In 1964, three physicists who just got their PhDs were tasked with developing a working design for a nuclear weapon using only unclassified information. The goal is to see if a country can develop a nuclear weapon without aid. They accomplished it within 2 and a half years. atomicheritage.org/histor…
Witches are banned from flying above 150 meters in the landlocked African nation of Eswatini. Any witch caught flying their broomstick above the limit faces arrest and a hefty R500,000 fine according to the country’s civil aviation authority. There's no penalty for flying below 150 meters. pri.org/stories/2013-05-1…
Mexico was the only country to protest against the German annexation of Austria britannica.com/place/Aust…
French Guiana is legally part of France, and not a separate country, in a similar way to Hawaii being legally part of the USA. Technically all maps of France should probably have a window with French Guiana in the corner, the way Hawaii usually appears on maps of the USA. independent.co.uk/travel/…
When David Attenborough's series "Blue Planet II" aired in 2017, so many Chinese fans downloaded the programme on the country’s online Tencent Video channel that the internet in China temporarily slowed down standard.co.uk/culture/tv…
Hermann GΓΆring's brother strongly opposed the Nazi party, and forged his brother's signature so people could leave the country. Once, he joined Jews who had to scrub the streets, so the SS officer stopped the activity in order not to humiliate Hermann GΓΆring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Today I learned about Norman Borlaug, an American agronomist who is credited with saving over a billion people from starvation. He is called "the father of the Green Revolution" and bred a high-yield and disease-resistant dwarf wheat that helped many countries to battle mass starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Fast food restaurants frequently use Columbus Ohio to test out new products because the demographics of the city closely resemble those of the country as a whole columbusmonthly.com/artic…
After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, which killed 200.000 people, UN peacekeepers from Nepal were sent to the country. Sadly, the peacekeepers brought cholera with them leading to a massive outbreak which infected 800.000 people, and killing at least 9000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, Antarctica and New Zealand are the only countries in the world with no native or wild snake populations. irelandbeforeyoudie.com/w…
The only two countries on the planet that make it illegal to pass a stopped and loading/unloading school bus are US and Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Today I learned about Crypto AG, a Swiss company that produced encryption devices and sold them to 120 countries for 50 years. In 2020, their products were revealed to have contained backdoors that allowed them to be compromised by Crypto AG's real secret owners - BND and CIA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
There's a grocery chain in the UK called Iceland Foods that once pursued legal action against Icelandic companies that use the name Iceland in their names. Iceland Foods was founded in 1970, while the country Iceland was established in 874. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
For a while in the 2010s, you could rent the country of Liechtenstein on Airbnb for $70,000 a night. This included hanging out with the monarch, temporary currency, the ability to rename streets and a key to country. theguardian.com/world/201…
The Appalachian Mountains span three countriesβ€”the United States, Canada, and France en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
Sudan has more pyramids than any other country on earth – even more than Egypt. There are at least 223 pyramids in the Sudanese cities of Al Kurru, Nuri, Gebel Barkal and MeroΓ«. They are generally 20 to 30 metres high and steep sided. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nub…
Sweden has 267,570 islands, making it the country in the world with the most islands worldatlas.com/articles/w…
USA only country in the world that where Olympic athletes are not government funded or sponsored teamusa.org/us-olympic-an…
Iceland is one of the few countries that is mosquito-free despite having 1600 species of dryland animals. However, in 1980 a professor of the University of Iceland found a mosquito on a plane and it is now kept in a jar at the Icelandic Institute of National History. bluecarrental.is/blog/doe…
The 2002 Iraqi presidential referendum, according to β€œofficial statistics”, had a β€œ100% turnout” in which every eligible voter in the country of 11.4 million, supposedly voted β€œyes” to continuing Saddam Hussein’s rule. Not a single vote for β€œno”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Famed children’s author and cartoonist Shel Silverstein was also a successful country music songwriter. Among his credits was Johnny Cash’s β€œA Boy Named Sue,” which went on to win the Grammy for Best Country Song. wideopencountry.com/redis…
Today I learned about the proposed Titles of Nobility Amendment to the US Constitution, which has been pending for 210 years. The Amendment would strip US citizenship from any citizen who accepts a title of nobility from a foreign country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11t…
Today I learned about the practice of widow's succession. This was a practice used by several countries in the early 20th century were if a politician died in office they would be succeeded by their widow. The practice resulted in some of the earliest women to hold political office in modern times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wid…
In 2008, a stamp was issued by the country of Albania to honor John Belushi, who was of Albanian heritage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned about CANZUK, a theoretical union between the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, highly popular within each country, polling between 68% (UK) and 76% (Canada) for such a union to happen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAN…
Olympians prior to and following their events hold massive parties or benders at the β€œOlympic Village” built in the hosting country. With tension and hormones running rampant, and in the comfort of a press free environment, festivities often include heavy drinking, wild sex, and even orgies. espn.com/olympics/summer/…
New Zealand was the first Country to give Women the right to Vote history.com/this-day-in-h…
While 4-8% of people have at least one food allergy, a large proportion of people in developed countries believe they have food allergies when they actually do not have them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
Until 1999 in Germany, bribes were a tax-deductible business expense, and there were no penalties for bribing foreign officials. The German company Siemens used to engage in bribery in developing countries, where bribery was common, and continued to do so after criminalizing it in 1999. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
Malta has a total of 359 churches, nearly one for every day of the year. With an area of only 316 square kilometres, the country's "church density" is slightly more than 1 church per square kilometre. It's difficult to get lost in Malta because a church will lead you to its village centre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about the Hotel Arbez, a hotel along the international border between France and Switzerland, with part of the hotel in each country. During WWII, German soldiers were allowed to use the French side but strictly prohibited from accessing the Swiss part of the hotel. cntraveler.com/stories/20…
The swiss have enough bunkers to house the entire countries population fake houses with artillery in them, and bridges that are rigged to blow. 99percentinvisible.org/ar…
Uzbekistan and Liechtenstein are the world's only doubly landlocked countries. Which means they are the only countries completely surrounded by landlocked countries. worldatlas.com/articles/d…
In Sierra Leone, before getting a driver's license, you have to buy a board game called "The Drivers' Way" and play it at least once. The game involves rolling stoplight-themed dice and moving models of classic cars around a board, together with answering questions about the country’s road laws newsfeed.time.com/2013/10…
European Starlings are an incredibly invasive species, introduced to the US by Eugene Schieffelin. Convinced the country needed every bird in Shakespeare’s works, he had ~100 starlings released in NYC in 1890. They are now one of the most abundant birds in North America, numbering at ~200mil. sciencefriday.com/article…
Each person who becomes 100 years old receives a congratulatory letter signed by the President with a gift cheque of €2,540 in Ireland. This custom is called the "Centenarian Bounty" and also applies to foreign national residents of the country. irishtimes.com/news/irela…
In April of 1996, Taco Bell announced in seven leading U.S. newspapers, including the New York Times, that the company had purchased the Liberty Bell to "reduce the country's debt" and renamed it the "Taco Liberty Bell". Outraged people were happy to hear that it was an April Fools Day prank. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tac…
Merle Haggard was a 20 year old prisoner at San Quentin when he saw Johnny Cash play his first concert for inmates in 1958. Haggard said it helped turn his life around and inspired him to be a country artist. Cash always told Haggard, β€œYou’re everything that people think I am.” history.com/.amp/this-day…
Polymer banknotes were developed in Australia. In 1988, they were the first country to issue such notes. Today, many countries have switched completely to polymer banknotes. These notes incorporate many security features not available in paper banknotes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
The USSR was the first country to put Scotland's national poet Robert Burns on a postage stamp, in 1956 to commemorate the 160th year since his death. colnect.com/en/stamps/sta…
Aspirin is still a registered trademark of Bayer in over 80 countries including Canada. The United States isn't one of them, so its labeling emphasizes the Bayer, not the aspirin. However, anyone can legally manufacture and sell aspirin in the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asp…
There has been no correlation between Punxsutawney Phil's predictions and what the country has seen weather-wise each year. For 120 plus years records have been kept, Phil's six-week prognostications have been correct only around 39 percent of the time wmcactionnews5.com/2020/0…
German discount supermarket Lidl has failed to succeed in Norway, although being successful in other places. They left in 2008 after 4 years. Reasons stated for the failure are Norwegians not liking the foreign food, treatment of workers in other countries and money going out of the country. achievaint.com/study-fail…
The K-Pop band BTS made US$3.6 billion for South Korea's economy in 2018, and was also why 1 in 13 foreign tourists visited the country the previous year scmp.com/news/asia/east-a…
Cuban ballet dancers are arguably the country’s most esteemed export, they often earn more money than doctors, and they perform locally to the type of cheering crowd that in the USA would be reserved for pop stars pbs.org/independentlens/m…
Some bars in German-speaking countries have β€œSpeibecken”, which are basins in the restrooms designed for users to vomit into. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
One of New Zealand PM, Julius Vogel, was a fantasy writer. In 1898 he wrote an utopian novel about a world where women held many positions of authority. Four years later, after 20 years of suffrage campaign, NZ became the first country to give women the right to vote. nzhistory.govt.nz/media/p…
The United States has the world's most violent weather, receiving more high-impact extreme weather incidents than any other country in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The desk used by many presidents of the United States was named β€œResolute Desk” because it was made from pieces of wood of the HMS Resolute, a English ship discovered by an American in Artica, repaired and sent back to England as a sign of friendship between the two countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
A Canadian police officer was busted smuggling in cheese from the US. Fixed pricing on dairy has created a cheese black market within the country. cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilt…

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