The secret formula for WD-40 is stored in a bank vault and has only left it twice; once was on its 50th birthday when the CEO of WD-40 rode through Times Square on a horse with a suit of armor on and the formula in hand cnbc.com/2012/08/23/7-Sou…
:The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree (typically a 50- to 60-year-old Norway spruce, generally over 20 metres tall) is a Christmas tree gifted to the people of Britain by Norway each year since 1947 as a token of gratitude for British support to Norway during the Second World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
There's a 460 square miles area in France called the Zone Rouge containing so much human and animal remains and millions of items of unexploded classic and chemical ordnance from WW1. It's been legally defined as Impossible to clean - Human life impossible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zon…
The "queen" in chess used to be the "advisor" which could only move one square diagonally. It wasn't until chess was brought to Europe and the rise of female monarchs during the 15th century was the "advisor" replaced with the "queen". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Theoretically, Spiders of the world could eat all the humans within an year, and still remain hungry. The average number of spiders in a square meter is 131, and for some areas it can exceed 1000 per square meter. mercurynews.com/2017/03/2…
The biggest warning siren ever was made by Chrysler and powered by a V8 Hemi engine. It was 12' long, weighed 3 tons, was able to be heard in a 2000 square mile area, condensed fog into rain, and sometimes knocked birds out of the sky. amusingplanet.com/2019/08…
It’s been 30 years since Home Alone debuted. The McCallister’s house in the movie is an actual home in the Chicago suburbs. Located at 671 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL, the 5-bedroom house is 4,243 square feet & is currently valued at about $1.7 million & Kevin placed 14 bobby traps in the house. mccallisterhouse.com/maki…
The disembodied hand of the Statue of Liberty sat in Madison Square for 6 years to raise money for the rest of the statue vinepair.com/cocktail-cha…
Today I learned about the "Antilia", the world's largest private home built by Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani and located in Mumbai, India. It is 173m (568ft) tall and has over 37,000 square meters (400,000 sq ft) of living space, 27 floors, a 168-car garage, 9 elevators, a Hindu temple and a 50-seat theater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
When Milka chocolate launched in France, they removed a single square from 13 million chocolate bars. Consumers received a code to enter online, where they could either send the missing piece - with a personalized message - to a friend, or enter their own address to have the piece sent to them blog.hubspot.com/marketin…
Today I learned about Beirut Chess, a Chess variant in which players secretly equip one of their men with a "bomb", which can be detonated at any time, wiping out all pieces on surrounding squares. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bei…
The largest building in Kentucky is a 4,000,000 square foot man-made cavern underneath the city of Louisville that houses businesses, storage facilities, ziplines, and a mountain bike park. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
Today I learned of the chess move "en passant," which allows a pawn to capture an opposing pawn that moved two squares as if it only moved one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/En_…
Today I learned of Horace Cole, an internationally know prankster born in 1881. He was know for impersonating Royals and members of Parliament, walking down the street with a fake penis hanging out of his pants. And once while on his honeymoon, dumping a massive amount of horse manure in a Venitian square. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
An uncontrolled nuclear-powered satellite carrying 45 kg of enriched Uranium impacted Earth in 1978. The crash in Canada's Northwest Territories spread radioactive materials over 100,000 square km. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kos…
Today I learned about Anna Creek Station, the largest Cattle Station in Australia, which at 23,677 Square KM is larger than Israel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Today I learned of a 3800 year old estimate of the Square Root of 2, from Babylon. It is accurate to 6 decimals or 1/2,000,000, the greatest in the ancient world. This indicates that it was computed iteratively, instead of being a mere estimate. Numerically it's: 1 + 24/60 + 51/60^2 + 10/60^3. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YBC…
The movie Vanilla Sky has one of the most expensive movie scenes. To get Times Square empty for the scene, director Cameron Crowe got a deal with the NYPD to close off the area between 5AM and 8AM on a Sunday and paid over $1 million for 30 seconds of footage looper.com/127429/the-mos…
Today I learned of the Moon Museum, a <1/2 square inch tile left on the Moon containing drawings by six prominent artists...including a penis drawn by Andy Warhol en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
The Swedish Cancer Society had to use diagrams with square breasts to avoid Facebook auto-censoring. theguardian.com/technolog…
Many Chinese soldiers that came into contact with protestors at Tiananmen Square refused to open fire on civilians. One official even refused to obey orders by pretending he didn't receive any messages. There was even infighting between the various units over violence against civilians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peo…
The obelisk that stands at the centre of Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican City, is a four thousand year old Egyptian obelisk that was brought to Rome from Alexandria by Caligula in 37 AD. archaeology-travel.com/st…
The term "Moonie" was first used by American media sources to refer to members of Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church in 1974, during church events at the Madison Square Garden en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The 15,000-square mile Sea of Azov has a maximum depth of only 45 feet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Today I learned about the Ogallala Aquifer, 174,000 square miles of fresh water underground that stretches from South Dakota all the way to northwest Texas. It supplies water for 1/4 of all irrigated crops in the US, and American farmers are struggling to conserve it. turnto23.com/news/nationa…
One of the deadliest explosions in history occurred in Beijing in 1626. An unexplained explosion at a gunpowder factory obliterated 4 square kilometers of city and killed around 20,000 people. The blast itself was about as powerful as the nuclear explosion over Hiroshima. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
The queen piece in chess used to only move one square at a time. Later on, this was changed to the movement we know today thanks to the 15th century Queen Isabella of Spain. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
In 1987, Mathias Rust, a German teenager, flew from Helsinki to Moscow, Red Square, all by himself, as a sign of peace. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-2…
In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism anightatthegarden.com/
In December 2014, a guy dressed as Santa robbed a bank in San Francisco. The robbery took place during β€œSantacon”, an annual event in which hundreds of people dressed as Santa swarm Union Square. nbcbayarea.com/news/local…
Ethiopia named one of it's cities squares in Addis Ababa after Mexico, because it was one of only 5 countries that refused to recognize Italy's annexation of Ethiopia during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
The 2-step initial pawn move is absent in Indian chess; thus, en passant is also absent. Normal castling with rook and king is absent. The king can make a knight's move once in a game, known as Indian castling. On reaching the opposite end of the board, pawns promote to the piece of that square. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
The tiny black square on LEGO figurines’ necks are there to properly orient them when assembling the arms; ensuring they face forward. youtu.be/ChZotngQ3_8
With more than 20 cinder cones 100m-plus high, Camiguin has more volcanoes per square kilometre than any other island on earth. It is untouched by large-scale tourism and one of the more tranquil islands around of the Philippines lonelyplanet.com/philippi…
US homes today are 1,000 square feet larger than in 1973 and living space per person has nearly doubled aei.org/carpe-diem/new-us…
The original totem pole that stood in Seattle’s Pioneer Square was stolen from a Tlingit village in Tongass Island, AK in 1899 where it stood for over 100 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pio…
Square originally chose to develop games for the Sega Saturn instead of the PlayStation. This changed after they received the development manuals for each. The Saturn's was in a loose binder, implying Sega was making changes, while the PlayStation's was bound in a book, implying confidence. youtube.com/watch?v=XB0mg…
Japanese schools make children square dance to the tune of β€œTurkey in the Straw,” and call it an β€œOklahoma Mixer” mamalisa.com/?t=es&p=…
There are more multi-cellular zooplankton per square kilometer in the Chukchi Sea than there are stars in the Milky Way and collectively there are plankton than there are galaxies in the observable universe. chukchiscience.com/scienc…
Kid Rock didn't grow up in a trailer park, but on a six-acre estate with a 5,628-square-foot house and its own apple orchard. freep.com/story/news/loca…
84% of the world’s rough diamonds and 50% of the world’s polished diamonds pass through the Belgian city of Antwerp, which houses 4 diamond exchanges and over 1700 registered diamond traders in an area of less than one square mile businessinantwerp.eu/sect…
The minimum sound threshold a human ear drum can detect is 1x10^-12 watts/square meter. To put in perspective just how sensitive that is, if our ear drum was the size of England, it could detect the weight of a banana on it. courses.lumenlearning.com…
Tribeca is one of a number of neighborhoods in New York City whose names are syllabic abbreviations, including SoHo (South of Houston Street), Nolita (North of Little Italy), NoMad (North Madison Square) and BoCoCa (Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Times Square's most famous building has been largely vacant for decades, and generates virtually all of its revenue from exterior billboards. The interior, once home to the New York Times, is now considered to be too cramped and dilapidated to be rentable. insider.com/photos-show-a…
On May 19th 1989, CBS broke into their primetime programming for over half an hour to broadcast a live dispute between the CBS News team and representatives of the Chinese government. (The government was terminating all foreign broadcasts in a lead up to the Tiananmen Square Massacre.) youtu.be/Af14Ksv79uk
100 square miles of LA are surrounded by a religious physical wall called an "eruv" which symbolically extends the private domain of Jewish households into public areas, permitting activities within it that are normally forbidden in public on the Sabbath, such as carrying babies. lamag.com/citythinkblog/1…
Today I learned about the final speech of Romanian dictator Nicolas CeauΘ™escu: Having forcefully assembled 100.000 workers under threat of being fired on one of Bucharests main squares in order to stage a supportive rally, the crowd soon turned against him, marking the beginning of the end of his dictatorship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Square-round ice cream cartons are called "Squrounds" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squ…
The bishop of Orlando is also bishop of the moon, due to a canon law that says "any newly discovered territory would fall under the bishopric from whence the discovering expedition departed." His is therefore the largest Catholic diocese, at over 14,000,000 square miles. aleteia.org/2018/08/03/ye…
Walt Disney had a neat little private apartment above the fire house off the Town Square in Disneyland complete with with a 2nd floor terrace. Even today there is always a lamp burning in the window above the old firehouse justdisney.com/features/a…

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