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…
William Henry Sheppard, one of the first Black American missionaries to Africa, helped to expose King Leopold’s atrocities in the Belgian Congo to the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned about a Documentary called Kadoma. In which 2 American Pro Kayakers and their South African guide attempt the first descent of the Lukuga River in The Democratic Republic of Congo.While filming, the guide was snatched out of his Kayak by a 15fT crocodile and never seen again. mountainfilm.org/media/ka…
Today I learned about Congo's Salonga National Park. The world’s second largest tropical rainforest national park and the largest in Africa. It is considered to be practically virgin, unaffected by human activities and largely unexplored. naturalworldheritagesites…
The Democratic Republic of Congo is widely considered one of the world's richest countries in natural resources; its untapped deposits of raw minerals are estimated to be worth in excess of US$24 trillion. Yet, owing to political instability, it remains one of the poorest countries (per capita). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
The uranium used in the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings were mined from Katanga province, Congo. theconversation.com/the-l…
The Bubonic plague, the cause of the Black Death, is still around. Congo, Madagascar and Peru have several cases a year. Isolated cases occur in the United States and China as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bub…
The city of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the world’s most expensive location for expatriates. Kinshasa rose by 26 places over the past five years to top the global rankings in 2016, ahead of all ranked Swiss cities occupying the global top 10 eca-international.com/new…
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is, by natural resources, the richest country in the world. globaledge.msu.edu/countr…
Muhammed Ali's Rumble in the Jungle was financed by Mobutu's plundering of Congo, and took place in the Stade du 20 Mai (20th of May Stadium) that was often used for torture and executions, and allegedly cleaned of blood the day before the fight abcnews.go.com/Sports/rum…
Despite being an equatorial, tropical country, there are permanent glaciers in The Republic of the Congo. The Rwenzori mountains reach upwards of 16,000 feet in elevation, allowing temperatures cold enough to allow snow accumulation and glacier formation year round en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwe…
The full name of the dictator of Zaire (now D.R. Congo) was Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga, which translates to "The all-powerful warrior who, because of his endurance and inflexible will to win, goes from conquest to conquest, leaving fire in his wake." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mob…
On a trip to Congo, an anthropologist played 11 excerpts of Western songs to 40 Pygmies. The emotional cues in songs, which Westerners pick up on, didn't mean the same to the Pygmies: They didn't hear the shrieking strings of the Psycho theme as stressful npr.org/sections/goatsand…
Today I learned about Mobutu Sese Seko, the military dictator of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) from 1965 to 1997. Mobutu was supported by the U.S government as an anti-Communist force in Africa, while his regime is regarded as one of the worst in terms of human rights violations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mob…
The Second Congo War (1998-2003), relatively recent but almost unknown about in the West, has the worst death toll of any one conflict since the Second World War. 350,000 violent deaths, but the conflict is considered responsible for the deaths between 2,500,000 and 5,400,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
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._…
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…
US President Dwight D. Eisenhower personally ordered the first democratically elected leader of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba, to be assassinated by poisoning his toothpaste. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
In addition to being the second largest country in Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo is also the world's second largest French-speaking country with its capital, Kinshasa, being the largest French-speaking city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of Coltan mining. The Tantalum extracted from it is considered to be technology critical and found in a lot of modern electronics. Mining Coltan has financed conflict in the Congo for decades and is thought to have caused more than 5 million deaths as a result. The deadliest conflict since WW2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
A man named Ota Benga, a Mbuti pygmy, was displayed in museums, fairs and NYC Bronx Zoo's monkey house in the early 1900s. Because of WW1, he couldn't return to his home in the Congo upon his release and killed himself shortly afterwards. amp-theguardian-com.cdn.a…
Mandrills are the world's largest monkeys and they are found in Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Congo. The red and blue pigments, which are highly favored by females, derive from light diffraction in facial collagen fibers. Every night, each mandrill group sleeps in a different tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Van Lierde claims that in 1959 he encountered a giant snake in the Katanga region of the Belgian Congo while returning from a mission by helicopter.He describes the snake as being close to 50 feet in length, snake's head was 3 feet long and 2 feet wide, and that the jaws were of a triangular. wikipedia.org/wiki/Remy_V…
Belgian military officials prescribed heavy doses of castor oil (a laxative) in the Belgian Congo as a punishment for being too sick to work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Capitals of the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo are on the opposite sides of the same river, facing each other. Brazzaville (Republic of Congo) is on the north coast and Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo) is on the south coast en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
In 1900 a young clerk at a British shipping company observed a fortune in rubber returning from the Congo while only guns and manacles were being sent in return. He correctly deduced that these resources were being extracted from the population by force and campaigned to expose the abuses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._…
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…
The Congo Free State was a money grabbing scheme orchestrated by King Leopold II in the 1890s that caused the death of 10 to 15 million Congolese. One policy in place required a hand for every bullet shot, resulting in whole villages being harvested for their hands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Congo's Hotel Memling is still owned by Sabena, the former national airline of Belgium. Sabena opened the hotel to provide luxury accommodation for its passengers travelling to Kinshasa in 1937 memling.net/en/hotel-over…
The DR Congo government encourages families to include insects in their children's diet. A health centre offers daily courses on how to cook insects and mothers are encouraged to supplement the diets of their breastfed babies after six months with a porridge made from caterpillar flour newvision.co.ug/new_visio…
The Congo Canyon has the strongest known turbidity currents in the world. These currents, which are essentially underwater avalanches, occur when sediment-rich waters flow rapidly down the canyon walls at speeds of up to 3.5 meters/second, and have been known to destroy telegraph cables. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
While December 25 is known as Christmas Day internationally, it is also Childrens Day in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Takanakuy in Peru, Quaid-e-Azam's Day in Pakistan, and Good Governance Day in India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
During a football match in the Democratic Republic of Congo, lightning struck and killed all eleven members of one team while their opponents went unscathed, fuelling intense rumors of witchcraft independent.co.uk/news/li…
There is a legendary creature said to live in the Congo River Basin called the Mokele-mbembe. It is believed by cryptozoologists to be a species of dinosaur that survived the K/T extinction and lived into modern times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mok…
There is a species of Tigerfish in the Congo River which eats crocodiles. dailytelegraph.com.au/cau…
Today I learned about King Leopold II, the β€œbuilder king” of Belgium who fooled Europe into thinking he wanted to go into the Congo for a philanthropic reasons, but made it a colony of his own where he mutilated and killed millions of Congolese in the process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Despite the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s $24 trillion in mineral reserves, more than 80% of its residents live in extreme poverty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pov…
Despite it consistently ranking among the lowest in GDP per capita, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has an estimated $24 trillion in untapped minerals, having 70% of the world's coltan, a third of it's cobalt, over 30% of its diamond reserves, and a tenth of its copper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
Nzinga a Mbemba, the medieval king of Congo, converted to Christianity and tried (unsuccessfully) to stop the Portuguese from trafficking in Congolese slaves thinktheology.co.uk/blog/…
Congo woman enema themselves with broth cubes to make their ass bigger since that is the beauty standard in the country. youtube.com/watch?v=yrDpT…
Every day an average of 1,200 people die in the country of Congo from war and disease, and more than half of them are children. news.un.org/en/story/2006…
King Leopold II had the world's only private colony before the Belgian government stepped in because of the atrocities he allowed/commited in Congo Free State. britannica.com/biography/…
The Belgian colonization of the Congo occurred under a front organization known as the International African Association, that portrayed itself as an altruistic and charitable organization, and received donations from families such as the Rothschilds and Viscount Ferdinand de Lesseps en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
In Congo Free State, ruled by King Leopold II of Belgium, severed hands became a sort of currency, used when the rubber quotas weren't reached. The Force Publique soldiers were paid on the basis of how many hands they collected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atr…
The pygmy people in Congo's NouabalΓ©-Ndoki National Park have been enlisted by conservation groups to protect the landscape, one of the last undeveloped wilderness regions on the planet bradtguides.com/destinati…
Travellers in the Congo pay up to US$450 per night for a hotel with basic services that are taken for granted even in neighbouring countries. Cold water or even no water, no private phone, and insecure rooms are what one can get for even US$50 per night bradtguides.com/destinati…
The place on Earth with the most lightning is the Democratic Republic of Congo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
France is not the most populous country with French as an official language; the Democratic Republic of the Congo has over 16 million more inhabitants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
King Leopold II of Belgium exploited Congo while he named it Frees State of Congo just to go on and exploit its people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
The Congo should be the wealthiest nation on Earth but due to colonialism and ethnic strife remains one of the poorest. bbc.com/news/magazine-243…
There was a war between King Leopold II and Arabs for control over the Congo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Brazzaville, Congo, served as the epicentre of France’s investments in central Africa for nearly a century. It rarely has the same level of traffic and noise as Kinshasa; crime barely exists, and families from around the world have migrated to Brazzaville, set up businesses and live in the city bradtguides.com/destinati…
The Iyaelima people of Congo never kill bonobos, an ape closely related to humans whose population is much higher in their territory. They stayed in their land after it became a national park but they have not been informed of park laws and are hostile to park personnel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iya…
Both sides of the First Congo War ate pygmies "as though they were game animals." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyg…
A dam in the Congo River would generate 40,000 MW of power (equivalent to 20 large nuclear power stations), it would supply 40% of Africa with electricity, and it would produce twice as much power as the Three Gorges dam in China theguardian.com/environme…
The deadliest conflict since the Second World War was the Second Congo War (1998 - 2003) which has caused >5 million deaths. Hostilities have not ended yet today in 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
Today I learned about the Congo Free State which was created in 1885 and personally ruled over by King Leopold II of Belgium. Leopold was a vicious ruler, and the government of Belgium eventually took away control from him in 1908, estimates are that 5-15 million people died from famine, disease, and massacres. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
When Congo achieved independence from Belgium in 1960, there were **Sixteen** Congolese college graduates in a nation of 14 million people. movies2.nytimes.com/libra…
Belgian Colonists cut the hands of children if villages did not meet Rubber Quotas in Congo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Today I learned about Roger Casement, an Irish diplomat who exposed the human rights abuses of the Congo Free State and Peru, and was imprisoned for alleged homosexuality and eventually executed for being a leader in Irish rebel movements. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rog…
Mushrooms are plentiful in the Congo and can be used as a substitute for meat. Actual vegetarianism, however, is virtually unknown in the country. These days, most meals eaten by city folk – even those containing mushrooms - are eaten with meat or fish thenomadicvegan.com/vegan…
Sum41 named the album "Chuck" after the man who got them out of a hotel in the Congo near a warzone en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
In 1961 Belgians, with CIA involvement, ordered the murder of a democratically elected Prime Minister of Congo who just wanted for the Congolese to regain the natural resources still being under foreign control since the colonial times en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
Donkey Kong not developed by Nintendo but rather a subcontracting company that also made Sega's Congo Bongo and Zaxxon. They successfully sued after Nintendo use their source code to create Donkey Kong Jr. without them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ike…
King Leopald II of Belgium was responsible for an estimated 10 million deaths in the Congo news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world…
Goma’s town centre in the Congo was destroyed in 2002 by Mount Nyiragongo, the fourth time in a century that a major eruption had occurred in the region bradtguides.com/destinati…
In Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, humanoid robots are used to direct traffic. "The giant robots are solar-powered, have chests that rotate and are equipped with cameras that send real-time information back to the police station". npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Moving streams of water can get very deep. The Congo river, the deepest in the world, is measured at 720ft (219m) deep. That's a lot of moving water! worldatlas.com/articles/w…
The Congo River is the deepest river in the world, at over 750 feet deep in places (currents make it hard to know how much deeper it is). It also has the most endemic species of any river. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
A crocodile escaped out of a duffel bag onboard a flight in the Congo causing everybody to go to the front of the plane, which caused the plane to crash, killing 20 with 1 survivor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
David Norris, the Irish gay rights activist whose lawsuit resulting in Ireland decriminalizing homosexuality, was born in Leopoldville in the Belgian Congo (modern-day Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
HIV crossed from chimps to humans in the early 1920s in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. avert.org/professionals/h…
In 1998, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, lightning struck in the field during a football (soccer) match. 11 people died, all of the same team. The players from the other team were left unharmed. The whole thing even led to accusations of cursing and witchcraft. independent.co.uk/news/li…
In 1998 a lightning strike killed all 11 players of a football team in the Democratic Republic of Congo while the opposing team was unhurt. independent.co.uk/news/li…
Remy Van Lierde, a Belgian pilot and fighter ace, spotted and photographed a Giant Congo Snake emerging from a hole as he flew over the forests, that he claimed was close to 50 feet in length. cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/5…
There are giant lion-eating chimps living in the Congo theguardian.com/science/2…
Amazon and Congo were likely one river before Africa and S.America drifted apart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Bronx Zoo had a human zoo exhibit in 1906, a Congo Pygmy named Ota Benga cnn.com/2015/06/03/opinio…
The former ambassador of Zaire (now Dem. Congo) to Poland, was found penniless - living in the Warsaw railway station, being attacked by other homeless people (in 1994) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ema…
During a five-day battle against mercenaries in the Congo, the besieged Irish Army radioed back to HQ "We will hold out until our last bullet is spent. Could do with some whiskey". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
There was a war in congo from 1998 to 2003 that claimed the life of 5.7 million people, the deadliest since WW2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
It is highly advised for travellers in Kinshasa, Congo to have a local be with them at all times. Don't keep cameras in open view unless you've been cleared to take a photo. Also be equally prepared for hostility and positive reactions when taking photos wikitravel.org/en/Kinshas…
The Ngando people of The Congo have traditionally seen bonobos as human beings rather than animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nga…
Today I learned about a man named Kasongo Ilunga, who was appointed as the foreign trade minister of Democratic Republic of Congo, but never showed up at the opening of the new government, nor to claim his office, and his existence was never proven. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kas…
The Republic of the Congo Just Joined OPEC en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OPE…
Most modern handheld devices like iPhones contain a mineral called "coltan" that is being produced as a commodity by slaves exploited by rebel armies in the Congo. globalpost.com/dispatch/k…
Today I learned about a deathgrind band called Hatebeak, the only band to have an avian vocalist, a Congo African gray parrot named Waldo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat…
The river Congo is at one point 8 MILES wide britannica.com/EBchecked/…
The Bayanzi tribe of the Congo would execute via decapitation with a twist. While alive, the head of the condemned would be connected to a springy sapling so that when it was cut off, it would be thrown through the air "With the force of a bomb". xefer.com/2008/04/behead
Today I learned about the La Sape movement in Congo where men embody the elegance and style of colonial predecessor dandies and will go out of their way to buy expensive clothing even if it means half-starvation during the month. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_…
Today I learned of Congo the Chimpanzee, who learnt to paint abstract art, and whose art was admired by Picasso, MirΓ³ and Dali telegraph.co.uk/news/1492…
Andre Kasongo Ilunga was the rising star of Congolese politics in 2006. Just 34, he had risen from obscurity to be appointed minister for foreign trade in Congo's first democratic government, despite being completely fictional. theguardian.com/world/200…
The Congo national anthem asks: β€œAnd if we have to die/ Does it really matter?” The opening line of Ukraine’s anthem is: β€œUkraine is not yet dead.” telegraph.co.uk/culture/c…
Today I learned of La Sape, a group of people in Congo living in poverty, but buying designer outfits to look rich npr.org/sections/pictures…
In 2010 a plane in the Congo (DRC) crashed, killing 20 people on board. According to the sole survivor, a crocodile snuck on board by a passenger escaped its duffel bag. The panicked passengers moved to the front of the plane away from the animal, destabilizing the plane, leading to the crash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Sum41 named the album "Chuck" after the man who took control and got them out of a hotel in Congo near a warzone en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
In 2008, 13 sorcerers were arrested in Congo on charges of β€œpenis-snatching” for allegedly stealing or shrinking men’s penises reuters.com/article/us-co…
Today I learned of Mokele-mbembe, a legendary water-dwelling creature of Congo River basin folklore, loosely analogous to the Loch Ness Monster in Western culture. It is claimed to be a sauropod by some cryptozoologists. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-1…
A plane crashed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, killing 20 people, because everyone onboard ran to one end of the plane and it became severely imbalanced. Why did they do this?-They were fleeing a crocodile! Also the croc survived the crash npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/…
A crocodile was smuggled onto a plane in the Congo in 2010. It broke out of its bag, caused a stampede, and 19 people died in the resulting plane crash. news.com.au/travel/travel…

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