For 23 Years The French Have Been Building A Real Medieval Castle Using Only Medieval Construction Techniques archaeology-travel.com/fr…
In 1793, The French government implemented a new calendar, based on decimals. It had 10 days per week, 10 hours per day, 100 minutes per hour and 100 seconds per minute. The experiment lasted 12 years, failing to gain wider acceptance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Italian speakers with dyslexia tend to have less severe reading impairment than English or French speakers due to Italian's simpler and more phonetic spelling. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Queen Elizabeth I (1533 - 1603) is a polyglot who speaks ~10 languages; English, French, Flemish, Latin, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Welsh, Cornish, Scottish and Irish. At the age of 12, she translated religious works by her stepmother in English to French, Latin, and Italian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Phil Collins, composer of the soundtrack to Disney's 1999 animated film "Tarzan", performed all the songs not only in English, but French, German, Italian and Spanish as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
French Guiana is not a fully-autonomous territory, but rather an overseas department and region of France. Despite being in South America, French Guiana is part of the European Union and uses the euro, and Guianans are fully French citizens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
A French author proposed cats be genetically engineered to change color in the presence of dangerous levels of radiation, and that a mythology be reinforced in culture to ward people from places where cats exhibit this behavior. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
The last duel in France took place in 1967 between Gaston Defferre and RenΓ© RibiΓ¨re, following an argument in the French National Assembly. RibiΓ¨re demanded satisfaction by duel with swords after Defferre refused to apologise for yelling, "shut up, stupid!" RibiΓ¨re lost the duel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas…
Today I learned about Charles-Henri Sanson who, as Master Executioner under King Louis XVI, was responsible for executing 2,918 people. In April of 1792, Sanson became the first executioner to use the guillotine: less than a year later, he would use it on King Louis XVI himself during the French Revolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Wilbur & Orville Wright's father gifted them a toy helicopter (based on an invention of French aeronautical pioneer Alphonse PΓ©naud). They played with it until it broke, and then built their own. They later pointed to their experience with the toy as the spark of their interest in flying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
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…
Popeye's Chicken wasn't named after a sailor, but Gene Hackman's character Popeye Doyle, from the movie The French Connection. mashed.com/221868/the-rea…
The largest action of the American War of Independence was actually the Great Siege of Gibraltar (1779-1783) by a combined French & Spanish force, showing how the Thirteen Colonies were merely one theatre of a much wider war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Futurama's gag about French being an undecipherable dead language was replaced with German being the dead language in the French dubs. thelinguafile.com/2015/01…
A random British captain was chosen by George Washington to be executed in response to a hanging by loyalists which itself was in retaliation for another death. The allied French got involved after the French mother of the captain petitioned and he was released en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir…
In 1986, a French woman studied for months so she could learn how to fly a helicopter. Then she rented one, flew it over a prison and grabbed her husband, a convicted bank robber, from the prison's roof. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
At the time of the revolution, 75% of the French didn’t speak French completefrance.com/langua…
In 2015, French radio revolted against the law which compelled them to air 40% French language music. Due to lack of popular new French music, Just 10 songs accounted for 74% of all French music aired on NRJ radio france24.com/en/20150928-…
Since the Ford Prefect wasn't a common enough car outside of the UK, the French and Greek translators changed the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy character Ford Prefect's name to "Ford Escort" to keep the name's automotive connection clear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Of Braddock's Road. Originally built by George Washington and his Virginia militia from Alexandria, VA to Pittsburgh, PA to support Braddock's ill fated attack on the French, was later to become the National Road, the first federal road in the United States. blogs.loc.gov/law/2020/01…
In 1985 French Military Agents bombed a green peace vessel in a New Zealand harbor that was there to protest French Nuclear testing on a nearby island. The blast killed one crewmember. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
On the French island of Ile de rΓ©, the donkeys wear trousers. Because the marshes were thick with mosquitoes and other bugs, locals sewed pants to keep insects off the donkeys legs. ripleys.com/weird-news/do…
When the Grand Mosque of Mecca was seized by hundreds of insurgents in 1979, since Islam forbids any violence within (to the extent that plants cannot be uprooted), action couldn't be taken until a religious sanction was given and French commandos who participated had to convert to Islam en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Prussia surrendered to the French after only 19 days of fighting. Despite outnumbering the French by over 50,000 men, the Prussians lost decisively to the French and Prussia was swiftly occupied by the Grande ArmΓ©e. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about AndrΓ© Brugiroux, a French traveller who left home at the age of 17 with 10 francs in his pocket to visit every country and territory in the world between 1955 and 2005 by only hitchhiking spending no more than an average of one dollar a day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Blanche Monnier, a French woman who was held in captivity and isolated from the the outside world in a room which had no exposure to sunlight for 26 years by her aristocratic mother because Blanche wanted to marry an unsuccessful lawyer. historycollection.com/bla…
The most decorated fighter squadron of WW2 was French. The Normandie-Niemen fighter squadron received 12 awards and decorations from the French Republic and the Soviet Union. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esc…
On 1935, French jurist Henri Donnedieu de Vabres accepted an invitation to Berlin from Hans Frank to debate the idea of an international criminal court. Ten years later, Donnedieu de Vabres tried him at Nuremberg en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Today I learned of the Saar Offensive of 1939. With the bulk of the Wehrmacht committed in Poland, French forces temporarily enacted a plan to invade Germany that would have resulted in German surrender in "one or two weeks." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saa…
During Vietnam's war against French colonists, 80% of the colonists' war budget was financed by the USA en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Today I learned of French inventor Charles-Γ‰mile Reynaud. He invented the ThéÒtre Optique, a device for projecting film made several years before the cinematograph (the first widespread projector). Reynaud made the first animated films ever but threw them into a river in a fit of depression. All but one is lost en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Macaroons and macarons are NOT the same things. Macaroons are American coconut-based cookies. Macarons are French (originally Italian) meringue-based confection made up of two cookies with filling in the center. chefsteps.com/activities/…
French writer Alexandre Dumas ( The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers) was a black man. And his father was a black general during French Revolution known as "Black Devil" or Diable Noir, standing as one of the highest-ranking men of African descent. youtube.com/watch?v=yTW2V…
The Hope Diamond, which originated in India, was purchased in 1666 by French gem merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier. Tavernier sold it to King Louis XIV in 1668. It was stolen in 1791 and was recut and renamed by a London banking family called Hope in 1839. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hop…
Today I learned of Marcel Marceau, a French mime who used his acting skills to save Jewish children during WWII. He smuggled them over the Swiss border and would mime to keep them happy and get them to stay quiet. He saved at least 70 children. history.com/news/marcel-m…
Today I learned of Henri Tovell, a french orphan who sneaked into the 1918 Christmas celebrations of the Australian Flying Corp. He was "smuggled" back to Australia by Timothy Tovell who later adopted him. He died in a motorcycle accident 8 years later. onehundredstories.anu.edu…
Actually there were two Statues of Liberty: a famous one in New York, US and a much smaller version in Hanoi, Vietnam. The one in Vietnam was put down in 1945 because it was considered a remnant of French colonialism before being used to sculpt another statue by the locals in 1952. hanoiebuddies.com.vn/the-…
When a French scientist wrote that American wildlife was physically inferior to European wildlife, Thomas Jefferson was so offended that he got a group of soldiers to find and send the scientist a bull moose from New Hampshire to prove the "stature and majesty of American quadrupeds." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned about ortolan, a small bird eaten in French cuisine. The bird is drowned in booze, cooked, and eaten whole. The consumer wears a napkin on their head, which is claimed by some sources to hide their shame from God. telegraph.co.uk/foodanddr…
The French version of "Little Drummer Boy" has nothing to do with the Nativity of Jesus, and rather is about a boy seeking to bring his father back from war chansonsquebec.com/lenfan…
Georgia (United States) was colonized and established in 1732 to serve as a protective buffer for South Carolina against enemies like the Spanish in Florida and the French in Louisiana. loc.gov/classroom-materia…
During the Reign of Terror in the French revolution (between June 1793 and July 1794), 17,000 people were guillotined -- an average of over 40 people per day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Ben Franklin's quote about liberty and safety isn't really what people think it's about and was actually a pro-taxation statement about the ability of the government to tax the Penn family to provide frontier defense during the French and Indian War. npr.org/2015/03/02/390245…
The Maluku Islands were the world's sole source of nutmeg, cloves, and mace. The islands were occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch, French, English, and Dutch again. During a British occupation spice tree seedlings were stolen and taken to British colonies thus depreciating the islands' value. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inv…
Starting in 1817, the first year curriculum at West Point consisted solely of mathematics and French classes. The best available textbooks were in French, so all cadets had to learn French so they could read their math texts. maa.org/book/export/html/…
Jean-Pascal Danneels, a 34 y/o French veterinary surgeon, was a passenger on an airliner that crashed into the Atlantic and disintegrated more than a mile offshore from CΓ΄te d'Ivoire. He survived the impact, swam for four hours in darkness to the shore and lived. gettyimages.ie/detail/new…
Pemberton's French Wine Coca was the start of Coca Cola. The famous drink actually started out as a wine developed by John Smith Pemberton to combat his drug addiction. Later, due to prohibition, it was transformed from a wine to a cocaine filled cola and then into the Coke we know today. pharmacytimes.com/news/5-…
The system for choosing a catheter size is the French Scale where 1 French is 0.33mm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Today I learned about Michele Mouton, a former French rally driver. After finishing runner-up in the 1982 WRC, she started competing in the infamous and savage Group B, which was later banned after a string of deaths. Mouton retired as a result, and she remains the last woman to compete in top-level rallying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The word Assassin originates from the Old French, Hassasis, a member of the Nizari sect of Ismaili Muslims a branch of Shia Islam, who trained feared assassins known as Fidai. Hassasis is likely a derogatory term based on claims the Fidai would chew hashish, resulting in erratic behaviour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niz…

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