Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch of the East) was badly burned while filming The Wizard Of Oz. After being hospitalized she returned to set but refused to do any scenes with fire so her stunt double took her place in a scene riding a prop that spewed smoke which exploded injuring her as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Christopher Columbus' efforts to obtain support for his voyages were hampered not by belief in a flat Earth but by valid worries that the East Indies were farther than he realized. In fact, Columbus grossly underestimated the Earth's circumference and caused he and his crew's near starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voy…
A 1000 year old bronze buckle from East Asia was discovered in Alaska, showing that indigenous people in North America might have been interacting with the Old World earlier than previously thought smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Sun Li Jen, a commander in the ROC in WW2 is known as β€œRommel of the East” due to his military achievements in various campaigns. He is named the most capable Chinese field commander in WW2. He spent his last 30 years under house arrest in Taiwan due to suspicions on collaborating with the CIA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
Approximately 30 to 50% of East Asian are intolerant to alcohol due to a faulty version of the aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) gene. It may cause flushing on a person's face and body and other symptoms including nausea, headache and general physical discomfort after drinking alcohol. healthline.com/health/red…
The USSR tried creating a Jewish homeland in far East Russia, and it's still known as the Jewish Autonomous Oblast. Also that it has a rainbow flag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jew…
Today I learned about Yaupon, a holly bush indigenous to the south-east United States. It was once the most widely consumed caffeinated beverage in the Americas, so popular that the British East India Company deemed it a threat to their control of the tea market. bbc.com/travel/story/2021…
Modern Hollywood was started by a group of independent filmmakers who moved to California in the 1910s to get away from Thomas Edison’s total monopoly on all aspects (scripts, cameras, theaters, actors) of the early, east coast film industry. history.com/news/the-rene…
Around 8,000 years ago, a 25-40m tsunami struck the east coast of the UK due to ice falling into the North Sea from Norway, delivering a devastating, if not final, blow to Doggerland, a dry land connection between them and mainland Europe. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
West Berlin was 100 miles (161 kilometres) inside East Germany and only accessible by land from West Germany by narrow rail and highway corridors history.com/.amp/topics/c…
Before naming the territory, previously known as German East Africa, "Tanganyika" (now Tanzania) the British government considered various names, including "Smutsland" in honour of General Jan Smuts, "Ebumia," "New Maryland," "Windsorland" after the Royal Family, and "Victoria". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
In the U.S. television stations east of the Mississippi River all have call signs starting with a "W" and ones to the west have call signs beginning with a "K". Dallas, Texas has both because of a weird rule when they moved the demarcation. dallasnews.com/news/curio…
In 1980 Marienetta Jirkowsky became the youngest and last woman killed attempting to cross the Berlin Wall. Fleeing East Germany with a friend and her fiance she was shot by border guards and died at the age of 18. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The digits of interstate highways in the USA have meaning. For example, even-numbered highways like I10 and I90 run east-west, while odd-numbered highways like I5 and I95 run north-south. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
In 2012, a survey in eastern Germany (regions formerly part of East Germany/GDR) was unable to find a single person under the age of 28 who believed in God theguardian.com/commentis…
Planes flying west fly at even-numbered altitudes (ex. 32k ft, 34k ft), and east-bound planes fly at odd-numbered altitudes (ex. 33k ft, 35k ft). boldmethod.com/learn-to-f…
The standard shape of a stick of butter varies by region in the US. A stick of butter is typically 4.75 inches long to the east of the Rocky Mountains and 3.25 inches long to the west. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
Today I learned about the Mirai botnet, a network of malware-infected devices that was used to shut down the internet for most of the US East Coast in 2016 and sparked fears of an attack from a hostile state. The botnet's creator? A group of college students trying to get more players on their Minecraft server. csoonline.com/article/325…
There are two seperate and incompatible power grids in Japan. East Japan (Tokyo) is powered by 50hz generators and West Japan (Osaka, Kyoto) is powered by 60hz. As early companies looked for AC current options, the east ordered their generators from Germany, the west ordered from America. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
Within 24 Hours of The Pearl Harbor Attack, Japan Successfully Invaded the Philippines, the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), Much of New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Guam, and Other Strategic Areas All Over the Western Pacific. britannica.com/topic/Paci…
Today I learned of Robert Fortune who in the 19th century was hired by the British East India Company to infiltrate China and steal their tea and reveal their tea-making process kept secret for thousands of years. clairepetras.com/stealing…
The reason that chewing gum rates are high in the Middle East is the presence of a cultural tradition where small merchants routinely hand out chewing gum in place of small change. westsidefamilydentistry.c…
The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) had a massive coffee shortage in the 70s. As such, the SED (Social Unity Party) contacted Angola, Cuba, and especially Vietnam, to trade weapons for high quality coffee beans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Planes traveling west are assigned even-numbered altitudes (to the nearest thousand feet) while planes traveling east are assigned odd-numbered altitudes. law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/…
Before being transferred to Alcatraz, notorious mobster Al Capone's mind had begun failing due to complications with syphilis. He was frequently bullied by his fellow inmates in East State Penitentiary and his cellmate feared that Capone would have a mental breakdown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_…
The tv show ER once filmed a live episode, which had to be performed twice: once for the east coast and again west coast. tvworthwatching.com/post/…
The Dingo Fence is a 5,614 kilometer fence built in Australia during the 1880s to keep dingoes out of the relatively fertile south-east part of the continent to protect the sheep flocks of southern Queensland. It is one of the longest structures in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
Although a highly regarded rivalry for 40 yrs , the East and West German football teams only played against each other once, in the 1974 World Cup, where East Germany won 1-0 but West Germany won the tournament en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Today I learned that the nations of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda are considering merging to form a new nation: the East African Federation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Gunpowder was discovered by the Chinese monks trying to make an elixir of life. Gunpowder: Origins in the East brown.edu/Departments/Jou…
If you draw a line directly south from Jacksonville, Florida, the entire continent of South America is EAST of that line. 2009-2017.state.gov
The Soviet union was given the .su top level domain name 15 months before its collapse. Czechoslovakia (.cs), Yugoslavia (.yu), and East Germany (.dd) were each given their own as well en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.su
There is a plan to unify North America’s east, west, and Texas power grids en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
The Berlin Wall came down by mistake. When the East Germans planned to slowly open the border they announced it at a press conference without including a plan. When a reporter asked when it would be opened, the party official mistakenly said "Immediately, without delay" causing a run on the wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
The Geobukseon, also known as the Turtle Ship, was a type of large Korean warship that was used during the Joseon dynasty. The ship's name derives from its protective shell-like covering. Developed in Europe and in East Asia, this design has been described as the first armored ship in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Erich Mielke, who became the head of the east-german secret service (Stasi) later in life, was involved in an attac on police officers in 1931 where two of the officers died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Today I learned about Cahokia, the largest pre-Columbia city in what is now the United States. Its pyramids and earthen mounds stood near present-day East St. Louis, IL. Around the year 1050, it had 30,000 people, making it larger than London or Paris at the time. It was abandoned by 1400. arstechnica.com/science/2…
The last Chief of the East German Stasi was a great fan of George Orwell’s 1984, to the point that he renumbered the floors in the Stasi headquarters so his office would be Room 101 independent.co.uk/arts-en…
There are several countries in Africa who have banned the export of donkeys to China. This is due to an unsustainable demand for their hide to produce a medicinal gelatin called eijao. Populations of donkeys are also declining in North-East Brazil due to this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
During World War II, U.S. east coast cities were asked to adopt blackouts to protect shipping - but resisted them to protect tourism, giving German U-Boat crews such easy targets they called it "The Second Happy Time." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Manchurian, once one of the most important languages in East Asia, is nearly extinct and now has only 20 primary speakers and a few thousand second-language speakers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Archaeologists found traces of burnt cannabis on an altar in an ancient Jewish shrine, the first time cannabis has been identified in the Ancient Near East. Scientists believe there was sufficient THC to create a mind-altered state in those breathing the fumes. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The people of East Frisia in Germany drink more tea than anyone else in the world, at 300L per person annually. dw.com/en/its-tea-time-ho…
Decades after reunification, the former border between East and West Berlin is still visible from space at night due to differences between the streetlamps used by the two sides citymetric.com/horizons/y…
Japan has 72 distinct "micro-seasons." Each one describes a specific weather phenomenon and they include things like "first peach blossoms" and "east wind melts the ice." youtu.be/aScTn2A8hv8
An earthquake that occurs east of the Rocky Mountains can be felt at a farther distance than earthquakes that occur west of the Rocky Mountains. The Virginia Earthquake was a good example of this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
The title of the movie "Krakatoa, East of Java", a big budget Cinerama movie from 1968, is inaccurate. Krakatoa actually is west of Java, but the movie's producers thought that "East" was a more atmospheric word. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kra…
Roman Colosseum had 80 entrances 76 doors were for the public 4 of them, placed in the cardinal points, were the most important ones. Important characters entered the north and south gate. The "Gate of Life" was in the east and, in the west, "The Gate of Death." famouswonders.com/colosse…
There are two planets in the solar system that rotate east to west, those being Venus and Uranus. Venus has an axial tilt of 3 degrees, nearly spinning upright. Thus, this affects their orbit shape, and making their orbits nearly circular shaped while others are more oval shaped. solarsystem.nasa.gov/plan…
The song 'The Night Chicago Died' by Paper Lace references an east side of Chicago, which does not exist. There are North, South, and West Downtown Chicago but the east is occupied by Lake Michigan. Songwriters Peter Callender and Mitch Murray had never been to Chicago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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