All beaches in Hawaii, outside of military bases, are public. Landowners are even required to maintain public access paths to the beach in front of their property. exoticestates.com/blog/20…
Today I learned of the 1985 Polar Sea controversy. The US Coast Guard sailed an icebreaker through the Northwest passage claiming it as international waters and sparking Canadian public outcry. One group planned to put Canadian flags in the path of the ship while another threw notes aboard asking them to leave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Clint Eastwood's agent told him not to appear in, "Fistful of Dollars", calling it a 'bad step' for his career. The film launched Eastwood's path to stardom, and he later named his production company, 'Malpaso', spanish for 'bad step.' mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Today I learned about Operation Sandblast, the first submerged circumnavigation of the world in 1960, which took 60 days and 21 hours to complete. They generally followed the same path used by Ferdinand Magellan in the first circumnavigation of the world in 1519. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Babylonians were using a rudimentary form of calculus to calculate Jupiter’s displacement each day along the ecliptic, the path that the sun appears to trace through the stars. Historians had thought such techniques did not emerge until more than 1400 years later, in 14th century Europe. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
Today I learned about the False Vacuum Decay, one of the possible "endings" for the universe. If a small region of the universe's metastable vacuum reverts to a state of true vacuum, this "bubble" would spread at light speed erasing everything in it's path, which can happen at any moment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
In 1963 the US Atomic Energy Commission considered the possibility of excavating an alternate rout to the Suez Canal by blasting a path across Israel using 520 two-megaton nuclear bombs. Intended to be sea level with no locks, the greatest depth of excavation required would 1500 feet. osti.gov/opennet/servlets…
Today I learned about the U.S. Air Force's doomsday weapon, SLAM. The rocket was designed to fly fast and low over the Soviet Union, dropping hydrogen bombs over predetermined targets while its unshielded nuclear reactor contaminated everything in it's path. popularmechanics.com/mili…
Some birds of prey (like kestrels and hawks) can see bands of UV light that other animals cannot. Because mouse and rat urine reflects UV light, birds have been observed following trails of rodent pee like a glow in the dark path to their prey. jeb.biologists.org/conten…
That, when two black holes are about to collide, there is a certain path you can take around the black holes where you can travel backwards in time from where you started. youtube.com/watch?v=iLKTZ…
In 1911, architects at Ohio State University wanted to formalize geometric walkways through the Oval area, but lack of funds prevented a prompt execution. Students instead made their own paths based on convenience, which over time became actual paved paths. bizjournals.com/columbus/…
Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken isn’t a celebration of choice and individuality - It’s actually the opposite. He wrote it sarcastically to make fun of an indecisive friend, and the poem actually asserts that the choice between the β€œtwo paths” doesn’t really make a difference at all. poets.org/text/road-not-t…
Red Herrings, unlike other fish that use their gills, have a direct path from their swim bladder to their anus and β€œfart” to swim. wnycstudios.org/podcasts/…
Columbus' 1492 voyage was in search of a new path to Asia's spices including the desired black pepper. Not found in the new world, instead he discovered what we now know as bell and chili peppers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voy…
Today I learned of Jerimoth Hill, an 812 foot gentle slope, which was one of the hardest highpoints to reach in the US, because of an angry elderly man who would threaten those who entered his driveway which intersected the path to reach the summit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
LaMarcus Thompson got the first U.S Patent for a roller coaster (and basically paved the path to modern roller coasters) in 1884 after riding the Mauch Chuk Switchback Railway in Pennsylvania. aps.org/publications/apsn…
The Golden Gate Bridge, due to new bicycle-path railings and a wind retrofit project that helps it to be more aerodynamic, is now a giant harmonica whose "songs" has been heard at more than three miles away from it theguardian.com/us-news/2…
Today I learned of a giant "WELCOME TO CLEVELAND" sign on a rooftop in the flight path of a Milwaukee airport. It has been causing confusion to passengers since 1978. Creator, Mark Gubin, said: "Living in the world is not a dress rehearsal. You better have fun with it." aviationhumor.net/this-gu…
Sacagawea, Native American kidnapped, enslaved and sold as a wife at age 12, helped guide the Lewis & Clark Expedition through the Rocky Mountains. Her route was later chosen as the optimal path for the Northern Pacific Railroad to cross the Continental Divide. biography.com/explorer/sa…
The longest straight-line path you can take on Earth while only travelling on land goes from Jinjang, China to Sagres, Portugal. It is 11.241 km (6.984 miles) long without ever hitting the sea. technologyreview.com/2018…
In 1967 a Munich resident Helmut G. Winter built a catapult to launch Bavarian potato dumplings at noisy planes flying over his house forcing the West German Luftwaffe pilots to concede defeat and change their flight path. reuters.screenocean.com/r…
In 1938, the Benld meteorite tore through man's garage in Illinois, piercing the roof, seat, and floor of his Pontiac before rebounding off the car's muffler and landing in the back seat. This created a clean series of holes that were used to trace the meteorite's final path, a first. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…
In 1993 it was noted that comet discovered year prior is on a path to collide with Jupiter in 1994. It did, creating fireball 10 times the size of our planet. nature.com/articles/36349…
In WWII the Dutch, British, and US governments embargoed oil to Japan. Japan only had 1.5 years of reserve oil. Pearl Harbor was an attempt to eliminate the US Pacific Fleet so Japan could have a clear path to conquer the East Indies and get more oil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dut…
The 1900 Paris Olympics featured a 200m swimming obstacle race. Swimmers started by clambering over a pole to plunge into the River Seine. They fought the current to scramble over a row of boats moored in their path, before ducking under a second row of boats, and then sprinting to the finish history.com/news/5-strang…
Neil Douglas boarded a flight & found his doppelgΓ€nger/lookalike, Robert Stirling, sitting in his seat. The whole plane laughed & they took a selfie. Douglas arrived at his hotel, only to find the same double at the check-in desk. Their paths crossed again at a bar & they shared a laugh & a pint bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
European dragons are mostly featured as evil creatures, greedily hoarding gold, breathing fire on innocents, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Asian dragons, however, are benevolent creatures, bringing good luck and prosperity wherever it goes. museumcenter.org/the-curi…
The American boardgame "Chutes and Ladders" is a bastardization of an ancient Indian game called Moksha Patam. The game's original theming represented the Hindu soul's arduous path to liberation from the cycle of reincarnation and has been played by the same ruleset for nearly 2,000 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sna…
Yevdokiya Rachkevich, the commissar of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment traced the regiment's path after the war, finding the remains of the women shot down in order to be given proper burials en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yev…
In Hinduism, atheism is considered to be a valid path to spirituality, as it can be argued that God can manifest in several forms with "no form" being one of them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irr…
For months, scientists in France could not figure out why seagulls they were tracking were traveling far inland, away from their breeding colony. Eventually, they traced the seagulls' path and discovered they were visiting a chip factory. vliz.be/en/2013-06-18-les…
Today I learned about Garden-Path Phrases such as "The old man the boat". They look wrong at first but they're 100% grammatically correct. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
In Finland, city planners are known to visit parks immediately after the first snowfall, when the existing walking paths are not visible. People naturally choose desire paths, clearly marked by their footprints, which can be then used to guide the routing of new purpose-built paved paths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
Alexander Montagu, The 10th Duke of Manchester, managed to reduce his family fortune from millions of pounds to Β£70k through his failed Kenyan business ventures. His son Angus continued that path to ruin by dropping his own net worth to a negative level by the time of his 2002 death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
In the Hawaiian language, there are over 200 different words for rain, depending on the colour, intensity, duration, accompanying wind, time of year, the paths the drops fall in, the area it falls in, and even if it falls shortly after a loved one's death. hawaiimagazine.com/conten…
According to one legend, the funeral escort of Genghis Khan killed anyone and anything that crossed their path in order to conceal where he was finally buried. After the tomb was completed, the slaves who built it were massacred, and then the soldiers who killed them were also killed. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Bill Nye originally got his break into the Entertainment industry after 4 times of being rejected to join NASA's astronaut training program in the late 70's, and stumbled into a new career path by winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest in 1978 that launched his career into stardom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Today I learned about the Haji Ali Dargah mosque off the shore of Mumbai in the Arabian Sea and only accessible by a narrow path at low tide en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haj…
Labyrinths were found in almost all Gothic cathedrals, though most were later removed since they distracted from the religious services in the nave. They symbolized the long winding path towards salvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The first person killed by an automobile was Bridget Driscoll (UK), who received fatal injuries when she walked into the path of a car moving at 4 mph (6.4 km/h), as it was giving demonstration rides in the grounds of Crystal Palace, London, UK on 17 August 1896. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
It is impossible to predict the paths of colliding billiard balls after only a few collisions. Tiny differences in initial positions accumulate to such a degree that by the sixth or seventh collision even the force of gravity from people standing near the pool table changes the outcome. io9.gizmodo.com/the-physi…
The current Portuguese constitution states that "The Constituent Assembly affirms the Portuguese people's decision to [...] open up a path towards a socialist society" in its preamble. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
Electricity does not take the path of least resistance, but takes all paths available (in inverse proportion to the impedance of the paths) ecmweb.com/content/articl…
Hugh Everett III, an American physicist who first proposed the many-worlds interpretation (MWI) of quantum physics, believed in Quantum Immortality. His theory guaranteed him immortality: his consciousness, he argued, is bound at each branching to follow whatever path does not lead to death. wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantu…
Today I learned about the Soyuz 7K-OK No.1 accident. 30 minutes after an aborted launch, the launch escape tower activated and destroyed the entire rocket, killing one ground crew, because it mistook the earth rotation for a flight path deviation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soy…
We measure angles out of 360 degrees because the Sumerians divided the circular path of the sun in the sky into 360 degrees to track the sun's daily position, it took about 360 days for the sun to complete a full circuit across the sky. This all happened approximately 2400 BC. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deg…
Yevdokiya Rachkevich, the commissar of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment traced the regiment's path after the war, finding the remains of the women shot down so they could be given proper burials en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yev…
The basepath in baseball doesn’t exist until an effort to tag the runner is made. Before that you can run as far from the straight line path between bases as you want. In a pickle, a new basepath is created each time a new fielder gets the ball. umpirebible.com/index.php…
[] the orbit of the earth around the sun is not a circle, nor is it a 3% ellipse, it is a corkscrew path, with the center of mass between the earth and the moon creating that path a thousand miles below the surface of our planet. youtu.be/RQj0cxHJ4fc?t=47…
In 1875 a swarm of 12.5 trillion locusts covering 198,000 square miles and weighing 27.5 million tons descended upon the Great Plains, devouring all plant life in their path. Farmers that tied to shoo them away had the clothes eaten right off their bodies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…

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