Today I learned of the Lykov family, who fled to the Siberian wilderness to escape religious persecution by the Bolsheviks. They lived in complete isolation for 40 years, unaware of WWII, before being discovered in 1978. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned of Tyson Steele, a man who accidentally burned his cabin down and then survived three weeks stranded in the Alaskan wilderness with little food and in sub-zero temperatures. "I'm not exactly trained, I've just always been in the outdoors," he said. "Watched a lot of YouTube videos". bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Because mountain lions usually wander the wilderness alone, scent scraping sometimes isn’t enough to locate each other for mating. A female mountain lion will ascend to a high elevation and call to a male by caterwauling, a loud blood-curdling screeching cry that can be heard up to 5 miles away. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Russian cosmonauts were provided with a multi-barrel gun to be taken with them on missions. Featuring two shotgun barrels, a lower rifle barrel and a built in machete, the TP-82 was intended to be used as a survival tool if the cosmonauts landed back on earth in the wilderness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TP-…
Today I learned of the Likov's, a Russian family of Old Believers who lived in the Siberian wilderness completely isolated from the outside world for 40 years. They were discovered in 1978 for the first time by a group of Soviet geologists, unaware that World War II had taken place. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
An Air Force Academy class ring lost in the Colorado wilderness in the late '60's was found fifty years later by an off-roader digging his vehicle out of the snow. usafa.org/News/RyanRingRe…
The state of Idaho once dropped beavers in the wilderness on parachutes. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned that James Earl Ray, who killed MLK Jr., escaped prison in 1977 but was caught 3 days later due to the harsh wilderness. He only trekked 8 miles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
In 2014, a three-year-old girl, Karina Chikitova, survived 11 days in the Siberian wilderness with only her dog for company. She ate wild berries and drank from a river, curling up next to her dog for warmth. She was saved when her dog went back to her village and guided rescuers to her. huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014…
Today I learned of the Monster from Partridge Creek, an animal spotted in the Yukon wilderness that is rumored to be a dinosaur. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The murderous 'Mad Trapper of Rat River' led police on a month-long manhunt in the Canadian wilderness. The pursuit ended after a 150 mi (240 km) run and a shootout in which Albert Johnson (believed to be a pseudonym) was fatally wounded on the Eagle River, Yukon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
A 3,000-acre wilderness wolf sanctuary in Frazier Park, CA helps heal military veterans who have treatment-resistent PTSD. Vets are paired with hurt, abandoned and exploited captive wolves/wolf-dog hybrids to tend to daily. laweekly.com/this-wolf-sa…
As President McKinley was dying, no one knew where Vice President Teddy Roosevelt was. When located in the wilderness he raced all night down mountain roads on a buckboard wagon in pitch black and pouring rains to be sworn in. thehistorybandits.com/201…
Cosmonauts on Soviet and Russian space missions between 1986-2007 had a robust survival kit in preparation for re-entry in the Siberian wilderness. They carried triple-barrelled TP-82 pistols with a machete in the buttstock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TP-…
Alexei Leonov, the first man to perform a spacewalk, almost wasn't able to get back in the capsule as his suit had expanded in the vacuum of space. Many problems plagued the mission including a poor landing 240mi off course forcing the 2 man crew to survive for 2 days in the freezing wilderness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vos…
Today I learned of Agafia Lykov, a hermit who lived in Siberian wilderness for all of her 75+ yrs. Her family lived in isolation 'til in her 35 yrs, geologist stumbled upon their dwelling place. She's the last surviving family member, in 1988 to present, she lived alone in the cold mountainside of Khakassia siberiantimes.com/other/o…
Keiko, the male orca who portrayed Willy in the 1993 film Free Willy was eventually freed in Iceland but did not fully adapt to the wilderness and shortly after died in Norway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
Today I learned of a Russian family who were cut off from all human contact for 40 years in the Siberian wilderness. They were completely unaware that World War 2 had occurred. abroadintheyard.com/russi…
In 1950, Idaho's Department of Fish and Game dropped 76 beavers out of a plane using surplus WWII parachutes in an effort to relocate them to a state wilderness area npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
During the Battle of the Wilderness, a fistfight between a Union and Confederate soldier caused a ceasefire, as both sides stopped fighting to watch the scuffle. The Union soldier lost and was taken prisoner. The battle then resumed. nps.gov/parkhistory/onlin…
In 2014 hundreds of southern Sudanese soldiers deserted their units and walked more than 400 km for three months in the wilderness to reach Sudan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Feral child Marcos RodrΓ­guez Pantoja, who was sold into slavery by his father and lived in the wilderness with wolves for 12 years. At age 19, when he was discovered by the civil guard, his father recognized him, but only berated him for losing his jacket. He faced no charges for selling Marcos. theguardian.com/news/2018…
Agafia, a 70 year-old who has lived her entire life in near isolation in the Russian wilderness. Her family fled to the forest to escape religious persecution and she was born there. youtube.com/watch?v=BFK3D…
In 1911 a lone man emerged from the wilderness in California, the last member of his tribe and also "the last wild Indian". With the help of university professors he was able to preserve parts of his language and culture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ish…
Today I learned about Chris Thomas Knight, who lived alone in the Maine wilderness for 27 years, surviving off stolen goods from local camps, having no fire for heat or cooking, and only speaking once to a passing hiker, he said "Hi." gq.com/story/the-last-tru…
Today I learned of Carl McCunn, a wildlife photographer who arranged to be flown out to remote Alaskan wilderness but forgot to schedule when he'd be picked up. He wrote of a plane spotting him stranded, in his excitement he accidentally gave the pilot an "All is well" signal, his diary was found with his body nytimes.com/1982/12/19/us…
That Russian Cosmonauts were equiped with a shotgun after Alexei Leonov (the first man to spacewalk) became stranded in the Siberian wilderness after reentry. nationalinterest.org/blog…
Cosmonauts carried a triple-barrelled soviet pistol on space missions which was intended as a survival aid to be used after landings and before recovery in the Siberian wilderness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TP-…
Tate’s Hell State Park. A 202,000 acre forest near Carrabelle,FL. Named for a man that got lost in the wilderness. When he emerged he told a passerby "My name is Cebe Tate, and I just came from Hell" before collapsing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tat…
The Erie Canal from New York City to Lake Erie in 1810s changed the destiny of the city. Considered impossible, it took 8 years excavating through wilderness, along with the invention of a novel hydraulic cement. Share of national exports went from 10 to 60% and the population exploded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
From 1986 to 2007, Russian cosmonauts carried a triple-barrelled Soviet pistol called the TP-82 on space missions. It was intended as a survival aid to be used after landings and before recovery in the Siberian wilderness and against wildlife, namely bears and wolves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TP-…
Today I learned of Victor of Aveyron, a supposed feral child who was found in the French wilderness in 1800. He was thought to be around 12, as he was just experiencing puberty. He ran away from civilization 8 times. He was eventually taken in by a doctor who tried to educate him. Victor died at the age of 40. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
A priest and book publisher devised recipes featuring foods appearing in the Bible during the time of figures such as Moses and Esau. One recipe is locust soup from John the Baptist's wilderness diet youtube.com/watch?v=1fiop…
There are no snakes in the New Zealand wilderness. kiwi-directory.com/snakes…
Serial killer Robert Hansen AKA 'The Butcher Baker' took his victims to the wilderness in Alaska and hunted them like wild game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Disney murdered scores of Lemmings for the 'suicide scene' in the 1958 movie White Wilderness. Producers pushed and threw them off a cliff while shooting footage of the cruelty, then framed it as a natural occurrence for the audience. factually.gizmodo.com/lem…
The pygmy people in Congo's NouabalΓ©-Ndoki National Park have been enlisted by conservation groups to protect the landscape, one of the last undeveloped wilderness regions on the planet bradtguides.com/destinati…
Lemmings don't actually commit suicide. It was a notion perpetuated by the Disney documentary "White Wilderness" in which they herded lemmings into water off a cliff. snopes.com/fact-check/whi…
, the Beaver Club was a dining club made mostly of Montreal's retired fur-trading Barons. They'd dress in golden finery, silks, and lace and tell stories of their survival in the wilderness over a grand feast. The reenactments of their canoeing prowess were highly destructive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Today I learned of Charles McCunn, a wildlife photographer who became stranded in the Alaskan wilderness in 1981. After using the wrong emergency signal to a passing airplane, he ran out of provisions and committed suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
A man avoided human contact for 27 years in the Maine wilderness. He committed more than 1000 burglaries, and faded into myth and legend. When asked if he was happy he replied " No, I’m content. They’re two different things." bostonglobe.com/metro/mai…
Until 2006 Russian Cosmonauts carried weapons into space. This included a pistol, shotgun, and machete. The purpose of these weapons was to defend the Cosmonauts from wolves, bears and other wildlife after their return trip to the Siberian wilderness en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/T…
An invasion of Canada that would have likely handed control of the Niagara peninsula to the USA was thwarted when one woman overheard the plans, walked 20 miles through wilderness, and warned a British Lieutenant. The invading Americans were ambushed and promptly surrendered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
Today I learned of Daniel Kish, a man who despite losing his eyes at 13 months is able to navigate the wilderness, mountain bike and recognize buildings as far as 1000 feet away all completely independently through self-learned echolocation mensjournal.com/magazine/…
Today I learned of James Miller AKA Fan Man an American parachutist who was known for paragliding into sporting events, Miller was banned from entering the UK after landing on Buckingham Palace, in 2003 he committed suicide in the Alaskan wilderness in an attempt to not have his body found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Jackie the lion, one of the mascots for MGM, not only survived two train wrecks, an earthquake, a boat sinking, and an explosion at the studio, but also a plane crash that left him stranded in the Arizona wilderness for days mentalfloss.com/article/3…
After a police search failed to find ex-WWE wrestler Ray Rougeau's friend who was lost in the Canadian wilderness, Ray successfully found him by flying his own plane above the woods. cbc.ca/news/canada/montre…
Edward Norton is a prolific philanthropist, being president of the American Branch of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, a UN Goodwill Ambassador, member of Enterprise Community Partners, founding CrowdRise to raise funds for charity, and chairman of the board to Signature Theatre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Soviet Cosmonauts were issued a triple barrelled pistol to defend themselves from wolves and bears after landing the capsules in the Siberian wilderness upon re-entry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TP-…
Mythbuster's Jamie Hyneman ran away from home at the age of 14 and then hitchhiked all over the US. After that he is now a certified diver,wilderness survival expert, boat captain, linguist, pet shop owner, animal wrangler, machinist, concrete inspector, and chef. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…

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