The first road vehicle to go over 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) it was a Belgian electric vehicle. Camille Jenatzy accomplished this feat in a car he designed himself, "La Jamais contente" (Never Satisfied), set a road speed record of 105.88 km/h on 29 April 1899, in Achรจres. focusonbelgium.be/en/Do%2โ€ฆ
Belgians eat the most calories per person per day than any other country in the world at an average of 3,768 calories howtocook.recipes/top-20-โ€ฆ
Audie Murphy, one of the most decorated combat soldiers of WW2, who earned every combat award available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism, went on to have an acting career after the war and ended up starring as himself in a movie about his own wartime heroics. history.com/.amp/news/audโ€ฆ
When Germany invaded Belgium in World War I, King Albert I took personal command of the Belgian Army. He led his army for 4 years, fighting alongside his troops, while his wife, Queen Elisabeth, worked as a nurse at the front. His 12 year-old son, the Crown Prince, also fought in the ranks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albโ€ฆ
Belgian football club Anderlecht bribed the referee ahead of their Uefa Cup semi-final victory over Nottingham Forest. Proof only came out after a criminal stole details of the deal and blackmailed the club. bbc.com/news/uk-england-nโ€ฆ
Today I learned of 'La Jamais Contente', the first road vehicle to go over 100 kilometres per hour. It was designed and driven by Belgian engineer Camille Jenatzy, and was powered by electricity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_โ€ฆ
Two Liverpool fans travelled to see Liverpool play against the Belgian team Genk - but by mistake, went to Ghent, 150 km away, only discovering their mistake an hour before the match. After hearing the story, the local team KAA Gent offered them to be VIP guests at an upcoming match against Genk bbc.com/sport/football/50โ€ฆ
The classic English dish of Fish and Chips has Jewish and Belgian origins. Battered and fried fish was introduced to England by Jews in the 16th century. Deep fried potatoes originate from Belgium. Restaurants that sold fish and chips have existed in London since atleast the 1860s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisโ€ฆ
In 2004, a Belgian man was issued a speeding ticket that claimed his Mini was going at 3380 kph (2,100 mph/mach 3) at the time. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ameriโ€ฆ
William Henry Sheppard, one of the first Black American missionaries to Africa, helped to expose King Leopoldโ€™s atrocities in the Belgian Congo to the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilโ€ฆ
Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck, considered human beings powerless against fate. He found human actors too human to play his highly symbolic characters. He then concluded that marionettes would be perfect for the roles he wrote. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauโ€ฆ
These famous international chocolate brands: Milka (German), Cรดte d'Or (Belgian), Toblerone (Swiss), Cadbury/Frys/Green & Black's (all British), Freia (Norwegian) and Marabou (Swedish) are all owned by US food giant Mondelez en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monโ€ฆ
In the past century, every year at least one Belgian has died from World War 1 or World War 2 ordinance being accidentally detonated producer.com/2019/11/ironโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Jean Van Landeghem, a Belgian man who has been repeatedly pranked with pizza deliveries for nearly a decade, and he does not know who is sending them. foodandwine.com/news/pizzโ€ฆ
In 2013, a 67-year-old Belgian woman was mislaid by her GPS and mistakenly drove 900 miles. Her actual destination was only 90 miles away. She was supposed to pick up a friend in Brussels, but instead drove all the way south to Zagreb, Croatia. It took her two days. gizmodo.co.uk/2013/01/womโ€ฆ
When the Belgian police asked the population not to show police work during a 2015 terror threat Belgians flooded social media with cat pictures edition.cnn.com/2015/11/2โ€ฆ
An elderly man gained the trust of a Belgian bank by bringing the workers chocolates. He was eventually given VIP access to the bank vault. In 2007, he stole $28 million worth of diamonds and vanished. people.howstuffworks.com/โ€ฆ
In 2016 Belgian cyclist Femke Van den Driessche was discovered to have a hidden motor in her bicycle, the first proven instance of "Mechanical Doping" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Femโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Wim Delvoye, a belgian artist who's obsesed with scatology, the study of feces. Among other things, he created a machine called Cloaca to turn food into human feces using bacteria found in our digestive system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wimโ€ฆ
In Belgium, there's a law that defines what can be called mayonaise or not, and how much fat percentage it needs to have to be called Traditional Belgian Mayonnaise. flanderstoday.eu/businessโ€ฆ
During WW2, a 40-man unit of the Belgian "Chasseurs Ardennais" regiment held off the combined arms of the German army, only surrendering because they ran out of ammunition en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaโ€ฆ
84% of the worldโ€™s rough diamonds and 50% of the worldโ€™s polished diamonds pass through the Belgian city of Antwerp, which houses 4 diamond exchanges and over 1700 registered diamond traders in an area of less than one square mile businessinantwerp.eu/sectโ€ฆ
Today I learned about The Most Decorated Soldier of All Time "Audie Murphy". He received award for valor available from the U.S. Army, French and Belgian awards for heroism. Murphy received the Medal of Honor for valor that he demonstrated at the age of 19 for holding off an entire German company alone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audโ€ฆ
A Belgian Catholic priest and professor of physics named Georges Lemaรฎtre proposed the "hypothesis of the primeval atom" in 1927, it was published in the December 1932 issue of Popular Science, and then in 1949 astronomer Fred Hoyle coined it the "Big Bang Theory" on a BBC Radio broadcast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoโ€ฆ
The NYPD has more officers than 45 states combined and even outpace the numbers of the actual Belgian military itself citylimits.org/2015/04/14โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Audie Murphy who was awarded every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audโ€ฆ
During WW1 Germany refused to feed occupied Belgium, which was blockaded and unable to fulfill its food demands. In response Herbert Hoover established the Commission for Relief in Belgium. The CRB shipped 5.7 million tons of food and fed 11 million Belgians between 1914 and 1919. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Belgian pie thrower Noรซl Godin who's pied the likes of Bill Gates and Nicolas Sarkozy. His sworn enemies are "authority, depressing laws, the return of moral order, nuclear power, and any form of political power." His pie of choice is a simple whipped cream and chocolate on a soft sponge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No%โ€ฆ
From 2005 to 2013 there were two Albert IIs reigning as heads of state: Albert II, King of the Belgians, and Albert II, Prince of Monaco en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albโ€ฆ
There exists a Belgian bicycle road in Germany. It's not that they just own the land, no, the road is fully Belgian territory. It used to be a railroad track, which was appointed to Belgium after the first World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venโ€ฆ
A Belgian priest named Georges Lemaรฎtre was the first to suggest the big bang theory as the origin of creation in the 1920s, when he theorized that the universe began from a single primordial atom. amnh.org/learn-teach/currโ€ฆ
A Danish artist is hiding enormous troll statues made with recycled materials in Belgian forests powerfulmind.co/giant-wooโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Belga, Belgium's parallel currency unit worth 5 Belgian Francs, introduced in 1927 to prevent confusion with the French Franc following the dissolution of the Latin Economic Union and the end of Napoleon III's monetary union. nbbmuseum.be/en/2007/03/bโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Iron harvest, where unexploded ordnance and equipment from WW1 is uncovered by French and Belgian farmers when ploughing their fields each year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iroโ€ฆ
Luxembourg, the Belgian province, is almost twice as big as Luxembourg the country en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxโ€ฆ
The Beethoven family is not German, but Belgian. The grandfather was a talented singer and later became music master (Kapelmeister) at the Court of Bonn. His talents jumped a generation to manifest in the grandson, who had the same name as the grandfather: Ludwig van Beethoven! popularbeethoven.com/pareโ€ฆ
Georges Lemaรฎtre, the proposer of what later became known as the "Big Bang theory" was a Jesuit trained Belgian Catholic priest as well as a mathematician, astronomer, and professor of physics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoโ€ฆ
Today I learned about a tiny strip of Belgian land inside Germany, where there once was a railroad that Belgium was awarded after WW1. Today its a cycling road. But the land still belongs to Belgium and both nations has agreed to keep it that way en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venโ€ฆ
People in Hawaii who contracted Hansen's disease (leprosy) were exiled to the island of Molokai. St. Damien, a 19th century Belgian priest voluntarily went there to minister to the colonists and contracted the disease himself. hawaiimagazine.com/blogs/โ€ฆ
There are 22 Belgian exclaves in the Netherlands which then contain 7 exclaves of the Netherlands within them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baaโ€ฆ
Blue Moon beer is called Belgian Moon in Canada vinepair.com/articles/bluโ€ฆ
During WWII Audie Murphy earned every US Army combat award for valor, and several French and Belgian awards for heroism. He earned the Medal of Honor at 19 for holding off a company of German soldiers for an hour, then leading a successful counter attack while out of ammo and wounded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audโ€ฆ
Van Lierde claims that in 1959 he encountered a giant snake in the Katanga region of the Belgian Congo while returning from a mission by helicopter.He describes the snake as being close to 50 feet in length, snake's head was 3 feet long and 2 feet wide, and that the jaws were of a triangular. wikipedia.org/wiki/Remy_Vโ€ฆ
Emmanuel de Merode, a Belgian Prince, has been directing the Virunga National Park in the DRC since 2008. He and his rangers protect the park's wildlife from oil explorers, poachers, and rebels that constantly encroach. Injured in an assassination attempt in 2014, he continues his work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmโ€ฆ
โ€œrubyโ€ chocolate is the fourth chocolate type and the first new chocolate type in 80 years. It is pink due to the color of the cocoa beans used to make it. It was unveiled by Swiss-Belgian cocoa company Barry-Callebaut in September 2017, and had been in development since 2004. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubโ€ฆ
Audie Leon Murphy is among the most decorated soldiers in American history, having even earned honors from the French and Belgians. ausa.org/audie-leon-murphโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Berthe Mayne, a Belgian singer who claimed to her family to have survived the sinking of the Titanic, traveling 1st class under an alias as the mistress of a young Canadian millionaire. No one believed her until after her death, when her belongings and correspondence corroborated the story. encyclopedia-titanica.orgโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the attack on the twentieth convoy, in which three belgian resistance members, armed only with a pistol and a red lantern, managed to rescue 233 jews from being deported to Auschwitz. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attโ€ฆ
Because of Marc Dutroux, a Belgian serial killer and child molester, a 1/3 of the people with the same last name officially requested it to be changed. wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Dโ€ฆ
The Adventures of Tintin was originally created as propaganda for the youth wing of a far-right, Catholic Belgian newspaper. However, it soon grew far more popular than the paper itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ

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