Basque (a language spoken near the Spain/France border) is a language isolate; not only is it NOT a Romance language, it's not even an Indo-European language. It is the only surviving Pre-Indo-European language in Western Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
There is a street that is split down the middle by the USA-Canadian border, aptly named Canusa street. People who live in houses on the south side of the street are in the USA, and the north side, in Canada. Crossing the street requires having to report to the border crossing office. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
The 49th Parallel, a 5,525-mile long border between Canada and the United States of America is the longest undefended international boundary in the world. However, it is not without disagreements. The Northwest Passage, claimed by Canada, are viewed as international shipping waters by the U.S. worldatlas.com/articles/t…
In 1980 Marienetta Jirkowsky became the youngest and last woman killed attempting to cross the Berlin Wall. Fleeing East Germany with a friend and her fiance she was shot by border guards and died at the age of 18. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about the European Green Belt, an area stretching from Finland to Albania that has a unique ecological wildlife due limited human involvement as it also was the iron curtain border for 50 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eur…
In 2020 Customs and Border Protection tweeted that they had stopped a shipment of "counterfeit Airpods". However, the attached photos showed that the seized goods weren't Apple fakes - they were OnePlus Buds. bbc.com/news/technology-5…
Today I learned about the Aroostook War, a diplomatic spat between British Canada and the US over the official border between New Brunswick and Maine in 1838-39. While no shots were fired, police, militia and lumberjacks were mobilized. The only reported casualties were two Canadians mauled by a bear. rcinet.ca/en/2017/02/08/c…
To prevent birds from accidentally tripping the sensitive wires of the anti-personnel SM-70 mines around the inner German border, a second wire was placed above the first to give the birds something to rest on without risking a discharge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SM-…
The Forest of Arden from Shakespeare’s play β€˜As You Like It’ is a real place in England. Shakespeare grew up on the border, and while the area is no longer thick forest, there are still trees that are over 1000 years old that Shakespeare could have seen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ard…
In 1963 disc jockey Wolfman Jack started broadcasting from a station across the U.S.-Mexico border whose high-powered border blaster signal was picked up across much of the United States and at night as far away as Europe and the Soviet Union. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wol…
In 2013 a Canadian bank robber obsessed with Taylor Swift stole a Cessna 172 from a flight school, crossed the US border and flew to Nashville undetected. The plane crashed at Nashville International Airport, killing him instantly. No one noticed the burning wreck for five hours. nationalpost.com/news/can…
Naco, AZ was accidentally bombed in 1929, destroying buildings and a car. Patrick Murphy, a pilot hired by rebels, accidentally bombed Naco, AZ instead of Naco Mexico across the border. The mistake has been blamed on high winds and alcohol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
On July 27, 2005, Jamie Moyer and Pat Borders set the MLB record for oldest starting battery (pitcher and catcher); each was 42 years old. After the game, Borders retired. Moyer continued pitching for another 7 seasonsβ€”and won more games in his 40s than he did in his 20s. baseball-almanac.com/play…
Today I learned about Arash, a heroic archer-figure of Iranian mythology. According to folklore, at the end of the Iran-Turan war, Arash imbued an arrow with his life energy and fired it. The arrow traveled a thousand leagues, and where it landed marked the new border between the warring countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
That, at 85 metres, Bass Strait's Boundary Islet is home to the shortest complete land border between defined territories (Victoria and Tasmania) in the world, technically beating out the PeΓ±Γ³n de VΓ©lez de la Gomera border which is only one of a series of Moroccan-Spanish land borders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bou…
The closet border between the US and Russia is Big Diomede and Little Diomede, which are 2.4 miles apart, but are separated by 21 hours due to the International Date Line apimagesblog.com/new-arct…
A border collie named β€œPickles” recovered the stolen FIFA World Cup in 1966. bbc.com/news/uk-england-s…
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…
In 1816 US built a fort half a mile inside canadian border, by mistake. The Fort became to be called as Fort Blunder. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
Today I learned about Jim’s Corner. Travelers using the single gravel road in and out of the Northwest Angle are expected to use a telephone at Jim's Corner to contact Canadian or U.S. Customs and make their declarations as the border crossing is unstaffed. clui.org/ludb/site/jims-c…
In 1813 after disastrous Russian campaign Allies offered peace to Napoleon but under condition that France would be reduced to pre-revolution borders, Napoleon refused and in the end lost everything en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned about the Hotel Arbez, a hotel along the international border between France and Switzerland, with part of the hotel in each country. During WWII, German soldiers were allowed to use the French side but strictly prohibited from accessing the Swiss part of the hotel. cntraveler.com/stories/20…
Today I learned of Patrick’s Pub and Grill, a bar located on the border of Georgia and Tennessee and split between the two states; the Georgia half is in a β€œdry county”, meaning that any alcohol purchased at the bar on the Tennessee side cannot be brought to the Georgia side where the restrooms are gainesville.com/article/L…
Today I learned of Gan Ying, a Chinese envoy who in 97 AD was sent on a diplomatic mission to Rome. He would turn around in Mesopotamia, discouraged by sailors who gave him a lengthy estimate on a sea voyage. Unknown to him Parthia shared a land border with Rome, which was only a months travel away from him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gan…
After the Nazi assassination of Austrian Chancellor Engelbart Dollfuss. Fascist Italian dictator Mussolini mobilized the Italian army on the Austrian border and threatened Hitler with open war if German troops crossed into Austria. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
23% of the world's international borders are rivers. South America stands out in this regard with almost half of it's international borders being marked by rivers. The longest river border is the part of the US-Mexico border marked by the Rio Grande. earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
Detroit is actually North of Windsor and the Canadian border. ontheworldmap.com/canada/…
Today I learned about the pig war of 1859 , a border conflict between the US and UK, It was triggered because a farmer shot another farmer's pig. There were no casualties except that pig in the war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig…
Today I learned of Marcel Marceau, a French mime who used his acting skills to save Jewish children during WWII. He smuggled them over the Swiss border and would mime to keep them happy and get them to stay quiet. He saved at least 70 children. history.com/news/marcel-m…
The 1947 British partition of India was driven by fear of civil war. Yet, in haste, borders went unannounced for days after Independence Day. As a result, Hindus didn't know if they would wake up one day in Pakistan, or Muslims in India. 15 million were displaced and over a million died in chaos newyorker.com/magazine/20…
The Takutu River Bridge is the only instance in the Americas of a land border where drivers must change from driving on the left (in Guyana) to driving on the right (in Brazil), or vice versa. The changeover is achieved by means of a crossover bridge on the Guyanese side. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
Kinder Surprise eggs are illegal in the US ($2500 penalty) and 60,000 Kinder Surprise eggs per year are seized at the border being smuggled in from Canada and Mexico. post-gazette.com/opinion/…
The Berlin Wall came down by mistake. When the East Germans planned to slowly open the border they announced it at a press conference without including a plan. When a reporter asked when it would be opened, the party official mistakenly said "Immediately, without delay" causing a run on the wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
The day before the Oakland Raiders played in Super Bowl XXXVII, their starting center, Barret Robbins went missing. He later said he had gone across the border and spent his time partying in Tijuana, Mexico, so disoriented that he thought the Raiders had already won the game. si.com/nfl/2015/12/15/unt…
The US had to abandon construction of a border fort in New York State after realising that they'd accidentally built it on the Canadian side of the border. It was promptly nicknamed "Fort Blunder". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Decades after reunification, the former border between East and West Berlin is still visible from space at night due to differences between the streetlamps used by the two sides citymetric.com/horizons/y…
The iconic, tall, long-armed Saguaro Cactus, which has become a symbol of the American West, only grows in one place. It's native to the Sonoran Desert, an area of land along the Arizona, California, and Mexico borders. desertusa.com/cactus/sagu…
The term for what a country calls itself within its own borders is an endonym, contrarily what other countries call other countries is an exonym. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Today I learned of the Barassi Line, an imaginary line that runs from the eastern end of the NSW/Vic border to the northern end of the QLD/NT border and splits the country into Rugby dominant and Aussie Rules dominant football regions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
The world's oldest international border is Andorra's 120km border with France and Spain which was fixed in a feudal charter signed on 8 September 1278 moverdb.com/world-border-…
France's longest border is with Brazil en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Uzbekistan and Liechtenstein are the only double-landlocked countries in the world. In order to get to the ocean from these countries you have to cross 2 national borders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
In 1975, a nudist beach opened in West Germany on the border with the East. Visitors sought to have nude photos taken below a looming East German watchtower, and West Germans noted "a lot more movement on that watchtower" once the beach opened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inn…
Maine is the only state in the US to border just one state en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mai…
Today I learned about Camp Bonifas, the par-three gold course that sits on the Korean Border which is surrounded on all sides by minefields en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
A Jimmy Buffett quote ("Without Geography you are nowhere") is featured on a large road sign in the Ladakh region of northernmost India. It is part of Project HIMANK which constructs and maintains roads, including the world's highest motorable roads, close to the India-China border. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Him…
In 1979, two families escaped East Germany in a homemade hot air balloon. They flew for 28 minutes at βˆ’8 Β°C (18 Β°F) with no shelter as the gondola was just a clothesline railing. They landed just 10km (6.2 mi) from the border. The escape was planned out over 1 and 1/2 years and took 3 attempts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
When German Southwest Africa's (now Namibia) borders were being drawn, they insisted on a long thin panhandle, to allow access to the Zambezi river and navigation to the African east coast. But they were not aware of the Victoria Falls at the time, which make navigating the river impossible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
The president of France is also the Co-Prince of Andorra, a sovereign microstate on the border of France and Spain. Currently, it is a legal diarchy ruled by the Bishop of Urgell and the President of the French Republic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
The US-Canadian Border was known by the Plains Indians as "The Medicine Line" for it's seemingly magical ability to keep US troops from crossing it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/49t…

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