In other countries New Zealand, Belgium, Germany, etc. have their own exotic β€œAmerican” food isles in grocery stores alot like how America has Mexican and Asian isles in their grocery stores (I lived in America for all of my life obviously) foodbeast.com/news/americ…
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/Alb…
The borders between Belgium and the Netherlands are so complex that many buildings have an international border running right through them. A bank was built on top of the border so paperwork was moved from one side of the building to the other whenever one nationality’s tax inspectors came. bbc.com/travel/story/2017…
King Leopold I of Belgium was made an honorary colonel in Russia’s Imperial Guard when he was only six years old. He rose to the rank of major general at the age of 12, and finally promoted to lieutenant general at 25. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
During the 1840s-50s, King Leopold I of Belgium considered cΠΎlΠΎnising more than 50 different countries and regions, among them: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Florida, Texas, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Kansas, Ethiopia, South Africa, Portugal, India, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
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/Fis…
Voting is mandatory in Belgium. Citizens are automatically registered in the electoral polls and more than 90% of the eligible population takes part in the voting process, since you risk a fine if you do not vote either in person or by proxy. angloinfo.com/how-to/belg…
One Canadian tank, nicknamed "Bomb," never missed a day of service from when it landed in Normandy on D-Day until the surrender of Germany, firing over 6,000 rounds and taking two enemy hits across France, Belgium, and the Netherlands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
The areas that are most known for their beer today, i.e. Bavaria, Czechia, Belgium, and the Netherlands, were also the areas that during the early middle ages had the first ever production of hopped beer in history. Also home brewing was much more common than monastery or commercial brewing. youtu.be/u9-GxWegHxs
In 1913 the inventor of the Diesel engine (Rudolf Diesel) mysteriously died while travelling from Belgium to the UK to meet with the British navy about installing his engines on their submarines. His body was found 11 days later floating in the sea. It’s still unknown if he was murdered. history.com/.amp/this-day…
Saudi Arabia is building a new futuristic city in the country’s northwestern region (Tabuk) which has been called the world most ambitious project and known as Β« the land of the future”. It will be 33 times the size of New York City and nearly the size of Belgium en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo…
There is actually an β€œOld Zealand” that New Zealand is named for: It was the Dutch Maritime Province of Zeeland, located near modern Belgium. britannica.com/place/Zeel…
King Leopold of Belgium had between 1-15 million Congolese people murdered while he exploited their area for rubber wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopol…
During the interwar period, France and Belgium occupied a Germany's region - Ruhr. britannica.com/topic/Ruhr…
Belgium sleeped on December 21, 1752, and woke up on January 1, 1753, due to the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar. The provinces forming the Southern Netherlands (modern Belgium) except the Duchy of Brabant adopted it on 1 January 1583. That left those areas without Christmas in 1582. jstor.org/stable/25025653…
For the 1958 World's Fair, Belgium set up a live display of people from Congo for the 1958 world fair and had displayed Central Africans in "human zoos" for more than fifty years prior. theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned of an organization in Belgium training giant rats (nicknamed "HeroRATs") to sniff out landmines in countries where explosive remnants of war pose a large threat to communities. The rats are extremely effective, outperforming both metal detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs. boredpanda.com/hero-rats-…
Traditionally in Belgium ,the King and the Queen are the godfather or godmother of the seventh son or seventh daughter in a family, on condition that this succession of sons or daughters is unbroken. monarchie.be/en/expressio…
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/business…
Prince John William Friso (d. 1711) is the ancestor of every European royal house (Albania, Austria-Hungary, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, UK, Yugoslavia) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
A 14-year-old boy who went missing in Belgium in 1999, was found alive and well 20 years later. He spoke little French, and had no contacts when he vanished. It turned out that he’d ran away from home to make a new life for himself, and didn’t want to have any contact with his old family. brusselstimes.com/all-new…
The famous WWII Battle of the Bulge was so named because the German western front in Europe had a pronounced bulge (~70 x 50 miles) into Belgium. The Allies attacked the flanks of the bulge and eventually secured victory at a cost of more than 90,000 casualities ww2classroom.org/node/185
In China, Korea, Russia and Mexico, Belgium, Germany and Austria escaping from prison is not illegal. denmarkfacts.com/not-ille…
In 2016 France blocked an attempt by Belgium to issue a 2-euro coin commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Using a loophole in Eurozone guidelines, Belgium simply minted a 2.50-euro commemorative coin and put it into circulation anyway theguardian.com/world/201…
Rudyard Kipling (perhaps best known for penning Rikki Tikki Tavi) was a staunch nationalist and pro-war advocate. However, his son disappeared in Belgium during WW1 and Rudyard’s wife never forgave him for pushing his child to enlist in the British army. britannica.com/biography/…
In August 1914, the British headed to Belgium to fight the Germans, commanded by an Irishman named French en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned about E.D. Morel, the shipping clerk who revealed Belgium's atrocities in the Congo. He noticed shipments of ammunition going to the Congo, and coming back with ivory and rubber. His superiors offered him a promotion in exchange for his silence. He refused, quit his job, and became a journalist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._…
Dymphna, patron saint of mental illness, fled from her "mad king" father to Geel, Belgium. She founded an sanctuary for the mentally ill. After her death, the afflicted continued to flock to Geel. Citizens began boarding and caring for them in their homes, a tradition that continues today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dym…
France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands used GMT prior to WW2. The Germans changed them all to Berlin Time (GMT +1h) during the occupation and they never switched back. [Spain also changed in solidarity with Germany.] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
When it became apparent that Israel was going to win the 1978 Eurovision Singing Contest, Jordanian TV stopped the live broadcast, showed a picture of daffodils, and later announced that Belgium had won. abc.net.au/news/2015-05-2…
Today I learned about Sabena Flight 548, which crashed on February 15, 1961 while en route to Brussels, Belgium from New York. All 72 souls aboard perished, including the entire U.S. Figure Skating team, who were traveling to the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabena…
There were "Human Zoo's" across Europe displaying Africans. The last one, in Belgium, was closed in 1958. To stop visitors from throwing too much candy to the captives, they put up a sign that said, 'the blacks are fed by the organizing committee.' npr.org/2018/09/26/649600…
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/Com…
Ebola was actually discovered by a "Congolese" doctor Jean-Jacques Muyembe and not a doctor in "Belgium" named Peter Piot. globalhealth.washington.e…
In 1989 a Russian fighter jet pilot had to eject from his airplane causing the aircraft to fly pilotless over Western Europe and crashed into a solitary house in Belgium killing a 19-year old man that was taking a nap for his finals rbth.com/history/330613-r…
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/Ven…
In order to prevent tourists from stealing their beer glasses, some bars in Belgium require people to hand over one of their shoes as a deposit which is then put in a basket and hung from the ceiling. This shoes basket has also become an attraction. thedrinksbusiness.com/201…
In Belgium, and some other countries, it is illegal to wear a mask that covers your face in whole or in part, in such a way as to be unidentifiable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
There is a province in Belgium called "Luxembourg" that is 70% larger than the actual country of Luxembourg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
In 1275, the theft of a cow by a peasant led to a war that resulted in 15,000 deaths on the territory of present-day Belgium. eupedia.com/belgium/guerr…
"Antwerp diamond heist" dubbed the "heist of the century". Around $100 million worth loose diamonds, gold, and jewellery were stolen. It took place in Antwerp,Belgium in 2003.Though arrests were made and time was served, most of the diamonds stolen remain unrecovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The Atomium is a world famous monument in Belgium thats image was so tightly controlled, that until 2015 organizations posting photographs of it online were being threatened with legal action for simply publishing photos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ato…
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/b…
The U.S. has given nuclear weapons to Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Italy but since all U.S. nukes have special protections, they are not easily armed without first getting authorization codes from the U.S. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
No remaining european monarchy has a royal family from their own country: UK and Belgium (same) , Norway and Denmark (also the same) from Germany; Spain, Luxemburg, Netherlands and Sweden ffrom France; Liechtenstein from Austria ;Monaco from Italy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Descendants of the artist Diego Velazquez (1599-1660) include the current monarchs of Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die…
When Congo gained independence from Belgium in 1960 there were only 16 Congolese college graduates in the country of 14 million people. They were called "Evolues" meaning the developed or civilized ones. education.stateuniversity…
In 2013 Belgium printed half a million postage stamps that smelled and tasted like chocolate as a celebration of the country’s chocolatiers. bbc.com/news/av/magazine-…
Today I learned about the hidden holocaust, better known as the "Congo Horrors" caused by King Leopold II of Belgium. The magnitude of the population fall over the period is disputed, but it is thought to be as high as 15 million people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atr…
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/Ven…

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