In 2013, Metallica performed in Antarctica just to break a record and be the first musical act to perform on all 7 continents. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The last uncontacted Australian Aboriginal people living a traditional nomadic life were encountered in 1984 in the heart of the Gibson desert in Western Australia. They had been unaware of the arrival of Europeans on the continent, let alone cars - or even clothes. abc.net.au/news/2014-10-2…
Charles Darwin's 'Theory of Evolution' is thought to be deeply influenced by his private tutor in Edinburgh, John Edmonstone. Edmonstone was a Taxidermist of African descent from British Guiana, South America. This relationship would later encourage Darwin to explore the continent himself. history.co.uk/shows/not-w…
The planet Earth is approximately halfway between the formation of the previous super continent "Pangea", which formed about 300 million years ago and existed until about 150 million years ago, and the next possible super continent, which may form in the future in about 250 million years needforscience.com/geolog…
Victor Vescovo has reached the deepest parts of all five of the earth's oceans. He has also climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
Portuguese, not Spanish, is the predominately spoken language on the continent of South America. (by a small margin) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
In 1861, the King of Siam offered a pair of elephants as a gift to America "to be let loose to increase and multiply in the continent of America". Lincoln sent a letter declining the gift, as elephants would be useless in Industrial America, and they likely would not survive anyway. foxnews.com/world/lincoln…
In 1596, Abraham Ortelius, recognized as the creator of the first modern atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, noticed the shapes of continents on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean (most notably, Africa and South America) seem to fit together. He was the first to theorize the Continental Drift. wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraha…
Because of their features and dark skin, the Roma people were mistaken for Egyptians when they moved westward from India to the European continent, leading to the term "gypsy." Many Roma reject the term "gypped" as it assumes deception and trickery. npr.org/sections/codeswit…
There is an 8th continent submerged almost entirely under water called Zealandia by New Zealand. businessinsider.in/scienc…
The country of Russia has more surface area than the continent of Antartica visualcapitalist.com/visu…
Genetical variation within human population is far less diverse than other species of mammal.There is no reason to assume that major genetic discontinuities exist between peoples on different continents or "races." humanorigins.si.edu/evide…
Metallica was the first band to perform on all seven continents by performing live and un-amplified (to protect the environment) in Antarctica. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
One reason why Greenland is considered the largest island and Australia is a continent not an island (even it fits the definition of an island to be entirely surrounded by water) is because Greenland is a part of the North American plate and Australia has its own separate tectonic plate. britannica.com/story/is-a…
The American Indians didn't have horses until the Spanish came to the continent. americanheritage.com/how-…
The British used to call mainland Europe "The Continent." As more continental European tourists travel to England and the Americas, they push for a breakfast of pastry, fruit, and coffee they normally eat. That is why hotels serve a "Continental Breakfast." Also because it's cheap. craves.everybodyshops.com…
Horses originated in North America and spread to every Afro Eurasia and South America, only to become extinct in North America where they originated from. They were then reintroduced back to North America by humans. They have been in every continent including Antarctica now. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo…
Students in France are taught that there are 5 continents. In the US, it's taught that there are 7. study.com/academy/lesson/…
The mountain lions originally found throughout North America were completely wiped out by the arrival of humans some 10,000 years ago. The mountain lions seen since then are actually descendants of South American mountain lions that moved north and recolonized the continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Submarine networking is the process by which data is carried on subsea cables to connect continents. Submarine networks carry 95 percent of the world’s intercontinental electronic communications traffic. ciena.com/insights/how/Ho…
Territory integral to the European Union can be found on five continents thanks to the outermost regions of European nations. There are the European countries, Cyprus is technically in Asia, French Guiana in South America, Guadeloupe in North America, and the Canary Islands in Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned about the Hidden Continent of Zealandia, a region of continental crust twice the size of India. Mostly submerged, the only major land masses include New Zealand and New Caledonia. scitechdaily.com/zealandi…
Aboriginal Australian "dot art" where dots and other shapes are used to construct images, while deeply associated with Aboriginal tradition, was only first done in 1971, very recently in the 40,000 year history of art on the continent. aboriginal-art-australia.…
The most obvious difference, the one seen at first glance, is that the Arctic Sea is surrounded by land, and the Antarctic is the land surrounded by sea. In other words, the Arctic is a region, a polar circle, while Antarctica is a continent. needforscience.com/geogra…
African is extraordinarily genetically diverse. An Ethiopian person will likely have less in common genetically with a Sudanese person than they do with people from other continents. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Pangaea wasn't the "first" continent where everything formed in one place, and that many super continents existed before it due to cyclical plate tectonic activity youtube.com/watch?v=ovT90…
In 1984 a group of Australian Aboriginal people living a traditional nomadic life were discovered in the Gibson desert in Western Australia. They had been unaware of the arrival of Europeans on the continent, let alone cars - or even clothes. bbc.com/news/magazine-305…
The LAGEOS Satellite, in stable medium Earth orbit, contains a plaque (designed by Carl Sagan) of various binary numbers, a map of Earth's continents (1974), among other info. Intended to be message to future humanity, 8.4 million years from now, when the satellite re-enters Earth's atmosphere en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAG…
Antartica looks like a one big continent. But with no ice, it would emerge as a giant peninsula and archipelago of mountainous islands, known as Lesser Antarctica or West Antarctica, and a single large landmass about the size of Australia, known as Greater Antarctica or East Antartica. nationalgeographic.org/en…
Hawaii is not part of any continent. worldatlas.com/amp/articl…
America is not called Columbia because Columbus did not actually ever come to the continent. The landed in todays Bahamas, on 1492. Then Amerigo Vespucci arrived in todays Brazil, South America few years after. The new land, America is named by cartographer Martin WaldenseeMΓΌller in 1507. nadeaubarlow.com/why-is-a…
Metallica was the first band to play on all seven continents. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Victor Vescovo is the first and only person to have dived to the deepest points of all of Earth's oceans. He's also climbed the highest mountains on each continent and skied the Last Degree of Latitude at the North and South Poles. edition.cnn.com/travel/ar…
New Zealand is the highest point of a submerged 8th continent, Zealandia. bbc.com/news/world-asia-3…
The continent of Antarctica was discovered so recently in human history that the first undisputed landing of humans on Antarctica did not occur until 24 January, 1895. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Antarctica is the only continent on Earth,where dogs are banned. Being used as sled dogs for exploration up until 1992,they were banned from Antarctica over concerns that the dogs might transfer diseases to the seal population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sle…
Belgica antarctica is a flightless midge that inhabits Antarctica yearround. Not only is the Antarctic midge the continent's largest terrestrial animal but it is also the only insect.The midge's larvae live for 2 years and mostly eat algae and microorganisms; adult midges live for about 10 days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
Anytime Fitness is the first franchised company to have locations on all 7 continents including Antarctica. observer.com/2019/01/anyt…
Today I learned about the Expanding Earth Hypothesis. It asserts that the position and relative movement of continents is at least partially due to the volume of Earth increasing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
Antarctica is the only continent where dogs are banned. Being used as sled dogs for exploration until 1992, they were banned over concerns that they would transmit diseases to the seal population en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sle…
Australia the country and Australia the continent are two separate places. One is an island nation, the other includes Papua New Guinea and part of Indonesia (West Papua). countrydigest.org/is-aust…
The English sparrow (Passer domesticus) is by far the most common bird in the world, and while there are no reliable estimates for today's population, the number estimated in 1943 was 150 billion. Sparrows can be found on all continents except Antarctica. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Millions of years ago, the collisions between the continents of Avalonia (where England and Wales were) and Laurentia (where Scotland was), formed the Scottish Highlands border. The different soil and rocks have lead to differences in flora, fauna and societies between the two countries. youtube.com/watch?v=9DqZY…
Today I learned of the Great Green Wall of Africa (or the Great Green Wall of the Sahara and the Sahel) being planted to combat the expansion of the Sahara Desert. Originally proposed in 1954 it is approximately 15% completed and will span 8,000 km across all of the African continent. greatgreenwall.org/about-…
During WW2, there were multiple significant riots and widespread social unrest in Australia due to Allied forces stationed on and around the continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The first ever science fiction novel, 'A True Story' was written in the second century AD. The novel includes travel to the outer space, flying to the Moon, alien lifeforms, interplanetary warfare and continents across the ocean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_T…
Australia is technically not considered an island, an island has to be a mass of land surrounded by water but also β€œsmaller than a continent” britannica.com/amp/story/…
Antarctica is the only continent without any trees. bas.ac.uk/about/antarctic…
, the Pole of Inaccessibility refers to the most distant point from the coastline of any given country or continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
There is a submerged eighth continent called Zealandia which is located in between New Caledonia and New Zealand and is about two-thirds the size of Australia earthsky.org/earth/lost-c…
Antarctica used to be called Australia until modern-day Australia stole its name in 1824, which left the continent nameless until its current name was adopted in the 1890s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The red-whiskered bulbul is native to tropical parts of Asia, but the bird has also established itself on other continents including many Pacific islands. In Florida they feed on fruits and berries of as many as 24 exotic fruit plants including loquat aiding in its dispersal and propagation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
The Yayoi people were an ancient ethnic group that migrated to the Japanese archipelago mainly from the Asian continent. Most modern Japanese people have primarily Yayoi ancestry (ranging from 80% to 100% with an estimated average of 97%) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yay…
In 2014, Tinder made its first match on the continent of Antarctica. Not surprisingly, both parties involved were research scientists. thecut.com/2014/02/tinder…
Most internet data is not transferred across continents by satellites. Instead, 97% of intercontinental data is transferred through hundreds of thousands of miles of cables at the bottom of the ocean. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
If the Commonwealth is a country, it will span all 6 inhabited continents, have a land area larger than Russia and USA combined, and a population a billion more than China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Christian buildings are the only religious buildings on the continent of Antarctica. Although they are used mostly for Christian worship, the Chapel of the Snows has also been used for Buddhist and BahΓ‘'Γ­ ceremonies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rel…
Today I learned of the Antarctic Treaty of 1961 which recognizes no sovereign claim of Antarctica, prohibits mining, prohibits military activity & only allows scientific activity on the continent en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
In 2019 an Eight Continent has been found underwater called "Zealandia" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zea…
Australia is the only continent with more venomous snakes than non-venomous ones en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fau…
Until recently, prominent European scholars have dismissed the history of Africa as outside of or irrelevant to world history. Hegel thought Africa is not a historical continent as it shows neither change nor development sites.clas.ufl.edu/histor…
Harry Houdini was the first person ever to fly an airplane on the Australian continent. airspacemag.com/history-o…
Today I learned about the surviving 2nd century Roman novel A True Story written by Lucian of Samosata. It is regarded as one of the first ever works of science fiction ever written and it features explorers flying to the moon, first contact with aliens, an interstellar war and the discovery of a new continent. zmescience.com/other/feat…
The name of the continent America derives from the Italian voyager Amerigo Vespucci, whose cartographer wrongly assumed Vespucci was the explorer who discovered the new continent. Christoph Columbus did indeed discover it, however he thought it was Asia (India). jonathancohenweb.com/amer…
The Earth has another continent called Zealandia. The entire continent sank after breaking away from Australia around 65-80 million years ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zea…
The names Asia and Africa were first Roman Provinces of much smaller size than today's respective continents livius.org/articles/conce…
Humans lived inland in North America 1,000 years before scientists suspected. Stone tools and other artifacts found in Idaho hint that the First Americans lived here 16,000 years ago β€” long before an overland path to the continent existed. It’s more evidence humans arrived via a coastal route. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Set…
Two species of vultures (New World and Old World) evolved completely separately from each other on different continents, suggesting that vultures have a huge and essential ecological value in nature. royalsocietypublishing.or…
Today I learned about Junko Tabei who was the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and the first woman to ascend all the Seven Summits by climbing the highest peak on every continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun…
Metallica was the first band to perform on all seven continents by performing live and un-amplified (to protect the environment) in Antarctica. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
There was a German architect who devoted his whole life to promote his grand scheme of damming and draining the Mediterranean to create vast amounts of land and to unite Europe and Africa into one super continent. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Queen Anne's Lace, a common wildflower in North America, was not found on the continent prior to the arrival of Europeans and is actually an undomesticated carrot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dau…
Africa is the only continent that is in all four hemispheres. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hem…
Due to the variety of its ecosystems, which include mountains, woods, plains, largely uninhabited territories, streams, rocky coasts, and long sandy beaches, the island of Sardinia has been defined metaphorically as a micro-continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Based on geological definitions of a continent, the Earth actually has a lost eighth continent, known as Zealandia. Most of this continent is submerged beneath the sea, while a tiny sliver, including New Zealand, is above the water. mymodernmet.com/zealandia…
The continent Europe only covers about 2% of the total Earth's surface. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eur…
Today I learned of a huge sunken land-mass in the Pacific Ocean, dubbed Zealandia. It was spied from space, and scientists favor it being formally recognized as the 8th continent, of which New Zealand is it's only visible portion. earthsky.org/earth/scient…
Today I learned about Iceland's Silfra Crack in the Atlantic Ocean, where divers and snorkelers can float between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates and can actually touch both continents at the same time. amusingplanet.com/2013/07…
Some regions of the world consider continents differently. The most widely accepted number is 7 but the number can change to as low as 4. citymetric.com/horizons/h…
, other than Antarctica, for obvious reasons, Africa is the only continent to have never hosted the Olympic games. worldatlas.com/articles/w…
: The border between England and Scotland was formed 425 million years ago when two ancient continents collided. nature.scot/landforms-and…
Australia is the only continent where archery was not developed independently historyoffighting.com/arc…
Turkey is building a new canal named Kanal Δ°stanbul, planned to finish in 2023, which will connect the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. Kanal Δ°stanbul would bisect the current European side of Istanbul and thus form an island between the continents of Asia and Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
New Zealand is a small piece of the 8th continent Zealandia. It is known as a drowned continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zea…
With 54 out of the 195 countries in the world, Africa is the continent with the most countries (27%). worldpopulationreview.com…
Even though North and South America are physically attached, there is no road that connects the two continents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
The NYC Metro Area has a bigger GDP than ALL of Mexico, Spain, or Australia. Effectively, that means that NYC makes more money than a first-world continent. visualcapitalist.com/map-…
African continent is being split into two due to the birth of a new ocean. In 2005, an 8 meter wide and 60km long stretch of the earth opened up over a period of just ten days. bbc.com/news/10415877
An ant mega-colony exists across 3 continents and is thought to contain billions of ants, all of which recognise each other to be from the same colony. The largest part of the colony is in Europe and is thought to spread 6,000km (3,700 miles) along the Mediterranean coast news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/e…
Austalia is the World's Driest Inhabited Continent worldatlas.com/articles/w…
Continent is not a scientific term. geog.ucsb.edu/why-greenla…
People around the world are taught different continents. In English-speaking countries it's usually 7, but in Spanish-speaking countries it's 6, with North and South America combining to form one "American" continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Russia, the largest country in the world, is almost 39 million times the size of Vatican City, the smallest country in the world. Russia is also the largest country in both Asia and Europe; the parts of Russia on each of those continents is bigger than any other country there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Metallica became the first band to play on all seven continents by holding a concert on Antarctica. However, they didn't play "Trapped under ice" setlist.fm/news/12-17/set…
Medieval scholar Al-Biruni,after accurately measuring earth's radius and judging by the size of Asia and Africa,predicted the existence of a landmass in the ocean between Asia And Europe,similar in size to the known continents and with similar geological features,likely inhabited by humans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-…
The discovery of the planet of Uranus (1781) predates the discovery of the continent Antarctica (1821). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Until 1930, Brazil was actually called The "United States of Brazil". That means that until relatively recently, there was a USA and a USB in the American continent, one North one South. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
The Seven Years War, because it included every European great power and spanned five continents, is sometimes referred to as "World War Zero" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
Eighty percent of babies in Nigeria receive pre-chewed food, as do a quarter of infants in Gabon. Ethnographers have documented premastication on every continent and in every type of society from hunter-gatherers to farmers undark.org/article/premas…
Today I learned of "The Year Without a Summer" - a worldwide phenomenon in 1816 that caused crop failures and famines in multiple continents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/yea…

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