Today I learned about the Juicero, a $799 juice press, made with $1000 in parts. The company received $120M in venture capital. It only "pressed" $7 DRM-controlled pre-juiced juice bags (not fresh fruit). The packs were easily opened and emptied by hand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jui…
El Salvador has the highest per capital consumption of Worcestershire sauce in the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
The reason for the Netherlands not being underwater is due to its complex network of dikes, ditches, canals and pumping stations that have been built through the course of its history. It is so intricate that controlled flooding can create a ring of fortification around Amsterdam, its capital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In Turkmenistan, colors themselves are considered state enemies. Only white cars are allowed in the capital. Cars that are not white are forbidden from the streets of Ashgabat, the non-white vehicles taken from the owners as hostages and forcibly painted white no matter what. unusualtraveler.com/visit…
Capital punishment was legal in the Vatican from its formation in 1929 to 1969, but it was never carried because it only applied for attempts to assassinate the Pope and there were none in this period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
After the samurai class was dismantled in Japan, some samurai became farmers. These samurai were given apple seedlings in the town of Aomori so that they could produce them. Aomori would later become Japan's apple capital. tokyoweekender.com/2020/0…
Today I learned of the 30 September Movement in Indonesia, an attempted coup by the Indonesian National Forces in 1965 where a wing of the army killed 7 generals and tried to capture the capital. The motive isn't confirmed, but evidence implicates the CIA and a double crossing general. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/30_…
Vlad III (the Impaler, Dracula) once impaled 20,000 Ottoman soldiers before he had to abandon the Wallachian capital of TΓ’rgoviΘ™te. Upon arriving and seeing the bodies, the Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed II ordered his army to retreat back. findingdulcinea.com/news/…
Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo, is the world's largest Francophone urban area (larger than Paris). worldatlas.com/articles/c…
Today I learned about Ashvamedha, a ritualistic horse sacrifice in ancient India where a horse is allowed to wander for 1 year protected by the king's guards. If no rivals manage to kill or steal the horse after a year, it is returned and sacrificed in the city capital, legitimizing the soverignty of the king. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash…
In The War of 1812 the British captured and set fire to the White House, the Capitol, and other government and military facilities. β€˜The Burning of Washington’ is the only time since the American Revolutionary War that a foreign power has captured and occupied the capital of the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Avenal, a small town of around 15,000 people in California's agriculturally prolific central valley, is the pistachio capital of the world. cityofavenal.com/
Over half of the British overseas territory of Montserrat, including its Capital, has been uninhabited for almost 20 years due to frequent volcanic eruptions, with the population now residing in the North of the island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Today I learned of the Ugland House, a registered office in the Cayman Islands for 40,000 entities, including many major investment funds, international joint ventures and capital market issuers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugl…
Ludwigsburg was built by duke Eberhard Ludwig of WΓΌrttemberg in the early 18th century to serve as a new capital, but was immediately abandoned by his successor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
"Ezana Stones" (DA 330-356) was written in Ge'ez (Ethiopian Semitic), Sabaean (South Arabian) and Greek. It Can be Found in Axum, Ethiopia. the capital of the ancient Kingdom Of Axum. wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezana_…
Berlin, the capital and largest city of Germany (with 3.8 million inhabitants in 2019) still hasn't reached its pre-war population (4.3 million in 1939). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
You capitalize a disease only if it is named after a person or place. For example, Parkinson's disease is capital, but cancer is not. apastyle.apa.org/style-gr…
Brazzavile and Kinshasa are the closest pair of country capitals after Rome and Vatican City. Both the cities face each other and can be seen at a distance across the Congo river. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
For 13 years, 1808 to 1821, Brazil and Rio de Janeiro was the capital of "The United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Belgrade, capital of Serbia, is in such a strategic position that it has been destroyed in wars 44 times, and battled over in 115 different wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
Hungary held an online poll how to name the new bridge they were building in the capital. First the "Chuck Norris Bridge" was winning then Stephen Colbert asked his fans to vote for "Stephen Colbert Bridge". Colbert won with 17 million votes that is 7 million more than Hungary's population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
In 2016 lawyer Jerry Guerinot decided to stop representing people accused of capital murder after none of his 36 capital murder clients were found not guilty, and 21 of them landed on the death row. chron.com/news/article/Te…
Many people in the Indian state of Meghalaya have "odd" names, such as "Adolf Lu Hitler Marak", "Frankenstein Momin" or "Boldness Billykid" due to the former UK colonial presence in the state capital of Shillong theguardian.com/world/201…
Dikson is the northernmost port in Russia, and inhabitants informally call their settlement "Capital of the Arctic", taken from a popular Soviet song. It is so far north that no civil twilight appears from December 8 to January 5 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dik…
People live inside the Grand Canyon. Supai Village, the capital of the Havasupai Indian Reservation, boasts a population of a couple of hundred residents, is considered the most remote community in the continental US, and is the only place where mail is delivered and carried out by mule. wikipedia.org/wiki/Supai,…
The largest Francophone metropolis in the world is not Paris, but actually Kinshasa (pop. 12.69 million), the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
In 1710, Russian forces attacked the Swedes by flinging plague-infected corpses over the city walls of the capital of Estonia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Throughout its history, Persia/Iran has had a total of 59 different capital cities en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Ashburn, Virginia is where ~70% of the planet’s Internet traffic flows daily. It's known as the "Data Center Capital of the World". It was the first data center in the world to surpass 1 gigawatt of overall capacity. By comparison, London is a distant second, with only about half the capacity. datacenters.com/news/why-…
North and South Dakota had an early rivalry. After controversy over the location of a capital, the Dakota Territory was split in two and divided into North and South in 1889. It had nothing to really do with the Senate. time.com/4377423/dakota-n…
Astana (capital city of Kazalkhstan) is no longer called like that. It's called Nur-Sultan since 2019, honouring Nursultan Nazarbayev, the country's president for nearly 30 years upon his resignation from the post. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nur…
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is not in mainland Europe but in the Danish island of Zealand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zea…
In the US Civil War, the prisoner exchange system broke down over the CSA's treatment of the Union's black soldiers. Officially, the CSA tried them as rebellious slaves, a capital offense. In practice, they were often just killed instead of captured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
While Mexico only drinks 50% more soda per capital than the US(100L & 150L respectively), the Mexican state of Chiapas drinks 820L per capital every year(2.2L per day) due to the drink being introduced into the religious activities of the Mayan people of the region themazatlanpost.com/2019/…
The last two people to be legally executed in Romania were the president and his wife in 1989. The new government abolished capital punishment weeks later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Americium, a chemical element, was originally named Pandemonium due to the difficulty in discovery and because Pandemonium meant Hell (the word is of Greek origin and the capital of Hell in Milton's Paradise Lost). Today, Americium's most common use is in smoke detectors which detect fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
South Africa has three separate capitals for each of its governmental branches: Pretoria for the executive, Cape Town for the legislative, and Bloemfontein for the judicial. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
The capital of what would become modern Spain was in Toledo until 1561 when Phillip II decided to separate the seats of power for church and state by moving the gov't to Madrid en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The Capital of Botswana was named after a Hundred-Year-Old man called Kgosi Gaborone en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kgo…
If your kids want to have a lemonade stand in Canada's capital city, Ottawa, the sign must be in English and French, as well 7% of the profits must be donated to charity. globalnews.ca/news/350599…
Damnatio ad bestias, Latin for β€œdamnation to the beasts,” was a type of Roman capital punishment in which criminals and others were executed by wild animals, such as lions and bears. factsanddetails.com/world…
Today I learned about the Walls of Nicosia, battlements, strongholds, and a moat arrayed around the capital city of Cyprus in the form of an 11-pointed star when the island was held by the Venetians around 1567 CE. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Marshall, Texas was the capital of Confederate Missouri en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Cebu, Philippines is a sister city of Seattle. Cebu is the oldest city and the first capital of the Philippines seattle.gov/oir/sister-ci…
The capital of Montserratβ€”a UK territoryβ€”has been abandoned since a volcano destroyed it in 1997. It is the only ghost town that is also the capital of a political territory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ply…
That, when Sierra Leone's 11-year civil war ended following intervention from the British military, the grateful public left graffiti in the streets of the capital that said, among other things, "Queen Elizabeth for king!" theguardian.com/world/201…
The French used the guillotine as their standard method of execution until capital punishment was outlawed in 1981 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Darwin is the only Australian capital city located north of the state of South Australia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Marx wrote most of the manuscripts that would become Capital in 1863-1865. After Marx’s death in 1883, Friedrich Engels discovered that large parts of the manuscripts were only rough drafts and not even a first draft. It took until 1894 for Engels to piece together the final parts mronline.org/2020/02/24/w…

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