Kathy Sullivan, the first American woman to space walk, became in June 2020 the only person to have visited both space and the deepest place on Earth, the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. bbc.com/news/amp/world-us…
The world's first seat belt law was put into place in 1970 in Victoria, Australia and that Volvo shared the patent for the three-point seat belt for free. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
During the U.S. Civil War, Andrew Carnegie was drafted for the Army; however, rather than serve, he paid another man $850 to report for duty in his place, a common practice at the time. history.com/topics/19th-c…
A small village in Japan claims that Jesus survived crucifixion by changing places with his brother Isukiri and journeyed across Siberia to Japan, where he raised a family with a woman named Miyuko and lived to the age of 106. Celebrations are held at his burial place in the village every year. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned about "the Singing Revolution" which happened between 1987 and 1991 in Estonia when people gathered in public places to sing national songs together despite the ban. This and the "human chain" from Estonia to Lithuania were among the events that led to the independence of Baltic states. nonviolent-conflict.org/e…
Marlon Brandon was in the Civil Rights movement throughout his career, and later advocated for the rights of indigenous Americans. His outspoken activism, in the midst of the harshly segregated '60s, earned him a reserved place near the podium of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" youtu.be/WNWxtr3is6k
Rust does not cause tetanus, it is just discarded metal tend to be left at places which also happens to have the bacteria that causes the disease. mcgill.ca/oss/article/did…
The birth of JFK's sister Rosemary in 1918 was complicated by medical resources focused elsewhere during a pandemic. A nurse, trying to delay delivery for a doctor, held her mother's legs closed. When that failed, she reached into the birth canal and held Rosemary's head in place for two hours. marieclaire.com/celebrity…
There was a man eating Leopard who killed over 150 people in British India in the early 20th century. The leopard reportedly killed a victim once every 2–3 days, each time in a different area to the last, with the killings sometimes taking place 20–30 miles apart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Bobby Farrell, member of the group Boney M., famous for the song Rasputin, died on the 30th of December in St. Petersburg, the same date and place that Grigori Rasputin died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
German discount supermarket Lidl has failed to succeed in Norway, although being successful in other places. They left in 2008 after 4 years. Reasons stated for the failure are Norwegians not liking the foreign food, treatment of workers in other countries and money going out of the country. achievaint.com/study-fail…
Today I learned about Avro Yeadon, which built nearly 700 Lancaster bombers in WW2. To avoid German bombing, an elaborate camouflaging operation took place, grass covering the roof and hedges made out of fabric to replicate the original field pattern. Dummy animals were moved daily to increase the camouflage on-magazine.co.uk/yorkshi…
I learned that on December 7th 1941 Japan attacked many other places in the pacific, not just Pearl Harbor. Including: Malay, Hong Kong, Guam, Philippine islands, and a couple others. time.com/4593483/pearl-ha…
"In the Doldrums" refers to a place 5 degrees either side of the equator, where the lack of wind caused sailors to get stuck en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
A French author proposed cats be genetically engineered to change color in the presence of dangerous levels of radiation, and that a mythology be reinforced in culture to ward people from places where cats exhibit this behavior. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
The Battle of The Eclipse aka The Battle of Halys that took place in 585 BC which was halted due to a solar eclipse during the on-going fight. Both sides took this as a bad omen from their gods and sought to negotiate resulting in the ending of a 6 year long war between the two empires. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 981 a hospital's location was chosen by hanging pieces of meat in several places for a few days and deciding in favor of the one where meat was found to be least infected en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bim…
The Swiss Constitution enshrines the right for every inhabitant to have a nuclear fallout shelter. If new houses and apartments are built without bunkers, the owners have to contribute a tax to their Canton to secure a place in a government-owned nuclear fallout shelter. swissinfo.ch/eng/always-b…
Generic "elevator" music is called muzak after the American brand that dominated the market for background music in retail and public places since the 1930s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muz…
Pike Place Market in Seattle is one of the oldest farmers' markets in the U.S. In the early 1940's most of the stalls were owned by Japanese-Americans. After Japanese internment during WWII, β€œThe majority of the Market's farmers were forced from their homes and livelihoods, never to return.” pikeplacemarket.org/histo…
Johns Hopkins University professor proposed to do away with time zones completely and put the entire world on universal time (UTC). Under this system, when it's 9:00 in one place, it's 9:00 everywhere on the plane. science.howstuffworks.com…
Research shows that mirrors in public places like retails stores will improve customer behavior by increasing self awareness. You won't act like a jerk if you had to watch yourself doing so. behaviouraldesign.com/201…
Iron Mountain Mine in CA is one of the most polluted places in the US and has the most acidic naturally occurring water on Earth. The pH is below 0 (-3.6). Bacteria add to the acid and form a biofilm over hot water with a pH of 0.8. 70,000 people drink water from within 3 miles of the source. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
Penguins can get disoriented and end up in places far away from their colonies. Even if they are brought back to their colonies, they will instantly leave and resume their march towards a certain death. youtube.com/watch?v=0Y-hf…
The term "Code Adam", a system at several American retailers put in place in the event of a missing child, is named for Adam Walsh, the murdered son of John Walsh, former host of America's Most Wanted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
That, in the Australian state of Queensland, the government places trivia questions periodically to keep drivers awake and aware. brisbanetimes.com.au/nati…
The word 'thing' originated in Norway during the Iron Age. An actual place, where members of a clan and surrounding freemen would gather to work out conflicts and dole out punishment to those who committed a crime. lifeinnorway.net/history-…
The Fez is thought to have originated as a base for wrapping a turban. Praying with a turban was difficult, and so was removed but the Fez remained in place. Eventually, turbans lost popularity completely, but the Fez remained. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fez…
In 1997, Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak switched places as an April Fools Day joke youtube.com/watch?v=mmSJO…
The robot suit in the 60's TV series Lost In Space had a built-in ashtray. The suit was so difficult and painful to get in and out of that the actor Bob May would just stay inside and have his smoke breaks in the suit so needed a place for his ashes and butts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Old Bob, the horse Abraham Lincoln owned while he was an attorney but sold after being elected president, was given a place of honour in Lincoln's funeral procession, directly behind his son Robert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
Yuma, AZ is the driest, the sunniest, and the least humid, has the lowest frequency of precipitation, and has the highest number of days per yearβ€”175β€”with a daily maximum temperature of 90 Β°F (32 Β°C) or higher of any populated place in the contiguous United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yum…
Today I learned of PI Approximation Day, which is held on July 22nd, based on the fraction 22/7 which evaluates to PI accurate to two decimal places. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_…
The only President and Vice President not elected to the office was Gerald Ford. Using the 25th Amendment, President Richard Nixon appointed Ford as Vice President after Spiro Agnew resigned from the position. Nine months later, President Nixon resigned and Gerald Ford rose up in his place. history.com/news/9-things…
The StarCourt Mall set from 'Stranger Things' was built inside Gwinnett Place Mall, a dying shopping mall in metro Atlanta. Set designers installed authentic signage and storefronts of 1980s stores. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwi…
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…
Today I learned of the SWAT World Challenge, where SWAT teams and special forces compete in armed drills. Since 2007, the second place all time score belongs to the US Office of Secure Transportation, the agency for guarding America's nukes. But beating them is Ocean Country NJ's SWAT team. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWA…
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…
The longest tennis match ever recorded took place in 2010 at Wimbledon. John Isner of the United States beat Nicolas Mahut of France in a match that lasted 11 hours and five minutes. It took 3 days to complete simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
The only place on Earth where both crocodiles and alligators live together is in the United States, in the Florida Everglades. evergladesholidaypark.com…
Norman Borlaug has been credited with saving over a billion people from starvation by his use of genetic crossbreeding to greatly increase crop yield in places like Mexico, India, Pakistan, and China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Shingo, a small village in northern Japan, claims to be home to the descendants of Jesus. They believe another man was crucified in his place, and Jesus fled across Siberia to Japan, where he had a family and died at age 106. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Today I learned about KyffhΓ€user Hill in Germany, the legendary resting place of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, who died in 1190. According to legend, Barbarossa is actually asleep in a hidden cavern, sitting motionless at a stone table, and will emerge at his county's hour of greatest need. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyf…
Today I learned about "gravity hills" which is a place where the layout of the surrounding land produces an optical illusion, making a slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope. Thus, a car left out of gear will appear to be rolling uphill against gravity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the town that the Boston Marathon begins in, is sister cities with Marathon, Greece, the place the word "marathon" comes from. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Jimmy Carter has been alive for 39 years since he left office, which is the longest timespan of any POTUS ever. Second place is held by Herbert Hoover, who lived for 31 years after his presidency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Hawaii County, which constitutes the entirety of Hawaii's "Big Island," has no incorporated cities; all settlements are unincorporated census-designated places. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
Today I learned about β€œMummering,” a medieval practice that continues today in places like Newfoundland. People dress up in disguises and visit houses during Christmas time. newfoundlandlabrador.com/…
There is a race that takes place in Nanaimo, Canada, every year, in which people race bathtubs across the Straits of Georgia festivalseekers.com/festi…
A 60 years old Japanese Truck Driver found out he was accidentally switched at birth in 1953 at San Ikukai Hospital in Tokyo. His biological parents are rich family & the infant who took his place grew up to be the Head of a Real Estate company. Meanwhile he was raised by a poor single mother. independent.co.uk/news/wo…

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