The Northern Great Plains was home to many fortified Native American towns, beginning in the 800s and existing all the way until the 1880s. These towns had over a thousand residents and a plaza centric layout. These were sedentary towns where people lived year-round. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lik…
Horses evolved on the great plains of North America. They migrated across the Bering land bridge to Asia, and all remaining horses died out in America. When the Spanish brought horses with them in the 16th century, they were returning them to their native ranges. britannica.com/animal/hor…
Cigarette packaging in Australia is plain and standardized with pictures of the diseases it causes with the name of the disease in big bold letters on the front. theguardian.com/science/s…
As a teenager Penny Marshall starred as the "before" girl in a shampoo commercial with Farrah Fawcett as the "after" girl. Fawcett crossed out "Homely Girl" and changed it to "Plain Girl" on the placard Marshall's stand-in was holding because she saw it was making Marshall insecure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Today I learned about Plains Indian Sign Language, a trade language once used as a lingua franca connecting the diverse indigenous nations of the Great Plains, spanning an area stretching from Canada to northern Mexico. plainsindiansignlanguage.…
A "lost" Rodin sculpture worth millions was in plain sight in a New Jersey local council chamber. nj.com/morris/2017/10/how…
For the 1973 Clint Eastwood western film 'High Plains Drifer' over 50 technicians and construction workers built an entire townβ€”14 houses, a church, and a two-story hotelβ€”in 18 days, using 150,000 feet of timber. Complete buildings, rather than facades, were built. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
4096-bit RSA decryption keys can be extracted within an hour using the sound generated by the CPU during the decryption, using a plain mobile phone placed next to the laptop, as discovered by Adi Shamir, one of the authors of the RSA algorithm. pcworld.com/article/20822…
Przewalski's horses are the only wild horses left in the world. The "wild" horses that abound in Australia and North America's western plains and East Coast barrier islands are actually feral domestic horses that escaped from ranches and farms and returned to the wild. nationalzoo.si.edu/animal…
The bowler hat was the most popular in the American West, prompting Lucius Beebe to call the bowler, "the hat that won the West". The cowboy hat derives from the "Boss of the Plains" hat which was manufactured by J.B. Stetson in 1865 and was marketed to cowboys as a durable success symbol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow…
The US-Canadian Border was known by the Plains Indians as "The Medicine Line" for it's seemingly magical ability to keep US troops from crossing it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/49t…
There was a period in French history where the country actually was represented by a plain white flag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bou…
Many of the "Real Facts" printed inside Snapple bottle caps are outdated, incomplete, inaccurate or just plain false. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Jimmy Carter born October 1, 1924 as James Earl Carter Jr. In Plains, Georgia was the first U.S. President born in a hospital. He is also 6th cousins with Richard Nixon and 9th cousins 3 times removed with Bill Gates. history.com/.amp/this-day…
There is a distinct advantage for drones operating in space: the ability to hide in plain sight among the scattered debris in orbit. codeanddagger.com/news/20…
Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, Belarus, contains parts of the last primeval forest fragment of the European woodlands that once stretched across the European Plain. Since 2015 there has been a visa-free regime within the forest for hikers and cyclists between Poland and Belarus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
In 1923, a dog named Bobbie was separated from his owners and lost. Six months later, Bobbie appeared on their doorstep mangy and scrawny with feet worn to the bone; he walked over 2500 miles (4000 km) of plains, desert and mountains an average of approximately 14 miles (23 km) per day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Ocean floors are far from being a Plain & are full of relief features (Ridges, Mountains & other features) , Also the oceanic ridges are far younger than our continental rock structures westfield.ma.edu/Personal…
There were plans for a TV series based on the Plain White T's hit song "Hey There, Delilah". hollywoodreporter.com/amp…
Today I learned of Plains Indian Sign Language, a widely used trade language that was considered the lingua franca of North America amongst the Plains Nations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
The data connection between the ISS and other modules is just plain old ethernet via the International Docking System Standard connector (page 73) internationaldockingstand…
During the long winter of 1886, horses and cattle on the Great Plains died when their breaths froze over the ends of their noses, making it impossible for them to breathe. amhistory.si.edu/ourstory…
The Cullinan diamond, found in 1905, is the largest diamond ever discovered at 3,106 carat. A fake diamond was transported from South Africa to England via a guarded ship, while the real diamond was simply sent in the mail in a plain box. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Today I learned about the Salt Witch of the Nebraska Plains. Indians maintained that a salt column was under the custody of the Salt Witch, and when they went there to gather salt they would beat the ground with clubs, believing that each blow fell upon her person and kept her from working other evil. legendsofamerica.com/ne-s…
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…
Today I learned about Ed Gein, the man Psycho, the book and Hitchcock film are based on. He made several dozen trophies of human body parts from the recently dead or buried and displayed them in his house, in plain sight. In the end, he ended up in a facility for mental illness, where he remained for life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_…
Today I learned about the American Prairie Reserve, a project initiative that is privately purchasing large swaths of land out in the Great Plains of America and converting it into what will hopefully be the largest nature reserve in the continental U.S. americanprairie.org/
Today I learned of Bobbie the Wonder Dog, who walked a distance of at least 2,551 miles (4,105 km) through plains, desert, and mountains in the winter to return home to his family, swimming in rivers and even crossing the Continental Divide in the coldest part of winter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Roman statues and buildings haven't always been plain white, they were actually painted in vivid colors and lost their brightness over time. During the renaissance famous artists like Michelangelo therefore only used white marble and formed our modern image of these classic white statues. core.ac.uk/download/pdf/2…
'zavana' was the indigenous name for the plains around Comagre in Panama - it was borrowed into Spanish and then English to describe similar environments, becoming the modern word 'savanna' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sav…
Greek architect-engineer and town planner Constantinos Doxiadis designed Pakistan's capital of Islamabad in 1960. Doxiadis planned generous public spaces around the mountains, hillocks, plain and ravines. His aim was to use an urban agro-farm model that would keep the city connected with nature thefridaytimes.com/the-ar…
The data from the EHT for capturing the black hole image were shipped to and from the observatories through plain old FedEx. One package was sent wrong and they end up with a box full of fabrics. Scientists jokingly say that if the mission fails at least they will be able to sew suits. theatlantic.com/science/a…
The bison on the Wyoming state (US) flag does not have a set direction. It usually faces the hoist (into the wind, toward the mast), as most animals on flags do, but the original design had it facing the fly (away from the mast), "symbolizing its former freedom to roam the plains of Wyoming." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Today I learned of Ken Rex McElroy, who was shot to death in plain view of 30-45 people in a small town. No one called an ambulance. Elroy was such a bully that even 30 years later no one will say who did it. nytimes.com/2010/12/16/us…
Due to the variety of its ecosystems, which include mountains, woods, plains, largely uninhabited territories, streams, rocky coasts, and long sandy beaches, the island of Sardinia has been defined metaphorically as a micro-continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Today I learned about Janet, a super secret government airline that moves government contractors and employees around the country to and from secret government sites. They can often be seen in plain sight, most often at LAS airport as government employees go to and from Area 51. thepointsguy.com/news/jan…
The Mississippi Delta (the place where Delta Blues comes from) is not the same as the Mississippi River Delta. It's actually a plain between the Yazoo and Mississippi Rivers 300 miles north of the actual river delta. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Antibacterial soap is not better than plain soap. It kills most bacterias, but both bad bacterias and good bacterias. And then the bad bacterias that survive will get stronger and become harder to kill. aappublications.org/news/…
Clint Eastwood wanted to work with John Wayne, so he sent him a script. Wayne would star; Eastwood would act and direct. But the Duke wasn’t so eager as he objected to the revisionist nature of Eastwood's "High Plains Drifter". They never worked together. truewestmagazine.com/west…
The United States Army once rode camels in the American Great Plains. wikipedia.org/wiki/United…
The scientific name for the Plains Bison is literally "Bison Bison Bison" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
The outside of the Sistine Chapel is just plain brick walls with no ornamentation. Nothing distinguishes it from surrounding buildings. newworldencyclopedia.org/…
Doritos were introduced in 1964 as plain tortilla chips. Taco flavor was introduced in 1967 and nacho cheese in 1972. huffpost.com/entry/dorito…
In WWII German command ordered encircled US troops in Bastogne to surrender, to which Gen Anthony McAuliffe replied simply: NUTS! When Col Joseph Harper delivered the message to the German commander, the commander asked what the message meant. Harper replied, "In plain English? Go to hell." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
At a 'The Who' concert in 1969, a man rushed the stage and tried to take the microphone. Roger Daltrey punched him in the face, and Pete Townshend kicked him in the crotch. The man was actually a plain-clothes policeman trying to warn of a large fire next door. Townshend was later arrested ultimateclassicrock.com/p…
Mount Sunflower, the highest natural point in the state of Kansas, is a site on the plains which is "virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding terrain." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
Jeffery Dahmer was pulled over in 1978 on suspicion of DUI while trying to dispose of his first victim. A garbage bag containing the dismembered body was in plain view of the police officer. Dahmer talked his way out of trouble and was let go. nytimes.com/1992/02/12/us…
Ptolemy's geocentric model works out perfectly mathematically, but is just plain wrong. abyss.uoregon.edu/~js/glo…
Lacrosse has its origins in a tribal game played by eastern Woodlands Native Americans and by some Plains Indians tribes in what is now the United States of America and Canada. The game was extensively modified by European colonizers to North America to create its current form. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
H. L. Mencken when writing about the US Presidency predicted that "On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._…

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