In 2011 Mythbusters accidentally fired a cannonball through a residential neighborhood. The show was testing a myth at the Alameda Sheriff's Department bomb range when the ball bounced 700 yards off course going through a house, across the street, off a roof and into a car. No one was injured. npr.org/2011/12/08/143349…
In during WW2, an American bomber -*ye olde pub*- was nearly shot down. A German fighter gave chase and once in range, he noticed the dead and injured crew and the terror in the pilots face. He didn’t attack and escorted the plane. Both pilots survived the war and finally met in 1990 jalopnik.com/why-a-german…
On June 15th, 1944, the Captain of the USS Texas (BB-35) intentionally flooded the lower decks of the ship so that he could further extend the range of the ship's guns while firing onto the fortified German-held positions of Isigny and Carentan. houstonchronicle.com/neig…
The Chinese city of Fancheng held out for nearly 6 years against the Mongols - until Kublai Khan's nephew sent him Muslim engineers from Iran that built counterweight trebuchets, with a range of 1,600 ft. and launching projectiles weighing 660 lbs. The city fell within a few days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The Kazakh singer/songwriter Dimash Kudaibergen has a vocal range of 6 octaves and 5 semitones and has performed songs in 12 different languages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dim…
Horses evolved on the great plains of North America. They migrated across the Bering land bridge to Asia, and all remaining horses died out in America. When the Spanish brought horses with them in the 16th century, they were returning them to their native ranges. britannica.com/animal/hor…
Sexsomnia is a sleep disorder where people experience sleep-related sexual behavior. These behaviors range from masturbation to sexual intercourse. People with this disorder engage in sexual behaviors while asleep, often with other people. healthline.com/health/sle…
β€˜Reach Out I'll Be There’ was written to be at the very top of vocalist Levi Stubb’s range, so that his voice would strain & crack trying to sing it. The band begged for it to not be released. It became their signature tune, and Rolling Stone ranked it as 206th greatest song of all time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rea…
Faith No More singer Mike Patton has the biggest vocal range of pop music, passing others such as previous record holder Axl Rose, Mariah Carey or David Lee Roth. spin.com/2014/05/mike-pat…
The length of time it takes for cyanide to kill a person ranges from around 2-5 minutes, and during this timeframe, they're fully conscious and experience every bit of the chemical's effects. labroots.com/trending/vid…
Horses hide pain very well, almost too well, due to their nature as range prey that historically wouldn't show weakness to their predators equitopiacenter.com/recog…
Today I learned about the Kinsey Scale, which is used in research to describe a person's sexual orientation based on one’s experience or response at a given time. The scale typically ranges from 0, meaning exclusively heterosexual, to a 6, meaning exclusively homosexual. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
In 2019, a British woman married her dog. She explained that after four failed engagements, 220 dates, and a range of unsatisfactory experiences in the search for love, she had given up on the male of her species - whereas with her dog, she felt that he had saved her and she had saved him theguardian.com/lifeandst…
In the aftermath of WWII from 1944 to 1950, over 12 million ethnic Germans emigrated or were forcibly removed from Eastern and Central Europe. Some were recent migrants; others' ancestors had lived there for centuries. Death toll estimates of the migration range from 500,000 to 2.5 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fli…
Point-blank range does not mean extremely close range. It means any distance over which a certain firearm can hit a target without the need to compensate for bullet drop. wikipedia.org/wiki/Point-…
All species of snake in the genus Chrysopelea are capable of performing gliding flight, with ranges as great as 100m. The snakes in this genus achieve this by leaping from branches, then sucking in their abdomen and flaring out their ribs, turning their body into a "pseudo concave wing". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
There is a gravel road out of Iqualit, in Canada's far northern Nunavut territory, that is labelled "the Road to Nowhere". In practice, the "End of the Road to Nowhere" is actually the gated entrance of a members-only shΠΎΠΎting range thewalrus.ca/running-the-…
The NRS-2 is a Soviet era combination gun and knife. The barrel faces out the bottom of the handle and has an effective range of 25 meters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NRS…
Today I learned about H.Pylori, a stomach bacteria thats possibly affecting over 50% of the world an most wont even know they have it as infection doesn't usually show symptoms, however this deadly bacteria can cause a wide range of other diseases (e.g. ITP, Alzheimers, Multiple Sclerosis, CAD, Periodontitis) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
In 1908, George Ellery Hale used his invention, the spectroheliograph, to show that dark spots on the sun called sunspots were a strongly magnetic phenomenon. Hale invented the spectroheliograph while he was an undergraduate at MIT, to create images of the sun in a narrow range of wavelengths spaceweatherlivinghistory…
How the US "attacked" Ciudad Juarez, Mexico with a Modified V2 Rocket. The V2 launched from White Sands USA but went in the wrong direction. Scientists then restrained the Range Safety Officer to stop him from pressing the vehicle destruction button until it crashed in Mexico. No one was killed. whiteeagleaerospace.com/t…
Nepalese farmers create a honey called 'mad honey' which is produced by bees pollinating rhododendron plants. The honey is psychoactive and its effects can range from euphoria and lightheadedness to being similar to a full-blown acid trip. twistedfood.co.uk/this-tr…
Freitag, a company from Switzerland, makes a wide range of bags from recycled truck tarp, car seatbelts and old bike inner tubes. This way they combat waste by recycling materials that are often thrown away. freitag.ch/en
Each verse of Carly Simon's You're So Vain was about a different man, and she's kept their names secret, except the 2nd verse, which she revealed is about Warren Beatty. Candidates range from Cat Stevens to David Bowie, and Simon herself ruled out Mick Jagger and her ex-husband James Taylor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
There is a mountain range in Antarctica named after the inventor of malted milk. He financed polar missions and provided them with malted milk, which is lightweight, nutritious, and nonperishable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Chinese billionaires are trying to "return" China's lost cultural artefacts that were looted from the country by colonial powers in the 19th Century. Their efforts range from "buying back" said artefacts to hiring thieves to steal them away from museums and private collections. telegraph.co.uk/news/2018…
"Point Blank Range" is not necessarily a close shot, but the range at which a gun can shoot directly at a target without any elevation of the barrel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poi…
Today I learned about Tim Storms, who holds two world records; one for lowest note sung by a human (G-7, which is so low as to be inaudible to the human ear) and one for widest human vocal range at ten octaves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Researchers figured out a way to break into locks by using a smart phone to record the sound of a key being inserted. They were able to narrow down the range from more than 330,000 keys to 3. dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.114…
"The Front Range" is not a Colorado slang term, but an actual mountain range. britannica.com/place/Fron…
The ratio of people using email for fun versus those using it for work has flipped since the 1990s. Many people nowadays dread email "because it is a conduit for unwanted advertising, a wide range of spam, and flat out attempts to scam or β€˜phish’ us” bbc.com/worklife/article/…
There's a mountain range on Pluto's moon Charon, named after movie director Stanley Kubrick. (2001 A Space Odyssey) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kub…
Also a vast range of non-human animals (lemurs, goats, deers, monkeys) get high on purpose, mostly by using psychedelic mushrooms and roots. kahpi.net/high-kingdom-ps…
Tidal range (Difference between low and high tide) can be as high as 15 meters in the UK. surgewatch.org/definition…
Cheetahs are native to Asia in addition to Africa. The Asiatic cheetah is a critically endangered subspecies whose range has shrunk to Iran's central plateau. It's believed that there were fewer than 50 individuals in the wild as of 2017. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asi…
Today I learned that cats don’t perceive music the way we do. Kitties have different acoustic, vocal, and heartbeat ranges than us. And there's music made specifically for them such as Cozmo’s Air composed by a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin. catological.com/cats-like…
Today I learned about the idea of the Good Country Index: to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size. Using a wide range of data from the U.N. and other international organizations. This has been active since 2014 goodcountry.org/index/res…
Eurasian beavers nearly went extinct but were successfully reintroduced to their original range and are now considered a "Least Concern" species en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eur…
Astronomers discovered a bizarre rogue planet wandering the Milky Way. The free-range planet, which is nearly 13 times the mass of Jupiter and does not orbit a star, also displays stunningly bright auroras that are generated by a magnetic field 4 million times stronger than Earth's. astronomy.com/news/2018/0…
In 1943 Nazi Germany built a submersible missile launchpad designed to strike the US with V2 ballistic missiles. Towed by conventional submarines, it would have been able to strike New York City from a range of 200 miles off the Atlantic coast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
The mountains on the Coors Light can are an actual mountain range in the Colorado Rockies, Wilson Peak gazette.com/life/8-facts-…
The long-range bombardment of Fort McHenry, glorified by the Star Spangled Banner, was quite ineffective. Over 25 hours, the British fired 1,500-1,800 bombs and rockets but only killed 4 and wounded 25. nps.gov/fomc/holdthefort/…
Bottle bills are refunds that consumers can obtain if they return select beverage containers to supermarkets or other redemption centres. The refund is only available in 10 states and ranges from 2 cents to 15 cents per container, most commonly being five cents. ncsl.org/research/environ…
The US launched a series of satellites to seed the lower orbitals with over 400 Million small, copper needles to facilitate communications if an atomic warhead were detonated in the area because that would destroy the Ionosphere and negatively affect long-range communications. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
When George Washington died in 1799, the British Royal Navy was ordered to lower their flags to half mast. The London Morning Chronicle opined that β€˜The whole range of history does not present to our view a character upon which we can dwell with such entire and unmixed admiration’. historytoday.com/archive/…
A driving range in Australia banned players from doing β€œHappy Gilmore” golf swings thegolfnewsnet.com/golfne…
In 1926 President Coolidge and his wife were gifted a raccoon as a Thanksgiving dinner gift. They did not want to eat her, so they named Rebecca and kept her as a pet. She had free range of The White House and would go on trips with the couple. whitehousehistory.org/rac…
The date clothing originated isn't known. Estimates range from 40,000 years ago to 540,000 years ago. A study of human body lice suggests clothing originated at least 170,000 years ago as the lice couldn't have survived on humans without clothing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
The yellow-rumped leaf-eared mouse (Phyllotis xanthopygus) has an elevation range of more than 20,000 feet, the world’s largest for any mammal. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Today I learned of a man who retired at 61 and becames a perpetual hiker. Over 15 years he walked over 34,000 miles (55,000 KM). He became the first known person to hike the entire Appalachian Range in North America, from Newfoundland to the Keys and more and more. theguardian.com/world/201…

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