In 1838, Poe wrote a novel in which 4 stranded sailors survive for a while off a turtle, but finally kill one of their own, Richard Parker, and eat him. 46 years later, 4 stranded sailors, after surviving for many days off a turtle, eventually kill and eat one of their own, Richard Parker. bbc.com/culture/article/2…
The Japanese Navy always eat curry on Fridays to help sailors keep track of which day it is. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
British sailors on the HMS Dolphin in the 18th century discovered that native Tahitian women were eager to exchange sex for iron, and they began pulling nails out. The resulting trade became so extensive that the loss of nails started to threaten the ship's structural integrity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
Today I learned of HipΓ³lito Bouchard, an Argentine corsair and sailor who in 1818 occupied Monterrey, California for six days, planted a Argentina flag and burned all of the spanish forts leaving all properties of Americans unharmed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip…
Intoxicated sailors started a 20-year-long English civil war by drunkenly crashing a ship and drowning all except one potential heir for King Henry I, leading to a royal succession crisis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
In WWII there was a Nazi sailor who flushed his toilet incorrectly, causing his submarine to flood with seawater. The sub was forced to surface in view of the British who then attacked, resulting in the vessel's destruction, 4 Nazi deaths, and 46 Nazis captured en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Today I learned about Carl Emil Pettersson, a Swedish sailor who shipwrecked on an island inhabited by cannibals in 1904. He was captured and taken to a local king, whose daughter fell in love with him. He married, had nine children with her, and became the king after his father-in-law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
A rescue ship at the Titanic sinking pulled a dead infant from the sea who wasn’t able to be identified. The ship’s sailors paid for a graveside monument dedicated to The Unknown Child. In 2007, DNA testing showed the child to be from an English family of six, the Goodwins, who all drowned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
One meaning of shiver, in the phrase "Shiver Me Timbers", is "to break into pieces." Therefore, the sailor’s oath, "Shiver Me Timbers", is synonymous with, "(if so and so happens then…) let my boat break into pieces." crewseekers.net/notices/t…
Tom Kenny was laughing so much during the recording of the Spongebob episode 'Sailor Mouth' that they had to record him while he lay on the floor of the sound booth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
The Genoese navy in the 16th century equipped its sailors with jeans, "as they needed a fabric which could be worn wet or dry." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Sailors slept in hammocks, as they stayed well balanced even if the ship was in motion. The Royal Navy formally adopted the sling hammock in 1597 much after Columbus discovered them in the Bahamas. Sailors got so accustomed to hammocks that they even took them back on leave. portandterminal.com/a-bri…
Bud Sailors, 6'5", would tease his younger brother, Kenny Sailors, 5'7", playing basketball, "Kenny, this isn't the game for you. It's for big men. Tall men." So Kenny invented what is known today as the Jump Shot. wbur.org/onlyagame/2016/0…
Popeye the Sailor became so popular during the Great Depression that consumption of spinach increased by 33%. His popularity also led to American children listing spinach as their third favorite food, after turkey and ice cream. telegraph.co.uk/books/chi…
At the Battle of Tsushima the ratio of Russian sailors killed to Japanese was roughly 50:1 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
A ships speed is measured in knots because in the 16th century, sailors started throwing floatables off their boat which were attached to a rope. They made knots with always the same distance to each other. The sailors counted how many knots had passed in a given time to find out their speed. history.com/news/why-is-a…
In 1841 during a naval battle between Argentina and Uruguay, the ship from Uruguay ran out of cannonballs. The captain ordered his men to shove the hard balls of cheese they had onboard into the cannons and to fire those. The cheese tore holes in the Argentine ship's sails and killed 2 sailors. anchor.fm/foodhistory/epi…
While the English name of the War of Jenkins' Ear (1739-1748) refers to a British merchant's ear cut off by Spanish sailors, the Spanish name for the war is "la guerra del Asiento" after its real cause: a lucrative contract giving British traders permission to sell slaves in Spanish America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
After France surrendered to the Nazis, Winston Churchill ordered the destruction of the French Navy, killing 1,300 formerly-allied sailors. winstonchurchill.org/reso…
Today I learned about Gonzalo Guerrero, a Spanish sailor who was shipwrecked along the Yucatan Peninsula in 1511 and taken as a slave by a Mayan lord. He earned his freedom, became a respected Mayan warrior, and died fighting Spanish colonization of indigenous lands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gon…
The Fascist Italian battleship Giulio Cesare (which took part in the siege of Malta) was ultimately sunk by a German mine, killing half her compliment of Soviet sailors, in 1955 ww2db.com/ship_spec.php?s…
The creator of Sailor Moon is married to the creator of Hunter X Hunter cbr.com/sailor-moon-hunte…
Today I learned of Operation Wikinger, where in February of 1940, because of poor communication between the German Kreigsmarine and the Luftwaffe, there was an intense fight between them, resulting in the loss of 578 German sailors and 2 destroyers despite there being no Allied forces anywhere near the battle wikipedia.org/wiki/Operat…
4 sailors survived at sea off the coast of New Zealand for 118 days after their trimaran, the Rose-Noelle, was upturned by a rogue wave. They cut holes in the hull, collected rainwater, and eventually caught and cooked fish. They were in such good shape upon return many doubted their story. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The Royal Navy made a daily issue of rum to its sailors until 31 Jul 1970. The issue was a tot, "only" 1/8 of a pint of rum, daily and it was mixed with water to make "grog" to make it palatable. Tots are still issued on special occasions, such as the Queen's Jubilees and Royal births. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum…
The US Navy punished a sailor who was presumed to be lost at sea, prompting a massive search and rescue operation, but was later found hiding on board. edition.cnn.com/2017/07/1…
Jaws 2 was almost a prequel about the USS Indianapolis, the WW2 sinking/shark attack that killed hundreds of sailors and that Quint describes in the original Jaws moviemaker.com/jaws-2-was…
Morgan Freeman wears gold earrings based on an old sailors tradition. They were earrings in order to cover their burial in a forgein land military.id.me/community-…
Donut holes were invented by a 16 yr old sailor named Hanson Gregory. Gregory was tired of eating greasy and undercooked donuts with raw dough on the insides, so he decided to make donuts but with holes in them. omg-facts.com/Celebs/The-…
In 2010 a man was rescued while attempting to sail around the United Kingdom. Using only a road map for navigation the 'sailor' had been keeping the coast to his right and in error ended up sailing in circles around the Isle of Sheppey until he ran out fuel. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/engla…
Actor Oliver Reed, who appeared in over 50 movies died during the shooting of "Gladiator" in 1999, after out drinking sailors from the royal navy in a pub in malta. It is reported that he drunk eight pints of lager, twelve double rums and half a bottle of whiskey, and insisted on paying airmalta.com/blog/malta/o…
Today I learned about the Chesapeake Bay Flotilla, a motley collection of barges and gunboats assembled to defend Chesapeake Bay from the British Royal Navy. The ships were scuttled to prevent capture, and the sailors brought the cannons ashore to defend Washington D.C. in the Battle of Bladensburg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Charles Dickens once jumped in through the window of his wife-to-be's home dressed in a sailor suit, did a jig whilst playing the hornpipe, jumped back out the window again and re-entered the room as if nothing had happened. nytimes.com/2011/11/06/bo…
Japanese schoolgirl uniforms today were modeled after 1870s era Prussian Sailor uniforms when industrialized countries sought to copy Prussian compulsory education and military after the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 japanpowered.com/japan-cu…
Sailor Moon in Japan had a lesbian couple, Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptume. In the English translation this is censored, stating they are cousins instead. Due to problematic dubbing flirting was left in, leading some viewers to infer their relationship as incestuous en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
Because of the Pearl Harbor attack, 3 sailors suffered being trapped in their submarine for 16 DAYS before they died seattletimes.com/nation-w…
Today I learned of the old adage: β€œRed sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky in morning, sailor's warning". By basing the color of the sunset/sunrise one can tell of the weather conditions for that day/night. loc.gov/everyday-mysterie…
Medieval scribes would frequently scribble complaints in the margins of books as they copied them, as their work was so tedious. Recorded complaints range from β€œAs the harbor is welcome to the sailor, so is the last line to the scribe.”, to β€œOh, my hand.” and, "A curse on thee, O pen!" blog.bookstellyouwhy.com/…
The Greece's modern navy has a trireme, based on ancient Athenian designs. The ship is designed for a crew of 10 spearmen, 4 archers, 10 sailors, 5 officers, a flutist, and 170 oarsmen, with a 450 lb bronze ram for ramming other ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
Unlike knives and spoons which have been around since antiquity, forks only appeared in the Middle Ages. They did not see common use for centuries, with records of British sailors ars recently as 1897 refusing to use forks as they considered them effeminate and unmanly. slate.com/articles/arts/d…
Vindaloo (curry) originated from Portuguese sailors, carne de vinha d'alhos ("meat in garlic wine marinade"). The basic structure of the dish was "preserved" raw ingredients, packed in wooden barrels of layers of pork & garlic, soaked in red wine. This was "Indianized" by the local Goan cooks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
The Russian battleship Sissoi Veliky was built with design and construction problems, yet commissioned anyway. Flooding from an artillery barrage and torpedo hit sank her in the only battle she participated in, causing the deaths of 47 sailors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
Ed Hardy was a tattoo artist, tutoring under the famous Sailor Jerry, before striking out on his own and eventually licensing his name to clothing apparel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Today I learned of the 'transported soldier legend' where in 1593 a Spanish soldier from the Philippines appeared in Mexico City speaking of the death of the Philippines governor the night before. His story was backed up by sailors arriving to Mexico months later, who even recognised the soldier as being there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/159…
Today I learned of Nancy Bentley, who was enlisted into the Royal Australian Navy at age 6. Australia's 'first' female sailor, she was enlisted so that the ship's doctor could provide medical assistance to her after she was bitten by a snake. She served 6 days and her official rank was 'mascot'. news.navy.gov.au/en/Jan20…
Today I learned of Otokichi, a Japanese sailor who was shipwrecked and drifted to the Pacific Northwest in 1834. He stayed with the native Makah tribe before the local British agent sent him to London. He then moved to Macao and worked for the British, only returning to Japan twice more (once in disguise). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oto…
Today I learned about the Golden Thirteen, a group of African American sailors who were selected during WWII to be the first African American commissioned officers in the US Navy. Their OCS class average was 3.89 out of 4.0. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Sailors in the Royal Navy would receive a measure of grog (1 part rum, 2 parts water) everyday. The glasses they used were then washed on the outside, but never washed inside, in the belief that residue of past grogs would stick to the side of the glass and make the next grog even stronger! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum…
The real-life inspiration behind Popeye the Sailor was a man named, "Frank 'Rocky' Fiegel." culture.pl/en/article/pop…
Today I learned about Mwamaka Sharifu, a Kenyan girl (now woman) who claimed she's a descendant of Chinese sailors from the 15th century Zheng He expedition , and was given a scholarship by the Chinese government chinadaily.com.cn/english…

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