The people staying at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station over the winter have an annual tradition of watching β€œThe Thing from Another World (1951)”, β€œThe Thing (1982)”, and β€œThe Thing (2011)” back-to-back after the last plane leaves for the season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amu…
There is a ancient monument in Ireland called Newgrange and every winter solstice its chamber is illuminated for 17 minutes by a beam of light which reveals the mysterious carvings within. history.co.uk/articles/th…
Socrates suggested a passive solar design for Greek houses. All openings faced south and roofs were angled north. Houses remained cool during summer since the roof provided shade, and warm during winter since the roof deflected cold north winds and sunlight entered through the south openings. dennisrhollowayarchitect.…
Russians eat ice cream in the winter to be warm edmontonjournal.com/news/…
The song β€˜The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ mentioning β€œscary ghost stories” is from the pre-Christianity pagan belief that the winter solstice, being the longest night, was when the dead could most easily return. omnia.sas.upenn.edu/story…
Canadians secretly buried a Loonie at center ice at the Salt Lake Winter Olympics. Many believe it was lucky and helped the Canadians win both the men and women gold medal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loo…
There is a Southern version of Punxsutawney Phil. On Groundhog Day, General Beauregard Lee emerges from his Georgia plantation and predicts whether the Southern states will have six more weeks of winter. history.com/news/beyond-p…
The first ever Australian gold medalist at Olympic Winter Games won because his four rivals all collided and he skated alone past the finish line. He named his autobiography β€žLast Man Standingβ€œ. icelegendsaustralia.com/l…
Marilyn Monroe was once roommate with actress Shelley Winters, and they made a list of men they wanted to sleep with. "There was no one under 50 on hers," Winters later said. "I never got to ask her before she died how much of her list she had achieved, but on her list was Albert Ein-stein" mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Today I learned of Ruswarp. Pronounced Russup, he was a 14 year old border collie who stayed at the side of his fallen master for 11 winter weeks on a Welsh mountainside. He lived just long enough to attend his master's funeral. Now his statue looks across the countryside where he once walked. lancashirelife.co.uk/out-…
The first song Joshua Radin ever wrote and recorded (on his roommate’s computer) was β€˜Winter’, which was featured at the end of arguably the best Scrubs episode, β€˜My Screw Up’. He was friends with Zach Braff because they went to Northwestern together. It launched his music career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Dead leaves that remain on a tree over winter are part of a process called "marcescence" that protect against extreme temperatures and help deter deer and moose from nibbling twigs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Red squirrels make mushroom jerky, hanging fungi on tree branches to dry for winter storage preservationparks.com/new…
During the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, storms were so severe that its clouds blew smoke as far away as Boston, MA. Red snow fell on New England in winter 1934-1935. It was the largest American exodus in history, with over 86k relocating to California. 1/8 of CA's populace is of "Okie" heritage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dus…
During the American Revolution at the Siege of Boston β€”as winter approachedβ€” the Americans were so short on gunpowder that soldiers were given spears to fight with in the event of a British attack en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
Alaskan Wood Frogs would freeze their bodies in the winter. Their breathing and heart beat also stops, allowing them to survive temperatures as low as -80 degrees Fahrenheit. Their bodies will thaw during the spring and come back to life. businessinsider.com/these…
During the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Molson delivered a fully-stocked beer fridge to Team Canada Olympic House. The only way to open the fridge was to use a Canadian passport on the electronic passport reader. abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/…
Consuming too much lean protein can cause symptoms similar to broad malnutrition in a condition known as protein poisoning, or more colloquially called "rabbit poisoning" due to the first observed cases in frontiersmen who ate nothing but wild rabbits over the winter and developed symptoms. wisegeek.com/what-is-rabb…
The city of ReykjavΓ­k, Iceland, uses hot water to maintain the temperature of a section of its downtown pond so the birds living there always have a corner in which to swim, even in winter. icelandmag.is/article/sev…
Not all of Arizona does not change times for Daylight Savings Time (DST). The Navajo Nation does observe DST. Also, the Hopi Nation that is within the Navajo Nation does not observe DST. All of Arizona is on the same time from mid-fall to late winter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
King Louis XV was stabbed in an assassination attempt, and fearing he was about to die, called his wife in his room and confessed to numerous affairs, asking for forgiveness. His thick winter clothes protected him, and the wound was only superficial. He survived en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
I learned that despite common belief the winter periode isn't the month with highest suicide rate, but that April is the cruelest month mghclaycenter.org/parenti…
The great conjunction is the time where Jupiter and Saturn meet. It coincides with winter solstice this year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Staff at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica have an annual tradition of back-to-back viewings of The Thing from Another World (1951), The Thing (1982), and The Thing (2011) after the last flight has left for the winter io9.gizmodo.com/these-sou…
In a German evergreen forest there used to be a group of larch trees (which turn yellow in winter) deliberately planted in the shape of a swastika. abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
The Olympic Village at Lake Placid (site of the 1980 Winter Games) was designed to be used a prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Actor Dean Winters suffered from a bacterial infection in 2009, died in the ambulance, was revived and in the ICU for 3 weeks, after recovering he developed Gangrene and had multiple amputations and skin grafts. He is now better known for playing "Mayhem" in the Allstate Insurance commercials. pagesix.com/2010/06/18/de…
Alaskan Wood Frogs freeze during winters. 2/3rds of their body water turns into ice, hearts stop beating & blood stops flowing. They build up high concentrations glucose in their organs & tissues which prevents cells from shrinking/dying. When spring arrives, they thaw out & hop away. latimes.com/science/scien…
A Norwegian town installed giant mirrors in the mountains to give it light during the winter months. cnn.com/travel/article/rj…
In the winter, when it's too cold for the male bees to do their only job (mate) the lady bees kick them out of the hive, where they quickly die in the elements. beeinformed.org/2013/11/0…
During Victorian England winters, street vendors sold baked potatoes for food and as hand warmers. In London they sold around 10 tons of potatoes every day from "cans" - small metal boxes on four legs fueled by charcoal. geriwalton.com/baked-pota…
Today I learned the Romans considered winter a monthless period en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feb…
PornHub Plowed New Jersey and Boston streets for free during winter storm Stella. thedrum.com/news/2017/03/…
Today I learned of Christa Luding-Rothenburger, the first female to win a medal in both the Summer and Winter Games, and the only athlete to win Winter and Summer Olympic medals in the same year (1988), a feat that is no longer possible due to the staggering of the Winter and Summer Olympic years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
The ancient Hawaiians had a Goddess of Snow, Poli’ahu, who loved snowboard competitions on top the Big Island's Mount Kilauea, where it snows during the Winter historydaily.org/hawaiis-…
Russian β€œTotal Theater” peaked in 1920 with β€œThe Storming of the Winter Palace,” where thousands of ballet dancers, circus performers, and actorsβ€”plus tanks and a battle cruiserβ€”re-enacted the October Revolution for a crowd of 100,000 in St. Petersburg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Alex Rocco, who played Moe Greene in The Godfather, was an associate of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang and that an unwanted advance on his girlfriend started the Boston Gang War of the 1960s. wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_R…
In 1420 the winter was so cold wolves came into Paris to search for food, eating humans. johnknifton.com/2016/02/1…
The Eiffel Tower grows in summer. When it gets hot, the iron expands due to the heat and shrinks again in the winter. It grows by 6 inches each summer. ipfactly.com/the-eiffel-t…
Today I learned about Winter Lab. A 5x5m room with an ice floor that is mounted on a 6 axis motion simulator capable of simulating icy walking conditions. It is used to independently test winter boots, work boots, and ice cleats by the Toronto University Hospital Network Rehabilitation Institute. ratemytreads.com/about/
Clarence Birdseye (of frozen food fame), Buzz Aldrin, Christina Ricci, Joe Walsh and Alex Winter, are all alumni of the same public high school, Montclair High School in New Jersey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
During the 2018 Winter Olympics Russian athlete Nadezhda Sergeeva failed a drug test several days after having posted a video of herself in a "I don’t do doping" sweatshirt. theguardian.com/sport/201…
Pavarotti's last public performance, happened at the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, was actually a lipsync, as the tenor had turned the invitation down several times because it would have been impossible to sing late at night in the subzero condition en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
Grey Squirrels do not hibernate, their bodies are incapable of storing enough fat to do so, they do sleep a lot though, giving rise to the belief they go into Winter hibernation until the spring. wildlifeworld.co.uk/squir…
The eye color of reindeer changes from summer to winter nationalgeographic.com/sc…
The Space Race saw two superpowers spend decades demonstrating the technology needed to kill each other with nukes. Yet, instead of ending in a nuclear winter, the Space Race concluded with a American-Soviet handshake in microgravity during the Apollo-Soyuz docking mission in 1975. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…
In 1967 a Munich resident Helmut G. Winter built a catapult to launch Bavarian potato dumplings at noisy planes flying over his house forcing the West German Luftwaffe pilots to concede defeat and change their flight path. reuters.screenocean.com/r…
Disneyland has had closed six times partially or fully in its history due to the JFK assassination in 1963, the anti-Vietnam War protests in 1970, winter storm in 1987, the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, 9/11, and COVID-19 pandemic en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Virus seasonality can be best explained by the enhanced survivability of viruses in higher temperatures/humidity combined with a population's lifestyle & vitamin changes during the winter months. sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flas…
During the winter months of December-April, over 10,000 humpback whales annually migrate to the warm, shallow waters of Maui to give birth and nurture their young in an area with no predators. This annual gathering is the world's densest humpback whale population. hawaiianpaddlesports.com/…

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