In 1985, Burma demonetised the 50 and 100 Burmese kyat notes without warning, introducing 75 kyat notes, to honour dΡ–ctator Ne Win's 75th birthday. In 1987, Burma demonetised the 25, 35, and 75 kyat notes without warning, introducing 45 and 90 kyat notes, to honour Ne Win's favourite number - 9 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
After the Chinese Civil War, several units of the Nationalist army fled to Burma. When recalled to Taiwan, some refuse and marched into Thailand, where they grew opium while fighting Communists for the government. Their village is now "one of Thailand's top ten destinations among backpackers." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Today I learned of Johnny and Luther Htoo who at the age of 10 were the leaders of the Gods army guerrilla group in Burma during the 90s bangkokpost.com/thailand/…
There are only 3 countries that don't use the metric systemβ€”Burma, Liberia, and the US. worldatlas.com/articles/c…
In 1955, Burma-Shave ran a promotion for a free trip to Mars if someone sent in 900 empty bottles of their product. It was intended to be a joke, but when a man from Wisconsin duly sent in 900 bottles, they scrambled to honour the promotion; sending him to Moers, Germany. snopes.com/fact-check/the…
The dictator of Burma (Myanmar) was obsessed with numerology. He removed 50 Kyat and 100 Kyat banknotes from circulation. Replaced them with 45 Kyat and 90 Kyat banknotes. The economic instability which followed led to a coup d'ΓͺtΓ‘t in 1988. alternative-science.org/n…
The Kuomintang army fought the People's Republic of China from neighboring Burma into the 1960s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuo…
In 1979, a Burma ambassador in Sri Lanka murdered his wife before burning her body in his backyard- in front of spectators and the police. He tried to claim that it was territory belonging to Burma and that the police couldn’t enter. In the end he was removed by the Burma government. theguardian.com/world/blo…
There are more burmese pythons in the wild in Florida than in the wild in Burma. theguardian.com/environme…
Coca Cola is banned in Cuba and North Korea because of Trade Regulations and started being sold again in Myanmar (Burma) after 60 years in 2012. bbc.com/news/magazine-195…
The words "Burma" and "Myanmar" have the same origin and meaning, and the current government does not care which one people use scmp.com/news/asia/southe…
In WWII there was an army of 75,000 Chinese men stationed in Burma and trained by the American military to fight Japanese occupation in mainland Asia. They called these men, X Force. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X_F…
In 1953 that Austrian Inge Sargent married a Prince from Burma (Myanmar), but he didn't tell her he was a Prince until they sailed back to Burma and were greeted at the docks by hundreds of well-wishers. myhero.com/hero.asp?hero=…
In addition to the United States, Burma (Myanmar) and Liberia are the only countries that haven’t converted to the metric system (although the US does use parts of it). mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of Merril's Marauders a US unit of long range penetration jungle specialised troops serving in Burma during late WW2. The 2750 strong fighting force went onto to cover 750 miles of terrain, more than any other US unit whilst having only 2 men never hospitalised and a near 100%casualty rate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
The 2008 film 'Rambo' provided a huge morale boost to the Karen Freedom Fighters in Burma, who even adopted dialogue from the movie (most notably "Live for nothing, or die for something") as rallying points and battle cries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
The Simpsons Movie was banned in Burma over the β€œjuxtaposition of the colors yellow and red”, which is seen as support for rebel groups. bannedlibrary.com/podcast…
Today I learned of Ursula Graham Bower, an anthropologist studying the Naga tribes in the 1940s who organized them into an effective guerilla resistance force during the Japanese invasion of Burma en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urs…
When an Indian Captain was badly wounded in WW2 Burma and thought to be on his deathbed, he was quickly awarded a Military Cross because at the time it couldn't be given posthumously. He survived and became the first Indian to be promoted to Field Marshal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Myanmar (Burma) doesn't use the metric system, but it doesn't use the imperial system either, instead, they have their own system of measurement called the Burmese system en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mya…
The Burma Railway aka 'death railway' was built for the Japanese with POW and enslaved civilians with tens of thousands dying in its construction britannica.com/topic/Burm…
Today I learned about Ringer Edwards, an Australian soldier during WWII who was captured by the Japanese during the fall of Singapore and sent to work on the construction of the Thai Burma Railway. Ringer survived being strung up from a tree, beaten with a baseball bat and crucified for 63 hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
The United States, Burma and Liberia are the only countries in the world that are yet to adopt the metric system. chartsbin.com/view/d12
During World War II, Peoria Illinois sent 191 volunteers (mostly Caterpillar employees) to the jungles of Burma to help repair vital road-building machinery. dailyherald.com/news/2018…
In 1987 General Ne Win, Burma's dictator banned high denomination notes and replaced them with denominations of 45 and 90, numbers that are divisible by 9 and add up to 9, all because of an astrologer's advise that the number 9 was auspicious; this rendered thousands penniless. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
The leader of Myanmar (formerly Burma) was advised by a wizard that his country was leaning too far to the left, politically. To remedy this, he forced the population to drive on the right side of the road, causing mass confusion. lowyinterpreter.org/post/…
In Burma, drunk driving is punishable by either six months in jail, or USD 50 cents fine, or both. travel.state.gov/content/…
The Simpsons movie was banned in Burma because it uses the colors red and yellow en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Burma had an economic crisis in the late 80s because the president decided to cancel any currency that wasn't divisible by 9 (his favorite number) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/888…
On 1985 and on 1987, the then dictator of Burma (today Myanmar) Ne Win demonetised banknotes based on numerology (removing 50/100 kyat banknotes and adding 75/45/90 kyat banknotes without previous warning). The resulting economical instability led to a coup d'ΓͺtΓ‘t on 1988. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Burma-Shave once offered a free trip to Mars in exchange for 900 empty Burma-Shave jars. One man duly collected 900 jars - and was sent to Moers, Germany (pronounced "Mars") books.google.co.uk/books?…
The word "Drung" is not only used to describe "a narrow lane between houses, fenced gardens, etc." for addresses in Newfoundland, but also the name of an Irish Parish, and a Chinese Ethnic group near Burma. Completely different sides of the world with the same word. howderfamily.com/blog/dru…
The children of the Moken people in Thailand and Burma are able to see clearly underwater due to their sea based culture. [Video in comments] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mok…
Fleeing the Japanese in WWII Burma, a group of refugees spent two days carving a 270-foot staircase into a mountain so that they and 52 elephants could escape books.google.com/books?id…
America is one of only three countries that don't use the Metric System. The other two are Liberia and Myanmar (Burma). geekologie.com/2011/03/co…
In an isolated area of Burma lives an ethnic group who are on average less than 4 feet 3 inches tall. Fewer than 10 of these people remain as the tribal elders decided to let their race go extinct and banned further reproduction. myanmarburma.com/blog/591…
The Simpsons Movie was banned in Burma because the censor board prohibits the colors yellow and red in film metro.co.uk/2010/02/23/af…
Burma (Myanmar) dictator demonetised its currency and replaced it with notes of denominations divisible by 9 because it is his lucky number, wiping out savings and starting an uprising in the 1980s. theguardian.com/news/2002…
The largest bell ever made was lost in a theft from Burma in 1608. Needing its metal to arm his galleon, Filipe de Brito used elephants, a mercenary army and a raft tied to the ship on the River Bago for transport. The bell sank taking his galleon with it, and both are still under the water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil…
The Kuomintang did not only retreat to Taiwan after they lost the Chinese Civil War. A "lost army" of 6,000 troops retreated into newly-independent Burma, where they settled as drug kingpins and rebels-for-hire, all while receiving American military aid. thediplomat.com/2016/07/m…
There's a language called Anal and it's spoken in India and Burma by about 14,500 people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
The Rohingya people in Myanmar are constantly persecuted and constantly denied citizenship since the enactment of a 1982 law that makes it almost impossible for them to gain citizenship in Burma en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
In 1983, North Korea tried to assassinate the President of South Korea with explosives. One of the assassins tried to kill himself with a grenade, failed, and became Burma's longest serving prisoner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Around 23,000 people in India and Burma speak a language called "Anal." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
The famed "two step" snake (a myth from the Vietnam war) did not actually kill anyone in such a short time A person was killed in Burma in 2001 - 29 hour after being bitten en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Burma's economy in the 60s-80s was shaped by a blend of Soviet-style central planning & Buddhist superstition. At 1 point new paper money was issued, all in amounts divisible by 9 (a lucky number), while cancelling older bills, thus wiping out peoples' savings. This resulted in the 8888 Uprising en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Anderson Cooper got his start in journalism by entering Burma on his own with a forged press pass, selling homemade segments to the youth-oriented program Channel One News. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
In Burma, the drunk driving penalty is either a 50 cent fine, six months in jail, or both travel.state.gov/content/…
The Simpsons Movie Is Banned In Burma Necause The Characters Are "Too Yellow" metro.co.uk/2010/02/23/af…

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