Today I learned about a Documentary called Kadoma. In which 2 American Pro Kayakers and their South African guide attempt the first descent of the Lukuga River in The Democratic Republic of Congo.While filming, the guide was snatched out of his Kayak by a 15fT crocodile and never seen again. mountainfilm.org/media/ka…
The key to American victory in the Revolutionary War was the 75-ton β€œGreat Chain” that stretched across the Hudson River to prevent the British from moving inland. It was such an obstacle, they paid Benedict Arnold Β£20,000 for the plans to the Chain’s main defenses, at Fort West Point hvmag.com/life-style/hist…
Today I learned of "hunger stones": the Central European practice of marking river levels with carved stones during droughts, to warn future generations that there will be a famine if the water level again gets low enough to see the carving. This has been done at least since 1115, and as recently as 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
In 1964, Muhammad Ali threw his Olympic Gold Medal into the Ohio River as an Act of Protest against Racism. smithsonianchannel.com/vi…
In 1633, a Turkish gentleman by the name of LagΓ’ri Hasan Γ‡elebi launched himself into the air on a rocket filled with 140 lbs of gunpowder. He landed in the river and was rewarded with silver by the Sultan. Mythbusters later tested this story in 2009 and considered it implausible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag…
The longest river in America by main stem is actually the Missouri, not the Mississippi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Little River, CA, is the lowest-income community in the USA - a 2013-2017 study found that it had a median annual household income of $3,194. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Magikarp-Gyarados evolution is inspired by the Chinese myth that a carp that swims up the Dragon Gate waterfall on the Yellow River is transformed into a dragon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asi…
The River Thames is one of the cleanest Rivers in the world that flows through a major city, after being declared biologically dead 50 years ago mylondon.news/news/zone-1…
Why we have a stronger urge to pee when closer to the toilet. From an early age, we're taught to associate the bathroom with peeing. So the closer we get to one, that programming, located deep in the rivers of the subconscious mind, activates the thought and the body acts. shape.com/lifestyle/mind-…
In January 14th 2015, over a hundred dead bodies were found floating in a canal by the Ganges river, and none of them has been identified so far. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unn…
When the Grand Canyon divided the local squirrel population, they evolved into two different species. Despite being separated only by the Colorado River and remaining extremely similar in appearance, they are now so genetically incompatible that they can no longer interbreed. cbsnews.com/news/nature-u…
Today I learned that an advanced civilization called the Cahokia once existed along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in the modern day United States youtu.be/4ufBOVUTyjE
Although Switzerland is considered land locked, they have a Navy because multiple rivers provide access to the sea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The German national anthem's first verse (no longer sung on official occasions) mentions 3 rivers and a strait, all of which exist entirely outside the current borders of Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deu…
Ke-alelo-O-Pilikua is a lava formation near the mouth of Lumaha'i River in Kauai, Hawaii and means β€œtongue of Pilikua." Pilikua comes from the name of a giant who was known for his booming voice. Legend says the people who heard him repeatedly became so irritated with him that they killed him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ke-…
Tom Lee, a river worker, saved 32 passengers from a sinking M.E. Norman steamboat on May 8, 1925. Tom Lee Park in Memphis is named after him. memphismagazine.com/featu…
Today I learned about Ximen Bao, a Chinese minister. He learned corrupt politicians sacrificed beautiful women to a River God and threatened floods if they weren't paid high taxes. Ximen had the politicians thrown into the river to tell the God they could not find a beautiful sacrifice, ending the practice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xim…
Today I learned about former American slave, John Berry Meachum, who began teaching classes for black people on a steamboat in the middle of the Mississippi River to work around the state of Missouri's prohibition of black education. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
There's a river basin in Venezuela that gets struck by lightening over 200 times per hour for up to 10 hrs straight. It occurs more than 100 times a year and is predictable up to a few months in advanced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
The river Wanganui in New Zealand was the first river in the world to have legal personhood. The river Ganges followed shortly after. parliament.nz/en/get-invo…
In Greek mythology Charon is the ferryman who carries souls of the newly dead across the river Styx and Acheron that divided the world of living from the world of the dead. As a payment or bribe for Charon, ancient Greeks started the custom of Placing a coin in the mouth of a dead body. britannica.com/topic/Char…
Splash Mountain's original name was Zip-A-Dee River Run, but Disney CEO Michael Eisner insisted that the ride be named for the movie "Splash" starring Tom Hanks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spl…
Today I learned about Jack London. Oyster pirate, Socialist, and rail rider. Berkeley attendee, trekked the Yukon and Chilkoot Pass, took a rowboat 1500 miles down the Yukon River to the Bering Sea. Built his own yacht and mansion and wrote 23 novels, 7 plays, short stories, and poems. Died of alcoholism age 40 smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Pope Steven VI had Pope Formosus dug from the grave, placed in papal robes, put on trial, convicted of perjury, then cut off three of the corpse's fingers and thrown in the Tiber river. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
Today I learned about the Bolton Strid, a narrow section of river in Yorkshire, England that appears shallow and calm, but is actually a deep, powerful river flowing vertically. Local legend claims none who have entered its waters have survived. slate.com/human-interest/…
Alaric I, King of the Vandals, died in 411 shortly after sacking Rome. The Busento river was diverted while Alaric and his treasure were buried in the riverbed. The river was returned to its normal course. The treasure might still be there today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
Colorado has the highest low point of any state in the United States. The Arikaree River at the Kansas border has a low point of 3,317 ft (1,011 m) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The common phrase for the worst betrayal, "Sold Down The River," originates from the experience of slaves who were torn from family and friends, literally sold and sent south on the Mississippi to a fate worse than imaginable picking cotton. npr.org/sections/codeswit…
In Ireland you cant own a lake or river but by owning the land on both sides you can own the bed and the airspace above and completely control access to it canoe.ie/water-access/
In 2000, an Australian man, after having his job application rejected, managed to hack into the local government's waste management system using a computer and radio, flooding parks, rivers, and the lawn of a hotel with raw sewage. theregister.co.uk/2001/10…
The Nile river valley used to be a deep canyon system, up to 1.8 km deep where Cairo is today (the same depth as the Grand Canyon). It filled with sediment 5 million years ago when the Mediterranean Sea refilled after a period of drying out. thenaturalhistorian.com/2…
The Mattaponi River in Virginia is formed by the confluence of the Mat, Ta, Po, and Ni rivers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Snapping Turtles were used to find dead bodies in rivers, ponds, and lakes before scuba gear was invented. (Last paragraph of article) tgonaturecenter.org/educa…
Arguably the most dangerous stretch of water in the world is an unassuming looking river in Yorkshire, England. youtu.be/mCSUmwP02T8
Today I learned of Armenian Shavarsh Karapetyan swimming athlete, had numerous incredible heroic saves, one in 1976 rescuing 20 people from a bus that fell into a river. This act ended his professional career due to severe injuries sustained. peopleofar.com/2014/02/08…
The Alfred, formally known as the Black Prince, became the first vessel to fly the Grand Union Flag; the precursor to the Stars and Stripes that we know today. The flag was hoisted on the Delaware River by John Paul Jones and this event was documented in letters to Congress en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Today I learned of "Swino", a pig who raided a campsite in Australia. Campers heard crunching in the night & found Swino drinking several cans of beer they'd left out. Other campers reported seeing the pig eat trash, mess with a cow, swim in a river, pass out under a tree. He was later found dead, hit by a car. outdoorrevival.com/featur…
After replacing River Phoenix (untimely death) for the role of Daniel Malloy in the movie Interview with a Vampire, Christian Slater donated his entire salary to Phoenix's favorite charitable organizations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
The world suffered an invasion of cloned crayfish. Marbled crayfish were first discovered in 1995. Since they can clone themselves, people who bought them as pets ended up dumping their unwanted extra crayfish into rivers. There are now clone colonies all over the world discoverwildlife.com/anim…
Achilles' heel, a metaphor for a vulnerable spot, is based on the mythos that Achilles was dipped into River Styx as a baby and became invulnerable, besides his heel by which his mother held him. Achilles was shot and killed with an arrow to this heel, which is the basis for the metaphor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ach…
On 6 may 1990, over 1.2 million people from Romania and the Republic of Moldova met at the border set on Prut river, as the restrictions were temporarily lifted. The event was known as the Bridge of Flowers. Many people brought flowers to meet the relatives they haven't seen in decades en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Marshall Mabey was a $1 a day NYC tunnel worker called "Sandmen". On Feb 19 he was working under the East River where the tunnel was pressurized to prevent cave ins. A crack in the ceiling vented Mabey up through the mud, the East River and 25 feet into the air. He lived and was uninjured. husheduphistory.com/post/…
Radio and TV stations don't have random letters assigned. The K prefix is for stations west of the Mississippi River, and the W prefix is for stations east of the Mississippi River. Military stations use the prefix N. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Amherstburg Freedom Museum in Ontario preserves and presents artifacts of African-Canadians, many of whose ancestors had entered Canada from United States. They found it relatively easy to enter Canada from across the Detroit River en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amh…
In Auckland, New Zealand, 62% of rivers and lakes graded as poor by the Ministry for the Environment for swimming, and 0% of rivers and lakes graded as good. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
The band Weezer got its name because frontman Rivers Cuomo had the nickname due to his asthma, and the band thought it would make a great name when they formed in 1992. whatsinabandname.com/view…
Today I learned about CaΓ±o Cristales which is often called β€œthe river of five colours” or the β€œliquid rainbow”, and according to local legend, it escaped paradise to flow through the Earth. bbc.com/travel/gallery/20…
In "Take Me Home, Country Roads," the ode to West Virginia , the Shenandoah River is one of two place names mentioned. But the Shenandoah spends only its sixteen final miles in West Virginia. The rest--about 230 miles of main stem and combined North and South Forks--is in Virginia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
Despite their name and musical style, Skid Row (the band) were not from Los Angeles, but rather Toms River, New Jersey. nj.com/entertainment/cele…
Whanganui River, New Zealand's third largest river is legally a person. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
That the word meander comes from the name of a river in Turkey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mea…
Today I learned of the Great Bell of Dhammazedi, probably the largest bell to ever have been forged. Weighting a total of 297 tons it was lost in Myanmar's Yangon river when looted by Portuguese adventurers. It's still missing, despite many attempts to locate it in the muddy river bottom en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The Aral Sea - formerly the 4th largest lake on Earth - no longer exists; the rivers that once fed it were diverted in the 1960s for Soviet irrigation projects. The polluted seabed is known today as the Aralkum Desert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
A small war was fought between the 3 original settlements that would become Milwaukee. Even today the bridges downtown are crooked because each settlement refused to acknowledge the street layout of the settlements on the other side of the river. milwaukeeriverkeeper.org/…
Germans sunk an oil tanker at the mouth of the Mississippi River in 1942 during WWII sciencemag.org/news/2017/…
Today I learned of the Battle of Empel, deemed a miracle in its time: stranded Spanish troops were surrounded by a Dutch fleet. After finding a painting representing Virgin Mary while digging trenches by a church, the river rapidly froze that night, allowing the Spanish to attack the Dutch and burn their ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned of Hotel Barges, a Sort-Of Sailing Hotel Room on a River in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and, Most Commonly, France. The Guest Capacity Can Be Anywhere from Four to Twenty-Four en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
There is a water bridge in Germany that connects the Elbe-Havel Canal to the Mittelland Canal, and allows ships to cross over the Elbe River en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
Red River Floodway in Winnipeg, Canada. Built 1962-68 it was the 2nd largest earth-moving project after the Panama Canal & more earth was excavated than the Suez Canal. Since completion it has prevented over $40 billion (CAD) in damage & was designated a National Historic Site in 2000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Today I learned about The Duge Bridge, the highest bridge in the world. The road deck sits 565 metres (1,850 feet) above the Beipan River. This is higher than One World Trade Center in New York City, 541 meters (1,776 feet) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dug…
Today I learned of the Euphrates Tunnel, a tunnel built under the Euphrates River that connected two halves of the city of Babylon. Built between 2180 and 2160 BCE, it spanned nearly a kilometre and was 12’ wide and 15’ high. The next sub-aqueous tunnel wouldn’t be constructed until 1824 in London. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eup…
There Is Are Several Statues Of Liberty In France (Pictured Statue Of Liberty, River Seine) atlasobscura.com/places/s…
Beavers have been successfully reintroduced to Knapdale in Scotland. Unofficial populations are thriving in the River Tay and its tributaries. They have also become established in the River Otter in Devon. The re-establishment of beavers has widespread public support. rewildingbritain.org.uk/r…
Australia once cancelled a boat race because the river has water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Today I learned of Mostar Bridge that crosses the Neretva River in Bosnia Herzegovina is one of the tour stop for Red Bull Diving World Series since 2015. It was constructed in 1557, destroyed in Croat-Bosnian war in 1993. Restored in 2004, the bridge is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005. youtube.com/watch?v=g9wtp…
The excretion of estrogen from contraceptive pills can cause high hormonal concentrations in rivers. A study done on British rivers claims that these concentrations strongly correlate to the incidence and severity of intersex wild fish populations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
The Sumerian God Enki was believed to have created the Tigris and Euphrates rivers by ejaculating into dry riverbeds etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/sec…
The last line of the psalm which the Boney M hit song Rivers of Babylon is based on, is "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stone" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psa…
Jimi Heselden, the owner the Segway Company died after riding one of the scooters off a cliff and into a river near his home in Yorkshire, England. nbcnews.com/id/39377851/n…
The "Battle of the Little Bighorn" actually took place along the Little Horn Riverβ€”its junction with the Big Horn was several miles awayβ€”so the term for the battle has always been a misnomer. historynet.com/book-revie…
For over a century, locals in Meghalaya, India have been using trees to build root bridges, known locally as jing kieng jri. Taking 15 to 30 years to grow, they can span up to 250β€² above gorges and rivers and support up to 35 people at a time. nationalgeographic.com/tr…
The first documented use of toilet paper dates back in 589AD in early medieval China. Elsewhere, wealthy people wiped themselves with wool, lace or hemp, while others used their hand when defecating into rivers, using rags, wood shavings, leaves, grass, hay, stones, sand, moss,water, snow, etc. wikipedia.org/wiki/Toilet…
The guns of the HMS Belfast, moored on the River Thames, are permanently aimed at a London Gateway Services, a motorway service station some 11.7 miles away en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Chen Si a Chinese man who has stopped more than 300 people from committing suicide off the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge in Nanjing, China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
In the 19th century the theory that bad smells spread disease was widely accepted, therefore the population dumped human waste and garbage into the river to minimize odor in the streets. A particularly hot summer in London, 1858 caused what became known as "The Great Stink of 1858" historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
Beneath the city of Tokyo lies an ingenious water diversion system to minimize flooding in the city during typhoons. This world’s largest water channeling infrastructure can divert 200 tons of storm water per second into the Edo River. nytimes.com/2017/10/06/cl…
Today I learned about the Mary River punk-haired turtle edgeofexistence.org/speci…
The story of Horatio on the Bridge. A junior Roman officer, he defended a bridge leading to Rome when an Etruscan army invaded. While the rest had retreated, Horatio rallied men to destroy the bridge behind him while he stopped the enemy from crossing. Jumping into the river, he swam to safety. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Today I learned about the Cadaver Synod. In 897 Rome, the deceased Pope Formosus was dug up, tried in the Papal Court for "crimes", found guilty, was stripped of Papal title, 3 fingers were cut off and the body buried in a graveyard meant for foreigners. Then it was re-exhumed and thrown in the Tiber River. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cad…
A clown in a washtub pulled by four geese was to float down the River Bure on May 2nd, 1845. Hundreds of people gathered on a bridge to watch the spectacle. The bridge collapsed and 79 people (mostly children) died. wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarmou…
Today I learned about Skarping, an extreme fishing sport where competitors waterski through Asian-carp-infested rivers armed with tridents, swords, and basketball hoops firstwefeast.com/eat/2015…
American cruise ship 'Eastland' overturned at port in the Chicago River on July 24, 1915, taking the lives of 844 people. This was caused by having too many life boats making the ship top heavy and list. Due to the lack of rich/famous passengers, this disaster has largely been forgotten. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Cross River gorillas are the rarest of all great apes and were unknown to scientists until the early 20th century. They were forgotten, then β€œrediscovered” after scientists had believed the gorillas had become extinct neprimateconservancy.org/…
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…
In China, 300 Million people suffer from bacterial diarrhea every year from drinking contaminated water. 40% of the rivers do not meet safety standards and 20% are so polluted that they aren't safe to be touched. youtu.be/4xYOLrW6MfI
There are only two operating public tunnels in Florida: The 864 ft New River Tunnel in Ft. Lauderdale and the 4,200 ft Port Miami Tunnel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Today I learned about Indian Head Rock...an 8-ton boulder that was taken from a river between Ohio & Kentucky that led to a legal fight between the two states. youtu.be/I8MSLpXVk2k
To celebrate the end of winter children in Poland create a straw doll that represents Marzanna, goddess of death, winter, and nightmares; which they then set on fire and drown in a river to cleanse themselves of the harsh winter they've endured alansfactoryoutlet.com/ho…
A font called Doves Type was lost in 1917 after one of the creators threw the printing blocks into the River Thames. Some of it was recovered by divers in 2015 bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-3118…
An 11 year old girl in Nova Scotia, when told she couldn't swim in her local river, initiated testing of the river for fecal contaminants. After the samples tested above allowable limits, three levels of government committed $15 million to install 600 septic tanks along the river. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
In 1938 Chinese deliberately flooded the Yellow River basin by shifting the river’s course in order to hinder the Japanese invasion, resulting in as many as 800,000 deaths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
1k-10k sheets of toilet paper were manufactured during the early 14th century, what is now Zhejiang province... Elsewhere, wealthy people wiped themselves with wool, lace or hemp, while less wealthy people used their hand when defecating into rivers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toi…
Roughly 500 Million Tons of Sediment are Deposited in the Gulf of Mexico by the Mississippi River Every Year earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
Today I learned about Ushkuyniks , Russian pirates who imitated Vikings & terrorised rivers of Novgorod. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ush…
Today I learned about the β€œsverdrup” (Sv), a measurement of flow equal to 1,000,000 cubic meters or 260,000,000 gallons per second. The largest ocean current, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, is 125 Sv. As a comparison, all the rivers of the world flowing into the oceans is only about 1.25 Sv. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sve…
A "curse" was placed on the Hanshin Tigers baseball team when they threw a Colonel Sanders statue into a Dotonbori River to celebrate their 1985 Japan Championship Series win, causing them to lose every championship after that from 1985 to present. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
In 2014, a three-year-old girl, Karina Chikitova, survived 11 days in the Siberian wilderness with only her dog for company. She ate wild berries and drank from a river, curling up next to her dog for warmth. She was saved when her dog went back to her village and guided rescuers to her. huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014…
In 1786 a powerful earthquake hit China's Sichuan province that killed 435 people. But also caused a landslide that formed into a mud dam across the Dadu River. That dam quickly made a 50 million cubic meter lake and an aftershock caused that dam to bust killing an additional 100,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/178…
Goochland (pop. 861), the home of Stoolbend's arch-rival high school on The Cleveland Show, is a real place in Virginia. Stoolbend is a fictional place and the name comes from a river bend where poop was found floating on a fishing trip. wikipedia.org/wiki/Goochl…

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