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
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
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
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
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
Out of the 36 missing children featured in Soul Asylum's "Runaway Train" music video, 21 were eventually found.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
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.
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
Some people in Japan are paid to shove passengers onto subway trains. They are called oshiya (ๆŠผใ—ๅฑ‹), and they make sure people don't get trapped between the train doors during rush hours.โ€ฆ
Aerosmith's version of "Train Kept A-Rollin'" has become so well-known that Jeff Beck, whose recordings of the song with the Yardbirds inspired the Aerosmith version, has been repeatedly told that he made a good cover of Aerosmith's song.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
The first cut of Planes Trains and Automobiles was 4.5hrsโ€ฆ
The United States used to have "Orphan Trains" that sent hundreds of thousands of orphaned children to families out west.
During the train ride from Washington DC to Springfield Illinois, the body of Abraham Lincoln was embalmed 13 times, once in each city the funeral train stopped in.โ€ฆ
An Indian man was hit by a train whilst taking a selfie, he survived and was fined 500 rupees ($7.87, ยฃ5.50).โ€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
Today I learned about APOPO, a non-profit organization that trains African giant pouched rats to save lives by detecting landmines and tuberculosis.
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
There is a non-profit organization that trains capuchin monkeys to be service animals for people with spinal cord injuries.
The Quintinshill rail disaster in 1915 was the worst railway accident in UK history, involving a 4 train crash with fire caused by gas lighting. Over 200 were killed, and a witness reported seeing an officer shooting people trapped in burning carriages with no hope of rescueโ€ฆ
'Skippy the Bush Kangaroo' was a tv show starring a real kangaroo that was difficult for the human staff to train. To achieve the illusion of Skippy opening a door or placing an object in her stomach pouch, the humans used cut off paws from a separate kangaroo attached to sticks.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about โ€˜Redemption Roastersโ€™ worldโ€™s first behind bars specialty coffee company in the U.K. who train offenders professionally in the art of roasting and barista skills and help find jobs in their own coffee shops or with partners.
Experimental jet-engined trains were actually a thing back in the 1960s. The Black Beetle reached a speed of 183.68 mph, an American rail speed record that still stands today.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Frank Grigware. a train robber who shortly after escaping from Leavenworth Prison was elected mayor of a small town in Canada.โ€ฆ
During the mating selection process, peahens spend less than a third of the time looking at the display peacock and focus on his tail and lower train. blogs.scientificamerican.โ€ฆ
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
Archduke Franz Ferdinand killed over 300,000 animals while hunting during his life. Heโ€™d ride on a train with servants loading rifles on either side of him and heโ€™d shoot any animal he saw. Trailing train would pick up the carcasses.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 1920 Olympic cycling race was held over a course that crossed six train lines. While South African Henry Kaltenbrun crossed the line first, after factoring in stops caused by train delays, the gold was awarded to Swedenโ€™s Henry Stenquist.โ€ฆ
The moonwalk dance move, popularized by Michael Jackson, is an old move dating back to the 1930s when Cab Calloway called it "the buzz." Dancer Bill Bailey was filmed doing the move at The Apollo Theater in 1955. Jackson saw a dancer on Soul Train doing the move and learned it from him.โ€ฆ
The Iceberg Lettuce used to be called the Crisphead Lettuce until entrepreneur Bruce Church started shipping them all over the USA on trains in the 1930s, keeping each lettuce fresh with a capping of ice. As the train pulled into each station, folks would call out "The icebergs are coming!"โ€ฆ
Dog Poop Girl (2005) is one of the first reported occurrences of doxing (publicly broadcasting private or identifying information). A young woman's dog pooped in a train. She refused to pick it up despite requests. Pictures were shared in Korea. She was publicly shamed and quit university.โ€ฆ
At 14,912 miles long, Trans Canada or Great Trail is the longest hiking train in the worldโ€ฆ
Psychologist B.F. Skinner tried to train pigeons to serve as guides for bombing runs in WWII. After canceling the project, he successfully taught the pigeons to play ping pong instead.โ€ฆ
In the 1938 World Cup, Brazil were so sure of winning the semi-final against Italy that they requisitioned the only plane to Paris on the day after the match. After losing to Italy, they refused to sell them the tickets, and the Italian team had to travel from Marseilles to Paris by trainโ€ฆ
A steam train passes through a football stadium in Slovakiaโ€ฆ
A 2 year old boy named James Bulger was taken away from his mother and murdered by two 10 year old boys. The boys threw paint in his face, threw bricks and dropped a 10kg rod on his head. In order to cover their tracks, they left James on rail tracks to make it look like a train accident.โ€ฆ
In 2010 McDonalds Japan developed a Nintendo DS Game which was used to train crew membersโ€ฆ
Until 2017, the toilets on UK trains flushed onto the tracks below.โ€ฆ
During 2005 in Glendale, CA a suicidal man parked his car in front of a commuter train. The train derailed and collided with two additional trains resulting in over a 100 casualties. The man survived and was sentenced to life without parole.โ€ฆ
Japan developed a Train that can travel from Tokyo to Osaka (~500km) in 14 minutes from 1965 to 1967. After a successful test, it unfortunately ended as a a dream as the G force will likely kill all passengers at launch.โ€ฆ
In 1854 the London Necropolis Railway began carrying corpses from London to a cemetery 20 miles outside the city, as a response to a burial crisis created by lack of space to bury dead bodies. Hearse trains ran until World War II, only being stopped by German bombing of the city.โ€ฆ
Danny Trejo got his first acting job when visiting a patient he was doing substance abuse counseling for on the set of "Runaway Train". He was offered a job as an extra in the film's prison scenes.โ€ฆ
The Duke of Wellington had a profound hatred of rail travel after witnessing a fellow politician getting crushed by a train. After death, his body was transported by train back to London for the state funeral.โ€ฆ
In the 50-plus year history of the Japanese bullet train system, carrying over 5.3 billion passengers, there has been not a single passenger fatality or injury due to train accidents.โ€ฆ
Walt Disney and his wife Lillian invented Mickey Mouse during a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood. Much later on they'd also make an animated short โ€œMickeyโ€™s Choo-Chooโ€, where Mickey is a train engineer. disneyparks.disney.go.comโ€ฆ
In 1931, mass murderer Szilveszter Matuska derailed trains using explosives. After being caught, he reported to take great delight in hearing screams of the dying. After being sentenced to life in prison, he escaped and was never found again.โ€ฆ
In 1824, Thomas Jefferson introduced legislature for the United States to end slavery by purchasing all slave children, train them for various skills and crafts, and then send them to the Dominican Republic.โ€ฆ

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