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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
Liverpool was a major slaving port and its ships and merchants dominated the transatlantic slave trade in the second half of the 18th century. The town and its inhabitants derived great civic and personal wealth from the trade which laid the foundations for the port's future growth. liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/h…
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…
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/…
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…
The ISS has port and starboard lights! nasa.gov/mission_pages/st…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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/…
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…
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 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…
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…
There was a proposed project to construct a deepwater port in Alaska by detonating atomic bombs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
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…
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…
Port Royal,visited in "Pirates of the Caribbean", was a real pirate city. An earthquake, resulting tsunami and soil liquefaction partially sank and completely destroyed the Jamaican town in 1692. The HMS Swan was washed from the harbor on to a roof top and was a haven for survivors. history.com/this-day-in-h…
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…
Sihanoukville is Cambodia's sole deep water port. The French colonial administration preferred to use Saigon for international trade and the Mekong River for further distribution. Thus Cambodia's access to high sea's trade was via the Mekong which required passage through Vietnamese territory en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sih…
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-…
Bananas (and kitty litter) are radioactive enough that they frequently trips the sensors at U.S. ports of entry meant to detect nuclear material being smuggled in shipping containers. nti.org/analysis/articles…
After the 1944 Port Chicago disaster, Congress initially planned to give each victim's family $5,000 before Representative John E. Rankin, on learning most of the victims were black, intervened to lower the award to $3,000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
Wuhan's former Hankou district used to have five foreign concessions belonging to the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Germany, and Japan. In the 1920s and 30s, Hankou was also one of the Yangtze River ports patrolled by the US Navy to keep the peace and maintain US interests in the area en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
In the 19th century, Canada built disposable ships to avoid paying outlandish British Timber taxes. These were barely seaworthy crafts, assembled from loose timber, allowing them to be easily dismantled upon arrival in British ports and sold piece by piece to shipbuilders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Id Software made a prototype PC port of Super Mario 3 and showed it to Nintendo, who declined permission to fully develop it, leading to them making Commander Keen, which then lead to them being able to publish Wolfenstein 3D, and finally lead them to creating DooM. vice.com/en_us/article/vv…
40% of America’s population can trace their ancestry through the port of Ellis Island nps.gov/npnh/learn/news/f…
Swiss farmers are installing stomach ports in cows to monitor digestive health youtu.be/-HWUNjO-Lvo
Aralsk, Kazakhstan, and Moynaq, Uzbekistan, were once major ports and robust fishing hubs of the Aral Sea before the lake dried up. Today, the seabed has completely dried out in Moynaq, while part of the North Aral Sea in Kazakhstan has been revived, with water and economy returning to Aralsk pulitzercenter.org/report…
IPhones have moisture sensors that turn red if exposed to water. In newer models the sensor is in the charging port, making it easy to detect water damage before purchasing a used phone wikihow.tech/Check-if-You…
Today I learned of the SS Jedah, 1n 1880 most of the crew abandoned ship in a storm and left almost 1000 passengers to die. 4 days later the ship arrived in port with the passengers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
One of the highest paid jobs in the country is a Harbor Pilot, where they specialize in piloting large cargo ships into shipping ports with precision; they can earn over $400,000 a year npr.org/2012/03/21/149091…
A home for orphaned boys in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is a walled, secure complex that also includes a guest house that can hold as many as 24 visitors. In a country without reliable access to museum-quality art, the home has a wide-ranging, deep collection of Haitian paintings latimes.com/travel/la-tr-…
The term "Lingua Franca" didn't arise from when French was the dominant international language, it's an older term referring to the "Mediterranean Lingua Franca", a pidgin mix of Italian, Occitan, Turkish, and others used in ports since the medieval period, when Frank referred to West Europeans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Polydactyly (having many fingers) in cats was seen by sailors as advantageous for catching mice aboard ships. Consequently there is a high proportion of these cats in sea port areas such as Boston, Nova Scotia and Great Britain. wagwalking.com/cat/condit…
The tiny Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius was crucial to the US victory in the Revolutionary War. As a neutral port with no customs duties, it was one of the few places from which the young US could obtain military stores. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
, that according to US Naval tradition, submarines that have not been confirmed to be destroyed are still on patrol. Since WWII, there are 52 submarine patrols that have not reported in, returned to port, or confirmed to be destroyed dailyreckoning.com/still-…
Half-Life 2 has a Japanese arcade port. Aside from the G-Man introductory cut-scene, Half-Life 2: Survivor contains none of Half-Life 2's story elements, levels, or physics-based puzzles. Though the game is played with two joysticks and pedals it has since been emulated and is available on PC. combineoverwiki.net/wiki/…
The word β€œquarantine” comes from the 40-day period, or β€œquaranti giorni,” that ships were required to wait outside of the port Venice, Italy during the time of the Black Death (1346-53). history.howstuffworks.com…
After the Atari port of Missile Command sold over 2 million copies, they gave the developer a free turkey, which prompted him to leave the company en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ata…
The northern city of Arkhangelsk was the chief seaport of Russia until 1703. Peter realized that Arkhangelsk would always be limited as a port due to the five months of ice cover, and after a successful campaign against Swedish armies in the Baltic area, he founded St. Petersburg audioboom.com/posts/72256…
An $80 worth of coca leaves, from a Colombian peasant, can sell for $800 as coca paste, $2,147 as pure cocaine in Colombian ports, $34,000 just over the US border, and $120,000 on the streets of New York. bullfax.com/?q=node-formu…
Today I learned about the Port Jackson Shark. Only found in a certain part of Australia, their eggs are shaped like a long corkscrew, and commonly wash up on beaches around the country. australianmuseum.net.au/l…
The French port of Cherbourg, after being liberated from the Nazis in 1944, became the busiest port in the world as the allies used it to supply their forces in France en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
After a Black Watch sniper was photographed as a gust of wind lifted his kilt during a flag-lowering ceremony, commanders revealed that there were no rules about wearing underwear. Unofficially, those who wear underwear at mess events are fined a bottle of port. scmp.com/article/193552/i…
In French, the word "portmanteau" means a clothes rack, and it comes from combining the words "port" and "manteau", or "carry" and "cloak". This means the English word "portmanteau" is itself a portmanteau but not a portmanteau. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
The US government collaborated with the Italian mafia during WWII in order to counter Axis spies and saboteurs along the US. Northern eastern seaboard ports, as well as to avoid wartime labor union strikes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
USB cables are designed to be weaker than you phone port - so that they will break, instead of your device androidauthority.com/10-r…
Today I learned about the Halifax Explosion, the biggest man-made explosion of the pre-atomic age, which occurred on Dec. 6, 1917. It devastated the port city of Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada, leveling more than a square mile of the waterfront, killing more than 2,000 people, and injuring 9,000 more. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
The Republic of China or Taiwanese Navy β€œclosed” the ports of the Chinese People’s Republic (in reality, this was an armed blockade) between 1949 and 1953 journals.openedition.org/…
The modern shipping container's invention is owed to Malcom McLean, a former truck driver who saw a need to ship goods in a more innovative way. By taking a truck trailer's box and inventing a system revolved around getting it from port-to-port, the shipping container was born. smithsonianmag.com/innova…
On May 27,1942,the British rushed a destroyer packed with explosives against the Joubert form,a basin of the port of Saint-Nazaire.The basin was then the only one on the Atlantic coast capable of hosting the Tirpitz,the largest battleship ever launched in Europe.The operation was a success en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_…
On Sunday, February 7, 1932, US Adm. Harry E. Yarnell launched a successful surprise "attack" against Pearl Harbor using two aircraft carriers in a naval exercise. He "destroyed" every ship in port and every airfield nearby. The US made no effort to safeguard Hawaii from aircraft attack ussflierproject.com/tags/…
The first online FPS, DOOM, uses port 666. iana.org/assignments/serv…
The USS William D. Porter, a destroyer in WW2, sank its sister ship leaving port, almost assassinated President FDR (twice), and finally ended up being sunk by a plane that had already crashed. warhistoryonline.com/inst…
Today I learned about the Lady in white aka Perla Siedle Gibson from South Africa who would stand at the port and sing for the servicemen as their ships sailed in and out of Durban during WW2 and beyond. She was a true inspiration and motivation for hundreds of thousands of soldiers and became famous for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
On July 17, 1944, the Port Chicago disaster killed 320 sailors and civilians when deadly munitions exploded while being loaded onto a cargo vessel bound for the Pacific Theater of Operations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
After the massacre of their delegation at a peace conference in San Antonio, the Comanche launched a massive raid into the Republic of Texas. The town of Victoria was looted and Linnville, the second largest port city in Texas at the time, was sacked and burnt to the ground. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
In 1719, prisoners in Paris were allowed to go free, under the condition that they marry prostitutes and go with them to Louisiana. The newly married couples were chained together and taken to the port of embarkation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Today I learned about the Nazi Battleship Tirpitz, the heaviest warship ever made by a European Navy. It was built in violation of post WWI treaties imposed on Germany. Due to its massive fuel cost and constant aircraft attacks by the Allies it hardly ever left port before being destroyed in 1944. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
In 1999 $20 million in funding was raised to create DigiScents' iSmell which plugged into a USB port and smelled pcworld.com/article/12577…
The Indian city of Mumbai actually used to be 7 little islands but the British filled up the sea to make a new port city en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
In 18th century, there was Russian settlement and port in California, called Fortress Ross (ΠšΡ€Ρ£ΠΏΠΎΡΡ‚ΡŒ Россъ). There was sizable Russian population including several farms around. To this day, there are several restored Russian buildings serving as historical site. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Starboard means "steer"board, which is the side of the steering oar on the right side since most people are right-handed. Naturally in that case, the left-side will be where you dock with the "Port". simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
The Chinese city of Khorgas is an international dry port, as it connects land-locked Kazakhstan to the sea port of Lianyungang in China en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kho…
Port Arthur, Ontario, was the first city in the world to enact Daylight Saving time on July 1st, 1908 wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylig…
Today I learned about the SEGA Channel. A videogame streaming service from the early 90's that allowed users to plug a coaxial cable adapter into the cartridge port of their Genesis. This allowed them to download tons of games and demos for the low monthly price of $14.99. youtube.com/watch?v=-T3mG…
Today in history, Commander John Paul Jones lead a raid on the port town of Whitehaven, England during the American Revolution. history.com/this-day-in-h…
1830's advertisements to entice people to move to Houston Texas, show the town as a bustling port city nestled next to a range of mountains, despite the port not built yet and the closest mountain over 500 miles away. houstonchronicle.com/loca…
The dropping of the New Years Ball was inspired by the "Time Ball" dropped from observatories to allow ships in port to calibrate their clocks for navigation purposes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Peru technically has an Atlantic Ocean port. The city of Iquitos, with a population of 471,993, is the largest city without connection to the rest of its nation by road. However, ships can sail from Iquitos down the Amazon River into the Atlantic without impediment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iqu…
The food company Frey Bentos is named after the port of Frey Bentos in Uruguay. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The Mississippi River has been forced through New Orleans artificially by a series of floodgates. If they fail it will shift course 85 miles west and make America's largest port effectively useless overnight. wunderground.com/blog/Jef…
The Tappan Zee Bridge was built further north at a wider part of the Hudson River so it was barely outside of the jurisdiction of the Port Authority, therefore giving all toll revenue to New York State. npr.org/2014/05/14/312523…
Photography, beer, chocolate, coffee and billiards were all introduced to Japan via the same 2.2 acre trading port, which for 212 years served as the only place of direct trade between Japan and the outside world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dej…
WWII German cruiser Admiral Graf Spee and her captain Hans Langsdorff. While he did take prisoners, he also sent distress signals for Allied sailors to be rescued, allowed escape by lifeboat before sinking the ship and released his prisoners while in port for repairs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
The Japanese Empire was already infamous for surprise attacks without a prior declaration of war well before Pearl Harbor, having done so in 1904 at the Battle of Port Arthur. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
There is a British run Post Office in Port Lockroy, Antarctica that handles 80 000 postcards and letters each season telegraph.co.uk/news/2017…
SpaceX plans on building a 250,000-square-foot Mars rocket factory located in the Port of Los Angeles. Groundbreaking new carbon fiber technology will be used to build the Big Falcon Rocket, which will stand 15% taller than the Statue of Liberty, and be able to transport 100 people. uk.businessinsider.com/el…
Gabe Newell helped port Doom to Windows 95 because Bill Gates saw that Doom was installed on more PCs than Microsoft Windows doom.wikia.com/wiki/WinDo…
The idiom "When my ship comes in" originated with sailors' wives who promised to pay off debts when the sailors' ships returned to port. superbeefy.com/what-does-…
Before choosing "Town of Kansas", investors rejected the names "Rabbitville", "Port Fonda", and "Possum Trot" for the area that would become Kansas City. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In 1987, a ferry left port with its bow doors wide open and immediately sank. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_…
The top 3 deadliest lone wolf shootings did not occur in the US, but actually occured in Korea, Norway, and Australia. The third most deadly shooting was by a mentally handicapped heir to a small fortune, who used an AR-15 to attack a former prison colony in Port Arthur, Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The Black Death arrived in Norway on a ghost ship that just so happened become beached near a major port. Even tho all the crew had died the surviving rats and flees managed to spread the disease throughout the country and later to Sweeden and Russia. io9.gizmodo.com/the-black…
George Metesky, also known as β€œthe Mad Bomber”, Metesky planted nearly 30 bombs throughout New Yorkβ€” Penn Station, Port Authority,and Radio City Music Hall, as well as in various phone boothsβ€”nearly half of which exploded, ultimately causing more than a dozen injuries but no deaths. britannica.com/biography/…
The world's oldest person attributed her ripe old age (122) to a diet of olive oil, port wine and 1kg of chocolate per week. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
One of the WW2 cruiser USS Louisville's main turrets was destroyed by a direct hit from a Kamikaze, then discarded and forgotten at port for years before it was converted into a rotating nuclear blast recording device at a Nevada test site news.vegas/news/iteam-wwi…
In the movie Titanic, when the helmsman turns port (left) after receiving the order of "hard a' starboard", it wasn't a mistake made by the hemlsman or the movie. The order was in reference to the tiller, not the direction of the boat. kakopa.webcindario.com/sa…
Armenians were among the earliest merchants and traders to arrive in Singapore after Sir Stamford Raffles established it as a trading port in 1819 and the Armenian Church is the oldest Christian church in Singapore. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
The American flag present on the deck of the USS Missouri during signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender was the same flag that Commodore Matthew Perry flew when the U.S. Navy's Far East Squadron sailed into Tokyo Bay to force the opening of Japan's ports to foreign trade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…

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