The invention of early bikes was prompted by a vulcanic eruption in Indonesia that led to a year without summer and the starvation of many horses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
The most powerful volcanic eruption ever recorded was in 1815 (Mount Tambora) - resulted in the "year without a summer" with major food shortages due to global cooling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/181…
Paul Newman, Actor and Founder of Newman’s Own, also founded a summer camp called the Hole In The Wall Gang. It is a summer camp for seriously ill children of all ages, free of charge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
Carl Benz's wife Bertha was the first motorist. In the summer of 1888 Bertha decided to β€œtest drive” the second prototype Motorwagen on a journey from Mannheim to Pforzheim, a distance of more than 50 miles in a single day and left a note for Carl on the kitchen table heacockclassic.com/articl…
The countries of Liechtenstein and Haiti used the same flag for nearly century, a fact that was only discovered when the two nations met during the 1937 Summer Olympics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie…
Deficiency of Vitamin D worsens Respiratory Tract Infections. This is thought to be one of the reasons why there are fewer Flu cases in the summer. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Ceiling fans should turn counter-clockwise in the summer and clockwise(on low) in the winter for maximum comfort in hot and cold. delmarfans.com/educate/ba…
In June of Year Without Summer (1816), a group of writers had to stay indoors in Switzerland because of β€œincessant rain”. As a result of a contest to write the scariest story, Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, Lord Byron wrote A Fragment, a precursor to Dracula en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…
The classic summer pool smell is not the smell of the chlorine. That pool smell everyone is familiar with is actually urine reacting with the chlorine to create trichloramine youtu.be/S32y9aYEzzo?t=24…
Most UAE residents leave their AC on at home while they go to office. Some would even say to leave it on while gone on summer holiday. gulfnews.com/uae/most-uae…
The year 1816 is known as the "year without summer" due to the volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia which resulted in tens of thousands of deaths, a global temperature drop of up to 3 degrees Celsius and unusually cold and wet conditions sweeping across Europe and North America. edition.cnn.com/2019/09/1…
Ernest Hemingway ended up being quarantined for most of the Summer with his wife and his mistress in 1926 mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Finland is the strictest country in the world in terms of driving lessons. There are lessons required regarding car maintenance and driving in icy conditions, with learners requiring a test in the summer and another one in the winter. agradedrivingschool.com.a…
Red Summer: January 1 and September 14, 1919, white mobs lynched at least 43 African Americans, with 16 hanged and others shot; while another 8 men were burned at the stake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
In the summer of 2018 a man who flunked the London paramedic exams managed to infiltrate the paramedics' internal computer system and pose as a qualified paramedic. As a result he managed to respond to over 100 emergency calls before he was caught. telegraph.co.uk/news/2018…
The Iconic 'what are you waiting for' moment in ' I know what you did last summer ', was directed by a kid. dailyedge.ie/i-know-what-…
The 2024 Summer Olympics, to be hosted in Paris, France, will hold its surfing competitions in Teahupo'o, Tahiti - over 9700 miles from Paris. espn.com/olympics/story/_…
The British monarch celebrates two birthdays, one on their actual birthday and then officially in the summer when the weather is nice enough for a parade. bbc.co.uk/newsround/36489…
Today I learned of the sitcom pilot, "Where's Rodney" which aired once as a burn off during the summer on NBC in 1990, and was about a kid who can magically summon Rodney Dangerfield to give him advice. vulture.com/2013/07/where…
Toe wrestling is actually a competitive sport. Every year they hold championship in England. But in 1997 the Olympic Committee turned the sport down on the basis that they just couldn't decide if it was a winter or a summer sport. bbc.co.uk/derby/features/…
The Great Pyramids of Giza maintain a constant 68Β°F/20Β°C temperature inside even in summer months. trend-chaser.com/history/…
Nala, a beluga calf born to much fanfare one summer at the Vancouver Aquarium died a year later of a "bizarre" condition. Staff discovered that Nala had an abnormal pocket beneath her larynx, or voice box, which contained two stones and a penny ctvnews.ca/baby-beluga-wh…
American Apparel's Product Aesthetic Was Influenced By The 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics huffpost.com/entry/americ…
The Summer Olympics have only been cancelled three times since the beginning of the 20th century and all three because of war. halsbury.com/education/bl…
In the 19th century the theory that bad smells spread disease was widely accepted, therefore the population dumped human waste and garbage into the river to minimize odor in the streets. A particularly hot summer in London, 1858 caused what became known as "The Great Stink of 1858" historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
In the summer of 2011, authorities were finally able to create a DNA profile of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy and upload it to the FBI’s national database when vials of his blood, taken in 1978, were discovered previously untouched and forgotten in a Florida crime lab khq.com/news/newly-discov…
In accordance with his wishes, the body of George Carlin was cremated, and the ashes scattered in front of various nightclubs he played in New York City and over Spofford Lake, in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, where he attended summer camp as an adolescent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Andy Summers of The Police is in a Police tribute band called Call the Police. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
1816 was β€œthe year without summer” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…
When the painting 'The Chelsea Pensioners reading the Waterloo Dispatch' was first exhibited at the Royal Academy summer exhibition in 1822 it was so popular that a rail was installed to protect it from the crowds. This was the first time that a rail was needed at the Royal Academy exhibition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
People are smarter in the summer and fall, to such a degree that it is significantly easier to diagnose dementia in the winter. Other species have similar β€œseasonal plasticity”. journals.plos.org/plosmed…
Today I learned about British Double Summer Time. During WW2, after moving an hour forward for DST in 1940, they didn’t roll back in fall. They moved forward again in spring of β€˜41, resulting in being 2 hours ahead. It helped people finish their day and get home with some extra light during enforced blackouts. historic-uk.com/CultureUK…
American Eddie Eagan is the only athlete to have won gold medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympics in different disciplines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…
Liechtenstein's flag was once identical to Haiti's, but Liechtenstein did not realize this until delegations from the two countries met at the 1936 Summer Olympics. Liechtenstein added a crown to their flag in 1937 in response. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie…
To promote β€œThe Room”, Tommy Wiseau personally spent $5,000 a month on a highway billboard advert for 5 years. This is in spite of the fact that the film only played for 2 weeks in the summer of 2003. Wiseau kept promoting it for years after it closed. vox.com/culture/2017/12/2…
Barkerville is a preserved and dynamic gold-rush town in the British Columbia interior. The last resident died in 1979 but the historic town's 100 original and 21 reconstructed buildings come alive in the summer with demonstrations of the Gold Rush thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
That, when World War 2 began, the US had the 12th largest army (behind Brazil) and the 18th largest air force in the world. By summer 1944, we were building bombers at the rate of one per hour. uso.org/stories/112-detro…
Toronto's most notorious (and oldest, at 66 years old) serial killer operated as a landscaper during the summer, and a mall Santa Claus during the winter. He eventually pled guilty to 8 counts of homicide of gay men in the Toronto area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Last summer (2019) forty people were seriously injured when a wave pool in China malfunctioned and created a dangerous Tsunami! The pool was overcrowded and people smashed into each other and got bloody from the hard tiles at the bottom. The operator may or may not have been drinking. cnn.com/videos/world/2019…
Elizabeth I spent her reigning summers travelling with an entire royal entourage of 400-600 horse drawn carts. They travelled slowly, an average of 10-12 miles a day. Her visits to houses incurred significant expenses for the host, thus they weren’t always happy to have her stay. shakespeareandbeyond.folg…
During the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, McDonalds ran a nationwide promotion offering free products every time a US athlete won a medal. It turned into their most costly promotion ever when the Soviet Union, the powerhouse team of the time, boycotted the event, letting the USA win big. latimes.com/sports/olympi…
Oak Bluffs on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, has been a traditional summer destination to upper class African-Americans for over a century. Though many had lived and worked in the area as early as the 1600s, by the late 1800s it had developed into an exclusive resort town. townandcountrymag.com/soc…
Disney's 'A Bug's Life' was inspired by the Aesop fable 'The Ant and the Grasshopper' were the Grasshopper (who has spent all summer singing) begs the Ant for food (who has spent all summer storing it) when winter arrives, but he is refused en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_B…
Of the 77 Olympians competing in the golf tournament at the 1904 Summer Olympics, 74 of them represented the USA and 3 of them represented Canada. Canada won the Gold. golf-monthly.co.uk/featur…
Namarrkon is an important creation ancestor (in Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) N. Territory, Australia) who is responsible for the violent lightning storms that occur every tropical summer -- And he looks like an alien. parksaustralia.gov.au/kak…
Wuying Pagoda is the oldest standing architectural feature in Wuhan. Legend says the pagoda casts no shadow at noon on the summer solstice, or at noon on the winter solstice. Another tradition says the pagoda was built to block the dragon vein below mountains in the area en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuy…
The inventor of the cereal Apple Jacks is currently a professor of biological engineering at MIT and invented the cereal as a summer intern mcardle.wisc.edu/william-…
'Could It Be Magic' by Barry Manilow, and also recorded by Donna Summer and Take That, is based on a piece by Chopin. youtu.be/_TuFXeZGxmQ
There will be five new sports debuting in the 2020 Summer Olympics: Skateboarding, Rock climbing, Surfing, Baseball/Softball, and Karate gritdaily.com/new-sports-…
There is only one athlete, Clara Hughes, who has won multiple medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympic games. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
In the 18th century in China, Empress Dowager Cixi siphoned funds from money designated to create a new imperial navy to build a marble boat in a lake in the Summer Palace en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
There was a girl nicknamed Sober Sue, who was offered worked at a theatre that would offer $1,000 to anyone that could make her laugh. All summer people tried to make her laugh, even professional comedians came onto the show, none of which prevailed. Sober Sue had facial paralysis. wyrk.com/why-nobody-could…
China follows a single standard time despite spanning 5 time zones. That means in the summer, the sun rises at 3:30AM in Jiamusi, Heilongjiang and 7:30AM in Ngari, Tibet. Furthermore, in the westernmost province, Xinjiang, two time zones are used in parallel, Xinjiang Time and Beijing Time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Wuhan's traditional dish is Hot dry noodles and it is also the most popular breakfast food. The summer time in Wuhan is extremely long, and the high temperature causes food's rapid deterioration. As a result, people added dietary alkali into noodles to avoid deterioration en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
, reindeer's eyes are golden in the summer and blue in the winter. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Someone paid 4700$ for Eva Brauns panties that probably were taken from Hitlers summer residence in Berghof by the allied troops in may 1945 bbc.com/news/uk-england-n…
Even though the country of East Germany collapsed in 1989, had a max population of 18 million, and only competed in 5 Summer Olympics, East Germany won 153 gold medals, which is still 9th highest of all time. topendsports.com/events/s…
Ukkusiksalik National Park is uninhabited now, but the Inuit lived there from 11th century to the 1960s. Remains of fox traps, tent rings, and food caches have been discovered in the area. Usually, the park can only be visited during a few summer weeks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukk…
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…
After the 2000 summer Paralympic Games, Spain had their gold medals in basketball stripped after finding that 10 out of 12 players weren't actually disabled. Spoiler: an undercover journalist playing for the team exposed the organization. thesmartset.com/article08…
Tehran's Carpet Museum exhibits a variety of Persian carpets, dating from the 16th century to the present. The museum's exterior is designed both to resemble a carpet loom, and to cast shade on the exterior walls, reducing the impact of the hot summer sun on the interior temperature en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The British king or queen has two birthdays: their real birth date and one assigned to them during the summer, to ensure better weather for the parade bbc.co.uk/newsround/36489…
Today I learned about My Summer Story, a follow up to the 1983 classic A Christmas Story using none of the original cast because they had aged to the point where they no longer fit their roles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
During the summer of 2013, in Sweden, some male train drivers chose to wear skirts to work in order to revolt against a ban on shorts that their employers had put into place. The company wanted its drivers to look "decent and proper" and believed they couldn't do so in shorts. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Trains in Bulgaria stop for an hour during change from winter to summer time. sofiaglobe.com/2019/10/25…
SAD isn’t limited to winter. It can also occur in the summer due to too much sunlight. healthline.com/health/sum…
John F. Kennedy enjoyed a "privileged childhood of elite private schools, sailboats, servants and summer homes" during the Great Depression. He later claimed that he only learned about the Great Depression in the books he read while attending Harvard. millercenter.org/presiden…
By 400 BC, Persian engineers had mastered the technique of storing ice in the middle of summer in the desert en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yak…
β€œHot Dr Pepper" is a very weird-sounding, but very real marketing ploy that was used by the Dr Pepper company in the 1960s because sodas were mostly a summer drink back then groovyhistory.com/hot-dr-…
In the summer of 1949 during a robbery of a yacht club, Francis Smith killed a watchman. Smith is still in prison. 69 years 140 days and.....counting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Princess Diana has older two sisters. They have kept mostly private since Diana’s death in 1997 but attended the christening of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Archie last summer. The oldest sister briefly dated Prince Charles and is credited with introducing him to Diana. time.com/5616163/royal-ba…
The tube men you see at car dealerships were invented for the 1996 Summer Olympics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tub…
Carrots are biennial plants. In the first year, the plant grows leaves, stems, and roots then enters a period of dormancy over the colder months. During the next spring of summer, the plant bolts; this is where the plant flowers, producing seeds before it dies. Carrots are inedible then! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bie…
During the 1904 summer Olympics marathon one runner hitched a ride, another was given rat poison and brandy as a stimulus, fourth place winner took a nap during the run, and two other runners were chased a mile by angry dogs smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Dewey Soper Migratory Bird Sanctuary supports nearly 30% of the breeding geese in Canada, making it the largest goose colony in the world. Up to two million birds of various species use the area for summer nesting, and it is also "habitat for one of Canada's major barren-ground caribou herds" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dew…
Chadwick Boseman was accepted into a prestigious summer theater program at Oxford University, but couldn't afford to go. He secured funding through a private benefactor, who turned out to be Denzel Washington. Over 20 yrs later Chadwick thanked him in person at the premiere of "Black Panther." cnbc.com/2018/03/02/denze…
By 400 BC, Persian engineers had mastered the technique of storing ice in the middle of summer in the desert. eartharchitecture.org/?p=…
Kid Rock took a massive pay cut on his 2013 Summer tour in order to keep ticket prices for his shows capped at $20, and beer prices at $4 for 12oz. billboard.com/articles/ne…
Michael Phelps has more Summer Olympic gold medals than 80% of countries in history even when taking into account countries that no longer exist. bbc.com/sport/olympics/37…
Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?", is addressed to a young man en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son…
, The Yunnan province of China once seemed to be suffering from an strange epidemic of cardiac arrests that mainly hit during the mid summer. The cause of this plague wasn't found until 2010, when it was linked to a previously undocumented mushroom species that the locals were consuming. science.sciencemag.org/co…
Today I learned that the music for Don Henley’s classic 1984 song, The Boys of Summer, was written by Mike Campbell, the guitarist for Tom Petty. Petty didn’t want to use it. Campbell played it for Henley who loved it and wrote the lyrics. It became a #1 hit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Writer/director β€œSavage” Steve Holland had an animated sequence in his second film One Crazy Summer where two bunnies resembling movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert are blown up. Holland was upset because of the duo bashing and criticizing his first film Better Off Dead. wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Cr…
The creators of The Monkees television show initially wanted to cast the Lovin Spoonful (best known for their hit "Summer in the City") but were unable to do because that band was already signed to a recording contract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
100 years ago during the Red Summer of 1919 blacks across the USA were attacked en masse by white mobs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Col. Shaw carried a famous sword when he led his men into his final battle. At first, this was thought to be stolen. It was discovered just last summer that one of his black soldiers was able to retrieve and return the sword to the Shaw family where it was placed in an attic for over 150 years. wbur.org/hereandnow/2017/…
Last summer the band Phish played thirteen concerts in a row at Madison Square Garden, and performed 237 songs without repeating a single one. jambase.com/article/numbe…
Michael Phelps considered suicide after the 2012 Summer Olympics. He started the Michael Phelps Foundation to help other people with mental illness. ajc.com/entertainment/mic…
During the 2nd opium war in China, the British destroyed the Old Summer Palace in Beijing taking as much as they could back to Europe including Pekingese dogs, the first of which was given to Queen Victoria who brazenly named "Looty" news.stanford.edu/news/20…
The international parking sign was first designed for the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam olympic.org/news/how-amst…
In 2015, Qausuittuq became Canada’s newest national park. Summer temperatures top out at around 5Β°C in this polar desert, and the landscape consists mostly of small rocks and dried mud flats with only sparse patches of lichens and mosses β€” not much for vegetarians like the caribou to live on canadiangeographic.ca/art…
The Northern Hemisphere has a longer summer and shorter winter than the Southern Hemisphere earthsky.org/?p=24846
The death of Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang was kept secret for two months by his prime minister. He died on a journey in the middle of summer, so the minister hid the stench of his decomposing body by having two carts full of rotting fish surround the emperor’s wagon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin…
When Robin Wright showed up at Rob Reiner's house to meet William Goldman, the door opened and "[Wright] was standing there in this little white summer dress, with her long blonde hair, and she had a halo from the sun. She was backlit by God. And Bill Goldman… said, 'Well, that's what I wrote.'" broadly.vice.com/en_us/ar…
The FBI found the bodies of the 1964 Freedom Summer murders with the help of a hitman who, along with an agent, beat and kidnapped a KKK member. The Klansman had a gun barrel shoved down his throat as the hitman β€œstarted cutting his dick off with a razor” until the location was revealed. newyorker.com/magazine/19…
, George Eyser won 6 medals (3 gold, 2 silver) in one day at the 1904 Summer Olympics, including a win in the vault comepetion. Oh yeah, he did it with one leg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In 1987, in Brazil, a ship carrying 22tons of weed in 3lb cans dumped all of it in the sea after being chased by Brazilian authorities. The cans were carried to the coastline by the tides, and most ended up being found (and used) by locals. This event came to be known as "The Summer of the Cans" localsofbrazil.com/books/…
The actor in Legally Blonde who played David Kidney - the awkward law school student who spent his summer de-worming orphans in Somalia - is Oz Perkins, son of Psycho star Anthony Perkins en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oz_…
Painting the tops of school buses white dropped interior temperature 10Β°F on avg. during the summer, with as much as a 17Β° difference at peak hours. Wintertime temperatures only lowered by 3 to 4Β°. nytimes.com/1992/06/17/us…

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