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…
Socrates suggested a passive solar design for Greek houses. All openings faced south and roofs were angled north. Houses remained cool during summer since the roof provided shade, and warm during winter since the roof deflected cold north winds and sunlight entered through the south openings. dennisrhollowayarchitect.…
Today I learned of a couple who received a $31.5mil settlement after unreported hail damage repair on their car resulted in a collision safety failure, trapping them in an inferno that ended in 4th degree burns. The body shop responsible glued the roof back on instead of welding to OEM specifications. repairerdrivennews.com/20…
In 1900 at a college football game in San Francisco, hundreds of people climbed on the roof of a glass factory to watch the game. When the roof collapsed they were dumped into a hot glass furnace where 22 died and hundreds were injured. sfchronicle.com/college/o…
The people who own the housing Breaking Bad was filmed in had to construct a 6 ft. wrought iron fence to stop people from constantly throwing pizzas on their garage roof. ew.com/tv/2017/10/13/brea…
In 1986, a French woman studied for months so she could learn how to fly a helicopter. Then she rented one, flew it over a prison and grabbed her husband, a convicted bank robber, from the prison's roof. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The five-story Lingotto building in Turin, Italy, was formerly a Fiat factory, and includes a test track on the roof, where cars would be rolled off the assembly line and tested. slate.com/blogs/atlas_obs…
President Jimmy Carter’s son smoked weed with Willie Nelson on the roof of The White House countrymusicchannel.com.a…
Today I learned about the ancient Chinese South Pointing Chariot (zhi3nan2che1 ζŒ‡ε—θ½¦οΌ‰used before the compass. No matter how the chariot moved, the figure on the roof would always point south. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Turkey vultures vomit to express upset feelings & to cool themselves off when it's hot out they go to the bathroom on their feet. Their vomit & feces are highly acidic & accidentally damage people's roofs & electricity structures causing power failures sometimes sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/archive…
Cats have a second β€œnose” located in the roof of their mouth, called the vomeronasal organ to pick up pheromones for social, mating and territorial information. purina.co.uk/cats/key-lif…
On May 15, the first stork chicks had hatched in Britain in 600 years– the first to be born in since a pair nested on the roof of St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh in 1416 bbc.co.uk/newsround/52691…
Legionnaires' disease is named such because of an outbreak in 1976 which killed 29 and infected 182 American Legion members during an annual state convention. This new bacteria was found to be coming from the air-conditioning units on the hotel roof. pbs.org/newshour/health/h…
In 1938, the Benld meteorite tore through man's garage in Illinois, piercing the roof, seat, and floor of his Pontiac before rebounding off the car's muffler and landing in the back seat. This created a clean series of holes that were used to trace the meteorite's final path, a first. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…
Canada’s Parliament Building’s iconic green oxidized copper roof was originally mopped with horse urine to speed up the oxidization. cbc.ca/amp/1.3227517
Today I learned about Snottites, dripping colonies of bacteria that are formed on the roofs of caves with atmospheres high in sulphuric acid. They are essentially living stalactites. nasa.gov/vision/universe/…
Brazilian man Joao Maria de Souza was killed in his bed when a cow fell through the roof and landed on him huffpost.com/entry/joao-m…
The Parthenon was reasonably intact until 1687. The Greek temple had been used as a church and then a mosque for centuries, then the Ottomans used it as an ammo dump during a war with the Venetians. The building was shelled and a mortar burst through the roof and destroyed much of the building. io9.gizmodo.com/the-jerks…
On the episode of Breaking Bad where Walt throws a whole pizza onto the roof of his house in anger, the pizza was real and Bryan Cranston nailed it in one take. youtube.com/watch?v=SYO18…
Willie Nelson Definitely Smoked Weed on the Roof of the White House with Jimmy Carter's Son vice.com/en_us/article/rg…
In naval architecture, a poop deck is a deck that forms the roof of a cabin built in the rear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poo…
Only about 20-30% of the population has torus palatinus, "a harmless, painless bony growth located on the roof of the mouth (the hard palate). The mass appears in the middle of the hard palate and can vary in size and shape." healthline.com/health/tor…
Dutch authorities created over 300 little "parks" for bees on top of bus stop shelters in Utrecht; roofs are planted with low-maintenance sedum providing a safe habitat for bees. Over 50% of Netherlands' 358 bee species are endangered. Human commuters get with bamboo benches and LED lighting. thisiscolossal.com/2019/0…
Today I learned about Alice Roosevelt the celebrity First Daughter known for antics like smoking on the White House roof, carrying a snake in her purse, and betting at horse races. Her father said β€œI can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both.” theodorerooseveltcenter.o…
A French family had a roof leak in 2011. Upon inspection, the culprit turned out to be a 4.5 billion year old meteorite that had smashed through their roof tile. the family's name? Commette. world.time.com/2011/10/11…
Today I learned about Klepetan, a male stork who migrates from South Africa to Croatia every year for the last 15 years to be with Melena, a female stork who can't fly after being shot by a hunter. She lives indoors until his return and they stay in a nest on a roof until he leaves. They've had over 40 babies. total-croatia-news.com/li…
Cats have an extra scent organ called the Jacobson's organ (vomeronasal sac) behind their teeth in the roof of their mouth. That's why they open their mouth when smelling sometimes. canidae.com/blog/2016/08/…
Covered bridges are designed with roofs to protect and preserve the wooden structure from the elements. Uncovered wooden bridges typically have a lifespan of only 20 years because of the effects of rain and sun, but a covered bridge could last 100 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cov…
The roof of some Tesla models appear orange and red when wet due to a protective UV/infrared layer in the glass to reduce heat. Water droplets cause light to bounce around and reflect some of the infrared light (normally not visible to us) in a form that is visible to our eyes adonisdetail.com/why-does…
The word window is thought to be derived from the old Norse "wind eye." It referred to an opening in the wall or roof through which wind could pass through. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Today I learned about Aloha Airlines Flight 243 whose fuselage roof blew off mid flight in 1988, killing one flight attendant and wounding 60/89 passengers before successfully landing. hawaiinewsnow.com/story/3…
Today I learned of Eilmer of Malmesbury, an 11th century English monk who built a flying machine inspired by the myth of Daedalus. He successfully flew 200 meters off the roof of his abbey before crashing because he forgot to include a tail in the design. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eil…
Willie Nelson & Jimmy Carter's Son smoked Weed on the Roof of the White House back in the days en.420para.de/blog/smokin…
In 1922, 98 people were crushed to death while watching the movie "Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford" when the the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre collapsed under a blizzard's worth of fresh snow atlasobscura.com/places/s…
Porch roofs on old houses in the American South are sometimes painted blue to scare off "haints," a variation of the word "haunt" referring to ghosts or spirits. Blue is the color of water, and ghosts supposedly can't cross water. today.com/home/what-haint…
The ideal resting position for one's tongue is pressed against the roof of one's mouth rather than letting it β€œsettle” at the bottom of one's mouth. And poor tongue posture can lead to several aesthetic and health problems. healthline.com/health/ton…
On November 30, 1954, a grapefruit-sized meteorite crashed through the roof of a farm house in Oak Grove, Alabama, bounced off a large wooden console radio, and hit Ann Hodges while she napped on a couch. This was the first documented extraterrestrial object to have injured a human being. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syl…
When Spanish Prime Minister Luis Carrero Blanco was assasinated in 1973, the bomb was so powerful that it sent his car flying over the roof of a building and into the courtyard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Alexander III of Russia saved his family when the imperial train derailed in 1888, by holding up the collapsed roof of the dining car. The onset of his kidney failure was later attributed to the blunt trauma suffered in this incident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Dan Bilzerian once tossed actress Janice Griffith off a roof of a house for a photoshoot for Hustler Magazine. She fell short of the pool, braking her foot. Bilzerian rejected her request for $85k. She sued Hustler and Bilzerian and lost. Hustler's attorney claimed the toss was an "act of God". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Michel Vaujour a French convict jailed in 1986 for attempted murder and armed robbery "forced his way onto the prison's roof by wielding nectarines that were painted to look like grenades." His wife then picked him up in a helicopter and whisked him away. edition.cnn.com/2015/06/0…
The longest election for a new pope lasted three years. To speed up the process, the cardinals after some time were only given water and bread, and eventually the roof was even taken off the building in which the election was being held. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/126…
Taco Bell restaurants used to have a real bell on the roof. thedailymeal.com/eat/taco…
An American man spent 20 years building his dream house. What started as a one-story property grew into a multi-story tower, that also happened to look like the Eye of Sauron. Nearing completion, he fell from a roof on the house and died, 'Smith Mansion' has remained empty ever since. houseandhistory.com/smith…
Over the years bleachers have been set up on the roofs of residential buildings around Wrigley Field; unable to stop them from selling seats to view the game, the Cubs owners have been buying or leasing the roof top bleachers as part of their revenue stream. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
Today I learned of Γ‡atalhΓΆyΓΌk, which is considered to be the first human settlement. One of it's features is that it was entirely built undergroundm with no actual streets - the citizens would travel on the rooftops and enter the houses from the roof. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
When kids in Asia lose baby teeth from their lower jaw, they throw the teeth on the roof of the house. Those from the upper jaw are thrown on the floor or buried. They believe the new teeth grow toward the lost teeth. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Nero didn't play a fiddle while Rome burned in 64 A.D., bowed string instruments wouldn't appear in Europe for another 800 years. However several sources place Nero on the roof of his palace during the fire, dressed in stage garb and singing from the Greek epic β€œThe Sack of Ilium.” history.com/topics/ancien…
Today I learned about St Dunstan in the East, a London church destroyed in WWII and turned into a beautiful open roof garden en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_…
Before one of Beatles sessions John Lennon accidentally took LSD instead of an upper and complained about not feeling well. The producer unknowingly took him to the studio roof for fresh air, but his bandmates, who knew what happened, rushed to the roof and brought Lennon back to safety. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Get…

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