In 1252, Henry III was given a magnificent white bear, presumably a polar bear, by the King of Norway. The bear lived in the Tower of London and was allowed to swim and hunt for fish in the River Thames. historic-uk.com/CultureUK…
The 58-story Millennium Tower, the "Leaning Tower of San Francisco", has sunk 18 inches with lean of 14 inches (as of 2018). Residents have reported various "creaking" and "popping sounds". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
The equivalent of the English-language idiom "comparing apples and oranges" in Serbian is "grandmothers and toads"; in Romanian it's "the grandmother and the machine gun" or "the cow and the longjohns"; and the equivalent Danish idiom is "What is highest, the Round Tower or a thunderclap?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
The "Leaning Tower of Pisa" should have collapsed a long time ago, but British Engineer John Burland managed to reverse the tilt. He could have made it completely straight but only reversed the tilt by 10% out of fear that turning it into the "Tower of Pisa" would anger a lot of people. listerious.com/facts-abou…
The original manufacturing method for shotgun pellets was to pour molten lead through a sieve at the top of a tower. The falling lead would naturally form nearly-perfect spheres due to surface tension. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
The father of the modern skyscraper (tube system of construction) was a Bangladeshi-American who never saw a skyscraper IRL until he was 21. He was inspired by the strength of bamboo, which is hollow & can grow to great heights. Fazlur Rahman Khan β€” designed the Willis Tower. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tub…
The tallest structure in the United States is a television broadcast tower in North Dakota en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KVL…
A guide dog named Roselle led a group of people including her blind owner down 78 flights of stairs before the North Tower collapsed on 9/11. She only stopped to give kisses to a woman who was having a panic attack. money.cnn.com/galleries/2…
Today I learned about Analemma Tower; a creative futuristic architectural concept/design that envisions a 104,987 foot residential building/small town attached to a moving astroid. β€œThe tower will be suspended via high-strength cabling from an asteroid and placed in "eccentric geosynchronous orbit". cnn.com/style/article/ana…
A US infantry soldier spared the Leaning Tower of Pisa from being destroyed by artillery in WW2 because he thought it was too beautiful gu.com/theguardian/2000/j…
In Tenerife in 1977 two aeroplanes crashed into each other during foggy conditions because, among other reasons, the call from the control tower telling one plane not to take off was interfered with by a simultaneous radio call by the other plane, resulting in 583 casualties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Johnny Depp spent $3 million blasting Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes out of a cannon that was placed atop a 153 ft tower shaped like a double-thumbed fist clutching a peyote button. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Today I learned about the The StingRay. Used by Law Enforcement for surveillance, it mimics a cell tower forcing all nearby mobile phones and other cellular data devices to connect to it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
California once had over 600 staffed fire watch towers and now only has about 50 fire watch towers that are staffed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Panama Canal was originally started in 1881 by the French, including Gustave Eiffel (Eiffel Tower), was the most expensive project the U.S. completed (~$232B adjusted) until the National Highway system, with 268,000,000 cu yd of material excavated in total. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The Eiffel Tower was stolen twice, by the same man smithsonianmag.com/histor…
If an apartment in Paris has a direct view of the Eifel Tower, rent is automatically 2-3x the average of the neighborhood. parispropertygroup.com/bl…
The Eiffel Tower grows in summer. When it gets hot, the iron expands due to the heat and shrinks again in the winter. It grows by 6 inches each summer. ipfactly.com/the-eiffel-t…
Part of the World Trade Center is on Mars. NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity has a aluminum cuff serving as a cable shield on each of the rock abrasion tools, this was made from aluminum recovered from the destroyed World Trade Center towers. nasa.gov/mission_pages/me…
In the 1920s, con artist Victor Lustig, posing as a government agent, "sold" the Eiffel Tower to scrap metal dealers. Lustig convinced them that the "sale" must be conducted in secret to prevent public outcry. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
During the Tower Commission testimony Ronald Reagan had a piece of instruction written for him by one of his aides. However, the president actually read the instruction aloud, saying that "If the question comes up at the Tower Board meeting, you might want to say that you were surprised.”. dailyhowler.com/dh061004.…
Water towers aren't for storing water; putting the water higher up pressurizes it, making it easier to distribute. hkywater.org/i-didnt-know…
"Big Ben" is the name of the bell, not the clock or the tower. thebellfoundry.co.uk/
Metal band Dream Theater released an album on September 11th, 2001, called "Live Scenes from New York"; the artwork depicted the twin towers on fire, although it was soon recalled following the 9/11 attacks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
Today I learned of the Greenfell Tower Fire - a block of flats set ablaze by a malfunctioning freezer. The fire spread rapidly, due to building features that did not meet local regulations. 74 people died, another 70 were injured. bbc.com/news/uk-40301289
Pizza Hut restaurants in China stopped offering one trip salad bars- due to customer's creating elaborately engineered "salad towers" carefully balanced on one plate. kotaku.com/how-chinese-in…
Today I learned about Harry Gardiner also known as the "Human Fly" climbed over 700 buildings with no special equipment, across North America and Western Europe. Gardiner disappeared in 1933, although a body matching his description was found beaten to death under the Eiffel Tower. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The original cover of the album 'Party Music'' by The Coup, created in June 2001, depicted band members Boots Riley and Pam the Funkstress destroying the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center using what appeared to be a detonator. The album was scheduled for release in September. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
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…
A woman named Erika Eiffel Married the Eiffel tower. She said the first object she fell in love with was an archers bow. She subsequently became one of the best female archers in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
"Big Ben" is not a clock, a tower, or even a building. It is the name of the large bell that is located inside Elizabeth tower. britainexpress.com/London…
16 people survived the collapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Center - they were all in the same stairwell. nymag.com/nymetro/news/se…
Today I learned about Philippe Petit, a French man who tightroped across the Twin Towers in 1974 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
NYPD officer John Perry was turning in his retirement papers on 9/11 when the first plane struck. He asked for his badge back and ran to help. He was killed while assisting a woman in the south tower as it collapsed. nypdangels.com/nypd/perry…
In 1968, in protest of the UK government cutting military funding, a Royal Air Force pilot went rogue and flew a Hunter jet low over parliament, rattling their windows, before tucking through a gap just 200 ft wide in Tower Bridge. The stunt remains as a record to this day. youtube.com/watch?v=Gavx5…
Michael Jackson was supposed to be in the Twin Towers while the 9/11 attacks occurred, dealing with a business meeting, but he missed it because he overslept. vt.co/entertainment/celeb…
Today I learned of the Windows on the World restaurant, which occupied the 107th floor of the world trade center north tower. More than 60 languages were spoken among the staff and it's kitchen was run by celebrity chefs. In it's final year it was the highest grossing fine dining establishment in the country. ny.eater.com/2013/9/11/65…
In April, Dr. [email protected], the man responsible for the causing power outages, taking down air traffic towers, and storing cyanide will no longer have his internet use monitored. He has promised to not commit crime again. wgntv.com/news/wgn-invest…
The Newseum, a neighbor to the Smithsonian, closed due to funding. It stood for the freedom of journalism, and displayed items from a German WW2 Tower to the Unabomber’s cabin to the antenna on top of the World Trade Center. usatoday.com/story/opinio…
A BeyoncΓ© music video (titled β€œGhost”) served as the main inspiration behind the Premier Tower’s design in Melbourne, Australia. This wouldn’t be the first skyscraper based off of a woman’s figure, after Marylin Monroe inspired a tower in Toronto. theguardian.com/artanddes…
Today I learned of the Tower Infinity, dubbed as the World's first invisible tower. The invisibility illusion will be achieved with a high-tech LED facade system that uses a series of cameras that will send real-time images onto the building's reflective surface. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tow…
In 1715, a Scottish Nobleman named William Maxwell escaped death by switching clothes with his wife’s maid on the night before his execution and fleeing the Tower of London. He escaped to Rome, where he lived with his wife for the rest of his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Sheila Chandra who sings Braith of Life (a.k.a The Grace of Valar) from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers suffered from the burning mouth syndrome (BMS) starting 2010 and has been since been rendered effectively mute. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
Part of France's Rouen Cathedral is the "Tour de Beurre" or "Butter Tower." Butter was normally forbidden during Lent but it was allowed by paying a "fat" indulgence. The money from the butter indulgences was used to build this tower of the cathedral. frenchmoments.eu/tour-de-…
In the 12th century, Bologna [Italy] had up to 180 towers as high as 97 metres [318 feet] which made it look like a medieval manhattan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tow…
In 1934, Italian dictator Mussolini attempted to have the Leaning Tower of Pisa made straight, only for it to tilt more history.com/this-day-in-h…
In London, one of Tower Bridge's ornate cast-metal lampposts is actually no lamppost: It's a remarkably-lamppost-like hollow flue. It was meant to vent coal smoke (from the stove in the room below decks where guards could warm up). atlasobscura.com/places/t…
A massive bridge can show the curvature of the Earth. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which is 4/5 mile long and 70 stories tall, is so big engineers designed the tops of the towers to be 1-5/8" further apart than their bases. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In 559 BC a chinese prisoner was sentenced to death by being flown off the top of a large tower attached to a kite. He survived the flight, and claimed the record of the highest jump survived by a person in the process. He was later starved to death in prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yua…
Today I learned about the Soyuz 7K-OK No.1 accident. 30 minutes after an aborted launch, the launch escape tower activated and destroyed the entire rocket, killing one ground crew, because it mistook the earth rotation for a flight path deviation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soy…

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