Today I learned about the Great Green Wall, an effort to plant trees to stop desertification in the Sahara that began in 2007. Ethiopia has planted over 5.5 billion seedling since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Lafayette’s grave in Paris is filled with dirt from Massachusetts as he wished to be buried in American soil. Additionally, I learned the flag remained in place during WW2 because the Nazis never looked behind the private cemetery’s walls. allthingsliberty.com/2017…
Raven the chimpanzee appeared in the 2009 Guinness World Records book as the most successful chimpanzee on Wall Street after choosing her stocks by throwing darts at a list of 133 internet companies. She became the 22nd most successful money manager in the USA. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned of the Comanche medicine man Kwihnai Tosabitu (White Eagle), who told his warriors that his medicine made them invincible to the white man's bullets. When this medicine failed and they were massacred in the Battle of Adobe Walls in 1874, he was renamed Isatai'i (Coyote Vagina). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
'Saturn devouring his son' and the 13 other Black Paintings were never ment for public display. In 1819 Francisco Goya went into near isolation and painted the works directly onto the walls of his house. The haunting pictures reflect Goya's internal demons and civil strife occuring in Spain joyofmuseums.com/museums/…
Today I learned about Australian drug smuggler David McMillan who is the only Westerner to have successfully escaped Bangkok's notorious Klong Prem prison. He cut his cell bars with hacksaws, scaled seven inner walls, then mounting the outer wall using a bamboo ladder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
In WWII, the Japanese ambassador to Nazi Germany became one of the Western Allies greatest and highest-level sources in Berlin, offering up information on the invasion of the Soviet Union, German defenses at the Atlantic Wall, and more...without ever knowing his cables had been decrypted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hir…
The Grateful Dead briefly toured with a PA system called the Wall Of Sound that consisted of six hundred and four speakers, channelling twenty-six thousand watts of power. It has been called β€œthe greatest vessel for the amplification of sound in history”. liveforlivemusic.com/news…
The University of Southern California's Spirit of Troy is the only collegiate band to have two platinum records. They have performed at the Oscars, the Grammys, on Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk", for five U.S. Presidents, and at the fall of the Berlin Wall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Today I learned about the Great Storm of Galveston in 1900. The category 4 hurricane brought winds of 130 mph and tides of 15 feet. Upwards of 8,000 people were killed overnight. After the storm the city built a sea wall and raised building that survived by 10 feet! britannica.com/event/Galv…
In 1980 Marienetta Jirkowsky became the youngest and last woman killed attempting to cross the Berlin Wall. Fleeing East Germany with a friend and her fiance she was shot by border guards and died at the age of 18. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
It was Leonardo DiCaprio's idea to include Matthew McConaughey chest thumping in 'The Wolf of Wall Street' after seeing McConaughey beating his chest as a way of relaxing before the scene. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
To prevent Octopuses escaping, aquariums cover the walls in AstroTurf galleries.neaq.org/2016/0…
The length of the Great Wall of China is more than half the circumference of the Earth newsfeed.time.com/2012/07…
Kitoko Studio designed an 8 sq. m. apartment in Paris where everything from a bookcase to the dining table can be folded back into the wall! archdaily.com/562119/tiny…
When JFK was only 3 years old, his father Joseph Kennedy narrowly escaped the infamous 1920 Wall Street bombing planned by a group of anarchists who used a wagon full of lead weights as a bomb. The explosion killed 38 bystanders, however, Kennedy was thrown unharmed to the ground. historycentral.com/TheTwe…
Michael Marin, a Wall Street trader, was famous for ingesting cyanide in court immediately after receiving his verdict. It was all caught on film. He had the cyanide mail ordered a year before. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
, Robert L. Scott Jr., a retired USAF Brigadier General and WWII flying ace, in 1980 at the age of 72, gained national attention by hiking the 1,900 miles (3050 km) of the Great Wall of China. The journey took 94 days and he sustained himself with 1,200 oatmeal raisin cookies. historynet.com/col-robert…
Mongols used catapult to send dead soldier bodies infected by the plague across the walls. montana.edu/historybug/ye…
Today I learned of Garum, a type of fish sauce which the romans adored. It smelled so bad that Garum factories could only be found outside the city walls, but it was still the ancient world's favorite topping, which accompanied most of their foods en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
The "childish decorations... on the wall behind" President Bush during the 9/11 attacks were designed by a "White House stage artist, not teachers or students" heraldtribune.com/article…
Today I learned about Yoshie Shiratori. He escaped Japanese prison 4 times. The first time he picked some simple locks, the next time he climbed up a wall and broke a skylight, the next time he dislocated his joints to escape through a small hole, and lastly he dug a hole with a bowl. Every time was different. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yos…
'short selling' on Wall Street has a colorful history dating back to 18th century. Notably by Daniel Drew who famously said 'He who sells what isn't his'n, must buy it back or go to pris'n. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Jonah Hill had to be hospitalised while filming The Wolf of Wall Street because he snorted too much fake cocaine. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
German Unity Day was almost Nov. 9, the day the Wall fell. However, that day was also the day of kristallnacht so they went with Oct. 3, the day of the actual unification. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
In 1984 David Letterman introduced the world to "Velcro Jumping" by proving that with enough Velcro a man could stick to a wall. And by the 1990s, it had become a favorite pub activity in New Zealand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
Michelangelo hid under the Medici Chapel in Florence for 3 months during a period of political turmoil, occupying his time by sketching on the walls with charcoal. His whereabouts were a secret for almost 500 years until the museum director stumbled upon the drawings in 1976. atlasobscura.com/places/m…
In the original version of The Princess and The Frog, by the Brothers Grimm, the princess does not kiss the frog to turn it into a prince but rather throws the frog at a wall as hard as she can which breaks the curse on the frog and turns it back into a prince. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Johnny Cash song "Folsom Prison Blues" was not inspired by any real experience, but a movie, "Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison." tpr.org/show/texas-matter…
There is a species of sheep that survives completely on seaweed. on the island of north ronaldsay in scotland, a wall was built around the island to protect crops from sheep grazing, limiting them to the shoreline where they have adapted to survive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Old houses in US could have hundreds of old rusting razor blades between the walls. This is the result of a safe solution designed to dispose blades after being used, which was to drop them in a slot in the wall. rd.com/article/if-you-liv…
β€” About 2,700 employees of 501(c)(3) nonprofits received annual compensation of more than $1 million in 2014, almost one-third more than in 2011. The study, conducted by the Wall Street Journal, analyzed IRS Form 990 Returns for nearly 100,000 organizations. nonprofitquarterly.org/mi…
Relics of Forbes Field, the demolished former stadium of the Pittsburgh Pirates, remain in (approximately) their original locations in middle of University of Pittsburgh's campus. The relics include an outfield wall and home base encased in the floor of a classroom building. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Today I learned about Raven the Chimpanzee, she became the 22nd most successful money manager on Wall Street after choosing her stocks by throwing darts at a list of 133 internet companies. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned of Yoshie Shiratori, who escaped from prison 4 times. First, he picked a lock, then he climbed the walls and escaped through a skylight. Third, through a narrow food slot in his door, and finally he dug a tunnel out. He was recaptured each time, and eventually released for good behavior. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yos…
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act was created as a result of a lawsuit by the brokerage Stratton Oakmont. The firm and its founders was depicted in the film Wolf of Wall Street en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Engineers build tube fishways to carry fish over dam walls interestingengineering.co…
The movie "The Wolf of Wall Street" set a Guinness World Records record title for most swearing in one film. Saying the f-word 506 times with an average of 2.81 times per minute. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The Wall Street "Charging Bull" sculpture was for sale from 1993 to at least 2008. The artist was trying to recover the $360,000 it cost him to cast the piece. He only received one major offer: a Las Vegas hotel bid $300k but he declined and insisted that it remain in its current location. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In 1453, in the siege that would lead to the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire, the Ottomans bombarded the city walls with cannon fire for weeks on end. However, this was, by itself, ineffective, as damage to the walls was repaired more quickly than it was inflicted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
F1 driver Ayrton Senna once claimed he crashed because a wall moved. A team engineer humored him and checked the location of the crash and discovered Senna was telling the truth. Tire marks showed that someone had hit the wall block, causing it to tilt and protrude enough for Senna to hit it. essentiallysports.com/gre…
Frozen pipes burst not because ice expands through the wall of the pipe, but because the expanding ice compresses water downpipe, building pressure until it bursts youtu.be/AuPO5hKdo8A
Workers in Valdosta, Georgia who were readying commercial space found an estimated 1,000 human teeth buried in a second floor wall. valdostadailytimes.com/ne…
At one cafe lunch meeting in 1994, Pixar creatives came up with the stories that would become A Bug's Life, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, and Wall-E. youtube.com/watch?v=l3W-Q…
Today I learned about 33 Thomas Street, a 550-foot-tall skyscraper in Lower Manhattan, an example of Brutalist architecture. The exterior walls have no windows and are made from precast concrete panels. William H. Whyte claimed that it features the tallest blank wall in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/33_…
The term "hand to mouth" was used by the Ancient Greeks, to describe the cyclopes that supposedly built the even-more-ancient Mycenaean walls en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyc…
A group of students dug a tunnel under the Berlin wall. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The idiom "The Writing on the Wall" is Biblical in origin from the book of Daniel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
Today I learned of the Pittsburgh Toilet or "Pittsburgh Potty." In Pittsburgh, many basements or cellars feature a toilet, unguarded by walls, free-standing in the center of the floor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit…
A number of roman era wooden tablets were found in Hadrian's wall in 1973. They contain correspondence of soldiers stationed there, including a birthday invitation written by a woman and a letter from a soldier's mom, telling him that she sents new pairs of underpants and socks petersommer.com/blog/arch…

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