During the early years of the Tour de France, guzzling alarming amounts of alcohol was the norm. Beer, wine, and brandy were considered safer to drink than water from questionable roadside wells or springs, and cyclists drank copiously. outsideonline.com/2099916…
There is a forest in France with wild wallabies. The Australian marsupials, which resemble small kangaroos, escaped from an enclosure in the 70s and have been thriving in the wild ever since. abc.net.au/news/2015-08-0…
There's a 460 square miles area in France called the Zone Rouge containing so much human and animal remains and millions of items of unexploded classic and chemical ordnance from WW1. It's been legally defined as Impossible to clean - Human life impossible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zon…
In 1967, Paul McCartney forgot his passport when travelling to France to shoot a music video. He told the agents, β€˜You know who I am so why do you need to see a photograph of me in a passport?’ And was let through. beatlesbible.com/1967/10/…
A woman in France received a telephone bill of nearly 12 quadrillion euros. The phone company initially told her there was nothing they could do to amend the statement and offered to set up instalments to pay off the bill. Eventually, they admitted their mistake, and waived it altogether bbc.com/news/world-europe…
When George Washington died, Napoleon Bonaparte of France gave a personal eulogy and ordered a ten day mourning period for France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Edward the Black Prince (1330-1376) was regarded by his English contemporaries as a model of chivalry and one of the greatest knights of his age. He is on the other hand remembered in France for his well documented brutality and the massacres he ordered en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Perp walks (perpetrator walks) are illegal in France, as it is illegal to publish pictures of an identifiable person in handcuffs or police custody unless they have been convicted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
, in order to popularize potatoes in France, a pharmacist by the name of Antoine-Augustin Parmentier acquired a large plot of land from the king and hired guards to watch over them with instructions to allow thieves to get away. The plan worked and the potatoes helped fight off famine. farmersalmanac.com/parmen…
The Nazis massacred an entire village in France (Oradour-sur-Glane), killing 642 people, including 247 children. Unlike other Nazi village massacre sites, which were razed or rebuilt and marked by monuments or fields of roses, the charred remains of the village have been left untouched. theguardian.com/world/201…
Since 2017 Six Flags over Texas only flies U.S. flags. It used to fly the Six Flag of the nations that used to rule Texas (France, Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate "Stars and Bars" (not the battle flag) and the US Flag) wfaa.com/article/news/ent…
By 1930 doping was so prevalent and accepted in the Tour de France that the organizers felt compelled to inform the cyclists in the official rulebook that drugs would not be provided. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dop…
In 16th century France, a lawyer successfully defended a group of rats in a court of law, which accused them of eating the barley-crop of local farmers. The court put up posters in nearby towns summoning the rats to court and asked the townspeople to move their cats indoors for their safety . duhaime.org/LawMuseum/Law…
The world's oldest international border is Andorra's 120km border with France and Spain which was fixed in a feudal charter signed on 8 September 1278 moverdb.com/world-border-…
One Canadian tank, nicknamed "Bomb," never missed a day of service from when it landed in Normandy on D-Day until the surrender of Germany, firing over 6,000 rounds and taking two enemy hits across France, Belgium, and the Netherlands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
Of every recorded battle in history, France has won the most battles as a country followed by the UK. Poland is also ahead of Rome by a hundred recorded battle victories. youtube.com/watch?v=HK5Os…
The last person to be sentenced to death before abolition in France was executed by guillotine in 1977. He was the last person to be lawfully executed by beheading anywhere in the Western world. Following the law of 1791 in France : "All condemned to death will have their heads cut off". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
The president of France is also the Co-Prince of Andorra, a sovereign microstate on the border of France and Spain. Currently, it is a legal diarchy ruled by the Bishop of Urgell and the President of the French Republic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
During WWII, France and the United Kingdom nearly unified into one nation, sharing defence, foreign, financial and economic policies, as well as citizenship. The French cabinet rejected the union, one member calling it "fusion with a corpse". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Louis-Antoine of France was crowned on August 2th 1830, but renounced his position only 20 minutes after coronation, making him the shortest-reigning king in history. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The 1980 film Airplane! was released as "The Incredible Journey in a Crazy Plane" in Germany; "The Craziest Plane in the World" in Italy; and some variation of "Is There a Pilot on This Plane?" in France, Croatia, and Peru oversixty.asia/entertainm…
Today I learned about the Totnes Orange Race. It's an event held every year where people chase oranges down a street. It's based on a story involving Sir Frances Drake bumping into a delivery of oranges which caused children to chase after them since they were an expensive fruit at the time. visittotnes.co.uk/1704-2/
In 1920 a young American woman found a financial sponsor though a newspaper, traveled to France, and learned how to become a stunt pilot. She returned to the US as the first woman in the country to hold a pilots license. She was of African and Native American descent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bes…
After the invasion of Czechoslovakia, Britain, France, and the USSR tried entering a formal military alliance to counter Nazi Germany. They were unable to because Poland refused to allow Soviet troops on their land en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
John Adams is considered the Father of the American Navy. Founding it during the Quasi-War, a non-declared war between America and post-revolution France. Adams believed in peace and neutrality, but felt such goals could only be obtained if backed by the ability for America to defend itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
The United States military published a handbook entitled "112 Gripes about the French" for enlisted personnel arriving in France after WWII Liberation in order to ease the growing tension between the American military and the French marshallfoundation.org/li…
The War on Calico Cloth started in 17th Century France with penalties for possession ranging from imprisonment to years as a galley slave, and even death for smuggling vpostrel.com/articles/bef…
Texas is larger than France. mylifeelsewhere.com/count…
Frances Glessner Lee created 19 intricately designed dollhouse style dioramas called the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death and set up a department of legal medicine at Harvard University with her inheritance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut…
A French father and daughter recorded a song called Lemon Incest, about an impossible physical love between an adult and his child. The music video featured them posed provocatively on a bed, half dressed. The song went to #2 in France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lem…
Mozzarella sticks originate in 14th century Medieval France where a recipe for fried cheese sticks appeared in a book titled "Le MΓ©nagier de Paris." It was a guidebook on women's proper behavior. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moz…
Today I learned of Marian 'Joe' Carstairs b 1900 London. She dressed as a man, had tattoos, drove ambulances in WWI France, had affairs with Garbo & Dietrich, inherited a Standard Oil fortune, became a successful powerboat racer, employed 100s of Bahamians, died at 93 and was buried with doll Lord Tod Wadley en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
Napoleon had a healthy obsession with Australia his whole life. Had he won at Waterloo he intended to name part of Australia β€œTerre NapolΓ©on” (Napoleon Land) and brought back 200+ species of Australian flora and fauna to France, making JosephinΓ© the first person in history to breed black swans. ngv.vic.gov.au/media_rele…
The La Bonnotte potato from France can cost $300 per pound and are only grown on Noirmoutier Island, a little speck in the ocean near the city of La Rochelle in Charente-Maritime. thegoodlifefrance.com/mos…
Hotel Arbez, in the village of La Cure, is divided between Switzerland and France: the bed in the honeymoon suite is bisected by the border, as is the dining room; the lower half of the main stairway lies in France, the upper half in Switzerland; and the bar is entirely located in France en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
Lightsabre duels are an official sport in France. theguardian.com/film/2019…
In 1793, Thomas Jefferson requested a 1kg copper cylinder from France, to be used as a weight standard in adopting the metric system in the United States. The ship carrying the copper was blown off course into the Caribbean, where it was looted by pirates. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
In 19th-century France, it was a symbol of free thinking to hold a sausage-eating party on Good Friday. officeholidays.com/facts/…
Beethoven wanted to dedicate his third symphony to Napolean. But when Napolean crowned himself the Emperor of France, Beethoven was outraged and changed the name of the symphony to Sinfonia Eroica (Heroic Symphony) nationalgeographic.com/hi…
When FDR appointed Frances Perkins as Secretary of Labor in 1933, making her the first woman cabinet officer and entering her into the presidential line of succession, laws in a majority of states would still have prevented her from serving on a jury en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
Today I learned of Nancy Wake who ran away from home at 16 with just Β£200. Her husband was executed by the German and she worked as a nurse, a journalist, a courier & finally a spy for the UK. She is responsible for destroying the Gestapo HQ & was awarded medals by the US, UK, France, among others post-WW2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…
Sour patch kids are known as "Very Bad Kids" in France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Joan d'Arc was tried, condemned and burnt at the stake by the Roman Catholic Church in May, 1430 . In the 1456 the very same church debunked her charges and denoted her as a martyr. Finally, in 1920 she was canonised and became a patron saint of France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
Ancient Roman chariot racers drifted their chariots (and they do hyper-realistic reenactments in a Roman amphitheater in France). arenes-nimes.com/en/great…
Today I learned about Minitel: France was online decades before the internet spectrum.ieee.org/tech-hi…
There is a small island known as Pheasant Island which is located in the Bidasoa river of the France-Spain border, and it changes ownership between the two countries every six months. From February 1 to July 31, it is under Spanish rule and for the following six months it's French. amusingplanet.com/2016/10…
In 1995, France found a man guilty of killing a teen girl, but he was able to avoid sentencing by hiding out in Germany. In 2009, the victim's father hired a team to kidnap the killer out of Germany and dump him in front of a French courthouse. It worked, and he is now serving 15 years. latimes.com/world/la-xpm-…
Charles-Henri Sanson, official executioner of France from 1778-1795, who executed 2918 people - including King Louis XVI - with his own hand, intended for his eldest son to inherit his position, but that son died in 1792 after slipping off a scaffold as he displayed a severed head to the crowd en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
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…
The Tour de France has a long history of cheating cyclists. sbnation.com/lookit/2017/…

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