In 1983 a Mexican pilot crashed landed in a small town in Ireland and the whole town came together to build a temporary runway for him to take off again and continue his flight. irishexaminer.com/lifesty…
Beverly Hills, originally a Spanish lima bean ranch, was founded by a group of investors who failed to find oil and, upon finding water instead, founded the town. Black and Jewish people were forbidden from owning property. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bev…
A town in Colorado offers an open air funeral pyre as an option instead of cremation or regular burial informedfinalchoices.org/…
To train new operatives during the Cold War, the Soviets built fully functional replicas of American towns. Their residents consisted of retired deep cover operatives who taught the trainees everything they needed to know about blending into American life. nypost.com/2010/07/04/100…
JesΓΊs GarcΓ­a Corona made the decision to sacrifice his own life to save the people of Nacozari by driving a dynamite laden train that had caught fire away from the town instead of jumping to safety, Mexico, November 7th, 1907. mexconnect.com/articles/1…
Since 2014, Paul Rudd and Jeffrey Dean Morgan have been co-owners of Samuel's Sweet Shop, a candy store in the town of Rhinebeck, New York. They saved it from being closed after the previous owner, a friend of theirs, died suddenly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Today I learned of the tragedy of Love Canal, NY a town that was meant to be a dream community but was built on a toxic waste dump. The government ignored helping the families suffering from birth defects and health issues until a group of activist moms kidnapped 2 EPA officials for a few hours. wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_C…
The fictional city, Ankh-Morpork, from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, is twinned with Wincanton, in Somerset, UK, and the town is the first to name streets after their fictional equivalents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Today I learned about a little town called Ytterby in Sweden, has 4 elements in the Periodic table named after this one single town - yttrium(Y), erbium(Er), terbium(Tb) and ytterbium(Yb). In addition 4 other elements (Sc, Ho, Tm, Gd) too can be trace their discovery back to this quarry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ytt…
Over the course of the 1980s, several schoolchildren reported apocalyptic visions of the Virgin Mary foretelling war in the town of Kibeho, Rwanda. In 1994 and 1995, Kibeho was the site of massacres during the Rwandan Genocide, in which one of the original seers was killed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our…
A town crier needed to be employed in Germany to remind the local populace not to defecate in the river every time its water was drawn for brewing beer windsortowncrier.com/twin…
In 1920, the town of Jackson, Wyoming elected an all-female town council by a margin of 2-1 over the men, drawing the most voters the town had ever seen. Known as the "pettycoat rulers," the women served for 3 years and did a great deal to clean up the notoriously lawless town. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about the treeless tundra town of Nome Alaska, who's residents create their own Nome National Forest on the frozen sea out of their discarded Christmas trees. The tradition has fallen out of practice but has recently been reborn through pressure from the Mayor. knom.org/wp/blog/2017/12/…
South Africa has 3 capital cities: Cape Town (legislative capital), Pretoria (seat of the executive branch of government) and Bloemfontein (judicial capital). wikipedia.org/wiki/South_…
To promote the Smurfs (2011) movie, Sony temporarily painted the traditional "pueblo blanco" town of Juzcar, Spain to a bright blue. The residents were so happy with the increase in tourism afterwards that they elected to keep the change permanently. veebrant.com/juzcar-smurf…
In 1896, Auburn students greased the train tracks leading in and out of the local station. When Georgia Tech's train came into town, it skidded through town and didn't stop for five more miles. The GT football team had to make the trek back to town, then went on to lose, 45-0. thewareaglereader.com/201…
Paul Revere never shouted the legendary phrase β€œThe British are coming!” as he passed from town to town. The operation was meant to be conducted as discreetly as possible since scores of British troops were hiding out in the Massachusetts countryside. history.com/news/11-thing…
The Northern Great Plains was home to many fortified Native American towns, beginning in the 800s and existing all the way until the 1880s. These towns had over a thousand residents and a plaza centric layout. These were sedentary towns where people lived year-round. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lik…
The city of Palmdale, California was named not for palm trees but for Joshua trees. The settlers who founded the town had heard of palm trees before but didn't know what they looked like, so upon reaching California and seeing Joshua trees for the first time, they assumed they were palms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
A small NZ town worked together on a month-long search for local icon Rodney (a cat) who was unceremoniously dumped after a ten year stint at the local hardware store as greeter and mascot. nzherald.co.nz/whanganui-…
Today I learned of Whitney Kropp, a bullied girl who was nominated for homecoming queen by her bullies as a prank. It backfired when the whole town rallied around her and supported her nomination. She ended up winning. edition.cnn.com/2012/09/2…
There is a town in Pennsylvania called King of Prussia which is named after a tavern which is named after King Frederick the Great of Prussia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Today I learned about the battle of bamber bridge 1943 an out break of racial violence between black and white american military personnel due to the white MPs trying to enforce jim crow laws the 3 pubs in the town responded by putting up signs that said black troops only blackpast.org/global-afri…
When YoungKio sold one of his beats to Lil Nas X, the price was just $30. However, the agreement stated that he had 50% of the publishing rights to the finished song - and in this case, he became half-owner of the smash hit "Old Town Road". abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
Today I learned about the death of Sigurd Eysteinsson, who apparently died after killing an enemy, MΓ‘el Brigte, and riding around town with his head as a trophy. Brigte's teeth grazed his leg, which later caused the leg to become inflamed and infected, killing him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sig…
Dental fluoride was discovered due to a chemist investigating the weird staining on the teeth of people living in a small town in Colorado. nidcr.nih.gov/health-info…
Today I learned about the GΓ€vle Goat, a huge Yule Goat made of straw errected in the days before christmas in the town of GΓ€vle, Sweden. There are many security messures to keep it standing as, since it's first appearance in 1966, it has been destroyed 37 times. Most times by arson. visitgavle.se/en/about-ga…
Clint Eastwood was mayor of tiny Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA in the 1980s; he ran because he wanted to lift a ban on public ice cream sales, flew home from movie sets for weekly council meetings, wrote a column in the town paper, and a local hotel changed their slogan to "make my stay". mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Billboard removed Old Town Road from their country charts because it did not β€œembrace enough elements of today’s country music.” Lil Nas X reached out to Billy Ray Cyrus who later said β€œit’s honest, humble, and has an infectious hook and a banjo. What the hell more do ya need?” people.com/country/billy-…
The world's largest film studio is Hengdian Studios, in China. Basically a city of permanent full-scale replicas of palaces, fortresses, and towns from various periods of China's history. Whole populations of nearby towns are often employed to be extras for period dramas & fantasy movies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Around 650 residents in the town of Coria del RΓ­o, Spain have the surname JapΓ³n (Japan). They are the descendants of 6 samurai who traveled to Europe in the early 17th century and set up an embassy: wikipedia.org/wiki/Coria_…
During a flight to America the 'Hindenburg' hovered over a random English town and dropped a bouquet of flowers, then ascended and continued its journey. A note attached to the bouquet read: please deposit these flowers and cross on the grave of my dear brother, POW [in the local cemetery]" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
There is a species of bacteria named Myxococcus llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogochensis, after the Llanfair[...] town in Wales where it was discovered, and it's a predator of other bacteria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myx…
The town Carmel-by-the-Sea in California has no street address. The business and houses are instead named, or have Geographical addresses such as "Monte Verde 4SW of 8th, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA". Which translates as the West side Monte Verde Street four properties south of the 8th Ave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned of Monowi which is an incorporated town in Nebraska with a population of 1. The sole resident Elsie Eiler, is the mayor as well as librarian and bartender. Eiler's husband died in 2004, leaving a 50% population decrease since the 2000 census. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
β€œBudweiser” was originally the German name for beer brewed in the Czech town of ČeskΓ© BudΔ›jovice (German: Budweis). Anheuser-Busch stole the name for its American brew, and the breweries have been in trademark battles ever since. If you order a Budweiser in the EU, you get the Czech brew. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
19 menβ€”all from the same Virginia town and serving in the same US Army infantry unitβ€”were killed within hours during the Normandy landings. citizen-soldiermagazine.c…
Today I learned about "Huis ten Bosch": a theme park in Japan in which a replica of a Dutch town with all kinds of Dutch buildings has been made. It was created by Yoshikuni Kamichika after he visited The Netherlands in 1979. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hui…
After the samurai class was dismantled in Japan, some samurai became farmers. These samurai were given apple seedlings in the town of Aomori so that they could produce them. Aomori would later become Japan's apple capital. tokyoweekender.com/2020/0…
The "crazy Asian war" in the song "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" was the Pacific Theater of World War 2, not the Vietnam War as is commonly believed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
A small town in New York called Lily Dale, is the center of the American Spiritualist movement, and receives tens of thousands of visitors each year, many of them seeking out the town's many psychics and mediums to communicate with the dead goworldtravel.com/lily-da…
NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover labels different regions it travels through based on Earth themes, like Scottish towns, and now names of French towns. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan…
Thurgood Marshall was almost lynched in Tennessee after winning the acquittals of 23 Black men. He was saved only because his co-counsel decided to follow Marshall and the police and intervene, instead of following orders to leave town. baltimoremagazine.com/201…
China had to relocate over 1 million people to build the Three Gorges Dam because 13 cities, 140 towns and 1350 villages had to be flooded and were no longer inhabitable. The impact on those residents is portrayed in the poignant movie "Still Life" (2006) which won 11 international film awards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
A sundown town is a community that for decades kept non-whites from living in it and was thus β€œall-white” on purpose. abhmuseum.org/sundown-tow…
Today I learned of Jatinga, a small Indian town, where thousands of birds have dived to their deaths in apparent suicide year after year without any plausible explanation atlasobscura.com/places/j…
Of "Champagne Charlie" Charles Heidsieck, He brought his wine to America, got ripped off by his American partner, then on the verge of bankruptcy, the brother of his former partner, feeling bad for him, gave him the deeds to a small town in Colorado called Denver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In 2006 Bill Murray (56 at the time) accepted an invitation to a college party in the Scottish Town of St. Andrews after a round of golf. He showed up, drank their vodka, did all the dishes and left today.com/id/15281031/ns/…
More than half of all mushrooms consumed in the US are grown in a small town in Pennsylvania pbs.org/newshour/nation/t…
Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the town that the Boston Marathon begins in, is sister cities with Marathon, Greece, the place the word "marathon" comes from. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…

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