Today I learned of Coca-Cola's failed "Magican" campaign. They sold cans that contained spring loaded tabs to dispense cash prizes. Prize cans contained a foul smelling liquid instead of cola to prevent drinking. Though harmless, one child drank it and Coca-Cola ended the campaign 3 weeks later due to backlash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
Every year, a regatta is held in Alice Springs. Due to the lack of water in Central Australia, contestants have to carry bottomless "boats" trough a dried-out river. When the river did carry water in 1993, the regatta became "the only regatta ever cancelled because of wet weather". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
In the 1790s, an Oxford student introduced using guano (bird poop) as fertiliser. He spread guano across the university lawn, using it to spell G U A N O. The lawn was soon scrubbed, but when spring came, the word GUANO was clearly visible, growing higher and thicker than the rest of the grass npr.org/sections/krulwich…
During the early years of the Tour de France, guzzling alarming amounts of alcohol was the norm. Beer, wine, and brandy were considered safer to drink than water from questionable roadside wells or springs, and cyclists drank copiously. outsideonline.com/2099916…
Alaskan Wood Frogs would freeze their bodies in the winter. Their breathing and heart beat also stops, allowing them to survive temperatures as low as -80 degrees Fahrenheit. Their bodies will thaw during the spring and come back to life. businessinsider.com/these…
Squirrels are responsible for many of the power outages in the United States. The American Public Power Association has collected data on the issue for years and has come to one clear conclusion - "expect a higher incidence of squirrel-related outages in the spring and fall." publicpower.org/blog/defe…
In pre-Norman England, Father Christmas, originally wore a green suit with a long green hooded cloak, as well as a wreath made of holly, mistletoe or ivy which represented the coming spring. history.co.uk/article/8-f…
In the spring of 1922, the United Mine Workers of America announced a national strike. And then, that summer in Herrin, Illinois, 23 people were murdered over two days. Men, women, and children came out of their houses to watch, and in some cases, to take part in the violence. americanheritage.com/1922…
Air conditioning caused various shifts in demography, notably that of the USA starting from the 1970s. Until 1970, the birth rate in the spring was lower than during the other seasons, but the introduction of air conditioning leveled out this difference at the end of the 20th century en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
In 1955, a local Sears store in Colorado Springs, CO, had an ad stating children can call Santa on Christmas Eve. The phone number listed was misprinted, and calls were directed to NORAD; thus starting a yearly tradition 9news.com/mobile/article/…
Hakone Kowakien Yunessen hot springs spa in Hakone, Japan allows visitors to bathe in baths containing real green tea, red wine, and coffee. The spas are made from real ingredients known to rejuvenate the body and attract many visitors. lonelyplanet.com/articles…
Today I learned about the BΓΆΓΆgg, which is a giant snowman figure with a head full of a firecrackers that is burned as part of a spring festival every year in Zurich. The time it takes for the BΓΆΓΆgg's head to explode is supposed to predict how warm the summer will be. 🀯 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
Alaskan Wood Frogs freeze during winters. 2/3rds of their body water turns into ice, hearts stop beating & blood stops flowing. They build up high concentrations glucose in their organs & tissues which prevents cells from shrinking/dying. When spring arrives, they thaw out & hop away. latimes.com/science/scien…
Epsom salts are named for the English town, Epsom in Surrey where there were natural springs rich in magnesium sulfate, i.e. Epsom Salts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eps…
Frank Sinatra was friends with JFK. In 1962, in anticipation of a presidential visit, Sinatra had a helipad built at his house in Palm Springs. When JFK snubbed him and ended their friendship (due to Sinatra’s alleged mob ties), Sinatra grabbed a sledge hammer and smashed up the helipad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I Learned that Magnolia Springs, Alabama is the only place in the US with a boat only USPS delivery service. The only way to get your mail is through the boat service which has been running since 1915. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Today I learned about Sound of Colleagues, a white noise machine that emulates the sound of an office. A creative collaboration that was created as a reaction to this spring's strict work from home policies in Sweden. soundofcolleagues.com/
Grey Squirrels do not hibernate, their bodies are incapable of storing enough fat to do so, they do sleep a lot though, giving rise to the belief they go into Winter hibernation until the spring. wildlifeworld.co.uk/squir…
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 that some carbonated water comes from naturally occurring springs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sod…
Researchers have found that the β€˜spring forward’ to daylight savings time (i.e. putting your clocks forward an hour) causes a 6% increase in fatal car accidents in the US during the workweek following the adjustment, and results in about 28 additional deaths each year. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Today I learned of Deep Springs College where students don't pay tuition, room, board but work a minimum of 20 hours and live on the college's ranch and farm. The college has fewer than 30 students at any one time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
The Main Street train station in Disney World was designed to look like the turn of the century railroad station in Saratoga Springs, NY. The station designed to replicate the Upstate NY station is the second most photographed building in the Magic Kingdom. retrowdw.com/podcast/podc…
Trees that get blown over in storms can spring back up again, and people have been trapped under the root ball when this happens. abc.net.au/news/2019-03-2…
In 2017, a group of travel influencers were banned from all U.S. public lands. Their violations included driving an RV across the Bonneville Salt Flats, walking on Yellowstone’s hot springs, and affixing a rope swing to the Corona Arch. A year later, they fell off a waterfall in B.C. and died. outsideonline.com/2325286…
The Goodwill will refuse to take your old office chair, bean bags, or box spring mattresses chairpickr.com/how-to-rec…
"The Havasupai people, which literally translates to 'people of the blue-green water,'” live near secluded waterfalls in the Grand Canyon. The tribal land is just outside the national park border. The water's striking turquoise color comes from calcium carbonate in the spring feeding the falls. atlasobscura.com/places/h…
Common Toads have incredible memory, travelling hundreds of miles in Spring to return to the exact same pond where they were born in order to lay their eggs (of which there can be more than 1,500) youtube.com/watch?v=HXjBQ…
Japanese snow monkeys like to bathe and relax in hot springs. The monkeys, called macaques, can be viewed lounging in the primate-only onsen (hot spring) in the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park. cnn.com/travel/amp/snow-m…
If you visit Luxembourg in late February, you may see burning crosses all over the country. This is an ancient Celtic tradition that has been kept to this day, which is meant to chase away winter and welcome spring. learnluxembourgish.com/bl…
There is a town in New Mexico named "Truth or Consequences". They changed it from "Hot Springs" in 1950 to win a radio contest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tru…
George Washington's teeth were comprised of lead, gold, brass, and steel springs, with a combination of animal and human teeth. The animal teeth included cow teeth, horse teeth, and hippopotamus teeth. It has been posited that the human teeth came from enslaved people, which was commonplace daily.jstor.org/were-geor…
Today I learned about Ron Stallworth, the first African-American police officer and detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department who conducted an infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Today I learned of the Devils Hole Pupfish, the entire species exists within a 22 by 3.5 meter pool in Death Valley. In 2007 as few as 38 individuals remained. As of spring 2019, the population had reached 136. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dev…
-one reason for the popularity and growth of Palm Springs was due to the Hollywood studio's '2 hour rule' mandating that stars had to be that close by car in case they were needed for filing visitpalmsprings.com/holl…
Over half of Japanese hot springs (onsen) ban people with tattoos from using their facilities in order to keep out members of the Yakuza, who often have large, prominent tattoos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ons…
Today I learned about the Gaet'ale Pond, a hypersaline lake in the Afar Region of Ethopia, which, according to locals, was created in January 2005 after an earthquake reactivated a thermal spring, thus creating the pond. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gae…
Punxsutawney Phil's accuracy at picking an early spring is lower than random chance. The National Centers for Environmental Information estimate his accuracy at 40%. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gro…
Before antibiotics, patients with Tuberculosis were sent to Colorado Springs as it was believed dry air and sunshine helped in the treatment. TB sanatoriums, or small hut-like structures with ventilation, still litter backyards and properties around the city. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
Today I learned of the Hot Springs Gunfight, an 'old west' gunfight between the city police and the county sheriff. They were fighting over who got to be bribed/employed by the local illegal gambling ring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
"Pussy willow" is a name given to many of the smaller species of the genus Salix (willows and sallows) when their furry catkins are young in early spring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pus…
It's possible for a human to dissolve in Yellowstone's hot springs. On June 7, 2016, Colin Scott slipped and tumbled into the acidic boiling waters of the Norris Geyser while looking for a hot spot to soak in. Scott had illegally ventured off the boardwalk and within 24hrs he dissolved. huffingtonpost.com/entry/…
Last year a Japanese company launched a satellite into space that can artificially recreate a meteor shower. This spring it should reach the right position and the first test shower will be released over Hiroshima. They expect a colorful meteor shower visible in an area up to 200km wide. earthsky.org/space/1st-ar…
Leonardo Da Vinci invented a self-propelled cart (powered by two coiled springs and a balance wheel, like a watch) that could drive and even steer autonomously. v2gov.com/da-vincis-self-…
The iconic Slinky toy was created during the development of a device designed to stabalise naval equipment during rough seas. Richard James knocked one of his springs off a bookshelf and it "stepped' down a pile of books. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sli…
Before computerized mechanisms in cars, the clicking you hear in turn signals used to come from a heated spring mechanism β€” that was designed, both to produce the click, and to activate the exterior bulbs themselves. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
In 1962 a strange spring was found in northern Texas. Despite being 500 miles from any coast, it was home to marine species such as crabs, barnacles and seaweed, all isolated thousands of years prior when the sea levels rose and fell. Sadly, all this was wiped out after a dike was built. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hem…
American mechanic Walter Hunt is regarded as the inventor of the safety pin that bears resemblance to those used today. The safety pin included a clasp that covered the point and kept it from opening, and a circular twist at the bend to act as a spring and hold it in place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saf…
An Australian bird, called the rainbow lorikeet, routinely gets drunk from spring to summer. The small birds drink the fermented crimson flower nectar from the Weeping Boer-bean tree. When intoxicated these birds make loud drunken noises which many people find bothersome. nationalgeographic.com.au…
The Philippines sent 1,000 troops to the Korean war as crew for US tanks. Tanks never came and they were forced to face 40,000 North Korean and Chinese soldiers during the Great Spring Offensive and managed to hold their portion of the line and get surrounded as the line beside them collapsed. youtube.com/watch?v=JV1M8…

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