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/…
South Africa has three separate capitals for each of its governmental branches: Pretoria for the executive, Cape Town for the legislative, and Bloemfontein for the judicial. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
In Bethel, Alaska (population 6,200), pranksters papered the town with flyers & banners advertising the arrival of a Taco Bell restaurant which was false. After hearing of the residents' disappointment, Taco Bell helicoptered in a truck laden with 10,000 tacos which was then mobbed by thousands. nydailynews.com/life-styl…
The longest walkable distance on Earth spans 14,334 miles starting from Cape Town, South Africa to Magadan, Russia. At a normal pace of 12.5 miles per day, it would take 3 years to complete. nerdist.com/article/longe…
There is a popular resort town in China that is a near-replica of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, complete with its own Teton Village and Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. The town’s Chinese name translates literally to β€œHometown, USA”. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Today I learned about Brandt Kuykendal, a man who created his own ISP after discovering that he could not get reliable and fast internet in his town. He mainly built the ISP because his daughter needed fast internet to excel in school. sfchronicle.com/business/…
From around 1857 to 1889, a man known only as the Leatherman repeatedly walked a 365-mile loop around the northeastern US. He wore a handmade leather coat, scarf and hat and although he frequently stopped in towns along his route, he never told anyone his name. His identity remains unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
Today I learned about Leo Major, a Canadian Soldier that liberated the Dutch town of Zwole from the Nazis all by himself. cbc.ca/news/canada/montre…
Katsuya Eguchi, the creator for the game Animal Crossing, drew his inspiration for it from experiences of having to move from where he grew up to moving to Nintendo headquarters and wanted to "recreate the feeling of being alone in a new town, away from friends and family." mentalfloss.com/article/9…
A Spanish town mailed dog poop back to offenders. A team of volunteers looked for careless dog owners and struck up conversations to learn the dog's name, which made it possible to identify the owner via pet records and mail back the poop, labeled "Lost Property." Violations dropped by 70%. newsfeed.time.com/2013/06…
The famous Las Vegas Strip is not actually in the city of Las Vegas. It sits immediately south of the city limits and is technically located in the unincorporated towns of Paradise and Winchester, NV. reviewjournal.com/uncateg…
Today I learned about "Sundown Towns" where specific ordinances and posted signs in counties, cities, and suburbs restricted black people out at night. This is why many neighborhoods are still very racially segregated today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
Today I learned about a town named Hell, Michigan. Amongst other things it has an all-hearse auto show called Hellfest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
A South African man plans to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to provide drinking water to 4 million people. After facing droughts limiting water usage, the 125 million ton, 70 story tall iceberg would supply 20% of Cape Town’s water needs for a year. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
Today I Learned the ambulance service in most towns used to be ran by the funeral home. So if you needed to be taken to the hospital, you called the funeral home, and they’d use their hearse to transport you to the hospital (un purpose built ambulances became available in the late β€˜60s & β€˜70s). ripleys.com/weird-news/fu…
The town of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, was built around a large oak tree in 1717. Legend has it that George Washington and his troops camped under it during the Revolutionary War. The tree was estimated to be 619 years old when it died in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Godiva is not just a brand of chocolate. Lady Godiva was married to the Earl of Merica. There is a legend that she rode her horse through town naked, covered only by her long hair, to protest her husband’s taxes on the villagers. britannica.com/biography/…
Las Vegas looked like your ordinary spaghetti western town in 1910 vintagelasvegas.com/post/…
In 1942, after 2 U.S. military ships sank off the coast of Newfoundland the citizens of a small colonial town that recieved the surviors thought the African-Americans aboard had been covered in oil, and tried to scrub them clean. cbc.ca/news/canada/newfou…
Most of singer Avril Lavigne's family comes from France and the small town of Saint-JΓ©rΓ΄me in the French part of Canada, and her name "Avril" is the word for the month of April in French. republicain-lorrain.fr/ed…
The community of Rudyard Montana is the only town or census-designated place in the lower 48 states of the USA to have a non-oceanic antipode; the only place you could proverbially dig a hole and end up on dry land. missoulacurrent.com/opini…
The 2000 one-hit wunder Butterfly (Crazy Town), that sounded strangely like the 1999 Red Hot Chili Peppers' hits, is based on a random 1989 sample from - the Red Hot Chili Peppers. youtube.com/watch?v=3mjZ6…
During the forced removal of Native Americans to Oklahoma along the Trail of Tears, many African American slaves were owned by tribes and forced to go as well. After the Civil War, the Freedmen founded their own communities and Oklahoma became home to over 50 All-Black Towns and settlements. humanities.utulsa.edu/okl…
QΔ±rmΔ±zΔ± QΙ™sΙ™bΙ™, in Azerbaijan, is believed to be the only all Jewish town outside of Israel and the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q%C…
The reason why Europeans gave Native Americans many diseases in the New World, but not vice versa, is not just because of Europe's population dense cities/towns, but also because the Europeans had animal agriculture. people.umass.edu/hist383/…
Walt Disney had a neat little private apartment above the fire house off the Town Square in Disneyland complete with with a 2nd floor terrace. Even today there is always a lamp burning in the window above the old firehouse justdisney.com/features/a…
Today I learned about the highest-paid performer in the world in the 1910s: Scottish singer and comedian Sir Harry Lauder. He rose from being a coal miner singing in occasional town concerts to commanding over Β£12,000 per night. He was the first British artist to sell a million records. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
A 2.85m statue of former President Bush stands in an Albanian town to show appreciation for US-led NATO airstrikes in 1999 euronews.com/2011/07/07/b…
Near the end of WWI, a small fortified town in France called Le Quesnoy was liberated from the Germans after four years of occupation, by New Zealand soldiers in a sneak attack, with zero civilian casualties. Multiple memorials and many of the town's streets are named in NZ's honour. nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar…
After selling its temple, a small B.C. Sikh community gave the funds back to its town - BC globalnews.ca/news/513230…
Liverpool was a major slaving port and its ships and merchants dominated the transatlantic slave trade in the second half of the 18th century. The town and its inhabitants derived great civic and personal wealth from the trade which laid the foundations for the port's future growth. liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/h…
During WW1, a Canadian soldier brought his pet bear to Britain. He named the bear Winnie after his home town Winnipeg an later donated the bear to the London Zoo where a boy named Christopher Robin liked it so much it inspired his father to write about it, thus Winnie the Pooh. s.telegraph.co.uk/graphic…
There is a town in Nebraska called Monowi with a population of one. The only resident is a woman, Eiler who is the mayor, clerk, treasurer, librarian, bartender and the only person left in the US’ tiniest town. bbc.com/travel/gallery/20…
The town of Zzyzx in California was named by a quack doctor to purposely be the last listing in any dictionary or atlas roadsideamerica.com/story…
There is a conference for all towns and cities named Newcastle, held every 2 years. Where members meet up at a Newcastle and discuss how to form better relationships around the world newcastlesoftheworld.com/…
Sir Robert Peel started the first police force for England. But when it came to major towns having their own police force, Sir Robert Peel’s hometown of Bury only set up its own police force in 1974, approximately 150 years later gmpmuseum.co.uk/collectio…
Jewish was persecuted during the Black Death as they were affected less than other people. The real reason behind this is many Jews chose not to use the common wells of towns and cities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jew…
An Iraqi man slept through the invasion of his town after it was attacked by militants. He was the only person left behind the when the town was evacuated. He woke up, watched a movie and fiddled with his A/C, only noticing the takeover that evening. The militants left him alone. vice.com/en_us/article/7x…
There is a town in Wisconsin called Random Lake. It contains a lake called Random Lake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Today I learned of Brian Zimmerman, who gained national attention in 1983 for being elected mayor of Crabb, Texas, a town outside of Houston, at the age of 11. He won in a landslide with 23 out of only 30 votes cast. He ran on formally incorporating the town to avoid annexation, but was unsuccessful. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Today I learned about the unofficial saint of handguns, St Gabriel Possenti who save a town from RedShirts by shooting a lizard on the road en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gab…
Today I learned about a bear name Mink that lived in Hanover, New Hampshire. A man used to feed her donuts everyday but unfortunately the man died. She ventured into town in search of the treat forcing officials to relocate her. But the determined bear walked over a thousand miles back to Hanover. npr.org/2019/05/15/723466…
The town of Banbury in England has its own cake, which includes rum and rosewater in its ingredients. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban…
Officer Ronald Speirs, just after being assigned commander of the E Company in January 1945 during the battle of Foy, ran through the German-occupied town and lines, linked up with the I Company soldiers on the other part of town and then proceeded to run back through without a scratch. military.wikia.org/wiki/R…
Today I learned about the dutch town of Urk. This former island was connected to the newly poldered province of Flevoland in the 1930s. Due to its history, when referencing events that happened there, it is still reffered to as 'on Urk', rather than 'in Urk' visitflevoland.nl/nl/loca…
A town in the U.S. applied for Soviet foreign aid to fix a bridge after being denied by the state for two years and the state finally agreed to fix the bridge after Soviet journalists showed up en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vul…
A 7,600 ton apartment building was moved to create a boulevard in a Romanian town, 1987 historydaily.org/moving-a…
Citizens of the Dutch city Zwolle are colloquially known as Bluefingers due to the 1682 sale of the town church's bells to the town of Kampen. After finding the bells too damaged for use, Kampen paid Zwolle entirely in pennies; fingers in Zwolle turned blue after counting so much change. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwo…
Michigan has a small town named Zilwaukee, named so that people would confuse it with Milwaukee and end up settling there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zil…
Today I learned of a town in the state of Arizona named "Nothing", which, fittingly, has a population of zero, although it once had a gas station, a small convenience store and at its height, 4 people living there onlyinyourstate.com/arizo…
There is a town in Florida 45 minutes from Orlando called Howey-in-the-Hills. Named after William Howey, a citrus grower and real estate developer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
Today I learned about Pals Battalions. British army units consisting of men from the same town or profession during the First World War. They were created as a way to boost morale. They did not take into account that almost the entire male population of a town would be wiped out in a single battle. encyclopedia.1914-1918-on…
There's a town in Peru that holds a Christmastime festival that ends with people of all ages ending in public fistfights. The purpose is to settle grudges that have built up over the year. bbc.com/travel/story/2012…
Today I learned about Vinnytsia, a town in Ukraine that was built as a fake American small town to train Russian spies during the Cold War. It Even included a population of retired deep cover agents to pretend to be American policeman and grocery store clerks. youtube.com/watch?v=Obzqv…
Mt. Olive pickle company is based in a town called Mt. Olive and the street is One Cucumber Blvd, at the intersection of Cucumber and Vine. mtolivepickles.com/contac…
Arnold Palmer and Mr. Rodgers knew each other as children and are from the same town golfdigest.com/story/the-…
Today I learned of Sweden Hills, a village in Tobetsu town, Ishikari subprefecture of Hokkaido Japan. Local residents adopted Dalarna Sweden tradition of wooden houses painted in Falu Red, celebration of MidSummer Festival & 'Kraftskiva' crayfish party. art-sheep.com/theres-a-to…
The Christmas song, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" was written during the Great Depression and had lyrics telling those who were fortunate enough to give back to others and raise spirits. As such, the true meaning of the song is to be as charitable and kind as children believe Santa to be. youtu.be/kM_eWxvLGiM
The Canadian Navy accidentally shelled the US town of Callam Bay after an exercise shooting at drone targets in 1962, they failed to take into account what was behind the targets they were shooting at. Miraculously nobody was killed. paleofuture.gizmodo.com/t…
Today I learned of a POW camp for German soldiers in Manitoba, Canada. The location was so remote, escape was virtually impossible. This meant that prisoners had a great deal of freedom, including being allowed to date girls from a nearby town and attend dances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
During WW2, a fake town was built to disguise the Boeing plant that was building B17 bombers. boredpanda.com/boeing-fak…
Kirsty MacColl, successful British singer / songwriter and daughter of the composer of "Dirty Old Town", died when she was diving in Mexico, pushing her 15 year old son out of the way of a speeding powerboat that ran her over. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kir…
Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI attempted to escape from France but were recognized and caught in town of Varennes only 40 miles from the border with the Austrian Netherlands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fli…
South Africa has 3 capital cities: Pretoria is the administrative capital, Cape Town is the legislative capital and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital. The formation of 3 capitals was due to political and cultural issues that eventually lead to a compromise to spread the balance of power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Today I learned about Sandbranch, a town about 14 Miles from Dallas which hasn't had running water for more than 30 Years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Today I learned of the "Elfstedentocht" (eleven city tour). An ice skating tour held on natural ice in the province of Frisia. It visits all 11 historical towns in Frisia and spans almost 200 km. It can only take place when the weather is favorable and has only taken place 15 times since the first one in 1909. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elf…
There are parrots native to Argentina roaming around New Jersey suburban towns for over 30 years. nj.com/bergen/2019/12/wil…
In 1864, the Confederate Army forced Frederick, Maryland, to pay $200,000 or be burned to the ground. The town had to borrow the money from local banks and didn’t finish paying off the loans until 1951. fredericknewspost.com/new…
Today I learned about nine out of ten Lincoln Town Car buyers were over the age of 65. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
The first ever speeding ticket was issued to Walter Arnold on the 28th of January 1896 in Kent, England. He was blitzing through the town at 8mph (4 times the legal limit), was chased for 5 miles by a police officer on a bicycle, and was fined 1 shilling when he was finally caught. moneyweek.com/376781/28-j…
Today I learned of Colobraro, a town in southern Italy that people in neighboring towns believe is cursed and is never referred to by name italiantribune.com/the-cu…
1938 film 'The Terror of Tiny Town' is the world's only musical Western with an all Dwarf cast. Producer Jed Buell was inspired after overhearing an employee remark "If this economic dive keeps going, we'll be using midgets as actors". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Mechaniscburg in Pennsylvania is a town named for a settlement of mechanics who made and repaired Conestoga wagons in the early 19th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mec…
In 1968, Joachim Foikis received a $3500 grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to dress up in a jester’s outfit and "mock the four pillars of society: money, status, respectability, and conformity". He served as Vancouver's official Town Fool for two years. thetyee.ca/Life/2012/08/2…
The town of Larkhall, Scotland has such a deep hatred for the color green that a Subway had to paint the outside of its shop black, green traffic lights are frequently vandalized and broken, green phone boxes were painted blue, and green railings were repainted red, white, and blue. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
Today I learned of Miki Endo, a Japanese emergency worker who gave her life during the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, by continuing to broadcast warnings and alerts over the community loudspeaker as the tsunami overwhelmed the town of Minamisanriku. She was credited with saving many lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
Today I learned of the German town Staufen, which is breaking apart because of a geothermal energy project. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
The town Chicken, Alaska was supposed to be named β€˜Ptarmigan’ but the locals couldn’t agree on the spelling so settled on β€˜Chicken’ to save themselves the embarrassment if it was spelled wrong. worldatlas.com/amp/articl…
There was a cowboy western movie durning the 1930's called The Terror of Tiny Town that had an entirely all dwarf cast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1907, a Mexican railroad brakeman named JesΓΊs GracΓ­a saved the entire town of Nacozari by singlehandedly driving a damaged and burning train containing dynamite six kilometers away from the town before it finally exploded, killing him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes…
Today I learned of the 'Flogsta Scream'. Every evening at 10pm students in the town of Uppsala, Sweden, let out a collective scream as a response to the stress of university life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
Santa Fe, New Mexico is the oldest state capital in the US & its full name remains La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de AsΓ­s which means "The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi" in English. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
There is a monument to enemas in the Russian spa town of Zheleznovodsk, featuring a bronze bulb held aloft by three cherubs atlasobscura.com/places/m…
The expression 'Paint the town red' has actual historical origins. In 1837, the Marquis of Waterford led a group of friends on a night of drinking through the English town of Melton Mowbray. The mob literally painted a tollgate, the doors of several homes a swan statue with red paint. bobthebrit.net/phrases-an…
Today I learned of the Great Catfish Massacre of 1985, where a Louisiana mayor decided to turn the town swimming pool into a giant catfish farming operation. Turned out the circulation blades didn’t have blade covers, which was a problem for the ecosystem. β€œIt looked like we were chumming for sharks." bayoubrief.com/2019/08/13…
Bismarck, ND, was considered the most wicked town in the west, largely because of a street known as Bloody 4th, or Murderer's Gulch. Law enforcement avoided the area; however, the US Cavalry did march into the street and had a shootout. midwesternscout.com/livin…
A man was elected to be the first and only mayor of the English town Hartlepool under the guise of thier football mascot, H'angus the monkey. He barely campaigned and his only promise was to provide free bananas for school children. He became the first elected mayor in Britain to win a third ter wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart…
There's a town in Brazil named CΓ’ndido GodΓ³i that is called Land of Twins because the rate of twin births is nearly a thousand percent above the global average youtu.be/ItHrNPxRY-A
In 1943 a farmer was preparing his land when a volcano started growing under his feet. The volcano, known as ParicutΓ­n would grow to a 424m high cone and engulf 2 towns in lava. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
In 2017, a navy pilot drew a giant penis in the sky with the contrails of his plane over a town in Washington where it remained for several hours. The town was understandably confused, and didn’t receive an explanation for almost two years! popularmechanics.com/mili…
The British town of Berwick Upon Tweed has changed between being part of Scotland and England 14 times. At one point its status was so ambiguous that declarations of war had to specify that nations were at war with "Scotland, England, and Berwick Upon Tweed." youtube.com/watch?v=9DqZY…
Birds get drunk sometimes and fall, stumble, and crash into windows. In 2010 about 50 dead birds were found and a report showed nearby berries had high enough ethanol levels to intoxicate them. In 2018 berries fermented as a result of an early frost and a town was full of confused, erratic birds nytimes.com/2018/10/07/sc…
Today I learned of the word "defenestration," which is the act of throwing someone or something out of a window. The term comes from three incidents in Prague, several hundred years ago, involving multiple nobles and officials being flung out the windows of various town halls and a castle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Def…
Gene Roddenberry never gave Captain Kirk a birthplace more specific than the state of Iowa. In 1985, when trying to find a theme for its annual festival, the town of Riverside voted to proclaim itself the future birthplace of the Starfleet officer. Roddenberry gave the town his blessing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riv…
Plymouth, the capital of the island country Montserrat, has 0 inhabitants. It was built near a volcano which erupted in 1997, substantially burning the town and burying it in ashes. The town was evacuated, but remains the de jure capital, making it the ony ghost-town capital in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ply…
Today I learned of Hogan's Alley, a small town created by the FBI and filled with paid actors posing as criminals, terrorists, and bystanders. The town is used to train agents in handling real-world situations, and even includes simulated gun fights. fbi.gov/services/training…
Boxer Chris Eubank purchased the title 'Lord of the Manor' for Brighton at auction. He then used his power to appoint a town crier. She eventually lost her position for being too 'old fashioned' for Brighton. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Today I learned of Kinsley a small town in Kansas that's 1,561 miles (2,512 km) away from both New York City and San Francisco en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Ironbridge, a town in England, takes its name from an iron bridge named The Iron Bridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
On 18 October 1863, recently freed slaves and dispatched Union soldiers banded together to defend the town of Pine Bluff, Arkansas from marauding Confederates during the Battle of Pine Bluff. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…

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