Best Facts of the Week - Page 8

The Nazis had a hidden base in North America that wasn't discovered until 1977!

In October of 1943 a German U-Boat arrived in Martin Bay, Labrador. Within 24 hours a weather station was set up a quarter mile inland. The station was given the codename “Kurt,” presumably after the meteorologist who manned the station, Dr. Kurt Sommermeyer.

The station only operated for about two weeks according to German records, and wasn’t discovered until 1977 by a team of archeologists. This was probably because of how far north Martin Bay is, making it quite isolated.

Setting up the station must have been a huge and tiring task as the equipment was extremely heavy. There were ten canisters that weighed around 220 lb. each, as well as other equipment for communications and other miscellaneous things.

All of this had to be unloaded from a submarine, taken to land in rubber dinghies and then carried a quarter mile inland over unfamiliar land... in the dark. There just isn’t much sunlight when you’re that far north in October. All the effort doesn’t really seem worth it seeing as how the station only operated for two weeks.


Verkhoyansk, Russia, has an average temperature of -50 degrees! How do they survive?

Verkhoyansk is a small town in Russia with a population of 1,311 people. The town's claim to fame is having exceptionally low climate temperatures during the winter. The average temperature during December, January, and February is a freezing -50 degrees Fahrenheit, and it's one of the only places in the world that has recorded temperatures of BELOW -76 degrees Fahrenheit for EVERY DAY in January! During these months, the sun rises at 2p.m. And sets at 3p.m.!

Not only is the town unlucky with its weather, but also with the local wildlife. In January 2012, a pack of 400 wolves attacked the town, killing 313 horses and over 16,000 reindeer. Locals had to patrol the area on snowmobiles until government officials could intervene!


The British figured out Germany's new radar system in WWII from its name, saving 100's of lives! How did they do it?

Just when the Nazis thought they could get the upper hand on the advancing British with a new bomber navigation system, some British physicist had to go and muck it all up by simply guessing how it worked and countering it before the first rocket flew! Way to rain on Hitler's parade!

The "Y-gadget," also known as "Wotan," was a radio navigation system used to aid bomber navigation by the German Luftwaffe forces in World War II. The British were winning in the Battle of the Beams and began intercepting transmissions regarding this "Wotan" system. R.V. Jones wasn't new to German code words and knew they were used literally more often than not. Turns out Wotan is the German name of the one-eyed Norse god Odin.

Using this knowledge, Jones determined this new system must use a single beam that was based on a distance-measurement system. The guess was right, and the British were able to counter it the moment it went into effect. The beam operated on the same frequency as the BBC's Alexandra Palace television station, which was used to send false signals to the bomber, confusing them and making the bombs completely inaccurate. The system was ditched after a few failed raids.


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The grandson of the designer of Hitler's bunker built Saddam Hussein's bunker. Apparently it runs in the family!

Lots of people share their craft with their son or daughter in an attempt to pass on their legacy and the skill that they practice.

However, not many pass on the trade of building bunkers for infamous public enemies. Such appears to be the legacy of the woman who designed Adolf Hitler's bunker.Two generations later, her grandson would go on to be the designer of Saddam Hussein's bunker.

One can only guess how a family gets in such a business, but there is no guesswork in regards to why the grandson was asked to build the bunker. Simply put: He was good at his job. Massive bombs created for the purpose of reaching and tearing apart underground bunkers were unable to even scratch the man's creation.

Layers of concrete in its construction were put in place above the bunker for the purpose of 'tricking' any bunker busting bombs that 'detect' the amount of levels or floors that it crashes through before it explodes. The palace above the bunker was almost completely mutilated by the explosions, showing just how defensible the designer's layout turned out to be.


Coffee is so influential in Turkish culture that their word for brown literally translates to 'the color of coffee'!

Turkish coffee is a method of preparing coffee with coffee beans ground into a very fine powder, hot water, and sugar. The best Turkish coffee will have a thick foam at the top without any noticeable particles in the foam or liquid.

This method of brewing coffee is highly influential in Turkish culture. Their word for breakfast, kahvalti, literally translates to 'before coffee', and their word for the color brown, 'kahverengi', literally means 'the color of coffee'. They also commonly call their coffeeshops 'qahwa', which means 'coffee' in the same way that Western languages would call it a caf.



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