Construction on the remote Galehead Hut in the White Mountains was once halted because the design was found to not be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The mountaintop hut, accessible only via a rugged hiking trail with 2,200' of vertical ascent, now features a wheelchair ramp. archive.bdnblogs.com/1999…
Earl Schaffer, the first person to walk the entire Appalachian Trail in one continuous hike, avoided blisters by putting sand in his boots and wearing no socks until his feet toughened. americanhistory.si.edu/do…
Hitler was called as a witness in a murder trail being held for 4 storm troopers before he rose to Chancellor. He was cross examined for just over 3 hours, lost his temper, and his outburst is recorded testimony. pbs.org/show/rise-nazis/
Chimney rock from the Oregon Trail was actually called β€œElk Penis” by the Lakota Sioux mentalfloss.com/article/5…
From cereal boxes to mailboxes, between 1993 and 2006 AOL sent over 1 billion CDs with their free trail software. vox.com/2015/5/12/8594049…
When making "Nature Trail to Hell", Weird Al Yankovic parodied the Satanic backmasking scare by putting a reversed recording of the words "Satan eats Cheez Whiz!" in the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22…
, During the steamship era the residue from burning coal was dumped at sea, leaving trails on the sea bottom of popular routes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
Today I learned of one of the strangest trades in NBA history: In 1983, former All-Star Point Guard of the Indiana Pacers, Don Buse, was to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for just two weeks of advice for the Pacers front office executives from Portland's Vice President of Marketing, Jon Spoelstra. si.com/nba/2020/02/05/mos…
At 14,912 miles long, Trans Canada or Great Trail is the longest hiking train in the world worldatlas.com/articles/l…
Kalaupapa County, HI has just 86 residents and was originally developed as a settlement for lepers. It is only accessible by mule trail. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The Ho Chi Minh trail was not simply a few footpaths but a network of tracks wide enough to drive trucks along, and multiple oil pipelines that by the end of the war had supplied 270,000 tonnes of petroleum to troops in southern Vietnam en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ho_…
Today I learned about trail marker trees, those peculiarly-angled trees you sometimes see in the woods. They were actually shaped like that by humans, to show indigenous peoples the way trail goes. greatlakestrailtreesociet…
In 2016 a Forest Service Officer named Brad Treat took a blind turn while mountain biking at 30 mph. He crashed into a large grizzly bear that was sitting on the trail and was immediately mauled to death in response to the collision. nsmb.com/articles/report-…
Only 14 years after almost the entire Choctaw population was forcibly relocated in the Trail of Tears, the tribe donated $170 (over $5,000 today) to victims of the Potato Famine in Ireland, creating a bond between the two peoples that lasts to today. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Movie trailers were originally shown after the feature film. That's why they are called "trail"ers. Theaters quickly noticed that people would simply leave when the main feature was complete, so they began showing the trailers before the movie instead; the name just stuck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
The Appalachian Trail became international in the 1990's and has since been extended with sections from the US through Canada, and into Greenland, Iceland, Europe, Britain, Ireland, Iberia, and into Africa iat-sia.org/about/
The most common way to die on the Oregon Trail was actually by wagon accident, followed by accidental shootings. oregontrailcenter.org/dan…
Sailing stones exist - rocks that move up to 5 meters per minute across the ground by themselves, leaving trails behind them. The movement is caused by temperature changes and they're so common in a part of Death Valley that it's called 'Racetrack playa' due to the 'tracks' that they leave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
The tribes forced to walk the Trail of Tears took 4,000 black African slaves with them. wikipedia.org/wiki/Trail_…
Today I learned about the coveted tea ceremony at the Cuiyun Palace, a temple in the mountains in China. But to get there, hikers have to do the plank-walk, sometimes called "the most dangerous trail in the world." npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Biologists found that some dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico decapitate catfish before eating them in order to avoid injury from the catfish skull spines. Biologists studied a sampling of a half-kilometer trail of severed catfish heads bobbing in the wake of a dolphin pod. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Historians have followed the trail of Lewis and Clark with help from the Mercury in their latrines. Mercury, in the form of Dr. Rush’s Bilious Pill (a fast-acting purgative), that was used as a go-to drug for many conditions, including constipation mentalfloss.com/article/6…
After Gilligan's Island was cancelled, the producer of the show created "Dusty’s Trail" which featured Bob Denver in the lead role and mirrored the same characters but was set in the wild west of the 1880's, with a wagon train replacing the boat. nostalgiacentral.com/tele…
In 2016, an octopus named Inky mysteriously disappeared from New Zealand's National Aquarium. A wet trail later revealed he escaped his tank through a small hole, slid across the floor at night and squeezed his body through a pipe leading to the ocean. news.nationalgeographic.c…
A lot off common weeds along hiking trails and in gardens can be eaten and used. One of them being Ground Elder that is treated as the villain in many gardens. hikeforpurpose.com/foragi…
Chili originates as a portable trail meal. A mixture of beans, chilies, and beef suet would be pounded together and left out to dry. Travelers would then drop the β€˜chili brick’ over boiling water over a campfire and serve. whatscookingamerica.net/H…
Bears get tapeworms from eating the salmon. They often extrude from the bear’s backside and can trail behind them for up ten feet. vice.com/en_us/article/d3…
Broadway Street was called the Wickquasgeck trail in the Native American era. thirteen.org/metrofocus/2…
"pioneer" was originally a 16th century military rank, meaning people who advanced first into enemy territory to cut down forests, clear trails, make roads and bridges, etc., so the actual troops could march through after. Pioneer has the same French root as pawn or peon, meaning foot soldier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pio…
Winnipeg's Portage and Main is considered the "most famous interesection in Canada". The downtown street is the widest of its kind due to its historic use as an ox cart trail. At its height, the muddy rut-rife passage through town was wide enough to accommodate up to 20 carts at once skyrisecities.com/news/20…
In 1830 President Andrew Jackson signed into law the Indian Removal Act. Approximately 60,000 southern Native American tribes were eventually forcibly removed by the United States government in a march to the west that later became known as the Trail of Tears. wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian…
Haunted house attractions didn't really go mainstream in North America until the Great Depression, when parents began organizing haunted houses or trails to keep young men from causing trouble on All Hallow's Eve. history.com/news/hallowee…
There is an underground mountain biking trail inside of an old mine in Slovenia. bikenomad.com/en/main/bla…
Davy Crockett was not only an American pioneer, but a politician and a soldier: as a member of U.S. Congress he vehemently opposed Andrew Jackson and the Indian Removal Act (which led to the Trail of Tears) and eventually died in the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Prince Ali Ben Hussein of Jordan set out on horseback together with 14 Circassian riders in 1998 to Circassia (Russia). They followed the trail of the mass Circassian exodus in reverse. His goal was to make it possible for Circassians to return to their ancestral homeland. angelfire.com/hi2/Royalty…
Army ants can accidentally misinterpret the chemical trails left by other ants and start walking in circles. If too many members of the colony join in, it can kill the whole colony in what is sometimes known as the 'Death Spiral.' or 'Ant Milling.' mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
Today I learned about the Tadpole Galaxy which is a spiral galaxy with the distinct feature of having a 280,000 light year long trail of stars that resemble a tail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tad…
There is a planned bike trail that will run from Maine to Florida en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Today I learned of the book On the Trail of the Golden Owl, an armchair treasure hunt that offers an owl statue made of gold, silver, and diamonds worth over €150,000 to the winner. Published in 1993, and despite the author releasing several clues, it remains unsolved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_…
Ln 1847 the Choctaw nation sent $170 to Ireland for the potato famine, 16 years after the Trail of Tears. In 2016 a statue in Midleton, Ireland was erected symbolizing the bond between them. choctawnation.com/news-ev…
In 1980, an Appalachian Trail shelter was stolen, presumably for its prized chestnut logs. It was never recovered. appalachiantrailhistory.o…
Holiday Inn had a trail run of human bed-warmers in 2010. "A willing staff-member will dress in an all-in-one fleece sleeper suit before slipping between the sheets." reuters.com/article/us-ho…
The edutainment game The Oregon Trail is part of a series that, counting spinoffs and rereleases, includes 15 titles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. spent roughly $3 million each year on weather modification campaigns designed to draw out the monsoon season and even one campaign involved an attempt to flood the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the main route that enemy fighters were using to deliver their supplies. finance.yahoo.com/news/ch…
Rufous elephant shrews are native to the dry savannas of eastern Africa.The shrews spend as much as half their waking hours maintaining tidy trails to navigate through their territory and find food. Remarkably, they do not sleep with their eyes closed and only sleep for 2 or 3 minutes at a time. bbc.co.uk/programmes/prof…
I learned of Grandma Gatewood who hiked the 2,200 mile Appalachian trail at 55 bringing only Converse shoes, an army blanket and a plastic shower curtain after reading about it in a magazine and telling her children she was going for a walk. She hiked it again at 72 and 75. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Edward Hines got the idea to paint a line in the middle of the road to seperate traffic after watching a leaky milk wagon leave a trail down the street. In 1935, he was awarded the George S. Bartlett Award for outstanding contribution to highway progress. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
16 years after the "Trail of Tears" the Choctaw nation donated $170.00 to Ireland’s Famine victims irishtimes.com/news/irela…
The renowned Conestoga wagon, the backbone of any Oregon Trail playthrough, was almost never used by westward settlers as it was too heavy to pass the soft prairie trails. americanheritage.com/prai…
When Male honey bees mate, their penises explode and they die. During the queen's nuptial flight, she'll mate with about a dozen partners and leave a trail of their dead, penisless corpses in her wake. owlcation.com/stem/The-Li…

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