Today’s Trivia




The smallest moon of the planet Mars, Deimos, has an escape velocity of just 5.2 metres per second. That’s a bit under 20km/h, meaning that I, and probably you, could take a running jump and launch from it like a slow moving rocket. (source)


In 1996 Alan Sokal, a professor from New York University submitted a paper to the journal “Social Text” entitled “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity“. It was basically just nonsense, simply written to see if the humanities journal would publish a rubbish article if it a) “sounded good” and b) “flattered the editors’ ideological preconceptions”. It was published and The Sokal Affair was born. (source)


The largest recorded tsunami occurred in Alaska in 1958 and was a ridiculous 516 metres (yes, half a kilometre) high. Given it was Alaska, only 5 people were killed. (source)


In World War II the British lay a secret fuel line across the Channel to support the invasion. (source)


In the early ’70’s Southwest Airlines was the largest distributor of alcohol in the state of Texas. (source)

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