Winchester Cathedral was built on marsh and was on the verge of collapse as it sunk into the earth. A diver named William Walker worked alone in pitch-black water for five years, eventually putting down 25,000 bags of concrete, 115,000 concrete blocks, and 900,000 bricks to save its foundation. bbc.co.uk/hampshire/conte…
The Habsburg ruler, Charles II of Spain, who had been born the son of an uncle-niece relationship, was described by historians as "short, lame, epileptic, senile and completely bald before 35, always on the verge of death but repeatedly baffling Christendom by continuing to live." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
"General MacArthur, as military governor of Japan in 1945, revived the practice of large-scale whaling to feed millions of Japanese who were on the verge of starvation after World War II." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
Of "Champagne Charlie" Charles Heidsieck, He brought his wine to America, got ripped off by his American partner, then on the verge of bankruptcy, the brother of his former partner, feeling bad for him, gave him the deeds to a small town in Colorado called Denver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The Great Indian Bustard was a major candidate for being India's national bird, but over fears that it would be misspelled "Great Indian Bastard", it was rejected in favor of the peacock. Since then, the peacock has been thriving, while the bustard has been on the verge of extinction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
There is a Russian version of the Lord of the Rings based on the premise that the original LOTR is a "history written by the victors;" in reality Mordor was on the verge of an industrial revolution which was a threat to the war-mongering and imperialistic faction represented by Gandalf/the elves en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When Norway launched a rocket to study the Aurora Borealis, a mistake led to Russia not being informed of this launch. The russian president, Boris Jeltsin, opened the nuclear briefcase and were on the verge of starting a nuclear war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Today I learned of β€œThe Custom of the Sea,” an old tradition among sailors where in dire circumstances, such as being stranded at sea and on the verge of starvation, the remaining sailors would all draw straws and whoever drew the shortest would then be killed and eaten to ensure the survival of the others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cus…
Apollo 12 was struck by lightning during launch and was on the verge of being aborted before a single Flight Controller realised that flipping a little known switch would restore enough systems to save the mission. motherboard.vice.com/en_u…
Mary Ann and Charles Goodnight were responsible for the continued existence of pure American Bison and returned them from the verge of extinction. wideopencountry.com/mary-…
When "Batman" TV show of the 60s was canceled by ABC after 3 seasons, it was on the verge of being rescued by NBC for a fourth season but it was discovered that the sets of the TV show were already destroyed. NBC rescinded the offer not wanting to spend hundreds of thousands building the set. thefw.com/nbc-wanted-batm…
In 1995 the Houston Astros were on the verge of moving to Northern Virginia (just outside D.C.) when their Astrodome lease was set to expire. nytimes.com/1995/10/27/sp…
In 1968 The Who were on the verge of breaking up after the single "Dogs" failed to hit the Top 20 and their instrument smashing kept them in debt. However, Pete Townshend had the idea of the album "Tommy", and the group decided to make it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Spain was the only country who could honestly report deaths from H1N1 in 1918 because wartime censorship demanded that at-war countries underreport their dead, so as to not present themselves as vulnerable or on the verge of defeat. Thus, it was called "Spanish flu." history.com/.amp/news/why…
The company that makes the Etch a Sketch was on the verge of bankruptcy when it agreed to let its drawing toy be featured in Toy Story 2. Although the scene featuring an Etch a Sketch was only 12 seconds long, it resulted in a 20 percent sales bump that helped to save the company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohi…
One-time Iron Butterfly bassist Philip Taylor Kramer later became an engineering executive and inventor. He disappeared in 1995 after claiming to be on the verge of a breakthrough and his body was discovered four years later at the bottom of LA's Decker Canyon, his death ruled a suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Scientists are on the verge of being able to produce viable, living human organs via 3D bioprinters. cnbc.com/id/49348354/How_…
The Star Spangled Banner became a fixture during the 1918 World Series as MLB players were on the verge of being drafted into the military history.com/news/why-the-…
In 2010 Kodak discontinued the famed Kodachrome film. The last roll was shot by acclaimed National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry best known for his portrait 'Afghan Girl'. The last 36 slides captured images around New York and a tribe in India on the verge of extinction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kod…
The Communist Party of China was on the verge of defeat in the Chinese civil war in 1946 and would probably have lost the war, but Americans persuaded the KMT to stop fighting to prevent an all-out civil war. Consequently the Communists regained their strength and won the war. worldif.economist.com/art…
Miguel Hidalgo, one of the greatest revolutionary leaders of the Mexican Independence War, decided to retreat his army of about 80,000 on the verge of conquering Mexico City. To this day, this decision baffles historians. latinamericanhistory.abou…
The world's smallest porpoise, called "vaquita" for "little cow" in Spanish, is on the verge of becoming the 5th marine mammal to go extinct in modern times--despite efforts to curb the gill netting that has caused their numbers to drop by 40% since 2014. news.nationalgeographic.c…
When NYC was on the verge of bankruptcy in 1975, one state senator proposed letting the city sell the Brooklyn Bridge. nytimes.com/1975/05/22/ar…
The British monarch is immune from arrest in all cases. No arrest can be made "in the monarch's presence", or within the "verges" of a royal palace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sov…
Seeing a "bright light at the end of a tunnel" on the verge of death occurs due to blood and oxygen flow being depleted to the eye livescience.com/16019-dea…
The Chippiarai is a rare breed of Indian hunting dog on the verge of extinction. Almost exclusively known locally, they are gifted as pets and forbidden to live on the streets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Voyager I is on the verge of exiting our solar system and entering interstellar space. It has been in operation for almost 35 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voy…
An alt version of LOTR was written by Kirill Eskov where Mordor is a peaceful country on the verge of industrial revolution, and Gandalf is a war mongering imperialist "crafting the Final Solution to the Mordorian problem" theguardian.com/books/201…
Today I learned of French communist and anti-colonialist lawyer, Jacques VergΓ¨s, who disappeared from public from 1970-1978. His whereabouts for that time is unknown, though Verges has commented "It's highly amusing that no one, in our modern police state, can figure out where I was for almost ten years." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Superman, on the verge of death, once gave Lois Lane his powers for 24 hours. They stopped an attack on Metropolis together and ended the day by kissing on the moon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
When the Soviets intercepted the Polish battle plan for the Battle of Warsaw, they disregarded it as a poor deception attempt by an army on the verge of defeat en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
"pumped up kicks" by Foster the People is about a kid on the verge of a killing spree. Also that the bass player Cubbie Fink's cousin was a Columbine survivor songmeanings.net/m/song/3…
A statue in Volgograd, once the largest in the world and tribute to those who defended the city when it was known as Stalingrad, is on the verge of collapse. β€œThe defensive concrete layer of the Motherland Calls is almost destroyed.” sputniknews.com/russia/20…
The mountain near PotosΓ­, Bolivia where the Spanish Empire began mining silver in the 1500s is still mined to this day. In fact, the mountain - called the Cerro Rico - has been so heavily mined that it is on the verge of collapse. npr.org/2012/09/25/161752…
Mithridates VI, King of Pontus, when on the verge of capture by the Romans, attempted to commit suicide by poison but failed. Over the course of his life he had taken increasing amounts of poison to build up an immunity and so the poison couldn't kill him. His servant had to kill him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mit…
Bubbles form in simmering water due to trapped air in surface imperfections in the pot and boiling water rolls, because the molecules are on the verge of either vapor or condensed water. scienceline.ucsb.edu/getk…
The word "bouncer" was first popularized in a novel called The Young Outlaw in 1875. 1883 newspaper article stated that "'The Bouncer' is merely the English 'chucker out'. When liberty verges on license and gaiety on wanton delirium, the Bouncer selects the gayest of the gay, and - bounces him!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bou…
Jacques Verges, defense attorney for some of the world's most notorious war criminals, would only defend George W. Bush if he plead guilty. spiegel.de/international/…

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