The secret formula for WD-40 is stored in a bank vault and has only left it twice; once was on its 50th birthday when the CEO of WD-40 rode through Times Square on a horse with a suit of armor on and the formula in hand cnbc.com/2012/08/23/7-Sou…
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormons, has a nuclear warhead proof vault built deep into a mountain in Utah, USA. This vault contains genealogical records on hundreds of millions of people. newsroom.churchofjesuschr…
Every night the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence are lowered underground into a bomb-proof vault atlasobscura.com/places/n…
Prince had a bank vault that held enough unreleased music to put out an album every year for a century. consequenceofsound.net/20…
The vault of Federal Reserve Bank of New York has more gold (6,190 tons) than the US Bullion Depository at Fort Knox (5,052 tons). abcnews.go.com/Business/s…
The heart of ThΓ­ch QuαΊ£ng Đức (the Buddhist monk that burned himself alive) was preserved and unburnt after a second cremation, and is still taken out of its vault once a year for ceremony. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%…
During the Battle Of Cowpens in the American Revolution, an American captain successfully used a spontoon to pole-vault toward a British cannon position to take it out and prevent it from firing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
Today I learned about Dan O'brien, a USA decathlete who in 1992 was considered so transcendent and perfect that olympic gold was a fait accompli. Reebok built a marketing campaign around his coming gold a year hence (Superb Owl commercial launch). Dan failed making the US team with zero points in pole vault marketplace.org/2018/02/0…
In 2011, a team of experts explored the gold plated Padmanabhaswamy Temple in India. They discovered $22 billion worth of valuables inside five out of six vaults. The sixth vault, Vault B, remains sealed shut under the order of the Supreme Court, and its Contents remains unknown. theprint.in/?p=460345
Today I learned about Valeska Suratt, a popular silent film actress in the early 1900’s, whom there is no known surviving footage of due to a fire in the Fox film vault in 1937 that destroyed every film she was ever in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Val…
The last remaining copies of hundreds of silent movies made by Fox and MGM were permanently destroyed during two vault fires (1937 and 1965); including entire collections of some of the greatest actors and directors of the silent era. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
In WWII , scientists at the Vavilov Institute of Plant protected the seeds from the threats of cold, hungry residents of the besieged city, rats, and their own hunger. 28 of the botanists died of starvation, protecting their collection Today invaluably stored at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault theconversation.com/the-t…
Today I learned of the 1937 Fox vault fire, in which 40,000 films were destroyed. 75% of all 20th Century Fox films from before 1930 were lost. There are actors for whom not a single copy of a single one of their films survive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
The music artist Prince had enough unreleased music written in his vault that he could make an album every year for the next century. consequenceofsound.net/20…
Today I learned about the 'Doomsday Vault' aka Svalbard Global Seed Vault. A secure facility built into a mountain in Norway that is intended to safeguard the seeds of the world’s food plants in the event of a global crisis. It is one of the most heavily guarded facilities on the planet. time.com/doomsday-vault/
In 1980’s a construction company renovating the Lexington Hotel discovered a secret vault, once used by the notorious gangster β€˜Al’ Capone. A record number of people tuned in to watch the vault being opened live. It turned out to be completely empty save for some empty bottles and debris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
During the siege of Leningrad, a group of Russian botanists holed up in a secret vault starved to death rather than consume the greatest collection of seeds they were guarding for a post-apocalyptic world. rbth.com/blogs/2014/05/12…
In 1972 Jerry Lewis wrote, directed, and starred in a movie about a Jewish man who dresses as a clown to lead children into gas chambers in the Holocaust; upon screening, Lewis had the film locked in a vault so nobody would ever see it; as per his will, the film will be made public in 2025. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Github have an archive program, where they physically store almost all influential open-source projects in the Arctic World Archive (AWA), a project similar to the Svalbard Seed Vault. The intention is to aid future historians and technologists for at least a 1000 years. archiveprogram.github.com
In 1836, a sewer worker accidentally discovered an old drain which ran directly into the Bank of England's gold vault. He wrote letters to the directors of the bank and requested a meeting inside the vault at an hour of their choosing - and popped out of the floor to greet them bankofengland.co.uk/knowl…
There is a secure seed bank on a remote arctic island of Norway. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault's mission is to provide a safety net against accidental loss of different plant species in case of a global catasthrophe. It has a capacity of 4.5 million seed samples! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sva…
A gang of brilliant French thieves used a vacuum cleaner to steal $800K from a bunch of grocery stores. The stores used a pneumatic tube system to convey their cash payments to their safes. They broke in and used the vacuum cleaner to suck the money out of the store vaults. historycollection.co/grou…
Jacques Lowe, one of JFK’s personal photographers who took some of the president’s most iconic photographs, lost his life’s work of more than 40,000 images when the vault the negatives were stored in were destroyed during 9/11. They were in the archives of the WTC. theguardian.com/artanddes…
Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn's daughter Kevin was kidnapped from her home in 1993 with a $2.5 million ransom requested for her return. Instead of reporting the crime, Wynn quickly arranged delivery of $1.4 million in cash from the vault of the Mirage. She was returned unharmed. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
An elderly man gained the trust of a Belgian bank by bringing the workers chocolates. He was eventually given VIP access to the bank vault. In 2007, he stole $28 million worth of diamonds and vanished. people.howstuffworks.com/…
Not only is there a Global Seed Vault at Svalbard, GitHub also has an Arctic Code Vault there where they plan to store all public repositories on GitHub for future generations in an archive built to last a thousand years youtu.be/fzI9FNjXQ0o
Canada's nuclear escape bunker was built with a track around the interior vault and pullup bars so the soldiers assigned to it could stay fit during a nuclear apocalypse. The interior was painted in soft colors to try and minimize stress. onetripatatime.com/diefen…
Today I learned about the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a secure seed bank in Norway designed to store duplicates (backups) of seed samples from the world's crop collections in case of natural or human-made disaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sva…
The robbery of the Federal Reserve in Die Hard with a Vengeance is so plausible that the FBI actually questioned the screenwriter on how he had such intimate knowledge of the vaults. uproxx.com/movies/die-har…
, Lego HQ in Billund, Denmark has an underground vault containing every Lego set ever made. gizmodo.com/this-secret-u…
On July 2, 1963, five weeks after setting a new world record in the pole vault, twenty year old Brian Sternberg broke his neck on a trampoline, after he landed awkwardly on his neck and was left a quadriplegic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
The Anal Sampling Mechanism is a reflex which detects the contents of the rectal vault and allows for voluntary flatulation to occur without unexpected voiding of feces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
There's a vault that stores seeds from all over the world to preserve genetic diversity in case of a sudden catastrophy seedvault.no/how-we-work/…
The ball from the Immaculate Reception, regarded as the greatest play in NFL history, was taken by a fan after the game. He offered it back to the Steelers in exchange for season tickets for life, but was refused. He now keeps the ball in a bank vault and has refused all offers to sell it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imm…
There’s a 752 pound emerald in an LAPD vault, worth anywhere between $100 to $900 million. seattletimes.com/nation-w…
There was an attempt to steal Lincoln's body. The suspects were caught and a group of Lincoln admirers formed a secret society to hide the body for 16 years until it was given to Lincoln's son, who had it placed in a concrete vault. usnews.com/news/articles/…
Saddam Hussein commissioned a calligrapher to write a copy of the Quran using his blood as ink. The 605 page book contains roughly 27 liters of his blood and is kept in a mosque in Iraq behind 3 vault doors. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
LEGO has a secure, temperature- and humidity-controlled, fireproof underground vault in Denmark that contains every LEGO set ever made. gizmodo.com/my-childhood-…
Today I learned about Richard L. McKinley, who died in a nuclear plant accident. His body ended so contaminated that had to be buried in a lead-lined casket which was then sealed in concrete and placed in a metal vault and cannot be moved from its location without the approval of the Atomic Energy Commission. arlingtoncemetery.net/rlm…
There's a hidden chamber behind Lincoln's face on Mt. Rushmore that entombs copies of a number of important US documents in a massive titanium vault. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers has a β€œFort Knox” vault of Maple Syrup. A barrel is worth about $1,200 or $2.88 per pound which is 10-18 times the value of U.S. crude oil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
Sergey Bubka broke the pole vault world record in 1984 then kept breaking it every year after by as small an amount as possible for the reward money. theguardian.com/sport/the…
There is a single official object that defines the mass of a kilogram. A tiny, 139-year-old cylinder of platinum and iridium that resides in a triple-locked vault near Paris scientificamerican.com/ar…
One of the largest and most publicized murder trials in Australia was for a group of serial killers who hid the bodies in plastic barrels located in a disused bank vault. The notoriety lead to a short term economic boost in Snowtown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sno…
During WWII Soviet scientists defended the world's largest seed vault through a 900-day siege. Many of the scientists starved amid the crops and fruit, refusing to jeopardize 'the future of Russia' to save themselves. atlasobscura.com/articles…
There is a hidden "Hall of Records" carved into Mount Rushmore that contains 16 porcelain enamel tablets describing the project and a short US history. They are kept in a teakwood box, sealed inside a titanium vault. nps.gov/moru/learn/histor…
In 1957 Tulsa Oklahoma buried a Plymouth Belvedere to commemorate Oklahoma’s 50th anniversary. In addition, citizens entered guesses as to what Tulsa’s population would be in 2007, closets person would win the car. When the vault was opened it was filled with water and the car was ruined. blog.amsoil.com/story-of-…
Sergei Bubka repeatedly and deliberately broke the world pole vault record by the smallest possible height so he could cash in on a Nike bonus with each new record. In a two-year span, he broke his own world record 14 times. theguardian.com/sport/the…
Karin Lichey achieved something in gymnastics that is so rare it's happened only one time in the history of the NCAA. On Feb. 23,1996 she scored a "perfect 40" meaning she scored a perfect 10 on all 4 events -- vault, balance beam, uneven bars & floor exercise all during one meet. ncaa.com/news/gymnastics-…
, George Eyser won 6 medals (3 gold, 2 silver) in one day at the 1904 Summer Olympics, including a win in the vault comepetion. Oh yeah, he did it with one leg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…

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