Today I learned about Benson rafts, huge rafts up to 1000 feet long made of thousands of logs lashed together that used to be floated across 1,100 miles of open ocean from the mouth of the Columbia River to San Diego as a cheaper alternative to sending the logs by rail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Today I learned about the Great Papago Escape where twenty-five Germans successfully tunneled out of an Arizona POW camp near Phoenix. They built a raft, hoping to float their way down the Salt River, and eventually into the Gulf of California. Their plan failed when they learned the river was mostly dry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned of Thor Heyerdahl who sailed from South America to Polynesia in a hand-built homemade raft to prove that ancient humans could've reached South America via Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
At the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, American and Australian aircraft killed hundreds of Japanese troops on life-rafts fleeing sunken transports to prevent them from returning to combat en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
James Cameron altered just one scene of the night sky when Rose is on the raft because according to Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the star field Rose sees wasn't accurate for the time and place. Cameron asked him for the correct one and changed it for the Titanic re-release in 2012. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
In 1973 before reality TV, an anthropologist sailed across the Atlantic with 11 attractive people of different races/sex/nationalities. Known as the "sex raft" he'd purposely done this to stoke sexual relations, create tension, and purposely sought danger to see if humans would act like monkeys. theguardian.com/film/2019…
Today I learned about Navy Seaman Charles Jackson French who, after his ship the USS Gregory was sunk in WWII, swam for 6-8 hours towing a raft of 15 survivors through shark-infested waters. He later received the Navy Cross. ishof.org/assets/charles-…
Today I learned of Thor Heyerdahl, the Norwegian adventurer and scientist, who became notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, in which he sailed 8,000 km (5,000 mi) across the Pacific Ocean in a hand-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands to prove the Ancients could've accomplished this too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Nazi Prisoners built a raft and escaped their POW camp. Only to find that the Salt River had run dry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
On 1816, after the French frigate ran aground the coast of Mauritania, 150 passengers and sailors went on a raft. They were found 15 days later, only 15 survived, the rest dying from drowning, hunger and violence from other survivors. Most had to eat human flesh to survive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The second officer of the Titanic, who survived by swimming from the sinking ship to a capsized raft, later in life sailed his civilian craft to Dunkirk and helped evacuate over 130 men. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Although sea otters forage alone, they form large single-sex rafts to rest. The biggest otter raft that has been spotted so far contained 2000 male otters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Today I learned of the Cargo Ship Joyita, found drifting in the South Pacific in 1955. It had been abandoned by her 16 crewmen and 9 passengers, who apparently took to the ship's lifeboats and life rafts. None of them were ever seen again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_…
Louis Zamperini was an olympic athlete, and a bombardier in the US Air Corps. He survived two crash landings, was afloat on a raft for 47 days in the ocean, survived 'Execution Island' in Japan, and was horribly abused in a POW (Prisoner of War) Camp. Louis lived for 97 years, and died in 2014. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
An 11 year old girl survived four days on a 2ft by 5ft raft after her family was murdered and the boat she was on sank. She went years without knowing for sure who killed them. [fixed] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
James Cameron altered the stars in the night sky of the raft scene in Titanic 3D after Neil DeGrasse Tyson sent him a "snarky email" pointing out that the star field would have been different in 1912. mediaite.com/online/james…
3 men escaped from Alcatraz by digging holes in their cells using spoons, accessing an unguarded utility corridor. They climbed onto the roof, down a 50' drainpipe and over two 12' security fences before inflating a makeshift raft and swimming across the Bay. Their bodies have never been found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun…
Built on the site of a pre-Columbian town, Xochimilco is famous for its floating gardens. Locals constructed branch and reed rafts on the lake, covered them with mud from the bottom of the lake, and cultivated fruits, vegetables, and flowers, which they shipped to Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City) britannica.com/place/Xoch…
Today I learned about Eddie Rickenbacker, Teen Race Car Driver (1911 Indy 500), WWI Ace (26 kills), Owner/Operator of Indianapolis Speedway 1937-45, Survived 24 Days in a Life Raft in WWII, Founder of Eastern Airlines, and Survivor of Numerous Airplane Crashes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…
A group of penguins is called a Waddle on land, but a Raft in water. penguins-world.com/what-d…
During an attack on Japanese installation on Chichijima in WWII, flak hit George H.W. Bush's plane and his engine caught fire. Despite this, he completed his attack and released bombs over his target, scoring several hits. Bush waited for hours in an inflatable raft until he was rescued. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In 2012, Jose Alvarenga, a Salvadorian fisherman, survived 438 days on a raft in the Pacific Ocean. With no motor or GPS or food, he survived on raw turtle and fish, rain water, turtle blood, and his own urine. He is believed to be the longest surviving castaway. amp.theguardian.com/world…
Male Siamese Fighting Fish - due to the lack of oxygen in the stale waters they live - create rafts of bubbles. Mating involves both fish embracing each other until the female releases her eggs, the male then fertilizes them, then both capture them and place them into the bubbles one-by-one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sia…
The shipwreck of The Medusa in 1816 forced 151 men to take refuge on an improvised raft. When supplies ran low, several injured men were thrown into the sea, and some of the survivors resorted to cannibalism. After 13 days at sea, the raft was discovered with only 15 men still alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Poon Kim holds the record for surviving adrift in a life raft at 133 days in 1942-43. When told no one had ever survived longer on a raft at sea, he replied, "I hope no one will ever have to break that record." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poo…
The longest anyone has ever survived in a shipwrecked raft was 133 days by a Chinese man named Poon Lim. He survived the ordeal by fishing, drinking bird blood, and killing a shark with a jug of water. He died exactly 23 years ago at the age of 72. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poo…
If a submarine is downed and there is no submarine rescue vehicle nearby, the crew put on special pressurised suits which float them to the top and act as a one man life raft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub…
The first script of Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark had a mine chase, an escape in Shanghai using a rolling gong as a shield, and a jump from an airplane in a raft, none of which made it into the film, but all of which were later used in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Thor Heyerdahl stated that ancient people from South America could have settled in Polynesia, but most anthropologists didn't believe him. So in 1947 he built a primitive raft and made the 101-day journey himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon…
Today I learned of the great escape attempt of Juan, an Andean spectacled bear in Berlin zoo. Juan paddled across a moat using a log as a raft, scaled a wall and then finally appeared to commandeer a bicycle before being shot with a tranquiliser gun. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world…
Today I learned of special value to the military during WW2 was navigator Harold Gatty’s long study of Polynesian seafaring skills over millennia. In 'The Raft Book', he laid out simple and practical methods of determining location and charting a course to shore in a lifeboat or dinghy without a map and compass blog.library.si.edu/blog/…
Thor Heyerdahl traveled over 4000 miles across the Pacific Ocean in a wooden raft to demonstrate his theory that Polynesians came from South America history.com/news/thor-hey…
When fire ants are threatened with flooding, they all huddle together and form a raft that can float for weeks before they need sustenance. scientificamerican.com/ar…
A Norwegian adventurer with a diverse group of people sailed from Morocco to Barbados using a boat made from Papyrus based on Ancient Egyptian models. He has also sailed from South America to Polynesian Islands using a raft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Poon Lim survived 133 days alone on raft at sea by fishing, drinking bird blood, and killing a shark with a jug of water. freepages.genealogy.roots…
A man named Poon Lim survived 133 days at sea on an 8 square foot raft after his ship was sunk by a U-boat. To stay alive he drank the blood of animals he caught and at one point killed a shark with a jug of water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poo…
Students in Korea made a raft from potato chip bags to demonstrate how much air is in them blogs.wsj.com/korearealti…
On August 16, 1942, a military blimp left San Francisco bay on a routine submarine-spotting mission. A few hours later, the airship wandered back over land and crashed with nobody aboard. Life rafts and other gear had not been touched. To this day the two man crew has never been found. check-six.com/Crash_Sites…
Poon Lim survived 133 days alone on a raft at sea by fishing, drinking bird blood, and killing a shark with a jug of water freepages.genealogy.roots…
In 2015 and 2016 New Zealand held two referendums to decide on a new design for their national flag. After the shortlist was announced, changed, and a raft of controversy and criticisms, a winner was announced, and almost 57% voted in March 2016 to keep the existing flag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Bear Grylls faked many of his 'Survivor' scenes by using smoke machines for volcanos, using rafts built by pros, showing domestic horses as mustangs and staying in hotels entertainment.timesonline…
Sea Otters are known to hold hands in groups - called a raft - while they eat, sleep and rest, to prevent families losing each other while adrift on water. thecrazyfacts.com/sea-ott…
Today I learned of the Meduse, a ship with 400 passengers that ran aground. 151 of the passengers were forced onto a hastily built raft, and then abandoned at sea. After 13 days, only 15 men remained on the raft, after the others were killed by each other or storms. The men survived through cannibalism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Three college students from South Korea made rafts out of potato chip bags to prove they have to much air in them. kotaku.com/college-studen…
Pumice can form free-floating rafts so large that they can be mistaken for islands and that animals can migrate between landmasses on them. wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumice…
Two kittens, and three men, crossed the Atlantic on a raft made of 9 telephone poles in 1956. The kittens were given to the Duke of Bedford, the Queen's cousin, and lived out their days in luxury. theglobeandmail.com/news/…
A Norwegian anthropologist crossed the Pacific Ocean on a primitive balsawood raft to prove his theory that South Americans could have originally populated Polynesia. history.com/news/thor-hey…
Fire ants can survive floods for up to 12 hours in a flood by creating a raft made of the entire colony; the raft floats until it comes into contact with a dry item, including oars, boats... wsav.com/2015/10/06/video…
The largest bell ever made was lost in a theft from Burma in 1608. Needing its metal to arm his galleon, Filipe de Brito used elephants, a mercenary army and a raft tied to the ship on the River Bago for transport. The bell sank taking his galleon with it, and both are still under the water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil…
The first recorded raft crossing of the Atlantic took place in 1956 with a crew of three humans and two kittens crossing from Nova Scotia to Cornwall, England. A cousin of Queen Elizabeth adopted the kittens. purr-n-fur.org.uk/featuri…

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