Tiger Woods almost ran out of golf balls during the 2nd round of the 2000 US Open because his caddy forgot to pack the balls Tiger was putting with in his hotel room the night before. He finished the round with one ball and went on to win the tournament by a record-setting 15 strokes. golfdigest.com/story/us-o…
A Latvian man evaded the Soviets in bunkers in the woods for the entirety of the 50 year Soviet occupation. He came put when the last Soviet troops left, age 70. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C…
IKEA has complete ownership over their supply chain of products, even growing theor own wood (forest ownership), and uses approximately 1 percent of all lumber usage globally. lovemoney.com/gallerylist…
There is a mushroom called β€œChicken of the Woods.” It taste like chicken to some but to others it taste like crab or lobster. mushroom-appreciation.com…
When Thoreau lived β€œalone” at Walden Pond the woods around him were actually full of people, mostly former slaves and poor people who had been forced to live in the margins of society. wbur.org/radioboston/2017…
The Thai language is tonal, and has 5 distinct tones. So, when spoken with the correct tones, the phrase "Mai mai mai mai mai" translates to "New wood doesn't burn, does it?" 1stopchiangmai.com/speak_…
Archaeologists discovered a 1,000-year-old ritual bundle that had traces of at least 5 psychoactive compounds including the ingredients for ayahuasca: cocaine, benzoylecgonine, harmine, bufotenine, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), as well as wood tablets to grind substances and a wooden snuffing tube. gizmodo.com/1-000-year-ol…
Today I learned about the deforestation and "wood mafia" of Romania. Every year, 38 million cubic meters of wood is destroyed, of which half of the harvest is illegal. volkskrant.nl/kijkverder/…
During WW2, the UK planned to build 'unsinkable' giant aircraft carriers with 40ft thick hulls made out of a mixture of ice and wood pulp. The project was canceled, but the scale model took three years to melt. edition.cnn.com/style/art…
The name Woodchuck for groundhogs doesn't have anything to do with wood. It's thought to be a corruption of the Native American words wejack, woodshaw, or woodchoock. It may have its roots in the Algonquian (or perhaps Narragansett) name for the animal: wuchak. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
You can "TAKE YOUR SECRET TO THE GRAVE" without dying. A hollow tombstone in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery has a slot for depositing papers bearing secrets. (But at your own risk: the artist who says she'll burn the papers has done "performance art" of reading aloud her own dead mom's diary.) atlasobscura.com/places/t…
, a Canadian sports executive named Jack Hamilton identified 136 different types of wood in a guessing competition? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
During WW2 the British entertained the idea of building an aircraft carrier out of ice and wood pulp in order to fight German U-boats. They scrapped the idea after realizing they could just make airplanes fly farther instead. One admiral was accidentally shot during the development process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
The wood frog survives winter by producing an anti-freeze in it's blood from a combination of urine and glucose, allowing it to be 2/3rds frozen, re-animating after it thaws out months later. youtu.be/pLPeehsXAr4
A wood peckers tongue wraps all the way around its skull youtu.be/qfGXkNUIocc
Alan Turing once bought 150lbs of silver, but didn't trust banks so he buried it in the woods instead. After the price of silver had almost doubled, he went to dig it up, but could no longer find it. reuters.com/article/us-ma…
The technical term for wood and metallic powder, shavings, filings and other byproducts from machining or working such material is called "Swarf". This is comprised of everything from metal shavings after a cut, to sawdust from cutting, to metallic powder from sharpening. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
After the Battle of Blair Mountain (1921) striking miners feared jail and confiscation of their guns, many decided to hide their weapons in the woods before leaving Logan County. Collectors and researchers are still finding weapons and ammunition hidden around the site to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
There's a talk show that takes place entirely inside Animal Crossing, and it's had guests like Elijah Wood, Danny Trejo, Paul Scheer, Brie Larson, Selena Gomez, Lisa Loeb, Sting, and T-Pain... youtu.be/abvPHv1j8hAs
Washington is the first state to allow the composting of human remains. The law allows organic reduction using wood chips & straw, or alkaline hydrolysis aka liquid cremation. Tests of donated bodies resulted in rich, odorless soil passing all federal & state safety guidelines. seattletimes.com/seattle-…
Today I learned of Arboform, a "liquid wood" that feels and biodegrades like wood but can be cast like plastic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arb…
The exterior of George Washington's home at Mount Vernon is not stone. It is beveled wood siding painted with lead paint and coated with sand so as to resemble sandstone blocks. mountvernon.org/the-estat…
The term 'Slapstick' arises from a device developed for use in a physical comedy style in 16th-century Italy. The "slap stick" consists of two thin slats of wood, which make a "slap" when striking another actor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
Bamboo is not a type of wood, but a type of grass despite commonly being sold as a 'wooden worktop' or a type of 'wood flooring'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bam…
Yakisugi (burnt cypress) is a traditional Japanese building material. Made by heating cypress boards until the cellulose burns off, it is more fireproof, waterproof, and resistant to insects than ordinary wood nakamotoforestry.com/what…
Bonito flakes are basically shaved fish jerky. Traditional katsuobushi is skipjack tuna preserved using smoke, caves, mold and the sun in a process that can take years. The fish is so tough that it is shaved with a katsuobushi kezuriki, which looks like a wood carving tool. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
Today I learned about Helen Jones Woods, a trombonist with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, an all-female multi-racial band that toured the south in the era of Jim Crow. After retiring from music, she served as a nurse for 23 years and was inducted into the Omaha Black Music Hall of Fame in 2007. thehistorymakers.org/biog…
George Washington's teeth weren't made of wood. Rather his dentures were made from animal and human teeth, which he had most likely pulled from slaves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In back to the future 2 , in the cafe 80s scene , at the end of the cafe it was Elijah Wood( kid on the left ) trying to play the gunslinger game . youtu.be/7AJtb-uSTr4
The four-leaf clover symbol, usually associated with shamrocks and Irish culture, is actually depicting the common wood sorrel which isn't a species of clover at all! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxa…
The first piece of footage Ed Wood ever produced was a shot of the Hindenburg shortly before it crashed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_…
A first time deer hunter named Sergio Martinez, who got lost in the woods of San Diego county in 2003, set a small fire to signal rescuers. The fire quickly got out of control and became the Cedar Fire burning nearly 300,000 acres of land, destroying more than 2200 homes and killing 15 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ced…
Viggo Mortensen recorded six experimental ambient records with Buckethead. This one, _Pandemoniumfromamerica_, also features three Hobbits (Wood, Monaghan, Boyd) and a reading by Noam Chomsky. youtu.be/l0EwWq5FRss
Today I learned of John Woods, an Army private who lied his way into becoming the Army's hangman and an officer. He carried out 60-70 executions in two years, several of which he bungled by building the gallows too short, including all ten of the Nuremberg Executions of the Nazi high command. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The superstitious tradition of knocking on wood for good luck is believed to have been conceived by ancient Indo-European people who believed that spirits (both good and bad) lived within the trees. By knocking on a tree one was asking for a blessing from the spirit which lived within. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kno…
When Consumer Reports tested the Olympic WaterGuard wood stain, the product was so bad that it "didn’t take to the wood at all.". consumerreports.org/home-…
In 1398, Timur the Lame faced an army that had war elephants armoured with chain mail and poison on their tusks. Timur loaded his camels with wood and hay, and then when the elephants charged, he lit them on fire and forced them onwards. The elephants panicked and turned around. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
During the Great Depression, fake currency called Depression Scrip (which were things such as shells, wood, paper, etc) was used as local currency instead of US dollars due to banks being closed. depressionscrip.com
In 1976 a film called "All This and World War II" was released, which included a soundtrack of Beatles covers by various artists such as Peter Gabriel, Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne, Elton John, David Essex, Leo Sayer, the Bee Gees, Frankie Laine, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and Tina Turner. allmusic.com/album/all-th…
Henry Ford created what is today known as Kingsford Charcoal by reusing old scrap wood from his car manufacturing plants and later spinning off the company to a family member grillgirl.com/2010/11/kin…
Henry Ford used wood scraps from the production of Model Ts to make charcoal briquettes. Starting Ford Charcoal, which would later be renamed to what we know today as Kingsford Charcoal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Tiger woods is the first golfer who hit a ball from Europe to Asia. He did this on the bosphorus bridge in Istanbul, Turkey which is the bridge that connects asia and europe. youtu.be/FdiSFqnPg44
Wood can now be made stronger than steel and nearly as bulletproof as Kevlar (but at only 5% of the cost)! getpocket.com/explore/ite…
Ichneumon wasps lay their eggs inside trees where they detect formerly laid and evolved wood wasp larvae. They paralize the other larvae through poison and then lay their single egg on top of it. Scientists are not sure how they find their victims through centimenters of solid tree bark youtube.com/watch?v=KxHck…
Today I learned about Witness Trees. These are trees that were present during key moments in American history. They have been known to hide bullets from those events within new layers of wood and bark. To help preserve their historic relevance, a Witness Tree Protection Program was launched in 2006. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
There's an engineer, in the woods near Portland Oregon, who lives in an old Boeing 727 since 1999 awesomeinventions.com/boe…
The Welsh Not was a piece of wood, inscribed with the letters β€œWN”, used in Welsh schools, that was hung around the neck of any child who spoke Welsh, who would pass it to a different child if they were heard speaking Welsh.By the end of the day, the wearer of the β€œnot” would be given a lashing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wel…
Guitarist Ronnie Wood has had a plastic septum inserted in 1975, because he destroyed the natural one with cocaine use. nme.com/news/music/the-ro…
The Wood Frog can go eight months without peeing. While it hibernates, it uses the urea (the main waste in urine) to protect their cells and tissues, even as the critters heart, brain and bloodstream stop. phys.org/news/2018-05-woo…
The term "in a New York minute" was first recorded in the mid-twentieth century in Piney Woods, Texas. grammarist.com/idiom/in-a…
The first documented use of toilet paper dates back in 589AD in early medieval China. Elsewhere, wealthy people wiped themselves with wool, lace or hemp, while others used their hand when defecating into rivers, using rags, wood shavings, leaves, grass, hay, stones, sand, moss,water, snow, etc. wikipedia.org/wiki/Toilet…
The first 100,000 pressings of Tiger Woods 99 for the PlayStation contained an Easter egg a QuickTime file titled ZZDUMMY.DAT. When played, it is a VHS recording of Jesus vs. Santa by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, commonly recognized as a precursor to South Park. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_…
Today I learned of Christopher Thomas Knight, AKA the North Pond Hermit. He entered the woods of Maine at age 20 and lived without human contact for 27 years, committing roughly 40 robberies a year for supplies. The only time he spoke to another human was when he said "hi" to a passing hiker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Female wasps consume wood fibers and mix it with their saliva to build and waterproof their nests terminix.com/pest-control…
The red fire millipede originates from the forests of southern Africa and it mainly eats dead leaves and rotting wood. One species is found in Madagascar where black lemurs have learned to use the insect's toxins (without harming them!) as a form of narcotic and as a natural mosquito repellent. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned of Project X-Ray. This cancelled World War 2 weapon, when deployed, would disperse Mexican free-tailed bats carrying small incendiary bombs. The bats would then roost onto buildings before igniting. It was intended to be used in Japan, were many buildings were made of wood and paper. youtu.be/VSWS8SyACCo?t=14…
Thomas Edison listened to the piano through his teeth. As he was completely deaf in one ear and could barely hear in the other he would chomp into the wood of the piano and absorb the sound waves into his skull. theatlantic.com/magazine/…
Today I learned about ATLAS-I, aka Trestle, the world's largest structure made entirely of wood, glue laminate, wooden bolts/nuts and sufficient to support a fully loaded B-52 bomber (for elevated EMP testing) 1,000 ft long, 125 ft (about 12 stories) tall, and constructed of 6.5 million board-feet of lumber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATL…
Today I learned of Agafia Lykova (75 yr, F) who was born in woods in "Old Believers" family, that has lieved in extreme isolation from the rest of society since 1930`s. She was discovered by chance by team of geologists only in 1978, while circling the area in a helicopter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aga…
~300 million years ago, when trees died, they didn’t rot. It took 60 million years later for bacteria to evolve to be able to decompose wood. Which is where most our coal comes from nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Morning Wood (penile erections during sleep) are not more frequent during sexual dreams than during non-sexual dreams. Only 12% of men's dreams contain sexual content. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sle…
Hundreds of dead animal carcasses including pets were found in West Virginia in the woods. Some had been decapitated and a few had intravenous tubes inserted in their forelegs. foxnews.com/story/hundred…
The red ovenbird, the national bird of Argentina and Uruguay, collects mud and piles it on top of a tree branch while letting it slowly dry, like adobe construction.When completed, its characteristic dome-shaped nest bears a resemblance to an old-fashioned wood-fired oven, hence the bird's name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruf…
Most of the tree is literally dead wood. asca-consultants.org/news…
To create kung fu movie sound effects, a number of people would sit in front of a screen playing the movie with boxing gloves, pieces of wood and blankets (seen in this documentary at around 11:49). youtube.com/watch?time_co…
Project Habakkuk, a British plan to build an aircraft carrier out of wood pulp and ice (pykrete). The project was dropped when a prototype confirmed the researchers' forecast that the full-size vessel would cost more money and machinery than a whole fleet of conventional aircraft carriers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned of N-rays, a new form of radiation described by French physicist Prosper-RenΓ© Blondlot in 1903, sparking the publication of hundreds of scientific articles. Failing to detect them himself, physicist Robert Wood later found them to be illusionary after sabotaging a experiment by Blondlot himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N_r…
Today I learned of BartholomΓ€us Traubeck, an artist and engineer who discovered how to make music from tree rings. β€œA record player that plays slices of wood, [in which] year ring data is translated into music." The trees year rings are analyzed and this data is used to generate piano music. canyouactually.com/when-y…
Today I learned about two 12 year old girls who stabbed their friend (12y/o) 19 times in the woods because they wanted to prove themselves worthy to Slenderman youtu.be/lXsB5lLgeH8
Wood frogs are the only frogs that live north of the Arctic circle. Their deep-freeze period can extend up to 8 months a year, making them among the longest hibernators of any vertebrate. Wood frogs are able to survive long harsh winters owing to a buildup of glucose and urea in their systems. nwf.org/Educational-Resou…
Punxsutawney Phil reveals his yearly prediction to the President of the Inner circle who possesses an ancient acacia wood cane that allows him to speak Groundhogese visitpa.com/article/inner…
Weeks before the end of World War II a group of Russian school children presented a wood replica of the Great Seal of the U.S. to the American ambassador. Hanged up in a study in the ambassador’s residence, it contained a listening device that went undiscovered for 7 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Long ago, Asian Buddhists used a "gānshǐjuΓ©/kanshiketsu" to wipe their butt (literally "Dry Shit Stick"). It was a piece of wood that was reusable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Today I learned of an newly discovered organism called Lithoredo abatanica that eats stone and excretes sand. It is a shipworm, a group of burrowing animals known for eating woods and related to clams, but so different from known examples that it is both a new species and genus. nytimes.com/2019/06/18/sc…
Today I learned of Marni Nixon, a singer who dubbed for leading actresses in movie musicals in the 50s and 60s. She dubbed for Natalie Wood in West Side Story, Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, and Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen prefer blondes. Her role was concealed from audiences at the time of the films' release. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
When Natalie Wood was 7 years old, her mother would tear up butterflies in front of her to get her to cry for a scene in a World War 2 movie where she played an orphan. Her mother also moved the entire family to LA when Natalie’s child acting career gained traction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
The PGA players tour trophy is 24k gold and designed by merging the faces of the 38 different winners including Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus golfdigest.com/story/play…
Today I learned about Freddie Oversteegen. She, along with her sister and friend, would flirt with Nazi collaborators and lure them to the woods for a promised makeout session. Once they reached a remote location, the men got a bullet to the head instead of a kiss. history101.com/freddie-ov…
Cocktails became popular during Prohibition as juices were added to bootleg liquor to disguise the taste of ingredients like dead rat and wood tar smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Matthew Wood, the sound director for the Star Wars sequel trilogy, decided to stop using the iconic Wilhelm Scream, made famous in the original trilogy, and introduced a different iconic scream that has been used in films but kept a secret. youtu.be/QBZOXKkOG3w
"morning wood" is medically important to penile health, and that not having it over extend periods of time is a possible sign of a health issue. healthline.com/health/men…
Tiger Woods has 20 holes in one, and 19 of those were before the 2000s youtube.com/watch?v=ZBowh…
M.C. Escher created his works of art using lithography, carving the mirror image into wood or limestone and then transferring the image onto paper. ncartmuseum.org/blog/view…
Economic and social ties between NYC and the secessionist South were so strong that on January 6, 1861, the Mayor of New York, Fernando Wood called for city to secede from the Union in support of the "Confederacy of which she was the proud Empire City" historynet.com/the-day-ne…
The Alaskan Wood Frog shields itself during winter with about an inch or two of leaf litter along the forest floor and allows up to 60 percent of it's body to freeze solid. It's heart stops eventually beating and survives in a semi-frozen state for weeks.... nationalgeographic.com.au…
The Nazis started producing a jet made of wood towards the end of WWII due to the scarcity of metals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hei…
The "grandfather's house" in the poem "Over the River and Through the Woods" was a real place en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Today I learned of Pykrete, a building material consisting of 14% wood pulp and 86% ice. Invented by Geoffrey Pyke during WW2, it's intended use was to build aircraft carriers for the British Royal Navy. wikipedia.org/wiki/Pykret…
Hardwood and a softwood are terms related to seed formation. Angiosperms have and outer shell (acorn, walnut) are hardwoods. Gymnosperms without a covering are softwood. Balsa wood is one of the lightest, least dense woods there is, and it's considered a hardwood. science.howstuffworks.com…
Wood knots are formed by new wood growing around dead branches from when the tree was younger en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
Today I learned about the curse of the movie "rebel without a cause". Four of the movies leads past away before the age of 45, James Dean in a car accident, Natalie Woods in a drowning accident, Sal Mineo got stabbed to death in a robbery and Nick Adams commited suicide. Edward Platt commited suicide at age 58 historydaily.org/rebel-wi…
During prohibition [1920-1933] legal exemptions to the Volstead Act allowed Drs to prescribe alcohol & at pharmacies medicinal alcohol made profits soar. Denatured wood alcohol was legal for industry but poisonous; people drank it anyway. Up to 250,000 people were poisoned or paralyzed. prohibition.themobmuseum.…
Trees secretly talk to each other and share resources using a fungal network called the World Wood Web. Some trees use the system to support their offspring, while others hijack it to sabotage their rivals. bbc.co.uk/news/av/science…
Robert Wagner is a person of interest in actress Natalie Wood's 1981 drowning death. The captain of the boat admitted that he lied to police & that Wood & Wagner had argued the night she drowned & that Wagner had prevented the captain from turning on the search lights & contacting authorities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Kingsford was founded by Ford to dispose of the excess wood from the Model T en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Archeologists discovered more than 40 well preserved ship wrecks ranging from Byzantine, to the Venetian, to the Ottoman empires. The wood of some ships was so well-preserved that chisel and tool marks were still visible on individual planks due to the unusual water chemistry of the Black Sea nytimes.com/2016/11/12/sc…
For the first 40 million years that woody trees were around, wood was not biodegradable...until a fungus figured out how to rot it feedthedatamonster.com/ho…
A 44 year-old man dressed as Sasquatch was killed by a moving car when he jumped out of the woods onto a Montana highway at night, trying to scare drivers. latimes.com/nation/la-xpm…
The Power of Sleep particularly for elite athletes. Roger Federer sleeps 12 hours a day. Usain Bolt 9-10 hrs a day. Le Bron James also sleeps 12 hours. For a long time, while he was struggling with his form, Tiger Woods had a sleep disorder. tennisworldusa.org/tennis…
Ole Kirk Christiansen, a Danish carpenter, suffered huge losses after a fire broke out in his woodworking shop that made furniture. He descended into bankruptcy & decided to start making small wood items, including toys. He even renamed his company to 'leg godt' ('play well') or Lego. history.com/news/the-disa…

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