The word “dashboard” originated as a barrier of wood or leather fixed at the front of a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh to protect the driver from mud or other debris “dashed up” (thrown up) by the horses’ hooves.
28 fossils of the largest extinct species of snake were discovered in a coal mine of Columbia. The “Titanoboa” lived about 65 million years ago. The species clocked out at about 48 feet long and weighed roughly 2,500 lb.
In 1959, a Norwegian insulation company took on the challenge from a radio station of driving a truck carrying three tons of ice from the arctic circle to the equator. The ice only lost 11% of its mass during the 27 day long journey.
Spiders can fly for miles and have been found 2.5 miles above earth surface.
There was a German architect who devoted his whole life to promote his grand scheme of damming and draining the Mediterranean to create vast amounts of land and to unite Europe and Africa into one super continent.
The ADE 651; an inert rod of metal with a plastic hinge, was sold as a bomb detector. It was used by the military of Iraq, Afghanistan and more than a dozen other countries for years before anyone noticed that it did nothing at all.
The Slinky was invented by accident, when a Mechanical Engineer was working to devise springs that could keep sensitive ship equipment steady at sea. After accidentally knocking some samples off a shelf, he watched in amazement as they gracefully “walked” down instead of falling.
In 1961 when Yuri Gagarin returned from space Nikita Khrushchev wanted to boost the Soviet’s anti-religion campaign by saying: “Gagarin flew into space, but didn’t see any god there.”
There are 22 American states that can revoke your professional license for defaulting on college loans.
In a project called Pleistocene Park, some Russian scientists are trying to restore a small region of Russia to the way it would’ve looked ~10,000 years ago.