Despite the importance of chili peppers to many Asian cuisines, they are actually native to the Americas and were only later introduced to Asia through trade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Larry Hillblom, the H of DHL, regularly took "sex safari" trips to Asia to prey on underage girls. When he died in a plane crash, 4 of the illegitimate children he fathered were able to claim $50 million each from his estate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
Dandelion plants originated in Europe/Asia, and were only brought to North America by 17th-Century colonists. The plants nutritional value, along with its rugged nature, made it an efficient resource for the settlers. actforlibraries.org/plant…
The purpose of menhirs, over 50,000 large man-made upright stones distributed across Europe, Asia and Africa, still remains unknown to archeologists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men…
A 14th century Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta went as far as modern Indonesia, China, India, Russia, Central Asia, Balkans, Spain, Tanzania, West Africa and Maldives, and was by far the most well-travelled human before the modern era. He wrote an account of his travels, known as The Rihlah. britannica.com/biography/…
Chinese checkers is neither a variation of checkers nor did it originate in any part of Asia. It was created in 1892 in Germany with the name β€œSternhalma.” It was later marketed in America under the name β€œHop Ching Checkers” plansponsor.com/trivial-p…
Chess first appeared in India in 6th century AD before spread to Asia and Europe by the 10th century. britannica.com/topic/ches…
Around 77% of Russia is in Asia but 77% of Russians live in Europe, which makes European Russia 10 times denser in population compared to Asian Russia. nationsonline.org/oneworl…
Peoples' Friendship University of Russia was established in 1960 to give young people from Asia, Africa and Latin America, especially from poor families, an opportunity to be educated and to become qualified specialists. More than 77,000 graduates of the university work in 170 countries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peo…
There's a traditional "postpartum confinement" period of about 1 month for women to recover after giving birth, and in Asia there's now specialized luxury resort centers that charge thousands of dollars to take care of both the mom and baby for the entire period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
, Nalanda University library in India was destroyed in 1193 by invaders. The 700 year old institution attracted students and teachers from europe and asia. The fire that destroyed the library lasted 3 months and burnt about 9 million manuscripts. myindiamyglory.com/2017/0…
The Gorkhas, soldiers native to the Kingdom of Gorkha, present-day Nepal, are well known for their fearlessness and combat prowess. They wield the signature Khukuri knife, a forward-curving traditional Nepali knife. In WWII, they fought with Allies against Axis powers in Asia and Europe. abc.net.au/news/2018-06-0…
Tokyo is not only the largest urban economy in the world, but also the largest city with a pop of 38 million people, has the world's tallest tower Tokyo Skytree and the world's largest underground floodwater diversion facility MAOUDC, and The Tokyo Metro Ginza Line is the oldest in Asia. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo
Horses evolved on the great plains of North America. They migrated across the Bering land bridge to Asia, and all remaining horses died out in America. When the Spanish brought horses with them in the 16th century, they were returning them to their native ranges. britannica.com/animal/hor…
Columbus' 1492 voyage was in search of a new path to Asia's spices including the desired black pepper. Not found in the new world, instead he discovered what we now know as bell and chili peppers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voy…
The only reason Native Americans are called "Indians" is because Christopher Columbus wrongly inferred that he had reached the shores of South Asia... britannica.com/topic/Trib…
Negais, (Asia's largest antelope) were introduced to Texas in the 1920's. A feral population of around 37,000 live in Texas today! They are also found in Northern Mexico, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. They can weigh as much as 679 lbs (308 Kg) and be as tall 4'11" (1.5 M) at the shoulder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nil…
It is thought that the genes for light skin appeared in Anatolia (the westernmost protrusion of Asia) by about 8,500 years ago, & only became widespread in Europe by about 5,000 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lig…
The Independant representative of Taipei in Taiwan is also the lead singer of a metal band, Cthonic, which has been compared to being the "Black Sabbath" of Asia. He also sings for Marty Friedman on a side project called Metal Clone X, which covers Japanese hits by turning them into heavy metal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
A 2005 study from Rutgers University theorized that the pre-1492 native populations of the Americas are the descendants of only 70 individuals who crossed the land bridge between Asia and North America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
The Geobukseon, also known as the Turtle Ship, was a type of large Korean warship that was used during the Joseon dynasty. The ship's name derives from its protective shell-like covering. Developed in Europe and in East Asia, this design has been described as the first armored ship in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
The year 536 is considered by some scholars to be the worst year ever to be alive due to volcanos, extreme weather, and famine throughout Europe and Asia sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
There was a Spanish Fascist Falangist Party all the way in Asia, in the Philippines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Manchurian, once one of the most important languages in East Asia, is nearly extinct and now has only 20 primary speakers and a few thousand second-language speakers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
The Persians were capable of conquering such vast terrain because of their superior horsemanship and powerful cavalry. This made them stronger than anyone else in Western Asia and allowed them to easily defeat enemies and take over the land. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ach…
The term "istan" popular among central and western Asian islamic countries has its origin in sanskrit "sthā́na" (Devanagari: ΰ€Έΰ₯ΰ€₯ΰ€Ύΰ€¨) originally used to refer to the region of South Asia as 'Hindu-sthan' in the ancient text of "Brahaspati Agam". jstor.org/stable/592187
There is a deer with fangs called the Siberian musk deer found in the mountain forests of Northeast Asia. It is currently listed as vulnerable and is trending towards endangered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sib…
The common chicken does not exist on the wild, they are the result of the domestication of another species of bird called the "Red Junglefowl" that lives in South Asia. They look like chickens except they live on trees and can actually fly ebird.org/species/redjun
Sir Richard Branson once lost a bet with Tony Fernandes on the winner of the 2010 F1 Grand Prix. The loser had to work as a female flight attendant on the winner's airline. Branson shaved his legs, dressed in drag, and hosted passengers on a 5 hour Air Asia flight that raised 200k for charity. cnn.com/travel/article/br…
77% of Russia's land area is Asia but 77% of Russians live in Europe. nationsonline.org/oneworl…
Europe and Asia aren't actually continents, but are two parts of one large continent called Eurasia. The division between Europe and Asia is an historical social construct that originated from the Ancient Greeks. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
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-…
From 1965 to 1968, the United States was dropping 32 tons of bombs per hour on North Vietnam. 7 million tons of bombs including 400,000 tons of napalm were dropped in Southeast Asia during the conflict. This is more than three times as many tons of bombs than were dropped in all of World War II currentaffairs.org/2018/0…
Right after the end of WWII in 1945, surrendered Japanese soldiers in Southeast Asia were pressed to fight alongside British & other Allied forces to help reestablish European control in the region and defeat independence movements. This was due to a shortage of Allied troops available. billdownscbs.com/2015/07/…
In the Mughal Empire, which ruled South Asia in the 16th-18th centuries, the living standard and per-capita income were higher than in Britain (the highest in Europe); the price of grain was far lower than in Britain; and in 1600, 15% lived in urban areas - in Britain in 1700 it was only 13% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mug…
Genome from the Indus Valley Civilization is from a population that is the largest source for South Asians. The population has no detectable ancestry from Steppe pastoralists or Iranian farmers, suggesting farming in South Asia arose from local foragers rather than from large migration from west cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0…
In Chinese/East Asian culture, the Tiger - not the Lion- is considered the King of all Animals. This is so because it is the biggest land-predator in East Asia, and- more importantly- the markings on its forehead resemble the Chinese character for King/Monarch: "ηŽ‹." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tig…
Confucious played a big role in the widespread use of chopsticks in Asia. He believed knifes reminded people of slaughterhouses and sharp objects conjured thoughts of violence and war, instead of the happiness one should feel when eating. https://www.history.com/news/a-brief-history-of-chopstick history.com/news/a-brief-…
Chili peppers are not native to Asia and only came from Central/South America splendidtable.org/story/2…
There is an electoral constituency in Belize called Mesopotamia, named after the region in Western Asia where early human society developed. It is represented by rapper Shyne in the Belize House of Representatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
Tulips have grown in the wild in Central Asia, and although tulips are commonly associated with the Netherlands, they were not introduced to the West until the 16th century, when Western diplomats to the Ottoman court observed and reported on them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tul…
Today I learned of Pride, a 1998 Japanese historical drama depicting Japanese prime minister and convicted war criminal Hideki Tojo as a family man who defended Japan and Asia from Western colonialism but was ultimately hanged by a vengeful United States. It was one of the most popular Japanese films of 1998. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
77 percent of Russia is in Asia, however, 77 percent of the Russian population lives in Europe. nationsonline.org/oneworl…
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…
Camels and llamas originated from modern day North America roughly 44 million years ago. They later, along with early horses, migrated to Asia across the Bearing land bridge. The last camel in North America was known as the Camelops and lived there until the middle Pleistocene. nps.gov/hafo/learn/nature…
In the Maldives (a strictly Islamic island nation in South Asia), dogs are prohibited for citizens and tourists, except for law enforcement officers, who use sniffer dogs at customs and for special operations maldivesfinest.com/touris…
Today I learned about Balut. A fertilized developing egg embryo that is boiled and eaten from the shell. It is commonly sold as street food in Southeast Asia. agriculture.pa.gov/consum…
The anarchist thinker Peter Kropotkin was a military officer turned geologist. In 1871 Kropotkin explored the glacial deposits of Finland and Sweden. In 1873, he published a map and paper in which he showed that the existing maps entirely misrepresented the physical features of Asia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
A hobbit-like human ancestor was found in Asia. Scientists have found skeletons of a human species that grew no larger than a three-year-old modern child. The species lived with pygmy elephants and giant lizards on a remote island in Indonesia. nationalgeographic.com/ne…

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