Landing humans on the Moon required the most sudden burst of technological creativity and the largest commitment of resources ever made by any nation in peacetime. At its peak, the Apollo program employed 400,000 people and required the support of over 20,000 industrial firms and universities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Today I learned about the Berlin Airlift, an American and British operation that flew a peak of 12,941 tons of food, fuel and other necessities daily to West Berlin between 1948 ans 1949, because of a land blockade imposed by the Soviet Union trying to stop the use of a west backed currency in the city en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
During the peak of the cold war, one of the tasks given to Niel Armstrong was to place two Soviet medals on the moon to honour their fallen Soviet competitors. theconversation.com/apoll…
During peak growing season for the Midwest US corn belt, the region undergoes more photosynthesis activity than anywhere else on the planet-- with levels up to 40% greater than observed in the Amazon. jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.ph…
Sunday, December 1st, 1974, TWA-Flight-514 crashed into a peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. The crash exposed a secret complex built inside the hollowed out mountain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
Due to its remoteness and virtually constant dense cloud cover, Brazil's tallest mountain - Neblina Peak - remained undiscovered until the 1950s. summitpost.org/neblina-pe…
NASA, using a modified Boeing 747 equipped with a Faint Object infraRed Camera, has detected an infrared emission peak on the Moon at 6 ΞΌm. This is the specific wavelength that acts as a signature for water molecules. snippetscience.com/nasa-h…
Along with the theme song for Twin Peaks and a plethora of other soundtracks for David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti also scored National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
Disney television enforced a 65th Episode Rule from the late 1990s-mid 2000s. With 65 episodes, one episode can be broadcast each weekday, reaching the 65th episode at the end of the 13th week. This is why shows Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens were canceled at their peak of popularity fr24news.com/a/2020/04/di…
Today I learned about the Areotrain which set a world speed record in 1974 for overland air cushion vehicles, reaching a speed of 417.6 km/h (259.5 mph) and a peak speed of 430.3 km/h (267.4 mph). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A%C…
In 1990 43 out of the 45 climbers attempting Lenin Peak were buried in an avalanche. The two survivors could hear their comrades shouting for help hours after the slide, but failed in any attempts to rescue them as the ice set like concrete immediately wiredforadventure.com/tra…
In Europe between 1550 and 1700 over 80,000 people were tried for witchcraft and half were executed - often burned alive. Data shows it was most intense where Catholic-Protestant rivalry was strongest and the phenomenon reached its zenith when there was β€œpeak competition for Christian consumers" theguardian.com/society/2…
Mount Kilimanjaro has snow on it's peaks even though it is only 200 miles south of the equator, it is also the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
There are 41 peaks in the United States (and one in Antarctica) referred to as "Black Mesa." The one referred to as Black Mesa by the USGS map is in New Mexico at coordinates 32Β°10β€²27β€³N 106Β°46β€²29β€³W. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 1974 an all-female team of Soviet climbers perished on Lenin Peak in Pamir. Other Soviets, Japanese and American climbers tried to save them but in vain edition.cnn.com/interacti…
The theme song for "The Amanda Show" [1999 - 2002] on Nickelodeon is actually the song from the Wizard Peak level of "Spyro the Dragon" [1998] with lyrics added. screenrant.com/spyro-play…
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/…
Lyubov Popova died at 35, the peak of her artistic powers two days after the death of her son, from whom she had contracted scarlet fever in 1924. Popova once declared that easel painting was to be abandoned and all creative work was to be for the people and the making of the new society en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyu…
The Braggs peak of protons can be control to limit how deep radiation can go within a person thereby giving precise dose of radiotherapy. Link to photo of me inside Proton beam machine in comments bmh.manchester.ac.uk/rese…
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…
Today I learned about the Peak-End Rule – a cognitive bias whereby we tend to judge and remember an experience/event on the basis of how we felt at its 'peaks' (intense positive or negative moments) and at its 'end' (the final moments) rather than the sum total of all the moments of the experience/event. nngroup.com/articles/peak…
In 1877 the Vanderbilt family fortune at its peak was worth $2.1 Billion (adjusted for inflation); but due to wreckless spending habits, by 1973 at the first Vanderbilt family reunion, there was not a single millionaire amongst them. dividendrealestate.com/va…
While the peak of Mount Everest has the highest elevation, the peak of Mount Chimborazo is the farthest point from the Earth's center. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
Today I learned about Gangkhar Puensum , the highest unclimed mountain peak, "virgin mountain" if you must en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gan…
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…
There's a mountain in Arizona called Sentinel Peak which is commonly referred to as A Mountain because of the giant letter "A" on its east face. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sen…
The highest peak from sea level is Mt Everest reaching 29,029 feet while the tallest mountain is Mauna Kea, a volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii reaching 33,500 feet oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
The mountains on the Coors Light can are an actual mountain range in the Colorado Rockies, Wilson Peak gazette.com/life/8-facts-…
The main cop in Chamillionaire’s Ridin Dirty was played by Tom β€œTiny” Lister, the same man who played Zeus in β€œNo Holds Barred” (The Hulk Hogan Movie) and Deebo from β€œFriday”. At his peak, he was 6’5 and 305 lbs, being able to bench press 575 lbs grantland.com/the-triangl…
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…
The current human speed record is shared equally by the trio of astronauts who flew Nasa’s Apollo 10 mission. On their way back from a lap around the Moon in 1969, the astronauts’ capsule hit a peak of 24,790mph (39,897km/h) relative to planet Earth. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The Securitate, Romania's secret services under Caesescu had at its peak half a million informers, around 2% of its population en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
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…
, 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…
In Canada radio stations dedicated program blocks in off-peak hours to Canadian music. These program blocks became known as "beaver hours" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
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…
At its peak in 1920 the British Empire reigned over 26.35% of the surface of the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Wim Hof "The Iceman", holder of over 20 other world records, climbed Africa's tallest peak in his shorts, in a record 2 days, a feat he claims anyone can do with his breathing technique "The Wim Hof Method" rollingstone.com/culture/…
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…
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…
The Mount Everest isn't called by that name by the locals of the Himalayan region. The Tibetans named the mountain "Chomolungma" (Holy Mother Mountain) while the Nepalese call it "Sagarmatha" (Goddess Sky Mountain). The Chinese use the either the Tibetan name or Shengmu Feng (Holy Mother Peak). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
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…
The weird dream talking in Twin Peaks was achieved by having the actors say the words backwards then β€˜reversing’ them mashable.com/2017/12/04/t…
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…
The American Public Power Association has a β€˜Squirrel Index’ data tracker to track squirrel attacks on electrical power systems. They found that the two peak periods of highest squirrel activity are May-June and October-November. publicpower.org/blog/defe…
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…
Today I learned about β€œpico y placa” or β€œpeak and plate” which was started in BogotΓ‘, Colombia. It’s a driving restriction policy aimed to mitigate traffic congestion. Only license plates with certain numbers can drive on pre-established days and during peak hours. wikipedia.org/wiki/Pico_y…
Some 10 percent of Dongguan's more than 8 million population is said to engage in sex work. It is estimated that at its peak there were more than 250,000 sex workers and brothels are often disguised as hair salons or karaoke bars globaltimes.cn/content/98…
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…
The best time of day to cut roses is in the afternoon. Sugars that feed the blooming process accumulate during the day, and peak in late afternoon. rose.org/single-post/2018…

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