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  1. As President McKinley was dying, no one knew where Vice President Teddy Roosevelt was. When located in the wilderness he raced all night down mountain roads on a buckboard wagon in pitch black and pouring rains to be sworn in.

  2. In the LOTR, Gimli was 139 years old when he joined the Fellowship. He also wanted to join his father and Thorin Oakenshield on their journey to reclaim The Lonely Mountain in The Hobbit, but was denied for being too young at age 62.

  3. Cartman from South Park described independent films are just about "gay cowboys eating pudding" a full 7 years before independent film "Brokeback Mountain" came out.

  4. A man once tried to sue Pepsi because he found a mouse in his can of Mountain Dew, Pepsi defended the case by proving that Mountain Dew can dissolve a mouse in a few months.

  5. Bobbie the Wonder Dog, who walked a distance of at least 2,551 miles (4,105 km) through plains, desert, and mountains in the winter to return home to his family, swimming in rivers and even crossing the Continental Divide in the coldest part of winter.

  6. Mount Everest is so inundated with waste, including 26,500 lbs of human excrement, each season that the Nepalese gov't now requires each climber to pack out 8 kg of waste when descending the mountain (human waste, empty cans/bottles, abandoned tents, etc.).

  7. In 1962 two US scientists discovered Peru's highest mountain was in danger of collapsing. When this was made public, the government threatened the scientists and banned civilians from speaking of it. In 1970, during a major earthquake, it collapsed on the town of Yangoy killing 20,000.

  8. Studies in 'ice cores' found in Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania - the mountain which supplies the Nile with its water - have revealed that a drought did take place around 3600 years ago - around the time the Bible sets Joseph's story in Egypt

  9. In 2001 the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan, ancient Buddha statues built into an Afghan mountain. Shortly after their destruction, researchers uncovered an archeological cave site behind the statues. The Taliban unintentionally uncovered new Buddhist treasures through their actions.

  10. In 2006, a young couple lost for three nights in the San Jacinto mountains was rescued in part by a signal fire started from matches found in the abandoned camp of a lost hiker who vanished exactly one year before their predicament.

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Max hiking distance per X hours in a mountainous area (by fatmap.com)

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World Income Mountains 1950-2015 animated Gapminder & Factfulness Style

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About the Dyatlov Pass incident where in 1959, 9 experienced hikers mysteriously died in the freezing Ural Mountains after fleeing their tent. Most were in their underwear, 1 had a fractured skull, another had tongue and eyes missing. Circumstances remain a mystery to this day.

Sean Bean is so scared of Helicopter flying that he preferred to hike miles up a mountain in full costume to film Lord of the Rings scenes

In 2012, Mountain Dew asked the internet to name their new apple drink. Before the poll was shut down, the top four names were: "Fapple", "Gushing Granny", "Diabeetus" and "Hitler did nothing wrong".

More people have died climbing Table Mountain in Cape Town, than have been killed by Everest. Poor planning, dehydration and even losing concentration while taking selfies are to blame.

In 1923, a dog named Bobbie was separated from his owners and lost. Six months later, Bobbie appeared on their doorstep mangy and scrawny with feet worn to the bone; he walked over 2500 miles (4000 km) of plains, desert and mountains an average of approximately 14 miles (23 km) per day.

The town of Rjukan, Norway receives no natural sunlight from September to March due to the steep mountains that surround it. They've installed 3 large mirrors to reflect light into the town's square. The mirrors track the sun's path and move every 10 secs to create a 600m squared pool of light.

A mountaineer found a wallet in the Andes mountain range that belonged to passenger of the plane crash in 1972. Realising the owner had survived, the mountaineer returned in wallet to him in 2005, more than 30 years later.

Primatology pioneer Dian Fossey, determined to save the nearly-extinct Mountain Gorillas waged a war against poachers: she led armed patrols, burned their huts, arrested and placed bounties on poachers and convinced the locals that she practiced black magic, in order to scare them away

Zhang Jing­chuan, a Chinese mountaineer who survived a taliban execution at a 13,000-foot base camp. He knocked an attacker, hid barefoot in his underwear for an hour in a ravine, snuck back in a tent to get a jacket and a satellite phone, hiked to safety and called the local emergency line

Disney's Space Mountain uses fans to blow air on you to create the illusion that you are going faster than you really are.

The world’s largest pyramid is hidden under a mountain in Mexico and has a base four times larger than the Great Pyramid of Giza.

A millionaire that hid treasure somewhere in the Rockie Mountains and gave several clues in a poem, four people have died looking for it

In the 1970's, a plane carrying 6,000lbs. of marijuana crashed in a remote area of Yosemite National Park. Local mountaineers, rock climbers, hippies, and drug dealers made excursions to the area to take as much product as they could, all while the US government tried to secure the drugs.

Many countries have their own version of “when pigs fly.” In South Africa it’s “When horses grow horns.” In Russia: “When the crawfish whistles on the mountain.” In Albania: “On August 36.” In Greece: “Right on the Day of St. Dick’s”

Idaho got its name because some guy George M. Willing proposed the name to Congress, claiming that it was Shoshone Indian for "Gem of the Mountain," when it was really just a word he made up.

A man named James Howells who threw away a hard drive containing 7,500 bitcoin. The hard drive, currently under mountains of trash in a wales landfill is worth approximately $15 million.

Tammi Terrell, famous for songs such as Ain't no mountain high enough" and "Ain't nothing like the real thing", died at the age of 24 from a brain tumour.

The Mountains of Kong, a West African mountain range that was charted on maps for nearly a hundred years. It was later discovered that the mountains never existed and were made up by the original cartographer.

The K2, the world's second tallest mountain, has no local name. It is so remote and inaccessible that very few local people knew of its existence, and thus why it retains its original surveying moniker given to it by British surveyors.

Colorado's two tallest mountains are so close to each other in height that fans of each mountain would repeatedly pile up rocks to try and make their preferred mountain taller.

Olympus Mons on Mars, the tallest known mountain in the solar system, is so large at its base that an observer on its peak wouldn’t know he was standing on a mountain because its slope would be obscured by the curvature of the planet itself.

A mountaineer found a wallet in the Andes mountain range. It was swung out of a plane, which crashed in 1972. Realizing the owner of the wallet was one of the 16 survivors, he returned it to him, 32 years later.

Mount Everest is only the world's tallest mountain as measured from sea level. But since the earth bulges at the equator, the mountain Chimborazo in Ecuador is the tallest mountain if you measure from the earth's core.

Tim Macartney-Snape, one of the first mountaineers to climb Everest without oxygen. Afterwards someone said to him "You didn't climb Everest. You only climbed the top part." So he went down to the beach in India and re-did the whole thing.

Germany’s World War II invasion of France was aided by crystal meth. New research says tablets of the stimulant enabled German troops to stay awake for three days and three nights and push through the Ardennes mountains.

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Highest mountain peaks measured by distance from center of earth