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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Korean college students once protested against the amount of air in potato chip packets by building a raft out of them and sailing across a river. kotaku.com/college-studen…
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_…
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…
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…
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…
A group of penguins is called a Waddle on land, but a Raft in water. penguins-world.com/what-d…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
In 1867, an explosion occurred during the construction of the Hoosac Tunnel while workers were digging in a shaft. A survey of the accident reported no survivors. Several months later, workers reached the shaft bottom and found out several victims survived long enough to build a raft. hoosactunnel.net/central.…
In Hong Kong they import medium-sized oysters and put in cages suspended in rafts and farm them. It takes 6 to 12 months to grow to marketable size, otherwise when farmed from spat, it would take them 4 to 5 years to grow. kuula.co/post/7ln7P
A species of sea snail bubbles water to make themselves rafts and drift trough the ocean where they feed. They can't swim so if their rafts burst they sink and die. They also begin their lives as males and later change ther gender to female. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
Three men escaped Alcatraz in a raft made of raincoats. The FBI never found them. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/J…
Today I learned of the barrel raft boys. Two friends who took a trip down the Mississippi on a home built raft. twincities.com/2014/07/12…
Giant rafts of Pumice up to 300 miles long can be created when super-heated, highly pressurized rock is violently ejected from near ocean volcanoes and rapidly cools and depressurizes in the surrounding water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pum…
The frigate which inspired the painting "The Raft of the Medusa" did not sink after it got stuck on the bank, and 17 men chose to remain in the ship rather than boarding the raft. When help arrived 54 days later, 3 were still alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Ernest Hemingway's brother founded a nation off the coast of Jamaica that consisted of a raft and 7 citizens. It had currency, postage, and a constitution. listofmicronations.com/lo…
Pumice is an extremely porous type of volcanic rock and can actually float on water. Giant rafts of this floating rock can occur after volcanic eruptions and some biologists suggest that animals and plants have migrated from island to island on pumice rafts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pum…
Today I learned of the Submarine Parachute Assistance Group, a Royal Navy unit that saves sunken submariners by parachuting into the sea with life rafts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub…
Some 1,200,000 Cubans (about 10% of the current population) left the island for the United States between 1959 and 1993, often by sea in small boats and fragile rafts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Both army ants and fire ants build towers, bridges, rafts, and temporary nests constructed by linking their own bodies together. quantamagazine.org/ants-b…
3 Alcatraz escapees used: fake heads of plaster, paint, human hair in their beds to fool night guards, drill made from vacuum motor to loosen air vents, 50+ raincoats for raft, paddles from a musical instrument, and a fake bolt made from soap to close their escape hatch. fbi.gov/news/stories/2007…
Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific in 1947 in a self-built raft to prove ancient people could have made contact between the continents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Frank Morris and his partners may have truly escaped from Alcatraz. In 2011, newly uncovered reports show a raft was found with foot prints leading away and a car was reported stolen in the area that night. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/F…
Groups of penguins are called something different if they are on land or water. Group of penguins on water are called a raft. On land they are called a Rookery or waddle penguins-world.com/what-d…
Human skeletons were found floating on rafts of volcanic pumice on the Indian ocean a year after the Krakatoa eruption of 1883 bom.gov.au/tsunami/histor…
In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific Ocean (4,300 miles/101 days) aboard the Kon-Tiki, a raft made of logs and hemp rope, attempting to prove that the Incas were technically capable of settling in Polynesia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon…
A man was the only survivor when his ship was sunk, and then spent 133 days drifting on a wooden raft. outdoorrevival.com/instan…
"Benson rafts", consisting of 19,000 cubic metres of logs tied together by 200 tons of chain, were used to transport lumber in the open ocean from the Washington-Oregon border to San Diego in the early 1900s. Some were 1000 ft (300 m) in length - longer than a Suezmax oil tanker! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Today I learned about a man who survived 133 days on a life raft in the Atlantic Ocean after the boat he was on sunk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poo…
Fire ants use their bodies to create living architecture. They band together to create bridges and rafts to stay afloat in water. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The famous German Film "Das Boot" was originally suppose to be an American production, however the American producers insisted that they include a fictitious scene where SS members of the crew kill a group of Americans in a life raft. They offered no reason for the SS to be on the U-boat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
In 1956 Two kittens and three French Canadians successfully floated from Canada to Britain on a log raft. theglobeandmail.com/news/…
A man named Thor sailed from Peru to Tuamoto in the Polynesian islands in 101 days on a self built raft just to prove it was possible. He also had a fear of water from nearly drowning a couple times as a child. wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor_H…
Steve Callahan lived the real 'Life of Pi' and inspired the movie. It was a story of man who survived 76 days at sea on raft and inspired epic film. mirror.co.uk/news/real-li…
"Booby Traps" get their name from the Spanish word 'bobo', which translates to a raft of variations on 'fool'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
The 16 survivors of the shipwreck Dundonald in 1907 lit a fire with dried matches that lasted 7 months on an island until their rescue. Sustained a fire on one of their three man made rafts. And Found a boat on another island without a sail, so they made one out of their clothes. paperspast.natlib.govt.nz…
In August 2006, the crew of the yacht Maiken, sailing out of the Vava'u island group, encountered a remarkable "stone sea." The phenomena they spotted were a series of pumice rafts resulting from a nearby eruption, one that was forming a new volcanic island in Tonga. snopes.com/photos/natural…
The 2012 Kermadec Islands eruption created a 300 mile (480km) by 30mile (4km) floating "island" of pumice, known as a pumice raft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Today I learned of Pumice Rafts; voluminous floating pieces of volcanic rock, some up to 300mi (480km) long, and they may have had an influence in the distribution of mammalian life, island to island! wired.com/2012/08/the-bio…
Fire ants form rafts when large numbers are placed in water. The rafts are impenetrable by water. If completely submerged, the ants form a ball that contains an air bubble. youtube.com/watch?v=GVJeM…
Fire ants can build living rafts by linking their bodies together youtube.com/watch?v=A042J…
In the late 1970s the US Coast Guard trained teams of pigeons to hunt for life rafts from boxes on the undersides of helicopters, by the end of the training the pigeons were correct 93% of the time compared to humans who spotted the life rafts correctly only 38% of the time uscg.mil/history/articles…
One man managed to be a professional race car driver, to shoot down more planes than any other American in WWI, and to survive 24 days at sea on a raft after a plane crash during WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…
Clint Eastwood was in a plane crash and swam 3 miles to shore on a raft while serving as an Army Lifeguard. This incident kept him from going to Korea with his unit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
Zamperini survived in a raft for 47 days after his bomber was downed in World War II, then was sent to a series of prisoner of war camps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
A Norwegain adventurer, in order to prove his theory that ancient people's could have done so, crossed the Pacific Ocean, from South America to Polynesia, on a raft made only from materials and techniques available in pre-Columbian America. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/K…
Today I learned of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who, while serving in WWII, crashed his plane into the Pacific, drifted on a raft for 47 days, was captured by the Japanese, becoming a POW for over 2 years, and somehow survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Purple bubble raft snails will encapsulate air in mucous and travel long distances on bubble rafts livescience.com/16476-bub…
After the successful return of the Apollo 13 astronauts, Grumman Aerospace jokingly (who had built the LEM used as a life raft by the crew) sent a towing bill of $312,000 to Rockwell, who had built the remainder of the module. everything2.com/title/Apo…
Fire ants will link together to form a buoyant raft to survive floods. npr.org/blogs/pictureshow…
Louis Zamperini survived on a raft for 47 days at sea by using hooks on his fingers to wrangle fish artofmanliness.com/2014/0…
Ernest Hemingway's brother, Leicester, tried to start his own country on a bamboo raft anchored off Jamaica eupdates.hrc.utexas.edu/s…
After their ship ran aground the crew of the MΓ©duse fabricated a raft, and after days at sea the strong threw the weak overboard to survive.. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
When fire ants are flooded that they instinctively form a living raft out of their own bodies. They keep the queen and larva in the center where it is most safe. [x-post /r/FuckingWithNature] youtube.com/watch?v=L2Zys…
Like ants, baby spiders too can form a raft when dropped in water. youtube.com/watch?v=icmrK…
A raft built using only the materials and technologies available in pre-Columbian times cross the Pacific in 1947. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon…
In 1973 a 6-month expedition crossed the Pacific on balsa wood rafts for 9200 miles, more than double the length of the famous Kon-Tiki expedition ballina.info/blog/2008/11…
It is possible to cross the Atlantic on a raft. google.com/hostednews/ap/…
That a Fire Ant colony has the ability to survive a flood by making a raft out of their bodies. news.sciencemag.org/scien…

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