Today I learned of King Alexander of Greece who died after being bitten by a monkey that had attacked his German shepherd. This significantly impacted Balkan history and Winston Churchill later wrote, "it is perhaps no exaggeration to remark that a quarter of a million persons died of this monkey's bite." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
In 2004, a woman's steel chastity belt triggered a security alarm at the metal detector. The woman explained that her husband had forced her to wear the device to prevent an extramarital affair while she was on vacation in Greece. She continued her flight to London on the pilot's authority. abc.net.au/news/2004-02-0…
Although Cleopatra was born in Egypt, she wasn't necessarily Egyptian. Her family origins come from Macedonian Greece and Ptolemy I Soter, one of Alexander the Great’s generals. history.com/news/10-littl…
Today I learned about ongoing Greek TV show "Light in The Tunnel" which among solving countless muder and missing cases in Greece, was added twice on the Guinness W.R.; once for finding 85 missing persons in the span of 75 episodes and again for finding a woman missing for 58 years, in just 10 minutes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lig…
"Breast-shaped hill" is an actual technical term used to describe certain landforms. Example landforms include the "Breasts of Aphrodite" in Mykonos, Greece; "Paps of Anu" (Irish) in County Kerry, Ireland; and "Marens Patter" (Maren's Breasts) in Denmark, a Bronze Age landmark for sailors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
Today I learned of Manto Mavrogenous who was a rich, aristocratic woman from Mykonos, Greece. She equipped, manned, & privateered fleets and armies at her own expense to fight the Ottoman Turks in 1822. When the war was over, she was awarded the rank of Lieutenant General by Greece. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
In her nearly 70 year reign, the Queen has visited 116 countries in the world, but Greece is not one of them, despite her husband been born there. The reason is believed to be that Philip hates his birth country, because of how they treated his family over the years bbc.com/news/magazine-179…
In 1862, after Greece deposed King Otto, the country held a rΠ΅ferendum for a new king. Out of the 241,202 vΠΎtes, 230,016 went to the British Prince Alfred, 1,763 went to "A King", 482 went to "Long Live the Three Powers", and only 6 went to Prince William of Denmark, who was eventually appointed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/186…
King Alexander of Greece was killed by a monkey when he attempted to break up a fight between his dog and the monkey. In the middle of breaking the fight up, he was bitten by another monkey and later died of his wounds. He was only 27. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Today I learned about the Agia Lavra, a monastery built in 961, described as the symbolic birthplace of modern Greece. It was burnt to the ground in 1585 by the Turks, rebuilt in 1600, burned down again in 1715 and 1826 by the Egyptians, rebuilt in 1850, only to be burned down again by the Germans in 1943. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agi…
In May 1981 the citizens of Naphlion, Greece awoke to find small green frogs falling from the sky. The Greek Meteorological Institute surmised they were picked up by a very strong wind since the frog species was native to North Africa. newtimes.co.rw/section/re…
If all of the National Parks in Alaska were combined to make one country, it’d be the 96th-largest on Earth with an area of over 131000 kmΒ². This would place it just slightly behind Greece and ahead of Nicaragua. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
King Alexander of Greece was killed by a monkey en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the town that the Boston Marathon begins in, is sister cities with Marathon, Greece, the place the word "marathon" comes from. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The official name of Greece is β€œThe Hellenic Republic” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece is over 2000 years old and still used for it's original purpose after extensive renovations in the 19th century. It has hosted events from three modern Olympics, a Special Olympics, and is the finishing line for the annual Athens Classic Marathon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
The use of cakes to celebrate special events goes back to Ancient Greece, where moon shaped cakes were adorned with candles in the Temple of Artemis. It wasn’t till the Industrial Revolution that new techniques made them widely available and associated with the celebration of a child’s birth. hankeringforhistory.com/t…
Organs are not only older than pianos, but have existed as early as ancient Greece and required multiple people to play them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Org…
A runaway dog nearly started a war between Greece and Bulgaria in 1925. Stopping the war from escalating was one of the League of Nations' few real achievements. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inc…
Turkish president Δ°smet Δ°nΓΆnΓΌ signed a decision to help the people in Greece occupied by Nazi Germany, whose army he had personally fought during the Turkish War of Independence 19 years prior. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Classical Greece wasn't filled with pure white marble everything. The statues and ruins we see today were actually painted in all kinds of vivid colors that were just stripped bare back to their original white marble by time. theancienthome.com/blogs/…
Spain is the largest producer of olive oil, but the highest consumption per capita is Greece. aboutoliveoil.org/olive-o…
In ancient times, the Persians referred to Greece as Yunan, a form of Ionian, a Greek tribe in Anatolia. Because this tribe was the easternmost group of Greeks, they were among the first encountered by the Persians. Therefore all Greeks were known as Ionian, or Yunan. hellenisteukontos.opoudji…
In 1920, the King of Greece was killed by a monkey bite. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Until about 1550 the technique involved in minting coins had not progressed since the times of Ancient Greece en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
In ancient Greece, piracy was widely regarded as an entirely honourable way of making a living, with no disgrace - and even some glory - attached to those who chose piracy to be the main source of their livelihood en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anc…
The name "Tiffany" comes from ancient Greece with religious roots and related to the word "Epiphany". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tif…
The brazen bull was allegedly a torture and execution device designed in ancient Greece. Prisoners were to get in a bronze bull and a fire was set below.The bull's head was designed with a system of tubes so that the prisoner's screams were converted into sounds like bellowing of a bull. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
British childrens' author Roald Dahl was a fighter pilot during World War Two and shot down five Axis aircraft over Greece and North Africa, qualifying him as a fighter ace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roa…
Today I learned about Laconic phrase. When Philip II invaded southern Greece, he asked the Spartans whether he should come as friend or foe. They replied "Neither". Irate, he demanded they surrender, for if he came, they would be destroyed, prompting the response "If". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lac…
"Libations," the practice of pouring out alcohol in memory of those who have "passed on" was common in Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. "Pouring one out for the homies" is a custom over 3,000 years old and is mentioned in the Bible, the The Iliad, and The Odyssey. vinepair.com/wine-blog/li…
Some ancient sling bullets excavated from the city of Athens, Greece were inscribed with the word "Ξ”Ξ•ΞžΞ‘Ξ™" (dexai), which translates to "catch!" research.britishmuseum.or…
The comedy and tragedy masks were created in Ancient Greece and have names; Socks is the name for comedy because that actor wore socks, the tragic actor would wear boots called β€œbusking”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
Lions once roamed in Southern Europe, mainly Ancient Greece, the Balkans and southern Russia. cbsnews.com/pictures/thin…
In 1962, Lake Karla in Greece was drained to provide more land for agriculture. However, it turned out the resulting land was too saline for anything to grow. Therefore, the lake has been partially restored and was re-inaugurated in 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
In ancient Greece throwing an apple to a woman was considered a marriage proposal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
Spiked collars actually have a functional purpose. Used as far back as ancient Greece, they're worn by livestock dogs to protect against attack by wolves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wol…
Prince John William Friso (d. 1711) is the ancestor of every European royal house (Albania, Austria-Hungary, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, UK, Yugoslavia) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Edwin Flack is Australia's first and sole Olympic Gold Medalist in the 1896 Olympic in Greece, before Australia was even an official country (1901). With no flag, national anthem or uniform; he simply competed in his Melbourne Grammar School banner and singlet. nma.gov.au/defining-momen…
Officials in Athens, Greece conducted helicopter & satellite audits to determine less than 0.02% of residents claimed their pools to avoid paying taxes. Greeks consider not paying tax to be β€˜Patriotic’, a nod to a time when they were ruled by the Ottoman Turks, almost 200 years ago. thestar.com/news/world/20…
Today I learned about Operation Mincemeat, a British deception plot to fool the Nazis into thinking that the Allies were going to invade Greece instead of Italy by planting deceptive information on a corpse on the Spanish coast with the hopes that Spain would pass it on to German Intelligence. bbc.com/news/magazine-118…
When Don Rosa, creator of the immensely popular modern Donald Duck comics (and "The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck") tried to submit a comic book set in ancient Greece to the US mag Lexington Herald, its editor rejected it, stating: "We gear our comics toward a less intelligent audience". kentucky.com/news/state/a…
In the late Classical Era of Greece, women owned 35% of the land and property in Sparta. When a woman's husband died(usually in battle), his land and property passed to the wife, not to the oldest male. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
In 1915, surrounded and faced with imminent defeat, the entire Serbian army and government, numbering 400,000 (~10% of the population), retreated through Albania to the sea and evacuated to Greece. Half of them died on the march, but the rest came back in 1917 to liberate their country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
The Titanic isn't the largest passenger ship wreck on the sea floor. Its sister ship, the Brittanic, sank in WWI during its service as a hospital ship, after hitting a sea mine near Greece. 1035 survived while 30 people died, most from a lifeboat hitting the ship's propeller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMH…
:That Cleopatra, while born Egyptian, traced her origins to Greece, may have been more renowned for her intellect than her appearance. She spoke as many as a dozen languages, was well educated, and was later described as a ruler β€œwho elevated the ranks of scholars and enjoyed their company.” history.com/news/10-littl…
In 1862, a referendum was held in Greece to determine who should be King. Every candidate declined until finally Prince William of Denmark was elected. He received only 6 of the 241 202 votes cast en.wikipedia.org/wiki/186…
Today I learned about Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens. During the Nazi Occupation, the Archbishop spoke out about the deportation of the Jewish population in Greece. When threatened by the Nazis to be executed by firing squad, he sarcastically responded with a request to hung instead as it was "tradition". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dam…
Thucydides, one of Ancient Greece’s greatest historians, was killed mid-sentence. historycollection.com/16-…
Automatons have been in existence since Ancient Greece. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…

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