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Is there a new danger in the sky? While bird strikes are a dangerous and regular threat to aircraft landing and departing a runway, there have been actual cases of fish striking an aircraft during these critical phases of flight. But don’t worry. It is very rare.

In September 2013, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) aircraft at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa Bay, Florida, was just about to take off when it hit something. The pilot aborted the takeoff and returned the aircraft to a hangar to get it inspected.

The crew believed the strike was with…


To put it in straightforward terms to start, so no one gets lost, is bourbon is always whiskey. On the other hand, whiskey is not always bourbon, and scotch is a whiskey produced in Scotland (and spelled whisky). Are you confused yet?

Bourbon must be distilled under government standards. …


The Area of Damage by the Lituya Bay Tsunami

During the night of July 9, 1958, the largest recorded wave in history occurred in Lituya Bay, Alaska. It reached an astonishing height of 1,720 feet. As a frame of reference, the Empire State Building is 1,250 feet tall.

The wave was caused by a massive earthquake along the Fairweather Fault, which runs west of Juneau along the Alaska Panhandle. The earthquake measured 7.9 on the Richter scale. Rock that was 3,000 feet above the Gilbert Inlet of Lituya Bay loosened and fell into the water. The estimated amount of rock was around 30.6 million cubic meters or 1.08 billion…


Mr. T was a huge star in the 1980s and most known for his character B.A. Baracus on the 80s hit show, The A-Team. He also starred in Rocky III in 1982, D.C. Cab in 1983, and had a stint as a WWF pro wrestler in the mid-80s. But what Mr. T was probably most known for was his signature gold chains he wore around his neck. So how did he come to wear these enormous pieces of gold?

Mr. T’s iconic gold chains originally came from customers at the nightclub where he worked as a bouncer in the 1970s…


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An Important British Cat

A cat that lives at the residence of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at 10 Downing Street has the government title of Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office. The cat’s name is Larry, and he’s been living at the residence since February 15, 2011. He is the first cat to have the title and has been the companion to three prime ministers. Who knew they had such a problem with mice on Downing Street. Source


The Medal of Honor is the US military’s highest decoration and recognizes those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. There has been 3,495 Medal of Honor recipients since the first medal was awarded to Bernard J.D. Erwin in 1861. Only one of these recipients was a woman, however. Her name was Mary Edwards Walker.

Walker graduated with a medical degree from Syracuse Medical College in 1855 and went into private practice in the years leading up to the Civil War. At the beginning of the Civil War, she attempted to get a commission in the Union…


We all know that the ocean is salty, but have you ever wondered how much salt is in there?

About 97 percent of all the water on Earth is found in the ocean. According to NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Center, there is an estimated 321,003,271 cubic miles of water in the ocean. In one cubic mile of seawater, the weight of the salt in that seawater is estimated to be about 120 million tons since approximately 3.5 percent of the weight of seawater is salt. This means there are roughly 38.5 quadrillion tons of salt in the oceans.

The heaviest…


Where did the Japanese custom of taking off shoes before entering a house come from? It began around the Heian period in 794–1192 AD with the upper class, and the custom eventually spread to the other classes.

One of the main reasons for taking off shoes or sandals before entering a house in Japan was actually very practical. The country has a damp climate and a high amount of rainfall. People would often have mud-covered sandals or shoes and would quickly dirty the house if they went inside with shoes or sandals on.

So the main reason Japanese people take…


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The United States Postal Service has been thought of as sometimes slow when it delivers the mail, but there was one time and one idea, which challenged that notion. In 1959, the Post Office Department (which is now known as the USPS) successfully delivered mail in a cruise missile and sent 3,000 pieces of mail over 100 miles in 22 minutes.

Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield made a prediction that mail delivery via a missile would be able to send mail across the US and to other corners of the globe in record time. …


Hulk Hogan, the famous wrestler with the signature look and who inspired “Hulkamania,” has had his name associated with a multitude of products. But there was one product he passed on that would become a phenomenal success for another athlete.

Though the story has changed throughout the years, the end result was the same. One version, as told by Hogan, was that he took a call from his agent to sponsor either a meatball maker or a new indoor grill coming on the market. Hogan reportedly said, “That’s fantastic, I want the Hulkamania Meatball Maker!” …

Daniel Ganninger

The writer, editor, and chief lackey of Knowledge Stew and the Knowledge Stew line of trivia books. Connect at knowledgestew.com and danielganninger.com

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