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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
There are 22 Belgian exclaves in the Netherlands which then contain 7 exclaves of the Netherlands within them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baaโ€ฆ
Luxembourg, the Belgian province, is almost twice as big as Luxembourg the country en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxโ€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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Belgian military officials prescribed heavy doses of castor oil (a laxative) in the Belgian Congo as a punishment for being too sick to work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casโ€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
Blue Moon beer is called Belgian Moon in Canada vinepair.com/articles/bluโ€ฆ
The Belgian engineer responsible for the Orient Express won a gold medal in mail coach at the 1900 Olympics. And that there was an event called 'mail coach'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equโ€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
Today I learned of the Leuven Library. Founded in 1425. it has been destroyed and rebuilt twice. It's burning by the Germans in WWI and WWII became a rallying cry for the Belgian people. bib.kuleuven.be/english/aโ€ฆ
Durring WW1 Germany did not attack Carlota of Mexico's Belgian estate because she was technically an Austrian Princess. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Vennbahn. A Belgian railway, now bike path, that cuts through Germany. It was taken from Germany after the Treaty of Versaille and created several German enclaves. The smallest one being a single German house, standing all alone in Belgium. youtu.be/KEM_cp6hVeM
Today I learned about the "Mangamoord", a Belgian case murder where the victim was found with notes near him that carried the sentence in Latin characters "Watashi wa Kira dess" (mispelled Japanese meaning "I am Kira"), making reference to the character Kira from the manga and anime series Death Note. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manโ€ฆ
In 2008, more than 3,000 bottles of sparkling wine produced in California labelled with the term "Champagne" were destroyed by Belgian government authorities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaโ€ฆ
The term 'spa' originates from the Belgian town of Spa, whose natural springs have attracted visitors since as early as the 14th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaโ€ฆ
In 2002, a 79-year-old Belgian pensioner boobytrapped his own house with the intention of killing his estranged family. He shot himself and died after triggering one of them. Shotguns were found wired to the television, a water tank and the bathroom door telegraph.co.uk/news/worlโ€ฆ
During WWI, the Belgian army opened the dikes that prevent their country from being flooded by seawater in order to halt a German offensive. historychannel.com.au/h10โ€ฆ
In 1989 a Soviet pilot was forced to eject, over Poland, during a training mission. His plane, however, continued flying. Over an hour later the plane crashed, after running out of fuel, in a Belgian house 900km (600mi) away killing one person. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198โ€ฆ
King Leopold II had the world's only private colony before the Belgian government stepped in because of the atrocities he allowed/commited in Congo Free State. britannica.com/biography/โ€ฆ
The jingle "Carglass Repair, Carglass Replace" exists in over 20 countries. The original version was composed in 1985 by a Franco-Belgian artist. It was licensed for worldwide use in 2004. youtu.be/0EwQepDqru8
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
Jean-Pierre Van Rossem, Belgian scam artist and self-proclaimed stock market guru, scammed even the Belgian royal family with his money-making system 'Moneytron'. He got very wealthy but later had to sell everything he owned to pay his debts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeaโ€ฆ
The Belgian colonization of the Congo occurred under a front organization known as the International African Association, that portrayed itself as an altruistic and charitable organization, and received donations from families such as the Rothschilds and Viscount Ferdinand de Lesseps en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intโ€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
In order to reach his then-girlfriend, Emperor Akihito used then-Belgian King Baudouin as his middleman to send letters to her en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akiโ€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
During the Korean War, Luxembourg sent a 44-man contingent attached to the Belgian contingent, to the United Nations force. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milโ€ฆ
As a Belgian, that the rest of the world is devoid of suikerbonen (sugarbeans). They are almond shaped sugar-coated chocolate treats, that are given away by the parents of a newborn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suiโ€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
In 1963, a Belgian fisherman got himself arrested on purpose to envoke a 297-year-old Royal Charter that gave fishermen from his city the right to fish in English waters. The UK never pressed charges. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisโ€ฆ
Belgian Colonists cut the hands of children if villages did not meet Rubber Quotas in Congo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conโ€ฆ
The driver who placed 3rd in the 1987 Belgian Grand Prix finished the race by pushing his car over the finish line because the car had run out of gas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198โ€ฆ
In 1995 the Bosman ruling, after Belgian footballer Jean-Marc Bosman, allowed players to move to new clubs at their end of contract without paying a transfer fee. This coincided directly with a new era of financial gains in football & increased rich-poor gap between elite and smaller clubs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosโ€ฆ
The Ebony Shoe Award is a football award in Belgium given every year to the best African or African origin player in the Belgian Pro League. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eboโ€ฆ
French Fries are actually Belgian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freโ€ฆ
In 1961 Belgians, with CIA involvement, ordered the murder of a democratically elected Prime Minister of Congo who just wanted for the Congolese to regain the natural resources still being under foreign control since the colonial times en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patโ€ฆ
David Norris, the Irish gay rights activist whose lawsuit resulting in Ireland decriminalizing homosexuality, was born in Leopoldville in the Belgian Congo (modern-day Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davโ€ฆ
In World War II, the Belgian Resistance used the Schipperke dogs to run messages between various resistance hideouts and cells, to which occupying Nazi Forces were oblivious. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schโ€ฆ
Table beer was served in Belgian schools until the 1980s. It has been proposed to re-introduce this low alcohol beer (< 1.5% ABV) to schools as a healthier alternative to softdrinks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beeโ€ฆ
Belgian scientists converted urine from a music festival into water that was used to brew beer newsweek.com/sewer-brewerโ€ฆ
In 2009 a Belgian bodybuilding championship was canceled after doping officials arrived unannounced and all the competitors fled thinksteroids.com/news/20โ€ฆ
During WWI, the Belgian King personally led the army, the Queen served as a nurse, and the 14 year old Prince enlisted as a private and fought in the ranks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albโ€ฆ
Remy Van Lierde, a Belgian pilot and fighter ace, spotted and photographed a Giant Congo Snake emerging from a hole as he flew over the forests, that he claimed was close to 50 feet in length. cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/5โ€ฆ
In 1991 a Dutch grammar explanation crashed a Belgian city's phone network leaving the emergency services unreachable en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DT-โ€ฆ
The town of Baarle straddles an international border, with half of it belonging to the Dutch (Baarle-Nassau) and the other half to the Belgians (Baarle-Hertog). With dozens of border crossings throughout town, many houses, shops and even roads are split in two. youtube.com/attribution_lโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the term "iron harvest" which is used to describe the annual harvest of unexploded ordnance, barbed wire, shrapnel, bullets and other WWI-related artifacts mostly collected by Belgian and French farmers after plowing their fields. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iroโ€ฆ
A 2011 survey found that Belgians are the world's least "cool" nationality main.aol.com/2011/09/08/bโ€ฆ
A Belgian convicted rapist and murderer has requested to be euthanized, which has been granted npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/โ€ฆ
Theres an old train track running through Germany, but it all lies on Belgian soil. This creates five chunks of german land which are not actually connected to the rest of Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venโ€ฆ
French fries are actually Belgian fries. expatica.com/be/insider-vโ€ฆ
Belgium has 4 commonly spoken languages: Dutch, French, German (the 3 official languages) and English. 38% of Belgians use 2 or 3 languages at work and 27% of Belgians can converse in more than 3 languages. amcham.be/blog/2013/09/muโ€ฆ
In 2002, an elderly Belgian man accidentally set off a booby trap he had set up to kill his family. This resulted in him getting shot in the neck. Detectives ended up finding a total of 19 traps the man had set up in the house. theage.com.au/articles/20โ€ฆ
In 1961 Pauline Lumumba marched naked in the streets of Kinshasa (then called Leopoldville) to protest the killing of her husband, the revolutionary Patrice Lumumba, by Belgian and Katangan forces. uncensoredopinion.co.za/wโ€ฆ
If a Belgian family has seven sons or daughters in succession, the king/queen becomes godfather/godmother of the child and it receives royal gifts. This still happens a few times per year. rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gsโ€ฆ
While the origin of the modern myth of Zombies is widely considered to be the 1968 film "Night of the Living Dead," the theme of infectious zombification actually appeared nearly 10 years earlier in a Franco-Belgian magazine. Specifically in the debut of the comic "The Smurfs." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
In 2009 two Belgian bank robbers tried to open a safe with explosives. Unfortunately, the explosives used were too potent. The criminals ended up blowing the whole bank up, killing themselves in the process. theguardian.com/world/200โ€ฆ
The Belgian national dish "les frites" was wrongly given the name "French Fries" by World War One American servicemen moving through Wallonia, a French-speaking region of Belgium, creating confusion with the inventionโ€™s nationality. belgiumtheplaceto.be/792-โ€ฆ
Georgeโ€™s Lemaรฎtre, a Belgian Roman Catholic priest, physicist and astronomer is credited with the first formulation of an expanding universe idea, what was to become the Big Bang theory. catholiceducation.org/en/โ€ฆ
In January 1923 French and Belgian troops occupied the Ruhr coalfields in order to enforce German payment of reparations. The Germans, unable to resist militarily, responded with acts of civil disobedience, strikes and riots. These actions were met with measures of repression by occupants. icrc.org/en/doc/resourcesโ€ฆ
Cocktails sauce in the US is completely different from European one. In America they commonly use a mix of ketchup/chili sauce with prepared horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce, whereas in Europe it's simply mayo mixed witch ketchup, and Belgians also add whiskey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocโ€ฆ
Belgian farmers are required by law to "care for the emotional well-being of their pigs" which often includes giving them toys to play with. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_neโ€ฆ
The Big Bang Theory was originated by a Belgian Catholic priest, Georges Lemaitre. news.wgbh.org/post/big-baโ€ฆ
Dunkirk was not the largest marine evacuation in history. During 9/11, the US Coast Guard led a water evacuation of more than 500,000 from Manhattan. Dunkirk, on the other hand, evacuated 339,000 British, French and Belgian soldiers from France to the UK. zdnet.com/article/moving-โ€ฆ
The song Seven Nation Army became a stadium anthem after some Belgian soccer fans heard it in a bar in Milan the night before a match against an Italian club and chanted it that night in the city center then again the next day at the stadium, where their team pulled off a stunning upset. deadspin.com/5875933/how-โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Philippe Servaty, a Belgian journalist who photographed himself having sex with over 80 girls in Morocco after having promised to take them to Europe. He then he ditched them and published the photos online. Many of the women were incarcerated, killed, or committed suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phiโ€ฆ
Belgian fort Eben-Emael was thought to be impregnable before WW2. The world's largest fortress was designed to stop a German invasion and take months to break. It was so large ... that in May 1940 the Luftwaffe landed gliders on its roof, and captured Eben-Emael from the top in 30 hours. historynet.com/hitlers-seโ€ฆ
The Belgian version of "Dragostea Din Tei"/"Numa Numa" is about following traffic laws youtube.com/watch?v=zvwgUโ€ฆ
James Jameson, heir to the whiskey company, bought an eleven-year old girl and offered her to cannibals in order to document and sketch how she was cooked and eaten during Stanley's expeditions in the Belgian Congo. books.google.com/books?idโ€ฆ
Vince Speranza with his Actions in WWII Inspired a Belgian Beer to be Created youtube.com/watch?v=lZe2Hโ€ฆ
A Belgian beer club proposed to substitute beer instead of soft drinks on school menus to prevent childhood obesity. mentalfloss.com/article/1โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Belgian Blue Bulls, a species of bovine with a mutation that makes them extremely muscular. youtu.be/TlwxML7HRSg
When the Rwandan Genocide began, to seek safety from Hutu militias, 2000 Tutsi refugees fled to a school where Belgian UN peacekeepers were stationed. On orders from their government they pulled out 3 days later. The militias were waiting outside. After they left, the refugees were slaughtered. nytimes.com/books/first/mโ€ฆ
There's a small sculpture on the moon named "Fallen Astronaut". Made by Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck and placed by the crew of Apollo 15 in 1971. It is the only sculpture on the moon, yet it remains relatively unknown. slate.com/articles/healthโ€ฆ
Till the 70's Belgian kids got to drink beer during their school lunch amazingbelgium.be/2016/08โ€ฆ
During prohibition Herbert Hoover would go to the Belgian embassy to have martinis, as it was not illegal to possess alcohol on foreign soil. books.google.com/books?idโ€ฆ
In 1943 three Belgian men held up a train and liberated 200 Jews using only one gun and some wire cutters. jewishgen.blogspot.ca/200โ€ฆ
When the Nigerian government updated their approach in calculating its GDP in 2015, Nigeria's economy soared to $510 billion, similar to the size of Polish and Belgian economies theatlantic.com/internatiโ€ฆ
A Belgian minister cycled to a news conference to promote cycling, only to find his bike had been stolen when he left half an hour later. uk.reuters.com/article/usโ€ฆ
; In 1998 a Belgian anarchist named Noel Godin hit Bill Gates in the face with a cream pie. cnet.com/news/gates-gets-โ€ฆ
Today I learned of โ€œiron harvestโ€, in which nearly 900 tons of WWI unexploded munitions are recovered each year by Belgian and French farmers after ploughing their fields. messynessychic.com/2015/0โ€ฆ

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