Two people have fallen from the Empire State and lived. Elvita Adams jumped in 1979 in a suicide attempt, but a gust of wind blew her onto a ledge one story below. In 2013, a man fell but was also saved by a ledge one story below. They both fell from the 86th floor and landed on the 85th floor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
The phenomenon of wind throb from an open car window is called Helmholtz resonance, and is the same thing occurring when you blow across an open bottle to produce a tone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
In 1978 an architectural student discovered that a skyscraper in NY could topple if strong winds hit the building. The engineer that is credited for designing the building then made secret nightly repairs in collaboration with the NYPD, without alerting the general public to the danger 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
When Clark Gable discovered the studio facilities for filming Gone With The Wind were segregated, he threatened to walk out of production until the segregation signs were taken down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
Today I learned about Circular breathing, a technique used by players of some wind instruments to produce a continuous tone without interruption. This is accomplished by breathing in through the nose while simultaneously pushing air out through the mouth using air stored in the cheeks. breathing.com/blogs/breat…
Sailships aren't really moved by the wind blowing into the sail and pushing it forward. The curved shape of the sail creates a lift force acting forward, same the aerodynamic lift that makes an aircraft fly. The wind direction can be of almost any angle relative to the ship. discoverboating.com/resou…
Today I learned about a 30-foot tall tree stump that has been floating upright in Crater Lake, OR since 1896. Dubbed the "Old Man of the Lake" the stump 450 years old, is strong enough to stand on, and is known to drift against the wind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
The flag patches on a soldier’s uniform are reversed to mimic a real flag that if being carried into battle would flow backwards in the wind when marching forward into battle. If it were displayed normally it would look like the soldier was retreating. businessinsider.com/why-t…
Today I learned about the mysterious disappearance of the Eilean Mor lighthouse keepers. The door to the lighthouse was unlocked, coats were missing and half eaten food was left behind. The last entries on the log described a storm on December 12th of severe winds, but no such storms were ever reported. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
For most people mosquito bites itch more at night because our cortisol levels are lower than in the morning and they are less distracted as they wind down for the night. health.com/condition/skin…
: That Hydro-Quebec built the biggest vertical axle wind-turbine in the world! With it's 360ft height (110m), "Γ‰ole" was producing 4MW (enough to create power for more than 800 houses). Γ‰ole is no longer in operation since 1993 (1988-1993) due to some issue with the bearing olding it's 90+ tons hakkou.brahim.free.fr/Tou…
Haruki Murakami wrote his first novel "Hear the Wind Sing" entirely by hand and then on a whim sent the only copy of the manuscript to be considered for a literary magazines new-writers prize. He went on to win the prize. telegraph.co.uk/books/aut…
Wildfires make clouds called pyrocumulus (fire cloud) as smoke rises and condenses in the upper atmosphere along with the water evaporating from burned plants. If it's big enough it becomes a pyrocumulonimbus (fire storm cloud) with its own wind system. lightning and even fire whirls (tornadoes) scijinks.gov/firestorm/
''The Wizard of Oz'' and ''Gone with the Wind'' were directed by the same person in the same year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
Avengers: Endgame, the current highest-grossing film of all time with $2.8bn, is actually leapfrogged by four films when adjusted for inflation; Gone with the Wind (1939 $3.7bn), Avatar (2009 $3.3bn), Titanic (1997 $3.1bn) and Star Wars (1977 $3.0bn) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The glass containers with a selection of rotating watches are called "watch winders", and they are not just a fancy part of a rich person's wardrobe, but can actually be used to wind watches while you are not wearing them blog.watchdoctor.biz/2017…
The books / elements of Avatar The Last Aibender were inspired by a 17th century Japanese martial arts manual containing 5 chapters: The books of Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Void (spiritualism) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The iconic 11-pointed maple leaf on the Canadian Flag has no historical significance. It was selected because it performed best in high-speed wind tunnel testing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Hattie McDaniel's Oscar for "Gone with the Wind," the first ever won by an African-American, has been missing for decades. Rumored locations of the award range from a misplaced storage box at Howard University to the bottom of the Potomac River en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat…
Clark Gable had most of his teeth removed because of an infection, and suffered from halitosis (terrible breath) because of this. For Gone With the Wind, Vivien Leigh dreaded the kissing scenes between them because of this. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Today I learned of the 6/29/12 Derecho. A derecho is a single storm that travels over 250 miles, in sequence, with at least three instances of 75mph+ winds. This one started near Chicago at 2pm and traveled all the way to the east coast by midnight on the same day. richmond.com/weather/5-ye…
Most of the deaths caused by tropical cyclones are not caused by the wind but by the storm surge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
In the Hawaiian language, there are over 200 different words for rain, depending on the colour, intensity, duration, accompanying wind, time of year, the paths the drops fall in, the area it falls in, and even if it falls shortly after a loved one's death. hawaiimagazine.com/conten…
Greek art strongly influenced Buddhist art following Alexander's conquests across the Middle East. Statues of Buddha did not exist before this, and Greco-Buddhism reached as far as Japan, where the wind God Fujin is still closely modeled after depictions the Greek wind God Boreas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The mummified remains of a German man, Manfred Fritz Bajorat, were found on his boat off the coast of the Philippines in February 2016. He had died of a heart attack and a combination of salt air, ocean winds and hot temperatures created the perfect climate needed to preserve his body. everipedia.org/wiki/lang_…
The word Kamikaze means divine wind, a term that was coined for a typhoon that sunk a mongol fleet trying to invade Japan in 1281. britannica.com/topic/kami…
Today I learned of Pete Goss; A British yachtsman who turned back during the 1996 Vendee Globe race to save a fellow competitor, Raphael Dinelli. Goss sailed into hurricane force winds for two days to reach Dinelli; who was said to have been clutching a bottle of champagne when he was pulled from the sea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The top 3 most expensive skateboards ever sold were a collaboration between Tony Hawk & Ben Harper to raise money for skateparks in low income communities. The highest price paid was $38,425 for a skateboard with the lyrics to "Blowin' in the Wind" personnally penned by Bob Dylan on it. moneyinc.com/most-expensi…
Hurricanes do not generally have thunder nor lightning - thunder and lightning are formed by vertical winds that cause water and ice to rub together, and most hurricane winds are horizontal lightningsfety.com/nlsi_i…
According to Noel Gallagher, one of the two reasons "Don't Look Back In Anger" uses the piano riff from "Imagine" is to "wind people up". He also doesn't fully know what the song means, as he wrote it under the influence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Nord Kamal Mosque in Norilsk, Russia is the most northerly-situated mosque in the world. Norilsk's minaret tower, which is generally supposed to have a round shape, has a square base, because in such walls, the bricks do not freeze and they are more resistant to wind loads en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
The CIA may have written Winds of Change by Scorpions to fell communism. theguardian.com/tv-and-ra…
Comet tails always point in the opposite direction of the sun. The tail is created by an interaction with either solar winds or photons from the sun. starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/d…
Today I learned of the Brazilian Ant Forelius pusillus, which each night sends a few ants to completely conceal and protect the colony’s entrance. Those ants, stuck outside in the cold and the wind, wander away from the nest to die during the night sacrificing themselves for the greater good. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Some Hong Kong skyscrapers have holes in the middle of the building and many people believe this is because blocking a dragon's path will bring bad luck. This was actually started to allow residents to see the greenery and feel the wind that tall buildings block. cnn.com/style/article/hon…
Margaret Mitchell's husband said to her "For God's sake, Peggy, can't you write a book instead of reading thousands of them?" She went on to write "Gone with the Wind." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Jules Verne's wrote a novel in 1863 which predicted gas-powered cars, fax machines, wind power, missiles, electric street lighting, maglev trains, the record industry, the internet, and feminism. It was lost for over 100 years after his publisher deemed it too unbelievable to publish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
In 1951, Bing Crosby was initially denied entrance to a Canadian hotel for wearing his Levi’s denim jeans. Levi’s got wind and presented him with a denim tuxedo jacket at a celebration In Nevada, where he was honorary mayor. The term, β€œCanadian Tuxedo” is believed to have come from these events. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz original camera negatives are stored 650 feet underground in a Kansas salt mine kansascity.com/entertainm…
In Atlanta 1939, 10-year-old Martin Luther King Jr. sang as a member of his church choir in slave costume for the all-white audience at the film premiere of β€œGone With the Wind” theatlantavoice.com/artic…
The Courthouse Square from β€œBack to the Future” also appeared in many other iconic films including: β€œInherit the Wind,” β€œTo Kill a Mockingbird,” and β€œThe Music Man.” It also shows up in β€œBruce Almighty.” huffpost.com/entry/back-t…
When Hattie McDaniel won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Gone with the Wind, the first Oscar won by any black entertainer, she had been sitting at a segregated table at the far wall of the room. The venue had a strict no-blacks policy and had only allowed McDaniel in as a favour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat…
Bob Seger's famous hit song "Against the Wind" was inspired by Bob's days as a high school cross country runner. He described it as "about trying to move ahead, keeping your sanity and integrity at the same time." It later appeared in Forrest Gump when Forrest was running across the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aga…
Not only did Victor Fleming direct Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind, both movies were released one after the other in the same year in 1939. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
2015's Hurricane Patricia was the most intense hurricane on record in terms of wind speed (over 300km/h) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
Victor Fleming directed Gone With The Wind and The Wizard of Oz in the same year, the 4th and 6th best American films according to the American Film Institute's 1998 list. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFI…
Candle in the Wind is about Marilyn Monroe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
The fastest human powered vehicle on water was 18.5 knots/21.3 mph/34km/h , set by Mark Drela in 1991 using a hydrofoil Decavitator. Some think it took undue advantage of a Dupont Prize rule allowing for 3mph tail wind. bbc.com/future/article/20…
FIVE movies sold more than an estimated 135 million tickets in North American; Titanic 135.5 million ; E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 141.8 million ; The Sound of Music 142.5 million ; Star Wars (Episode IV) 178.1 million and Gone with the Wind 202.3 million (the full list is in the link) boxofficemojo.com/chart/t…
Sunflower (Helianthus tuberosus) root, also called Jersualem artichokes or Sunchokes, are native to North America. Native Americans were first to cultivate sunflower roots for food. Resists cold, drought, wind. The roots contain inulin, which is firmly established to decrease blood cholesterol. epdf.pub/biology-and-chem…
When animals are depicted on flags, they face left (the hoist) by default as they would in the wind en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
-An undergraduate architecture student in '78 found a flaw in the Design of Citicorp Center '77: that Citicorp Center could blow over in the wind. Repair work was done throughout the night and quit at daybreak, just as the building occupants returned to work. The story remained a secret until '95 slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2…
Lakes near ocean coasts have a slightly higher salt content because of wind. Wind transfers salt off the ocean to fresh water lakes, altering the ecosystem and hostng unique forms of microbial life manoa.hawaii.edu/explorin…
The dust storm that sets off the events in the film "The Martian" isn't plausible because the atmosphere on Mars is about 1% as dense as Earth's and the winds in the strongest Martian storms top out at about 60 miles per hour, unlikely to tip or rip apart major mechanical equipment. mars.nasa.gov/news/1854/t…
To celebrate the premiere of "Gone With The Wind" in New York City, the Ebenezer Baptist Church choir performed, including 10 year old MLK Jr. telegraph.co.uk/travel/de…
While Drew Struzan is famous for his movie posters, he also designed album cover artwork for many artists including The Beach Boys, Bee Gees, Roy Orbison, Black Sabbath, Glenn Miller, Iron Butterfly, Alice Cooper, Bach, Earth, Wind and Fire and Liberace. postercollector.co.uk/art…
Umbrellas commonly cause eye-injuries, and also can become dangerous projectiles from a gust of wind. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
The fastest R/C airplanes in the world are gliders that can exceed 500MPH and 120 G's powered only by the wind. dskinetic.com/
Today I learned of Eilmer of Malmesbury. An English monk who, in the 11th century, developed a glider and flew ~200m high. However, a gush of wind crashed him and left him crippled for the rest of his life. He wrote later in life that the reason for the crash was not developing a tail component to the glider. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eil…
Hot air balloon pilots don't directly control the direction of flight. They can only increase or decrease the balloon's altitude to place the balloon into a wind going the same direction they need. They have a few methods to check the direction of the air above and below the balloon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
Actress Olivia de Havilland, who got her first Oscar nomination in 1939 for her role in Gone With the Wind (at age 23), is still alive. She's 103. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
There once lived a species of pterodactyl dubbed Cryodrakon boreas, which translates to "frozen dragon of the north wind," that had a wingspan of 33 feet, about as wide as an F-16 fighter jet. nbcnews.com/mach/science/…
Today I learned of Pazuzu, who in ancient Mesopotamian religion was the king of the demons of the wind. Pazuzu was invoked in amulets, to combat the powers of the malicious goddess Lamashtu, who was believed to cause harm to mother and child during childbirth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paz…
The worst all-time storm (wind speed) is Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, 2013 (aka Yolanda). No other storm got to 315km/h (195mph) and sustained it for 1 minute. Damage included ~8,000 dead and missing people. Post-storm, some regions were on the brink of Anarchy and looting was common. bbc.com/news/world-asia-2…
Today I learned about microbursts. A microburst is created by a column of sinking air that after hitting ground level, spreads out in all directions and is capable of producing damaging straight-line winds of over 240 km/h (150 mph) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow…
The Buddha recommended eating rice porridge, saying "There are these five benefits in rice porridge. What five? It stills hunger, dispels thirst, settles wind, cleans out the bladder, and promotes the digestion of the remnants of undigested food. These are the five benefits of rice porridge." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The film Planes, Trains and Automobiles was based on true events experienced by writer and director John Hughes. Winter winds forced his flight to be canceled, he stayed in a hotel, a snowstorm the next day caused more delays, the plane he eventually got on was diverted to Denver, then Phoenix. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Today I learned about Kopperl, a town in Texas, that had a heat burst which caused hurricane forced winds, the temperature to reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and ears of corn to be roasted on the cob. Neighboring towns were not affected. alabamawx.com/?p=20008
Today I learned about Wreckhouse Wind Warnings, which are only issued for one specific area of Newfoundland and Labrador. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wre…
The Night Witches was a WWII German nickname for the all female aviators of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment. They would idle the engines near their target and glide to the bomb release point with only wind noise to reveal them. The Germans likened the sound to broomsticks, giving their nickname. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
In nautical terms, the chain that attaches to the corner of a sail is known as a "sheet". The expression "three sheets to the wind", which implies that someone is inebriated, refers to those chains being loose, allowing the sail to wave around wildly in the wind like a drunk. grammarist.com/idiom/thre…
Some deserts consist of singing sand, which is a certain type of sand that produces a sound when wind passes over it or when something walks over it wikipedia.org/wiki/Singin…
Ballooning is a process by which spiderlings and even some species of adult spiders move through the air by releasing one or more gossamer threads from their spinnerets to catch the wind becoming airborne sometimes for long distances and great heights at the mercy of air and electric currents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
The number of men working in a lighthouse in the UK was increased from 2 to 3 following an 1801 incident where one half of a duo died, the other placed him outside and was then driven mad by the wind causing his dead colleagues arm to appear to beckon him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sma…
The 1939 classic Gone with the Wind was the highest grossing movie in history until the Sound of Music broke the box office record in 1966. When Gone with the Wind was re-released in 1971 it regained the top spot until The Godfather sent it to "sleep with the fishes" the next year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Since 1950, Oscar winners or their heirs are not allowed to sell their Oscar statuettes without first offering to sell them back to the Academy for $1. However pre 1950 statuettes are up for grabs. Michael Jackson bought the Gone With The Wind Best Picture Oscar for $1.5m cnbc.com/2018/11/19/best-…
Nearly every part of a wind farm turbine is recyclable except for the blades, which are too large and too strong to be crushed. Instead, the blades get put in a landfill where they will take β€œhundreds of years to biodegrade.” educationviews.org/landfi…
Earth's magnetic field extends from the Earth's interior out into space, where it interacts with the solar wind, a stream of charged particles emanating from the Sun. The magnetic field is generated by electric currents from the motion of convection currents of molten iron in the Earth's core. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
Bernard Vonnegut, the older brother of the novelist Kurt Vonnegut, is famous for his work in cloud seeding to produce snow and rain. He was also awarded an Ig Nobel Prize in 1997 for his paper "Chicken Plucking as Measure of Tornado Wind Speed". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Producer Lee Mendelson was working on a Peanuts special whenβ€”while driving over the Golden Gate Bridgeβ€”Vince Guaraldi's Cast Your Fate To The Wind came on the radio. He was so moved, he immediately booked lunch with Guaraldi & asked him to score the music for A Charlie Brown Christmas. pri.org/stories/2014-12-2…
Today I learned of the 2011 April 27th tornado super outbreak. The system involved 362 confirmed tornadoes, including 3 EF-5 tornadoes with winds of upwards of 200 mph. Over a dozen states were impacted, incurring approximately $11 billion USD in damages. ncei.noaa.gov/news/2011-t…
Fungi can create wind to help carry spores, and have 28000 sexes bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
The Lincoln Cathedral in England was, upon completion in 1311, the first and only structure in the world built taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza, which had held the record since the 2560s BC. The Cathedral lost its record in 1548 because the top fell off from wind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Meteorologists rely in part on data from commercial planes to accurately forecast weather. Under European regulations, all large aircraft must carry Mode-S EHS an enhanced surveillance navigation apparatus. Data collected by this apparatus is used to extrapolate wind speed and temperature. met.ie/what-are-mode-s-da…
A woman once jumped from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building but only fell one story before a freak gust of wind swept her onto a ledge. She was rescued shortly after. nytimes.com/1979/12/03/ar…
Today I learned about Minnie Freeman, a teacher in Nebraska in 1888 who saved all of her students after a freak blizzard struck. The winds were so strong the roof and door blew off the school. Using string she roped the kids together and trekked over a mile in whiteout conditions to the closest farmhouse. nytimes.com/2018/10/03/ob…
Most cities have poorer areas in the east, due to prevailing winds carrying smoke and odours that way during the industrial revolution. theguardian.com/cities/20…
In September 1554 Mary I of England started to show the first signs of pregnancy. When by July the following year she still hadn't given birth, the Venetian ambassador Giovanni Michieli mocked that the pregnancy would more likely "end in wind rather than anything else". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The tornado in 'The Wizard of Oz' is just a 35 foot stocking blown by artificial wind and dirt held up by a "gantry" on a set - the gantry cost more than the whole anticipated budget for the entire scene; $218,347.23 in todays money. perspectaweather.com/blog…
Wilson's storm petrels, named after the father of American ornithology Alexander Wilson, don’t actually walk on water, but they aim themselves into the wind, hover over an area, and slowly advance while touching their feet to the water’s surface like a bouncing dance as they search for food. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Theo Jansen has been creating strandbeesten, which are moving kinetic structures, sometimes wind-propelled, that resemble walking animals. All of his models are based on a system of triangles and connecting links which convert the rotation of an axle into a stepping motion of six or more legs. youtu.be/LewVEF2B_pM
Fort Bragg, California had a city dump where garbage was thrown off a bluff onto the sand and ocean below. Over time, the waves and wind turned the glass into smooth pieces and created a unique tourist attraction called Glass Beach. atlasobscura.com/places/g…
Wind and barometric pressure changes can produce waves and effects similar to tides in enclosed bodies of water. This phenomenon is known as a seiche. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
Wind turbines may have a positive impact on plant growing conditions phys.org/news/2016-12-tur…
1,000 Year Old Windmill in Iran. These amazing windmills are among the oldest in the world. Located in the Iranian town of Nashtifan, initially named Nish Toofan, or "storm's sting," the windmills have withstood winds of up to 74 miles an hour. youtube.com/watch?v=3qqif…
The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind will be in the Public Domain in 2020. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/202…
In the 1997 Macy's Day Parade, strong wind gusts caused the six-story-tall Cat in the Hat balloon to hit a light pole. It broke and struck Kathleen Caronna. She suffered traumatic brain injury, leaving her in a coma for 24 days. The multimillion dollar lawsuit was settled out of court. nytimes.com/2001/03/07/ny…
The Sun loses about 6 million tons of mass every second due to nuclear fusion and the solar wind. Despite constantly losing large sums of mass, it has only lost roughly 0.05% of its original mass over the last 4.5 billion years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun
The Greyheaded Albatross makes elevated nests and in recent decades more Antarctic storms plus higher winds are blowing chicks off the nest. Parents won't recognize it and let it die unless it can manage to get back inside. It is extremely endangered youtube.com/watch?v=9C9Ap…
Marilyn Bell, at age 16, became the first person to swim across Lake Ontario in 1954. Her 32 mile route was greatly lengthened by high wind and high waves. Fanged lamprey eels attacked her in 65 degree water. It took her 21 hours. She is still alive today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…

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