John Quincy Adams was an avid swimmer and frequently swam in the Potomac. While president, he almost drowned when one of his swimming expeditions went awry. He continued to swim afterward, anyway, against his physician's advice. millercenter.org/presiden…
A 28-yr-old Welsh man with a "no regrets" tattoo partying in Vegas in a bachelor party ended up at the Hoover Dam. He reported thinking: "fuck it! I'm going for a swim." His friends cheered as he swam across the Hoover Dam reservoir which luckily had 9 of its 10 turbines off. He was fined $330. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
Sloths can swim three times faster than they can walk on land. And because of their ability to slow their heart rates to one-third its normal rate, they can also hold their breath for a whopping 40 minutes under water. roaring.earth/sloths-swim…
Adam Walker was protected from a great white shark by a pod of dolphins while swimming to raise money for dolphin conservation. About 10 dolphins surrounded him for about 1 hr in Cook Strait, 6th leg of the Oceans Seven: a marathon of 7 long-distance open water channel swims around the world. news.yahoo.com/blogs/tren…
Fish have evolved to use turbulence so efficiently, that under the right conditions, a dead fish can "swim" upstream. physicsbuzz.physicscentra…
A dead fish can swim upstream when its body resonates with oncoming vortices. researchgate.net/publicat…
The words can be drawn in such a way that they remain the same when viewed from different directions/perspectives. Ex: SWIMS (viewed from upside down it remains the same). These are called as ambigrams. adobe.com/in/creativeclou…
Baby otters can’t swim when they are born. It can take baby otters months to learn how to swim depending on their species. Sea otter moms need to carry babies on their belly or place them in kelp beds until they learn how to swim properly on their own. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
"Noodling" as a means of catching catfish using bare hands as bait, is practiced primarily in the South. It requires fishermen to reach into submerged breeding holes in riverbanks in hopes that the catfish will swim forward and latch onto their hand or is large enough to be grabbed by the gills en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noo…
Adult Swim cartoon Moral Orel was cancelled for being too dark and depressing. The creator remembers submitting the script for the episode "Alone" and a proposed follow-up episode titled "Rape" and was told the show would end that season. vice.com/en_us/article/3b…
American long-distance open-water swimmer Lynne Cox is known for being the first person to swim the 2.5 miles between the United States and the Soviet Union, via the Bering Strait. She was jointly congratulated by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
Today I learned of "Swino", a pig who raided a campsite in Australia. Campers heard crunching in the night & found Swino drinking several cans of beer they'd left out. Other campers reported seeing the pig eat trash, mess with a cow, swim in a river, pass out under a tree. He was later found dead, hit by a car. outdoorrevival.com/featur…
The gold medalist in the men's triathlon in the 2016 Olympics ran the 10k portion in around 31 minutes. This is the same as running a mile in around 5 minutes for six times. The 10k portion of triathlon takes place after a 1.5 km swim and 40 km cycle with no breaks in between. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Guinness modified its filtration process eliminating the use of isinglass (derived from the dried swim bladders of fish) making its beer officially vegan. popsci.com/how-is-guinnes…
That a dead fish, if placed in the wake of an object in a stream of water, can "swim" upstream. physicsbuzz.physicscentra…
Today I learned of a lake in West Papua, Indonesia that is filled with jellyfish. These jellyfish have such a minor sting that tourists visiting the island can swim among the jellyfish without any protection. The lake also has a toxic hydrogen sulfide layer that prevents deep diving activities. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
14-yr-old Aidan Jackson seated 10,500 teddy bears in a rugby stadium to honor his friend Olivia Alice Walker who died at age 15 and to raise money for a Foundation in her name. He raised more funds by doing a swim equivalent to the English Channel over 3 months; the two had met at a swim club. liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/…
Some species of anemone can swim to escape predators. youtu.be/ysOmq71fcMk
In 1904 an elephant named Alice escaped from Coney Island and was found by startled fishermen near Staten Island, a six-mile swim away silive.com/memories_colum…
Hippos can't really swim, but instead walk or sometimes run on the riverbed theatlantic.com/science/a…
Today I learned of Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, an American businessman who died when the RMS Lusitania sank in 1915, after giving his lifejacket to a young mother and her baby. He knew that he could not swim and that there were no other lifeboats available at the time. His body was never recovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
Stunt performer Bobby Leach was the second person to go over Niagra Falls in a barrel. He was rescued three times from attempts to swim the Niagra Whirlpool Rapids. He died of a broken leg after slipping on an orange peel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
The Blue Hole is a 120-metre-deep sinkhole, five miles north of Dahab, Egypt. Its nickname is the β€œdivers’ cemetery”. Divers in Dahab say 200 died in recent years. Many of those who died were attempting to swim under the arch. This challenge is to scuba divers what Kilimanjaro is to hikers. theguardian.com/world/201…
Manatees use their farts to swim riotfest.org/2017/03/mana…
Today I learned about the Blue Glaucus, or Blue Sea Dragon, a shell less gastropod that swims through the ocean upside down, preys on Portuguese Man O Wars and keeps their nemocytes so it can sting in self defense. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
The word 'SWIMS' upside down is still 'SWIMS' - This property is referred to as an ambigram inshorts.com/en/news/swim…
Once a year, fish swim to Mexico for an orgy so loud it can deafen dolphins and sea lions newsweek.com/corvina-mati…
An 11 year old girl in Nova Scotia, when told she couldn't swim in her local river, initiated testing of the river for fecal contaminants. After the samples tested above allowable limits, three levels of government committed $15 million to install 600 septic tanks along the river. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
In the early comics, Aquaman went to college to learn about fish, where he gives himself the clever alias "Mr. waterman" only to out himself as Aquaman to the swim coach. youtu.be/qjzxS8SJ7Eo?t=18…
The Schloss Starkenberger Brewery in Tarrenz, Austria houses seven 13-foot-long pools of beer. Each two-hour swim costs almost $260. thewest.com.au/news/offbe…
In 2001, the Mongolian Navy consisted of just 7 members, and only 1 of them knew how to swim en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Swimming races are only timed to the hundredths place because the tolerance for lane lengths is larger than someone can swim in a thousandth of a second. deadspin.com/this-is-why-…
Rats and mice have hooked sperms and in some species they hook together to make a daisy chain that can swim faster pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
Wim Hof, a Dutch athlete known as the 'Ice Man' has set various records for exposing his body to extreme conditions. He set the World Record for longest swim under ice (57.5m), has climbed Kilimanjiro in just shorts and shoes and has ran a marathon in the Namib desert without water. wimhofmethod.com/iceman-w…
In some European countries they eat carp on Christmas, but the carp must swim in their household bathtub for at least a day before eating it npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Stomphia coccinea is a small reddish or pinkish sea anemone that has the remarkable ability to detach itself and swim away from predators when necessary. When a starfish's sensory organs touch this sea anemone, it rocks back and forth prying itself from its anchorage and escapes: see video below en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
Frogfishes have a stocky appearance and rarely swim, preferring to clamber over the sea bottom using their fins as feet. Typically, they take cover lying in wait for prey, and then they strike extremely rapidly in as little as 6 milliseconds. They are found in most tropical oceans. (gif below) oceanconservancy.org/blog…
There is a group of sea wolves on Vancouver Island that can swim for miles and 90% of their diet is seafood. They primarily eat salmon but also forage on barnacles, lams, herring eggs, seals, and river otters. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
Flashlight fish, casting a vibrant blue glow as they swim, owe their bioluminescence to the bacteria that grow in an organ underneath their eyes. It's a symbiotic relationship that allows the bacteria to obtain extra oxygen needed to survive. youtu.be/2y-WluQHFIY
The palolo worm exhibits unique breeding behavior. During the breeding season the back part of the worm breaks free and swims to the surface as a separate animal, complete with eyes. The front end, still attached to its tube, regenerates a new posterior end. britannica.com/animal/pal…
Dolphins cannot swim faster than 15 m/s due to cavitation formation, which causes pain. On the other hand, the lack of pain receptors on the fins of fish (e.g. mackerels, tunas, etc.) allows them to exceed the cavitation free-limit and cavitation-induced damage has been observed on their bodies. nature.com/articles/s4159…
Today I learned about the Boston Mooninite Panic, where an Adult Swim marketing campaign for Aqua Teen Hunger Force was mistaken by police and media for improvised explosive devices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Devin Gaines earned 5 bachelor degrees with honors simultaneously at the University of Connecticut, averaging 24 credits a semester and 3 hours of sleep a night. He drowned in 2007 because he didn't know how to swim. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dev…
Whales blow bubbles in a circle to trap fish, and then swim up through the vortex to swallow them! youtube.com/watch?v=JNhld…
The marine iguana, a Galapagos Islands reptile which swims in the ocean, deals with salt intake by "sneezing" it out its nose en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Jellyfish are considered plankton because they cannot swim against the current en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
There is a mutation that causes bones to become 8 times denser than normal that allow people to walk away from car accidents without a single fracture but with a trade off of being unable to swim. the-scientist.com/noteboo…
... The dumbo octopus looks like the Disney elephant and uses it's ear-like flaps to swim. oceana.org/marine-life/ce…
Australian prime minister Harold Holt loved swimming and diving so much that when his press secretary expressed concern about this he said, "Look, what are the odds that a PM would drown or be eaten by a shark?". In 1967, Holt went for a swim in the ocean and was never seen again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Female brown trout will fake 'orgasms' when courting with inferior males. She'll give all the right visual cues as if about to release eggs for fertilisation, but doesn't; the male will frantically ejaculate, not notice he's been duped, and swim away. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
During the filming of "The Beach" in Thailand, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tilda Swinton were forced to swim in the sea when their boat sank due to sudden storm. DiCaprio and Swinton and crew members spent half an hour swimming at sea before rescuers arrived. theguardian.com/film/1999…
Marilyn Bell, at age 16, became the first person to swim across Lake Ontario in 1954. Her 32 mile route was greatly lengthened by high wind and high waves. Fanged lamprey eels attacked her in 65 degree water. It took her 21 hours. She is still alive today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Despite of their tiny legs, Deers are skilled swimmers, they can swim up to 13 miles per hour to avoid or escape from predators. Also, white-tailed deers can swim distances up to 10 miles. Additionally, the design of their coats acts as a flotation device. sophisticatededge.com/can…
Female fish can fake an orgasm to trick the male into thinking they've successfully mated and swim off to find a better partner. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
Although they spend 16 hours a day in water hippos can't swim because they are too muscular and sink. Instead they just run around under the surface. theatlantic.com/science/a…
Gore Vidal, walked down the senate aisle, barefoot wearing nothing but swim trunks, to gather his grandfather, Oklahoma Senator Thomas Gore. youtu.be/E76ArLbSABA?t=37…
Stomphia coccinea, a species of sea anemone, are able to detach from rocks and swim away to escape predators. (Video in comments) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
Freestyle in swimming technically means you can swim in any style; however the front crawl is synonymous with freestyle since it is the fastest and most efficient stroke. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/fre…
In a rip current, death by drowning occurs when a person has limited water skills and panics, or when a swimmer persists in trying to swim to shore against a strong rip current, thus eventually becoming exhausted and unable to stay afloat. Usually swimmers can exit by swimming at a right angle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rip…
Today I learned about Joe Delaney, an NFL running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, who died trying to save 3 drowning children in 1983. Just before running in, he told a bystander β€œI can't swim good, but I've got to save those kids.” si.com/vault/1983/11/07/6…
Boys in Chicago high schools were forced to swim nude for approx 50 years wbez.org/shows/curious-ci…
Ocean Ramsy marine biologist swims with great white sharks to prove they aren't as dangerous as people falsely believe youtube.com/watch?v=XoqRc…
When it rains heavy at Fenway Park the drain pipe allows fish to swim onto the field and the grounds crew will find dead fish the next day. archive.boston.com/sports…
Herring use secret, high-frequency fart codes to communicate with one another. Among insects, 1 species of beaded lacewing stuns and kills its prey by farting on it. Manatees have fart-storage pouches, because farts are so vital to their buoyancy that constipated individuals cannot swim properly americanscientist.org/art…
Marine explorer Jaques Cousteau invented the aqualung, giving scuba divers the ability to swim freely under the ocean’s surface. There was no longer any need for a restrictive heavy helmet, diving suit, and air tube linked to a ship. famousscientists.org/jacq…
"dolphins in the ocean" can swim "more than 50 miles an hour" with "little power input." "Research . . . appears to show that the dolphins do this by twitching their skin in such a way as to discourage the formation of turbulent vortices and turbulence which leads to drag and power dissipation." apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/ful…
Today I learned of JosΓ© Nunes aka ZΓ© Peixe (or "Joe Fish"), a Brazilian harbor pilot who, after piloting a ship from harbor to sea, would swim the 5 to 10 km back to shore. He started his work at age 17 and did this into his 60's. riogringa.typepad.com/my_…
In 2011, a Brazilian man found a penguin covered in oil and close to death. He nursed him back to health and since then the Penguin swims 3 to 5 thousand miles every year to spend time with his human soulmate. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Frank Sinatra owned a hotel right on the California-Nevada state border and its swimming pool directly intersects the middle so you can literally swim to another state en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Polar bears are the only bear species to be classified as a marine mammal. Additionally they can swim comfortably at speeds of 6mph for days at a time (Up to 60 miles) to get from ice patch to ice patch. wwf.org.uk/updates/11-fac…
John Quincy Adams (the sixth US president) used to swim nude in the Potomac every morning. businessinsider.com/john-…
Today I learned about Bartolomeu Portugues, a Buccaneer Who Established the First Rules of the Pirate Code. Held Prisoner On a Spanish Ship, He Escaped Thru Over 120 Miles of Jungle After Swimming to Shore Using Wine Jars For Floaties Because He Couldn't Swim. He Came Back and Stole the Ship That Arrested Him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
There are so many water-filled caves under Florida that divers can swim between sinkhole-created lakes, under highways, businesses, schools, and houses. floridasprings.org/expedi…
Rattlesnakes are adept at swimming and have the ability to swim and bite underwater alongtheway.org/rattlesna…
Mao Zedong, in a power-play against Nikita Khrushchev's visit in 1958, forced him to conduct a meeting in a pool. 200+ pound Khrushchev, who could not swim, was forced to wear floaters in the kiddie side of the pool while Mao swam laps and conducted the meeting. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Dylan McWilliams, a 20 year-old from colorado, survived a bear attack, a tiger shark attack, and a rattlesnake attack in his lifetime. "I still go hiking, I still catch rattlesnakes, and I will still swim in the ocean" bbc.com/news/amp/world-us…
Not only can echidnas swim, they'll do so even when it's not strictly necessary. australiangeographic.com.…
Freshman at MIT must complete a swim test in order to graduate news.mit.edu/2012/freshme…
Researchers created a remote-controllable drug-delivery robot with a tail fin that simulates how whales swim through the ocean waters and a 3D printed structure in the shape of an airplane wing that is coated with heart muscle cells to propel the device through constant undulating action. rdmag.com/news/2019/05/sh…
Kharai Camels in Kutch are one of the few camel breeds that can swim. They feed off marine mangroves and in turn help regenerate the mangrove forests. Only 5000 camels are left now! ruralindiaonline.org/arti…
White sharks must swim to breathe. They open their mouths so that the oxygen rich water flows across the gills and out through the paired gill slits on both sides. If this movement stops, they suffocate. sharkcagediving.net/shark…
Today I learned of the swimming pigs of the Bahamas. They live freely on the beaches, and after basking in the sun for hours, they swim in the surf. The pigs are exceptionally friendly, running from under the shade of the almond trees to greet visitors that bring them treats. travelandleisure.com/arti…
Today I learned of all the solo swims to cross the English Channel between France and Great Britain, 559 were done by people from Britain and 19 were done by people from France channelswimmingassociatio…
While Erin Langworthy was bungee jumping 360 feet above the Zambezi river, the cord broke and she was forced to swim the raging waters with her feet tied together, at one point diving to free the rope from debris. news.nationalpost.com/new…
In 1251, Henry III was given a Polar Bear by the King of Norway. It was kept in the Tower of London on a long chain so that it could swim in the Thames hrp.org.uk/tower-of-londo…
European eels migrate from the Sargasso Sea (Atlantic Ocean) to Europe, then swim back to the Sargasso Sea where they spawn. ec.europa.eu/fisheries/ma…
There are hot springs in Antarctica that tourists are able to swim in tripsical.com/listing/dec…
The Chernobyl disaster would have been a lot worse if three engineers hadn't volunteered to swim through radioactive water to open valves and drain the liquid to prevent a steam explosion articles.philly.com/1986-…
In order for MIT students to graduate, they must pass a swim test as it's deemed "a self-survival skill." slice.mit.edu/2014/07/16/…
The migrating lamprey eel, which stills swims our oceans and rivers today, first shows up in the fossil record 360 million years ago. 120 million years earlier than dinosaurs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lam…
While the school curriculums of Scandinavian countries require that every child should learn how to swim, drowning is still the third most common cause of death among children in Sweden en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
It was common practice in U.S. high schools that Male Students were Required to Swim Nude, however Female Students wore swimsuits for Modesty. wbez.org/shows/curious-ci…
The cheapest toll ever paid to cross the Panama Canal was 36 cents. It was paid by Richard Halliburton in 1928 so that he could swim the length of the canal. panamaforbeginners.com/23…
The Mongolian Navy consists of 7 men, only one of which knows how to swim, and a single tour boat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Guiness beer is not vegan because it uses fish swim bladders in the production process. shape.com/healthy-eating/…
Landlocked country of Mongolia maintains a Navy which consists of 1 tugboat and 7 sailors, 6 of whom do not know how to swim.The boat is placed in Mongolia's largest lake & after privatization of the Navy by the government it now supplements its income by hauling freight and tourists around cntraveler.com/story/visi…
Mongolia's navy consists of just one boat and seven sailors. Only one of the sailors knows how to swim. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
A Texas man was asked not to swim in a marina due to sightings of an alligator. He responded with "F#$k that alligator" before diving in the water. He was immediately killed by an alligator. gawker.com/fuck-that-alli…
"The Eric Andre Show" had a sketch flagged by Standards and Production at Adult Swim, who wrote "He can shit so hard that organs fall out of his anus, but he can’t make it look like he’s intentionally doing it." spin.com/2012/08/eric-and…
In 2011 Joao found a penguin (Dindim) covered with oil and nearly dead. He worked feverishly to save its life. Every year since, Dindim swims 8,000KM to meet and live with Joao in Brazil. boredpanda.com/man-saves-…

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