In 2001, when the space station Mir was set to return to earth, Taco Bell set up a floating target in the Pacific Ocean, promising free tacos to everyone in the US if the space station hit it. spaceref.com/news/viewpr.…
A study in 2014 found scams which target lonely individuals are the leading cause of Internet fraud. Women are far more likely to be targeted than men, making up almost 70 percent of all romance cons. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
A bouncing bomb is a bomb designed to bounce to a target across water in a manner to avoid obstacles such as torpedo nets, and to allow both the bomb's speed on arrival at the target and the timing of its detonation to be pre-determined, in a similar fashion to a regular naval depth charge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bou…
Douglas Gene Williams, an American critic of polygraph tests, was convicted after becoming a target of a federal sting operation to teach agents how to conceal crime en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
The nuclear warning systems for both US and Russia aim to detect a nuclear weapons before they hit the target so that a retaliation can be launched before their own weapons are destroyed. The system has given at least 22 false alarms which could have caused a nuclear war. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Today I learned about Mangold Hurling, a sport where competitors stand in a basket and hurl mangelwurzels (a relative of the beet) at a target. The winner is crowned Mangold King and the prize is to select the Mangold Queen from among the Mangold Maids. mangoldhurling.co.uk/
Today I learned about the U.S. Air Force's doomsday weapon, SLAM. The rocket was designed to fly fast and low over the Soviet Union, dropping hydrogen bombs over predetermined targets while its unshielded nuclear reactor contaminated everything in it's path. popularmechanics.com/mili…
Carousels were first invented for training knights in jousting with wooden horses and try to hit targets as they spin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
In the 1960s the US had developed a nuclear bomb small enough to be carried by one person, such as a paratrooper, and placed at an enemy target such as bridge, dam, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
Police are called to Walmart stores 3-4 times as often as they are to other big-box retailers like Target. 25% of all arrests in St. Petersburg, FL and 92% of larceny calls in Granite Falls, NC are attributed to single Walmart locations in each city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Baboons have adapted to target lion cubs while their parents hunt for food. The primates stand little to no chance against these predators in the wild, so the baboons steal these cubs at an opportune time to eliminate the threat. cbsnews.com/news/baboon-c…
Nagasaki wasn't the original target of the "Fat Man" bomb. The intended target was the city of Kokura, but smoke made visual targeting impossible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kok…
Target has a forensics lab that's so advanced that the company regularly helps police departments free of charge. mprnews.org/story/2011/10…
During World War II, U.S. east coast cities were asked to adopt blackouts to protect shipping - but resisted them to protect tourism, giving German U-Boat crews such easy targets they called it "The Second Happy Time." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Seal clubbing is a real thing To ensure that seals die quickly, it mandates that sealers target a seal's head using high-powered rifles, clubs, or a hakapikβ€”a wooden staff with a hook at the end nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Nagasaki was not the primary target for the second atomic bomb, the original target war the city of Kokura but delays and weather conditions meant the pilots opted for the secondary target. youtu.be/tLJjH6PsR4s
In Chapel Hill, NC, there’s an apartment complex with a fully operational Target on the first floor. bizjournals.com/triangle/…
Point-blank range does not mean extremely close range. It means any distance over which a certain firearm can hit a target without the need to compensate for bullet drop. wikipedia.org/wiki/Point-…
In 2001 TacoBell offered to give "one free taco" to every US customer if the core of the Soviet Mir space station hit a TacoBell target in the middle of the south Pacific ocean. The target read: "Free Taco Here" with a TacoBell logo emblazoned in the middle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
The current holder of the record for farthest archery target hit achieved this feat without arms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
According to an MI5 agent who infiltrated the Provisional IRA, Irish Republican chiefs couldn’t bring themselves to attack targets in Scotland during the Troubles because they viewed them as β€œCeltic cousins” heraldscotland.com/news/1…
Kyoto was actually at the top of the list of targets for the atomic bomb, not Nagasaki nor Hiroshima. Secretary of War Henry Stimson ordered for the ancient city with its thousands of palaces, temples, and shrines to be removed from the list, but the military kept on putting it back. bbc.com/news/world-asia-3…
Charlie Chaplin was one of the planned assassination targets during a May 15, 1932 coup attempt by Japanese naval officers. While the prime minister was killed at home, Chaplin survived as he was at a sumo event with the prime minister's son. japantoday.com/category/f…
Mosquitoes are attracted to the scent of our body. As such, mosquito repellents evaporate on the skin and work by blocking a mosquito's sense of smell, preventing it from finding its target. readersdigest.ca/travel/t…
There are tiny viruses that infect other viruses. Sputnik, a virophage, targets one of the largest viruses known and hijacks its abilities to replicate in a cell. arstechnica.com/science/2…
"Accuracy" is the ability to hit a target, "Precision" is the ability to achieve the same results over and over. You can be accurate without being precise, and precise without being accurate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acc…
In 1988, Charles Schulz's wife, Jean, was the target of an attempted kidnap and ransom. Two masked gunmen broke into their house, and were about to abduct her, but were spooked off when Schulz's daughter came home. deseret.com/1988/5/12/187…
: During the Korean War of the 1950s ( aka 'Forgotten War' ) Nukes were deployed in Guam & there were contingency plans to drop upto 50 Atomic Bombs to Strategically Target North Korea & parts of China news.yahoo.com/korean-war…
Today I learned about the GΓ€vle Goat, a 3 ton annual Christmas display in the Swedish town of GΓ€vle that has been a target for vandals since the tradition started. Damaging the goat carries a minimum 3 month prison sentence and vandals have gone as far as hacking into the security cameras to disable them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GΓ€v…
Lidar is a method of measuring distances by illuminating targets with lasers and measuring the reflection with sensors. The differences in laser return times and wavelengths can be used to make 3-D representations of the target. gisgeography.com/lidar-li…
"Point Blank Range" is not necessarily a close shot, but the range at which a gun can shoot directly at a target without any elevation of the barrel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poi…
The target quantity of blood for a donation in the UK is 475ml. (The link is for the Welsh Blood Service) welsh-blood.org.uk
A county in China, to increase tax revenues, ordered its employees to collectively smoke 23,000 packs of cigarettes per year. Officials were fined for missing their targets or if they were caught smoking brands from other provinces. reuters.com/article/idUSP…
During Cambodian genocide, the Khmer Rouge killed children of their prisoners by smashing their heads on a "Chankiri tree". Those soldiers laughed as they did it, since not laughing could indicate sympathy, making them targets, too. dartcenter.org/content/ca…
Today I learned of the Battle of Palmdale: in 1956 a radio controlled Hellcat drone intended for target practice went awry; two jets sent to shoot it down before it crashed into LA fired 208 rockets. No hits were made and instead burnt down 1000 acres of land. The drone then crashed harmlessly into the Mojave. youtube.com/watch?v=yipdl…
In 1985, while conducting Concorde's trial test flights, BA offered NATO to exercise on intercepting a fly-high supersonic bomber. all modern fighters, including F14, F15 and F16, failed to reach their target, except the 1950's EE Lightning, who intercepted the Concorde with ease. lightning.org.uk/oct04sot…
An abusive relationship with a narcissist or psychopath tends to follow the same pattern: idealisation, devaluation, and discarding. At some point, the victim will be so broken, the abuser will no longer get any benefit from using them. They then move on to their next target. businessinsider.com/traum…
The common fitness target of 10,000 steps/day came from a Japanese pedometer company who gave their product a name that means "the 10,000-step meter” because the Japanese character for β€œ10,000” resembles a person walking: δΈ‡. There is no known science behind a goal of 10,000 steps theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Many early American Cold-War plans were based on using hundreds of non-existing weapons; for example, an autumn 1945 plan envisioned using 196 atomic bombs on Soviet industrial targets, but U. S. Strategic Air Command could not deliver such quantities until 1952. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
An al-Qaeda plot to blow up USS The Sullivans while she was refueling in Yemen was foiled after the boat carrying the explosives was overladen and sunk before reaching its target. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Boomerangs used for hunting are not designed for a curved return flight, but to fly straight and hit their target. Returning boomerangs are at most used to frighten birds into movement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
During WW2, US air-to-air combat training involved firing at manned aircraft with live .30 caliber rounds designed to be unable to penetrate the armor of the target. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
In 2018, a man plotted to plant small bombs in Target stores disguised in food packages. His goal was to create bad publicity for Target, which would lower stock prices and allow him to buy cheap shares before they rebounded. He was caught after paying someone else to plant the bombs. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
During the combat debut of the Sidewinder Air-to-air Missile in 1958, a missile wedged into its target but failed to explode, allowing the hit plane to return to base and the Soviets to reverse-engineer it. Named the R-3S Missile, it even featured identical part numbers to the captured missile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIM…
There is a jigsaw puzzle designer that specifically targets the wealthy with his extremely difficult high-quality wooden puzzles. His name is Steve Richardson but people call him the 'Chief Tormentor' and his puzzle can go as high as $8,000. thefader.com/2016/06/09/d…
The canned food Spam is a target for thieves in Hawaii, in 2017 there was rash of theft where Spam were stolen once they were shelved, and the local retailers believed it was an organised crime. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
The day after John Lennon was murdered, Mark D. Chapman was supposed to attend a David Bowie concert, as Bowie was his next target. Lennon and Yoko Ono were supposed to go to the show too, so when the show started, there were three empty seats in front row. The ones for Lennon, Ono and Chapman adelaidenow.com.au/lifest…
The US military has never banned the use of napalm on military targets away from civilian areas, and still has a type of bomb very similar to napalm called the Mark 77 that has been used in both Iraq and Afghanistan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about motion camouflage used by Australian emperor dragonflies to gain advantage in a fight. They are capable of approaching in a way that looks like they are not moving, just growing large, in order to avoid triggering a fight or flight response from their target. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aus…
The Night Witches was a WWII German nickname for the all female aviators of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment. They would idle the engines near their target and glide to the bomb release point with only wind noise to reveal them. The Germans likened the sound to broomsticks, giving their nickname. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…

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