Before Chesley Sullenberger and The Miracle on the Hudson Capt. Carlos Dardano landed a 737 on a narrow levee in New Orleans after the engines flamed out in a rainstorm in 1988. Capt. Dardano also only had one eye from when his plane was shot at during the civil war in El Salvador. nola.com/archive/article_…
Dinosaurs became a dominant species right after a 2 million year rainstorm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Filming Star Wars in Tunisia was hindered by the first major rainstorm in 50 years, and The Empire Strikes Back filming in Norway was hindered by the worst winter storm in 50 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1994, Oakville, WA experienced a rainstorm in which gelatinous blobs fell onto a farm. The blobs were examined and found to contain human white blood cells but they did not contain nuclei, which is something human white cells do have. Theories persist, but none have been proven correct. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak…
People from Alabama and Mississippi say "The devil is beating his wife" to refer to sun shining during a rainstorm. thejournal.ie/maps-americ…
Director Guillermo del Toro owns a house called, 'Bleak House.' In which, there a room with a never ending rainstorm projected onto all windows and audio to match. He often uses this room to write. scpr.org/programs/the-fra…
There is a gecko less than an inch long whose skin is completely hydrophobic. Without it's hydrophobic skin, because it's so Tiny, it could drown in a rainstorm. Instead it can float on open water. roaring.earth/unsinkable-…
Today I learned about the Cincinnati Privy Disaster, 31 girls ran into a privy on a school yard because of a sudden rainstorm, the floor collapsed, 9 children died. beltmag.com/cincinnati-pr…
After President Grover Cleveland lost his reelection bid in 1888 to Benjamin Harrison, Cleveland held an umbrella over his successor's head while Harrison delivered his inaugural address in a rainstorm. presidentprofiles.com/Gra…
During a rainstorm, the mangrove ant colony will send a soldier ant to plug up the entrance hole with its head. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Henry David Thoreau contracted bronchitis after counting the rings on tree stumps during a rainstorm at night. The bronchitis complicated his Tuberculosis and he died 2 years later. thoreau.eserver.org/wfchr…
Apollo 12 was hit by lightning at launch, as NASA stuck to its schedule despite a rainstorm. edn.com/electronics-blogs…
Gargoyles have a use other than being decorative, they are used to divide the flow of rainwater off the roof to minimize the potential damage from a rainstorm. crystalinks.com/gargoyles…
In the 1976 Olympic games, after a rainstorm doused the Olympic flame a few days after the games had opened, an official re-lit the flame using his cigarette lighter. Organizers quickly doused it again and relit it using a backup of the original flame. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
Akira Kurosawa dyed an entire water source of a town black to achieve a heavy rain effect during a rainstorm scene. tititudorancea.org/z/life…
To deal with the flooding in Kuala Lumpur, they built a road tunnel that can be cleared of all cars and used to divert flood waters in the event of a large rainstorm. youtube.com/watch?v=5eMpN…
The most dangerous time to drive in a rainstorm is the first five minutes after it starts to rain. driving.ca/Driving+rain+f…
When fog hits Redwood trees, the resulting condensation can douse the ground beneath it with the equivalent of a drenching rainstorm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fog…
Rainstorms in Las Vegas caused a flood that swept away hundreds of cars from the Caesars Palace Hotel parking lot, and left it under 20 feet of water. lasvegassun.com/news/1975…
Group "brainstorming" doesn't work -- it makes each individual in the group less creative. "[B]rainstorming groups think of far fewer ideas than the same number of people who work alone and later pool their ideas." newyorker.com/reporting/2…
Today I learned of the "Kochtopus", the influential network of foundations, think tanks, and political front groups funded by the Koch brothers.

Within today's popular thread on Anonymous' boycott of Koch products is a post with a link to an in-depth New Yorker article about the Koch brothers:

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer

I was unaware of their history and the extent of their influence. For example:

>A Republican campaign consultant who has done research on behalf of Charles and David Koch said of the Tea Party, β€œThe Koch brothers gave the money that founded it. It’s like they put the seeds in the ground. Then the rainstorm comes, and the frogs come out of the mudβ€”and they’re our candidates!”

> ...underwriting a huge network of foundations, think tanks, and political front groups. Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns a

... keep reading on reddit ➑

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