Nova Scotia gives Boston a Christmas tree every year as thanks. In 1917 a ship carrying explosives exploded near the city of Halifax, killing 1,500 people immediately and hundreds in the next few weeks. The city of Boston immediately sent doctors, supplies, and money by ship and train to help. boston.com/news/local-new…
As many as three US Presidents, and also Abraham Lincoln's son, may have died as a result of a contaminated water supply to the White House. Until 1850 there was no sewage system and a field of human excrement called "night soil" flowed freely into the water supply. saturdayeveningpost.com/2…
Today I learned of "Barcode Battler", a handheld game released in 1991. The β€œbarcode gaming system” came with a variety of cards containing barcodes; each representing a player, enemy or powerup. Players could also experiment to find barcode monsters from everyday products like food and cleaning supplies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
An annual supply of bottled water for a person who consumes 8 glasses a day would cost approximately $200; the same amount of tap water would cost approximately $0.33. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bot…
During the Siege of Changchun, a 150-day military blockade during Chinese Civil War, Communist Party prevented the civilians from leaving the city to exhaust the food supply of the KMT defenders, which resulted in "tens of thousands people starv[ing] to death". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
IKEA has complete ownership over their supply chain of products, even growing theor own wood (forest ownership), and uses approximately 1 percent of all lumber usage globally. lovemoney.com/gallerylist…
450 Tasmanian opium farmers supply approximately 50% of the world's opium used in painkillers abc.net.au/news/2019-10-1…
During WWII, the Merchant Marines had the highest casualty rate of any service. Mariners died at a rate of 1 in 26. Much of the deaths and lost tonnage occurred in the North Atlantic while providing materiel and supplies for the Red Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
In Poznan, Poland, eight clams get to decide if people in the city get water or not. They’re equipped with sensors atop them that trip the water supply pumps when they close due to detecting something unsafe in the water. zmescience.com/science/po…
The cornea is the only part of the body with no blood supply and it gets its oxygen directly from the air shorelinevision.com/corne…
A Nuclear Fuel Bank was built in Kazakhstan to act as a last resort nuclear fuel provider in the event of unforeseen, non-commercial supply disruptions. The facility holds 90 metric tons of enriched uranium, and its reserves are available to all members of the IAEA iaea.org/newscenter/press…
Following catastrophic contamination of the US blood supply during the early AIDS epidemic, by the mid-1980s about half of all American hemophiliacs had HIV. hemophilia.org/Bleeding-D…
Despite the Romans using lead water pipes, lead poisoning from the water supply system was almost nonexistent since the high calcium content in their water created a layer of plaque preventing the water contacting the lead itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plu…
In 1923, the US launched the USS Shenandoah, the first helium filled rigid airship. It used much of the world's available helium supply at the time. In 1925, it crashed in Ohio, killing 14 of the crew, and was stripped of valuable parts by looters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Russia uses 1,000 miniature nuclear generators to power Arctic lighthouses. Known as Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators, they are similar to the nuclear power supplies used on manned Lunar missions & Mars rovers. Several have gone missing or been vandalized for parts in the last 2 decades. bellona.org/news/nuclear-…
Today I learned of the National Defence Corps Incident. When a South Korean force of 406,000 suffered 300,000 casualties from starvation, disease and mass desertion due to High ranking officers embezzling funds earmarked for the purchase of food supplies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
That the British Government was able to safeguard supplies of fish and chips during both World Wars, making it one of the few non-rationed foods en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fis…
Today I learned of Orion P. Howe, a 14-year old drummer boy who received the Medal of Honor during the Civil War for volunteering to supply ammunition under heavy fire. He experienced 14 battles, and after the war he joined the Naval Academy because he was still too young for West Point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ori…
Last year, researchers from the University of British Columbia figured out how to convert blood type A into the universal Type O, which all patients can receive in a transfusion, regardless of their own blood type. This could broaden the supply of blood and ease shortages. sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
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…
Warship required some 2000 oak trees but but raising one full-grown oak required at least 150 years. Thus to secure a steady supply, use of oak was regulated by law from the 13th century in Sweden. blog.worldagroforestry.or…
NYC's water supply is fed by a 92 miles aqueduct. The aqueduct uses Roman principles and uses gravity to bring water from upstate. Construction only took 9 years youtube.com/watch?v=ngMuL…
An area in North Africa of 45 km Γ— 45 km could supply Germany with all of its electrical power through solar energy, an area of 110 km Γ— 110 km could power the European Union, and an area of 254 km Γ— 254 km could power the globe. solarconsultant.ca/how-mu…
In 2017, a German prison was forced to feed inmates McDonald's after a food supply contract fell through. dw.com/en/german-prison-f…
The US government created a raisin cartel that was run by raisin companies, which increased prices by limiting the supply, and forced farmers to hand over their crops without paying them. The cartel lasted 66 years until the Supreme Court broke it up in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
The US' supply of coral snake antivenom "technically expired" in 2008...but the expiration date was extended each year until at least 2017. It would cost $5-10M to develop a new synthetic antivenom, and the extremely low number of cases per year make it a poor investment for drugmakers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Today I learned of Operation Julie, during which UK police seized 7.5 million doses of LSD. The bust removed 90% of the UK supply and caused the street price to increase fivefold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The Dutch government built the worlds first floating dairy farm, the Floating Farm, in anticipation of a world with shrinking land supply. The cows are on the farm's second level, a garden-like enclosure where the animals will be milked by robots, above is a greenhouse with grass for foraging. dairyherd.com/article/cow…
Big cats like tigers and cheetahs are attracted to Calvin Klein's Obsession. The Banham Zoo has requested people to drop off their perfumes due to low supplies. The fragrance has also been used in India in 2018 to catch a reported man-eating tiger. bbc.com/news/uk-england-n…
Today I learned of the disappearance of Gary Mathias, who after attending a college basketball game w/ 4 friends, was never seen again. His 4 friends were found decaying in/around a remote cabin 20mi. away from their car having died from starvation&hypothermia, despite an ample supply of food/heating materials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yub…
Ferrero, the company that makes Nutella, uses about a quarter of the WHOLE world's hazelnut supply every year npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Today I learned about NΓ‘brΓ³k, or "necropants." According to Icelandic witchcraft, these are pants made of human skin that produce an endless supply of money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C…
Paris holds an annual contest to find the city’s best baguette. Around 200 bakers each submit two baguettes (must be eligible) to be graded on quality, look, smell, taste, and crunch. The winner wins €4000 and a contract to supply the French president fresh baguettes every day for 1 year. bbc.com/travel/story/2019…
In 1941 the British and Soviet Union invaded Iran. This was to secure a supply line to Russia, secure the Iranian oil fields, and deny Nazi Germany a route of advance to Baku and British India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
Columbus, ship aground on the shores of Jamaica, told the natives that if they didn't give him more supplies, God would eat the moon. He knew an eclipse was coming. It worked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
An estimated 8 million war horses were killed in conflict during WW I. They were used to help carry food, water, ammunition & medical supplies. More than a million dogs were also killed. They were used as messengers, sentries, rescuers, and small beasts of burden theatlantic.com/photo/201…
Today I learned of William A. Jackson, a former slave who had served Jefferson Davis. He routinely observed communications between Davis and other Confederate officials. When he fled north in 1861, he gave the Union detailed information about Confederate military deployments, supply issues, and planning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Studies in 'ice cores' found in Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania - the mountain which supplies the Nile with its water - have revealed that a drought did take place around 3600 years ago - around the time the Bible sets Joseph's story in Egypt bbc.co.uk/religion/religi…
Rock paper scissors is a game that goes back 2000 years to ancient Han China. The game spread throughout Asia with various characters, often animals, replacing the desk supplies we know today. In a version, a village chief is beaten by a fox, who is beaten by a hunter, who is beaten by the chief wrpsa.com/the-official-hi…
Fast food chain KFC temporarily closed some branches in the UK due to a shortage of chicken supply. As an apology, they ran an ad that rearranged the letters on their chicken buckets to FCK. bbc.com/news/newsbeat-431…
In 1620 with the beer supply aboard ship running low, the captain of the Mayflower decided to land the settlers at Plymouth rock instead of sailing further south. history.howstuffworks.com…
Cuttlefish have three hearts; one for oxygenating the body, and two to supply blood to their gills. Their blood is also blue-green. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/camo/an…
Today I learned about Mudanjiang City Mega Farm, the biggest dairy farm in the world built in china to supply Russia needs of milk. thatsfarming.com/news/chi…
During the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, the Hungarian Army, officially fighting on the German side, secretly assisted the Polish resistance, launching "ambushes" on the Poles and then "retreating" immediately, leaving behind massive amounts of weapons and supplies for the Poles to "capture." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
A South African man plans to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to provide drinking water to 4 million people. After facing droughts limiting water usage, the 125 million ton, 70 story tall iceberg would supply 20% of Cape Town’s water needs for a year. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
The German city of Frankfurt Am Main supplies heroin addicts with clean needles and tolerates the consumption of drugs in "shooting galeries" around the central station to control the city's drug scene. This approach is called the "Frankfurt way". vice.com/en_uk/article/3b…
Researchers found naturally occurring lithium in the water supply lowered suicide rates. They were able to measure lithium levels in 27 Texas counties and show those with more lithium in their water had fewer suicides. Similar studies in Greece, Austria, & Japan corroborated the results. nytimes.com/2014/09/14/op…
A South Pacific Tribe worship and believe airplanes are there Messiah after receiving supplies from airplanes during WW2 guardian.ng/life/culture-…
Khat is so popular in Yemen that about 40% of the country's water supply goes towards irrigating it, and families spend about 17% of their income on khat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kha…
During the 1990's it's believed that up to 90% of the worldwide supply of LSD was manufactured in an decommissioned US missile silo converted into a luxury hideaway with hot tubs and bath appointed with imported marble. atlasobscura.com/places/w…

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