The people of Africa have more genetic diversity than the rest of the world combined. geneticsandsociety.org/ar…
On a UNICEF trip to Africa in 2008, Salma Hayek decided to breast-feed a local baby in front of the camera. The sick baby was born the same day but a year after her child, who wasn’t weaned. She later told how her Mexican great-grandma had spontaneously breast-fed a hungry baby in her village. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wet…
Monkeys migrated from Africa to South America by sailing across the Atlantic Ocean on floating vegetation nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Nearly half of the world’s twins are born in Africa. The small West African nation of Benin has the highest concentration of twins in the world while Japan has the lowest rate of twinning. businessinsider.com/what-…
English speakers of Indian descent in South Africa say "y'all" with the same meaning and pronunciation as southerners in the U.S. It is one of the few non-American instances of "y'all" in English and is attributed to coincidence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y%2…
There are several countries in Africa who have banned the export of donkeys to China. This is due to an unsustainable demand for their hide to produce a medicinal gelatin called eijao. Populations of donkeys are also declining in North-East Brazil due to this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
The movie The Ghost And The Darkness was based on the story of the Tsavo Maneaters, two lions in 1898 that killed and ate up to an estimated 135 workers in Africa. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
When relocating rhinos in South Africa, they're drugged, blindfolded, and have their legs are tied to a helicopter. It was found that blindfolding them decreases stress during the flight. They're flown because it's much quicker and more convenient than relocating them via truck. biographic.com/rhino-relo…
A massive amount of the donations sent to clothing recycling companies and charities end up being exported and sold all over the world, heavily dominating local markets across Africa. theguardian.com/sustainab…
In 1983, white voters in South Africa adopted a constitution that created a race-based tricameral legislature that specifically excluded blacks. The largest chamber represented whites, the second representing Coloureds, while the smallest represented Indians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
In Africa, people are planting a Great Green Wall of trees to stop the Sahara from expanding into arable land bbc.com/news/world-africa…
Today I learned about Lesotho, a country which is completely landlocked and is surrounded by the country of South Africa on all sides. britannica.com/place/Leso…
Africa is slowly splitting into two separate continents scientificamerican.com/ar…
There is a fictional island in the South Atlantic, off the west coast of Africa called 'Null Island'. Although it doesn't exist in reality, it serves as an error trap for map systems. Map enthusiasts have given the island its own history, geography and even flag. blogs.loc.gov/maps/2016/0…
The oldest known hominid footprints discovered outside of Africa were in Norfolk, England. They are estimated to be 800,000 years old en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
In May 1981 the citizens of Naphlion, Greece awoke to find small green frogs falling from the sky. The Greek Meteorological Institute surmised they were picked up by a very strong wind since the frog species was native to North Africa. newtimes.co.rw/section/re…
There's a farmer in South Africa who has bred ducks for many years. He uses the ducks instead of pesticides on his farm. Every morning he assembles over 1,000 ducks into a line to go and pluck the pests out of his vineyard. youtu.be/H6Ehoxu9QY8
Iconic African wax print fabric wasn't designed nor made in Africa. Dutch traders in the 1800s tried to commercialize Javanese batik production, but couldn't sell it in Europe. However, they found a market along West African trading routes, where it was embraced and culturally adopted. helluvanote.com/note/afri…
The Blaster is a invention by the BMW company in South Africa created in 1998 in response to the growing amout of car jackings in the cities. The Blaster is basically a flamethrower attached to the side of your car that could create a wall of fire up to 2 meters or 6,5 feet high next to your car youtube.com/watch?v=aLhWz…
There's a "Women Only" village in Kenya, Africa called Umoja Village that was created in 1990 as a safe haven for women escaping violence travelwithsinja.com/umoja…
Today I learned scientists have been able to track the history of the AIDS virus. Through research they believe 'patient zero' lived Cameroon in Africa, and contracted the disease around 1908, after hunting a chimp and being infected with SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus) wnycstudios.org/podcasts/…
Today I learned about Botswana's first President, Seretse Khama, successor to the throne of the then British Protectorate of Bechuanaland who, after marrying a British woman, was banished by the British under pressure from South Africa, but eventually led the nation to independence in 1956 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Hammerhead bats exist in Africa and that they can carry the Ebola virus without getting sick themselves the-scientist.com/image-o…
When German Southwest Africa's (now Namibia) borders were being drawn, they insisted on a long thin panhandle, to allow access to the Zambezi river and navigation to the African east coast. But they were not aware of the Victoria Falls at the time, which make navigating the river impossible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
In 2012 the President of Malawi's dead body was flown to South Africa "for medical treatment" for a fatal heart attack, in an unsuccessful attempt to hide his death and organize a coup while preventing the Vice President from taking office iol.co.za/news/africa/mal…
The world's first astronomical site, Nabta Playa, was built in Africa and is 2,000 years older than Stonehenge. Located in the Sahara desert, the 7,000-year-old stone circle was used to track the summer solstice and the arrival of the annual monsoon season. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…
Painting artificial eyespots on the rear-ends of cattle reduces predation by large carnivores. The technique is being used in Africa as an effective, low-cost, anti-predation method to save the lives of both cattle and predators. snippetscience.com/painti…
The African Renaissance Monument in Senegal, the tallest statue in Africa, was built by North Korea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afr…
Nomadic Peoples of North Africa Ate Camel Poop To Cure Dysentery, And It Worked tandfonline.com/doi/full/…
Kelvin Doe, also popular as DJ Focus, became a self-taught engineer at the age of 13. He built his own radio station in Sierra Leone in West Africa, where he broadcasts news and play music. imaginationmatters.org/in…
Camels once existed in Canada's far north. The Yukon giant camel was an 3.5 million-year-old ancestor of the living domestic camel found today in the deserts of Asia and Africa. beringia.com/exhibit/ice-…
There are no hedgehogs native to America or Australia and are only kept as pets in these countries, however they are found in Africa and are thriving there worldatlas.com/articles/w…
Scientists found evidence that a natural nuclear reactor existed in Africa 2 billion years ago. There was a uranium deposit large enough to sustain a chain reaction. It was first noticed when a French power plant's uranium shipment from Africa had decreased levels of fissile uranium-235. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Actor, director, and producer Orson Welles refused admission into Harvard at age 16 so he could travel. When he landed in Dublin he convinced everyone that he was a famous Broadway star and began producing plays. When he grew bored of the farce, he went to North Africa to draw pictures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ors…
The Herero and Nama genocide was the first genocide of the 20th century, waged between 1904 and 1908, by the German Empire against the Ovaherero, the Nama, and the San in German South West Africa (now Namibia). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
In the 2000s Guinness was marketed in Africa by a James Bond type character called Michael Power. This campaign was so successful Nigeria became the third largest consumer of Guinness in the world. They even made a Michael Power movie. youtube.com/watch?v=ZMmzU…
Queen still performed in apartheid South Africa when the majority of bands refused to, and was by far the largest band to do so. They were subsequently placed on the United Nations' artist blacklist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Today I learned about Sixto Rodriguez, an American musician who gave up recording in 1976 after his debut albums did poorly in the US. 20 years later, his daughter found out that he'd become famous in South Africa, where he was compared to Bob Dylan, with some of his songs even known as anti-apartheid anthems. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six…
William Henry Sheppard, one of the first Black American missionaries to Africa, helped to expose King Leopold’s atrocities in the Belgian Congo to the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
When he was serving as an assistant at Comedy Central, John Mulaney was the one who answered the phone call when Dave Chappelle "went missing." He then was tasked with breaking the news of Chappelle's departure to Africa to the execs who were in the middle of meeting. ew.com/tv/2019/12/27/john…
There are 5 species of hominids' DNA in varying amounts in modern day humans- 3 highly variant Denisovans from Asia, Neanderthal, and Homo Sapien Sapien from Africa. api.nationalgeographic.co…
The reason so many African flags have green, yellow and red is because of the Ethiopian flag; as one of the few independent African nations during the colonial period, the new countries of Africa looked to them for inspiration en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Failure to learn the Mayan Nixtamalization method of preparing corn (maize) lead to Pellagra epidemics in Europe, Africa, and southern USA. Nixtamalization frees the amino acid Niacin. Nixtamalized corn and beans is a complete protein diet and became the staple food in Central America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nix…
Skull elongation was a practice of the Mangbetu people of Central Africa. They would wrap babies' heads with cloth shortly after birth to achieve this look. Brain development was not usually affected by this practice. historydaily.org/mangbetu…
Bill Gates succeeded in his mission to build a Toilet to help combat the sanitary crisis across multiple parts of Africa and India. Costing $350, its powered by worms, and doesnt require to be hooked up to a sewer system. businessinsider.com/bill-…
Giant earthworms exist. Ones in South Africa can grow to an average of 1.83 m (6 ft) with the largest discovered being 6.7 m (22 ft)! youtube.com/watch?v=JryXo…
Agatha Christie was a surfer. Agatha became skilled at body-boarding in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and in Hawaii she learned to ride while standing on the board. bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti…
Queen Victoria had a royal goddaughter from West Africa named Sara Forbes Bonetta, who was ensIaved and intended to die in a human sacrifice by King Ghezo of Dahomey, and rescued by a British naval captain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
The healing/soothing properties of Aloe arborescens only became known to the West after it was shown to be effective in treating radiation victims of the Hiroshima Hydrogen bomb. Aloes, native to southern Africa, were found to be effective at relieving x-ray burns. pza.sanbi.org/aloe-arbore…

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