via helicopter; the pilot, Fred Sorenson, had previously met Spielberg while playing the pilot in the opening scene of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" reviewjournal.com/news/fa…
Today I learned about "Moyenne Island" a small uninhabited island in Seychelles which one Brendon Grimshaw bought for Β£8,000 in 1962. With help from a partner, Rene Antoine Lafortune, Grimshaw transported and bred roughly 120 tortoises onto the island which is now the worlds smallest national park atlasobscura.com/places/m…
Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota has some of the oldest rocks in the US, dating back to 2.5 billion years old, which is even older than some geologic formations in the western US! nps.gov/articles/nps-geod…
Before its release in 1993, Jurassic Park was shown to 200 London school children ages 8-11. They overwhelmingly enjoyed the film and no ill effects were reported from schools or parents, earning the film a "PG" rating in Britain. Meanwhile, the American rating for the movie was "PG-13." independent.co.uk/news/uk…
In 1985 two bodies were discovered in a barrel in Bear Brook National Park, New Hampshire. 300 feet away was a second barrel containing two more bodies from the same murder, but it was not discovered until 15 years later in 2000. All four bodies remained unidentifiable until 2019. wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_B…
The oldest tree ever discovered was cut down by a scientist and a park ranger in order to retrieve a $50 scientific tool smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Trey Parker admitted to his own prejudice of Gingers. He said on the DVD Commentary to the South Park episode "Ginger Kids" he once ended a relationship with a girl whose mother had red hair. This was to avoid having any red-headed children of his own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gin…
The infamous T-Rex roar in 'Jurassic Parkβ€˜ was a composite mix of recorded vocals of a baby elephant’s squeal, an alligator’s gurgle, and a tiger’s snarl. filmschoolrejects.com/how…
There's a supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park that would release ash so dense; it would block the sun and send the world into another Ice Age if it were to erupt usgs.gov/faqs/what-would-…
A 19 year old Dungeons and Dragons player was killed in a car accident, so his father built a fantasy themed public park in his honor atlasobscura.com/places/j…
There is a wild colony of wallabies living in the countryside on the Isle of Man, apparently stemming from a pair escaping from a wildlife park in 1965. bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
The author of Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton, also created ER based on his experience as a med student en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ER_…
LBJ did not become a rancher until he was 43, but was quite successful. He left his ranch to the American people as a historical site, providing it was maintained as "a working ranch, and not a sterile relic of the past." To this day the National Park Service breeds Hereford cattle there. nps.gov/lyjo/planyourvisi…
In Japan, when you buy a car, you have to prove you have somewhere to park it reinventingparking.org/20…
Prince created a video game in 1994 called Prince Interactive. The game was similar to Myst, and it featured Prince's music and his recording studio Paisley Park. mashable.com/2016/04/24/p…
There is an abandoned Six Flags park in New Orleans that closed in 2005 to prepare for Hurricane Katrina. However, the Hurricane has flooded the theme park, causing extreme damages and irreversible repairs which Six Flags called off the lease and the park has never reopened for 15 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six…
Casa Bonita needs to monitor the airing of the South Park episode because it causes an influx of customers. youtu.be/S6k26GDq9_0
Today I learned about Camp Siegfried, a Nazi summer camp on Long Island. It later became an all-German housing development called Siegfried Park, whose restrictive covenants were not struck down until 2017 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
In 1881 an Egyptian obelisk named Cleopatra's Needle was erected in NYC's Central Park. A capsule buried beneath holds the 1870 census, a Bible, a Webster’s Dictionary, the complete works of Shakespeare, a guide to Egypt, and a copy of the Declaration of Independence. centralparknyc.org/locati…
Jar of Flies by Alice In Chains was the first EP to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The feat would not be repeated for another 10 years, when the Jay-Z/Linkin Park Collision Course EP did it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jar…
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_…
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…
If all of the National Parks in Alaska were combined to make one country, it’d be the 96th-largest on Earth with an area of over 131000 kmΒ². This would place it just slightly behind Greece and ahead of Nicaragua. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Hagley Park, Worcestershire ruins were constructed in the mid-18th century, to give the impression that a magnificent medieval castle had fallen apart over many generations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hag…
Walt Disney designed Epcot to be a fully functioning city of the future with over 20,000 inhabitants. The city was to be Disney’s biggest contribution to society but he died from lung cancer before construction began. His ambitious plan was then turned into the theme park we see today. businessinsider.com/walt-…
The largest national park in both France and the European Union is actually located in South America, in the overseas territory French Guiana, it is called the Guiana Amazonian Park en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
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…
The United States originated the concept of National Parks by the establishment of Yellowstone in 1872. Canada followed in 1880's, Great Britain, Japan and Mexico by the 1930's. Today there are over 3,000 national parks worldwide. nps.gov/articles/npshisto…
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…
Frederick Law Olmstead, the landscape architect that designed Central Park in New York City, spent the last five years of his life in McLean hospital, a psychiatric hospital outside of Boston. He died there in 1903. Another famous patient was Ray Charles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The world’s tallest tree, Hyperion, is over 380ft (115.8m) tall. It was discovered in 2006 in California’s Redwood National Park, but to prevent damage, its exact location remains a secret. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
Rachel, Nevada (pop. ~50) was named after Rachel Jones, the first baby born in the valley, in 1978. When she died in 1980 the residents created a cemetery and memorial park in her memory, although she isn't actually buried there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
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 city Pawnee in the TV show Parks and Recreation uses the map of Christchurch, New Zealand with the names changed. thespinoff.co.nz/featured…
South Park character β€˜Towelie’ begun on a boat trip the creators took; on which, people were constantly saying: β€œdon’t forget to bring a towel”. Becoming more aware of how merchandised and exploited their creations had become, they then decided to satirically create the β€œworst character ever”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tow…

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