The Swiss Constitution enshrines the right for every inhabitant to have a nuclear fallout shelter. If new houses and apartments are built without bunkers, the owners have to contribute a tax to their Canton to secure a place in a government-owned nuclear fallout shelter. swissinfo.ch/eng/always-b…
In order to secure the TV rights for NFL games in 1993, FOX had to agree not to have Bart Simpson as a game-day announcer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFL…
The first person to survive going over Niagra Falls in a barrel was a 63 year old woman named Annie Edson Taylor. She was hoping to make enough money from her fame to become financially secure, but never got much, in part because her manager stole her barrel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Today I learned of the SWAT World Challenge, where SWAT teams and special forces compete in armed drills. Since 2007, the second place all time score belongs to the US Office of Secure Transportation, the agency for guarding America's nukes. But beating them is Ocean Country NJ's SWAT team. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWA…
In the 70s, George Lucas wanted to direct a Flash Gordon movie. When he couldn't secure the rights, he created Star Wars instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Today I learned about the Marxist-Leninist party of Canada, who hasn't been able to secure a single seat in the Canadian Parliament despite running candidates for every election since 1974. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Jamie Siminoff , the inventor of the Ring Doorbell failed to secure a deal on ABC’s Shark Tank but later went on to sell his company to Amazon for $1 Billion . He then later got the opportunity to guest star on the show alongside the same investors who once turned him down. inc.com/magazine/201808/e…
After receiving equa lvotes in a local election in Texas, a 200 yard dash was held to decide the winner. William Simms was about to win, but tripped 10 feet from the finish line. Then Frank Hollowell fell over him, but crawled to the finish line faster than Simms to secure the election. newspapers.com/clip/16439…
Warship required some 2000 oak trees but but raising one full-grown oak required at least 150 years. Thus to secure a steady supply, use of oak was regulated by law from the 13th century in Sweden. blog.worldagroforestry.or…
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…
Today I learned about auto-antonyms, which are words that can have 2 different meanings that are the opposite of each other. (For example, the word bolt, which can mean "to secure together" or "to flee") grammarly.com/blog/10-ver…
Today I learned about the 'Doomsday Vault' aka Svalbard Global Seed Vault. A secure facility built into a mountain in Norway that is intended to safeguard the seeds of the world’s food plants in the event of a global crisis. It is one of the most heavily guarded facilities on the planet. time.com/doomsday-vault/
Breweries in Dorset and Devon counties in England once failed to secure their waste from wildlife creating a colony of drunk seagulls. Seagulls were staggering around, losing their balance, and only vomiting seemed to help them. bbc.com/news/uk-england-4…
Bryan Cranston's father was an actor, but did not secure enough roles to provide for his family. He walked out on the family when Bryan was 11 years old, and they did not see each other again until a 22-year-old Bryan and his brother Kyle decided to track him down. wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_…
There is a secure seed bank on a remote arctic island of Norway. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault's mission is to provide a safety net against accidental loss of different plant species in case of a global catasthrophe. It has a capacity of 4.5 million seed samples! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sva…
Slinky was invented by sheer accident. A naval engineer Richard James was designated to come up with a device that would secure equipment on ships while they rocked at sea. When he accidentally dropped the coiled wires, he was tinkering with, he saw them tumble end-over-end across the floor. smithsonianmag.com/innova…
Some male and female duck reproductive organs have evolved into a biological arms race, with the male duck’s penis being long, corkscrewed and barbed to secure penetration and the female duck’s vagina being cork-screwed in the opposite direction to prevent penetration. wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_d…
Today I learned of Operation Underworld. During WWII the U.S. government worked with Mafia families to secure the country's northeastern ports. They provided protection against spies and saboteurs, avoided wartime labor union strikes, and limited theft by black-marketeers of vital war supplies and equipment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned about the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a secure seed bank in Norway designed to store duplicates (backups) of seed samples from the world's crop collections in case of natural or human-made disaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sva…
In 1969, a 14-year-old boy in Toronto pretended he was a professional news photographer and was able to secure an interview with John Lennon, which sat around until it became part of a documentary in 2007 reuters.com/article/us-le…
Because the number 8 is considered very lucky in Chinese culture, a Chinese man spent the equivalent of 1 millions RMB to secure a license plate reading '88888' in the hope of increasing his luck, to get pulled over 8 times by cops who thought the plate was a fake. shanghaiist.com/2016/06/2…
3 months after Pearl Harbor, a lone Japanese submarine shelled coastal California. In response, the US fired over 1400 anti-aircraft shells into the air and sent 500 troops to defend and secure Walt Disney Studios. laughingplace.com/w/featu…
Today I learned about polymer banknotes, and how they're in general circulation in at least 30 countries. They were first developed in Australia to replace paper banknotes with a more secure and more durable alternative. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
When the world's largest diamond was transported from Africa to England, an elaborate & secure journey by sea was publicized - as a rouse. The real diamond was simply posted by mail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
Every president has their own secure/private ZIP code that goes directly to their office mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Despite apparent aloofness, cats are social creatures capable of relationships with people. In an experiment commonly used to measure bonds that dogs and primates form with caretakers, about two-thirds of cats displayed secure attachments which equal those found for infants and dogs. nytimes.com/2019/09/24/sc…
On February 22 2020 the Carolina Hurricane an NHL team had there two goalies injured in the game and had to bring in David Ayres who was a Zamboni driver for the other team the Toronto Maple Leafs. David Ayres let in 2 goals but would help Carolina secure the win. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
In the 1970's, George Lucas wanted to make a Flash Gordon movie but wasn't able to secure the rights to it. So, instead, he put his efforts into his own project called Star Wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
A man named Joseph Bolitho Johns (Moondyne Joe) escaped prison so many times that a special secure prison was built for him. A confident jailor said "if you get out again, I will set you free". Moondyne escaped that as well. He was caught again two years later but jailor kept his word. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Today I learned about ADX Florence, one of the most secure prisons in the U.S. Inmates have been involved in espionage, bombings, mafia hits, serial killings, 9/11, and more. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADX…
Wild bottlenose dolphins can have bold and shy personalities just like people according to studies. Such differing personality traits were shown to be key to their survival because it was observed how these play into social cohesion, communication and taking chances to secure food resources. researchgate.net/publicat…
"Letterlocking" was a technique used widely from the 13-18th centuries to fold and secure correspondence in such a way to prevent tampering during transit. A letterlocked paper, sealed with wax, becomes its own envelope. Video link is an example by MIT prof who has researched the practice. youtu.be/dzPE1MCgXxo?t=28
LEGO has a secure, temperature- and humidity-controlled, fireproof underground vault in Denmark that contains every LEGO set ever made. gizmodo.com/my-childhood-…
Because the number 8 is considered very lucky in Chinese culture, a Chinese man spent the equivalent of $145,000 to secure a license plate reading '88888' in the hope of increasing his luck. On his first day with the plate, he was pulled over 8 times by cops who thought the plate was a fake. shanghaiist.com/2016/06/2…
Animals re-evaluate what they experienced during the day in their sleep and thereby secure knowledge, meaning they have dreams as complex as a human's. news.mit.edu/2001/dreamin…
The third largest private employer in the world is the security company, G4S, with operations in more than 90 countries. One of its contracts is to secure the perimeter for Homey Airport (aka Area 51). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G4S
When Queen Elizabeth dies, her private secretary will convey the news to the Prime Minister and civil servants with the code phrase "London Bridge is down" using secure phone lines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
While training for his role in "Django Unchained", Christoph Waltz fell off a horse and broke his pelvis. When he returned to the shoot, Jamie Foxx gave him a gift to make him feel secure: a saddle with a seatbelt. youtube.com/watch?v=_SOKx…
Researchers surprised to find how closely the proportion of secure and insecure attachments in the kitten and adult cat populations matched the human infant pop. In humans, 65% of infants are securely attached to their caregiver. The majority of cats use their owner as a source of security. phys.org/news/2019-09-cat…
On Christmas Eve in 2008, SpaceX and Tesla were literally hours from bankruptcy until Elon Musk was able to secure $20M from investors in those final hours. Two days later, SpaceX won a contract with NASA worth $1.6B. inspiremore.com/in-3-days…
"red telephone", a direct line between DC and Moscow, isn't really a phone line and no phones were ever used. It went from teletype to fax machines. Since 2008, it's a secure form of email. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
A contronym is a word that has contradictory meanings. Examples include - Bolt: to secure, or to flee. Bound: restrained, or heading somewhere. Go: to proceed, or to weaken or fail. Consult: to offer advice, or to obtain it. dailywritingtips.com/75-c…
Kavir National Park hosts car racing competitions, which, together with military maneuvers, have led many unique animal species, such as the Persian zebras and the Asian cheetahs to flee the area as they do not feel secure anymore en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kav…
The Nevada Territory was created and rushed to statehood largely to help secure Republican control of the presidency and senate during the Civil War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nev…
The Brits and the Soviets invaded neutral Persia during WWII to secure oil and supply routes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
A home for orphaned boys in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is a walled, secure complex that also includes a guest house that can hold as many as 24 visitors. In a country without reliable access to museum-quality art, the home has a wide-ranging, deep collection of Haitian paintings latimes.com/travel/la-tr-…
When the world's largest diamond was transported from Africa to England, an elaborate & secure journey by sea was publicized - as a rouse. The real diamond was simply posted by mail. gilletts.com.au/blog/diam…
The LDS Church has a private secure vault in the Granite Mountain in Utah. deseret.com/2010/4/29/201…
The US Navy has a highly secure and secretive base on a lake in Northern Idaho where new submarine designs are tested. foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com…
When hummingbirds reach puberty, the males’ beaks grow longer and sharper. They use them to stab other males in the throat to secure mating spots. nerdist.com/hummingbirds-…

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