The first vending machine to sell live crabs debuted in 2010 in a train station in Nanjing. The machine sells about 200 live crabs a day, with prices from $2 to $7. A sign next to the machine states each crab will come out alive, offering refund of three live crabs for every dead one to pop out.โ€ฆ
Walt Disney accidentally "kidnapped" Richard Nixon by dispatching his monorail train before the Secret Service could get on. The agents ran after the train and attempted to jump onboard but the doors had already closed. Monorail pilot Bob Gurr was terrified; Nixon got a kick out of it.โ€ฆ
Faced with a severe pilot shortage during WWII, the USA started a program called WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) to train women to be pilots. 1100 women volunteered to fly military aircraft. They were finally granted military status in the 1970s and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.โ€ฆ
In order to bolster its waning popularity as a travel hub, Japan's Kishigawa Train Line appointed a cat named Tama as its new station master in 2007, leading to a huge spike in popularity as a tourist destination. In 2010 a second cat was hired to "assist" Tama with her duties.โ€ฆ
In 1865, Charles Dickens was traveling home from France when his train derailed while crossing a bridge, and his car was left dangling from the tracks. He helped save stranded passengers and then climbed back into the dangling car to find a manuscript he was supposed to send to his publishers.โ€ฆ
Playing action video games can train the mind to make the right decisions faster. Video game players can develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, such as everyday activities like driving, reading small print, or navigating around town.โ€ฆ
Bilinguals experience tip-of-the-tongue moments twice as often as monolinguals. Processing two languages at the same time comes with a computational cost. Although, this kind of โ€œmultitaskingโ€ trains the brain.โ€ฆ
In 1887, an article appeared in London newspapers about a young man holding a baby on a train, and to the horror of watching commuters he started to scream at it and beat it against a door frame. People tried to stop him, but they discovered it was a rubber prank baby after he left the train.โ€ฆ
The reason bus and train seats have such loud colours and patterns is to hide stains and spillages on the seats.โ€ฆ
There was a book about a famous train leaving Kingโ€™s Cross Station on a magical adventure, written in 1937 by Doris Crockford (the same name as a witch Harry Potter meets in the first book)โ€ฆ
In September 1945 Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett defied US restrictions and snuck into Hiroshima by train. Burchett was the first to tell the world about the effects of radiation on the victims of the bombing, which the US denied both before and after his story was published.โ€ฆ
More than 380,000 African American soldiers served in the Army during WWI. THE U.S. Army wasnโ€™t comfortable with the idea of training black men for combat, so they were assigned to train under/fight along side the Frenchโ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
There is a tunnel beneath the English Channel, underneath the sea bed, that allows Eurostar trains to go from London to Paris in 2 hours.โ€ฆ
Benjamin Pierce, son of President-elect Franklin Pierce, died in a train accident when he was 11 years old. Although Benjamin was the only person killed, it was initially reported that Franklin was also a fatality.โ€ฆ
Simone Segouin was a French Resistance fighter in WWII that was only 18 when Germany invaded. She took part in large-scale missions, such as capturing German troops, derailing trains, and other acts of sabotage. And she is still alive and just celebrated her 95th birthday.โ€ฆ
The founder of Hyundai was born to an impoverished family of peasants in what is now North Korea. In 1998, he sent 1001 cows to his hometown in North Korea as a repayment 1000 times over for a cow that he stole in the early 1930s to afford his train ticket to Seoul and escape from poverty.โ€ฆ
The Snow in the Blizzard of 1949 was So Hard and So Deep they Used Dynamite to Blast the Trains Freeโ€ฆ
Nova Scotia gives Boston a Christmas tree every year as thanks. In 1917 a ship carrying explosives exploded near the city of Halifax, killing 1,500 people immediately and hundreds in the next few weeks. The city of Boston immediately sent doctors, supplies, and money by ship and train to help.โ€ฆ
Jesรบs Garcรญa 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.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
The highest speed ever achieved by a train in the US was 170.8 MPH in 1967, on a stretch of track in New Jerseyโ€ฆ
Judit Polgar was the only female chess player to reach the top 50. She was the product of an educational experiment by her father, who wanted to prove that "geniuses are made, not born". As such, he decided to vigarously train his daughters for chess from a young ageโ€ฆ
Kurt Vonnegut adopted his sisterโ€™s three sons after she died of cancer two days after her husband died in a train accident.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the deadliest single rail train wreck in history, which killed 1,700+ people in Sri Lanka, was caused by the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.โ€ฆ
Astronauts Mark Lee and Jan Davis married in secret 9 months before their joint flight to the ISS and didn't tell NASA until it was too late to train replacements. They are the only married couple to have ever flown in space together.โ€ฆ
Medieval European monks were required to maintain their tonsure (bald spot), and each monastery would usually hire or train a barber. Being skilled with razors, barbers would also perform surgical procedures for the monks. They would eventually be recognized as the first 'barber-surgeons'.โ€ฆ
In 1989, a runaway train derailed in Southern California killing 4 people and destroying 7 houses. Two weeks later during the cleanup, an underground gas pipeline was ruptured, leading to a fire that killed 2 more people and destroyed 11 more houses.โ€ฆ
Over 3,000 passengers die each year on the Mumbai commuter rail due to crowded trains and open dorsโ€ฆ
In 1910, two boys, Louis and Temple Abernathy decided to cross America by horseback from Oklahoma to Manhattan to meet Theodore Roosevelt. They were 10 and 6 years old. Then they decided to buy a car to come back home, while their horses made the return by train.โ€ฆ
Aki Ra, a former Khmer Rouge child soldier has personally found and/or destroyed over 50,000 land mines. He now trains bomb experts, curates a mine museum, and advocates for demining and the victims of mines.
Today I learned of the battle of Central station where 5,000 soldiers refused to do extra duty and walked off camp, crowded trains bound for Sydney where they were joined by 10,000 more soldiers and spent the rest of the day raiding pubs and turning over fruit carts.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Eugene Shoemaker. He was a geologist in the mid 1900's who wanted to go to the moon. He failed the medical exam to go to the moon, but he still helped train astronauts on Apollo 11,12, 13. After dying in a car crash his ashes made it to the moon. To this day they're still there.โ€ฆ
George B. McClellan, the mayor of New York in 1904, was to symbolically start the first train at City Hall station and the hand it over to an engineer. However, he enjoyed himself so much that he refused to stop controlling the train until he reached 103rd street.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the "Great Little Train Robbery." In 1970, the miniature Brackenridge Eagle was held-up by two robbers in a Texas park. They took $500 in cash and valuables, but were later caught. Because train robbery is a federal crime, they were given 10 and 20 years each.โ€ฆ
The word gymnasium is related to the Greek verb 'gymnazo' which means 'to train naked'.โ€ฆ
In 1998 the Montreal suburb of Boucherville intentionally derailed train to use as a emergency generator for the town hall and emergency warming shelters, after power had been knocked out by an ice storm.โ€ฆ
Nearly all Japanese cards (credit, train, bus, etc.) have a "insert this side in" markerโ€ฆ
In 1944, the American air force bombed the train station of Hasselt in Flanders. The bombs that missed made a network of craters in the nearby grasslands, which are now more than 110 ponds and house a large amount of aquatic animal species, some of which are of high conservation importance.โ€ฆ
Former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il had blonde Swedish prostitutes flown in to Pyongyang for his use, and injected himself with the blood of virgins to stay young. When travelling by train to Moscow, Kim drank champagne with a bevy of young women of the "utmost beauty and intelligence"โ€ฆ
Richard Scherrer, a pioneering aircraft designer that led to the stealthy F-117 Nighthawk and B-2 bomber, also worked as a design consultant to Disneylandโ€™s โ€œDumboโ€, โ€œTea Partyโ€, โ€œMatterhornโ€, โ€œLittle Train That Couldโ€ and โ€œFlying Saucersโ€ rides.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the death of Don Henry and Keven Ives, who were hit by a train as they lay on the tracks. The deaths were initially ruled an accident as a result of the boys sleeping on the tracks due to marijuana intoxication. The cause of death was changed to "definite homicide" after a second autopsy.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Normandie Niemen Squadron, a unit of French fighter pilots who fought on the Eastern Front during WW2. They are credited with 273 air victories , 132 transports and 27 trains destroyed. They were the only Western Allied unit to fight with the Soviet forces until the end of the war.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Ghulam Dastagir, a Stationmaster who refused to leave his post during the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, & prevented any trains from stopping at the station, saving thousands of lives even as his colleagues were dead and he himself spent 2 decades in and out of hospital due to long exposure to the Gasโ€ฆ
The UK's Secret Intelligence Service is said to train secret agents in field operations at a star-shaped 1700's castle called Fort Monckton. It is known as No.1 Military Training Establishment & is guarded by razor wire, high intensity lighting & an "in-house" security staff.โ€ฆ
19 years ago a deadly fire on an overpacked train, resulting in 383+ deaths, was caused by a portable stove in addition to extreme negligence.โ€ฆ
To be more competitive in the US tv/film market, some actors will train to have a General American accent . It is widely perceived, among Americans, as lacking any distinctly regional, ethnic, or socioeconomic characteristics.โ€ฆ
Since 1956 the US Air Force trains falcons. They have 8 main falcons, Ace, Apollo, Cairo, Karena, Nova, Oblio, Zeus, and Zivaโ€ฆ
The United States used to have "Orphan Trains" that sent hundreds of thousands of orphaned children to families out west.
In 1896, Bill Crush orchestrated the spectacle of smashing two trains into each other completely on purpose. Although no one was within 200 yards of the impact, the explosion from the steam engines killed two spectators and injured more. The event was considered a big PR and financial success.โ€ฆ

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