Tibetan Monks spend weeks/months carefully "pouring" colored sand to make a very detailed and complex museum-worthy artwork that is known as the "Sand Mandala". Once complete, these intricate paintings are then ritualistically destroyed and that symbolizes the Buddhist belief of impermanence. ancient.eu/article/1052/t…
The the 1960s was the heyday for the Quicksand trope - almost 3% of films showed characters sinking in clay, mud, or sand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
Today I learned about the Sorites Paradox, a paradox that arises from vague predicates. If you remove a grain of sand from a heap, it is still a heap of sand. When the process is repeated enough times: is a single remaining grain still a heap? If not, when did it change from a heap to a non-heap? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sor…
In 2005, Costco sent out a recall notice for punching bags that were filled with used men and women's underwear instead of sand. Everyone that purchased the bag got a replacement and a shipping label to return the bag. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Engineers have developed a mineral-coated sand that can destroy organic pollutants like bisphenol A and soak up toxic metals like lead and cadmium from stormwater engineering.berkeley.edu/…
There was a military variant of the VW Beetle called the "KΓΌbelwagen". Despite only being two wheel drive, it outperformed nearly every other vehicle during testing. Due to its flat belly, it would propel itself like a sled if the wheels sank into snow, mud, or sand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vol…
Today I learned of the β€œDesert of Maine,” a 40 acre tract of sand dunes caused by soil erosion from poor farming techniques. The area resembles a desert and has become a tourist attraction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
Today I Learned an ultra-rare species of blue bees has recently been redicovered after missing for 4 years. They are hyper-local species and only live around an isolated patch of sand dunes along the central Florida ridge. Before 2020, they were last seen in 2016. globalnews.ca/news/694409…
Today I learned about an experiment that mapped 1 cubic millimeter (about the size of a grain of sand) of mouse brain by slicing it into 25000 pieces and scanning them for 3 months. The completed data set had a size of almost 2 million gigabytes. nature.com/articles/d4158…
Today I learned of Sable Island, a small Island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. This tiny sand filled island (which only has a single tree) is famous for having caused over 350 shipwrecks. It’s also famous for having a random population of almost 500 free roaming horses. cbc.ca/amp/1.2755142
Earl Schaffer, the first person to walk the entire Appalachian Trail in one continuous hike, avoided blisters by putting sand in his boots and wearing no socks until his feet toughened. americanhistory.si.edu/do…
The temperature of the sand that sea turtle eggs are incubated in will determine their sex. If a turtle's eggs incubate below 81.86 Fahrenheit, the turtle hatchlings will be male. If the eggs incubate above 87.8Β° Fahrenheit, however, the hatchlings will be female. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
Australia actually sells sand to Saudi Arabia. The reason being is that the type of sand used to make concrete is different than the sand in Saudi Arabia (and other countries in the region), so for Dubai to build the Burj Kalifa they had to import the sand to make the concrete to build it. dailytelegraph.com.au/new…
Sand tiger sharks gulp mouthfuls of air to store in their stomachs to keep a neutral buoyancy level while swimming. nationalgeographic.com/an…
A footbag is the term for a small, round bag usually filled with plastic pellets or sand, which is kicked into the air as part of a competitive game or as a display of dexterity. "Hacky Sack" is the name of a brand of footbag popular in the 1970s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hac…
There is an estimated 10 septillion or 10^24 planets in the universe. That's 20 million x more then seconds since the big bang, or a million x the number of grains of sand in the world. youtu.be/X_afJYQ_dZI
Modern day Beyblades are based upon the traditional Japanese toy "Beigoma", which originated around the 17th Century Edo Period. The toy was originally made by filling spiral seashells with sand and sealing them with molten wax. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bei…
Today I learned about the formation of sand from quartz. As magma in the Earth's crust cools, its excess silica crystallizes and forms quartz (SiO2). Over million of years, quartz grains are carried by water streams to the oceans. Most of the world's sand is made up of those quartz grains. britannica.com/video/1856…
Today I learned of the Seattle windshield pitting epidemic of 1954. Nearly 3000 residents reported unexplained damage to their windshields, blaming everything from vandals to cosmic rays to sand fleas. However, it was actually just people noticing normal damage that had always been there, causing mass delusion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Sand is in such high demand people are stealing whole beaches! An estimated 500 truck-loads of sand were removed from the Coral Spring beach in Trelawny and were believed to have been sold to rival resorts, news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world…
Today I learned of Singapore, Michigan, a ghost town buried beneath the shores of Lake Michigan after complete deforestation removed its protection from the surrounding sand dunes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
In 2017 a coding research scientist named Janelle Shane let AI name colors, with the end results having names like "Stummy Beige", "Sand Dan", and "Turdly". arstechnica.com/informati…
How the US "attacked" Ciudad Juarez, Mexico with a Modified V2 Rocket. The V2 launched from White Sands USA but went in the wrong direction. Scientists then restrained the Range Safety Officer to stop him from pressing the vehicle destruction button until it crashed in Mexico. No one was killed. whiteeagleaerospace.com/t…
A turtles’s gender is determined by the temperature of the sand in which it is buried in. Higher temperature=female, lower=male. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
British WWII General, Bernard Montgomery, first courted a woman when he was in his late thirties in 1925. His approach to romance included "drawing diagrams in the sand of how he would deploy his tanks and infantry in a future war." Said young woman declined his proposal for marriage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Most shooting stars you see are incredibly small, usually being not much larger than a grain of sand. astronomy.com/magazine/as…
At Major League Baseball parks, one doesn't see local dirt (sandy in Florida, farmland black in the MidWest, etc) but rather a standardized clay-rich orange "infield mix." Over 20 stadiums use dirt "imported" from Slippery Rock, PA. The official dirt is shipped in and mixed with regional sand. post-gazette.com/sports/p…
There are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on Earth, but more molecules in 10 average sized drops of water, than stars in the observable universe! npr.org/sections/krulwich…
The Philippines has a pink sand beach recognized as one of a handful of Pink Sand Beaches in the World and is the only one in Asia. The color of the sand comes from the pulverized red organ pipe coral from eons of surf erosion mixed with the white sand en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
That the Netherlands Flood Defense System includes 2 of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World. Dutch government spends >1BN euro/yr ensuring that its extensive system of dikes/dams/levies are held to a standard of 1 flood every 10,000 years, this includes depositing 3.1bn gallons of sand on shores. earthmagazine.org/article…
Even though a Rubik's Cube has 43 billion billion configurations, more than there are grains of sand on all of Earth's beaches, no configuration is more than 20 moves away from being solved, and 99.99999% of all configurations can be solved in less than 20 moves. ruwix.com/the-rubiks-cube…
The world is running out of sand. It is necessary for making glass and concrete which makes it the second most used resource globaly. And since desert sand is mostly unusable, it's not as abundant as most people think. earth.org/are-we-running-…
Today I learned about stargazers, sometimes called the "meanest things in creation." These electric, venomous fish bury themselves in the sand and leap upwards to ambush their prey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Romans first developed the slope or 'crown' and supporting sand layers of our modern roads have for water drainage. vaasphalt.org/pavement-gu…
Only specific types of sand are useful in important building materials like concrete. This has creates a shortage of sand in some areas leading to black markets for illegally mined sand run by sand mafias and sand pirates. npr.org/2018/08/14/637734…
Today I learned of Charles O'Rear, a photographer who snapped the famous grassy hill (Bliss) image used as the default background for Windows XP. Another photo of his, "Full Moon over Red Dunes," was also considered for the default, yet was denied because testers thought the sand dunes resembled buttcheeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bli…
Scientists believe that younger Sand Dollars sift through sand and ingest small grains Magnetite, an iron-rich deposit found in the ocean. These Sand Dollars will then take these grains and store them in chambers inside their body to help weigh them down and keep them from floating away. kqed.org/science/1932072/…
In 1924, a scientist was able to successfully crossbreed a sand dollar and a sea urchin. All of their hybrid children exclusively resembled their sea urchin mothers. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
80,000 people or 5% of the population of Bali was executed during the massacres of suspected communists in Indonesia in 1965-66, many on those white sand beaches. minnpost.com/global-post/…
White Sands Space Harbor, a spaceport that was formerly used by the Space Shuttle has a runway which is over 6 miles in length. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
On June 7th, 1692 the pirate city, Port Royal, in Jamaica was rocked by a massive earthquake that shook the city into the ocean, leaving 2,000 souls burried under sand and brick. Shortly after the quake, a tsunami flooded what was left. whc.unesco.org/en/tentati…
Sand dollars are actually live creatures. The white sand dollars we often see on beaches are actually dead. When they're alive they are black and have fine bristles on their underside to catch food. youtu.be/3uwOURjneWQ
Dune author, Frank Herbert, was initially inspired to write the book after taking a job writing for a magazine on the Oregon Dunes. He ended up with far more research on sand dunes than he needed for the article, which was never written. He claimed this planted the seed that led to Dune. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The White House placed buckets of wet sand around during WW1 as an early fire extinguisher library.whitehousehistory…
After his son tragically died in an road accident caused by a pothole, Dadarao Bilhore took it upon himself to fill potholes in and around Mumbai to prevent more accidents. Using sand, gravel, and cement gathered from building sites, he has filled 600 potholes since 2015 and is still on it scmp.com/news/asia/south-…
The exterior of George Washington's home at Mount Vernon is not stone. It is beveled wood siding painted with lead paint and coated with sand so as to resemble sandstone blocks. mountvernon.org/the-estat…
In 1981, Winston Churchill Street in Tehran was renamed Bobby Sands Street. It was the address of the British embassy, forcing them to use the name of their most famous political prisoner on all correspondence. bobbysandstrust.com/the-n…
In 1958 nuclear weapons were proposed as a tool for petroleum extraction. The plan was to detonate 100 nuclear bombs in the Alberta Oil Sands, thus adding heat and decreasing viscosity, the bitumen could then be easily pumped out. The project was put on hiatus due to risk of Soviet espionage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Quebec engineering students invented a giant vacuum to clean up microplastics from beaches. At about 3 gallons/minute, it sucks sand into a tank which then separates particles by weight, so plastic can be filtered out. fastcompany.com/90366838/…
The Burj Khalifa was built on sand without bedrock. It is held up by a big concrete slab on its base, that works like a big snow shoe preventing it from sinking. Below it, 194 shafts of concrete were dug into ancient seashell dust, making friction the only thing holding up this skyscraper. youtu.be/sDsNChjaLW8?t=95

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