A South African farmer rescued a baby hippo from a flood and gave it a home. The farmer fed him, brushed his teeth and helped him. The farmer was found dead with severe bite marks from the hippo and his body submerged in the river where he rescued the hippo 6 years earlier news.sky.com/story/pet-hi…
In 1252, Henry III was given a magnificent white bear, presumably a polar bear, by the King of Norway. The bear lived in the Tower of London and was allowed to swim and hunt for fish in the River Thames. historic-uk.com/CultureUK…
Every year, a regatta is held in Alice Springs. Due to the lack of water in Central Australia, contestants have to carry bottomless "boats" trough a dried-out river. When the river did carry water in 1993, the regatta became "the only regatta ever cancelled because of wet weather". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Today I learned of Joseph Blankson, a Nigerian Contractor who died while saving 13 victims of a boat accident. Blankson swam in and out of a river 13 times to rescue the passengers. Suffering from exhaustion, he drowned on the 14th rescue attempt. He was the only fatality in the accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Today I learned about Benson rafts, huge rafts up to 1000 feet long made of thousands of logs lashed together that used to be floated across 1,100 miles of open ocean from the mouth of the Columbia River to San Diego as a cheaper alternative to sending the logs by rail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
In 1877, George Cowan got shot in the head, crawled to make coffee at an old camp, crawled thru Yellowstone, crossed a river, got burned in a forest fire, had surgery to remove bullets, got thrown from a carriage before it rolled over a cliff, and while receiving care afterwards, his bed broke billingsgazette.com/lifes…
The Greek gods considered the river Styx holy, even to them, and swore their oaths by it. Such oaths were considered so binding that even Zeus, the overlord, could not break them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sty…
Today I learned about Benford's law: if you take natural sets of numbers (like lenghts of rivers, population of cities, financial transactions..), probability of first number is not even. There is 30% probability for number to start with 1, and only to 5% for 9. It is so reliable it is used to defect fraud! wikipedia.org/wiki/Benfor…
Civil War soldiers patrolling the Rappahannock River once engaged in a Christmas truce. On that day in 1862, greetings were shouted back and forth, and supplies were exchanged via toy boats: Northern coffee, sugar and pork for Southern corn, tobacco, and persimmons. battlefields.org/learn/pr…
The song Over the River and Through the Wood is actually about Thanksgiving, and although we don't usually associate Thanksgiving with snow, at the time it was written, in the early 19th century, New England was going through the Little Ice Age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ove…
In 2004 the Dave Matthews Band tour bus driver dumped approximately 800 lbs of human waste into the Chicago River from a bridge, only for it to land on an unsuspecting architecture tourist boat and about 80 of its 120 passengers (including infants, elderly, and disabled individuals). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Today I learned of the 2004 Chicago River Incident, where a Dave Matthew's Band Tour Bus unloaded 800 pounds of human waste onto a sightseeing boat below. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
There are more companies making pianos in China than there are piano stores in the USA. The largest piano manufacturer in China (Pearl River) has three factories in China, any one of which produces more pianos than all the new pianos sold in the USA each year livingpianos.com/where-ar…
Saudi Arabia owns 15000 acres in California with water rights to the Colorado River so they can cheaply grow alfalfa to feed their cows theguardian.com/us-news/2…
POWs from Rommel's Afrika Korps helped build a 200 acre hydraulic model of the entire Mississippi river basin. It has helped prevent millions of dollars of damage by allowing engineers to test the impacts of flood control measures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Today I learned about the 'Harlem Hellfighters' WW1's African-American regiment who were the first Allied unit to reach the banks of the river Rhine in November 1918 history.co.uk/article/the…
Leonardo Da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli teamed up to try to steal a river from Pisa. thathistorynerd.com/2017/…
Teddy Roosevelt nearly died on several occasions while exploring the previously uncharted River of Doubt. After surviving a close call with a coral snake and an emergency surgery on his leg, he became delirious with a fever and repeatedly demanded to be left alone to die in the jungle. history.com/news/the-amaz…
Today I learned about Chad Pregracke, who,when he was 23, after witnessing immense levels of trash on the Mississippi River in IL, started a nonprofit to address it. Since then, they have removed 5,000 tons of trash from the Mississippi and it’s tributaries. livinglandsandwaters.org/
Today I learned of Guido Keller, a decorated Italian WWI aviator who joined a pirate gang and took over a city, brought full tea services aboard his flights, engaged in giant orgies with both sexes, was addicted to cocaine, explored the Amazon River, and enjoyed posing nude for photos en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Today I learned of French inventor Charles-Γ‰mile Reynaud. He invented the ThéÒtre Optique, a device for projecting film made several years before the cinematograph (the first widespread projector). Reynaud made the first animated films ever but threw them into a river in a fit of depression. All but one is lost en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
When German Southwest Africa's (now Namibia) borders were being drawn, they insisted on a long thin panhandle, to allow access to the Zambezi river and navigation to the African east coast. But they were not aware of the Victoria Falls at the time, which make navigating the river impossible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Today I learned of the Dublin Whiskey Fire of 1897, in which 13 people died, not from the fire or smoke inhalation but from alcohol poisoning after drinking the "rivers of whiskey" that filled the streets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dub…
Today I learned that when the mongols sacked Baghdad in 1258, they threw all books from the house of wisdom in the river, doing so erased much of the information that was discovered during the Arabic golden age.(and the river went black from the inc after first being red with blood) thegreatcoursesdaily.com/…
Actor Dennis Hopper took the photograph of the cover of Ike & Tina Turner's album River Deep - Mountain High. A&R man Bob Krasnow said, "He was broke on his ass in Hollywood and trying photography." rollingstone.com/feature/…
The southeastern US is home to more freshwater biodiversity than anywhere else in the US. A single 140 mile long river in Alabama (the Cahaba) has more fish species than the Columbia and Colorado watersheds put together. cahabariversociety.org/ab…
Millions of Mayflies on river Tisza in Hungary hatch in June. First, males are hatched and they live only couple of hours, mating as fast as possible with females who then fly few miles up the river, lay the eggs and die. Current slowly transfers the eggs to the same location as they were born. hungarytoday.hu/tisza-may…
Today I learned about The Great Stink, whereupon during a long hot summer in 1858 the River Thames in London got so stinky, it stopped Parliament carrying out business, and made Joseph Bazalgette an unsung British hero. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
In the 1960s the US military planned on testing Sarin and VX nerve gas on 200 Australian troops by aerial bombing areas around Lockhart river. Harold Holt, the prime minister at that time vetoed the plan. abc.net.au/news/2008-07-0…
To ancient Babylonians who lived in villages on natural levees in the lower parts of the Euphrates or Tigris Rivers, a major local flood would have made it appear to the eye that their "whole world" was under water in all directions. ncse.ngo/yes-noahs-flood-…
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…
An engineering project in 1900 was completed to guarantee fresh water for the city of Chicago, by reversing the direction of the Chicago River. interactive.wttw.com/chic…
Rocks in streams and rivers create vortices that can allow a dead fish to swim upstream. physicsbuzz.physicscentra…
A chocolate river existed in 1971. The famous chocolate river from the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory film was made with 15,000 gallons of water mixed with chocolate and cream. The river spoiled fairly quickly due to the cream and the cast said it stank. flitto.com/content/2753
The Henley-on-Todd regatta is the only boat race in the world on a dry river and has previously been cancelled when the river flooded en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Today I learned of Swansea Jack, a dog from Wales who saved 27 people from drowning in the river Tawe, he was awarded a silver cup by the Mayor of London and to this day is the only dog to have been awarded two bronze medals by the National Canine Defence League, he was named 'Dog of the Century after his death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
Lake Nicaragua, a landlocked lake, has Bull Sharks, despite being marine animals. Initially it was assumed to be a endemic freshwater species, but turns out the sharks travel up the 190km San Juan River which connects lake and Caribbean ocean. You can also find tarpon and sawfish there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
The 1900 Paris Olympics featured a 200m swimming obstacle race. Swimmers started by clambering over a pole to plunge into the River Seine. They fought the current to scramble over a row of boats moored in their path, before ducking under a second row of boats, and then sprinting to the finish history.com/news/5-strang…
During the Lewis & Clark expedition Sacagawea was reunited with her brother Cameahwait, the "Great Chief" of the Lemhi Shoshones. This led to generous aid including selling horses, carrying cargo, sharing knowledge of the Bitterroot Mountains and the Columbia River, and supplying a guide. lewis-clark.org/article/2…
While filming River Monsters, Jeremy Wade and crew rescued a castaway from a deserted island abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
Because the policies and activities of the Department of the Interior and many of its agencies have a substantial impact in the Western U.S., the Secretary of the Interior typically comes from a Western state; only three Secretaries have come from states east of the Misssipppi River since 1949 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The practice of placing coins not the eyes of the deceased is referred to as β€œCharon's obol”. The purpose of which was to provide adequate payment for the β€œFerryman”, who conveyed souls across the river that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The chocolate river in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory really was made of chocolate. It was a mixture of 150,000 gallons of water, chocolate, and cream. thebreeze.co.nz/home/othe…
Today I learned of the Chinese Poet, Li Bai. Considered the greatest poet in Chinese literature, a good chunk of his poems are dedicated to alcohol and drunkeness due to his rampant alcoholism. Legend has that he drowned after drunkenly trying to embrace the moon's reflection upon the river during a ferry-ride en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_…
During the filming of 1917, the production staff had to install signs warning walkers in the area, not to be alarmed at the artificial bodies and body parts strewn around the site. (Near Low Force, on the River Tees, Teesdale, England in June 2019) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/191…
Preacher Elvy E. Callaway claimed the Garden of Eden was in Bristol, Florida. He reasoned that it is one of only two places in the world where a river "splits into four "(Genesis 2:10). The only other place with this description is a river in Siberia, which is obviously too cold for Eden. floridafringetourism.com/…
In 1478, Jacopo de Pazzi failed to oust the Medici’s. He was tortured, hanged, then buried. His body was dug up, thrown in a ditch, dragged through Florence (his head was used as a door knocker), and thrown into a river; children took it and hung it from a tree, flogged it, and threw it back in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paz…
The entire Rhone River is holy ground, pope Clement VI consecrated the waterway so people could throw victims of the Black Death into it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Carly Simon's "Let the River Run" was the first song created entirely by one artist to win an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy. Only one other song has since had this distinction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let…
Today I learned of file snakes. While highly effective predators under the water, they're utterly helpless out of it. So much so, that when local hunters catch one they can simply put it on the river bank to pick up when convenient. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acr…

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