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  1. An 18-month-old German Shepherd named Luna fell off a boat in the Pacific Ocean, swam 2 miles to a nearby island, and survived for 5 weeks by eating mice before she was rescued by a team of Navy staffers. She was found to be slightly under-nourished, but in perfect condition otherwise.

  2. A party boat carrying sixty men and women once capsized in Texas after all the passangers rushed to one side as the boat passed a nude beach.

  3. Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian Ethnographer, sailed from Peru to Polynesia on an primitive balsa wood raft to prove that ancient trans-oceanic travel was possible. When experts called it a fluke, he made an Egyptian reed boat and sailed it from Morocco to Central America to prove them wrong.

  4. During filming of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Gene Wilder liked to keep the kids on their toes. None of the kids had seen the chocolate room prior to filming the scene or his rant in the famous boat scene. Most looks of shock were genuine and they thought Gene had lost it.

  5. Mythbuster's Jamie Hyneman ran away from home at age 14 and then hitchhiked all over the United States. Now he is a certified diver,wilderness survival expert, boat captain, linguist, pet shop owner, animal wrangler, machinist, concrete inspector, and chef.

  6. In 1996 researchers found an Orca calf with serious boat injuries to the spine and dorsal fin. Despite not being able to hunt, "Stumpy" was cared for by as many as 5 Orca pods. These pods provided food and protection from boats.

  7. The Nintendo character Kirby was named after John Kirby, the legal counsel for Nintendo who helped them win their lawsuit with Universal Studios in 1982. John Kirby was gifted a sailboat Christened the “Donkey Kong” and given exclusive rights to name any boat he owned “Donkey Kong.”

  8. In order to be qualified to pilot supertankers and other large vessels, pilot boat captains train on to scale versions that handle like their larger counterparts

  9. Kirsty MacColl, vocalist and female singer in "Fairytale of New York", died saving her son from an oncoming powerboat owned by a multimillionaire while vacationing in Cozumel, Mexico. The boat's driver escaped jail time by paying a fine of $90USD.

  10. The USS Acadia was the first US Navy ship to house a wartime mixed sex crew and was unofficially nicknamed 'The Love Boat' after 10% of all women on board became pregnant during deployment

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A rowing boat sinking day prediction competition in a small town of Finland

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Theoretical difference in reception range from VHF coastal radio to a boat with antenna 2 m high (yellow; e.g. motorboat) or 10 m high (red; e.g. sailboat mast) in Sweden

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Several significant inventions predated the wheel by thousands of years: sewing needles, woven cloth, rope, basket weaving, boats and even the flute.

During the sea recovery of the bodies from the 1986 Challenger disaster, one of the bodies disappeared underwater and the search for it was called off. Fellow astronaut Robert Crippen rented a fishing boat and continued the search himself, eventually finding and returning the body.

In Thailand, it was considered a capital offense punishable by death if someone touched the queen. in 1880, The queen drowned when her royal boat capsized on the way to the Palace. The many witnesses to the accident did not dare to touch the queen while she was drowning.

A party boat carrying about sixty men and women once capsized in Texas after all the passengers rushed over to one side of the boat when the boat passed a nude beach.

Jaws had lots of production woes and was nicknamed "Flaws". When shooting the final scene of the film. The boat began to sink and in a panic, Spielberg told the crew to get the actors off the boat, to which the sound engineer replied: "F*ck the actors. Save the sound department!"

Abraham Lincoln, prior to becoming President, was an avid boater and traveled on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers where his boat often got stuck on sandbars. In 1849 Lincoln invented a method for Buoying Vessels Over Shoals, making him the first and only U.S. President to receive a patent.

The only Mexican to die on the Titanic was Manuel Uruchurtu Ramírez. A politician who gave up his seat on a rescue boat to woman who wanted to see her child and husband. She had lied to him about her family and survived.

The term "Cut to the chase" originated from the American film industry's silent movies of the 1920's. These were often laden with obligatory romantic plot-lines that young audiences would find boring, but ended with exciting car or boat chase scenes.

In 2013 Harrison Okene, a cook aboard a Nigerian tugboat, was the only survivor of a crew of 12 when the boat sank. Trapped 100 feet below the surface, he survived for 72 hours in an air pocket before being rescued by Dutch divers from a nearby oil rig who had been sent in to recover the bodies.

Douglas Albert Munro, the only US Coast Guard to receive the Medal of Honor. Whilst providing cover for ground troops with his boat, Munro was fatally wounded. The last words he said were, "did they get off?" referring to the soldiers he'd saved. He was 22 years old.

In 1898 Nikola Tesla once tricked an entire crowd into believing they could control a toy boat by shouting commands - he had in fact invented Radio Control and was piloting the boat himself.

Charles Joughin, Chief Baker on Titanic, helped passengers board life boats (forcibly boarding those who thought it safer to stay on the ship), drank a 1/2 bottle of liqueur, then threw chairs overboard for use as flotation devices, rode the side of the ship down while it sunk, and survived

During the Punic Wars, the Romans realized they had no clue how to build ships. They decided to rent row boats, run aground a Carthaginian ship, and plagiarize the designs. The entire first fleet of their new Navy was based off this ship, but learning to row proved more challenging.

After the Vietnam war Vietnamese farmers recycled thousands of external fuel tanks from U.S. aircraft to create river boats and canoes

Breast milk saved 16 people lost at sea. 2 days after their food ran out a woman told her sister to try her milk. She felt better and offered it to everyone else. The 8 men and 7 women took turns sucking her breasts and were able to survive for 7 more days until currents pushed the boat to shore

In 2012, a civilian working on the submarine USS Miami wanted to get off work early so he started a fire that soon spread out of control and ultimately resulted in the boat being decommissioned. He was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $400 million in restitution.

Three teenagers from Tokelaou who on a drunken dare, stole a boat and got lost adrift on the Pacific Ocean to be found after 51 days. They had barely any food or water, no clothing, no fishing gear, no life vests, and no first-aid kit.

A man called Miyamoto Musashi is considered the greatest swordsman who ever lived and even defeated legendary swordsman Sasaki Kojiro. He arrived on the Island where they were due to fight, late, and with a wooden sword he'd carved out of an oar of the boat he used to get to the island.

Winston Churchill, along with many of the Royal Navy's highest ranking men, came very close to death after the ship they were on was fired at by a U-boat with 3 torpedoes. All three struck the hull of the ship, but all failed to explode.

The show Deadliest Catch negatively impacts the entire Bering Sea crabbing industry by artificially lowering the operating costs of the boats on the show due to their subsidy from Discovery, allowing them to undercut the competition

President Lyndon B. Johnson owned an amphibious car, a car that serves as both a vehicle and a boat. He used it to scare guests by driving them into his lake while screaming that the brakes were malfunctioning

When the US Navy refused to cooperate during the filming of the movie Crimson Tide, filmmakers waited outside Pearl Harbor for a submarine to head to sea and chased it with a boat and helicopter to get the shot of it submerging.

Geoffrey Tandy, a cryptogamist (algae specialist) who was mistakenly hired by Bletchley Park, significantly contributed to breaking the Enigma cipher, utilising his expertise to preserve otherwise unsalvageable codebooks from a torpedoed U-boat

Norwegians once spiked Nazi food rations with a highly effective laxative. The rations were unwittingly consumed by the Germans while on U-boats.

The Netherlands used to flood certain areas in times of war to create a military defensive line. The water was too shallow for boats, but deep enough to hide traps and ditches under.