"TMZ" stands for the Thirty Mile Zone around Los Angeles within which film crews don't get paid overnight expenses lamag.com/askchris/ask-ch…
Actor Bill Mumy, known for appearing in The Twilight Zone and Lost in Space, is half of the duo who performed the novelty song "Fish Heads" which was the most requested song in the history of The Dr. Demento Show. Their follow up single "I Had Sex With E.T." was not as popular. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Today I learned about Parasite fighters, fighter aircraft carried into a combat zone by a larger aircraft such as a bomber. If the bomber were threatened, the parasite would be released to defend it. The concept has seldom been used, as weight of the parasite craft reduced the payload capacity of the carrier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
The bottom of a tectonic plate off Portugal’s coast is peeling off, causing the plates to start grinding beneath each other and creating a subduction zone. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Johns Hopkins University professor proposed to do away with time zones completely and put the entire world on universal time (UTC). Under this system, when it's 9:00 in one place, it's 9:00 everywhere on the plane. science.howstuffworks.com…
In 1998, Swiss watch maker Swatch unsuccesfully tried to launch a new time concept called Swatch Internet Time. According to this, the mean solar day is divided into 1000 parts called '.beats'. The system also elimated time zones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
According to an index developed in 2015, Earth is not the most habitable planet found yet. Kepler-442b, a rocky near-Earth-sized exoplanet that is 1206 light-years away from Earth and orbits within its star's habitable zone, has a rating of 0.836. On the other hand, Earth has a rating of 0.829. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kep…
The β€œDeath Zone” is what climbers call the highest part of Mount Everest (everything above 26,247ft). Due to its lack of oxygen, the body literally begins to die, cell by cell. This can result in health risks like impaired judgement, heart attack or stroke, and altitude sickness. businessinsider.com/mount…
China only has one time zone (Beijing Standard time) and is roughly the size of the of the continental United States. thriveglobal.com/stories/…
The Simpsons episode where everyone wants to get into Ned's bomb shelter was based on a 'Twilight Zone' episode where the same thing happened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Due to its numerous overseas departments and territories scattered on all oceans of the planet, France possesses the largest Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ) in the world, covering 11.7 million km2. It is followed by the US, third is Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exc…
There is collection of islands off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, that are actually French Territory. These islands, called Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, are one of the few time zones on earth that will force you to set your watch forward as you travel west from NL by ferry to reach it. newworldencyclopedia.org/…
Despite being a lot of radiation at Chernobyl, some dogs survived the radiation, military and wolves in the disaster zone. The dogs formed packs and raised puppies without any deformities and even went up for auction in 2018 gizmodo.com/a-dozen-homel…
Hill Valley from β€œBack to the Future” is a set used for a lot of other movies and tv shows including Leave it to Beaver, the first episode of Twilight Zone, The Incredible Hulk, Psycho II, Knight Rider, Gremlins, and Batman and Robin among others. wikipedia.org/wiki/Courth…
Today I learned of "Zonal" languages. Zonals are like universal languages but for a specific language family. Slavic, Germanic, and Romance languages would all have their own "Zonal" designed using familiar rules/logic/alphabet/etc. The goal is promoting greater regional cohesion in a language zone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zon…
Dinner (and prime-time television) in Spain starts as late as 10pm because it is in the wrong time zone. In 1940, General Francisco Franco moved clocks one hour forward in solidarity with Nazi Germany but the residents never bothered to adjusted their dinner time to match the new time zone. bbc.com/travel/story/2017…
When the Japanese occupied what is now Malaysia during WWII, they changed the local time zone to match Japan’s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Soviet spacecrafts carried onboard shotguns. If the crew missed their landing zones, the shotgun would be used to fend off bears and other predators. businessinsider.com/sovie…
Spain has been in the wrong time zone for 7 decades. Spain's dictator Francisco Franco set the country's clocks an hour ahead in World War II in order to be aligned with Nazi Germany, and the change was never reverted. npr.org/sections/parallel…
A pacific atoll known as Kiritimati, or Christmas Island, lives in a time zone of UTC+14, 24 hours ahead of Hawaii (UTC-10) despite being almost directly south of the state - and was used by the British and US in the late 50's/early 60's as a nuclear testing site, without being evacuated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kir…
Rod Serling got the idea for the Twilight Zone episode "I Shot an Arrow into the Air" from a conversation with a friend, to whom he paid $500 for the rights. More people would pitch episode ideas to Serling in person over the years, but none were ever produced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_S…
A helicopter accident during the filming of the Twilight Zone Movie that killed three actors ended the friendship between Steven Spielberg and John Landis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twi…
Today I learned of Stephen Hillenburg, a marine scientist who wrote The Intertidal Zone, a book about tide pools. After enrolling for an animation program, he worked at Nickeloden and created SpongeBob SquarePants. He later won an award from Heal the Bay for his efforts on elevating marine life awareness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Many people never evacuated the Chernobyl exclusion zone and still live there today, despite it being illegal and of course unsafe. worldpopulationreview.com…
Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago with a population of 3 000, is the only visa-free zone in the world meaning that anybody may live and work there indefinitely regardless of country of citizenship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vis…
Charles Robert Jenkins, a disgruntled US solider, who in 1965 drank 10 cans of beer before abandoning his post in the demilitarized zone dividing the peninsula of South & North Korea - a mistake which led to Jenkins living under the brutal Kim regime for ~40 YEARS en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The Korean DMZ is an "accidental paradise" for endangered species. The zone, isolated from human activity, has permitted nature to make a comeback and reclaim the land. The DMZ is home to more than 5,000 species, 106 of which have protected status. cnn.com/2019/11/25/world/…
During the Philippine–American War (1899–1902), American Brigadier General Bell established concentration camps, known as "reconcentrados", surrounded by free-fire zones.Filipino civilians were issued identification and forcefully relocated to facilities, with mortality rates high as 20 percent. wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip…
Scientists have discovered an exoplanet that resides within its star's habitable zone, has a temperate climate and contains water at its surface. However, even with spacecrafts much faster than our current ones, it would take a crew of 98 members 6,300 years to reach the Earth-like exoplanet. geneticliteracyproject.or…
About 85 percent of hospitals still use pagers because hospitals can be dead zones for cell service. In some hospital areas, the walls are built to keep X-rays from penetrating, but those heavy-duty designs also make it hard for a cell phone signal to make it through but not pagers. rd.com/health/healthcare/…
Today I learned about UY Scuti, the largest-known star by radius. It is 1700 times bigger than our sun, and it would take 1200 years to fly around it in a 900km/h regular passenger airplane. If Earth was in its habitable zone, it would take 10.000 years for one full rotation, each season lasting 2500 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UY_…
Japan has spent $600 Million protecting two rocks that are apart of the coral reef Okinotorishima because it gives Japan a 200 nautical mile (370.4 km) exclusive economic zone (EEZ) around the atoll. wikipedia.org/wiki/Okinot…
A resort in Madagascar wanted the sun to rise and set later, so they created their own time zone, an hour ahead of the rest of Madagascar. According to the hotel, "A time peculiar to the lodge was created so that we are better adjusted to the natural cycles of the reserve and the village." npr.org/sections/goatsand…
After WWII Rod Serling (Creator of The Twilight Zone) made money testing military parachutes. On one occasion, he made $1,000 testing a jet ejection seat that had killed the previous three testers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Today I learned of John Rabe, a deputy leader of the Nazi party who used his status to establish a safety zone during the Nanking Massacre, and tried to stop the atrocities taking place. It is estimated that he saved between 200,000 and 250,000 lives through his efforts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
China has one time zone for the entire country. travelchinaguide.com/esse…
The marine taxa of the East Indies were all found in the Medditeranean 50 million years ago; marine biodiversity hotspots are mostly within zones of tectonic plate convergence; and the eastward movement of the East Indies marine ecoystem occured due to the collision between Africa and Europe. researchgate.net/publicat…
The directors of Airplane! auditioned numerous voice actors for the opening red zone/white zone scene, disliking all of them. They ended up tracking down the married couple who originally recorded the announcements that were used at LAX in 1980. Their voices are in the finished film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone has become effectively a nature reserve home to hundreds of animal species, including grey wolves that are 7 times more abundant here than in surrounding areas; furthermore, the residual radiation from the disaster has dissipated far more quickly than anticipated. youtu.be/1lRIxuWgou8
The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that Earth-size planets exist in the habitable zones of other stars and signals a significant step closer to finding a world similar to Earth exoplanets.nasa.gov/what-…
The sun will transform into a red giant in a few billion years and expand to 256 times it's size. Mercury, Venus and Earth will get engulfed and the habitable zone will be pushed well into the Kuiper Belt. A host of new moons are expected to become suitable for the existence of life. futurism.com/heres-what-i…
Today I learned of involuntary parks, areas rendered unsuitable for human habitance (by acts of mankind) that have since returned to its original, wild state as a result, like the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for example. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inv…
[] the "Big One," the maximum upper-limit of the San Andreas fault is estimated to be 8.2, which is only 6% as powerful as the earthquake that struck Tohoku (Fukushima), Japan because the Richter scale is logarithmic. Both will be dwarfed by a Cascadia subduction zone quake. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Today I learned of the East African Rift, a continental rift zone in East Africa that is in the process of splitting into two new tectonic plates, called the Somali Plate and the Nubian Plate, at a rate of 6–7 mm per year. The lithospheric rupture will occur within 10 million years, forming a new ocean basin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Today I learned about "Boy's Town", (or La Zona as it is known in Spanish), a commercial district in the border town of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, serving primarily as a "zone of tolerance" in the city for legal prostitution, and also a variety of other nocturnal entertainment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy…
Today I learned of the SS Richard Montgomery: a US WWII ship carrying munitions, grounded 2.4km from Sheerness, UK in 1944, and broken in two by the weight of the bombs on board. An estimated 1,400 tonnes of explosives remain on board the ship. It is monitored constantly & protected by a 500m exclusion zone. bbc.com/future/article/20…
]During the Vietnam War, Pan Am was contracted by the Government to serve flights to soldiers from Vietnam to vacation spots. The crew didn't have military training but were serving a military role and would land on the middle of war zones. Their efforts and service wasn't widely recognized.. blog.museumofflight.org/t…
Today I learned about Superhabitable planets. This is a recent definition/category of planets or moons that must meet much more criteria than just being in the "Habitable Zone/Goldilocks Zone". No planet or moon has met these criteria as of yet, although the planet Kepler-442b is the closest to this definition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
About 85 percent of hospitals still use pagers because hospitals can be dead zones for cell service. In some hospital areas, the walls are built to keep X-rays from penetrating, but those heavy-duty designs also make it hard for a cell phone signal to make it through but not pagers. rd.com/health/healthcare/…
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…

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