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Unusual place names:
Blue Ball, Ireland
Boogertown, North Carolina, USA
Christmas Pie, Surrey, England, UK
Condom, France
Dead Women Crossing, Oklahoma, USA
Devilsmother (a hill in Ireland)
Dildo, Newfoundland, Canada
Dolphin’s Barn, Ireland (a suburb of Dublin)
Emo, Ireland
Fucking, Austria (rhymes with “booking”)
Gogogogo, Madagascar
Various places called Hell
Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg (a lake in Webster, Mass., US)
Lake Disappointment (a lake in Western Australia)
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales, UK - longest place name in Europe
Miass, Russia
Mianus, Connecticut, USA
Middelfart, Denmark
Moose Factory, Ontario, Canada
Nameless, Tennessee, USA
Nasty, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Pity Me, Durham, England, UK
Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, Quebec, Canada
Scratchy Bottom, Dorset, England, UK
Shades of Death Rd (a road in New Jersey, USA)
Shagnasty Island, South Orkney Islands
Silly Department, Burkina Faso
Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu (a hill in New Zealand with the longest one-word place name in the world)
Te Urewera, New Zealand (means “the burnt penis" in the Maori language)
Ugley, Essex, England, UK
Upper Dicker, East Sussex, England, UK
Useless Loop, Western Australia, Australia
Wank, Germany
Westward Ho!, Devon, England, UK
Zzyzx, California, USA
Depicted: Don’t go to Nasty

Unusual place names:

Blue Ball, Ireland

Boogertown, North Carolina, USA

Christmas Pie, Surrey, England, UK

Condom, France

Dead Women Crossing, Oklahoma, USA

Devilsmother (a hill in Ireland)

Dildo, Newfoundland, Canada

Dolphin’s Barn, Ireland (a suburb of Dublin)

Emo, Ireland

Fucking, Austria (rhymes with “booking”)

Gogogogo, Madagascar

Various places called Hell

Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg (a lake in Webster, Mass., US)

Lake Disappointment (a lake in Western Australia)

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales, UK - longest place name in Europe

Miass, Russia

Mianus, Connecticut, USA

Middelfart, Denmark

Moose Factory, Ontario, Canada

Nameless, Tennessee, USA

Nasty, Hertfordshire, England, UK

Pity Me, Durham, England, UK

Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, Quebec, Canada

Scratchy Bottom, Dorset, England, UK

Shades of Death Rd (a road in New Jersey, USA)

Shagnasty Island, South Orkney Islands

Silly Department, Burkina Faso

Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu (a hill in New Zealand with the longest one-word place name in the world)

Te Urewera, New Zealand (means “the burnt penis" in the Maori language)

Ugley, Essex, England, UK

Upper Dicker, East Sussex, England, UK

Useless Loop, Western Australia, Australia

Wank, Germany

Westward Ho!, Devon, England, UK

Zzyzx, California, USA

Depicted: Don’t go to Nasty

12:34 am, BY 23skidoo[33 notes]

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There is a city in Turkey called Batman.  Its mayor actually threatened to sue Christopher Nolan and Warner Brothers over the release of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.  He claimed that the association with the superhero had caused numerous unsolved murders as well as a high number of female suicides.
Depicted: 60 miles to Batman’s hideout.

There is a city in Turkey called Batman.  Its mayor actually threatened to sue Christopher Nolan and Warner Brothers over the release of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.  He claimed that the association with the superhero had caused numerous unsolved murders as well as a high number of female suicides.

Depicted: 60 miles to Batman’s hideout.

08:47 pm, BY 23skidoo[16 notes]

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Current-day earthquakes in Charleston, SC may be aftershocks from a 6.6-7.3 magnitude earthquake that occurred in 1886.  It created massive amounts of structural damage, some of which can still be seen today.  Residents of Charleston quickly put bolts through their homes for added stability in case another earthquake were to come.  Meant to preserve an old tradition, decorative pieces resembling outward signs of bolt usage are now a common sight on newer homes.
Depicted: Damage done to W Meeting St in Charleston, SC due to the earthquake in 1886.

Current-day earthquakes in Charleston, SC may be aftershocks from a 6.6-7.3 magnitude earthquake that occurred in 1886.  It created massive amounts of structural damage, some of which can still be seen today.  Residents of Charleston quickly put bolts through their homes for added stability in case another earthquake were to come.  Meant to preserve an old tradition, decorative pieces resembling outward signs of bolt usage are now a common sight on newer homes.

Depicted: Damage done to W Meeting St in Charleston, SC due to the earthquake in 1886.

12:30 am, BY 23skidoo[7 notes]

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If you drink 64 oz of ice water (0 degrees celcius) a day, your body will burn a total of 70 calories attempting to warm it to body temperature.

If you drink 64 oz of ice water (0 degrees celcius) a day, your body will burn a total of 70 calories attempting to warm it to body temperature.

12:39 pm, BY 23skidoo[5 notes]

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A dwarfed form of the woolly mammoth lived on Wrangel Island (an island off the coast of eastern Siberia) until about 1700 BC, more than 8,000 years after their larger ancestors died off.  Another population lived on St Paul Island off the coast of Alaska.
Depicted: A dwarf woolly mammoth compared to a regular-sized woolly mammoth.

A dwarfed form of the woolly mammoth lived on Wrangel Island (an island off the coast of eastern Siberia) until about 1700 BC, more than 8,000 years after their larger ancestors died off.  Another population lived on St Paul Island off the coast of Alaska.

Depicted: A dwarf woolly mammoth compared to a regular-sized woolly mammoth.

10:22 pm, BY 23skidoo[7 notes]

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Saved from the Titanic was the first film about the  sinking of the Titanic.  It was supposedly a ten minute long short recounting one woman’s experience.  Because some films in the early 1910’s were still being made in just a couple days or even (in the case of shorts) an afternoon, it was ready to be released exactly one month after the event on May 14th, 1912.  Unfortunately, the only print was destroyed in a fire in 1914.  Only a few rare stills survive.
Saved starred an actual Titanic survivor, Dorothy Gibson, who wore the same dress she wore on the night of the sinking, seen here:

Depicted: A poster for Saved from the Titanic (1912)

Saved from the Titanic was the first film about the sinking of the Titanic.  It was supposedly a ten minute long short recounting one woman’s experience.  Because some films in the early 1910’s were still being made in just a couple days or even (in the case of shorts) an afternoon, it was ready to be released exactly one month after the event on May 14th, 1912.  Unfortunately, the only print was destroyed in a fire in 1914.  Only a few rare stills survive.

Saved starred an actual Titanic survivor, Dorothy Gibson, who wore the same dress she wore on the night of the sinking, seen here:

Depicted: A poster for Saved from the Titanic (1912)

12:30 am, BY 23skidoo[3 notes]

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It’s estimated that about 80% of all films made between 1894 and 1930 are lost, most of the time because of fire or intentional destruction.  When talkies became common, silent prints were treated like trash by the studios that kept them: recycling them for their silver content, throwing them out or destroying them to create storage space.  Fires burned many other prints easily because nitrate film is highly flammable.  Prints could also be destroyed or damaged if not kept in the right environment.  Half of the movies made between 1930 and 1950 met the same fates.  Movies made since 1950 were saved due to improved film quality and the popularity of television, which made it possible to show movies years after they had left theatres.
Some important lost or fragmented films:
The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays (1908) - The first adaptation of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, lost
The Honor of the Family (1912) - Onscreen debut of Lon Chaney Sr, lost

Raja Harischandra (1913) - The first Indian feature film, fragmented
Her Friend the Bandit (1914) - The only lost Charlie Chaplin film
The Jungle (1914) - The only film adaptation of the novel ever made, lost
The Life of General Villa (1914) - Biopic of the life of Pancho Villa, lost.  The actual Pancho Villa starred as himself.
The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1914) - First drama shown in color, lost
The Fall of a Nation (1916) - Sequel to The Birth of a Nation, first sequel ever made, lost
Cleopatra (1917) - Legendary Theda Bara film, a few seconds survive
The Gulf Between (1917) - First Technicolor film, lost
The Homesteader (1919) - First “race” film made with a black cast and crew and aimed at a black audience, lost
Flaming Youth (1923) - The film that made flappers mainstream, fragmented
The Great Gatsby (1926) - The first film adaptation of the book, a one minute trailer survives
The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927) - Nominated for an Academy Award at the first ceremony,
Horse Feathers (1932) - Marx Brothers film mostly intact except for a few minutes due to damage and censorship
There were so many that I honestly got bored of looking through a list of them, so uhh
Depicted: Colleen Moore, star of The Flaming Youth (1923), a largely lost film.

It’s estimated that about 80% of all films made between 1894 and 1930 are lost, most of the time because of fire or intentional destruction.  When talkies became common, silent prints were treated like trash by the studios that kept them: recycling them for their silver content, throwing them out or destroying them to create storage space.  Fires burned many other prints easily because nitrate film is highly flammable.  Prints could also be destroyed or damaged if not kept in the right environment.  Half of the movies made between 1930 and 1950 met the same fates.  Movies made since 1950 were saved due to improved film quality and the popularity of television, which made it possible to show movies years after they had left theatres.

Some important lost or fragmented films:

The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays (1908) - The first adaptation of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, lost

The Honor of the Family (1912) - Onscreen debut of Lon Chaney Sr, lost

Raja Harischandra (1913) - The first Indian feature film, fragmented

Her Friend the Bandit (1914) - The only lost Charlie Chaplin film

The Jungle (1914) - The only film adaptation of the novel ever made, lost

The Life of General Villa (1914) - Biopic of the life of Pancho Villa, lost.  The actual Pancho Villa starred as himself.

The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1914) - First drama shown in color, lost

The Fall of a Nation (1916) - Sequel to The Birth of a Nation, first sequel ever made, lost

Cleopatra (1917) - Legendary Theda Bara film, a few seconds survive

The Gulf Between (1917) - First Technicolor film, lost

The Homesteader (1919) - First “race” film made with a black cast and crew and aimed at a black audience, lost

Flaming Youth (1923) - The film that made flappers mainstream, fragmented

The Great Gatsby (1926) - The first film adaptation of the book, a one minute trailer survives

The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927) - Nominated for an Academy Award at the first ceremony,

Horse Feathers (1932) - Marx Brothers film mostly intact except for a few minutes due to damage and censorship

There were so many that I honestly got bored of looking through a list of them, so uhh

Depicted: Colleen Moore, star of The Flaming Youth (1923), a largely lost film.

12:32 am, BY 23skidoo[6 notes]

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The legendary 1917 film Cleopatra, starring Theda Bara, is not completely lost as it is commonly thought.  A few seconds-long fragments survive, this video being one of them.  It is unlikely that the rest of the movie will ever be found because the only two prints were destroyed in fires at Fox Studios in 1937 and the MoMA in 1958.

Cleopatra may have not gotten the best reviews upon its release, but Theda Bara as the title character remains iconic as the original vamp.

12:30 am, BY 23skidoo[11 notes]

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Dog movie star Rin Tin Tin beat the odds even as a newborn puppy.  In 1918 the five-day old puppy was rescued (along with his mother and four siblings) from a destroyed kennel in the middle of a French battlefield.  In the days after, only Rin Tin Tin and his sister, Nanette, survived.  He and Nanette returned to Los Angeles after the war with their rescuer and lived there for the rest of their lives. “Rinty” died at age 14 in 1932, supposedly in the arms of actress Jean Harlow.
Depicted: Rin Tin Tin and Nanette as puppies in the care of members of the US Army.

Dog movie star Rin Tin Tin beat the odds even as a newborn puppy.  In 1918 the five-day old puppy was rescued (along with his mother and four siblings) from a destroyed kennel in the middle of a French battlefield.  In the days after, only Rin Tin Tin and his sister, Nanette, survived.  He and Nanette returned to Los Angeles after the war with their rescuer and lived there for the rest of their lives. “Rinty” died at age 14 in 1932, supposedly in the arms of actress Jean Harlow.

Depicted: Rin Tin Tin and Nanette as puppies in the care of members of the US Army.

12:32 am, BY 23skidoo[18 notes]

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Men are the victims of 90% of all shark attacks.
Depicted: A bull shark, the type of shark responsible for the most number of attacks on humans.  They have been known to travel far inland by way of rivers, and have been found as far inland in the US as Indiana and Illinois.

Men are the victims of 90% of all shark attacks.

Depicted: A bull shark, the type of shark responsible for the most number of attacks on humans.  They have been known to travel far inland by way of rivers, and have been found as far inland in the US as Indiana and Illinois.

12:32 am, BY 23skidoo[20 notes]