Larry Hillblom, the H of DHL, regularly took "sex safari" trips to Asia to prey on underage girls. When he died in a plane crash, 4 of the illegitimate children he fathered were able to claim $50 million each from his estate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
The Hawaiian island of Kauai encourages tourists to check a dog out of shelters for a day as part of a field trip for dogs program. Having the dogs out and about gives them exercise and increases their chances of getting adopted by a local. hawaii-aloha.com/blog/201…
On a UNICEF trip to Africa in 2008, Salma Hayek decided to breast-feed a local baby in front of the camera. The sick baby was born the same day but a year after her child, who wasn’t weaned. She later told how her Mexican great-grandma had spontaneously breast-fed a hungry baby in her village. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wet…
Michelin stars, published in the annual Michelin Red Guide, are awarded by the French tyre company Michelin, who began publishing the travel guide in Europe in 1900 to encourage new drivers to take road trips to local attractions and increase the demand for cars and, accordingly, car tyres. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Tom Stuker, the world's most frequent flyer, who had flown 21 million miles as of 2019 (the last million taking only 6 months), has paid out of pocket for every one of his trips, saving his miles to give to family members, charities and others nypost.com/2019/07/27/wor…
Jean-Paul Sartre, Nobel prize winning philosopher, suffered a bad trip after using Mescaline, in which he thought he was menaced by sea creatures. For years following this, he consistently believed that he was being followed by lobsters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
Pluto takes 248 Earth years to complete one orbit around the Sun. From the time it was discovered (1930) to the time it was stripped of its 'Planet' status, the dwarf planet hadn't even made a full trip around the Sun. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plu…
In 1903 Horatio Nelson Jackson, Sewall K. Crocker, and Bud the Pit Bull became the first people to drive across the US in a 20 HP Winton touring car. The trip took 64 days, it started in SF and ended in NY. By the end of the trip there were only a few original parts left on the vehicle. pbs.org/kenburns/horatios…
We have only ever measured the "round-trip" speed of light and it is impossible (based on our current understanding of relativity) to measure the speed of light in one direction. It is possible that light travels faster in one direction than another. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
The legendary Athenian herald Pheidippides ran 40 km from Marathon to Athens AFTER spending the previous two days running from Marathon to Sparta and back, a round-trip distance of 240 km! Arriving at Athens, he shouted "νικῢμΡν!" ("We win!") and died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phe…
An Arkansas Christmas light display caused so much congestion, neighbors to the home filed a lawsuit to prevent two hour trips to the corner store. The owner of the display responded to the lawsuit by adding three million more lights. baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
The average man gets bored during a shopping trip with their wife or girlfriend after just 26 minutes, according to a UK study. news.com.au/finance/money…
Executives at McGraw Hill were curious to find out why their accountant was on television racing a Mclaren F1 GTR, chartering Concorde trips and showing up to work in a Ferrari. Turns out he had been embezzling Β£2.8 million from them the past 5 years since he was recruited! telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Teddy Roosevelt took a break from the presidency to go camping with John Muir for four days. They explored without any supervision/security. Roosevelt was so inspired by the trip that it eventually led to the creation of the National Park Service. bbvaopenmind.com/en/scien…
After a golfing trip to West Virginia, Leslie Nielsen became involved with the state’s education which earned him a citation and being named an Honorary West Virginian. herald-dispatch.com/news/…
The British National Army Museum approached mountain climber Bronco Lane seeking items to commemorate his successful climb of Mt Everest. Lane presented them with 5 fingers he had lost to frostbite on the trip, stating "I haven't got any use for them any more." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Speeding doesn't save you much time. Accounting for traffic and road conditions, driving 10-20 miles over the limit only saves you on average 4 minutes on a 30 minute trip. Even driving 20 over for a 5 minute drive saved on average less than 2 minutes. hondaoakland.net/2018/12/…
Magellan didn’t actually circumnavigate the globe. He was killed by a poisoned arrow in the Philippines, and his expedition (under the leadership of Juan Sebastian de Elcano) completed the trip without him. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Michelin stars only go to three, one being "Very good", two being "Worth a detour" and three "Worth a special trip" beyond.fr/food/michelin-g…
The ancient Greek messengers (hemerodromos: one of the men in the Greek military known as day-long runners) routinely ran hundreds on miles on trips to spread information across the Greek city states. runnersworld.com/runners-…
South Park character β€˜Towelie’ begun on a boat trip the creators took; on which, people were constantly saying: β€œdon’t forget to bring a towel”. Becoming more aware of how merchandised and exploited their creations had become, they then decided to satirically create the β€œworst character ever”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tow…
29-yr-old Marine veteran Taylor Winston stole a truck to drive victims of the Las Vegas shooting to the hospital. He and his girlfriend made 2 trips having to pick only the most critically injured 10 - 15 people each time after helping boost others over a fence away from the shooter. businessinsider.com/how-a…
In Poznan, Poland, eight clams get to decide if people in the city get water or not. They’re equipped with sensors atop them that trip the water supply pumps when they close due to detecting something unsafe in the water. zmescience.com/science/po…
In 1985 expedition leader Mike Dunn organized a trip of the "greatest explorers" to the North Pole. Among them were Neil Armstrong, Steve Fossett and Sir Edmund Hillary. Armstrong said that he accepted the invitation because he only ever saw the North Pole from space and not from the ground en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nei…
In 1936, the city of Spokane gave their last electric streetcar a Viking funeral: After its final trip, it was paraded through the city, then filled with hay bales and set ablaze, until finally "six pretty girls in bathing suits and firemen's red hats" put out the fire historylink.org/File/8088
For Far Cry 4, Ubisoft Montreal knew it wanted to place the game inside the dangerous but exotic country of Nepal, but it didn't want to recreate a carbon copy of that South Asian state, so the team traveled to Nepal on a research trip that helped them craft the fictional world of Kyrat. gameinformer.com/games/fa…
A Russian Cockroach named Hope gave birth to 33 baby cockroaches who were conceived during her 12-day space trip on the Foton-M bio-satellite, from the time period of September 14-26, 2007. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nad…
Actor Chris Pratt planned on auditioning for the role of "Chris Pratt" in the 2007 film, The Lookout. However, Joseph Gordon-Levitt won the role before Pratt came back from his fishing trip in Mexico. yahoo.com/entertainment/c…
The origin of Pocari Sweat. When a researcher with the pharmaceutical company that makes the Japanese soft drink was hospitalized with diarrhea on a trip to Mexico, he saw a doctor drink the liquid from an IV bag after completing a surgery which gave him the idea for a drinkable IV solution. scmp.com/lifestyle/food-d…
Nepalese farmers create a honey called 'mad honey' which is produced by bees pollinating rhododendron plants. The honey is psychoactive and its effects can range from euphoria and lightheadedness to being similar to a full-blown acid trip. twistedfood.co.uk/this-tr…
Pizza Hut restaurants in China stopped offering one trip salad bars- due to customer's creating elaborately engineered "salad towers" carefully balanced on one plate. kotaku.com/how-chinese-in…
All of the world's four deepest caves are in located in Abkhazia. The record-holder is Veryovkina Cave, which goes down at least 1.3 miles. Due to the hazards and need for specialized rope techniques, "the round trip β€”top to bottom and backβ€” takes professional speleologists about a week." atlasobscura.com/places/v…
It is tradition for the Pope to send telegrams of good wishes to the leaders of every country he flies over on his papal trips. huffpost.com/entry/pope-f…
Samuel Brannan was the richest person in California in the 1850s and 1860s, thanks to his chain of stores that sold goods to gold miners. His later investments all failed, and by 1887 he was penniless, and sold pencils door-to-door to raise money for a trip from Arizona to San Francisco pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
Bill Stone, one of the last five surviving WWI veterans, made multiple separate trips to rescue 1,000 men at Dunkirk although the first trip was "the worst experience of his life." His motto in life was "keep going." He died at age 108. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Since the real distance from Atlanta to Texarkana is only 621 miles and not 900, Bandit from "Smokey and the Bandit" would only have to go at an average speed of 52 MPH to make the round trip in 24 hours and still have 4 hours to spare. filmschoolrejects.com/cou…
In 2013 a French businessman died of a heart attack while having sex with a stranger while on a business trip. A French court subsequently ruled that this was an industrial accident and that his wife and family were entitled to compensation bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
Today I learned of Dodger, a ginger cat who was discovered by his owner to have been riding the public buses near his home in England, at least once taking a 10 mile round trip. The drivers give him food, he sits on passengers' laps, and drivers know which stop to let him off at. telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle…
A massive catalyst towards the making of The Beatle's , "Getting Better," was when John Lennon swallowed the wrong pill during the recording session and went on an LSD trip during the rest of the recording session. McCartney, however, refused to take any. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
A ship crashed and sunk on its first trip to Antarctica, it was named MS Explorer. nbcnews.com/id/21935099/n…
Velcro was invented by a Swiss electrical engineer after a hunting trip in the Alps in 1941. He took a close look at the burrs of burdock that stuck to his clothes and his dog’s fur and developed the technology for commercial use in the 1950s. sites.psu.edu/eseminar/20…
The American Humane Association Film Unit (responsible for "No Animals Were Harmed" message in films) formed in 1940 due to outrage about a horse that was thrown off a cliff and drowned for the 1939 film Jesse James. Before then trip wires were used to film horses falling over often killing them cbr.com/movie-legends-rev…
That, in March 2001, while on a trip in Kenya, the pilot of an airplane with Rowan Atkinson in it fainted, so Atkinson took control and flew it, until the pilot recovered en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Row…
Grammy-winning reggae artist Shaggy served in the United States Marine Corps from 1988-1991 and was deployed to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. He reached the rank of Lance Corporal, but was later demoted for returning to base late from a weekend trip to his music studio militarytimes.com/off-dut…
Sloths only poop once a week, and when they do they lose up to 1/5th of their body weight. Pooping for sloths is also responsible for 50% of their deaths, as being down on the ground is a vulnerable time for them. Overall, the entire trip to poop uses 8% of their daily energy needs. blog.nature.org/science/2…
The final science exam for 8th grade students in Ketchikan Alaska is a 2 night survival trip on an uninhabited island. theatlantic.com/education…
Boris Yeltsin's (First president of the Russian Federation) faith in communism was shattered after a trip to a grocery store in a Houston Suburb in 1989. chron.com/neighborhood/ba…
Today I learned of Eric Erickson, a Swedish businessman who pretended to be devoted to the Nazis, but was really a spy for the American military. He made more than 30 trips to Germany between 1939-1945. He mapped out oil refineries that were later bombed. His family had disowned him for β€œsupporting” Hitler. military.wikia.org/wiki/E…
The world's longest road tunnel is in Norway. The entire trip takes about 20 minutes, and there are no emergency exits. roadtraffic-technology.co…
Joni Mitchell recorded an album called "Hejira," written on a car trip from Maine to Los Angeles. "Hejira" is also the word for Mohammed's journey from Mecca to Medina. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hej…

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