Ray Burton, who was the father of Cliff Burton, used Cliff's royalties for the first 3 Metallica albums to fund kids scholarships at Castro Valley High School. Ray wanted to keep his sons name alive by putting kids through collage with his sons royalties for 30 years. loudwire.com/cliff-burton…
The lowest point on Earth not covered by liquid water is the valley below a glacier in Antarctica which reaches 2,780 meters (9,120 feet) below sea level. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byr…
Today I learned of Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)- Located in the Western Desert in Egypt, this site contains the fossilized remains of whales that show their evolution from life as a land-based animal to becoming an ocean-going mammal. whc.unesco.org/en/list/11…
Hill Valley from β€œBack to the Future” is a set used for a lot of other movies and tv shows including Leave it to Beaver, the first episode of Twilight Zone, The Incredible Hulk, Psycho II, Knight Rider, Gremlins, and Batman and Robin among others. wikipedia.org/wiki/Courth…
The Yakima Valley produces 77% of all hops grown in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yak…
Genome from the Indus Valley Civilization is from a population that is the largest source for South Asians. The population has no detectable ancestry from Steppe pastoralists or Iranian farmers, suggesting farming in South Asia arose from local foragers rather than from large migration from west cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0…
Bryan Fuller, creator of the Hannibal TV show, grew up in a region called the Lewis Clark Valley that was stalked by an actual serial killer. He says adults knew who the killer was but no one stopped him moviemaker.com/hannibal-c…
Avenal, a small town of around 15,000 people in California's agriculturally prolific central valley, is the pistachio capital of the world. cityofavenal.com/
Today I learned of the Great Flood of 1862, in which a 500-year storm dumped 10 feet of rain and snow on California over 43 days. The Central Valley flooded was flooded for three months, and the capitol temporarily moved to SF from Sacramento. Los Angeles' three major rivers merged, creating an inland sea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
There is a valley in Antarctica called the 'Dry Valleys' which scientists consider to be the closest of any terrestrial environment to Mars, and which hasn't received any rain in almost 2 million years. nasa.gov/multimedia/image…
Silicon Valley's newest fad is dopamine fasting, or temporarily abstaining from "addictive" activities such as social media, music, internet gamingβ€”even food. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
The 1994 Northridge earthquake also spread a deadly infectious respiratory disease, the first earthquake known to do so. The landslides released coccidioidomycosis (or "valley fever") into the air, infecting 203 residents over the first eight weeks, killing three. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
There is a naturally growing forest at the southern tip of Greenland in Qinngua Valley en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin…
Before the California grizzly bear was hunted to extinction in 1922, the largest of its kind found was in Valley Center, CA (near San Diego) and weighed 2,200 pounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Gene Siskel gave zero stars to Roger Ebert's only screenwriting credit "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls." Siskel's review indirectly referred to Ebert as a "screenwriting neophyte." newspapers.com/clip/43386…
There is a record for fastest mile run in Death Valley while wearing a Darth Vader suit. It is 6 minutes 13 seconds and was done by Jonathan Rice. insidehook.com/article/sp…
Today I learned of the scientifically-realistic simulation ARkStorm, a β€œmegastormβ€œ scenario simulating massive flooding in California’s Central Valley. These floods occur every 100-200 years. The last flood was in 1862. Aside from earthquakes and fires, this is likely California’s next β€œBig One.” usgs.gov/natural-hazards/…
Neanderthals are called Neanderthals because the first specimen was found in a valley in Neanderthal in Germany. The valley was called Neanderthal and spelled Neanderthaler in German, until the spelling reform of 1901. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nea…
Today I learned of the β€œIndus script,” made of symbols used by the Indus Valley Civilization, one of the earliest great civilizations on earth. The script was in use from around 3500 to 1900 BCE and has still not been deciphered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
The the lowest naturally occurring temperature on Earth was measured to be -148/-100 degrees Fahrenheit/Celsius, recorded in tiny valleys near the top of Antarctica’s ice sheet news.agu.org/press-releas…
Today I learned about the Kharga Oasis, one of the five oases of Egypt’s western desert situated 200km from the Nile Valley. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kha…
A tour of Pennsylvania towns can start in Virginville, move on to Blue Balls, then Bird-in-Hand, followed Lititz and Jugtown, leading to Beaver (or Big Beaver if you prefer), a stop by Honey Hole and Two Lick Valley, and wrapping up with Mount Joy, Intercourse and Climax. onlyinyourstate.com/penns…
An estimated 400,000 hectares of cannabis grows wild in the Chui Valley (Kazakhstan), supplying 93% of Russia's marijuana en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
In 1942 a forest guard in India made an alarming discovery. Some 16,000 feet above sea level, at the bottom of a small valley, was a frozen lake absolutely full of skeletons. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
The Neanderthal was named after the valley where their first remains were found, and the valley itself was named after pastor Joachim Neander. Neander is the Greek translation of his name, both mean "new man". New man was found from a valley named after a man named "new man". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nea…
California’s Death Valley contains the lowest point in North America β€” a surreal landscape of vast salt flats. The basin sits 282 feet (86 m) below sea level where a temporary lake may form after heavy rainstorms. nps.gov/places/badwater-b…
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…
Cannabis and Frankincense were discovered at the "holy of holies" of a shrine at Tel Arad in the Beer-sheba Valley, Israel. newsroom.taylorandfrancis…
George Washington's "Prayer at Valley Forge" never happened as he was not particularly religious. xroads.virginia.edu/~CAP/…
Today I learned of a non-profit called "The Last Mile," which teaches prisoners how to code and works with Silicon Valley companies to give ex-cons jobs upon release. Since 2010, The Last Mile has had 622 prisoner students, 90 are in full-time employment/higher ed. releases with 0% recidivism rate. cnbc.com/2017/04/10/san-q…
The hottest temperature ever recorded on earth was 56.7Β°C in Death Valley, CA, in 1913 public.wmo.int/en/media/p…
Greenland actually has a forest. It's a 9 mile stretch of birch and willow trees called the Qinngua Valley, which is located on the southern tip of the island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin…
Today I learned of Six Californias, a proposed initiative in 2016 to split California into six separate states: Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California, and South California. The initiative failed to meet the required signatures to make the ballot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six…
Death Valley (California) is above one of the largest aquifers in the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad…
The hottest place on Earth is the Lut desert of Iran, topping Death Valley, USA and and El Azizia, Libya. Over a seven year study, the hottest recorded temperature was 70.7Β°C (159.3Β°F). earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
Today I learned that Penn & Teller first performed together 45 years ago at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, sometimes with a third performer, billed as "The Asparagus Valley Cultural Society." power96radio.com/penn-tel…
Today I learned of the Devils Hole Pupfish, the entire species exists within a 22 by 3.5 meter pool in Death Valley. In 2007 as few as 38 individuals remained. As of spring 2019, the population had reached 136. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dev…
Today I learned that when Alexander the Great conquered Egypt, many Greek-Romans came to Egypt as tourist. Many of them ended up carving their names stating β€œso and so was here, and the work of these Egyptians are great” in the tombs of the Valley of the Kings. archaeology.org/news/5681…
Today I learned about the Great California flood of 1862 - which submerged Sacramento under 10 feet of water and turned California’s Central Valley into a vast inland sea spanning 300 miles long, 20 miles wide and 30 feet deep. It killed thousands, bankrupted the state and historically happens every 200 years. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The Tyropean Valley was a natural feature and commercial district running centrally through ancient Jerusalem. The name translates to β€œValley of the Cheesemakers” blog.israelbiblicalstudie…
Composer John Williams has been nominated for 51 Academy Awards (winning 5) second only to Walt Disney who has 59. Williams has been nominated in six different decades, receiving his first for Valley of the Dolls in 1968 and his last for Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2018. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
During his final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Elvis dedicated the song β€œPeace in the Valley” to the people of Hungary who were in the wake of the October 1956 anti-Soviet revolution. He was posthumously declared an honorary citizen of Budapest and had a city landmark named after him. edsullivan.com/elvis-pres…
California's Central Valley was home to the largest freshwater lake this side of the Great Lakes (three times the size of Lake Tahoe). Over the past century it disappeared. eccentricculinary.com/cal…
KvΔ›toslava Bartoň, born Axman. As 18 year old student she helped 45 war orphans from Slovak Valley of Death (place of most bloody battle of WWII on Eastern front). She never talked about it and asked for her story to be published after her death, because she didn't want fame or recognition. memoryofnations.eu/en/bar…
Today I learned of the Valley of the Balls, featuring curious natural stone spheres. atlasobscura.com/places/v…
The creators/directors/writers for Parks and Rec, Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Silicon Valley, Modern Family, The Good Place, American Dad, and Rick and Morty all got their big breaks on King of the Hill vulture.com/2015/02/none-…
The world's largest cemetery is Wadi-us-Salaam ("Valley of Peace") in Najaf, Iraq - it contains tens of millions of bodies over an area of 6 kmΒ², and approximately 500,000 new bodies from around the globe are buried there annually en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wad…
A study of robot aesthetics has found non-human-like machines gather positive emotional responses from viewers, while humanoid objects that imperfectly resemble human beings produces feelings of eeriness and revulsion in observers. This dip in positive responses is called the Uncanny Valley. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…
Shock rocker Alice Cooper is now a born again Christian who attends Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley, California, and even teaches Sunday School gospelherald.com/articles…
Other than the original indigenous peoples of the valley, Las Vegas was originally settled by mormons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…

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