The use of the term "starboard" to denote the right side of a ship is so-called because they were originally navigated with a steering oar on that side. β€œstΓ©or bord” in Old English literally means β€œsteering side”. When tying up, the dock always had to be positioned on the left, hence β€œport”. oceantimemarine.com/why-i…
When the US faced civil war, Russia was the most supportive nation to the Union, sending its Pacific and Atlantic fleets to US ports, as well as many Russian officers to volunteer, serving up to the rank of Brigadier General. history.navy.mil/research…
There is a band of 50-60-year-olds called Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends who sing Sea Shantys, was signed a $1,000,000 record deal and had a movie made about them. youtube.com/watch?v=AYA_0…
The Bible got its name from the ancient city of Byblos, which was the main hub for importing & exporting papyrus. Eventually, the Greeks associated the papyrus with the shipping port, so they called it "byblos" first, then "biblia". The rest is history. cnewa.org/magazine/byblos…
In 2002, Norwegian football player Kenneth Kristensen spent his summer eating seafood at an island fishing port, so his club decided to sell him to the island's football club. In place of a monetary fee, the island's club paid Kristensen's weight in shrimp, with Kristensen weighing in at 75 kg whatculture.com/sport/5-f…
In April 1914, the Mexican government refused to perform a 21-gun salute for the arrest & eventual release of 9 US Sailors. This resulted in the US occupying the port of Vera Cruz, per the direction of Woodrow Wilson. The occupation took place the morning after the Ludlow Massacre, in Colorado. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
In 1889, the USS Trenton was in Samoa when a cyclone struck, ravaging the harbour. The ship lost steam and rudder, and was in imminent danger of foundering on the reef, so the entire crew went into the port rigging, the mass of bodies forming a sail. When the wind struck, the ship steered away en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Today I learned of the time a North Korean espionage submarine was literally caught in a South Korean fishing net. As the South Korean navy was towing it to port, the sub sank. When salvaged, of the 9 member crew, 5 were found executed and 4 had committed suicide. nationalinterest.org/blog…
Dikson is the northernmost port in Russia, and inhabitants informally call their settlement "Capital of the Arctic", taken from a popular Soviet song. It is so far north that no civil twilight appears from December 8 to January 5 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dik…
Today I learned about Greek destroyer Adrias that hit a mine and managed to sail to the nearest port afterwards even though the front fell off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Putting LED lights on float lines of 864 fishing gillnets reduced the bycatch of sea turtles by 74.4% & by 70.8% for dolphins, whales, & porpoises. The same amount of targeted fish were caught by both 864 lighted gillnets & 864 unlighted gillnets in a study of 3 ports in Peru from 2015 - 2018. in.mashable.com/science/9…
The rumored ancient Egyptian city of Thonis (Heracleion), said to be the most significant port in the region before Alexandria was established, had become a legend. It was lost to myth until archaeologist Franck Goddio and team happened upon its ruins --underwater, several miles off the coast. franckgoddio.org/projects…
- The 666 TCP/UDP port is officially registered to DOOM iana.org/assignments/serv…
NASA Apollo Helmets had a food port to pass liquids through, though it's thought it was never used in practice hq.nasa.gov/alsj/alsj-Dri…
The fact computer ports (audio, PS/2) are colored is because of an over 20 years old comprehensive set of guidelines for PC manufacturers jointly created by Microsoft and Intel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PC_…
Γ‰amon De Valera, leader of the Irish Free State negotiated the return of three "Treaty" Ports, conceded to Britain in 1921, under the oral agreement that if war were to come, Britain would have access to them. When war came, De Valera denied Britain access to the Ports under Irish neutrality en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nev…
In March 1984, the USS Kitty Hawk collided with a Soviet Victor-class submarine. A red submarine was painted on her island near the bridge but was ordered removed upon return to home port North Island San Diego, CA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Today I learned of the Mary Celeste, an American merchant ship found adrift by the Dei Gratia, intact & crew missing, in the Atlantic off the Azores in 1872, a month after leaving port. Though amply supplied and personal belongings intact, there was no sign of where or why they left. The crew was never found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 1947, a ship carrying ammonium nitrate exploded, ripping the wings off airplanes flying nearby, launching its 2 ton anchor over a mile and a half away, blowing out windows 10 miles away, decimating the entire port of Texas City and the surrounding areas, killing at least 581 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tex…
The SS Nomadic, the ship tender that ferried Titanic passengers such as the Unsinkable Molly Brown from the port of Cherbourg to the waiting ship, is the last surviving White Star Line vessel and it currently serves as a museum in Belfast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier, was just 19 when he inherited the title of president-for-life from his father. He was forced from power but was allowed to live in the obscurity of a Port-au-Prince suburb, freely roaming the capital as he pleased until his death bbc.com/news/world-latin-…
On June 7th, 1692 the pirate city, Port Royal, in Jamaica was rocked by a massive earthquake that shook the city into the ocean, leaving 2,000 souls burried under sand and brick. Shortly after the quake, a tsunami flooded what was left. whc.unesco.org/en/tentati…
When the famous pirate Henry Morgan died, an amnesty was declared so pirates and privateers could come and pay their respects without fear of arrest. He was also given a state funeral in Port Royal, and buried with a 22-gun salute. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Today I learned about the J-Cart for the Sega Genesis. It held not only the game data but also came with two additional gamepad ports. This effectively allowed four players to play simultaneously without any extra adapters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J-C…
Chinese Pidgin English. Used for 200 years in Chinese ports, the language mix Chinese syntax and English words creating a grammar like: "Chinese man very great rogue truly, but have fashion, no can help". Some expressions were introduced back into English: "Long time no see"; "No money no talk". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Michigan has the only floating post office in the United States. It’s called the J.W. Westcott II. It operates out of the Port of Detroit and delivers mail to crew throughout the Detroit River. onlyinyourstate.com/michi…
The reason large cuts of meat like port and brisket "stall" (stay at the same temperature, sometimes for hours) while being smoked is because they are "sweating" and water evaporation is cooling them as fast as heat is being added. smokedbbqsource.com/the-b…
In World War II, due the Japan-Soviet neutrality pact, US aid to the Soviet port of Vladivostok (the Pacific Route) was carried by Soviet-Flagged ships only and was mostly left alone, becoming the safest path for military aid from the USA to the USSR. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac…
Those USB A ports with an outwards bent flange are actually meant to be completely on the inside of the housing devever.net/~hl/usbfit
Today I learned of the USS Yorktown. A US navy ship that was left "dead in the water" after a member of the crew accidentally tried to divide by 0 on it's computers. This caused many of the ship's computer systems to crash, including propulsion resulting in it needing towing back to port. gcn.com/Articles/1998/07/…
Today I learned of Operation Underworld. During WWII the U.S. government worked with Mafia families to secure the country's northeastern ports. They provided protection against spies and saboteurs, avoided wartime labor union strikes, and limited theft by black-marketeers of vital war supplies and equipment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Dalian, China, was ruled by Russia and it became the southern tip of the Trans-Siberian Railway and the main port of the eastern Russian empire. The Chinese government resumed control following the Second World War, though the city was jointly run with Russia until 1955 wikitravel.org/en/Dalian
One of the attractions of the port city Liepaja( Latvia ) is a night in jail. The haunting Karosta district offers accommodation in the old military lockup complete with Soviet-style treatment. latvia.travel/en/article/…
The nautical terms for either side of a ship, Port and Starboard, were changed to the current terms due to the confusion caused by the old term for the left side. The terms used to be Larboard and Starboard. theodora.com/encyclopedia…
The biggest tuna ever recorded weighed an incredible 1,496 pounds! Caught on October 26, 1979, fishing with Capt. Eric Samson aboard Lady and Misty out of Port Hood, Nova Scotia. marlinmag.com/bluefin-tun…
American cruise ship 'Eastland' overturned at port in the Chicago River on July 24, 1915, taking the lives of 844 people. This was caused by having too many life boats making the ship top heavy and list. Due to the lack of rich/famous passengers, this disaster has largely been forgotten. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Cebu City is the busiest sea port in the Philippines and was also once a bustling commercial hub between Mexico and China. However, almost none of its long coastline contains beaches and it is instead occupied by industry, ports, slums and marshlands wikitravel.org/en/Cebu_Ci…
In 2013, a wild pig at a Port Hedland, Australia campsite made the news after drinking 18 cans of a camper's beer, getting into a fight with a cow, and eventually passing out under a tree. countryrebel.com/pig-stea…
Today I learned about the Roland MT80s, a boombox that played MIDI files from floppy discs. It also features a metronome to help people practice learning musical instruments. Also, Roland made these kind of machines up to late 2000s when they added an USB port. youtube.com/watch?v=5ks3u…
Today I learned of Seafarer Abandonment. Sailors and the ship they're on can be completely abandoned by their employers in a foreign port, with no wages, way home, fuel or even food or water. Sometimes they can even be detained by the country they're abandoned in. seafarersrights.org/sri-r…
The quarantine flag, also called the β€œYellow Jack”, is an international signal flag that was last flown during the 2002-03 SARS outbreak. The flag is flown from a ship that is either arriving in port with known serious health problems or that has been placed under quarantine. maritimeprofessional.com/…
The ISS has port and starboard lights! nasa.gov/mission_pages/st…
During the Black Death in the 17th century, all ships coming to port were required to wait in isolation for 40 days, translated to quaranta giorni in Italian, before the crew could come ashore. This is where the term "quarantine" comes from. npr.org/sections/goatsand…
The word quarantine derives from the italian word quaranta, meaning forty - because in times of the Black Death ships had to wait 40 Days outside the port to prove they aren’t infested. sciencefriday.com/article…
There are only two operating public tunnels in Florida: The 864 ft New River Tunnel in Ft. Lauderdale and the 4,200 ft Port Miami Tunnel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
The ship in Alien is named for the titular character in Joseph Conrad's "Nostromo" and means "shipmate" in Italian. The ship from Aliens, the Sulaco is named for the port-town in the novel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nos…
Headphones can be hijacked and used as a microphone, even headphones that don't have an inbuilt microphone for calls. This even works if the port is output-only, as hackers can get around this and change output to input. Researchers can get two computers to 'talk' to each other like this. researchgate.net/publicat…
In 1943 Winston Churchill called upon Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of 1373 to allow the English Navy to lease ports in neutral Portugal. This gave England access to the Azores Islands and helped change the Battle of the Atlantic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
There was a proposed project to construct a deepwater port in Alaska by detonating atomic bombs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Genelle Guzman-McMillan, a Port Authority Secretary was the last survivor to be pulled out from the rubble of the Twin Towers after the 9/11 attacks. She remained under the rubble for 27 hours only to be discovered by rescuers when a rescue dog named Trakr recognized her scent. nymag.com/news/9-11/10th-…

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