Since 1994, possession of 1 gram of cocaine has been legal for personal use in Colombia. Sale remains illegal, but personal production or gifts of cocaine are permitted.โ€ฆ
The Swedish Chess Grandmaster Pontus Carlsson is an Adopted Child from Colombiaโ€ฆ
Breaking Bad has a shot-for-shot Spanish remake titled "Metรกstasis" featuring Walter Blanco, a struggling high school chemistry teacher in Bogotรก, Colombia, who teams up with his previous student Josรฉ to cook methamphetamine.โ€ฆ
The red-crested tree rat, thought to have gone extinct 119 years ago, showed up out of the blue at a hotel in Colombia where two conservationists were staying and let them photograph him for a few hours before disappearing again.โ€ฆ
In Colombia, dried ants replace popcorn as the typical movie theater snack.โ€ฆ
The final words of President Antonio Josรฉ de Sucre were: โ€œF*ck, a bullet wound!โ€ Heโ€™d been shot while riding in a jungle in Colombia. He was said to have been an educated gentleman who had never cursed until that day.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about โ€œpico y placaโ€ or โ€œpeak and plateโ€ which was started in Bogotรก, Colombia. Itโ€™s a driving restriction policy aimed to mitigate traffic congestion. Only license plates with certain numbers can drive on pre-established days and during peak hours.โ€ฆ
Bogotรก, Colombia, serves also as a capital of the Cundinamarca Department, even if legally it's not part of Cundinamarcaโ€ฆ
Kogi ethinic group of Colombia choose male members of their society called Mamos at birth to become leaders. These selected children are taken from birth and put in a dark cave for the first nine years of their lives.โ€ฆ
Today I learned that Pablo Escobar Owned a football team in Colombiaโ€ฆ
Simรณn Bolรญvar, the great liberator of South America, was nicknamed 'iron butt' (culo de hierro) for his "endurance on horseback." Old 'iron butt' would go on to free Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Perรบ, and Panamรก from Spanish control in the 1800s.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Blas de Lezo, a Spanish naval officer from the XVIII century, who repelled the large-scale British invasion of Cartagena (Colombia) with only six warships and without an eye, an arm and a leg, becoming one of the greatest strategists in naval history.โ€ฆ
An architect in Colombia started a company to turn waste plastics into Lego style bricks for low cost homes. Using the bricks, it takes 4 people about 5 days to construct a 430 square foot house. The concept is to reduce plastic waste and give homes to those most in need.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Banana Massacre of 1928, where the US threatened Colombia with military invasion if it didn't end the ongoing Chiquita workers' strike. The Colombian army fired on unarmed protesters, men, women, and children, killing somewhere between 800 and 3,000.โ€ฆ
One Golden poison frog contains enough toxin to kill 10 to 20 people. It can be found in the Pacific coast region of Colombia in South America and is a social animalโ€”living in groups of up to six frogs.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about "shell rings" (built-up circular banks of deposited seashells, often hundreds of feet in diameter, surrounding a clear space), 3,000 to 6,000 years old, found in Colombia, Peru, Japan, and the southeastern U.S.; the origin and purpose of these rings is debated by archaeologists.โ€ฆ
Vietnam is the 2nd largest producer of coffee in the entire world - after Brazil and well ahead of Colombia, Indonesia & Ethiopia.โ€ฆ
Colombia has Glaciersโ€ฆ
Colombia was the only Latin American country to send soldiers to aide The United States in the Korean War. They sent 5,100 men in what was known as the โ€œ1st Colombian Battalionโ€. They were rewarded for their โ€œexemplary performanceโ€ during Operation Nomad and Operation Thunderbolt.โ€ฆ
The C-47 Skytrain, famously used to drop paratroopers into Normandy during WWII, is Still in service is Colombia, El Salvador, and South Africa.โ€ฆ
In 1788 there was a riot in New York City over physicians and medical students illegally robbing graves of African Americans for dissection at Colombia College. A practice commonly known as "Body-Snatching".โ€ฆ
Daniel Cuartas from Medellin (Colombia) created a device that allows patients with reduced mobility to control objects in a room using their eyes.โ€ฆ
Before the Columbian Exchange, there were no oranges in Florida, no bananas in Ecuador, no potatoes in Ireland, no coffee in Colombia, no pineapples in Hawaii, no rubber trees in Africa, no chili peppers in Thailand, no tomatoes in Italy, and no chocolate in Switzerland.โ€ฆ
The city of Medellin, Colombia reduced motorcycle assassinations by 39% when it banned male passengers from riding on the back of motorbikesโ€ฆ
St. Louis, New Orleans, Detroit and Baltimore all have murder rates that are higher than Medellรญn Colombia and Rio de Janeiro.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Cocaine Tussok Moth, known as el gringo to locals. Scientists in Colombia plan to release the larvae in cocaine crops and the jungles to destroy them instead of using more expensive pesticide.โ€ฆ
Colombian drug trafficker Carlos Lehder bought himself an island in the Bahamas where he put an airstrip which controlled the drugs coming in from South America and entering the US. He became so wealthy he offered to pay Colombia's foreign debt for amnestyโ€ฆ
There is a group of Caribbean islands that have been controlled by Spain, England, Spain again, English pirates, Spain, a French corsair flying an Argentine flag, and now Colombia. They have also been claimed by Mexico and Nicaragua and were once offered independence by the US.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Banana Massacre: when the U.S. officials in Colombia and United Fruit representatives portrayed the workers' strike as "communist" and the United States government threatened to invade with the U.S. Marine Corps if the Colombian government did not act to protect United Fruitโ€™s interests.โ€ฆ
The Armed Forces of Colombia commissioned a pop song that included a Morse code message to kidnapped military personnel, "19 people rescued, you're next. Don't lose hope", because the kidnappers would let their captives listen to radio.โ€ฆ
Libyan dictator Gaddafi gave the Irish Republican Army four tons of Semtex. The IRA sold the plastic explosive to FARC in Colombia with bomb-making technology and training, charging $1 million per class for 28 classesโ€ฆ
The Pan-American Highway doesn't actually connect North America and South America, there is a 100 mile gap of swampland and forest between Panama and Colombia with no roads, inhabited by drug runnersโ€ฆ
Colombia sprayed illegal coca crops with Roundup from crop dusters for 2 decades.โ€ฆ
The Three Stooges, during their 23 years with Colombia Pictures, were chronically underpaid and never received a pay increase, because the head of the studio convinced them that they were unpopular with audiences.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the volcano Nevado del Ruiz that erupted in 1985 causing a volcanic mudslide that buried the town of Armero, Colombia and killed approximately 23,000 people.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of รngrid Betancourt. While campaigning for the presidency of Colombia, she was kidnapped and held hostage in the jungle for six and a half years.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about garbageman Josรฉ Alberto Gutiรฉrrez who rescues works of literature from the trash, and redistributes them to vulnerable communities in Colombiaโ€ฆ
After Pablo Escobar's death, the 4 hippos he kept as pets have begun to breed and become an invasive species in Colombiaโ€ฆ
In some areas of Colombia fathers force their sons to have sex with donkeys as a right of passage. It is believed the practice makes their penises bigger and prevents them from becoming homosexuals.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about "Magic Mail", a type of Customs in Colombia's airports during the time of Pablo Escobar that made it possible to bring anything into the country without leaving a paper trail โ€“ in exchange for a fat bribe.โ€ฆ
In 1985, a volcano in Colombia that was covered in glaciers erupted, instantly melting the glaciers. Two hours later, a 100 ft deep flood of rock and water traveling 39 feet per second leveled an entire nearby village, killing 20,000 out of its 29,000 residents.โ€ฆ
There is a herd of nearly 40 hippos living freely in Colombia after the private zoo of Pablo Escobar was abandoned and its 4 original hippos reproduced.โ€ฆ
In 1985, a volcanic mudslide in Colombia trapped a 13-year old girl's legs in debris with her head above water. Omayra Sรกnchez survived like this for 60 hours, even doing interviews with the press, before finally dying.โ€ฆ
With the exception of the United States and Canada, most countries have adopted and use the ISO standard for paper sizes. While Mexico, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, the Philippines, and Chile have officially adopted the ISO standard, they still use the US standard.โ€ฆ
Experts estimate that 70% of the cocaine leaving Colombia's Pacific coast in 2009 was packed aboard submarines.โ€ฆ
The world's "top three" serial killers (by the number of confirmed victims) are all from Colombia.โ€ฆ
There is a wild population of 40 hippopotamuses living in Colombia, all descendants of 4 hippos owned by Pablo Escobar in the '80sโ€ฆ
At age 18, following her first successful album, singer Shakira started a charity foundation that to date has built six schools in Colombia.โ€ฆ
The world's most densely packed island is Santa Cruz del Islote off the Caribbean coast of Colombia.โ€ฆ
Andrรฉs Escobar, a Colombian football player, was murdered in his homeland, by the members of a drug cartel, as a punishment for the own goal he scored in the 1994 FIFA World Cup match, USA vs. Colombia.โ€ฆ

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