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…
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…
Jaguars once roamed throughout the Southwestern US and as as far east as Arkansas and Louisiana. In 2016, one was spotted in Arizona. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Perth is the most remote major city in the world. Perth is so isolated that it is quicker, easier, and cheaper to fly to Bali then to fly to the east coast. The nearest city of at least 100,000 people is Adelaide, around 1300 miles away. theguardian.com/cities/20…
Since it can't match the Earth's rotational speed, a westward plane technically travels east β€” just like the entire planet beneath it. It just has engines that help it travel east a little more slowly than everything else, making it move west relative to the ground. discovery.com/science/Ear…
Between 1967 and 1989 East Germany sent a massive amount of arms to ANYONE at war with Israel - to the tune of three quarters of a million Klashnikovs, 120 MiG fighters, 180,000 anti-personell mines, 235,000 grenades; 25,000 RPG launchers; and 25 million cartridges of varying sizes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Und…
Today I learned about the growing North American problem of jumping worms brought in from East Asia. They disturb the soil which then erode easily, dries out quickly, and generally makes poor habitat for many plants theatlantic.com/science/a…
The world records for women's and men's discus throw is held by two East Germans. Furthermore the woman's world record, held by Gabriele Reinsch, is 76.80m making it 2.72m further than the men's world record, held by JΓΌrgen Schult, which is 74.08m. (Note: a woman's discus is lighter 1kg vs. 2kg) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
I learned in 1963 someone in east Berlin escaped to west Berlin by stealing a tank and driving it through the Berlin wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wol…
Streets generally run East to West and Avenues generally run North to South. joeheidt.com/blog/differe…
Benny Medina created The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air after growing up poor in East LA. His life changed when he befriended a rich white teenager, whose family lived in Beverly Hills and allowed Medina to live with them. Medina decided to change the rich white family to a rich black family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Air traffic controllers direct commercial flights to fly at β€œeven” or β€œodd” levels. The general rule in most parts of the world is aircraft going east will fly at odd levels, ie 35’000 feet, while aircraft heading west will fly even levels, ie 34’000 feet. thepointsguy.com/guide/up…
The Stasi, East Germany's secret police force, employed around 90,000 full-time staff, assisted by around 170,000 unofficial informants and countless other occasional collaborators. It is estimated that there was one agent or informant for every 6.5 people living in the GDR. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
The Soviet Union built a secret city east of Moscow for the purpose of Cosmonaut training. Top Secret for 31 years, since 1960, it became public in 1991, and moved to civilian ownership in 2008. Today, for $90,000 you can tour Star City and experience a 10 day Cosmonaut training session. slate.com/human-interest/…
Radio and TV stations don't have random letters assigned. The K prefix is for stations west of the Mississippi River, and the W prefix is for stations east of the Mississippi River. Military stations use the prefix N. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
There is a second Jewish territory in the world in addition to Israel: the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, a small part of Russia in the far south-east near Japan/China/North Korea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jew…
Marshall Mabey was a $1 a day NYC tunnel worker called "Sandmen". On Feb 19 he was working under the East River where the tunnel was pressurized to prevent cave ins. A crack in the ceiling vented Mabey up through the mud, the East River and 25 feet into the air. He lived and was uninjured. husheduphistory.com/post/…
The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake slightly altered the Earth's rotation, shortening the length of a day by 2.68 microseconds. It also caused the Earth to minutely "wobble" on its axis by up to 25 mm in the direction of 145Β° east longitude. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Wild parrots lived in the eastern United States until 1918. The Carolina parakeet was a colorful, but poisonous bird that was native to areas as far east as the Atlantic coast, and as far north as Wisconsin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The 1910s and 1920s are the only two decades when the median center of U.S. population moved east, instead of west. census.gov/library/visual…
The Berlin Wall was not the border between East and West Germany. The City of Berlin was in the middle of East Germany but had several zones controlled by the Western Allies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
As one of only a handful of equatorial states, Uganda is ideally cited for a spaceport to launch satellites into geostationary orbit, but this option has never been pursued. The only one ever active in East Africa, is the Broglio Space Centre located off the coast of neighboring Kenya unoosa.org/documents/pdf/…
A village in far east India where around 50000 Amur falcons were hunted every roosting season till 2012 has now become 'Falcon Capital of the World' and migrating population has quadrupled from 2012 level. bbc.com/news/world-asia-i…
In 1967's West Germany, a student that protested the ruler of Persia was shot dead by police, which sparked mass-demonstrations and unrest across the whole republic. Decades later it was revealed that the policeman responsible for the killing was actually an East German secret agent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
There were two versions of the Japanese Rising Sun flag--one with the sun centered (Imperial Army) and off-center (Imperial Navy). Both are seen as symbols of domination and are generally considered insulting in parts of China, Korea, and other parts of East Asia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ris…
The Guugu Yimithirr, an Australian Aboriginal tribe, don't use terms like "left" and "right". Instead they use the geographical directions "north, east, south and west". That means, that there can't be confusions about your left or my left, since the directions are absolute for everyone en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guu…
The files the Stasi had maintained on millions of East Germans were laid open in the 1990s, meaning any former citizen can view their personal file on request bstu.de/en/access-to-reco…
Today I learned of Clifford Stoll a sysadmin who’d tracked a $0.75 accounting error back to a an East German spy ring in one of the first documented cases of a computer break-in. youtube.com/watch?v=hTx9h…
Today I learned of the Dingo Fence- A 5614 km (3488 mile) fence built in the 1880s to keep Dingos out of South East Australia. The fence is one of the longest structure in the world and is still up today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
The Soviet Union won the 10th Correspondence Chess Olympiad, which started in 1987 and ended in... 1995. East Germany took 3rd. iccf.com/event?id=38679
The first ever east-west transatlantic flight (1919) included two stowaways, a rejected crew member named Will Ballantyne and a tabby kitten named "Whoopsie" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R33…
In the 1780s an Indian king named Tipu Sultan was the first person ever to effectively use Iron cased rockets against the British East India Company. Later in 1800s British adopted this technology and fought with it in Napoleonic wars en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mys…
The Class of ’75 at Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, MD held their Senior Prom in the East Room of the White House and the event was covered by the Washington Post. ghostsofdc.org/2012/02/07…
The biggest tea drinkers in the world are the East Frisians in the north west of Germany, consuming on average 300 liters (~79 gallons) of tea per person per year. nytimes.com/2013/02/24/tr…
Benjamin Franklin became a vegetarian as a teenager. His correspondence with the East India Company merchant James Flint is believed to contain the first documented use of the word "tofu" in the English language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Today I learned about Serica, a silk-producing country in East Asia whose existence the Ancient Greek and Romans were aware of. It was probably modern northern China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
In 1793, 12 years before the much more famous Lewis & Clark Expedition, a Scottish explorer named Sir Alexander Mackenzie made the first successful east to west trek across North America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
German-Italian microcar BMW Isetta was modified to hide a person inside the engine bay in order to escape unsuspecting East German border police. Nine people were able to defect successfully before being discovered. bmw.com/en/automotive-lif…
Hobby Lobby was fined $3,000,000 for the illegal smuggling of over 5,500 cuneiform tablets from the middle east en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hob…
Today I learned about the so-called Orphan Train. Over several decades, a quarter of a million street children from the overcrowded east coast were sent to families in middle America. mobituaries.com/the-podca…
Because of jet streams being predominantly west-east, flights towards the east are faster than towards the west. As an example, flying from New York to London takes 6h 55m, whereas flying from London to New York takes 8h 15m on average. skybrary.aero/index.php/J…
Today I learned about KΓ€the Heusermann - assistant to Adolf Hitler's dentist. She was the reason the Soviet intelligence knew Hitler was dead for certain. She was imprisoned for 6 years in Moscow and sent to hard labour in Siberia for 4 years before being allowed to return to East Germany. youtu.be/2QSXKDCFh7o
Today I learned of water puppetry where puppets on water are used to tell popular stories or folktales. It originated in 11th century east Asia in the flooded rice fields en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
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…
The East German Government called the Berlin wall the "anti-fascist protective rampart" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Today I learned about the Roosevelt Island Tramway is an aerial tramway in New York City that spans the East River and connects Roosevelt Island to the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The tramway is the first commuter aerial tramway in North America, having opened in 1976. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roo…
In 1986 a man named John R. MacDougall jammed HBO on the East Coast for almost 5 minutes, affecting 8 million people, all to protest their rates for satellite dish owners en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
The most successful football (soccer) team in East Germany was SC Dynamo Berlin. The President of the club was also the head of the STASI secret police. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SC_…
A point mutation that goes by the name EDAR explains why east asians have thicker hair, more sweat glands, and why east asian women have smaller breasts nytimes.com/2013/02/15/sc…
Today I learned about Karayuki-san, name given to poor young Japanese girls and women who were tricked and trafficked to destinations in East Asia, Russia and British India. The word literally meant 'Ms. Gone Abroad' and in Russian Far East these girls were used on cover missions for intelligence gathering en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
In the 1970s in East Germany, Coffee rationing due to failed harvest and the introduction of "Mix Kaffee" (A 51% coffee, 49% filler mixture) was received so poorly that the East German Government started trading arms to Asia and Africa in Exchange for Coffee en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Atlantic brants are medium-sized marine geese that can be seen in inshore waters along the U.S. east coast from Maine to Georgia as well as in parts of Europe. Also called brent geese or pale-bellied brants, they mainly eat eel grass, sea lettuce and seaweed in shallow tidal estuaries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
The barge 'Akademik Lomonosov' in the Russian Far East is the world's first floating nuclear power station. It is also the world's northernmost nuclear power plant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aka…
Samoa lost a day at the end of 2011. By choosing to have the International Dateline moved from their East to West, Samoa jumped from Thursday to Saturday. cnn.com/2011/12/27/world/…
The accidental introduction of the Yellow Crazy ant has devastated the populations of Christmas Island red crabs. In an effort led by researchers from La Trobe University and Parks Australia, predatory wasps from South-East Asia were introduced to combat the invasive ant supercolonies. abc.net.au/news/2019-01-1…
The city of West Berlin was an "enclave" (fully surrounded by East Germany) -- Far away from West Germany. The Berlin Wall was not just a dividing line, but instead it formed a circle around the whole city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
Cuba sent 35 thousand troops to Angola in east Africa from 1975 to 1991. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cub…
The majority of the world's population is lactose intolerant. About 65% of the world is lactose intolerant because the ability to digest large amounts of lactose sugars came from special genes we inherited from our milk drinking ancestors. In east Asia up to 90% of people are intolerant. food-intolerance-network.…
Today I learned about "Canada 2", an ambitious plan that attracted government interest in the 1960s to build a "second Canada": a new east-west corridor in Canada's north. nationalpost.com/news/can…
Loofah Sponges are the interior of a gourd native to South East Asia. The young fruit is often grown as a food crop, and when the gourds mature, they get a hard fibrous interior which are often sold as cleaning sponges. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luf…
A 1970s East German currency shortage lead to the modern Vietnamese coffee industry en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
East German actress Heidemarie Wenzel's career came to an abrupt end when her husband defected to the West in 1986. She was refused an exit visa to join him and had to support herself as a church secretary. In 1988 she was finally given permission to leave. ecommerce.umass.edu/defa/…
If an Interstate is an odd number, it runs North and South and even numbered Interstates run East and West. kurumi.com/roads/3di/3di-…
The streets in Manhattan don't run North-South. They aren't even close. As you head "uptown", you are moving 29 degrees to the East of due-north. nytimes.com/2006/07/02/ny…
The full name of the country of Uruguay is "The Oriental Republic of Uruguay". Oriental meaning that the country lies to the east of the Uruguay River. answers.com/Q/Why_is_Urug…
During the 1956, 1960, and 1964 Olympiads East and West Germany Competed as One Team, Earning 137 Medals en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Palm trees are known to grow in the west of Scotland thanks to the effects of the Gulf Stream, which transports warm tropical water to the area. In contrast, the tree has proven notoriously difficult to grow in the colder east. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
Throughout the 70s and 80s, East Germany ran a massive Olympic doping program and it was wildly successful, breaking records and winning hundreds of medals en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dop…
A 2018 Harvard genetic study found that the South East of England became genetically distinct from the north at the same time as the Roman colonization of Britannia pointing for the first time to evidence of Roman mixture with Iron Age Britons. telegraph.co.uk/science/2…
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wanted the Soviet Union to keep its troops to East Germany to prevent German reunification spiegel.de/international/…
In February 1961, East Orange, NJ police arrested 14 people from their beds at home after midnight. Their crime was failing to return library books that were more than four months overdue. nytimes.com/1964/07/25/ar…
At the time when countries in East Asia was colonized by European countries and Philippines by the United States, Japan proposed the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, to create a self-sufficient "bloc of Asian nations led by the Japanese and free of Western powers". wikipedia.org/wiki/Greate…
In 1975 a US soldier in West Berlin captured the successful escape of 15-year-old Frank Krause over the Berlin Wall using a home-made ladder. Although Frank made it to the West, he was later returned to East Germany and his whereabouts since remain unknown. expressdigest.com/photos-…
Today I learned about PS General Slocum, a passenger steamboat that burned and sank into the East River in 1904. An estimated 1,021 of the 1,342 passengers died, the largest loss of life in terms of disaster in NYC until 9/11. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PS_…
Even though the country of East Germany collapsed in 1989, had a max population of 18 million, and only competed in 5 Summer Olympics, East Germany won 153 gold medals, which is still 9th highest of all time. topendsports.com/events/s…
There is no mention of "3 Kings" or "3 Wise Men" in the Bible. Rather, an unspecified number of "wise men from the east" are described as visiting Jesus. gotquestions.org/three-wi…
Roald Dahl, while stationed in America in World War 2, slept with countless high society women while gathering intelligence. According to one socialite friend, Dahl had a β€œwhole stable” of women, and β€œhe slept with everybody on the east and west coasts that had more than $50,000 a year." telegraph.co.uk/culture/b…
Today I learned On Jan. 1, 1998, Toronto’s amalgamation took effect, merging the six previous municipalities that made up Metro Toronto – Etobicoke, Scarborough, York, East York, North York, and the City of Toronto, into a new singular City of Toronto. theglobeandmail.com/news/…
In 2013, Britney Spear’s music was used by British Naval Officers to ward off Somali Pirates in the east coast of Africa. According to one officer: β€œAs soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can." theguardian.com/music/201…
US soldier William Thompson raced a tank into East Berlin in 1974 and almost sparking conflict. The tank and Thompson were later returned to the US. the-berlin-wall.com/video…
Just outside Albuquerque you can drive East on Route 66 and hit a rumble strip that plays "America The Beautiful" if you drive the speed limit, turning the wheels of your car into a phonograph thesingingroad.com/
Today I learned of the Malay Annals, a 15th century history of the Malacca Sultanate (located in today's Malacca Straight). The work traces the genealogy of its rulers, and claim they are descendants of "Raja Iskandar Zulkarnain", a man we call Alexander The Great! From Macedonia all the way to South East Asia! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
The land East of the Chesapeake Bay, the Delmarva peninsula, was named by combining the names of the 3 US States that make up it's mass: DELaware, MARyland and VirginiA en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
Upon seeing Hitler drive through town in a Black Mercedes, citizens of KΓΆnigsberg, East Prussia went into such a frenzy of admiration that some rolled on the ground as though they were experiencing seizures, while others ran to nearby bushes and defecated, unable to control their bowels technologyreview.com/s/41…
Professor Roland Oliver's research showed that there was no academic study of African history, only the study of Europeans in Africa. Oliver later became lecturer in the tribal history of East Africa at SOAS, marking the beginnings of the contemporary academic field of African history soas.ac.uk/research/our_r…
Pakistani leader Jinnah declared that β€œUrdu, and only Urdu” embodied the spirit of Muslim nation and would remain as the state language. He delivered his β€œUrdu-only” policy in East Pakistan, which caused the province to separate into Bangladesh asianage.com/india/all-in…
Thailand is the only country in south-east Asia to have escaped colonial rule. In WWII, Japan tried to invade Thailand. Despite fierce fighting, it lasted only five hours before ending in a ceasefire. Thailand and Japan then formed an alliance, making Thailand part of the Axis' alliance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Today I learned about Γ†thelthryth, an East Anglian princess who convinced her new husband to respect her vow of perpetual virginity en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
Butter sticks are differently shaped and packaged differently depending on whether you live east or west of the Rocky Mountains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
Today I learned of the Manhattanhenge an event during which the setting sun or the rising sun is aligned with the east–west streets of the main street grid of Manhattan, New York City. The term was coined by Neil deGrasse Tyson en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
In spring of 1942 German U-boats terrorized east coast of US sinking fuel tankers and cargo ships with impunity and often within sight of shore and in less than 7 months destroyed 22 percent of the tanker fleet and sank 233 ships killing 5,000 ...more than 2X number who perished at Pearl Harbor. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
East Lake, Wuhan, is the largest or the second largest urban lake in China. Each year, about 441 tons of nitrogen and 40 tons of phosphorus flow into the lake. Most parts of the lake have been assessed as eutrophicated, unsuitable for drinking and many recreational purposes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Most cities have poorer areas in the east, due to prevailing winds carrying smoke and odours that way during the industrial revolution. theguardian.com/cities/20…
Today I learned of Chalons-Vatry Airport which markets itself as 'Paris-Vatry Airport' using the tagline 'So Close, So Fast'. The airport is located 150km east of Paris with a journey time of 1hr 30 to the French capital. parisvatry.com/en/
At its height, the Dutch East India Company was worth roughly the same amount as the GDPs of modern-day Japan ($4.8T) and Germany ($3.4T) added together. businessinsider.com/how-t…
Today I learned about Filippo Reef, a phantom reef in the Pacific Ocean about 280 miles east of Starbuck Island. It has a estimated depth of 2 feet and is thought to be 1 mile long. It has only been seen once in 1886 by the man it is named after. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil…
In 1945, at the United Nations Conference on International Organisation, the USSR requested that all 15 Soviet Republics be made members of the UN to better represent the people of the east. The US countered this by requesting that all 50 US states be made members of the UN. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Amanita muscaria was widely used as an entheogen by many of the indigenous peoples of Siberia. In Western Siberia it was restricted to shamans, who used it to achieve their trance state. In East Siberia the shaman would ingest it, and others would drink his urine, it was considered more potent. blog.crazyaboutmushrooms.…
Far East cultures have a measurement similar to the inch, but slightly longer because it's based on the second segment of the thumb instead of the second segment of the index finger which was the inspiration for the Western inch. Called in China: "cun" or "tsun", Japan: "sun" and Korea: "chon". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cun…
The town of Jackson, MS was burned down three times during the Civil War. The first two by Grant and Sherman during the campaign to take Vicksburg. The third after the fall of Vicksburg when Sherman took command of the Western troops and began his march toward the east and Atlanta. jacksonfreepress.com/news…

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