Today I learned about the Great Dismal Swamp 'Maroons', escaped slaves who between 1700 & 1860s created & lived in settlements in the harsh conditions of the marshland of the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia & North Carolina. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
In Georgia one can be sentenced to banishment from all but one county (a total banishment is unconstitutional). Usually that is Echols which is mostly an unpopulated swamp. Most choose to leave the State instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ech…
In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Michael Pa-lin played: Sir Galahad; soldier arguing about swallows; repressed peasant; mud villager; Camelot knight; Three-Headed Knight head; Swamp Castle King; Swamp Castle guest; Brother Maynard's assistant; Knight who says "Ni"; French knight; and narrator mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Police in Brazil ride buffalo when a patrolling because they can outrun criminals in rivers and swamps! nypost.com/2019/11/22/act…
The creators of Shrek took mud showers to study β€œfluid dynamic simulation” for the movie. The art director also took a trip to a magnolia plantation to learn how to properly render Shrek’s swamp. He was chased by an alligator. seattleweekly.com/film/sh…
Today I learned about Francis Marion, an American Patriot in SC who attacked British supply lines and harassed enemy communications then eluded capture through the swamps. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Police in Brazil on the island of Marajo ride water buffalo so they can go through swamp land and marsh to catch criminals bestofbrazil.blog/2018/12…
In 1945 Myanmar, 900 Imperial Japanese soldiers crossed through 10 miles of mangrove swamps that contained saltwater crocodiles in an attempted retreat from the Royal Navy. Less than 500 Japanese soldiers are known to have reached the end of those swamps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
The difference between different types of wetlands. A bog is acidic while a fen is alkaline. A swamp has vegetation that consists of trees or other woody plants whereas a marsh has other forms of vegetation. science.howstuffworks.com…
On April 20, 1979, U.S president Jimmy Carter was attacked by a swamp rabbit while fishing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Today I learned about 'Wolfskinder' - orphaned German children during WW2 who fled the then East Prussia to Lithuania. They survived hunger, cold and loss of identity. It was estimated that upto 25000 kids were roaming the woods and swamps of these regions after 1945. dw.com/en/german-wolf-chi…
In 1945 British troops invaded a Japanese island. The 1,000 Japanese troops stationed there made a tactical retreat into a crocodile infested swamp and only half escaped alive. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Benjamin Martin, the character played by Mel Gibson in The Patriot (2000) was predominantly based on Francis Marion also known as 'the Swamp Fox' a militia leader from South Carolina who was a slave owner and who actively persecuted Cherokee Indians. entertainment.time.com/20…
The Great Dismal Swamp (at the border of North Carolina and Virginia) held the largest "Maroon" colony (escaped slaves and their descendants) in the United States. Most managed to stay hidden despite militia invasions that aimed to capture them, and only left the swamp after the civil war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
In 1993, James R. Jordan (Michael Jordan's dad) pulled over while driving to take a nap. He was then shot by two men who then dumped his body into a swamp and stole the car. They were eventually caught and prosecuted. As of 2019 appeals continue to appear in court. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
A wild western gorilla in the remote Congolese forest was observed using a stick to test water depth before crossing a pool of water and then used the same stick as a walking stick whilst crossing the pool. Another gorilla was observed using a tree trunk as a bridge to cross a deep swamp. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/t…
According to claims by some British soldiers, saltwater crocodiles native to Ramree Island preyed on trapped Japanese force at night. "Of about one thousand Japanese soldiers that entered the swamps of Ramree, only about twenty were found alive." Historians dispute the numbers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 1945, 900 Japanese soldiers were forced to retreat through 10 miles of mangrove swamp, during which hundreds were to be eaten by the thousands of saltwater crocodiles lying wait, in what is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the "Worst crocodile disaster in the world". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned of Bog Butter, animal fat that has been stored in North European swamps for thousands of years and is still edible. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The term β€œJack-o’-lantern” originally referred to strange flickering lights that can be seen over swamps and bogs, also known as a β€œWill-o’-the-wisp”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Malaria got its name because doctors thought that it was caused by breathing in β€œbad air” from swamps and marshes scientificamerican.com/ar…
Jimmy Carter was attacked by a swamp rabbit while fishing in 1979. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Kaziranga National Park in India is home to over 70 per cent of the world’s swamp or wild buffalo population, which were recently classified endangered by the IUCN. outlookindia.com/travelle…
Homo sapiens have formally been classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, including space as part of its range. Every environment was considered suitable, except for rocky areas and swamps. iucnredlist.org/details/f…
Oscar the Grouch was originally orange. He turned green after he 'went on vacation to Swamp Mushy Muddy'. gizmodo.com/oscar-the-gro…
Marvel's Man-Thing concep was created before DC's Swamp-Thing, although they share similarities, one differs from another youtu.be/VrBSe8qPdUI
Venus Flytraps are actually endemic to the Swamps of North and South Carolina ans are found nowhere else wcsp.science.kew.org/name…
The Yukon Territory recognizes the moose by its common name... the "Rubber-nosed Swamp Donkey". env.gov.yk.ca/animals-hab…
The saying "to pull oneself up by one's bootstraps" is sometimes attributed to a story in Rudolf Erich Raspe's 1785 book The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen, where the Baron pulls himself and his horse out of a swamp by his hair, specifically his pigtail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
Following the deadly 1977 crash of the plane carrying the band Lynyrd Skynyrd into a Mississippi swamp, the survivors sought help at a nearby farmhouse, only to have the farmer who lived there shoot the band's drummer in the shoulder. easyreadernews.com/74326/…
"You Get What You Give" by the New Radicals has been praised by Joni Mitchell, who said it "rose from the swamp of 'McMusic' like a flower of hope." The Edge from U2 singled it out as the song he most wished he had written, and Ice-T cited it as one song that had grabbed him, outside of rap. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
Much of the Sahara desert was a tropical swamp with mega lakes and was a whale birthing ground 3 mil years ago. It is also home to one of the richest fossil areas in the world. The great pyramids contain many of these fossils. youtube.com/watch?v=2JcVM…
Despite the existence of the Pan-American Highway, it is not possible to drive between South America and Central America in a normal passenger car. Swamps, indigenous peoples, FARC rebels, and environmental considerations have left the 100-km "DariΓ©n Gap" undeveloped. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
In the 1900's an Adventurer, a conman, and a Louisiana Senator tried to import Hippo's to the regions swamps and waterways. blogs.scientificamerican.…
U.S. President Jimmy Carter had to shoo away an enraged swamp rabbit that began swimming toward his fishing boat in 1979. Upon returning to his office, Carter's staff did not believe his story, insisting that rabbits could not swim, or that they would never approach a person threateningly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Then President Jimmy Carter was attacked by a swamp rabbit on April 20, 1979 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
The scene where R2D2 is spit out by the swamp monster in The Empire Strikes Back was filmed in George Lucas' unfinished swimming pool starwarz.com/tbone/dagoba…
Traveling to South America by land is virtually impossible because of a dense swamp/forest known as the DariΓ©n Gap. Nearly all travel to South America, even from neighboring country Panama, takes place via plane or boat. backpacking-info.com/dari…
In 1996, a 10 year old boy with autism survived for 4 days alone and lost in an "impenetrable" Florida swamp, packed with alligators and snakes. 4 Rangers had previously died of hypothermia in the same terrain. nytimes.com/1996/08/17/us…
There's a music genre called Swamp Pop that is popular in southern Louisiana and southeast Texas. It also has a following in the U.K., Northern Europe and even Japan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
While searching for 3 missing activists in the β€˜Mississippi Burning’ murders the FBI searched area swamps. Instead of those men’s bodies, Navy divers who dragged the river discovered the bodies of a 14-year old boy, 2 other black activists, and 5 other black men who remained unidentified. crmvet.org/tim/tim64b.htm…
The area where Washington, D.C., now stands was originally a mosquito-infested swamp. It took years to drain and clear the land before our nation's government was moved to the city in 1800. nationalgeographic.com/wa…
Scientists trekked 3 days to get to a swamp in the Congo, when they got there they found 100,000 rare Gorillas more than doubling the population. edition.cnn.com/2008/WORL…
In 1907 Scipione Borghese joined a car race from Peking to Paris spanning mountains, deserts, and swamps. He and all the drivers left without permission to travel through Mongolia. He drove through a falling bridge and was nearly hit by a train while stuck on the train tracks. He won in 61 days. unmuseum.org/autorace.htm
The horse Artax from the movie Never Ending Story, ACTUALLY died while filming. There were complications with the stunt of it sinking in the swamp and the horse drowned. faqs.org/qa/qa-3619.html
In the State of Georgia, Judges can banish criminals, in the sense that they can banish them from every county except for one as opposed to banishment from the State itself. (That one county is usually Echols County, as it consists primarily of swamp land.) msnbc.msn.com/id/25464168…
The Southern New England equivalent of "Red Neck" is "Swamp Yankee" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
Today I learned of the Battle of Ramree Island, where Japanese soldiers on the Burmese island, fleeing the landing of British and Indian troops, trekked through miles of mangrove swamp to join another battalion, and were massacred by one of the most successful combatants of the war--saltwater crocodiles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
There is a state park called the "Great Dismal Swamp" maps.google.com/maps?q=gr…
: Contrary to popular belief, the city of Washington DC was not built on a swamp, the buildings are not restricted by the height of the US Capitol, and the streets were not laid out in order to facilitate the control of angry mobs or invading forces. articles.washingtonpost.c…

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