Martin Luther King, Jr.'s mother was also assassinated, and his brother was found dead in a swimming pool at age 38. al.com/news/2018/04/6_yea…
All undergraduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology must pass a swimming test before they can graduate. physicaleducationandwelln…
With only 324 households declaring ownership of a swimming pool on their tax form and fearing tax evasion, Greek authorities turned to satellite imagery for further investigation of Athens' northern suburbs. They discovered a total of 16,974 swimming pools. boingboing.net/2010/05/04…
Due to its high degree of microporosity, as little as 1 gram of activated charcoal has a surface area in excess of 3,000 square meters- which is the same as 3 Olympic swimming pools, 7 basketball courts, or 230 car-parking spaces. labmuffin.com/fact-check-…
Hyperventilating before swimming will often cause people to blackout and drown, even in a shallow pool shallowwaterblackoutpreve…
Public swimming pools do not add a urine-detection chemical to the water. No chemical exists that will change the water color around the offending swimmer. This is a widespread myth snopes.com/fact-check/pis…
Today I learned of transanal evisceration, a freaky accident when ones bowel are forcefully pulled from the body by the anus. it can happen when sitting on uncovered swimming pool drain, with dramatic consequences en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
Typhoon class submarines have a swimming pool and a sauna on board along with other luxury features like a full gym and wood paneled walls. technology.org/2019/01/31…
George H.W. Bush drowned a rat in the White House swimming pool after it swam past First Lady Barbara Bush latimes.com/archives/la-x…
During the sinking of the Titanic, a drunken baker helped load women and children into the lifeboats, refused a seat for himself, threw deck chairs overboard for passengers to use as flotation devices, and somehow survived hours swimming in the freezing water until he was rescued at dawn. nationalpost.com/news/can…
Sharks don't have swim bladders and if they stop swimming they sink ucmp.berkeley.edu/vertebr…
Cats have webbed feet! They received this trait from their bigger cat ancestors, who use them for hunting and swimming. cattitudedaily.com/why-do…
Any swimming stroke can be used in freestyle swim races, but the most commonly used stroke is the front crawl. Nowadays, "freestyle" is synonymous with front crawl, even though freestyle is a competition category and not an actual swim stroke. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
523 mostly one of a kind, lost silent films from around the gold rush era, were found buried beneath the permafrost, they were used to fill in a swimming pool and make a skating rink in the small town of Dawson City Yukon indiewire.com/2016/09/daw…
Hours before Hurricane Katrina, three dolphins, Katelin, Cayenne and Jonah, were relocated from the Marine Life Oceanarium in Gulfport, Mississippi to a local Best Western Hotel swimming pool (because the hotel had a higher elevation). cbsnews.com/news/dolphins…
That, in 2009, that largest home in Los Angeles County was Spelling Manor, a 73,500 sq ft mansion that included a swimming pool, a tennis court, a bowling alley, a beauty salon, three rooms just for wrapping gifts, and a doll museum with over 1,000 dolls on display. people.com/celebrity/go-i…
Today I learned about skishing, a discipline of extreme fishing where the practitioner swims in the open ocean while fishing, was popularized by a Montauk cabinet maker who was kicked out of a fishing tournament for swimming out to a rock to fish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ski…
Sand tiger sharks gulp mouthfuls of air to store in their stomachs to keep a neutral buoyancy level while swimming. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Dogs can get β€œLimber Tail,” sore tail muscles from working out too hard, often resulting from swimming, and can cause the dog to have such a sore tail that touching the tail may result in the dog crying and the tail may not wag for days. aaha.org/your-pet/pet-own…
The 1900 Paris Olympics featured a 200m swimming obstacle race. Swimmers started by clambering over a pole to plunge into the River Seine. They fought the current to scramble over a row of boats moored in their path, before ducking under a second row of boats, and then sprinting to the finish history.com/news/5-strang…
Adolf Galland, one of the top-scoring German aces of WWII, often flew missions in just his swimming trunks, smoking a cigar, and with a plane emblazoned with Mickey Mouse art. "I've always liked Mickey Mouse," he said when asked about the strange behavior. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
The Gaet'ale Pond is the saltiest water body on Earth, at a salinity of 43%. Don't go swimming there because its temperature is roughly 50–55 Β°C (122–131 Β°F). Bird and insect corpses have been found around the lake, likely because of the odorless gas it emits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gae…
There are three swimming ponds on Hampstead Heath, London. One each for men and women plus a mixed one. It’s cold, muddy and has ducks, there’s also a interesting history to the ponds. hampsteadheath.net/swimmi…
Killer whales are such apex predators they hunt and kill terrestrial mammals such as moose and deer, When swimming between islands in North America earthtouchnews.com/oceans…
During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two standard-sized swimming pools, and in one year you can fill two bathtubs with your saliva. Salivary glands produce the most saliva during the afternoons and the least amount during the evenings. northerndentalcentre.ca/f…
There is a swimming hole in Queensland, Australia known as the "Devil's Pool" which has taken the lives of 18 people so far. It is said to be haunted by an indigenous girl who died there after having a forbidden love affair 7news.com.au/news/qld/bod…
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…
Hunter S. Thompson once tied Bill Murray to a chair and dumped him to the bottom of a swimming pool. The pair were attempting a series of Houdini-style escapes, and Thompson saved Murray just before he drowned happymag.tv/the-crazy-nev…
Today I learned about "Georgian swimming" - a swimming style where swimmer's hand and feet are bound together. It was re-discovered in the 60es after a swimming enthusiast decided to fact-check a legend about ancient warriors training by swimming in this manner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Dog paddle was the first swimming stroke used by ancient humans, believed to have been learned by observing animals swim. Prehistoric cave paintings in Egypt show figures doing what appears to be the dog paddle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
Mark Spitz, nine-time Olympic swimming champion, jokingly told a Russian journalist in 1972 that his moustache increased his speed in the water, deflecting water away from his mouth. By 1973 the Russian men’s swimming team had, according to Spitz, all grown moustaches. olympic.org/news/snapped-…
A polarbear was recorded swimming for 9 days, without rest, through the Bering Straight. polarbearfacts.net/how-fa…
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…
Rick Ross owns the largest private swimming pool in the whole US. His 54.000 sq ft mansion is the largest private residence in the whole state of Georgia. It has 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms and a total of 109 rooms. Upkeep is reportedly $1m per year. youtube.com/watch?v=43ewv…
Today I learned of the Herodium: A massive Palace-fortress built on an artificial mountain by Herod the great, consisted of four seven story towers, a bathhouse with three temperatures, courtyards, a full Roman theatre, banquet rooms, a full Roman garden, a 2x Olympic size swimming pool, and more en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Swimming is the only Olympic sport measured in hundredths of a second instead of thousandths of a second. This is because the movements of the water slowly distort the pool and can make some lanes less than a millimetre shorter. entertainment.howstuffwor…
Iceland in 1940 passed a law that made swimming lessons mandatory in schools starting at grade 1 (age 6) to grade 10 (age 16). Lessons are held once a week. Historically, a lot of Icelandic seamen had met a tragic end because of the harsh sea and this law was an attempt at saving lives. hakaimagazine.com/feature…
You should wait 72 hours after it rains to swim in the ocean. Storm runoff that empties into the ocean carries increased levels of contaminants, like bacteria, fertilizers, and sewage. Swimming in the ocean too soon can increase your risk of various infections. caseagrant.ucsd.edu/news/…
"Big Pool" in Garden City, Kansas, built in 1922, is the world's largest outdoor concrete municipal swimming pool. It holds over two million gallons of water and is so large people can water ski on it. kshs.org/kansapedia/big-p…
Today I learned about Harold Holt, Australia's 17th Prime Minister who disappeared while swimming and was never found en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Ben Franklin was such an incredible swimmer that he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
An 11-yr-old girl in Zimbabwe rescued her 9-yr-old friend from a crocodile. Rebecca Munkombwe saw her friend being pulled under when swimming in a stream; she swam over, jumped on top of the croc & poked its eyes till it released its grip on her friend's leg. The 9-yr-old got only mild injuries. sundaynews.co.zw/girl-11-…
The Australian Prime Minister who drowned at sea has a swimming centre named after him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Today I learned about a swimming pool which was built in middle of Mojave desert, as an art installation, the location to which was not released to public. Users had to get the keys to the pool from MAK center in West Hollywood, who would provide the GPS coordinates to the pool. laist.com/2016/05/10/the_…
Your heart pumps enough blood per year to fill an Olympic size swimming pool( about 500,000 gallons) bbc.com/future/article/20…
Today I learned of GuΓ°laugur Friðþórsson, who was fishing off the coast of a remote Icelandic island inhabited by puffins when his ship capsized. He survived by swimming six hours in freezing water and walking several miles over volcanic rock. An average person survives in those conditions for about 75 minutes. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The deepest swimming pool in the world is the "Y-40 Deep Joy" in Italy. A staggering 130ft (40m) at it's deepest point, equivalent to the height of a 14 storey building, holding 4300 cubic meters of water! There's even a glass tunnel for spectators running a couple of meters below the surface. independent.co.uk/travel/…
Today I learned about Salma Bashir, a girl whose intestines were sucked out of her body in a swimming pool, and now lives without her gallbladder and large and small intestines youtube.com/watch?v=GXHYO…
Today I learned of "The Golden Ratio" of Male Versus Female Speed Records for Swimming and Running: Females Tend to Set Times at 90% of the Male Equivalent. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Sharks are called "swimming noses" because 2/3 of their brains are olfactory lobes. They can smell blood in water at 1 part per million from hundreds of meters away. But their sense of taste isn't linked to their nose and is not as developed, so often they bite once then decide not to kill. animals.howstuffworks.com…

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