In 1971, astronaut Alan Shepard hit 2 golf balls on the moon - he hit the first one into a crater, and claimed to have smashed the second one "miles and miles and miles". However, recent research has shown that the first ball travelled 24 yards (22 m), and the second ball only 40 yards (37 m) bbc.com/sport/golf/559277…
Bob Hawke, Former Prime Minister of Australia, set a world record for downing a yard of ale in 11 seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
In order to raise funds for new furniture, President Chester Arthur held a yard sale at the White House. Items such as Abraham Lincoln’s pants, John Quincy Adams hats and 24 wagons worth of items were sold off to the public. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
In 1937, a Michigan dentist stopped two fleeing bank robbers by shooting them with his deer rifle, wounding one in the arm and killing the other with a head shot at a range of almost 150 yards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
In 2011 Mythbusters accidentally fired a cannonball through a residential neighborhood. The show was testing a myth at the Alameda Sheriff's Department bomb range when the ball bounced 700 yards off course going through a house, across the street, off a roof and into a car. No one was injured. npr.org/2011/12/08/143349…
In 1966 a coal waste landslide of approximately 140,000 cubic yards engulfed a village in Wales, destroying a primary school and killing 116 children within minutes. history.com/news/elizabet…
Today I Learned the 'Croydon cat killer' hunt ended after a three-year investigation with Scotland Yard declaring humans in the clear and foxes likely to be behind muations in south London. Some speculated the killings had been part of "Satanic rituals" theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned about Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy that solved his own murder case. He was poisoned with a cup of tea in a London hotel. Working with Scotland Yard detectives, as he lay dying, he traced the lethal substance to a former comrade in the Russian secret service theguardian.com/world/201…
Feral chickens began terrorizing an island in the UK in 2019. A few escaped chickens multiplied exponentially due to lack of predators, and 100-bird gangs began attacking joggers, destroying yards, blocking traffic, and waking residents at 4am with their deafening crowing. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The world record recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest golf drive in a competition is 516 yards (472 m) by 64-year-old Mike Austin in 1974 at the US Senior National Open Qualifier with a 43.5" steel shafted persimmon wood driver. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
In 1891, in Waynestown, Indiana, the race for County Treasurer was so close that it was decided by a 200-yard footrace. William Simms, the favorite, seemed like a sure bet but tripped three yards from the finish line, letting his opponent win the race and therefore the position. newspapers.com/clip/16439…
According to the Philippine Civil Code (RA 386, Article 680) if your property has a fruit tree and some of its fruits fell "naturally" (i.e. acts of god) into your neighbor's yard, your neighbor is entitled with the ownership of said fallen fruits. officialgazette.gov.ph/19…
Prince Albert, the future King, and father of Queen Elizabeth II, came within yards of being killed while serving as a young man aboard the HMS Collingwood, during the Battle of Jutland, the huge face off between the Royal Navy and the German Grand Fleet during WWI. youtu.be/MffyRgq23ps?t=12…
An uncoiled DNA molecule is 2 yards in length. If you uncoiled every DNA molecule in your body, it would equal to roughly 70 trips to the sun and back. dodona.ugent.be/en/activi…
In 1896, Bill Crush orchestrated the spectacle of smashing two trains into each other completely on purpose. Although no one was within 200 yards of the impact, the explosion from the steam engines killed two spectators and injured more. The event was considered a big PR and financial success. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Since 1959 the US has defined its customary units of length; inch, foot, yard etc in terms of metric units with 1 yard = 0.9144 metres so technically the US is already metricised ngs.noaa.gov/PUBS_LIB/Fed…
Canadian Prime Minister John Turner was a national record holder for 100-yard dash and qualified for 1948 London Olympics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
XF-84H, aka Thunderscreech, is perhaps the loudest aircraft ever. A turboprop plane intended to break the sound barrier, its single propeller visibly produced a continuous sonic boom that radiated for 100s of yards. Ground crew were regularly incapacitated by nausea and, in one case, a seizure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
When Prince Charles arrived at the Britannia Royal Naval College for his Royal Navy officer training, unlike all other cadets who arrived by coach he drove to Dartmouth in his own Aston Martin. While driving up the ramps to meet the Captain it broke down and had to be pushed the final few yards. bythedart.co.uk/things-to…
In 1997 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a pot-bellied pig named Lulu saved her owner, having a heart attack. Lulu heard the owner's cries of pain then forced her way out of the yard and played dead on the road. Lulu successfully stopped a car and guided help to the owner, she survived. vault50.com/lulu-pig-play…
Tyler Perry has a 330-acre studio complex complete with a replica of the White House, a farm, a vintage baseball stadium, several courtrooms, a trailer park, a prison yard, a Southern mansion, and church chapel among other sets. chicagocrusader.com/the-w…
In Kentucky, 1876, a woman making soap in her yard was surprised by chunks of meat falling from the sky. The cause of the Kentucky Meat Shower would elude experts at the time, many of whom felt it was probably bacteria. Eventually, the best guess became vulture vomit. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Along with some notable achievements in baseball, Jackie Robinson holds the NCAA football record for most rushing yards per carry in a season (12.2) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Bald Eagles are feeding in a suburban Seattle landfill and dropping their trash leftovers in nearby residents' yards. The official β€œbird management plan" sent drones to chase away birds but were ripped up in the sky by eagles. "Scarecrow" mannequins with safety vest and hard hat also failed. seattletimes.com/seattle-…
After receiving equa lvotes in a local election in Texas, a 200 yard dash was held to decide the winner. William Simms was about to win, but tripped 10 feet from the finish line. Then Frank Hollowell fell over him, but crawled to the finish line faster than Simms to secure the election. newspapers.com/clip/16439…
: The "thousand-yard stare" is a phrase often used to describe the blank, unfocused gaze of soldiers who have become emotionally detached from the horrors around them. It is also sometimes used more generally to describe the look of dissociation among victims of other types of trauma. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
A Formula 1 car can brake from 186mph to a dead stop in 4 seconds, and can stop from 62mph in just 18 yards, subjecting the driver to 5.4G. f1technical.net/articles/…
In 1933, FDR redesigned the West Wing, creating their current Oval Office on the old laundry drying yard, in part because a room without corners made it easier for a wheelchair-bound individual to navigate. whitehousehistory.org/pho…
In 1904, the creator of the Thompson Submachine Gun conducted tests on both living cattle, and some human cadavers, to determine which caliber should be used in American military handguns. Tests were conducted at the Nelson Morris Company Union Stock Yards in Chicago, Illinois. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
All Hass avocados throughout the entire world are from grafted seedlings propagated from a single avocado tree that grew in the back yard of Rudolph Hass in California in 1926. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Has…
A man drove through the fence of a California home before stopping in the yard. He panicked, forgot to put it in reverse and slammed into the house. Residents took his keys after finding him but moments later he had taken their car keys and accidentally drove their car into the house too, again jalopnik.com/the-absurd-s…
Harvard used to have an "Indian College". They were low on funds in the 1640s, and thus obtained funds from an England religious charity to educate (and convert) Native-Americans. The schools building opened in 1656, the first in Harvard Yard. It housed the first printing press in the colonies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
In 2016 Patrick Mahomes threw for 734 yards in a single game vs. Oklahoma and lost espn.com/college-football…
As a child, president Woodrow Wilson grew up in the South during the American Civil War. His oldest memory was of him playing in his yard at the age of three, when he heard a passerby announce in disgust that Abraham Lincoln had been elected and that a war was coming. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
A man found a copy of the declaration of independence in an old picture frame he bought for $4 at a yard sale. It turned out to be a first print from the 4th July 1776. It later sold for $2.42 million, then $8.14 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phy…
Infamous streaker, Mark Roberts, was sponsored by GoldenPalace.com to streak Super Bowl 38. He was paid $1 million, given front row tickets on the 50-yard line, and provided with one of the best defense attorneys in the US who was able to reduce his charges down to a misdemeanor and $1,000 fine. theguardian.com/sport/201…
"Scotland Yard" is a street name. The former headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police had a back entrance there which was used by the general public. "Great Scotland Yard" was never even the building's actual address, and it hasn't been a police station since 1890. It's a Hyatt now. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
Mythbuster accidentally blew a hole in a house and damaged a minivan about 700 yards after the canon missed the target. cnet.com/news/mythbusters…
The world record holder for fastest downing of a yard of beer was the Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yar…
In 1973 the Irish Republican Army (IRA) hijacked a helicopter, flew to Mountjoy Prison in Dublin, landed in the exercise yard and helped three volunteers escape. It was dubbed 'the escape of the century' and made headlines around the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
Today I learned about the 'thousand-yard stare', which is a phrase often used to describe the blank, unfocused gaze of soldiers who have become emotionally detached from the horrors around them. It is also sometimes used more generally to describe the look of dissociation among victims of other types of trauma. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Today I learned of William Kamkwamba, who taught himself to build windmills from library books. He built his first windmill, at age 15, out of junk from the scrap yard and brought power to his Malawian village. Later on he built another windmill to power water pumps to irrigate fields. cnn.com/2009/WORLD/africa…
The flower in Mr. Wilson’s yard from Dennis the Menace (1993), that only blooms once every 10-20 years is real and smells like dead rotting animals. mtv.com/news/2248447/corp…
Two pigmy whales, a mother and a calf got stranded in a beach unable to navigate back to the ocean past a series of sandbanks. Seeing their plight a dolphin arrived and guided the whales 200 yards along the shoreline and out through a channel into the open sea. independent.co.uk/environ…
Of Wilmer McLean. After the battle of bull run happened on his farm in Manassas, he moved his family to Appomattox courthouse. 3 years later, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant there. He purportedly said ""The war began in my front yard and ended in my front parlor." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
NFL running back Robert Edwards was fresh off a 1,000 yard rookie season when he destroyed his knee in a beach football game at the Pro Bowl. His NFL career was ruined and his team, the New England Patriots, would go on to win 3 Super Bowls in the next 6 years without him. theglobeandmail.com/sport…
The International Space Station (ISS) is 357 feet end-to-end, one yard shy of the full length of an American football field including the end zones nasa.gov/feature/facts-an…
Le PΓ©tomane was a French professional farter. His act involved sound effects of cannon fire and thunderstorms, as well as playing "'O Sole Mio" and "La Marseillaise" on an ocarina through his anus. He could also blow out a candle yards away. His audience included royalty and Sigmund Freud. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
Saturn’s rings are only about 100 yards thick caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpso…
The origin of the expression "The whole 9 yards" is unknown. It may have referred to: the length of pieces of fabric/garments, WWII aircraft machine gun belts, Football, OR ritual disembowelment npr.org/2013/01/14/169140…

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