The Battle of Adwa in 1896 saw Ethiopia win a decisive victory against Italy, securing Ethiopia's independence for another 40 years. In that period Ethiopia was hailed as the only surviving African state to defeat a European colonial power in open battleโ€ฆ
96% of Ethiopia's electricity is generated from hydropower.โ€ฆ
Bob Marley was buried with his Gibson "Les Paul" guitar, a soccer ball, a marijuana bud, a ring that had been given to him by the Prince Asfa Wossen of Ethiopia, and a Bible. A month before his death, he was awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit.โ€ฆ
There was an independent Jewish kingdom between the years of 325 to 1627 in Ethiopia, 321 years before Israel's foundationโ€ฆ
Ethiopia sent troops to the Korean War as part of the UN Command. Known as the Kagnew Battalions, 3,158 men served, of which 121 were killed and 538 wounded. They were never defeated in battle and not a single soldier surrendered. They were also respected for never leaving their dead behind.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the two-week long lion-hyena war over disputed territory in Ethiopia during 1999, where lions killed 35 hyenas and hyenas managed to kill six lions, with the lions eventually taking over the territory.โ€ฆ
Portuguese navigators in the early sixteenth century wanted to divert the river Nile into Ethiopia to ruin the prosperous Mamluk empire. A second plan called for the capture of Mecca and the body of the prophet Muhammad in exchange for Christian control of Jerusalem.โ€ฆ
Bride Kidnapping or "ala kachuu" as a culture still occurs in several countries such as Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, and throughout Central Asia despite being illegal. One in five women are kidnapped to be married and the subsequent babies are on average smaller due to mother's psychological distress.โ€ฆ
Ethiopia named one of it's cities squares in Addis Ababa after Mexico, because it was one of only 5 countries that refused to recognize Italy's annexation of Ethiopia during the Second Italo-Ethiopian Warโ€ฆ
In 1999 there was a week long fight between lions and hyenas in Ethiopia, that led to the deaths of 6 lions and 30 hyenas, with the military being called in.โ€ฆ
When Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1935, only Nazi Germany supported Ethiopia while the rest of the world ignored the conflictโ€ฆ
Teff, the staple food crop of Ethiopia, is a highly nutritious "superfood" like quinoa. After US and European health food trends created a huge demand for quinoa, prices skyrocketed in Bolivia, where it is a staple food. Fearing their own food shortage, Ethiopia banned the export of teff in 2006โ€ฆ
: The Ark Of The Covenant is claimed to be located in the church St. Mary of Zion in Aksum, Ethiopia. A guardian monk is appointed for life by his predecessor and then confined to the chapel of the Ark of the Covenant for the rest of his life, praying before it and offering incense.โ€ฆ
The land of Sheba (as in the place whose Queen was in both the Bible and the Quran) is now modern day Ethiopia.โ€ฆ
The earliest recorded pandemic happened in Athens during the Peloponnesian War, around 430 BC. After the disease passed through Libya, Ethiopia and Egypt, it crossed the Athenian walls as the Spartans laid siege. As much as two-thirds of the population died.โ€ฆ
The Soviet Union disapproved of Somalia's 1977 invasion of Ethiopia and so ceased its support of Somalia and started supporting Ethiopia. In response, the United States ceased its support of Ethiopia and started supporting Somalia.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the italian general Pietro Badoglio. He's responsible for the defeat of Caporetto in WWI; the use of mustard gas during the italian invasion of Ethiopia; the failed invasion of Greece, the "switch of side" and the triggering of the Italian Civil War during WWII.โ€ฆ
Ethiopia's Salt Ponds Contain One of the Few Places Life Cannot Survive on Earth: The Dallol pools are likely so hot, salty and acidic that even extremophile microbes are unable to enter.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of fascist-era Italian officer Rodolfo Graziani, known for his ruthless treatment of civilians in Africa. Ethiopia's government attempted to have him tried, but were blocked by the British and Italian governments. He was sentenced by an Italian Court for Nazi collaboration but this was commuted.โ€ฆ
Ethiopia uses a 13-month calendar and is between 7 and 8 years behind the Gregorian calendar used in the rest of world. New Years is either on August 29 or August 30.โ€ฆ
Rastafarians believe the former Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie is their God. They also believe that they will one day return to the promised land of Ethiopia to live in peace and freedom.โ€ฆ
The earliest recorded pandemic happened during the Peloponnesian War at around 430 B.C.. After the disease passed through Libya, Ethiopia and Egypt, it crossed the Athenian walls as the Spartans laid siege. As much as two-thirds of the population died.โ€ฆ
The Ethiopia uses the Coptic Calendar which is seven to eight years behind the Gregorian Calendar, meaning it is currently 2012.โ€ฆ
A fascist Italy in 1935 ended slavery in Ethiopia.โ€ฆ
Ethiopia, a country in Eastern Africa, has a population of 110 million people and is twice the size of the US state of Texasโ€ฆ
According to Some Rastafarians, Haile Selassie (The Emperor of Ethiopia) Was The Second Coming of Jesus.โ€ฆ
The flags of many African nations have the colors green, gold and red borrowed from the flag of Ethiopia, which remained outside European control during the colonial era by defeating Italy. As a result, the country drew the admiration of many newly independent states in Africa.โ€ฆ
Okra, which Louisiana Cajuns adore in their Creole seafood gumbo, most likely originated in Ethiopia and was brought to the US through the slave trade in the 1700's.โ€ฆ
A place exists called "The Gateway to Hell" in Ethiopia, one of the hottest and most alien places on the planet. The air is toxic to humans and organisms were found living in pure acid without any oxygen.โ€ฆ
Hugh Jackman started his own coffee brand and foundation called "Laughing Man" after meeting a struggling coffee farmer in Ethiopia. His goal was to provide a marketplace for farmers in developing countries to sell their goods for a fair price. Jackman donates 100% of profits.โ€ฆ
The Ethiopia had an Empire that lasted for seven centuriesโ€ฆ
Rastafarians believed Haille Selassie, then king of Ethiopia to be the second coming of Jesus. Selassie refuted this and publicly denied his immorality. Rastafarians took this as proof he was in fact Jesus. Selassie's subsequent death in 1975 resulted in a crisis of faith for many Rastafarians.โ€ฆ
In Ethiopia, day starts at sunrise. International time 06.00 is considered as 00.00 in Ethiopian time.โ€ฆ
Ethiopia is several years behind the rest of the world. Since the religious country is so strongly influenced by the Coptic Orthodox Church, it still adheres to the traditional calendar of that church, which is seven years behind the rest of the world. Currently it's November 2011 there.โ€ฆ
When Italy attacked Ethiopia, thousands of African Americans around the USA signed up to fight on behalf of the Ethiopian Government against Italy. One of those men (John Robinson) went on to Co-found Ethiopian Airlines which is still in use today.โ€ฆ
There is an island in Ethiopia where Christian Ethiopians claim to have kept the Ark of Covenant for thousands of years. It is watched over by a single man with no name known as the "Guardian" and no woman are allowed on the island for fear of "stirring the passions" of the virgins on the islandโ€ฆ
Vietnam is the 2nd largest producer of coffee in the entire world - after Brazil and well ahead of Colombia, Indonesia & Ethiopia.โ€ฆ
Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia adopted 40 Armenian Orphans from a monastery in Jerusalem 1924 and trained them to play musical instruments becoming Ethiopia's first Official orchestra.โ€ฆ
A Russian man called Nikolay Leontiev brought the weaponry to Ethiopia that saw them defeat Italy in the First Italo-Ethiopian war. In gratitude, Emperor Menelik II made him the first 'count' of the Ethiopian Empire.โ€ฆ
Malik Ambar, a former slave from Ethiopia ruled in India as prime minister in the late 1600sโ€ฆ
The most prized delicacy in Ethiopia is raw meat. Ox is the most common meat consumed raw but the more expensive goat is gaining momentum. Despite official health warnings, Ethiopians still prefer to buy their animals live and slaughter them at homeโ€ฆ
The saltiest body of water in the world is a volcanic pond in Ethiopia that formed during an earthquake in 2005. Its water is yellow and releases gases that kill small animals that get close to it.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Solomonic dynasty who claimed descent from the Biblical king Solomon, and ruled in modern day Ethiopia and Eritrea for over 1000 years until they were overthrown in a coup 1974.โ€ฆ
Ethiopia operates on the Eritrean calendar, which usually is 7-8 years behind the Gregorian calendar used by most of the world. It's currently 2012 there.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Ariana Austin, an American woman who became an African princess in Oct. 2017. She married Yoel Makonnen, grandson of the last Emperor of Ethiopia & direct descendant of King Solomon & the Queen of Sheba. Prince Yoel, who met Ariana at a club in DC, initially kept his royal status a secret.โ€ฆ
One commercial pilot, Leul Abate, had been the victim of 3 separate hijackings. During the third, the hijackers demanded he fly to Australia from Ethiopia, even after he told them they only had fuel for a few hours. They refused to listen so he had to ditch the plane in the ocean.โ€ฆ
The record for most passengers ever carried by a commercial airliner is 1,088, by an El Al Boeing 747 during Operation Solomon, which involved the evacuation of Ethiopian Jews from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and started on 24 May 1991. This figure included two babies born on the flight.โ€ฆ
Ethiopia uses a different new year, and that their new year is on September 11th, instead of December 31st. ALso, it has a 13th month of 5 or 6 extra timekeeping days.โ€ฆ
Electricity was introduced to Ethiopia in 1896 after Emperor Menelik II ordered two newly invented electric chairs as a form of humane capital punishment and realized they were useless in his country without electricityโ€ฆ
Ethiopia contributes the greatest number of peacekeepers to the UN as of 30 April 2019.โ€ฆ

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