The Mississippi river was once five miles wide and whales swam up it from the gulf of Mexico. The remains of these whales have been found in Michigan. deepblue.lib.umich.edu/ha…
Beverly Hills, California is named after Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, which was named after the town Beverley in Yorkshire England, which came from the name "Beverlac" in the 10th century, meaning "beaver lake," because of all the beavers in the nearby river. beverlyhighlights.com/201…
The Amazon River was named after the conquistador Francisco de Orellana was defeated by a few tribes of women, thus naming it after the warrior women of Greek legend. britannica.com/place/Amaz…
Screenwriter Carl Foreman (High Noon) was blacklisted for communist activity. In the face of intense industry all Foreman's colleagues abandoned him expect for Gary Cooper. In gratitude, Foreman gave Cooper first refusal on his future scripts including, The Bridge on the River Kwai. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
In 1965 the Soviet Union detonated a nuclear device near the Chagan river to create an artificial lake with a volume of about 10 million cubic metres under it's Nuclear Explosions for the National Economy program. To date the lake is slightly radioactive and is nicknamed "the atomic lake". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Bill Hamilton developed modern jetboats since no existing boats could navigate the shallow, fast flowing rivers of New Zealand. He took his boats to the USA for demonstrations amidst criticism from the media. In 1960 his boats became the first and only boats to travel up the grand canyon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Samuel Clemons got his pen name of "Mark Twain" from when he worked with steamboats; it was the measurement of a river depth of 12 feet, which was a safe depth for the boats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The great smog of London in 1952 was so bad that pedestrians couldn't even see their feet. Some of the 4,000 who died in the 5 days it lasted didn't suffer lung problems – they fell into the Thames and drowned because they could not see the river theguardian.com/environme…
There is a river called "The Boiling River", or Shanay-Timpishka. It is 4 miles long, and is known for the very high temperature of its waters, which range from 113 Β°F to nearly 212 Β°F. One legend states that while looking for gold, conquistadors were boiled while trying to cross the river. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
The land on the Virginia side of Washington D.C. was ceded back to Virginia in 1847. The District of Columbia is now exclusively on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
In the U.S. television stations east of the Mississippi River all have call signs starting with a "W" and ones to the west have call signs beginning with a "K". Dallas, Texas has both because of a weird rule when they moved the demarcation. dallasnews.com/news/curio…
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…
The author of "Over the River and Through the Wood" (the Thanksgiving poem) was a leading abolitionist, women's rights activist and Native American rights activist, Lydia Maria Child. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyd…
The Gulf of Mexico has a dead zone: an area of hypoxic (less than 2 ppm dissolved oxygen) waters, which supports fewer organisms and has been linked to massive fish kills and can cover up to 6,000-7,000 square miles (9656-11265 square kilometers) at the mouth of the Mississippi River serc.carleton.edu/microbe…
The first commercial plane ever shot down, in 1938, was salvaged from a river bottom, rebuilt, renamed and returned to service only to be destroyed in 1940 in another shooting incident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwe…
The Ganges river dolphin is not only the only member of its genus, but of its family, Plantanistidae. They are thought to represent one of the earliest divergences within the odontocete (toothed whale) clade, and are some of the first river dolphins. edgeofexistence.org/speci…
Today I learned of the River Techa, a radioactive river in Russia that has had thousands of tons of nuclear waste dumped into it. 23 villages along the river have had to be evacuated, while half a million people in the region have been exposed to 20 times the radiation suffered by Chernobyl victims en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tec…
Rivers purify themselves and sewage treatment plants use micro-organisms that naturally eat up organic waste in fast flowing streams en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sew…
Yuri Gagarin did not land in his Space craft, Vostok. He ejected at 20,000 feet, parachuting safely to Earth, landing near the Volga River. russianspaceweb.com/vosto…
Vietnamese farmers after the war repurposed external fuel tanks jettisoned by American planes into river canoes, which have lasted for nearly 5 decades. theaviationist.com/2013/0…
The Amazon river was named by Spanish conquistador Francisco de Orellana. After skirmishes with a native tribe whose women fought alongside the men, Orellana derived the name from the Amazons described in Greek myth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned about CaΓ±o Cristales, a river in Colombia commonly known as the 'River of Five Colors'. This colour is caused by great quantities of the endemic plant species 'Macarenia clavΓ­gera'; when the water level rises and sunlight hits the river floor, a vibrant colour spectrum is created. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ca%…
One the "hazards" of the Baja 1000 rally race are the spectators themselves, who are known to sabotage the tracks and create booby-traps. Some those include digging holes, blocking a river to create a makeshift watersplash, or burying and hiding obstacles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baj…
In 1944 an Ice Jam on the Yellowstone River in Miles City, Montana was cleared by bombing it with a B-17 rockdalenewtoncitizen.com…
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…
Today I learned about a feud over who has the world's shortest river. Guinness listed Oregon's D River as the shortest river at 440 feet (130 m). School kids in Montana convinced Guinness to award the prize to the Roe River at 201 feet (61 m). After the dispute continued, Guinness stopped listing the record. cntraveler.com/stories/20…
The creators of Red Dead Redemption 2 drew inspiration from pastoral and landscape painters such as J.M.W. Turner, Rembrandt, and Albert Bierstadt (Hudson River School) while crafting the lighting and atmosphere of the game. polygon.com/red-dead-rede…
The Cuyahoga River (in Cleveland) was so polluted in the 60s, that it cought on fire. case.edu/ech/articles/c/c…
Today I learned of the Unified Deep Water System of European Russia, or UDWS. A series of canals and rivers that link the White, Baltic, Caspian, Azov, and Black sea with Moscow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
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…
There are only 14 total road bridges across the Mississippi River between Cairo, IL and New Orleans, LA (about 550 miles) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
A bridge built in the 90s over the Choluteca River, Honduras was hit by Hurricane Mitch and whilst the bridge survived, the river below it was rerouted and no longer flowed under the bridge. duexpress.in/the-cholutec…
The Standard Poodle was first bred for finding game in cold rivers and swamps with the puffs of hair to keep vital organs warm without weighing them down while wet. thesmartcanine.com/are-po…
Today I learned of the Middle Ground Lighthouse in the James river of Virginia, which was converted to a private home in 2005. middlegroundlight.com/bef…
Lake Malawi (in Malawi, Tanzania, and Mozambique), the fourth-largest freshwater lake in the world, is called the "Calendar Lake", because it is 365 miles from top to bottom, 52 miles at its widest point, and 12 main rivers flow into the lake face2faceafrica.com/artic…
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…
The chocolate river in Willy Wonka was actually made with real chocolate mixed with water, and cream. goodhousekeeping.com/life…
In 2020, conservationists captured the first images of Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in Nigeria, proving that the subspecies once feared to be extinct is reproducing. Cross River gorillas are notoriously difficult to capture on camera and no images had captured multiple infants ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/rare-…
The Grand Canyon is not the deepest river gorge in the country. In fact, Hells Canyon in Idaho is nearly 2,000 feet deeper (7,993 ft) at its lowest point than the Grand Canyon. americasraftingco.com/blo…
Today I learned that 1/5 animals on the planet is a kind of nematode, or roundworm. It has been said that if β€œall the matter in the universe except the nematodes were swept away” we would be able to see where everything wasβ€”forests, rivers, citiesβ€”because of all the nematodes left behind. rsb.org.uk/biologist-feat…
Today I learned of a sword found in the River Witham in 1825 with a mysterious 18-letter inscription that has stumped researchers and caused the British Library to ask readers to help crack the code. usatoday.com/story/news/w…
A fish ladder, also known as a fishway, provides a detour route for migrating fish past a particular obstruction on the river, as the survival of many fish species depends on migrations up and down rivers. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
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…
The longest river on the Antarctic continent, the Onyx River, is only 20 miles long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ony…
Today I learned of the Tunguska Event. In 1908, a massive explosion occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Russia. The explosion is generally attributed to the air burst of a large stony meteoroid. Estimates of its energy have ranged from 3–30 megatons of TNT, capable of destroying a large city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tun…
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 Strid, located in North Yorkshire, UK, is the most dangerous river in the world with a 100% fatality rate. examinerlive.co.uk/news/l…
A town crier needed to be employed in Germany to remind the local populace not to defecate in the river every time its water was drawn for brewing beer windsortowncrier.com/twin…
Today I learned about Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee. It is a Natural Lake covering 15,000 acres that formed in 1812. The lake formed after a series of M8.0 Earthquakes reversed the flow of the Mississippi River en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ree…
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…

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