Five Lithuanian soldiers serving in a reconnaissance unit were declared missing during a military exercise. They thought the drill was ongoing and successfully evaded all forces sent to find them, including trained dogs and a helicopter lrt.lt/en/news-in-english…
The 'Ghost Army' was created in 1944 as the first tactical deception unit in US Army history to fool the German Wehrmacht. They used inflatable tanks, fake radio traffic, sound effects, and created phony headquarters with bogus officers. This was kept a secret for decades after the war. nationalww2museum.org/vis…
Many Chinese soldiers that came into contact with protestors at Tiananmen Square refused to open fire on civilians. One official even refused to obey orders by pretending he didn't receive any messages. There was even infighting between the various units over violence against civilians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peo…
The 369th Infantry Regiment (better known as the Harlem Hellfighters) served on the front lines for 191 days during World War I, longer than any other American unit. In that time they never gave up any ground they captured. military.com/history/afri…
The units devised to measure pleasure/dopamine levels measure sex at 200 units whereas methamphetamine at 1,250 units awakeningsrehabilitation.…
McDonalds founder Ray Kroc and Walt Disney both served as ambulance drivers in the same unit in World War I, and both had lied about their age to enlist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
Today I learned about a unit of 'shyness' called a dirac, named after the famous theoretical physicist and father of quantum physics, Paul Dirac. Known for his succinctness, his colleagues jokingly defined 1 dirac as 1 word per hour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Stan Lee and Dr. Seuss were in the same military unit during WW2 thedrive.com/the-war-zone…
United States Army had a tactical deception unit called "Ghost Army" during the WW2, it consisted of 1100 soldiers, their job was to deceive the enemy by inflatable tanks, sound trucks, and fake radio transmissions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho…
Due to a unit conversion error (lbs instead of kg), Air Canada flight 143 ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet, and glided all the way down on an abandoned airfield being used as racing circuit. Everyone survived and the plane was barely damaged it was flown out to be repaired. nationalpost.com/news/can…
Today I learned about the Volkswagen currywurst, a meal produced by the German automaker which, measured by units sold, overtook the amount of cars they produce every year. In order for it to be available for every dealership it has, just like every other car part, its own part number. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vol…
A "Baker's Dozen" is a result of a 13th century English law saying that selling a dozen units that failed to meet a certain average weight could result in a fine. Bakers got around the law by selling by the "13" instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doz…
Gold coins are carried by elite military units as emergency currency in war and conflict situations behind enemy lines bullionstar.com/blogs/ron…
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…
In 1972, there were only 12 paramedic units in North America. The TV show Emergency! starring Randolph Mantooth as Johnny Gage introduced people to the concept of pre-hospital care and CPR. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
The US signed a treaty to convert to metric units in 1878. Instead of converting they changed the definition of all units to their metric equivalent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
The U.S.Military has a designated unit to rescue astronauts. airforcemag.com/these-air…
Nobel Prize winning physicist Paul Dirac used to speak so less that his colleagues jokingly created a unit of silence in his honour. One 'Dirac' was fewest words it was possible to utter while in company. physicsworld.com/a/the-po…
Roger Waters', bassist for Pink Floyd, wrote When The Tigers Broke Free about his father who served in the unit he sings about, The Royal Fusiliers and died holding the Anzio Bridgehead with his unit. youtu.be/9KUSl4-GKwQ
There is an unit of measurement known as 'smoot' (5 feet 7 inches or 1.708meters) larsondesigngroup.com/und…
Finland's air force still uses swastika symbol as unit emblems, unit flags and decorations even on uniforms. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Eratosthenes Calculated the circumference of the earth about 2200 years ago. His calculation 40,000 km (in modern units) is within 1% accuracy of earth’s circumference 40, 072 km (measured by orbiting spacecraft). youtu.be/G8cbIWMv0rI
The United States Airforce Thunderbirds Demonstration Squadron, are part of the USAF combat force and can be rapidly integrated into an operational fighter unit and be combat ready in less than 72 hours if the need arises. af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Shee…
Norway has world's first all-female special forces unit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeg…
Even though Canada has converted to the metric system, many things such as height, weight, floor area of houses, and more are still measured in imperial units angusreid.org/metric/
A jiffy is an actual unit of time and in quantum physics can be defined as the time it takes for light to travel one fermi, which is approximately the size of a nucleon informationin.com/2014/03…
The US Army’s secret unit, Project Stargate, investigated paranormal activity for 3 Cold War decades, including using psychic powers to spy on & locate the enemy during warfare independent.co.uk/life-st…
Reinhard Gehlen, The Chief of FHO, the Nazi German Army's military intelligence unit on the Eastern Front (1941–45) was recruited by the American CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) immediately after the war and remained its close affiliate. cia.gov/library/readingro…
Today I learned about the COASTLINE PARADOX which essentially states that the length of any given coastline is dependent on the unit of measurement, the smaller the measurement the greater the # & when measuring @ the molecular level can reach near infinity which is hard to grasp considering it's a finite space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
In 1984, the U.S. Army gave Donald Duck an honorable discharge in honor of his military service for appearances in Disney WWII cartoons and WWII mascots embodied in combat units of various U.S. military branches en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
The Instant Pot pressure cooker can serve as a laboratory autoclave where more expensive units are not available (E.g. remote labs) or attainable (E.g. lack of funding). It even passes the Geobacillus stearothermophilus spore inactivation test. journals.plos.org/plosone…
In 2013, NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover hummed Happy Birthday to itself by vibrating its sample-analysis unit to obtain the musical tune, but did so only on its first β€œbirthday”. theatlantic.com/science/a…
The Soviet Union's approach to nuclear artillery was that nuclear munitions should be fired by standard guns and howitzers (without modification) in normal artillery units. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuc…
In the movie Twister, the Dorothy unit shown in the film was not complete science fiction but based on NOAA's real TOTO unit, and the film props are now displayed with the real device at the National Weather Center. noaa.gov/stories/noaa-tor…
The measurement unit β€œleague” was originally defined as the distance you could walk in an hour. wikipedia.org/wiki/League…
Irish Guardsman Edward Charlton was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for using a .30 cal machine gun to stop a numerically superior German force from overrunning his unit’s position. Ironically, many accounts of his actions came from the opposing Germans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
The US Air Force had a special forces unit of weather men. military.com/special-oper…
Today I learned of the Bat' d'Af', French military units composed of heavily-tattooed criminals and problematic soldiers. Members called the units "the Hell" due to harsh discipine and living conditions. Despite this, they served with distinction in France's colonial wars, Crimea, and WW1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 2018, a kitten named Pawfficer Donut was sworn in to the Troy, Michigan PD's "Feline Unit" to perform community outreach for the department as well as raise awareness for animal adoption. She replaced another police cat named Pawfficer Badges who got feline leukemia. miamiherald.com/news/nati…
The the only US unit that regularly trains to chase nuclear weapons that fall into the wrong hands is SEAL Team 6, one of the toughest units in US military. The Black Squadron snipers (~100 members) is the most exclusive group within Seal Team 6, and the only one to admit female operatives. thestate.com/news/local/m…
An "okta" is a unit equal to 1/8 of the sky. Cloud conditions are measured in oktas, so the scientific difference between "partly sunny" and "mostly cloudy" is 1 okta. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The Rosetta Stone, the key to deciphering Ancient Egyptian, was found in 1799 during the French military expedition to Egypt, by a French Army engineer captain named Pierre-Francois Bouchard. Bouchard had been part of a unit tasked with restoring an old fort, where he spotted the slab. discoveringegypt.com/egyp…
An "ell" is an archaic word for arm and also means a unit of length corresponding to one's forearm. It's also where the word "elbow" ("arm-bend") comes from. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ell
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…
Today I learned of the Anti-Bolshevik League incident. Eventual CCP leader Mao Zedong had 120 political opponents arrested, 17 were murdered. It resulted in another communist army unit revolting, believing Mao was trying to kidnap fellow leaders Zhu De, Peng Dehuai and surrender to the nationalist KMT en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The Gurkha Contingent is the last remaining unit in Singapore to employ original British drill commands. youtu.be/ryOnrFEJJJg
The Vienna Police had a special unit that was assigned solely to patrol the city's intricate sewer system, as its network of interlocking tunnels make great hiding places for criminals on the run from the law, stolen property, drugs, etc. neorsd.org/video-police-o…
The Nintendo Switch sold 17.8 million units in its first year alone. That is more than Nintendo’s previous console, the Wii U, sold in its entire lifetime. thenextweb.com/gaming/201…
In Kuwait in 1991, ten Iraqi soldiers surrendered to two American journalists that they came across. They were cold and underfed and had buried their guns. They wanted to be taken prisoner so they could get food and water. The journalists obliged and then took them to a Saudi army unit. danfesperman.com/dispatch…
The Wii U actually didn't have that bad a launch, despite overall sales figures. In fact, on Dec. 31st, 2012, Nintendo announced that it had sold 3.06 million units worldwide with 11.69 million software units sold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wii…
There are many more units of data bigger than a terabyte. 1 Yottabyte is the biggest unit of data and it's so big that it is 1208925819614629.25 Gigabytes or 1208925819614 Terabytes of data. zmescience.com/science/ho…
A unit of measurement common in Sweden and Norway, but not in Denmark, is the Scandinavian Mile, or the Mil, pronounced like meal. It is equal to 10 kilometres, but has been longer in the past. wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandi…
A unit of Donkey Power is a thing equalling 250 watts which is about a third of a Horse Power en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There are only two remaining residential buildings from the 19th century in what was at the time one of Detroit's most fashionable areas. The units of one house built in 1888 are mostly rented out to Wayne State University students and faculty en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
NASA uses the unit of milli-pirate-ninjas (around 40.55 mW) when referring to power of the Curiosity rover components en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about the polio epidemic of August 1952 in Copenhagen, Denmark. This epidemic ushered in the widespread use of positive-pressure ventilation, replacing the negative-pressure iron lung machine. It is also during this time that the concept of an intensive-care unit (ICU) was first introduced. nature.com/articles/d4158…
A micromort (from micro- and mortality) is a unit of risk defined as one-in-a-million chance of death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The Song "Ballad of the 20th Maine" which tells the story of the decorated civil war unit, is the state anthem of Maine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
John Henry Patterson, the engineer famous for killing the Tsavo lions was, while Protestant, the leader of the first all Jewish military unit in WWI and is a celebrated person in Israel today en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In Indiana Jones: Raiders’ iconic truck chase, Harrison Ford appears for only a few seconds (closeups). 2nd unit director, Michael D Moore, filmed the scene mostly with stunt doubles, including Terry Leonard who performed Indy dragged underneath the truck and cameoed as a Nazi truck driver archive.signalscv.com/m/a…
The nokia 3210 was the first phone to sell 100 million units. It spotted the first mass market internal antenna, there games, and had a standby time of up to 11 days en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nok…
Maniple was the basic tactical unit of Roman in the 3rd century BC (the polybian legion). a maniple consisted of two centuries. The centurion of the right-handed century had a right to choose the centurion of the left-handed century and was also in charge of the maniple erenow.net/ancient/the-co…
Theodore Roosevelt drafted a letter during the Spanish-American War requesting that his corps be transferred from Cuba after 4,000 soldiers fell ill. The letter was leaked to an AP reporter, which prompted the McKinley administration to bring the unit home to defuse the bad publicity. bartleby.com/51/c.html
The Italian container ship β€œGrande America”, carrying 2,000+ cars, sank after a fire broke out along with 4 Porsche 911 GT2 RS's, their fastest production model limited to 1,000 units. All 27 crew members were able to evacuate and Porsche restarted production to make 4 more to fill the orders jalopnik.com/porsche-911-…
Today I learned of Hershel Williams, a W. VA farm boy who earned the Medal of Honor for Valor at Iwo Jima, 75 years ago this month. He was the last man standing in his special weapons unit, wielding a flamethrower to clear out 7 Japanese fortified pill boxes. Now 96, he is one of the few WW2 MoH holders alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
A Butt is a unit of measurement, 130 - 151 US Gallons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
A cat named Moon Unit disappeared from a London New Year’s Eve party in 2007 and was found eight years laterβ€”in Paris. mashable.com/2016/07/28/m…
Today I learned of Joe Petrosino - badge #285 - the NYPD's first Italian police officer. He created the first anti-mafia unit and tipped off the Secret Service about McKinley's assassination, but they didn't act on it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
A comet's tail can be as long as one astronomical unit in length (150 million km) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
442nd Infantry Regiment which comprised of 2nd Gen Japanese Americans is the most decorated unit in US military history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/442…
Rihanna is among the best-selling artists of all time, with 277.9 MILLION certified units sold, beating out artists such as: Queen, Eagles, Taylor Swift, Pink Floyd, Guns'n'Roses, Britney Spears, and the Queen B herself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Some US states maintain their own state "defense forces" separate from US national guard units. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
The submarine resembling a Lotus Espirit, from the Bond film The Spy who Loved Me, went unclaimed for 10 years in a prepaid storage unit. When its lease ran out, a buyer bought the unit for less than $100, including the submarine. In 2013, the submarine was sold at auction for Β£550,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wet…
Theodore Roosevelt Jr was the oldest man in the D-Day invasion at 56. Initially denied to attend D-Day, Ted petitioned as he personally knew the men of these units and believed his presence would steady them. Despite arthritis and a heart condition, he stormed the beach with a cane and survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Beate Uhse, before opening the 1st sex shop world wide, was a pilot in a German aircraft ferrying unit during WW2, flying, while occasionally being under attack, Stuka, Me 109 and even Me 262. April '45 she flew her son and his nanny on her own out of Soviet encircled Berlin to the west. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Today I learned about Klaus Barbie, the leader of a Gestapo unit in France who personally tortured prisoners and sent 44 orphan children to Auschwitz. After WW2, he remained free by joining US and was, in turn, smuggled to Bolivia after France asked that he be handed over to them. He killed 14,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kla…
There is a unit of sound called a "bel". A decibel (dB) is 1/10 of it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
One of the most effective special forces units of WW2 was a combined American/Canadian unit that became known as the Devil's Brigade nationalpost.com/opinion/…
The highest-grossing single-unit independent pizzeria in the nation, Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, is in Anchorage, Alaska. Its annual sales are approximately $6 million. vinepair.com/cocktail-cha…
Today I learned of Forrest Bird, the creator of some of the first reliable mass-produced mechanical ventilators. He sold his first units to the army, and they were made of strawberry shortcake tins and door knobs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
In 2016 news anchor Anderson Cooper donated bullet proof vests to every K9 unit in the Virginia Police Department after finding out that a police dog was shot and killed during a shootout. mashable.com/2016/01/15/a…
Today I learned that the Dragon's Breath (chili pepper) is rated at 3.18 million Scoville units, and it is so hot that experts warn it can cause death by choking or anaphylactic shock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
The full name of the SS in Nazi Germany was the Schutzstaffel, which literally means "protection squadron", reflecting its origins as the Nazi Party's security unit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
The acre unit of measurement was originally developed from the amount of area that a pair of oxen could plow in single day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acr…
Today I learned about the Medical Reserve Corps. Created after 9/11, it is a national network of volunteers trained to respond in emergencies. You likely have a unit in your area today and do not need any prior medical training to join. mrc.hhs.gov/HomePage
Today I learned about Gilbert Seltzer - a WW2 veteran who lead a secret platoon of men within a unit dubbed the 'Ghost Army'. Made up of artists, creatives & engineers, their job was creating deception about the enemy. From inflatable tanks to scripted bar conversations, this unit's work led to big US wins. npr.org/2019/05/25/726228…
Although they have genes, Viruses do not have a cellular structure, which is often seen as the basic unit of life. They have been described as "organisms at the edge of life". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
Today I learned of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, an all-black airborne unit. Instead of overseas deployment, they fought wildfires started by Japanese balloon bombs on the US west coast. The "Triple Nickles" parachuted directly into affected areas for half the fires they fought. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/555…
A disco arrangement of "Star Wars Theme and Cantina Band" by Meco is the only instrumental single to reach Platinum status by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having sold over 2 million units guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The most decorated unit in the history of the US Military was composed almost entirely of 2nd generation Japanese-American soldiers during WW2, the 442nd Infantry Regiment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/442…
IU on vitamin packages stands for International Unit for measuring amount of substance and ironically this unit is not part of International System of Units en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
A growing number of buildings in Toronto's downtown core are heated and cooled with water from Lake Ontario, and a new structure being built will be cooled without any traditional A/C units cbc.ca/news/business/clim…
The Commodore 64 Was introduced at the CES Consumer Show in 1982. It sold an estimated 22 Million units en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
South Korea created a secret military unit to assassinate Kim Il-sung. When the units mission was cancelled they killed their handlers, staged a mutiny and were all either killed or commited suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/209…
Farah Karim, a protagonist in the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare video game, is based on a Kurdish Freedom Fighter unit from Syria known as the Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) which are mostly all women based fighter that fight for what they believe in. kurdistan24.net/en/news/7…
In WWII, the Germany Army had a unit of soldiers called the β€œStomach Division”- men who had stomach disorders or injuries. This made it easier for them to be given special food and to isolate infectious or unpleasant conditions. In 1944, the Division surrendered and 10,000 Germans became POWs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/70t…
Refrigerators and A/C units take heat away from the air. They do not add cold air. servicechampions.net/blog…
The Battles of Khalkin Gol increased IJA 'research' at Unit 731; suspicions of Soviet biowarfare led to the IJA implementing more epidemic prevention measures, formally researched by Ishii in Harbin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned of Edith Garrud, a 20th century suffragette who knew Jujitsu and was one of the first female martial arts instructors in the West. She taught the "Suffragettes Self-Defence Club”, and was an instructor for β€œthe Bodyguard” a 30-women unit that defended fugitive suffragettes and fought the police. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edi…
After a unit conversion snafu, Air Canada flight 143 ran out of fuel at 41k feet. The pilot, who flew gliders in his downtime, brought the plane down on an abandoned airfield which was being used as a racing circuit and everyone got out alive with only minor injuries. cbc.ca/archives/when-a-me…

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