There are no Wendy's in Europe due to a local Dutch snackbar owner owning the Wendy's trademark in Europe. They have been in a legal battle for years and Dutch courts side with the snackbar every time. gourmandize.com/article-8…
The price of bread was commonly regulated across medieval Europe. As bread was essential to the lives of medieval peoples, these laws protected common people from fraudulent bakers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
Babylonians were using a rudimentary form of calculus to calculate Jupiter’s displacement each day along the ecliptic, the path that the sun appears to trace through the stars. Historians had thought such techniques did not emerge until more than 1400 years later, in 14th century Europe. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
In 1990, Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland were to be married - but Julia ran away to Europe with Kiefer's best friend. Humiliated, Kiefer took solace in steer roping. And despite breaking three fingers at his first rodeo he persevered to become a tournament-winning rider on the rodeo circuit. theguardian.com/film/2006…
One of the German Generals who occupied France during WWII refused to destroy Paris, and then attempted to overthrow Hitler. He was later promoted to Supreme Commander of NATO forces in Central Europe, and given a French Palace as his headquarters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Squanto was taken from his home village, transported to Europe, conscripted into slavery, escaped and made his way back to his homeland, only to find he was the last of his tribe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
31 million people in Europe do not have access to basic sanitation, 48 million people do not have piped water at home, and more than 300,000 people still practice open defecation, mainly in the countryside. sdg.iisd.org/news/who-and…
Feral rabbits are a big problem in Australia. It started by Thomas Austin. He had 24 rabbits sent to him from Europe for his game of hunting parties in 1859. In 7 years, those 24 rabbits became 14,000. Now there are about 200 million wild rabbits down under. nationalgeographic.org/ar…
Bounty is a candy bar made by Mars and sold in Canada and Europe made with coconut covered with milk chocolate. If this sounds familiar to Americas, it is similar to the Mounds bar except Mounds is made with dark chocolate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bou…
The Gorkhas, soldiers native to the Kingdom of Gorkha, present-day Nepal, are well known for their fearlessness and combat prowess. They wield the signature Khukuri knife, a forward-curving traditional Nepali knife. In WWII, they fought with Allies against Axis powers in Asia and Europe. abc.net.au/news/2018-06-0…
Fireball Cinnamon Whisky has different formulas for Europe and North America. This is because Norway, Finland, and Sweden recalled Fireball in 2014 due to the levels of propylene glycol, an ingredient found in antifreeze. The FDA still asserted that the levels of propylene glycol are safe. latimes.com/food/dailydis…
Shampoo is a word derived from "champu" which is made from shikakai , hibiscus, arappu (Albizzia amara) in India. Colonial traders cleansed hair, body daily with it and introduced it in Europe after returning from India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
In 1917 when Shackleton found rescue from a doomed expedition he took to the Antarctic in August, 1914, he asked how the war turned out. The answer was "the war isn't over. Millions are dead. Europe is mad. The world is mad." todayinhistory.blog/2017/…
Michelin stars, published in the annual Michelin Red Guide, are awarded by the French tyre company Michelin, who began publishing the travel guide in Europe in 1900 to encourage new drivers to take road trips to local attractions and increase the demand for cars and, accordingly, car tyres. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The historical legacy of Christopher Columbus is not that he discovered America: he was not the first to get there. Columbus's voyages brought the Americas to the attention of Europe at a time ripe for Europe to act upon, thus initiating enduring association between the two continents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Reindeer and Caribou are the same animal. In Europe, they are called reindeer. In North America, the animals are called caribou if they are wild and reindeer if they are domesticated. blog.nature.org/science/2…
Some people in rural Eastern Europe historically opted not to identify with a particular nationality and instead self-identified as β€œtutejsy”, meaning β€œfrom here”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tut…
Europe lost an area of land, now submerged beneath the southern North Sea, that connected Great Britain to continental Europe. It was flooded by rising sea levels around 6500–6200 BC. nationalgeographic.org/ma…
One in three women in Europe inherited the receptor for progesterone from Neandertalsβ€”a gene variant associated with increased fertility, fewer bleedings during early pregnancy, fewer miscarriages. and birthing more children. phys.org/news/2020-05-wom…
Around the same time Arabic numerals began to reach northwestern Europe, Cistercian monks developed their own numeral system that could express any number up to 9,999 in a single character. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cis…
The eggplant got it's name from the way it looked like when it arrived in Europe - oval, small and white, like a chicken's egg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg…
It is thought that the genes for light skin appeared in Anatolia (the westernmost protrusion of Asia) by about 8,500 years ago, & only became widespread in Europe by about 5,000 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lig…
The Italian mafia group β€˜Ndrangheta brought in an estimated 44 Billion Euros in 2007, which was 2.9% of Italy’s entire GDP. With drug trafficking making up nearly 2/3rds of their income, it is estimated that the group imports 80% of Europe’s entire cocaine supply. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%27…
Haiti was the wealthiest colony in the French empire. Before the Haitian revolution, Haiti produced around 40% of sugar and 60% of coffee imported to Europe. slaveryandremembrance.org…
Today I learned of Theophilus, a German Monk who wrote the first significant work in Medieval Europe on the quenching process used by blacksmiths. He recommended tempering tools in the urine of a small, red-headed boy. researchgate.net/publicat…
The potato was 1st domesticated in the region of modern-day southern Peru & extreme northwestern Bolivia between 8000 & 5000 BC. It arrived in Europe sometime before the end of the 16th century by two different ports of entry: the first in Spain around 1570, and the second via the British Isles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In Medieval Europe, almost no one ate breakfast for its association with gluttony and fear of being labeled "low status". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Around 650 residents in the town of Coria del RΓ­o, Spain have the surname JapΓ³n (Japan). They are the descendants of 6 samurai who traveled to Europe in the early 17th century and set up an embassy: wikipedia.org/wiki/Coria_…
The bullet lodged inside President Garfield likely didn't cause his death. At the time, Joseph Lister's ideas about germs had been widely accepted in Europe, but American doctors were still sceptical. Garfield's doctors used unsterilised instruments, causing an infection which killed him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The construction of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe was put on hold for a while after they realized that the graffiti-resistant coating was being sourced from the same company the Nazis bought their Zyklon B from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
The first full week in January has a higher mortality rate than at other times of the year throughout Europe. It's not known quite why this is as the deaths can't be fully explained due to temperature or social-economic status. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-2…
The "queen" in chess used to be the "advisor" which could only move one square diagonally. It wasn't until chess was brought to Europe and the rise of female monarchs during the 15th century was the "advisor" replaced with the "queen". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
The oldest known oil paintings were found inside caves in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. Dating from the 6th century AD, the paintings show scenes of Buddhas in vermilion robes and mythical creatures. Oil wasn’t added to paint in Europe until the 13th century. reuters.com/article/us-af…
Nuclear weapon researchers in WW2 believed that a secret message, MAUD RAY KENT (Radium Taken), was sent from Europe saying that Germans were stealing the radium to produce the bomb. It turns out that Maud Ray actually referred to Neils Bohrβ€˜s maid who lived in Kent, England. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAU…
77% of Russia's land area is Asia but 77% of Russians live in Europe. nationsonline.org/oneworl…
The year 536 is considered by some scholars to be the worst year ever to be alive due to volcanos, extreme weather, and famine throughout Europe and Asia sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
Plate armor and firearms had coexisted for over 300 years in Europe. Armor had been in an arms race against firearms during that time, and it wasn't until the 16th century that full body armor was phased out in favor of prioritizing protection of vitals. metmuseum.org/toah/hd/aam…
A wave of Jew-burning swept through Western Europe in the beginning of the Black Death (1348-50). Localities with those pogroms were: 6 times more likely to attack jews, had 1.5 times more votes for the nazi party and reported more jews than other localities almost 600 years later. nber.org/system/files/wor…
Between years 4000 and 3500 BCE the Tripolye culture centered around modern Moldova in Eastern Europe have built the largest settlements in the world at the time, inhabited by 20,000 to 46,000 people. Cities of this size only reappeared in Mesopotamia a millenium later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuc…
The first message sent across the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable, on August 16, 1858, read, "Directors of Atlantic Telegraph Company, Great Britain, to Directors in America:β€”Europe and America are united by telegraph. Glory to God in the highest; on earth peace, good will towards men." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
As a result of German colonial rule, Namibia has the highest per capita beer consumption outside of Europe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Great grey owl is so elusive, it was first "discovered" by Europeans exploring Canada, despite the fact that the species exists in Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Violet Bonham Carter, friend of Winston Churchill and grandmother of actress Helena Honham Carter, actively spoke at anti-fascist gatherings in efforts to inform the public about the dangers of fascism growing in Europe. wikipedia.org/wiki/Violet…
Today I learned about the Battle of Talas which occurred in 751 AD. An engagement between the Abbasid Caliphate and the Tibetan empire against the Chinese Tang Dynasty. The Chinese were defeated and prisoners captured handed over paper making technology which spread across the Middle East and eventually Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Continental Europe did not have a daily television soap opera until 'Goede tijden, slechte tijden' began in 1990 in The Netherlands. GTST was a remake of Australian soap 'The Restless Years' but the storyline started diverging in season three en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goe…
In the Mughal Empire, which ruled South Asia in the 16th-18th centuries, the living standard and per-capita income were higher than in Britain (the highest in Europe); the price of grain was far lower than in Britain; and in 1600, 15% lived in urban areas - in Britain in 1700 it was only 13% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mug…
In Europe, 10 percent of all industrial electricity consumption is to produce compressed air en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
It is estimated that over 4 years, 45-60% of the European population died of Black Death. Florence's tax records suggest that 80% of the city's population died within 4 months in 1348. It repeatedly returned to Europe and the Mediterranean throughout the 14th to 17th centuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Newton’s development of the Universal Law of Gravity over 300 years ago led at least indirectly to the ending of the practice of burning witches in Europe pairagraph.com/dialogue/7…
Today I learned of Dorothy Thompson, an American journalist working in Europe in the 1930's. She was granted an interview with Adolf Hitler in 1931, after which she referred to him as "... insecureβ€”the very prototype of the Little Man." She eventually became the first American journalist expelled from Germany getpocket.com/explore/ite…

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