Interesting Facts - Page 62

In the HBO series "Chernobyl", three heroic men are seen volunteering on a suicide mission in which they waded through radioactive water. The viewer is left to assume that the men died of radiation poisoning. But they didn't. In fact, two are still alive while the third died of unrelated heart disease in 2005.
After the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, authorities placed a 30 kilometer exclusion zone around the former power plant. The results have been surprising. Wildlife is thriving within the exclusion zone - in effect creating one of Europe's largest wildlife preserves. Animals living in the exclusion zone suffer no discernible harm from the radiation, and benefit greatly from the near complete lack of human presence.
The California Condor ceased to exist in the wild in 1987 when all 27 remaining condors were captured for the purpose of saving the species. The intervention worked. After a few years of captive breeding, condors were re-released into the wild. Today the total population is over 500 and growing quickly.
The town of Monowi, Nebraska is the only incorporated place in the United States with a population of 1. Its sole resident, Elsie Eiler, serves as mayor. She grants herself a liquor license to operate a tavern and pays taxes to herself.
Old Blue was the name of a black robin who was the last fertile female of her species. This species, on an island off the east coast of New Zealand, was incredibly brought back from the brink of extinction in the 1980s. Today, there are more than 250 black robins, all descended from "Old Blue".
level ∞
Jun 17, 2019
Thanks to kiwiquizzer for fact #310.
level 78
Nov 27, 2019
Well, many people died to (efficiently) secure Chernobyl. It could have been so much worse... those who did the job are true heroes, don't underestimate that. As for the exclusion zone, let's say that the levels of radiation are low enough in most of it for the animals to breed without too many mutations. But I wouldn't go within 5km of the central without a good reason (and a good protection). It's not recommended to go to Pripyat, where the levels can still be dangerous.
level ∞
Feb 9, 2020
This needs a citation. As far as I know, the direct death toll from Chernobyl was 31 and most of those people weren't volunteers.

And while I certainly wouldn't touch the Elephant's Foot, I would have no problem visiting the exclusion zone. Wildlife in the area is thriving. It's really not nearly as bad as people think.

level 56
Dec 16, 2019
I'm just very curious how someone paying taxes to themselves would work out.
level 67
Jan 9, 2020
I thought taxes in the US were paid to the federal government?
level 23
Jan 27, 2020
I think there are levels of taxes, and she doesn't pay taxes to herself directly, she just runs the local government
level 30
Jan 12, 2020
The girl in Monowi died
level 23
Jan 27, 2020
Not as far as I can tell
level 42
Feb 15, 2020
Certainly, in Chernobyl wild life have returned again and seems to progress more and more every year. Looking at that we have the impression that the only living creature not permitted to settle again on that land is the man (Homo sapiens).
level 35
Feb 17, 2020
I bought a new 300ZX 2+2 in 1984. My brother and I drove up to Zuma Beach and turned up into the canyon--had the T Tops off, rounded a curve where one side of the car was steep hilside up, the other a canyon. Suddenly the entire car was shaded. We looked up and thought a dinosaur--a pterydactyl was what I yelled--was overhead. It was one of the last condors! Solme idiots were killing them, but a few were left that they collected soon after. We had no idea then what a condor looked like, but had never seen a bird that could cast a shadow nearly as long as a 2+2 ZX. Later, they were on the news all the time--1st the baby birds bonded to humans, then they knocked out the power or phone poles in Tehachapee...finally the zoo got the breeding program right, used Chilean condors, I think...