Tanker trucks are built with baffles in the tank to discourage sloshing during and after braking. At highway speeds, this can reduce braking distance by more than 25 feet. [Visualization] youtu.be/56cxOzgl-mc
Octopuses have 2/3 of their neurons in their arms. When in captivity they regularly occupy their time with covert raids on other tanks, squirting water at people they don't like, shorting out bothersome lights, and escaping. theguardian.com/environme…
There was a Beluga whale that learned how to mimic human speech and additionally told a diver to get out if his tank smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The creator of the Rainforest Cafe chain first tested out the concept in his house. He decorated it with 45 birds, 9 fish tanks, and many plants. He even set up fake thunderstorms. His neighbors thought he was crazy. adweek.com/galleycat/what…
Toyota argued that, when empty, the Fuel Tank of the GT-One could theoretically hold a standard suitcase and be considered a trunk as required by the Le Mans GT1 rules. It worked, as the rules only required the suitcase to fit and didn't take into account if the "trunk" was actually usable. thedrive.com/accelerator/…
In Lord of War starring Nicholas Cage, they bought 3000 real guns for the filming because it was cheaper to buy real guns and resell later than buying props. They also rented 50 tanks which were only available for a short period because the source had to sell them to Libya later cinemablend.com/news/2472…
In 2018, 3 people walked out of a Texas aquarium with a grey horn shark hidden in a baby stroller. When authorities arrived at a suspect's home, they were shocked to find the shark "continuing to thrive" in a tank very similar to the one at the aquarium. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In 1995, a man named Shawn Nelson stole and drove an M60 Patton tank in a rampage, destroying cars, traffic lights, an RV and others throughout San Diego, California. Police had no means to disable the tank and once asked the U.S. Marines to intervene in the form of a Cobra helicopter airstrike. youtube.com/watch?v=1aA90…
Since 1945, all British tanks are equipped with tea-making facilities history101.com/british-ta…
Jamie Siminoff , the inventor of the Ring Doorbell failed to secure a deal on ABC’s Shark Tank but later went on to sell his company to Amazon for $1 Billion . He then later got the opportunity to guest star on the show alongside the same investors who once turned him down. inc.com/magazine/201808/e…
The first tanks used pidgeons to communicate with command. military-history.org/arti…
Tanks were originally called 'Tanks' because the British military spread a lie about them being water carriers ordered by Russia, thus the name 'Tank.' youtu.be/C6uzyDaT20Y?t=22…
One Canadian tank, nicknamed "Bomb," never missed a day of service from when it landed in Normandy on D-Day until the surrender of Germany, firing over 6,000 rounds and taking two enemy hits across France, Belgium, and the Netherlands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
The 'Ghost Army' was created in 1944 as the first tactical deception unit in US Army history to fool the German Wehrmacht. They used inflatable tanks, fake radio traffic, sound effects, and created phony headquarters with bogus officers. This was kept a secret for decades after the war. nationalww2museum.org/vis…
Russian β€œTotal Theater” peaked in 1920 with β€œThe Storming of the Winter Palace,” where thousands of ballet dancers, circus performers, and actorsβ€”plus tanks and a battle cruiserβ€”re-enacted the October Revolution for a crowd of 100,000 in St. Petersburg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about Inky, an octopus at New Zealand's National Aquarium, that escaped by slipping out of its tank and slithering down a drainpipe into the ocean. One expert commented, "None of this is surprising or atypical of octopus behavior." api.nationalgeographic.co…
Dr. Khurshid Guru, the Director of Robotic Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in New York, saved the life of a child having an asthma attack aboard his transatlantic flight, by making a makeshift inhaler with a water bottle, cup, some tape, and an oxygen tank. bbc.co.uk/programmes/p039…
Today I learned of the unusual, but effective, WWII tanks designed by Percy Hobart. To name a few: tanks transformable to ramps, armored bulldozers and tanks with mine flails or that carry huge bundles of poles for filling ditches. Initially ridiculed and renamed to β€œHobart’s funnies” due to their crazy design. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hob…
During the Second World War, it was found that British tank crews regularly left the safety of their tanks in order to make tea. Accordingly, post war British tanks have been fitted with internal tea-making facilities to enable tank crews to make tea in safety. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boi…
In the 15th century, a Hussite called Jan Ε½iΕΎka won several battles using armoured wagons containing cannon that fired through holes in their sides. His tank invention, however, was not used again after his lifetime until the 20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
During WW2, the United States Air Force conducted strategic bombing on German ball bearing factories. This was believed to reduce the production of machine guns, tanks, planes, artillery, and submarines since they relied heavily on these parts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
The M1 Abrams, currently the main battle tank of the U.S. Army, requires 10 US gallons (38 L) of fuel just to start the gas turbine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_…
In 1932, a group of World War I veterans gathered in Washington, DC to demand early payment of their service bonuses. President Hoover called in the Army to disperse the protestors. With a force of 500 infantrymen, 500 cavalry, and 6 tanks, the Army succeeded, and two veterans were killed. britannica.com/event/Bonu…
In 2010, Cathay Pacific Flight 780 nearly crashed due to saltwater in the underground fuel tanks causing a pump truck filter to break down, releasing superabsorbent polymer into the A330's fuel system. The fuel metering unit then seized up mid flight and 322 people almost died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Charles Lindbergh's plane, the Spirit of St Louis, was designed with the fuel tank in front because he had crashed before and didn't want to sit between the engine and fuel tank in case of crash. It totally blocked his view and he had to look out of the side windows or a periscope to see ahead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Today I learned of Operation Tamarisk, a Cold War spy op where Western agents dug through used Soviet toilet paper. In the GDR, Soviet troops weren't given TP so they used letters from home, or sometimes, military documents. In one case, British spies found a log with top-secret data on the latest Russian tank. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned of the term "Thunder Run" a US improvised method of clearing land mines from Highway 19 during the Vietnam War. It involved two M48 tanks driving side by side along the road whilst firing all of their guns until they reached their destination or hit a landmine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M48…
During the Yom Kippur War, two damaged Israeli tanks engaged approximately 150 enemy tanks. During 30-hour tank battle, the two tanks knocked out over 60 tanks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
John Denver's death was caused by his inability to switch fuel tanks during flight. The selector valve handle should have been located between the pilot's legs, but the builder put it behind the pilot's left shoulder. The fuel gauge was behind the pilot, not visible by him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
United States Army had a tactical deception unit called "Ghost Army" during the WW2, it consisted of 1100 soldiers, their job was to deceive the enemy by inflatable tanks, sound trucks, and fake radio transmissions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho…
Clare Hollingworth, an English journalist who first broke the story of the German occupation of Poland in 1939, putting her phone out her window so a doubting British diplomat could hear the tanks. wikipedia.org/wiki/Clare_…
In 1911 Gunther Adolf Burstyn designed the 1st ever cross-country fighting vehicle with swiveling gun turret (a tank). His draft design, more advanced than some of the tanks of WWI, was rejected both by Austria-Hungary and by the Germans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun…
Cleanup workers at Fukushima have to build a new steel water tank at the rate of one every four days to contain the water used to cool the destroyed reactors, and space to build more is becoming scarce. bellona.org/news/nuclear-…
On July 28th, 1932, the US government deployed tanks onto the streets of Washington DC to clear the streets of veterans who were protesting to redeem their certificates early. ushistory.org/us/48c.asp
British WWII General, Bernard Montgomery, first courted a woman when he was in his late thirties in 1925. His approach to romance included "drawing diagrams in the sand of how he would deploy his tanks and infantry in a future war." Said young woman declined his proposal for marriage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Big circles of brick set in the pavement of some San Francisco intersections aren't meant as old-timey street decoration. They mark buried emergency water tanks in case the city ever catches fire again. They were put in after The Great Fire of 1906 (the big earthquake then broke water mains). atlasobscura.com/places/1…
Depleted Uranium, a byproduct of Uranium enrichment, still has modern military applications in certain aircraft munitions and tank armor plating despite controversial health impact on the targeted areas, and continues to be used in battle scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned that Ringo Starr was the narrator for Thomas the Tank Engine from 1984-1990. ttte.fandom.com/wiki/Ring…
There are no regulations on what side the fuel tank door is on cars, it’s simply chosen by how the car is put together. allstate.com/blog/gas-tan…
Today I learned about the use of fire trenches by Iraqi forces as they retreated from Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War. As part of their scorched earth policy, they filled trenches in the desert with oil and set them on fire to slow the advance of coalition tanks and other heavy weaponry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuw…
Today I learned about Digby Tatham Warter, the man who led a charge in WW2 with a bowler hat and an umbrella, and immobilising an enemy tank using said umbrella. history.co.uk/article/ww2…
The VK 45.01 (P) was a prototype heavy tank invented by Porsche in a design contest during World War 2. Also known as the Porsche Tiger, it lost to Henschel & Son's submission which became the Tiger I. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VK_…
Knights were actually more useful in raiding and guerrilla warfare than open field battles. They weren't the tanks of medieval times, but the special forces. static1.squarespace.com/s…
The 2014 WW2 Tank movie "Fury" (starring Brad Pitt) was the first time in almost 70 years that an authentic German Tiger 1 tank was used in a feature film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tig…
Today I learned about the sport of "Tank Biathlon", a sport promoted by Russia where tank crews compete on a course like biathletes in the Olympics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
Today I learned about Inky, an octopus that escaped the New Zealand National Aquarium by slipping out of his tank and into a floor drainpipe that led to the ocean. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Samsung made Autonomous sentry guns and tanks for the South Korean Military military.wikia.org/wiki/S…
Tank silencers exist, and they’re bigger than the tank itself. They cost 100000$ to build. businessinsider.com/this-…
Cremating a single body requires enough fuel to fill two SUV fuel tanks. theatlantic.com/technolog…
In preparing for D-Day, the Allies fooled Germany into thinking that they would attack Pas de Calais instead of Normandy by creating a phantom army complete with fake landing crafts made from painted canvas and inflatable tanks which they moved over night history.com/news/fooling-…

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