The Canadian Sled Dog is it’s own breed, separate from Huskies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
The highest g force voluntarily experienced by a person was 46.2 g's by John Stapp. He rode a rocket sled that reached a top speed of 632 MPH, The land speed record at the time and he stopped in 1 second. For a brief moment his body weighed 7700 pounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In ancient times some inuit people did not have access to enough wood for their sleds and often used frozen fish wrapped in skins in place of runners. They used blocks of ice to reduce drag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qam…
Steven Spielberg paid $60,500 (including 10% commission) for the only remaining balsa "Rosebud" sled used in Citizen Kane. It was auctioned June 9, 1982, by Sotheby's in New York. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
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…
In the 1960's the US Air Force forced live black bears to ride rocket sleds and ejected them from jet planes at Mach 2 speeds youtube.com/watch?v=98cXG…
Although Balto is famously accredited for the 1925 Alaskan serum run, it was actually another Siberian Husky named Togo that lead the most perilous leg of the relay. Togo ran over 300 miles while the other relay sled teams, including Balto, averaged around 31 miles. akc.org/expert-advice/new…
Sled dog were believed to have been used as far back as 15,000 years ago in Siberia. sciencedirect.com/science…
After Balto the sled dog became famous for his role in saving a remote area from a diphtheria outbreak, he toured America on the vaudeville circuit. When a Cleveland businessman found Balto chained at a "dime museum" in LA, he bought the dog to live out his life at the Cleveland Zoo. case.edu/ech/articles/b/b…
Today I learned of the Mount Washington Devil’s Shingles. Workers who worked on the Mount Washington Cog Railway sometimes raced sleds down the 6,300 ft. mountain. One time a worker went from the summit to the base in 2 1/2 minutes, at points traveling as fast as 60-100 mph. bangshift.com/general-new…
Sled dogs can run without getting tired because their bodies can directly burn fat and protein for energy whereas other animals need carbs to do so. youtube.com/watch?v=HDG4G…
During the serum rush in 1925, a sled dog named Togo lead a 260 mile dangerous journey across Alaska, even crossing the open ice of the Norton Sound. However it is Balto who gets all the credit and fame, while mushing 51 miles. Togo was the real hero by over 200 miles,he saved thousands of lives nps.gov/people/togo.htm
A terrier named Igloo traveled to both the North and South Poles in the 1920s as a companion to his human, explorer Admiral Richard Bird. He chased penguins, picked fights with the sled dogs, and had a camel-hair suit made for him to keep him warm. His headstone is shaped like an iceberg. americacomesalive.com/201…
Antarctica is the only continent on Earth,where dogs are banned. Being used as sled dogs for exploration up until 1992,they were banned from Antarctica over concerns that the dogs might transfer diseases to the seal population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sle…
The cheapest and cleanest means of transport for scientists in the Antarctica is a tent on a sled powered by a giant Kite en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Unlike in Cool Runnings, the Olympic bobsledding community welcomed the first Jamaican team; and offered them guidance and spare sleds. They went on to crash in the Qualifying Round. bleacherreport.com/articl…
Antarctica is the only continent where dogs are banned. Being used as sled dogs for exploration until 1992, they were banned over concerns that they would transmit diseases to the seal population en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sle…
In 2008 a man at a ski resort in Italy stole a rubber padding used on a barrier to stop people at the bottom of a sledding hill. He used the padding to sled down the hill, hitting the barrier that he stole the padding from and died. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
The RCMP effectively wiped out the population of Canadian Eskimo dogs used for transporting sleds in the Arctic in order to drive the Inuit population to relocate to government created communities. It was a crippling blow for the hunter culture as it deprived them of transport for hunting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Most Huskies in the US are descended from the sled dog team that completed the most grueling part of the 1925 Great Race of Mercy. They saved many children's lives by transporting diphtheria antitoxin when no one else could. Afterwards, the team was sold to a kennel in Poland Spring, ME. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/192…
Balto, the sled dog who delivered lifesaving diphtheria antitoxin to Nome, Alaska, in 1925, was present for the unveiling of his own statue in Central Park! youtu.be/Rl5cZQlsDqA
The sled dog, Togo, was responsible for leading his team through the most dangerous and longest stretch of the 1925 Serum Run by 200 miles. Balto and his team led the last 55 mile stretch into the town of Nome getting most of the credit and media attention. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tog…
There are 4 distinct roles in a sled dog racing team from front to back: "Lead dogs" apply the musher's commands & set the pace; "Swing dogs" help turn the team left/right, "Team dogs" are the muscle & maintain speed; "Wheel dogs" guide the sled around obstacles. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Sledge hockey players sit on specially designed sleds, or β€˜sledges’, with skate blades under the seat. Two sticks are used to not only pass, stickhandle and shoot the puck, but also to propel and maneuver their sledges hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/hoc…
Balto the Siberian Husky was a sled dog who led the final leg of a dog sled team in 1925, which transported an Diphtheria Antitoxin to Nome, Alaska since they were experiencing an epidemic and no other form of transportation could make it all the way to the town. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Dog sled racing was a demonstration sport at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Musher, Leonhard Seppala, the subject of Disney's new film Togo won the silver medal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sle…
Balto (the sled dog that led the famous serum run in 1925 Alaska) can be viewed at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. His body was mounted after he died and is now on display. cmnh.org/balto
Brian Shul was shot down flying special ops over Cambodia, given up for dead, rescued, underwent 15 surgeries, and passed physicals to fly again and to become an SR71 pilot. He famously wrote Sled Driver, and told the SR-71 speed check, how slow can an SR-71 fly and the SR-71 over Libya stories newatlas.com/brian-shul-i…
After their famed snow run, Balto and his fellow sled dogs were sold to a freak show in L.A. After over 2 years living in horrible conditions, they were rescued by the efforts of the entire city of Cleveland, OH. cmnh.org/balto
Argentina-bred sled dogs were once used in Antarctica but went extinct in the 1990's because the breed had lost the immunity against common dog diseases en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arg…
Today I learned of an elite Danish naval unit that patrols Greenland on dog sleds, the Sirius Dog Sled Patrol news.com.au/news/on-patro…
Togo the sled dog, who was part of the same mission to bring medicine to Nome, Alaska as the famous Balto, actually did the lion's share of the work. Balto ran the last 55-miles of the journey, while Togo's journey was the longest by 200 miles. content.time.com/time/spe…
Anchorage, Alaska was so snow starved this year they actually had to import 7 train cars full of snow for the starting section of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race adn.com/article/20160229/…
Balto was only the last lead dog in a long relay of dog sled teams used to reach Nome, Alaska. The most hazardous part of the journey was actually lead by another dog; Togo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Reindeer and caribou are the same species, so we could just as easily say Santa's sled is being pulled by eight caribou. polartrec.com/resources/f…
An elderly Eskimo in the 1950s, in order to escape government settlement made a knife out of his own feces and frozen spit, killed a dog with it and used its ribs and organs to make a sled, tied it to other dogs and rode off. dontdontoperate.wordpress…
The first Iditarod sled dog race was actually a race against time to save the children of Nome, AK pbs.org/wnet/nature/sled-…
Today I learned of Togo, the real hero dog of the Serum run to Nome in 1925 who ran more then any other sled team (including Balto's) saved his teams lives by going through a blizzard blind and crossing breaking ice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tog…
The Canadian RCMP systematically slaughtered the sled dogs of the Inuit until as late as the 1970s vice.com/en_ca/article/th…
The Sakhalin Husky was a sled dog used for expeditions in Russia, Alaska, and the South Pole. As of 2011, there were only two surviving purebred members of the breed in Japan, and the breed is now considered extinct. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sak…
NASA conceived of a plan to launch spacecraft out of a hole in the top of a mountain. The combination of a rocket sled, combined with the thin atmosphere could have led to a quick insertion for low orbit satellites. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Today I learned of John Stapp, a man who withstood 46.2 Gs of gravity, suffered a detached retina and went 632 MPH all in a single run on a deceleration sled nmspacemuseum.org/halloff…
During The Great Race of Mercy a sled dog named Togo was the unsung hero but the sled dog Balto received the credit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tog…
In 1954 while riding a rocket sled John Stapp voluntarily submitted himself to 46.2 g and survived en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of Newton Marshall, a Jamaican dogsled musher who rescued another musher, Scott Jenssen, who had an accident during the Iditarod dogsled race. Two years earlier Jenssen had saved one of his own sled dogs with β€˜mouth-to-snout’ when it collapsed during a race. The dog was called Marshall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Today I learned of John Stapp - An Air Force Officer, flight surgeon, physician, biophysicist, and pioneer who developed oxygen systems to prevent decompression sickness, studied the effects of deceleration by hitting 46.2Gs on a rocket sled traveling 632mph, and popped off his jet canopy at 570mph en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of the 1925 'Great Race of Mercy' where 20 mushers and 150 sled dogs traveled 674 miles in 5 days to deliver diphtheria antitoxin to Nome, Alaska en.wikipedia.org/wiki/192…
SR-71 pilot Author of 'Sled Driver' was shot down in Nam, Crawling from the burning wreckage and surviving in hostile territory with extensive wounds for more than a day, before being rescued and spending 2 months of intensive care with what was thought to be terminal burns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
The sled dog Balto was stuffed after his death, and now resides in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…

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