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Pilots departing from California’s John Wayne Airport are required by law to cut their engines and pitch nose down shortly after takeoff for about 6 miles in order to reduce noise in the residential area below.

What’s Up with the Rollercoaster Takeoffs from Orange County? Orange County’s unique departure profile If you’ve ever had the pleasure (or perhaps the terror) of taking off in a commercial plane from Orange County’s John Wayne airport, you’ll know that it is a takeoff unlike any other. Just seconds after liftoff, you will feel your …

Pilots departing from California’s John Wayne Airport are required by law to cut their engines and pitch nose down shortly after takeoff for about 6 miles in order to reduce noise in the residential area below. Read More »

The average delay of a Japanese bullet train is just 54 seconds, despite factors such as natural disasters. If the train is more than five minutes late, passengers are issued with a certificate that they can show their boss to show that they are late.

Reality Check: When is a train on time? A Japanese railway company made headlines after it apologised for sending a train off 20 seconds early. The idea of “deeply apologising” for the “severe inconvenience” of a lost 20 seconds seemed almost alien to commuters who have to put up with much greater disruption in other …

The average delay of a Japanese bullet train is just 54 seconds, despite factors such as natural disasters. If the train is more than five minutes late, passengers are issued with a certificate that they can show their boss to show that they are late. Read More »

Americans, who only had to pay for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, struggled to pull together funding. Joseph Pulitzer started a crowdfunding campaign and gathered $100,000 from more than 120,000 contributors, most of whom gave less than $1.

Statue of Liberty For other uses, see Statue of Liberty (disambiguation). The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York, in the United States. The copper statue, a gift from the people of France to …

Americans, who only had to pay for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, struggled to pull together funding. Joseph Pulitzer started a crowdfunding campaign and gathered $100,000 from more than 120,000 contributors, most of whom gave less than $1. Read More »

Mount Everest is so inundated with waste, including 26,500 lbs of human excrement, each season that the Nepalese gov’t now requires each climber to pack out 8 kg of waste when descending the mountain (human waste, empty cans/bottles, abandoned tents, etc.).

Mount Everest “Everest” redirects here. For other uses, see Everest (disambiguation). Aerial photo from the south, with Mount Everest rising above the ridge connecting Nuptse and Lhotse Mount Everest, known in Nepali as Sagarmatha (सगरमाथा) and in Tibetan as Chomolungma (ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ), is Earth’s highest mountain above sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of …

Mount Everest is so inundated with waste, including 26,500 lbs of human excrement, each season that the Nepalese gov’t now requires each climber to pack out 8 kg of waste when descending the mountain (human waste, empty cans/bottles, abandoned tents, etc.). Read More »

The Pearl Harbor memorial development had slowed to a halt, only for Elvis to jump in and contribute 50,000 dollars through his “Aloha from Hawaii” benefit concert.

How Elvis Presley Saved the USS Arizona Memorial The battleship USS Arizona sank after being bombed when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. More than one thousand of the ship’s sailors lost their lives with at least 900 of them still rest with the submerged ship. In the 1950s, plans took shape for …

The Pearl Harbor memorial development had slowed to a halt, only for Elvis to jump in and contribute 50,000 dollars through his “Aloha from Hawaii” benefit concert. Read More »

Showman and businessman PT Barnum was frustrated with how long people lingered in his museum’s exhibits. He posted signs that said ‘This Way to the Egress’. He knew most of the visitors would follow them not knowing ‘Egress’ meant ‘Exit’. They couldn’t re-enter without paying the entry fee again

Barnum’s American Museum For other articles with similar names, see Barnum Museum (disambiguation). Barnum’s American Museum in 1858 After the 1868 fire Barnum’s American Museum was located at the corner of Broadway and Ann Street in New York City, United States, from 1841 to 1865. The museum was owned by famous showman P. T. Barnum, …

Showman and businessman PT Barnum was frustrated with how long people lingered in his museum’s exhibits. He posted signs that said ‘This Way to the Egress’. He knew most of the visitors would follow them not knowing ‘Egress’ meant ‘Exit’. They couldn’t re-enter without paying the entry fee again Read More »

Here’s a fact about Ewa Wiśnierska, a german paraglider that got surprised by a thunderstorm and got sucked up by a cumulonimbus cloud to an altitude of 10.000m (33.000ft). She survived temperatures of -50*C and extreme oxygen deprivation at a height higher than the Mt. Everest.

This Is What Happened When Paraglider Ewa Wisnierska Flew Right Into A Huge Storm She was the top female paraglider in the world, beating out the odds to compete once again for the title of world champion. But when German national team member Ewa Wisnierska was suddenly caught in the midst a huge, violent thunderstorm …

Here’s a fact about Ewa Wiśnierska, a german paraglider that got surprised by a thunderstorm and got sucked up by a cumulonimbus cloud to an altitude of 10.000m (33.000ft). She survived temperatures of -50*C and extreme oxygen deprivation at a height higher than the Mt. Everest. Read More »

For centuries there has been a secret wing to a museum in Naples, where all the erotic art found in Pompeii was locked away. The cabinet remained closed for more than a hundred years – the doorway even bricked up at one point – and was only fully opened to the public in 2000.

Today, it is well known that the ancient Romans had a very liberal view on sexuality, and that Pompeii boasted a large sex industry with dozens of brothels whose walls were adorned with erotic frescoes. The candid display of sexually explicit materials caused such great embarrassment and consternation among the 18th century public, that King …

For centuries there has been a secret wing to a museum in Naples, where all the erotic art found in Pompeii was locked away. The cabinet remained closed for more than a hundred years – the doorway even bricked up at one point – and was only fully opened to the public in 2000. Read More »

A fisherman in Philippine found a perl weighing 34kg and estimated around $100 million. Not knowing it’s value, the pearl was kept under his bed for 10 years as a good luck charm.

Maggay-Amurao told the Guardian that she was now seeking help from experts to certify the pearl’s authenticity. “The Puerto Princesa City would likely earn another prestigious title and a record breaker for having the world’s biggest natural giant pearl from a giant clam (34 kilograms) after being certified for its authenticity,” she wrote. “Just for …

A fisherman in Philippine found a perl weighing 34kg and estimated around $100 million. Not knowing it’s value, the pearl was kept under his bed for 10 years as a good luck charm. Read More »