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 yearsโ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
Lions once roamed in Southern Europe, mainly Ancient Greece, the Balkans and southern Russia.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
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)โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
Thucydides, one of Ancient Greeceโ€™s greatest historians, was killed mid-sentence.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
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".โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
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 castโ€ฆ
In ancient Greece throwing an apple to a woman was considered a marriage proposalโ€ฆ
Automatons have been in existence since Ancient Greece.โ€ฆ
Some ancient sling bullets excavated from the city of Athens, Greece were inscribed with the word "ฮ”ฮ•ฮžฮ‘ฮ™" (dexai), which translates to "catch!" research.britishmuseum.orโ€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
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 โ€˜Patrioticโ€™, a nod to a time when they were ruled by the Ottoman Turks, almost 200 years ago.โ€ฆ
There is a miniature replica of the Eiffel Tower in Greeceโ€ฆ
When in 1968 Greek politician Ioannis Ladas beat up an editor who accepted an article about homosexual acceptance in ancient Greece, he denounced BBC's coverage of the event by claiming all BBC journalists were biased homosexuals. This made him an unofficial spokesman for the Greek junta.โ€ฆ
George Papandreou and Antonis Samaras were roommates in Amherst College in the United States in the 1970s. Both went on to become Prime Ministers of Greece.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Maniots, who claim descent from the ancient Spartans. They live on a small mountainous peninsula and despite being almost always outnumbered, they never succumbed to the Ottoman invasions. They would later go on to play a pivotal role in liberating Greece from the Ottoman rule.โ€ฆ
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".โ€ฆ
The original gymnasiums were in Greece and were only for adult males the nude.
"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.โ€ฆ
Researchers found naturally occurring lithium in the water supply lowered suicide rates. They were able to measure lithium levels in 27 Texas counties and show those with more lithium in their water had fewer suicides. Similar studies in Greece, Austria, & Japan corroborated the results.โ€ฆ
Both the Carpathia (which rescued Titanic's passengers) and the Californian (which was nearby but allegedly never saw Titanic's distress signals) were both sunk in WW1. Carpathia lies in 600 feet of water off of Ireland and California lies somewhere off of Greece but has never been foundโ€ฆ
Moldy bread was used to treat infected wounds more than 2000 years ago in ancient China, Greece, Serbia and Egypt.โ€ฆ
The Greece's modern navy has a trireme, based on ancient Athenian designs. The ship is designed for a crew of 10 spearmen, 4 archers, 10 sailors, 5 officers, a flutist, and 170 oarsmen, with a 450 lb bronze ram for ramming other ships.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Jane Digby, an English aristocrat who had 4 husbands and many lovers, including King Ludwig of Bavaria and his son King Otto of Greece, a Bohemian nobleman, Austrian statesman and Prince, and a Greek general. She died in Syria, the wife of a Sheikh 20 years her juniorโ€ฆ
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".โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Mount Athos, an autonomous polity in Greece home to 20 monasteries, notable for being the only political subdivision in the world in which women are prohibited from entering for any reason.โ€ฆ
The ancient Egyptian population around the time they built the great pyramids of Giza was about 1.5 million. Roughly half the population of modern day Athens Greece.โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
Just after the end of WW2 Sweden and Greece both had thousands of sightings of UFO's called Ghost Rockets. The US government took them seriously enough that Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower sent war hero Gen. Jimmy Doolittle to Sweden to investigate in 1946.โ€ฆ
During WWII the Royal Marines used a body with fake orders to trick the Axis Powers into believing the Allies were invading Greeceโ€ฆ
Mihailo Tolotos died at age 82, without ever seeing a woman! Tolotos, whose mother died at childbirth, lived all his years as a monk in one of Greece's Mt. Ethos monasteries where only men are permitted.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Attarsiya, a military leader from what would become Greece, who lead an army against the Hittites, in the first recorded instance of European vs. Near Eastern warโ€ฆ
There's an autonomous polity in Greece which is the only political subdivision in the world in which women are prohibited from entering for any reason.โ€ฆ
: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 โ€œwho elevated the ranks of scholars and enjoyed their company.โ€โ€ฆ
The earliest form of the odometer was invented in Ancient Greece, probably around the time of Alexander the Great, and Ancient China in the first centuryโ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
In some countries such as Greece, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Albania and Sicily, nodding your head means "no" or refusal of something, instead of the common meaning of approval.โ€ฆ
That China has a lower gdp per capita than Russia, Greece and Mexicoโ€ฆ
In 1930, Leader of Greece E. K. Venizelos proposed Kemal Ataturk as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.โ€ฆ
In Ancient Greece, prostitutes were classified into two classes; the Pornai and the Hetairai. The Pornai served many men at once, and frequently worked on the street. In contrast, Hetarai were educated, had few clients, and provided companionship and intellectual discussion as well as sex.โ€ฆ
Archaeologists have found slingshot balls engraved with โ€œTake that!โ€ or โ€œCatch!โ€, dating from 4th BC Greece.โ€ฆ
Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus have adopted the Revised Julian calendar, which currently aligns its dates with the Gregorian calendar but will start differing from February 2800โ€ฆ
Olive Oil was used in Clasical Greece as sexual lubricant.โ€ฆ
The origin of shaking dates back to 5 BC Greece. It was a symbol of peace, showing that neither person was carrying a weapon.โ€ฆ
In Greece since there is so little available land, graves are only "leased" and people are buried for 3 years and then their families dig up their bones and another person is buried in the same grave.โ€ฆ
A monkey bite killed the King of Greece, destabilizing the government, and resulting in a massive loss of life and territory to the Turks. Churchill said it was no exaggeration that the monkey bite led to 250,000 deaths.โ€ฆ
At the outbreak of WWII - London, England became the base for at least 8 governments-in-exile. These included the government of Belgium, Holland, Norway, Greece, Yugoslavia, Czechslovakia, Poland and Luxembourg.โ€ฆ
When Ancient Greece repeatedly defeated the Persian Empire, it was a population of around 500,000 vs 50 million.โ€ฆ
Canada is the country with the longest coastline in the world (202,080km), while Norway (58,133km) is in second and Indonesia (54,720km) in third place. Moreover, I was very surprised by the fact that Greece ranks 12th, which means that it has longer coastline than Mexico, India and Brazil.โ€ฆ
James Bond is based on several different individuals that author Ian Fleming came across in the British Royal Navy during WW2. Among those were his brother, Peter, who was involved in behind-the-lines operations in Norway & Greece during the war.โ€ฆ
Florence Nightingale had a pet owl she rescued in Greece, named Athens, and that it would ride in her pocket with her.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about William Martin, Mayor of the Royal Marines, who actually never was. It was a successful attempt of the British to spread rumours to Hitler and make him send his troops to defend a 'planned' invasion in Greece. Thus the actual Allied invasion of Sicily 1943 resulted in less casualties.โ€ฆ
Aristophanes wrote a play in ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian War called "Lysistrata." In the play, the women of Greece bound together to end the war by telling their husbands that they would not have sex with them until they stopped fighting the war.โ€ฆ
Santa Claus was based on a REAL Person. Saint Nicholas was an early Christian Bishop in ancient Greece who had a habit of secret gift giving. He is said to have rescued three girls from being forced into prostitution by dropping a sack of gold coins through the window of their house.โ€ฆ
"Blah Blah Blah" saying came from Ancient Greece. The term was "bar bar bar". Taken from the same root as barbarian, it implied the words beings spoken were "meaningless noises",โ€ฆ
Marshmallow was originally a plant, itโ€™s usage traces back to Greece and Egypt for thousands of years, had medicinal properties and helped with sore throat, but somewhere along the way lost its core natural component and became just fluff sugar.โ€ฆ
Cleopatra was not Egyptian. While Cleopatra was born in Egypt, she traced her family origins to Macedonian Greece and Ptolemy I Soter. Ptolemy took the reigns of Egypt after Alexanderโ€™s death in 323 B.C. and he launched a dynasty of Greek-speaking rulers that lasted for three centuries
The Washington Monument contains a piece of the Parthenon, sent by Greece as a memorial stone during the Monument's construction. classical-inquiries.chs.hโ€ฆ
Greece and Turkey once swapped for each other's respective Greek Orthodox and Muslim populationsโ€ฆ
The handshake dates back to the 5th century B.C. in Greece. It was a symbol of peace, showing that neither person was carrying a weaponโ€ฆ
Many countries have their own version of โ€œwhen pigs fly.โ€ In South Africa itโ€™s โ€œWhen horses grow horns.โ€ In Russia: โ€œWhen the crawfish whistles on the mountain.โ€ In Albania: โ€œOn August 36.โ€ In Greece: โ€œRight on the Day of St. Dickโ€™sโ€โ€ฆ
The practice of pouring of a liquid 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!โ€ฆ
In 1969, Qaddafi and his officers waited until King Idris was out of Libya, being treated for a leg ailment at a Turkish spa, and then toppled his government in a bloodless coup. The monarchy was abolished, and Idris traveled from Turkey to Greece before finding asylum in Egyptโ€ฆ
In Ancient Greece, male homosexuality was socially acceptable as long as you were the penetrating partner. The partner on the recieving end was considered effeminate.โ€ฆ
In 89 BC Roman soldiers have reportedly captured a satyr (a mythical creature) while at war in Greece. Theyโ€™ve brought it to their general Sulla for interrogation, but it only spoke in something like a cross between the neighing of a horse and the bleating of a goat.โ€ฆ
There is a a village in Hungary founded by Communist Greek refugees who left Greece after the civil war.โ€ฆ
In 1912 when the island of Lemnos was occupied by Greece, some of the children ran to see what Greek soldiers looked like. โ€˜โ€˜What are you looking at?โ€™โ€™ one of them asked. โ€˜โ€˜At Hellenes,โ€™โ€™ the children replied. โ€˜โ€˜Are you not Hellenes yourselves?โ€™โ€™ a soldier retorted. โ€˜โ€˜No, we are Romans."โ€ฆ
The first record of sports betting dates back more than 2,000 years ago to the Olympics of ancient Greece.โ€ฆ
The Olympic Games were not the only games in Ancient Greece, there were three more and all together are known as the Panhellenic Games.โ€ฆ
Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble. Additionally, it had a greater capacity (50 000) in 144 AD than today (45 000)โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Greek Autonomous region of Mount Athos. It is a peninsula in Greece which is inhabited by Orthodox monks, and where women have been forbidden from entering for almost a thousand years.โ€ฆ
In ancient Greece pottery shards inscribed with the names of one's enemies were used as 'toilet paper'.โ€ฆ
Now-NBA MVP and All Star Giannis Antetokounmpo almost had to run to a game his rookie season. After sending his entire first paycheck to his struggling family in Greece, he didn't even have enough to call a cab. He started running to the stadium when a fan picked him up on the street.โ€ฆ
There are places on Earth that are considered โ€˜Blue Zones.โ€™ Where its inhabitants lifespans are much longer than average. These are Okinawa (Japan); Sardinia (Italy); Nicoya (Costa Rica); Icaria (Greece); and among the Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda, California.โ€ฆ
Most ancient civilizations, including Greece, did not have a distinct word for "blue"โ€ฆ
The Marathon comes from the legend of Philippides. He ran from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens (26 miles 385 yards) and announced victory for Greece, in 490 BC. Running the entire distance, he burst into the assembly, exclaiming ฮฝฮตฮฝฮนฮบฮฎฮบฮฑฮผฮตฮฝ ("we have won"), before collapsing and dying.โ€ฆ
2 rival churches in Vrontados, Greece shoot tens of thousands of fireworks at each other every Easter in a "Rocket War". Both churches then claim victory and agree to settle the score next year. The tradition dates back to the Ottoman era, when real cannons were used instead.โ€ฆ
Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, devised a WWII plan to plant false info about the Alliesโ€™ next attack on a dead man, drift him at sea, and hope heโ€™d be found by Nazi sympathizers. Operation Mincemeat worked, turning the tide for the Allies, who stormed Italy while the Nazis defended Greece.โ€ฆ
The term ''Nickelodeon'' was used for early movie theaters that cost 5ยข to enter. An ''odeon'' was any building used for live entertainment in ancient Greece and Rome.โ€ฆ
In Greece you cannot flush toilet paper - you must put it in the bin.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the longest lasting construction project, the Corinth Canal. Dividing the Peloponnese peninsula and mainland Greece, it was first proposed as far back as the 7th century B.C.E., and was officially started by Nero in 67 C.E., but due to complications it was not finished until the 1890s.โ€ฆ
The Greek constitution prohibits the establishment of private higher education institutions. Greece is the only country in the world apart from Cuba not to allow privately owned universities, according to The Economist magazine.โ€ฆ
While modern chewing gum was developed in the United States, gums have been chewed in various forms and cultures for over 6,000 years. One of the oldest examples is birch tar chewed by Neolithic humans. Other examples are found in ancient Greece and Mayan/Aztec culture.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about 10,000 years ago artists depicted apiculture (beekeeping) on the walls of Spanish caves. Centuries after that, demand for bees wax and honey drove commerce across the empires of ancient Greece and Rome.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Mount Athos, an autonomous peninsula in Greece that for the past 1,000 years has been inhabited solely by monks. Today there are about 1,500 of them spread over 20 monasteries, and women and children are not allowed travel there.โ€ฆ
In the month before the ancient Olympics no wars were permitted so that spectators could travel from across Greece unharmed,
Today I learned of the Griko people, ethnic Greek people that are in Southern Italy which moved there when the Ancient Greeks began colonizing the Mediterranean and were one of the places many Greeks went when they sought refuge from the Ottoman conquest of Greece.โ€ฆ
During WW2, British Intelligence dressed up a dead tramp as a Royal Marine Officer. They placed personal items on the tramp, including correspondence between two generals that the Allies planned to invade Greece and Sardinia. This deception drew German forces away from the true target, Sicily.โ€ฆ
The last king of Greece, Constantine II, is still alive 46 years after his removal.โ€ฆ
The common foot (as in measurement) used in ancient Greece in the construction of the Parthenon is virtually the same as the current Imperial/US foot
The "Golden Age Fallacy" (believing the past is better than the present) has been a popular myth that goes back as far as Ancient Greece and Prehistoric Times.โ€ฆ
, laurel- a symbol of victory and high status in Ancient Greece- is just a bay leaf.โ€ฆ
Blue zones are places that have healthier people, high concentrations of individuals over 100 years old. The 5 blue zones are: Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, California; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; Icaria, Greeceโ€ฆ

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