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…
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…
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…
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/…
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
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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 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…
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 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…
A Chinese gang formed the first democratic republic in SE Asia, and one of the earliest modern republics in the world, in West Borneo in 1777. It was ended by the Dutch in 1884. cilisos.my/in-1777-a-chin…
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…
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…
Christopher Columbus cheated on his calculations of the size of Earth. He shortened the size of Earth and pushed Asia as eastward as possible on map; so he could make his epic journey possible on paper. spectrum.ieee.org/tech-ta…
China's "Lost Army." Following the Chinese Civil War, a KMT army fled into Burma and continued to fight the CCP from there. To fund their war, they seized a Burmese province and turned it into narco-state. Some of these soldiers eventually formed some of Southeast Asia's first drug syndicates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuo…
Bride Kidnapping or "ala kachuu" as a culture still occurs in several countries such as Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, and throughout Central Asia despite being illegal. One in five women are kidnapped to be married and the subsequent babies are on average smaller due to mother's psychological distress. reuters.com/article/us-ky…
The first democracies in Asia were the 1700s Borneo "Kongsi Republics." Founded by Chinese merchants, these privately-owned states implemented a statewide-version of a Chinese Village Council (where menfolk voted on decisions), which made them Merchant Republics & Asia's 1st democratic states. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon…
The Philippines has a pink sand beach recognized as one of a handful of Pink Sand Beaches in the World and is the only one in Asia. The color of the sand comes from the pulverized red organ pipe coral from eons of surf erosion mixed with the white sand en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The first countries to elect females as the head of government were in Asia - Sri Lanka in 1960, India in 1966, and Israel in 1969. The first European country to elect a female head of government was the United Kingdom, in 1979 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The widely consumed Pangasius (collecting name of different shark catfishes) is not that toxic that mass media has claimed past decade. The Pangasius is growned and farmed at the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta. It's one of the most popular fishes to eat in the Asia, US and EU. wur.nl/en/article/Fish-hi…
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…
Durian, also known as the "King of Fruits" is a tropical fruit that is popular in Southeast Asia and is very high in nutrients, however, it also gets a bad rap due to its strong smell. healthline.com/nutrition/…
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…
Despite being a cliche, only one historical map actually uses the phrase "Here Be Dragons". The Hunt-Lenox Globe from 1504, one of the oldest globes in existence, uses the phrase on the east coast of Asia. It is believed to have been inspired by tales of Komodo Dragons from Indonesia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Cheetahs are native to Asia in addition to Africa. The Asiatic cheetah is a critically endangered subspecies whose range has shrunk to Iran's central plateau. It's believed that there were fewer than 50 individuals in the wild as of 2017. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asi…
Rock paper scissors is a game that goes back 2000 years to ancient Han China. The game spread throughout Asia with various characters, often animals, replacing the desk supplies we know today. In a version, a village chief is beaten by a fox, who is beaten by a hunter, who is beaten by the chief wrpsa.com/the-official-hi…
Ketchup originates from the Chinese word kΓ΄echiap, for"fish sauce", which British traders made popular in the West by importing it from Asia in the 18th century; only afterward did tomatoes replace fish as ketchup's main ingredient thetakeout.com/why-is-ket…
America and "the Americas" were named after Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian navigator and merchant. "America" was chosen because it matches Europe and Asia, which are also womens names. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
After The Communists Won The Civil War In China In 1949, Certain KMT Armies Fled Into Southeast Asia And Some Even Settled In Thailand siamworld.com/mae-salong-…
Historically, monarchs in East Asia would use two alternative titles: internally they claimed to be β€œemperors”, but in dealing with China they called themselves β€œkings” to avoid offending the Chinese. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Almost nothing is known of the social organization or religious beliefs of the people who erected tens of thousands of menhirs (large upright stones) across Europe, Asia and Africa. There is not even any trace of these people's language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men…
Kenny Rogers Roasters, a now defunct restaurant brand in the US has 156 locations in the throughout Asia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
A bird native to Asia (Shrike) impales it’s prey before consuming it video.nationalgeographic.…
The Statue of Liberty was originally designed in the 1860s for Egypt. Named 'Progress Carrying the Light to Asia', French sculptor FrΓ©dΓ©ric Auguste Bartholdi modelled the statue after an Egyptian woman dressed in a veil. Due to costs, the idea was rejected, and a lighthouse was erected instead. architecturaldigest.com/s…
The Clovis people were not the first Americans. The find supports growing archaeological evidence found in recent years that disputes the notion that the Americas were originally populated by a single migration of people from Asia about 13,000 years ago. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Despite being the only predominantly Catholic nation in Asia, President McKinley, unaware said that American occupation of the Philippines was necessary to "uplift and Christianize" the Filipinos. digitalhistory.uh.edu/dis…
There are three common musical key signature naming systems in use: The C-D-E-F-G-A-B system in the Anglosphere and East Asia, C-D-E-F-G-A-H system used in the historically German influenced areas and do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-si solfege in all Romance speaking and influenced countries/colonies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key…
In mid 18th century Gross National Income per capita (PPP) of countries that today make up third world (Asia, Africa, Latin America) was more than first world (Western Europe, Northern America, Japan, Singapore and South Korea) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
An average adult in North America will eat 1,996 lb (905 kilos) of food per year. An average American consumes 3,663 calories per day, while in Europe it is 3,367 and in Asia is just 2,779. inverse.com/article/38623…
Camels originated in North America and crossed the Bering land bridge to Asia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
Chrysopeleas, or "flying snakes", are a thing. These mildly venomous snakes live in Southeast Asia and glide through the jungle by propelling off the end of tree branches. They are better gliders than flying squirrels. api.nationalgeographic.co…
The Statue of Liberty was orginally intended for the Suez Canal. When the Canal neared completion, the sculptor FrΓ©dΓ©ric-Auguste Bartholdi requested to build a sculpture he named "Egypt Bringing light to Asia" at the canal's entrance. When he was denied, he went with his ideas to New York. history.com/news/9-fascin…
Dragon fruit while popular in SE Asia is a cactus native to Mexico mexiconewsnetwork.com/en/…
More People Have Cell Phones Than Toilets. According to a UN report from 2015, 2.5 billion of the world's 7 billion people lack access to a toilet, particularly in areas of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. While another report put the number of mobile phone users at 6 billion. blogs.worldbank.org/opend…
The entire surface area of the moon (14.6 million sq. miles/38 million sq. km) is smaller than the land area of Asia (17.2 million square miles/44.5 million square km). space.com/18135-how-big-i…

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