In Taiwan, every receipt for every store in the country is also a ticket to a government-run lottery with top prizes worth up to US$300,000 guidetotaipei.com/article…
At 1:10 a.m. on May 9, 1945, night owls in the USSR heard a radio report that Nazi Germany had officially surrendered to the Soviet Union. Rather than wait until morning to celebrate, citizens took to the streets in their pajamas. 22 hours later, the entire country had run out of vodka. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
The reason so many African flags have green, yellow and red is because of the Ethiopian flag; as one of the few independent African nations during the colonial period, the new countries of Africa looked to them for inspiration en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
South Africa is the only country in the world that has developed nuclear weapons and then later gave them up npr.org/sections/parallel…
The domain name ".tv" is actually the country code domain for Tuvalu, a country in Polynesia. Due to its popularity from its similarity to 'television', the Tuvalu government sought to capitalize on it and nearly 10% of its revenue comes from royalties from .tv addresses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.tv
Iceland is the only country in the world without mosquitoes. icelandmag.is/article/rea…
In 1994, country music singer Alan Jackson was asked to use a pre-recorded version of his song 'Gone Country' when performing live at the award show. He protested by having his drummer perform with no drum sticks in his hand the whole performance tasteofcountry.com/alan-j…
Only 5 countries in the world have never been under any sort of European control. vox.com/2014/6/24/5835320…
France has 58 nuclear reactors, generating 71.6% of the country's total electricity, a larger percent than any other nation. France turned to nuclear in response to the 1973 oil crisis. The situation was summarized in a slogan, "In France, we do not have oil, but we have ideas." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuc…
Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago with a population of 3 000, is the only visa-free zone in the world meaning that anybody may live and work there indefinitely regardless of country of citizenship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vis…
The term "Aryan" has nothing to do with Germans, instead it refers to the Indo-Iranian people who can be found living from the Levant to Northern India, and it's where the name of the country "Iran" is derived from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ary…
Minesweeper's theme was so controversial in some countries that Microsoft was forced to replace the mines with flowers in some locations and rebrand it as "Flower Garden". Link instantfundas.com/2010/02…
In 1998, a British newspaper reported that Arthur C. Clarke paid Sri Lankan boys for sex, leading to the cancellation of plans for Prince Charles to knight him on a visit to the country. The accusation was subsequently found to be baseless. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
There is an international standard for writing the date called ISO 8601, that uses the format YYYY-MM-DD. Although it has been around since 1988, very few countries actually use it. brilliantmaps.com/how-to-…
In 2010 The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country, killing an estimated 30 spies businessinsider.com/how-c…
In 1859, a guy released 24 rabbits for hunting into the wild in Australia, a country which had no native rabbit population then. By 1920, their population increased to 10 billion. This is the fastest spread ever recorded of any mammal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
'Pantone 448 C', the "world's ugliest color" according to research, is used by many European countries on their tobacco products to dissuade people from smoking. time.com/4353765/worlds-u…
Today I learned of the Windows on the World restaurant, which occupied the 107th floor of the world trade center north tower. More than 60 languages were spoken among the staff and it's kitchen was run by celebrity chefs. In it's final year it was the highest grossing fine dining establishment in the country. ny.eater.com/2013/9/11/65…
The Mexican government sent around 500 of it's elite soldiers to be trained as commandos at Ft. Bragg(USA), in order to better combat the rising drug violence in the country. After training, many of the soldiers returned to Mexico, only to start the brutally violent drug cartel: Los Zetas. aljazeera.com/indepth/fea…
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…
In 2013 the Redskins cheerleaders were being exploited to please sponsors in a showing outside the country and some were made to strip in front of male guest and passports were removed. newsobserver.com/sports/a…
Today I learned about Japan’s 5pm bell, or national emergency broadcast system, that plays music each day at a specific time for over 90% of the country. The music is actually a daily test to ensure the system can inform residents of any major disasters (i.e. tsunami, industrial accident). japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
Today I learned about the Antarctica Treaty, which 54 countries are a part of, states that it’s primary purpose is β€œto ensure in the interests of all mankind that Antarctica shall continue forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord." scar.org/policy/antarctic…
American Sign Language and British Sign Language are not mutually intelligible. While English speakers can understand each other across the Anglosphere, deaf people from different English speaking countries are unable to understand each other. accreditedlanguage.com/in…
In 2005 the president of Georgia fired the country's entire traffic police force of around 30,000 officers due to widespread corruption. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
Johnny Cash performed dressed all in black, in contrast to most of the major country acts in his day – rhinestone suits and cowboy boots. Cash wrote the song "Man in Black" to explain that he wore black for the poor and hungry and those betrayed by age or drugs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The Steel Drum was created in Trinidad and Tobago after the British banned African percussion music and traditional stick-fighting after the Canboulay Riots in 1890. Steel Drums later emerged made from frying pans, dustbin lids, and, of course, oil drums due to the country's oil resources. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In 2004, 260 ships were sailing under the flag of Mongolia, despite Mongolia being a landlocked country with no access to the sea globalpolicy.org/componen…
30% of all residents in the country of Monaco are millionaires. bbc.com/worklife/article/…
As of 2019, K-Pop megastars BTS are purportedly worth more than $4.65 billion to South Korea's economy each year, or 0.3% of the country's GDP. BTS attracted one in every 13 foreign tourists that visited South Korea in 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BTS
For the last 110 years the United States has been the only country that refuses to dip its flag when passing the host country during the Opening Ceremonies. In 1908 U.S. flag bearer, shotputter Ralph Rose, said "This flag dips to no earthly king.” He was what we would call an Irish activist. pri.org/stories/2016-08-0…
Diplomats carry 'diplomatic bags'. These house secret information or anything pertaining to the duties of the diplomats who carry it - diplomatic bags have just the same immunity as diplomats themselves, meaning it cannot be opened/searched by law enforcement in a foreign country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dip…
During WWII, large corporations like Bosch and Daimler Benz, unequivocally supported goals of Hitler’s regime and its war effort in exchange for advantageous contracts, subsidies and in exchange was allowed to use slave labor from occupied countries, which accounted for one quarter of workforce wikipedia.org/wiki/Econom…
Khat is so popular in Yemen that about 40% of the country's water supply goes towards irrigating it, and families spend about 17% of their income on khat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kha…
Clockwork Orange was so controversial in the UK that Stanley Kubrick requested Warner Brothers withdraw the movie from any further releases in the country only a year after its release, and thus up until Kubrick's death in 1999 it was very difficult to watch the movie legally in Britain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
During the cold war, both the United States and the USSR had designated 'Signal Cities' in the opposing countries that, in the event of an escalation of hostilities, would be nuked to indicate strong resolve. It was called 'nuclear signaling'. Kiev and Boston were the cities. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
Vatican City recognizes the Republic of China (Taiwan), but the ROC embassy is on Italian soil due to Vatican City's small size. The ROC embassy is therefore located in a country that does not recognize it as independent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…
The entire EU plus a dozen other countries including the US, Brazil, Turkey, and Kazakhstan are part of a huge treaty requiring countries to pursue child support payments levied in other member countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hag…
Canadian country folk singer and songwriter Taylor Mitchell was killed by a pair of coyotes while hiking in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Her death is the only known fatal coyote attack on an adult as well as the only known fatal coyote attack on a human ever confirmed in Canada wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor…
Despite being the state of song of West Virginia, John Denver's "Country Roads" is about the Shenandoah region in Western Virginia, not West Virginia. John Denver had never been to West Virginia when he recorded the song. appalachianmagazine.com/2…
Between 2006 and 2007 Poland’s prime minister and president were identical twin brothers, making them the first brothers in history to hold a country’s prime ministership and presidency at the same time. britannica.com/biography/…
Mexico is the only country other than China that owns Giant Pandas news.yahoo.com/mexicos-gi…
The Lenape tribe were the original inhabitants of Manhattan, New York and were forced to leave 300 years ago. Tribes from across the country returned to New York last year for the first Pow Wow in centuries to celebrate their origin. youtu.be/NChFWyOhFUY
Argentina is the country that consumes the most soda every year, with 155 liters per person per year. worldatlas.com/articles/c…
Victim of the Chernobyl accident born with 6 toes per foot and webbed fingers and later both legs amputated, won a gold medal in cross-country skiiing in the paralympics dw.com/en/paralympics-che…
Charles King, Former Liberian President, holds the Guinness World record for most frauded election in history, having won the 1927 election with 234 000 votes in a country with 15 000 registered votes. liberiapastandpresent.org…
Hitler offered to trade a million Jews for material goods, including 10,000 trucks. The Jews would have been allowed to go to any Allied country except Palestine, as Hitler had promised the Grand Mufti no Jews would settle in Palestine. The offer was rejected. jewishvirtuallibrary.org/…
Australia’s Highway 1, a ring road around the country, is the longest national highway in the world, at a length of approximately 14,500 km. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
The country name "Pakistan" was proposed by Rahmat Ali of Cambridge University as an acronym of Punjab, Afghan Province, Kashmir, Sindh, and Balochistan, while "Pak" means "pure" and "-stan" means country in Persian open.ac.uk/researchprojec…
There are still dry counties in the USA where the sale of any kind of alcohol is prohibited. Some of these, like Moore Country, Tennessee, date back to the passage of state prohibition laws in the early 20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry…
Kelvin Doe lived in Sierra Leone (a small coastal country in southwest Africa) and is known for teaching himself engineering by the age of 13 and building his own radio station in his home country. He also built a battery out of scrap metal capable of powering the surrounding homes. imaginationmatters.org/in…
From 1864 to 1870 three countries (Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil) declared war to Paraguay (whos motto is β€œVictory or Death”). Roughly two-thirds of Paraguay population were killed, including around 90% of its men. That war was called β€œWar of the Triple Alliance” britannica.com/event/War-…
The Queen's Official Birthday (or the King's Official Birthday) is only an arbitrarily selected day in British Commonwealth realms on which the birthday of the monarch is officially celebrated in those countries. It does not necessarily correspond to the date of the monarch's actual birth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
In a study planting 170,000 β€œlost” wallets in 355 cities of 40 countries, finders were more likely to return the wallet if it had cash inside vs no cash. Further study found that larger amounts of cash meant the wallet was more likely to be returned than wallets with smaller amounts of cash. latimes.com/science/la-sc…
The Chinese referred to the Roman Empire as "Great China" (Daqin) because they thought of Rome as a civilized counterpart to the Chinese Empire, and describing: "Their kings are not permanent. They select and appoint the most worthy man. [...] The people of this country are all tall and honest." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daq…
The countries of Liechtenstein and Haiti used the same flag for nearly century, a fact that was only discovered when the two nations met during the 1937 Summer Olympics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie…
Chinese billionaires are trying to "return" China's lost cultural artefacts that were looted from the country by colonial powers in the 19th Century. Their efforts range from "buying back" said artefacts to hiring thieves to steal them away from museums and private collections. telegraph.co.uk/news/2018…
The Mediterranean island country of Malta has been inhabited since around 5900 BCE, and has been ruled by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Knights of Malta, French and British, all before becoming independent in 1964. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
Psilocybin, the active compound in psychedelic mushrooms, is found only in the mushroom’s cap and stem and not in its spores. Since most drug laws prohibit psilocybin rather than the mushroom itself, this loophole makes the sale and possession of the spores legal in many countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psi…
That, despite being on opposite ends of the country, Disneyland and Disneyworld are both located in Orange County en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ora…
The United States hosts more migrants than the next four countries combined. statista.com/chart/7636/w…
30 Billion honey bees from around the US are shipped to California once a year to pollinate almond trees. They are then shipped to other parts of the country through the year for the same purpose. npr.org/2017/03/09/519500…
In 1987, the Burmese government demonetised the 25-, 35-, and 75-kyats notes without warning or compensation, rendering around 75% of the country's currency worthless and eliminating the savings of millions of Burmese. Dictator Ne Win did it bc the notes weren't divisible by his lucky number, 9. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ne_…
The first "Made in <Country>" label was created in 1887 in England to discourage foreign goods and to encourage consumption of domestic-made goods; this ultimately backfired when Britons bought more goods made in Germany than domestic made ones dw.com/en/125-years-of-ma…
Today I learned of Operation Underworld. During WWII the U.S. government worked with Mafia families to secure the country's northeastern ports. They provided protection against spies and saboteurs, avoided wartime labor union strikes, and limited theft by black-marketeers of vital war supplies and equipment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Norway is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. It has a 'sovereign fund' of $1 trillion, around $200,000 for each of it's 5 million citizens to support future generations. money.cnn.com/2017/09/19/…
In 2005 Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili fired all of the traffic police in his country, cutting 25,000 to 30,000 police from the payroll to fight corruption. He also increased the minimum weekly salary from $30-$40 to around $400 for the new officers. tandfonline.com/doi/abs/1…
The USPS (United States Postal Service) does NOT offer postal banking services anymore, while almost every other developed country does it. The United States Postal Savings System existed until 1960's. time.com/5351706/postal-b…
Today I learned about the female jockey who pissed off the NAZI Party by beating six acclaimed SS Officers in Czechoslovakia's biggest horse race, shortly before WWII broke out and Germany invaded the country. wbur.org/onlyagame/2019/1…
In Louisiana "Creole" isn't a racial identifier historically and denotes someone born in the new world as opposed to the home country no matter the race. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Today I learned of an organization in Belgium training giant rats (nicknamed "HeroRATs") to sniff out landmines in countries where explosive remnants of war pose a large threat to communities. The rats are extremely effective, outperforming both metal detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs. boredpanda.com/hero-rats-…
Nigeria is the third largest English speaking country, behind India and United States en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
That Third Reich was the first country to lead an anti-tobacco campaign theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The name of the African country of Malawi translates literally to "Land of Flames," because iron working was the dominant economic practice of the pre-colonial kingdom that controlled the area. The sheer density of kilns were said to light up the countryside at night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned about the ADE651 bomb detector device. Sold to over 20 countries including Β£52 million in sales to the Iraqi government. The device was a glorified dowsing rod. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADE…
India and Pakistan used to be a single country during the British rule, and their partition led to upto 2 million Hindu and Muslim deaths, and migration of 14 million people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
In England and Wales 390,127 people (almost 0.8%) stated their religion as Jedi on their 2001 Census forms, surpassing Sikhism, Judaism, and Buddhism, and making it the fourth largest reported religion in the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jed…
Today I learned of Dan Suelo, a man who stopped using money in the autumn of 2000 and lives part-time in a cave near Moab, Utah when he is not wandering the country becomingminimalist.com/th…
France once bought 2,000 trains that were too wide to fit in many platforms in the country. The government has to spend millions of euros to widen many platforms in order to allow the trains to fit. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Russia is so large, that not only does it take up 1/8th of the land on Earth, but the country alone is bigger than the planet Pluto. businessinsider.com/more-…
There are 5 countries without a written, codified constitution: New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, Israel and Saudi Arabia. They rely instead on a conjunction of separate documents and precedents for legal decision-making. worldatlas.com/articles/c…
The last country to abolish slavery was Mauritania in 1981 (but the practice continues openly to this day) cnn.com/interactive/2012/…
There was a country called United States of Central America, formed by El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras. That country was formed in August 1898 and dissolved in November of that year, latam.historyplay.tv/hoy-…
Only 14 of the 193 countries in the UN formally recognize Taiwan as a separate state from China . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Bangkok's full name is the longest capital name of any country. Roughly, it translates to: "City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Vishvakarman at Indra's behest." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban…
Papua New Guinea has only 9 million citizen, but about 850 languages. Which makes it the country with the most languages in the world. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Audie Murphy received every military combat award for valor available from the US, plus awards from other countries. He single-handedly held off a company of German soldiers for, then led a successful counterattack while wounded & out of ammo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aud…
Russia was actually the first country to form a Space Force from 1992 to 1997, and then again from 2001 to 2011. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today i learned theres a micro country in italy with 33 000 citizens britannica.com/place/San-…
Parents in Nordic countries have their babies nap outside in subzero temperatures so they sleep longer and better insider.com/nordic-parent…
During the Soviet economy collapse and Russian privatization that followed, the Russian government decided to implement voucher privatization, giving the country's company shares equally to 98% of the population including minors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Nearly 250,000 Americans die every year from medical errors, making it the third leading cause of death in the country. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
Liechtenstein & Uzbekistan are the only two double landlocked countries in the world. A country is "doubly landlocked" or "double-landlocked" when it is surrounded only by landlocked countries (requiring the crossing of at least two national borders to reach a coastline) wikipedia.org/wiki/Landlo…
Many Icelanders refer to WW2 as "the blessed war" because the country has the war to thank for their independence. history.co.uk/history-of-…
The state of Mississippi observes Robert E Lee’s birthday as a state holiday while the rest of the country observes Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday (MLK day). They also have a state holiday for confederate memorials sos.ms.gov/Education-Publ…
Today I learned of Alan Francis, who has won 8 consecutive World Horseshoe Championship titles, and 16 of the 17 years. He has a total of 24 World Horseshoe Championship titles. The New York Times has even referred to him as the β€œmost dominant athlete in any sport in the country" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
Canada will keep a foreigner's fingerprints for 15 years on attempting to enter the country, or until the applicant is 100 should they be refused entry on criminal grounds. cic.gc.ca/english/helpcen…
In Paraguay the GuaranΓ­ language is more widely spoken than Spanish (52% of the rural population only speaks it), making the country a linguistic anomaly in Latin America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
The Canadian government spent $28 million centuries after the War of 1812 to promote Americans as invaders in β€œa war of independence” for Canada, which became a country in 1867. post-gazette.com/news/nat…

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