The Prince hit β€œPurple Rain” was actually recorded in front of an audience at a charity event and that guitarist Wendy Melvoin was only 19 at the time and playing the song live for the very first time. wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple…
The song Fire and Rain by James Taylor is about his reaction to his friend Suzanne Schnare’s suicide and his experiences with drug addiction and fame. He found out about the death 6 months later as his friends kept it from him as they were concerned it might distract him from his big break. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
The NASA Vehicle Assembly Building is so large, in fact, that it has its own weather. On humid days, rain clouds can form below the ceiling, requiring about 10,000 tons of air conditioning equipment to control the moisture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veh…
That the Female Black Rain Frog (Breviceps Fuscus) secrete a special sticky substance from their backs, so that the male frogs don't fall off during the act of intercourse. boredpanda.com/black-rain…
Houses in Bermuda have white stepped roofs to harvest rain water and store it, as the island has no fresh-water springs, rivers or lakes. bbc.com/news/amp/magazine…
The song "November Rain" was left off of Guns N' Roses major breakthrough album "Appetite for Destruction" at the last minute, as "Sweet Child of Mine" was thought to be enough of a ballad for one album. loudwire.com/guns-n-roses…
Today I learned about rain of animals, a rare meteorological phenomenon in which flightless animals fall from the sky. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
There is a tortoise, called the Radiated Tortoise, that when it rains, they stand as high as they can on all 4 legs, and do a "rain dance" societyforscience.org/blo…
Prince had a follow-up to Purple Rain called Graffiti Bridge. It was nominated for 5 Razzies - worst film, worst director, worst screenplay, worst actor and worst new star princevault.com/index.php…
The UK sits under 5 different air masses, creating unpredictable weather patterns and mimicking both tropical and polar climates. Although on the same latitude as Canada the UK often gets rain instead of snow throughout the year and humidity compared to that of a rainforest in summer. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-2…
Today I learned about The Tree of Life in Bahrain which is more than 400 years old. Despite Bahrain having little to no rain throughout the year, the tree is abundantly covered in green leaves but it is not certain how the tree survives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
A family survived a shipwreck by taking enemas of turtle blood and rain water collected in the bottom of their lifeboat. Drinking the mixture orally would have been poisonous and led to their deaths. They were rescued after 37 days. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
In 2013 in the Yamal Peninsula in Russia, unusually warm temperatures brought rain to the peninsula, which then froze. Reindeer couldn't dig through the ice to find food, resulting in tens of thousands of reindeer starving to death. cntraveler.com/gallery/10…
Saturn's rings rain ice onto the planet nature.com/articles/49617…
Today I learned of exoplanet K2-141 b whose precipitation isn’t raining water droplets, but is instead a β€œrain” made of rocks. The planet is so hot (over 5,000 Degrees F) that it has oceans made up of lava which evaporate, condense in the atmosphere, and then rain back to the surface as rocks. earthsky.org/space/k2-141…
In 2001, while performing the song "Two Step," Dave Matthews sang the words "Let it rain" and immediately the crowd was poured on by a violent rain and hail storm, which did not stop until the song concluded. This performance has now been called "Two Step in the Rain." bestsongsever.com/dave-ma…
New Zealand has an official Wizard. He was initially threatened with arrest because of his antics, but after being named a living work of art and performing a successful rain dance during a drought, the PM named him The official Wizard of NZ, Antarctica, and relevant offshore areas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
50 years ago, fried chicken tycoon David Bamberger used his fortune to purchase 5,500 acres of overgrazed land in the Texas Hill Country. Planting grasses to soak in rains and fill hillside aquifers, Bamberger devoted the rest of his life to restoring the degraded landscape. youtu.be/ZSPkcpGmflE
The biggest warning siren ever was made by Chrysler and powered by a V8 Hemi engine. It was 12' long, weighed 3 tons, was able to be heard in a 2000 square mile area, condensed fog into rain, and sometimes knocked birds out of the sky. amusingplanet.com/2019/08…
Prince originally wrote "Purple Rain" as a country song and intended it to be a collaboration with Stevie Nicks, but she felt too overwhelmed to do it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pur…
Humans have eyebrows to keep their eyes clean, and clear from rain, sweat, and light healthline.com/health/why…
There is a man called JosΓ© Salvador Alvarenga who holds the Guinness World Record for longest time being lost at sea. He was lost for 438 days in a boat that was about 7 meters long and almost one meter wide. He survived by eating raw fish, turtles and birds and by drinking rain water. smh.com.au/lifestyle/how-…
It rains diamonds in abundance on Saturn and Jupiter. These two planets are the largest in our solar system and are filled with gas with extreme negative temperatures that under the effect of lightning produced by thunderstorms produce more than 1000 tons of diamond every year. nypost.com/2013/10/15/its…
In 2005, scientists discovered a planet 63 light years from Earth which they named HD 189733b. The daytime temperatures reach 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit, and it rains molten glass and silicone particles sideways at speeds of up to 5,400 miles per hour abc.net.au/news/2013-07-1…
There is a valley in Antarctica called the 'Dry Valleys' which scientists consider to be the closest of any terrestrial environment to Mars, and which hasn't received any rain in almost 2 million years. nasa.gov/multimedia/image…
Once a year, in the city of Yoro, Honduras, it rains fish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llu…
Rain chains are an alternative to downspouts and are more commonly found in Japan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Columbo’s famous overcoat was not part of the wardrobe department’s clothing selection, but originally purchased and owned by actor Peter Falk himself. In 1966, Falk was walking in New York when it started to rain, he entered a random shop and bought a raincoat to stay dry. columbo-site.freeuk.com/r…
Today I learned of the Great Flood of 1862, in which a 500-year storm dumped 10 feet of rain and snow on California over 43 days. The Central Valley flooded was flooded for three months, and the capitol temporarily moved to SF from Sacramento. Los Angeles' three major rivers merged, creating an inland sea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
China launched a localized cloud seeding project in Beijing shortly before the 2008 Olympics, which successfully forced anticipated rains to fall before the event started. theguardian.com/sport/200…
Today I learned about the Olympic Mountain "Rain Shadow", a natural phenomenon where the Olympic Mountains block almost all moisture from the Pacific Ocean from reaching eastern Olympic Peninsula myportangeles.com/rain-sh…
Frog rains do exist. There is no proper explanation to why this happens though tornadoes such as waterspouts are said to be responsible. science.howstuffworks.com…
Cloud seeding is a type of weather modification that disperses substances into the air to increase precipitation (rain or snow) and serve as hail and fog suppression. It is widely practiced around ski resorts and airports. science.sciencemag.org/co…
Giraffes necks are actually too short. The Giraffe (and its rain forest relative, the Okapi) have necks that are so short relative to their legs and chest that they must splay or bend their legs. blog.londolozi.com/2011/1…
In 2010, Korea temporarily removed tariffs on napa cabbage and radish imports because heavy rains and subsequent loss of crops, and therefore lack of kimchi, was considered a national crisis koreatimes.co.kr/www/news…
The US Postal Service creed "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" is a translation of the phrase by ancient Greek historian Herodotus which referred to mounted Persian postal couriers around 500BC en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The reason why sidewalks aren't flat and smooth is because they drag a broom over the wet concrete to prevent people from falling when it rains concretenetwork.com/slip-…
The exoplanet HAT-P-7b β€˜rains’ rubies and sapphires. The gas giant is tidally locked, with the same side facing its star. On its β€˜night’ side, high precipitation of corundumβ€”the mineral which forms rubies and sapphiresβ€”is found in the atmosphere. exoplanets.nasa.gov/news/…
Fungi spores can make it rain cosmosmagazine.com/geosci…
William Henry Harrison was the oldest man inaugurated as president (until Reagan). Harrison seemed determined to show that a man his age was up to the rigors of the presidency, but after standing out in the cold rain for two hours, President Harrison fell ill and died 31 days after inauguration loc.gov/wiseguide/aug05/h…
Russia uses a technique called "Cloud Seeding" to try to prevent rain and snow during important holidays independent.co.uk/news/wo…
It is not uncommon for it to rain spiders in Australia. youtu.be/4A1VFYz9ld8
You should wait 72 hours after it rains to swim in the ocean. Storm runoff that empties into the ocean carries increased levels of contaminants, like bacteria, fertilizers, and sewage. Swimming in the ocean too soon can increase your risk of various infections. caseagrant.ucsd.edu/news/…
There's a Jupiter-like planet where it rains rubies and sapphires gizmodo.co.uk/2016/12/it-…
Covered bridges are designed with roofs to protect and preserve the wooden structure from the elements. Uncovered wooden bridges typically have a lifespan of only 20 years because of the effects of rain and sun, but a covered bridge could last 100 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cov…
People with sensitive noses are capable of smelling when it's about to rain due to atmospheric chemicals reacting and creating ozone, which has a pungent, sweet smell. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Ants make up 15 to 20% of the terrestrial animal biomass. In rain forests, as much as 25% of it is ants. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
If ripening cherries are not dried after it rains, they will soak up the water, split, and can't be picked and sold. Helicopters slowly maneuver 5 feet over the trees. The intense rotor wash blasts the water off the cherries! (this is part of the reason cherries are expensive) youtu.be/6mmA_nZXbeQ?t=21…
'Chemtrails' are a thing (kind of). 'Cloud Seeding' is a surprisingly wide used method where planes are spraying chemicals (like sodium chloride aka salt) into clouds to increase the amount of precipitation e.g. to try getting more rain in dry regions. youtu.be/8GQAXxmiSdk
In June of Year Without Summer (1816), a group of writers had to stay indoors in Switzerland because of β€œincessant rain”. As a result of a contest to write the scariest story, Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, Lord Byron wrote A Fragment, a precursor to Dracula en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…

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