The most G force a person has survived was in the 2003 Chevy 500 when the car driven by Kenny BrΓ€ck made contact with Tomas Scheckter's car. This immediately resulted in BrΓ€ck's car impacting the catch fence that would record a peak of 214 g meaning he weighed 30000 lbs for a few seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-f…
In the year 2007, at the peak of the housing bubble, four Mexican farm workers earning less than $15000/year each were somehow eligible purchasers of a $720000 home that they, in theory, had no chance of affording sfgate.com/entertainment/…
At its peak in 1920 the British Empire reigned over 26.35% of the surface of the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Victor Vescovo has reached the deepest parts of all five of the earth's oceans. He has also climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
At his peak, mafia boss Al Capone was making an annual income of $1.3 billion in today’s dollars. nytimes.com/2016/12/02/bo…
Today I learned about Pumped-Storage Hydroelectricity, in which thousands of gallons of water are pumped to a reservoir at a higher elevation using off-peak electricity, then released to turn turbines and produce electricity at a later date. It's a non-chemical form of battery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pum…
Reinhold Messner the first climber to ascend all fourteen peaks over 8,000 metres above sea level. And the first ascent of Everest without supplemental oxygen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rei…
The Supremes are the most successful American group on the US Billboard Hot 100 with 12 number-one peaks holding the record since 1970. The closest group after them is Hall & Oates with 6. 247wallst.com/special-rep…
Women’s peak fertility is at age 24 with women under 25 having a 96% chance to conceive. By age 30, the chance of miscarriage rises 20% and women’s fertility begins to decline at age 35. parents.com/getting-pregn…
World population will most likely peak in the next 80 years. We should stop growing at around 11 billion people total world population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
From 1994-99 George Foreman was paid about 40% of the profits on each Foreman grill sold, earning him $4.5M a month in payouts at its peak. In the period it’s estimated he received over $200M, more than he did as a boxer. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
In 1920s, a famine struck Russia and forced people to eat raw seeds, grass, dirt, dogs, cats and leather horse harnesses. At its peak, people eat and sell human body parts as meat. Despite reports of cannibalism, the police took no action as it was deemed a legitimate method of survival. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
LoZ: Link's Awakening was heavily inspired by Twin Peaks nintendolife.com/news/201…
800 years before the Black Death, the same bacteria cause plague in the Byzantine Empire. At it's peak, the plague killed 5,000 per day in Constantinople. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Children (and adults) in the US were tattooed with their ABO Blood group and Rhesus factor(Rh) by schools in the 1950s. With Cold War at its peak, children were included in this program to cover potential shortages in blood banks in case of a Soviet Union attack. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The civil war era Fort Montgomery, near the New York/Canada border, is a privately-held 86 acre estate that has been on the market for decades. Peak asking price was $9 MIL in 2006 but the current listing is under $1MIL. atlasobscura.com/articles…
At the peak of its hyperinflation, the one trillion dollar Zimbabwean dollar note was worth 0.40 american dollars. cnn.com/2016/05/06/africa…
At his show's peak Kelsey Grammer insisting on being transported by helicopter from his Malibu home to the Frasier set because the traffic was simply intolerable. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
In 1936 BBC broadcasted television using a mechanical spinning disc transmitter and display with a peak resolution of 240 lines. The mechanical system did not scan the televised scene directly, instead a 17.5 mm film was shot, rapidly developed and then scanned while the film was still wet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mec…
Michael J. Anderson, the actor who played The Man from Another Place in Twin Peaks, worked as a computer technician on the ground support system for NASA’s space shuttle prior to his acting career. wikipedia.org/wiki/Michae…
Methane bubbles can become frozen in place in many lakes such as Lake Baikal in Russia. The ice thickness there can reach 2 m/6.5 ft during the peak of winter coldness, trapping millions of cubic feet of methane gas under the ice until Spring arrives. theatlantic.com/photo/201…
That, if we measure the height of moutain from the center of the Earth (which is the same for everybody) and not from sea-level (which is fluctuating and sometimes, hard to calculate), the highest peak on Earth is the Chimporazo Volcano in Chile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Today I learned of the Brocken Spectre, the shadow of an observer on a mountain, cast by low sunlight onto clouds below the observer, often with a circular rainbow halo. It is named after the Brocken peak in the Harz Mountains britannica.com/science/Br…
In 2012 a study had two groups of men, one consuming alcohol below the legal limit and the other not drinking at all to solve creative puzzles. The group who were tipsy did better than the group who didn't. TIL that Ballmer's Peak is really a thing. observer.com/2012/04/bott…
Twin Peaks actress Joan Chen was discovered on a Shanghai shooting range by Mao's wife and Gang of Four member Jiang Qing. Qing noticed the 14 year old Chen's excellent marksmanship and decided to send her to a training program for actors at a Shanghai studio en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
The first person to stream their life on the internet was Jennifer Ringley aka Jennicam, a 19 year old woman who from 1996, broadcasted her life from her college dorm room 24/7. At its peak, she got 7 million hits per day, a significant proportion of the internet at the time. bbc.com/news/magazine-376…
MIT researchers published a book back in 1982 called The Limits to Growth predicting that global food per capita will reach its peak around year 2020 followed by a rapid decline. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Middle-age misery peaks at 47 years of age, in both developed and developing nations. ctvnews.ca/mobile/health/…
The peak of Mount Lee, famous for the HOLLYWOOD sign, was shortened by 69 feet and then flattened to accommodate the sprawling mansion of filmmaker Mack Sennett but the Wall Street Crash of 1929 wiped out his fortune. kcet.org/shows/lost-la/wh…
From atop Telescope Peak in Death Valley, CA, one can see both the highest point (Mt Whitney) and the lowest point (Badwater Basin) in the Continental US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel…
That Kodak peak in Washington State got Its name from when a colleague of the man who named it (A.H. Sylvester) Lost his camera up there. thenewstribune.com/outdoo…
:About Albert Hale Sylvester a surveyor that worked for the USGS and US forest service, he gave names to over a 1000 natural features in Washington State, sometimes he was very whimsical/unusual in his naming practices giving such names as, Dirtyface peak,Dishpan gap,pass no pass, and many more. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Afghanistan had a GDP per capita of only US$513 in 2019. The peak was only US$661 in 2012. The US GDP per capita is $60k. statista.com/statistics/2…
Robert Maxwell was a British media magnate who when at his peak was rival with Rupert Murdoch. When Maxwell died 1991 it was revealed that he had stolen hundreds millions from his companies pensions funds and many went bankrupt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Civil War Reenactments are in a severe decline from their peak in the 1990s, with significantly fewer spectators and Re-enactors at events. 30,000 Re-enactors participated at Gettysburg in 1998. In 2018 there were only 6,000. nytimes.com/2018/07/28/st…
Emperor Ashoka ruled one third of the human population at the peak of his reign. newworldencyclopedia.org/…
The highest natural point on the island nation of Maldives is 17 foot tall Mount Villingili. Most people bag the summit while playing a round of golf. The 8th hole tee box for the only Maldivian golf course is at the peak. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vil…
Today I learned about Canadian Gaelic. A dialect of Scottish Gaelic, it was once the third most spoken language in the country with more than 200,000 native speakers at its peak. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
A study led by University of Pennsylvania psychologists found that β€œbrain training” apps such as Elevate, Luminosity and Peak have no influence on neural activity or choices during decision making or effects of cognitive training on measures of delay discounting or risk sensitivity engadget.com/2017/07/11/l…
During the climactic fight on the mountain in 'Inception', Chris Nolan wanted as much of the scene filmed practically as possible - so he blew up the peaks of mountains multiple times for a couple shots of the avalanche. youtube.com/watch?v=lgF0e…
The mountain of Muchu Chhish in Pakistan isn't considered to be a religious place and there're no political prohibitions to climb it, yet it remains a Virgin Peak to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muc…
The Wiggles, at the peak of their popularity in the late 90s, travelled in two planes so that in the unfortunate event of a crash, half of the group would survive to continue touring. last.fm/music/The+Wiggles…
The U.S. government used to buy the dairy industry’s excess cheese and butter in order to maintain the industry as a vital national resource. At its peak in 1983, the stockpile of excess milk fat, stored in cool caves in Missouri, grew to a value of more than $4 billion. nytimes.com/2010/11/07/us…
Wham!'s single "Last Christmas/Everything She Wants" is the highest-selling single ever to peak at #2 in the UK charts. They were kept from #1 by Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Wham! donated all the royalties from "Last Christmas" to the Ethiopian famine appeal, Band Aid's cause. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
When their records stopped selling, Sonny and Cher performed a lounge act but it was so depressing, people started heckling them. Cher started heckling back. The heckling revived their act and they got offered a TV show in 1971, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, and reached a whole new peak of fame en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Pistachios are expensive because the trees take up to 20 years to reach peak production, and are "biennial-bearing", meaning a light harvest every other year. The nuts used to be dyed red to hide stains caused by hand picking, most pistachios are now machine picked and dyeing is unnecessary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pis…
While asbestos production is in decline, 1.3 million tonnes of asbestos was mined in 2017. This is 27% of the peak worldwide production in 1977. Russia accounts for 53% of asbestos production. The last asbestos mine in Canada closed in 2012 asbestos.com/asbestos/his…
Today I learned about the Automat, a fast food-like restaurant with no wait staff. Patrons would put coins into a machine in order to unlock a box with food. At it’s peak in the early 20th century, an Automat chain was one of the largest restaurant chains in the world, serving 800,000 people daily. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
David Bowie gave permission for David Lynch to use old footage of him for the revival of Twin Peaks (2017), because he was too sick to film anything new at the time. After he watched old footage, he disliked his accent so much, he asked Lynch to dub his dialogue with an authentic Louisiana actor pitchfork.com/thepitch/da…
Today I learned that the Ku Klux Klan had an estimated 4 - 6 million members around its peak in the mid-1920s, which is higher than the populations of all but 4 states in 1930. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_…
Olympus Mons on Mars, the tallest known mountain in the solar system, is so large at its base that an observer on its peak wouldn’t know he was standing on a mountain because its slope would be obscured by the curvature of the planet itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
Jon Brower Minnoch was an American man who, at his peak weight, was the heaviest human being ever recorded, weighing 1,400 lb (635 kilograms; 100 stone). This additionally makes him the largest known primate ever to have lived, exceeding the upper estimated size of Gigantopithecus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
The September 11 terror attacks on the WTC released a dust cloud of toxic asbestos fibers across Manhattan, with an estimated 410,000 people exposed. It is believed lung cancer and mesothelioma cases in the city will reach a peak in the year 2041 (four decades after 9/11) asbestos.com/world-trade-…
Wuhan's Guishan TV Tower is China's first self-developed TV tower, opened in 1986. It is located upon the northwestern shoulder of the mountain, reducing the impact upon the ancient temple set upon the peak en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
The original founding population of Native Americans was about 250 people. At their peak, there were about 18 million in North America and 40 million from Alaska to Argentina. It’s estimated that the population dropped by almost 90% within a few centuries after the arrival of the Europeans. anthropology.net/2018/05/…
Today I learned about Junko Tabei who was the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and the first woman to ascend all the Seven Summits by climbing the highest peak on every continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun…
Today I learned of Claude Bloodgood, a world-class chess player who was confined to prison for most of his life for killing his mother. His peak rating was 2700(for reference, the best player in the world is rated 2870) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
Tunemah Peak in California was named after the Chinese phrase β€œYou fuck your grandmother” summitpost.org/tunemah-pe…
The Struthio (ostrich) has three peculiarities that makes it especially unique: it's the only bird in the world to have only two fingers, it's the fastest on land at 70 km/h peak (43 mph) and finally, it's the biggest bird currently alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
The Dutch East India Company was the first company to ever go public on a stock exchange, raising enough capital to become a multinational conglomerate with over 70,000 employees. At it's peak, the company was worth 78 million Dutch guilders - equivalent to $7.4 trillion today. fool.com/investing/genera…
The US reached peak coal mining employment in 1923, when there were 883,000 coal miners employed in the US. Today, there are only 50,000 coal miners in the US. Nevertheless, the US produces about 50% more coal than it did 100 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
The highest point (The peak of Mount Whitney at 14,494 feet / 4,418 meters) and lowest point (The Badwater Basin area of Death Valley at -282 feet / -86 meters) in the Contiguous United States are both in California, both in the same county in California, and only 88 miles apart. howderfamily.com/blog/dea…
There is a peak in the Bavarian alps called The Wank. You can take the Wankbahn cable-car to the top of Wank, and stay at the scenic Wankhaus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
Ha Ling Peak in Canada was originally called "Chinaman" peak after a Chinese cook in 1896 was bet he couldn't summit the peak, plant a flag and return in under 10hrs. The name was changed in 1997 for obvious reasons. gripped.com/profiles/port…
At the peak of Kelsey Grammers addictions, Frasier writer Dan O'Shannon said "he would snap into Frasier and expound in this very erudite dialogue and be pitch-perfect. Jimmy would cut and he would ooze back into Kelseyβ€”glazed over eyes, half asleep, going through whatever he was going through." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kel…
The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a fraternal order of Union Civil War veterans. At its peak it had a membership of 410k members. The GAR dissolved on Aug 2nd, 1956 when its last surviving member, Henry Albert Woolson, passed at the age of 106. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Mount Everest's Peak XV was calculated to be exactly 29,000 ft, but was publicly declared to be 29,002 ft in order to avoid the impression that an exact height of 29,000 ft was nothing more than a rounded estimate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
A geophysics professor discovered that there is a river flowing uphill beneath an ice sheet in Antarctica. The location is in the Gamburtsev Mountains, an enormous range with valleys and peaks that are as big as the Alps. The enormous pressure from the ice sheet above it pushes the water uphill. ibtimes.co.in/can-river-f…
The peak of Mount Everest is a "fecal time bomb" due to over six decades worth of human waste being left on the mountain. outsideonline.com/1965696…
Some economists believe we are nearing "Peak Car", a new era where public transportation, ride-share programs, and alternative transportation will render personal vehicles obsolete. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
ACME in the Looney Tunes Cartoons was supposed to be ironic. Acme comes from a Greek word meaning "pinnacle" or "peak" implying "the peak of greatness" and that the product would be the best you could get. Any product with the name in the show was guaranteed to fail spectacularly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acm…
Michigan has a reservoir that works as a giant battery. It pumps up water from Lake Michigan at night using off peak power. When there is high electrical demand the water is released to produce hydroelectric power. consumersenergy.com/compa…
Painting the tops of school buses white dropped interior temperature 10Β°F on avg. during the summer, with as much as a 17Β° difference at peak hours. Wintertime temperatures only lowered by 3 to 4Β°. nytimes.com/1992/06/17/us…
After the volcanic eruption of the Sarychev Peak stratovolcano on Matua Island (Kuril Islands, Russian Federation) in June 2009, "half of the island was turned into a desert." [PDF] researchgate.net/publicat…
The highest absolute altitude ever achieved by a helicopter (12,440 m) resulted in the engines experiencing a flameout at peak altitude. The pilot then set the record for the longest autorotation used for the unpowered landing of a helicopter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AΓ©r…
Hazelnuts are also known as "filberts", named after the feast day of French saint St. Philbert (August 20th) which is the peak harvest time for hazelnuts. seriouseats.com/2012/08/h…
Voiced-over trailers hit their peak in 1994- when all top 10 box office movies features one theglobeandmail.com/arts/…
The Oct-Nov 2003 "solar storms rank as one of the largest outbreaks of solar activity in recent history." At "peak exposure intervals" the ISS crew took shelter in the Zvezda Service Module's aft end (most shielded), cutting "the potential radiation exposure of the crew by approximately 50%." weather.gov/media/publica…
We have reached "peak child" some years ago. The number of children in the world is not increasing anymore and global fertility is trending downwards bbc.com/news/magazine-248…
The city of Rome's peak population in the last centuries of antiquity was the largest in the history of western Europe until the 19th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
Until 1953, New York City had a pneumatic tube mail network that spanned 27 miles and connected 23 post offices. At its peak, the system moved 95,000 letters a day. untappedcities.com/2013/0…
In the 1800s, ~200,000 sperm whales were killed. Between 1946 and 1980 at least 770,000 sperm whales were killed. At the peak of whaling in the 1800s, 6767 sperm whales were killed in one year by American whalers. At the peak of modern whaling (1964), 29000 sperm whales were killed worldwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
Today I learned of the Sikh Empire, a multi-cultural empire located in the northern Indian Subcontinent from 1799-1849, which at its peak in 1831 had 3.5 million subjects, making it the 19th most populous country at the time. It was the last major region of the Indian subcontinent to be annexed by the British. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sik…
Texas has mountains! Guadalupe Peak is the highest point in Texas at 8,751 feet! nps.gov/gumo/planyourvisi…
Heijō-kyō, was the Capital of Japan from 710–40 and again from 745–84. It flourished as Japan's first international and political capital, with a peak population of approximately 100,000. The overall form of the city was an irregular rectangle, and the area of city is more than 25 km2 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hei…
The Dutch East India Company was the richest company ever. Reportedly worth $7.9 trillion. Compare that to Apple at its peak, which was worth $850 Billion. dutchreview.com/culture/h…
The September 11 terror attacks on the WTC released a dust cloud of toxic asbestos fibers across Manhattan. An estimated 410,000 people have been exposed. It is believed lung cancer and mesothelioma cases in the city will reach a peak in the year 2041 (four decades after 9/11) asbestos.com/world-trade-…
Today I learned about Saturn's moon Iapetus, which was discovered in 2007 to have a unique equatorial ridge which has peaks up to 8 mi (13 km) high and only exists in the dark region of the moon. There is no definitive explanation for how it formed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iap…
The westernmost battle of the American Civil War was fought in Arizona. The battle of Picacho Peak happened on April 15, 1862 about 50 miles northwest of Tucson. It was a Confederate victory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The Annapurna peaks are among the world's most dangerous to climb, having been 191 summit ascents, and 61 climbing fatalities on the mountain. Killing 1 person for every 4 who make it to the top. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Today I learned about Wanda Rutkiewicz. a Polish national, who was the first woman to climb K2, the second highest peak in the world in 1986. She was also the first European woman to climb Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
The mountain with all of the TV broadcasting antennae for the Salt Lake valley is called Farnsworth Peak. Philo Farnsworth is the inventor of television. He is also a distant ancestor of Professor Farnsworth from Futurama. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
The largest wave ever recorded reached a peak height of over 1700 feet. It was the result a mega-tsunami that occurred in 1958 in Lituya Bay, Alaska - the largest tsunami of modern times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
Chinese tourism to North Korea has reached record highs. At peak times 2,000 people a day had been arriving in Pyongyang, so North Korean authorities had themselves set a 1,000-a-day cap thejakartapost.com/travel…
Olympus Mons on Mars, the tallest known mountain in the solar system, is so large at its base that an observer on its peak wouldn’t know he was standing on a mountain because its slope would be obscured by the curvature of the planet itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
Researchers were able to link allergies with suicide rates, finding that the suicide rate among young women doubled during peak pollen season. nature.com/articles/40016…
Jim Davis has been inducted to Marketing Hall of Fame for Garfield. He spends only a few days a month working on the comic, but is deeply involved managing the brand's popularity, and is careful to pull products at peak popularity to prevent blowback from the brand becoming too ubiquitous. slate.com/news-and-politi…
An artist removed a 1 inch rock from the peak of England's highest mountain and displayed it in a museum. telegraph.co.uk/news/eart…
Pop and rock stars have a mortality rate of 1.7Γ— that of the average adult in the 25 years after the peak of their career. After the 25 years the risk goes down in european stars, but the north american ones. The effect is also greatest for stars who became famous before 1980. blogs.discovermagazine.co…
Today I learned about the Earth’s largest waterfall, the Denmark Strait Cataract. This waterfall is 100 miles wide, 3 times that of Angel Falls, carries 2000 times more water per second than Niagara Falls during peak conditions, and is located completely underwater. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…

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