The Hermit of North Pond- Christopher Knight- lived off of supplies he stole from nearby cabins in a secret campsite where he evaded human contact for almost 30 years. He stole and loved playing Pokemon, Tetris, and Dig-Dug but never stole games he thought were new or would be missed by kids. michaelfinkel.com/the-str…
Today I learned about Paul Kimelman, who held the Guinness World Record for the greatest weight-loss in the shortest amount of time and was featured on the book's cover in 1982, having lost nearly 400 pounds (28.5 stone for my homies across the pond) in only seven months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
The city of ReykjavΓ­k, Iceland, uses hot water to maintain the temperature of a section of its downtown pond so the birds living there always have a corner in which to swim, even in winter. icelandmag.is/article/sev…
In 1944, the American air force bombed the train station of Hasselt in Flanders. The bombs that missed made a network of craters in the nearby grasslands, which are now more than 110 ponds and house a large amount of aquatic animal species, some of which are of high conservation importance. pondscape.be/downloads/2a…
Beaver colonies can occupy an area for 1000s of years. Lewis Henry Morgan observed and mapped beaver ponds in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the 1800s and 150 years later 75% of the original dams and ponds were still there. sciencemag.org/news/2015/…
When Thoreau lived β€œalone” at Walden Pond the woods around him were actually full of people, mostly former slaves and poor people who had been forced to live in the margins of society. wbur.org/radioboston/2017…
The North American Beaver’s favorite trees to eat are Aspen and Poplar. They consume a variety of tree species (and other plants) but avoid Red Maple, which can consequently be the only trees left standing at the edge of some beaver ponds link.springer.com/article…
Today I learned about a crocodile which lives in the pond surrounding a Hindu temple in India, which eats vegetarian food (sweetened rice) served by the temple priests and devotees, and wanders around the temple at night. indianexpress.com/article…
In the 1800s there was a NYC neighborhood built on a pond called Five Points. The area was gradually redeveloped in the 1900s. During excavations in early 1990s, 1 million artifacts from the former neighborhood were found and temporarily stored in WTC 6, which were mostly all destroyed on 9/11. archive.archaeology.org/o…
There are three swimming ponds on Hampstead Heath, London. One each for men and women plus a mixed one. It’s cold, muddy and has ducks, there’s also a interesting history to the ponds. hampsteadheath.net/swimmi…
The Gaet'ale Pond is the saltiest water body on Earth, at a salinity of 43%. Don't go swimming there because its temperature is roughly 50–55 Β°C (122–131 Β°F). Bird and insect corpses have been found around the lake, likely because of the odorless gas it emits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gae…
That fountains in ponds are more for oxygenation of the water than for decoration. They promote healthy living environments for animals living in the ponds and thus keeping the water cleaner fwfarms.com/watersmith/de…
Australia has an unofficial national anthem named "Waltzing Matilda" which is basically a song about a hobo getting caught for grabbing a stray sheep and commits suicide in a nearby pond to avoid punishment. Then he haunts the pond. trishansoz.com/trishansoz…
Water striders (pond skaters) are not just found in freshwater, but are the only insects that have successfully adapted to the open ocean. Increased floating plastics, has given ocean going pond skaters more nesting surface which could cause a disruption to the oceanic food chain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
How much wood can a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood- 700 ponds apparently mylandplan.org/content/ho…
26-yr-old Henry David Thoreau accidentally set fire to over 300 acres of forest where he was to build his famous Walden Pond shack when he & his buddy failed to beat back flames from the fire they set to cook fish they'd caught. Townsfolk called Thoreau a β€œdamned rascal” & β€œa flibbertigibbet.” history.com/news/thoreau-…
The ponds that are common in residential neighborhoods are not installed as water features, they’re actually retention basins used to offset the drainage capacity of the ground removed by paving roads and building houses en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ret…
Common Toads have incredible memory, travelling hundreds of miles in Spring to return to the exact same pond where they were born in order to lay their eggs (of which there can be more than 1,500) youtube.com/watch?v=HXjBQ…
Today I learned about the Florida fairy shrimp, which was discovered in 1952 to be a unique species of fairy shrimp specific to a single pond in Gainesville, Florida. When researchers returned to that pond in 2011, they realized it had been filled in for development, thereby causing the species to go extinct. biologicaldiversity.org/n…
Today I learned of Christopher Thomas Knight, AKA the North Pond Hermit. He entered the woods of Maine at age 20 and lived without human contact for 27 years, committing roughly 40 robberies a year for supplies. The only time he spoke to another human was when he said "hi" to a passing hiker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
In a 2005 NASA study, scientists successfully revived bacteria that had been in a frozen pond in Alaska for 32,000 years. The microbes had been frozen since when woolly mammoths still roamed the Earth. Once the ice melted, they began swimming around, unaffected, and quickly became infectious. pnas.org/content/pnas/111…
Ethiopia's Salt Ponds Contain One of the Few Places Life Cannot Survive on Earth: The Dallol pools are likely so hot, salty and acidic that even extremophile microbes are unable to enter. discovermagazine.com/envi…
Today I learned about the Gaet'ale Pond, a hypersaline lake in the Afar Region of Ethopia, which, according to locals, was created in January 2005 after an earthquake reactivated a thermal spring, thus creating the pond. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gae…
Today I learned about a big tadpole. A biologist found the largest tadpole ever found by scientists, and it measured 10.1 inches long when captured. Discovered in a pond in Arizona in 2018, this massive bullfrog tadpole most likely had hormonal issues and may never turn into a frog according to biologists. americanscientist.org/blo…
Snapping Turtles were used to find dead bodies in rivers, ponds, and lakes before scuba gear was invented. (Last paragraph of article) tgonaturecenter.org/educa…
Lake Superior has an island which has a lake which has an island which has a pond which has a boulder, which, when the pond floods, becomes the largest island in the largest lake on the largest island in the largest lake on the largest island in the largest lake in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sis…
Today I learned of Wally, the licensed "Emotional Support Alligator" of PA Marine Corps veteran Joie Henney; Wally was approved by Henney's doctor when he refused anti-depressant medication. When not out on his ESA leash, Wally eats chicken wings and watches tv from his 300-gallon pond inside Henney's home. inquirer.com/news/alligat…
An 8-year-old girl, Sandra Cantu, was murdered by a 28-year-old woman, Melissa Huckaby. After looking for a man, Police focused on Huckaby after Cantu’s body was found in a suitcase in a pond. Earlier, Huckaby had reported a suitcase stolen and claimed to have found a note about the body. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Scientists used Sunflowers near Chernobyl after the 1986 nuclear accident, to extract radioactive cesium from contaminated ponds nearby. Then again in 2011 at Fukushima to extract radiation from the nearby communities. reuters.com/article/us-ja…
Today I learned about the Battle of Hayes Pond, an armed confrontation between Lumbee Native Americans and the KKK in which the Lumbee were successful in disrupting the klan rally and ending significant KKK activity in the southern region of North Carolina. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
There is a seasonal pond, Moose Flats, with a boulder in it, Moose Boulder. Moose Flats is on Ryan Island, in Siskiwit Lake. Which is on Isle Royale, Michigan, in Lake Superior. When Moose Flats is a pond, Moose Boulder becomes an island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island in a lake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
An African frog species called "Goliath," can weigh up to 7 lbs.; it's known to move rocks weighing over 4 lbs. to build a "nest" for its tadpoles. The giant frogs will dig a hole in a riverbank & surround it with rocks to create private pond for their young. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The Andean flamingo is one of the rarest flamingos in the world and inhabits salty ponds in the Andes mountains of South America, mainly feeding on diatoms. During the mating season, large groups of flamingos perform seemingly choreographed and synchronized courtship dances. ecoglobalsociety.com/ande…
Some of the smoothest mirrors ever created can skip single photons of light like pebbles across a pond and have been responsible for seeing supernovas and locating black holes across the universe from an altitude of 86,500 miles above Earth. youtube.com/watch?v=AqqcD…
Martin Denny became popular in the 1950s for jazz music with nature sounds on accident because his band performed live next to a pond of croaking frogs. Later, people would ask him to play the music with the frogs. When he released an album with the added frog sounds, it sold one million copies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Camko City is a $2 billion urban development project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. CamKo City means Cambodia and Korea City and will include a fully green environment, pond, garden, swimming pools, fitness center and club house en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
The original Bond theme was actually a rework of a song called 'Good sign, Bad sign' which was written for use in a musical adaptation of an Indian novel called 'A house for Mr Biswas'. the song itself is about a man who was born with an unlucky sneeze which caused his father to drown in a pond. digitalspy.com/movies/a82…
The saltiest body of water in the world is a volcanic pond in Ethiopia that formed during an earthquake in 2005. Its water is yellow and releases gases that kill small animals that get close to it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gae…
The use of bowls to house goldfish comes from a misunderstanding of Chinese display vessels--small, temporary containers to show guests goldfish that were otherwise housed in ponds. Fishbowls are so detrimental to goldfish health that they are prohibited by places like Rome for animal cruelty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Lake Superior's Isle Royale has a lake (Siskiwit) which also has an island (Ryan) which has a seasonal pond (Moose Flats) which contains Moose Boulder making it the largest island in the largest lake on the largest island in the largest lake on the largest island in the largest lake in the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
New ponds can be naturally stocked with new fish through birds carrying fish eggs from one pond to another on their feathers or feet. deepwaterfishery.com/how-…
They train the crews of giant container ships and oil tankers using ride-on models in a big pond. youtube.com/watch?v=12pst…
Steve Williams, Tiger Woods' Caddie until 2011, once wrestled a $7,000 camera from a fan who clicked a picture of Woods during his backswing and threw it into a pond en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
There was a hermit at North Pond who lived 27 years in the woods of Maine with over 1000 cases of burglary to stay alive thestar.com/news/insight/…
The actress Elizabeth Shue's older brother was swinging from a rope over a pond when the rope broke. He was impaled on the branches of a tree and died while his siblings watched helplessly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Frank Zappa and his friends were confronted at home by a fan brandishing a gun. Frank took him to the pond outside and invented a ceremony where everyone had to throw something in it; the fan threw in his gun books.google.co.uk/books?…
The "North Pond Hermit" lived for 27 years without human contact, hiding out in the woods of central Maine. He survived by creeping into homes at night and stealing food, clothing, and reading material before being arrested in 2013. bostonglobe.com/metro/mai…
LBJ had an amphibious car on his Texas ranch. He would drive new visitors around in it, then pretend the brakes had gone out and drive into a pond. autoblog.com/2013/08/28/l…
Today I learned about the "Battle of Hayes Pond", where in 1958, fed up with recent cross burnings on their grounds, over 500 armed members of the Lumbee Tribe surrounded a KKK rally and exchanged fire with them, destroying the only light source and forcing the Klan members to flee the area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…

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