A Texas man nearly died after being bitten by a rattlesnake that he decapitated with a shovel. The snake's head bit down on his hand, 10 minutes after being removed from its body, after he reached down to move it with a stick. rd.com/article/the-snakes…
Johann Trollmann who was a gypsy boxing champion put in a labour camp in Nazi Germany, was forced to fight against a feared ex-criminal and prison guard and won despite being malnourished and exhausted. The still bitter prison guard sought revenge by murdering Johann with a shovel later. fightland.vice.com/blog/g…
The shape of California's state highway signs is meant to represent the spades/shovels used by the miners during the Gold Rush. kcet.org/shows/lost-la/wh…
A suspected serial killer was shot dead by a sex worker when he entered her home. 4 sets of handcuffs were found on him. When police searched his car, they found a machete, axes, knives, a shovel, bleach, and garbage bags, a sledgehammer, and a bullet proof vest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nea…
Groundwater wells in old times were dug by pick and shovel until the digger couldn't bail anymore usgs.gov/special-topic/wa…
Milton Hershey kept his employees working during the Great Depression by having them construct buildings in Hershey, PA including a school, arena and hotel. When a steam shovel was brought in for construction, Hershey told his foreman to get rid of the shovel and hire 40 men instead. entrepreneur.com/article/…
There is actually a difference between spades and shovels. Spades are used for cutting and lifting, whereas shovels are used for digging. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Chocolate magnate Milton Hershey launched a 'Great Building Campaign' during the Great Depression with the aim of employing more people. When he was told that a steam shovel being used on a project did the work of 40 men, he instructed his foreman: "Take them off. Hire 40 men." blog.hersheyarchives.org/…
Serial killer Todd Kohlhepp left honest online reviews of items he purchased to use for his crimes before being apprehended including padlocks, a shovel, targets, knives & gun accessories huffingtonpost.co.uk/entr…
In 2011 a 75 year old Georgian woman cut off internet access to the whole of Armenia when she severed a single cable while digging with a shovel express.co.uk/life-style/…
As the strongest and most imposing members of a company, British Pioneer Sergeants would march with a shovel and axe to clear a path for troops, kill horses wounded in battle, and grow beards for protection while smithing. forces.tv/42849745
Titanic's engines burned 600 tons of coal per day. 176 men worked around the clock to shovel it in by hand. 100 tons of ash was also ejected into the sea each day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
In 2011, the entire country of Armenia lost internet access for 12 hours after a woman in Georgia broke a fiber line with her shovel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
In 2011, Newark Mayor Cory Booker was named a "superhero with a shovel" for personally responding to his constituents’ pleas for help following a blizzard. Months later, he rescued a woman from a burning house. bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-c…
The largest production hydraulic excavator (shovel) in the World is the Caterpillar 6090 FS, with a total operating weight of a thousand tonnes. cat.com/en_GB/products/ne…
One of Bolivia's oldest silver mines has claimed the lives of an estimated 8 million people in the past 500 years. It is known as the 'Mountain that eats men" and is still mined with pick and shovel today. newint.org/features/web-e…
A 75-year-old Georgian woman was digging for copper wires to sell. She accidentally sliced into a fiber-optic cable with her shovel and left the entire country of Armenia without internet for 12 hours. online.wsj.com/news/artic…
Poet Stanislaw Jerzy Lec survived a German concentration camp by killing his guard with a shovel that was given to him to dig his own grave – and then escaping in the guards uniform. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Polish author StanisΕ‚aw Jerzy Lec escaped a German work camp in 1943 after killing his guard with a shovel when taken to dig his own grave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Ned Kelly’s mother hit a policeman over the head with a shovel. smh.com.au/opinion/good-m…
Bill Nye's Father was working as a contractor on Wake Island when it was captured by the Japanese on Dec 8, 1941, and spent the war as a POW. He spent time making sundials using a shovel to pass the time. huffingtonpost.com/entry/…
Benjamin Wilson, a wounded Korean War Vet, rose from his stretcher to kill 33 Chinese in a one-man assault. After his rifle was wrestled from his hands hands, he proceeding killing with his shovel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
A man who slapped a police horse was sentenced to shovel horse manure for 20 hours as punishment realpolice.net/forums/arc…
Not everybody's incisors are curved on the back. "Shovel teeth" indicate an Asian or Native American lineage. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…
Pasties have a knotted hard section due to miners in tin mines being able to hold and eat them without cutlery. If they got cold, the miners would place them on a shovel, and warm them over a candle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
Today I learned about Big Brutus, an 11 million lbs shovel left in the middle of nowhere, KS because it was determined too expensive to move after its use. It is the largest electric shovel still in existence-coming in second in all time to only The Captain who once weighed in at 28 million lbs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Rodney Somerville was bitten by an eastern brown snake. After killing it with his shovel and waiting for an ambulance he drank beer. "I said to myself, if I’m going to cark it I’m going to have a beer" au.news.yahoo.com/qld/a/2…
In 1949 the world record for mining ore by hand was set by Reed Smoot McConkie while mining Gilsonite (a form of solid ashphalt). Using his pick and shovel, he mined 175 200lb bags of ore in an 8-hour day, 950 bags in a six-day week, 1925 bags in a month and 15,000 bags in one year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
In 2011, a woman in Georgia pierced a fiber backbone line with a shovel and left the neighboring country of Armenia without Internet access for 12 hours en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Soviet Cosmonauts carried bear-killing shotguns into space with their survival gear. The TP-82 was used until 2007 when the manufacturing of the ammunition ended. It was β€œa deluxe all-in-one weapon with three barrels and a folding stock that doubles as a shovel and contains a swing-out machete.” universetoday.com/118829/…
Stalin had a canal built between the White and the Baltic sea by 126,000 workers who used shovels to dig 48 km of the 227 km canal in only 20 months. 12,000 workers died during construction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
During the sinking of the Titanic the people who shoveled coal to power the ship (Firemen), continued to shovel coal to keep the lights on, and water pumps running, to allow more time for people to evacuate. Only 48 survived out of the 173. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
In 1962 the groundbreaking ceremony for the Houston Astrodome was done not with shovels, but with six-guns. chron.com/sports/astros/a…
A Georgian woman sent almost all of Armenia offline for about 12 hours by damaging an international fiber-optic backbone cable with a shovel while scavenging for scrap metal. wsj.com/articles/SB100014…
The job of a Gong Farmer was to shovel human excrement from pits under the castle during the Middle Ages. bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/hi…
The shovel-snouted lizard (Meroles anchietae) lives in the desert of Namib. To prevent their feet from burning they lift theyr feet off the sand - a front leg and opposite hind leg lifts on a rotational Basis, which make it look like they are dancing. africageographic.com/blog…
There's a binational campaign in the United States and Mexico that turns weapons into shovels that are then used to plant trees. Guns are collected, melted down, and turned into functional tools. kcet.org/arts/artbound/co…
A man from Florida brought a shovel to a gunfight and won baynews9.com/content/news…
The international body to honour sewage workers is the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers. They don't accept applications for membership - they select candidates and give them a golden shovel tiepin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sel…
It snowed so much in Toronto once, the army had to be called in to help shovel it ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/d…
An evolutionary ancestor of the elephant had a shovel for a mouth wired.com/wiredscience/20…
A Georgian woman pierced a fiber cable with a shovel and left the neighboring country of Armenia without Internet access for 12 hours. wsj.com/news/articles/SB1…
Ichiro Suzuki built strength and stamina by hurling car tires and hitting Wiffle balls with a heavy shovel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ich…
During the Battle of aljubarrota, a baker woman killed 8 spanish soldiers by herself with her shovel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
John G. Deifenbaker, the 13th prime minister of Canada, was supposedly discharged from the army during training due to an injury from a shovel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
A group of early elephants had shovel-like tusks attached to their lower jaws. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Trench Raiders in WWI used sharpened shovels as weapons. suite101.com/article/hand…
The first shovels were made out of ox scapulas by people in Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Britain. livescience.com/32907-gre…
Big Brutis the monstrous crane has the largest shovel in the world and when it last operated had and electric bill of $27,000 a month. worldslargestthings.com/k…

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