Edgar Allen Poe died mysteriously after having been missing for six days. Though still alive when he was finally found, he was wearing someone else’s cheap clothes and not coherent enough to tell where he’d been. He had disappeared en route to his own wedding. history.com/news/how-did-…
There is a very popular ice skating race of 200km on frozen lakes / rives in the Netherlands which is only organised when the ice on the whole route is 15 cm thick. Last time they organised this Elfstedentocht was in 1997. holland.com/global/touris…
A stretch of Route 66, between Albuquerque and Tijeras, will play "America the Beautiful" as you drive over added grooves in the road. If you drive the speed limit of 45 mph for the quarter-mile stretch, you can hear "America the Beautiful" play through the vibrations in your car's wheels. popularmechanics.com/tech…
Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad, relied on celestial navigation to guide herself and others along their route. They used the Big Dipper (which resembled a drinking gourd) to find the North Star, and they followed that beacon to freedom. resources.billofrightsins…
There was a bus route spanning 3 continents, starting from London and going up to Sidney via Calcutta gaadiwaadi.com/worlds-lon…
Today I learned of the Great Australian Camel Race. Held in 1988 and with a route of 3,236 km (2,011 mi) the event attracted 69 competitors including Australia's elite Special Air Service Regiment. They finished 2nd to a man called Gordon O'Connell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
, During the steamship era the residue from burning coal was dumped at sea, leaving trails on the sea bottom of popular routes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
The Laguna GarzΓ³n Bridge in Uruguay is designed as a circle, over the water. Its design forces drivers to slow down and to allow for pedestrian access along the one-way circular route, including crosswalks that allow pedestrian access to either the inner or outer sidewalks of the circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag…
Adelaide has purpose built, concrete tracks for road buses that run for a 12KM section of a bus route, on which the buses are physically guided and the drivers don't need to steer, called the O-Bahn Busway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O-B…
Sacagawea, Native American kidnapped, enslaved and sold as a wife at age 12, helped guide the Lewis & Clark Expedition through the Rocky Mountains. Her route was later chosen as the optimal path for the Northern Pacific Railroad to cross the Continental Divide. biography.com/explorer/sa…
Montgomery, Alabama was the first city in the United States to install citywide electric street cars. The network was nicknamed "The Lightning Route". It operated for 50 years until April 15th, 1936 when it was retired to be replaced by buses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The Victorian British explorer Mary Kingsley travelled alone through Africa and climbed the continent's fourth highest mountain Mount Cameroon through a route never before attempted by Europeans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
From around 1857 to 1889, a man known only as the Leatherman repeatedly walked a 365-mile loop around the northeastern US. He wore a handmade leather coat, scarf and hat and although he frequently stopped in towns along his route, he never told anyone his name. His identity remains unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
Wall St. is named from the wall built to keep British and Native Americans from entering New Amsterdam, now known as Manhattan, New York City. The original Lenape native trade route, Wickquasgeck, then became Brede weg, now known as Broadway. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Broadway, NYC’s most famous street, actually extends for an extra twenty miles (32 km) north of Manhattan. That’s longer than the island itself! After passing through the Bronx, Yonkers, Sleepy Hollow, and Westchester, the road continues up into Canada as Route 9. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S…
Dung beetles use the orientation of the Milky Way to help them roll dung balls back to their nests by the shortest route bbc.co.uk/news/science-en…
In 1941 the British and Soviet Union invaded Iran. This was to secure a supply line to Russia, secure the Iranian oil fields, and deny Nazi Germany a route of advance to Baku and British India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
In 1941 people in Northern California and Southwestern Oregon started a push to form a new US State called Jefferson. The counties for a couple weeks would "secede every Thursday," using rifles to interdict drivers on Route 99 and hand them copies of their proclamation of independence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
During the first crusade, ~700 crusader knights routed an army of ~12000 with a head on charge. The Seljuq army, not expecting such an attack, tried to deploy with moderate success. But mass panic eventually led to a route. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 1291, two brothers from Genoa sailed into the Atlantic in search of a sea route to India. They made it to Morocco but were never seen again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
Interstate Highways with odd numbers run north and south, while even numbered run east and west. For north-south routes, the lowest numbers begin in the west, while the lowest numbered east-west routes are in the south. And major Interstate Highways are divisible by 5. fhwa.dot.gov/programadmin…
A fitness tracking app unknowingly revealed locations of secret US army bases. They released a map with over 3 million data points, showing popular running routes. Data shared by soldiers on the app was detailed enough to reveal sensitive information of users on active military service. theguardian.com/world/201…
In 2004 Singapore Airlines started flying between Singapore and Newark, the longest commercial route in the world at the time. After concerns from medical experts about the 18-hour flight time, the airline had special lockers installed to store the corpses of any passengers that died en route. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Today I learned about Sabena Flight 548, which crashed on February 15, 1961 while en route to Brussels, Belgium from New York. All 72 souls aboard perished, including the entire U.S. Figure Skating team, who were traveling to the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabena…
The original Empire Builder route had switchbacks to reach the original Cascade tunnel. You can still see the old switchback right-of-way in aerial photos of the area. uh.edu/engines/epi2860.ht…
Singapore and Malaysia have the busiest international land border checkpoint in the world and also the busiest international air route by flights flown en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bor…
In World War II, due the Japan-Soviet neutrality pact, US aid to the Soviet port of Vladivostok (the Pacific Route) was carried by Soviet-Flagged ships only and was mostly left alone, becoming the safest path for military aid from the USA to the USSR. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac…
Three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, trams resumed their routes in the ruins of the city. grapee.jp/en/56034
In the 1950s there used to be a bus route between London and Calcutta, India gettyimages.in/detail/new…
Today I learned about Andy Hartley Payne, who was the winner of the International Trans-Continental Footrace in 1928 to promote U.S. Route 66. He ran the 3,423.5 mi route from Los Angeles to New York City, much of it along U.S. Route 66, in 573 hours, 4 minutes, 34 seconds over an 84-day staged run. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Today I learned about the Bronze Age collapse, in which the Sea People invaded the Mediterranean. In 50 years the Mycenaeans, Kassites, and Hittites collapsed, while Egypt was crippled economically. Trade routes were disrupted, literacy was severely reduced andcities were destroyed or abandoned permanently. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat…
A pizza company, Zume Pizza uses robots for many stages of pizza production. The pizzas are cooked en route in a van equipped with 56 GPS-equipped automated ovens, timed to be ready shortly before arrival at the address, and are then sliced by a self-cleaning robot cutter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zum…
Portugal submitted an application to honour Magellan's circumnavigation route via the World Heritage List whc.unesco.org/en/tentati…
There are passenger train routes for Rome to Palermo, Sicily and Berlin to MalmΓΆ, Sweden. These routes are accomplished by loading the trains onto a boat a ferrying them across their respective straits. raileurope.com/en/blog/tr…
Frank Lloyd Wright cranked out his masterpiece Fallingwater in just 2 hours β€” the time it took his client to make his surprise visit en route from Milwaukee to Wright's studio at Taliesin. smarthistory.org/frank-ll…
A Brooklyn mailman neglected to deliver around 40,000 pieces of mail; about 2,500 pounds of US mail were found in the home, locker, & car of mailman Joseph Brucato. When the mail was found, a spokeswoman for USPS said she didn't know when the mail from Brucato's route would be delivered. nydailynews.com/new-york/…
The Bicycle playing card company made decks of cards and gave them to the prisoners of war in Germany with hidden escape routes revealed when the cards were soaked in water as Christmas presents. bicyclecards.com/article/…
"Stagecoach Mary" was the first African-American woman mail carrier in the USA. She worked the route 8 years and never missed a day. She won the contract because she was the fastest applicant to hitch a team of 6 horses (she was 60 years old at the time). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
U.S Route 666, nicknamed "The Devil's Highway" was renamed to Route 491 in 2003, and within days of the announcement all the old signs containing the number 666 were stolen as souvenirs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S…
According to the book The Donut: History, Recipes, and Lore from Boston to Berlin, the stereotype "Cops Eating Doughnut" was because "Graveyard cops in the forties and fifties had few choices. They could pack lunch, pray for an all-night diner on their route or fill up on doughnuts" time.com/4800386/donuts-d…
During the Cold War, US had four B-52 bomber aircraft armed with thermonuclear weapons, flying continuously routes to points on the USSR border. Overseas missile technology wasn't ready yet and US need to ensure fast retaliation to guarantee mutual destruction in case of a USSR attack en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Apollo-11 trajectory to the Moon is named "Kondratyuk Route" after a self-educated Ukrainian who had calculated it 50 years before the lunar flight nmspacemuseum.org/halloff…
After Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, his coffin was taken by train from New York to Washington DC and thousands gathered along the route to see it pass by. Paul Fusco photographed the crowds from the train. theatlantic.com/photo/201…
Texas built a toll road with an 85 mph speed limit through a known feral hog route and had two vehicle-hog collisions in the first week the road was opened. texasmonthly.com/articles…
Today I learned of the Webb Institute, a college in New York with about 90 student that offers only one academic route, a double major in naval architecture and marine engineering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web…
The Beijing 2008 Olympic torch made a peaceful procession through North Korea. Thousands of cheering people lined the 12-mile route through the capital, Pyongyang, waving pink paper flowers and small flags with the Beijing Olympics logo and chanting: "Welcome, welcome" theguardian.com/world/200…
In 2008, it was estimated that there were 4,000 weekly incidents of fare evasion on New York's B46 bus route. In 2014 the MTA ranked it as "the most dangerous and crime-ridden bus route" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B46…
UPS drivers don't take the shortest routes. UPS has special software which optimises each route by eliminating as many left-hand turns as possible. As result, UPS claims it uses 10m gallons less fuel, emits 20,000 tonnes less carbon dioxide and delivers 350,000 more packages every year. theconversation.com/why-u…
Today I learned of Le Palais Ideal, a castle of stones, built single handedly over 33 years by postman Ferdinand Cheval. He had no architectural training, but after tripping over an interestingly shaped rock on his mail route he was reminded of a dream he once had of such a palace and made it his life's work. atlasobscura.com/places/l…
Marilyn Bell, at age 16, became the first person to swim across Lake Ontario in 1954. Her 32 mile route was greatly lengthened by high wind and high waves. Fanged lamprey eels attacked her in 65 degree water. It took her 21 hours. She is still alive today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…

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