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SHARK BURSTS THROUGH CAGE

  • The Great White is the most genetically diverse species of shark. 

  • People spent $314 million on shark ecotourism annually; and one study projects that will increase to $780 million in the next 20 years. 

  • At birth, a Great White shark is already 5 feet long! 

  • Guadalupe Island, where this video was filmed, is famous for the Guadalupe Fur Seal; the Great White sharks may gather there to eat the seals. 

  • A University of Florida study shows that worldwide, shark attack fatalities have been on the rise, though they are falling in the United States.  

RATTLESNAKE BITES GARDENING WOMAN

  • The lethality of Western Diamondback Rattlesnake venom actually varies depending on where the snake is from.  Snakes from the southwest portion of the species’ range are more poisonous than ones from the northeast portion.   

  • Younger snakes are also more poisonous. 

  • The first rattlesnake antivenom in the U.S. was sold in 1953.  Antivenoms were developed from vaccine research in the early 20th century. 

  • This incident occurred in Tucson, Arizona – the nearest major league baseball team is named the Diamondbacks, and features the rattlesnake as their logo. 

  • Tucson is located in the Sonoran desert, the only place the famous saguaro cactus grows.

SNOWMOBILER CAUGHT IN AVALANCHE

  • The Canadian military has developed a $620,000 stealth snowmobile called the “Loki.” 

  • Some avalanches are so powerful, that they actually form craters in the ground, which later fill with water and become ponds called “impact pools.” 

  • The first mass-produced snowmobile was the Ski-Doo, originally marketed in 1959 by the J.A. Bombardier company. 

  • In 1970, the deadliest avalanche on record killed 20,000 people in the towns of Yungay and Ranrahirca, Peru. 

  • 90% of all avalanches involving people are triggered by those people. 

BULL JUMPS INTO STANDS

  • Bull leaping was established in Bronze Age Crete during the Minoan era.

  • From 2007 to 2011, bullfighting events across Spain dropped by about 40 percent.

WOMAN SPEEDS OUT OF CONTROL

  • There are more than 10 million motor vehicle accidents each year in the U.S.

  • As of 2009 there were 210 million licensed drivers in the United States.

TOURIST WASHED OFF ROCKS

  • Nearly 8 million people visited Hawaii in 2012.

  • Visitors to Hawaii spent a record $14.3 billion in 2012.

  • A 2009 study found that the most common injury to visitors of Hawaii are falls.

  • The same study found that water related injuries are the second most common injury to visitors of the Hawaiian islands.

KAYAK RESCUE

  • Tom Sietas, of Germany, holds the World Record for holding his breath underwater for 22:22.

  • On display at the Munich State Museum of Ethnology, is the world's oldest existing kayak. Built by the North American Inuits 4000 years ago, its materials are sealskin over driftwood.

  • Kayaking debuted as an official sport in the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics.

  • Lasting only 3.7 seconds, the highest recorded waterfall plunge in a kayak is 186 feet.

  • The use of kayaks in the military date as far back as WWII.

LOW PRESSURE DROPS PLANE

  • In 1910, Raymonde De LaRoche, of France, was the first woman in the world to get a pilot license. 

  • In 2007, a young man successfully outbid all others on eBay to be the first passenger to fly aboard the world’s new largest commercial aircraft, the Airbus A380, from Singapore to Sydney. The winning bid: $100, 380.00.

  • The longest non-stop commercial flight ever goes to Singapore Airlines spanning 18.5 hours across 9,505 miles from Singapore to New Jersey.

  • In 1942, German test pilot Helmut Schenck becomes the first person to successfully eject himself from a flying aircraft in an emergency situation.

  • Nicknamed ‘The Boneyard’, The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base located in Tuscan, AZ is the world’s biggest plane cemetery. The size of 1,300 football fields, this property is the resting place to over 4,200 military aircraft with an estimated worth of $35 billion dollars.

CHASED BY WILD FIRE

  • In 1736, Benjamin Franklin established the very first volunteer fire station in Philadelphia.

  • Launched in 1944, the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest running public service advertising campaign in American history.

  • Wisconsin’s Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871 is believed to be the worst wildfire in U.S. history, which killed as many as 1,500 people, and burned at least 1.2 million acres of land. That’s well over the size of Rhode Island, and the equivalent of 1400 Central Parks back to back!!

  • Though dry weather and high winds can help feed the flames… four out of every five wildfires are caused by humans.

  • On average, there are more than 100,000 wildfires in the US annually. And recently, they have scorched as much as 9 million acres of land in a single year.

MAN RESCUED FROM LA RIVER

  • Among the movies that have been filmed in the LA River are Grease, Terminator 2, and The Italian Job. 

  • One unusual fish found in the L.A. River is the amazon sailfin catfish – native to Brazil and Peru.   

  • The L.A. river originally looked like any other natural river – but a terrible flood in 1914 caused an uproar that by the 1930s led the US Army Corp of Engineers to “channelize” it in a concrete riverbed. 

  • The Centers for Disease control say that there is an average of almost ten deaths by accidental drowning every day in the United States. 

  • The greatest flow of any river is the Amazon, which discharges an average  of 7,100,000 cubic feet of water every second into the Atlantic.  The L.A. river averages a relatively measly 320 cubic feet per second.

EARTHQUAKE BUILDING COLLAPSES

  • Chendu, where this incident took place, has been known as the City of Hibiscus for 1,000 years.  It got the name when a former ruler ordered hibiscus trees planted in the city walls. 

  • By injecting large volumes of liquids into the earth, human beings have actually caused earthquakes in the United States, Canada, and Japan. 

  • The largest known earthquake was a magnitude 9.5 quake that hit Chile in May, 1960. 

  • An ancient Japanese legend claims that a giant catfish called namazu causes earthquakes by wiggling his tail. 

  • An earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in December 2004 lasted longer than any other ever recorded, going on for eight-ten minutes! 

PAMPLONA RUN BULL GORING

  • The running of the bulls in Pamplona is part of a festival celebrating local Saint Fermin.  Fermin is the patron saint of boot-makers, and died from decapitation. 

  • Bull runs happen in other towns around the world, including Tlacotalpan, Mexico, and Cave Creek, Arizona. 

  • In New Orleans, a version of the running happens during their own festival of Saint Fermin, and features people on rollerskates chasing runners while swinging plastic baseball bats. 

  • A 1982 article in the Southern Medical Journal identified “mechanical bull syndrome” which can include a fracture called “bullrider’s thumb.”  

  • The world-record circumference of a bull horn is 40.75 inches.  That means the horn was over a foot thick! 

TRUCKER SLIDES ON ICE

  • What’s more slippery than ice?  Teflon.   Accidentally invented in 1938, it’s actually more slippery than ice on top of ice.   

  • Even more slippery than Teflon is SLIPS, the slipperiest substance known.  Invented by Harvard scientists, SLIPS was created based on the structure of carnivorous pitcher plants. 

  • Looking for more icy roads?  Try the South Pole Traverse – a 1,000-mile long “highway” between Antarctica’s McMurdo Station and South Pole Station.   

  • The world’s largest semi truck is the Tractomas 10 x 10, manufactured in France.  It weighs 71 tonnes! 

  • Due to icy road conditions, in some countries in Europe, special winter snow tires are required for anyone on the roads during winter months.  This occurs in Finland, Estonia, Romania, Sweden, and Slovenia.

ESCALATOR TO HELL

  • The Washington, DC  metro system, where this incident took place, is known for its long escalators.  The one at the Wheaton station is 230 feet long, and is the longest in the western hemisphere. 

  • The System overall runs a total of 106 miles, and contains 588 escalators. 

  • One study showed that people who had just ridden up an escalator were twice as likely to make a donation to charity as people who had just ridden down one. 

  • In the United States, people ride escalators 105 billion times every year. 

  • Researchers at Britain’s Imperial College School of Medicine have investigated “the broken escalator phenomenon” – where you tend to step too quickly onto an escalator that isn’t really moving.

METEOR STRIKE

  • Meteorites from the asteroid belt are approximately 4.5 billion years old.

  • There are detailed chemical, mineralogical, and microscopic and analyses help to tell whether a meteorite is a new, distinct meteorite or part of an older find.

  • Of the 500 meteorites that reach the Earth’s surface every year, only five or six are recovered for scientists to study.

  • The meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in February 2013 had a force 30 times greater than the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.

  • Meteorites are most easily found in dry places like deserts, where they do not erode quickly and are less apt to be obscured by vegetation. 
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