Despite modern connotations of death as evil, the Greek god Hades was actually more altruistically inclined. Very few individual aspects of his personality were recorded, as Greeks refrained from giving him much thought to avoid attracting his attention. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Had…
For many years prior to the Crusades, Muslims, Jews, and Christians worked together to translate and reproduce Ancient Greek texts, like Aristotle, to reintroduce lost literature to the world. jstor.org/stable/20101059…
The powder you see when you touch a moth is actually tiny scales, like on a fish or lizard. These scales give butterflies and moths their scientific name Lepidoptera (from the Greek Lepido = scale, and ptera = wing). essig.berkeley.edu/exhibi…
Today I learned about the modern 300 - in 1821, during the Greek War of Independence, 120 Greek men held out against 8,000 Ottoman soldiers, causing 900 casualties against 6 of their own deaths. This bought time for the Greek army to regroup. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The first known flexible hose was an ox's intestines, used by the Greeks to fight fires. They used the stomach as a pump to force the water through. hoselink.com.au/blogs/wat…
During the Korean War, American and Greek soldiers at Outpost Harry defended against multiple Chinese assaults of far greater numbers. At times being outnumbered 30:1, massive artillery bombardments and intense hand-to-hand fighting were daily occurrences. The Chinese failed to take the outpost. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out…
The Amazon River was named after the conquistador Francisco de Orellana was defeated by a few tribes of women, thus naming it after the warrior women of Greek legend. britannica.com/place/Amaz…
In the ancient Greek city of Sybaris, the first version of a patent law gave a cook that created a new and unique dish for a year the exclusive rights to it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Ancient Greek and Roman statues were often painted in bright colours. The paint faded away over time, leaving white marble. youtube.com/watch?v=4jmMW…
In 408BC an actor named Hegelochus mispronounced a word and, instead of saying "after the storm I see again a calm sea," accidentally said "after the storm I see again a weasel." This mistake was so mocked by other Ancient Greeks that over two millennia later we still know his name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
The first country to recognize Greek independence was not any of the western powers, but Haiti, who alledgedly sent 25ton of Coffee beans to finance their rebellion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Rick Riordan based the Percy Jackson series on bedtime stories about Greek mythology he told his son. His son had ADHD and dyslexia which inspired him to also make Percy Jackson have ADHD amd dyslexia. romper.com/p/in-rick-rior…
Cyprus is de fecto divided into 2 separate countries, the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot state and the Turkish northern third recognized only by Turkey. They have been divided since the Turkish invasion in 1974, meaning they have now been divided longer than Germany was. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
The oldest penis on record goes back 425 million years, from a fossilized shrimp-like creature named, Colymbosathon ecplecticos, from the Greek for β€œastounding swimmer with a large penis.” Before it was found, the oldest known phallus was 400 million years old and belonged to a daddy longlegs. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/scien…
In ancient Greece, a popular activity at parties would be to rub amber jewelry then touch frogs to make them jump around frantically. This is because greeks discovered that amber can be used to transfer charges. In fact, the word electricity comes from the greek "Electricus" meaning "Of Amber" youtube.com/watch?v=x1-Si…
That Tetris got its name from a combination of the word β€œtetra” (the Greek word meaning β€œfour”) and β€œtennis” (the Creator's favorite sport). tetris.com/about-us
Mainstream biblical scholars interpret 666, β€œthe Beast,” as a symbol for the Roman Empire, and that 666 from Greek to Hebrew numerically translates to the emperor Nero bibleodyssey.org/en/passa…
How the English alphabet evolved from, well, ancient hieroglyph-like drawings. This explains why the first letters in English are A-B-C, in Greek Alpha-Beta-Gamma, and in Hebrew Aleph-Bet-Gimel usefulcharts.com/blogs/ch…
Before adopting Greek gods, the Romans largely did not have named deities. Instead, they venerated ancestral spirits called β€˜Manes’. Many had a house shrine and were honored yearly at the feasts of Parentalia and Feralia. bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2021/20…
The first steam turbine was invented in the 1st century by Greek engineer Hero of Alexandria, along with the first wind organ, vending machine, and piston pump. Most of his works were written off as party tricks or display relics for temples. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Eratosthenes, a Greek mathematician and astronomer (276 BC), measured of Earth's circumference by using the shadow angles from the sun in two locations. He calculated it was 39,375 km, which is 1.4% less than the real number of 40,076 km en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Era…
Johnny Otis, a seminal influence on American R&B and rock and roll, lived his professional and personal life as a Black man despite the fact he was ethnically Greek. He wrote, "As a kid I decided that if our society dictated that one had to be black or white, I would be black." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates based all of his theories on superficial observations like texture, colors, and symptoms. Human dissection was considered taboo in Ancient Greece until Alexandrian physicians began dissecting cadavers in the third century B.C. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
3 residents of the Greek island Lesbos in 2008, tried to ban the use of the word β€˜Lesbian’. They felt it insulted their identity, as they believed the term described their own origins. They lost and had to pay court fees of €230. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/75203…
"Epiousios," an ancient Greek adjective that only appears in one extant document, a translation of the Lord's Prayer. written sometime around 200 CE. Since it only appears once, nobody is sure precisely what it means. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epi…
The Amazon river was named by Spanish conquistador Francisco de Orellana. After skirmishes with a native tribe whose women fought alongside the men, Orellana derived the name from the Amazons described in Greek myth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned of the Last Hellenistic Kingdom (before the modern formulation of Greece). The Indo-Greek Kingdom or Graeco-Indian Kingdom of Yavanarajya, was a Hellenistic kingdom spanning modern-day Afghanistan and the Punjab region, Lasting 180 BC–AD 10. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
The Byzantines themselves never stopped calling themselves Romans till the very fall of the empire. After the crowning of Charlemagne as emperor in 800, they were keen on viewing Byzantium as a Greek empire. But they s felt rather angry when they were called Greeks and not Roman. rosetta.bham.ac.uk/issue7…
There is a 1,700 year old Ethiopian counterpart of the Rosetta Stone called the Ezana Stone. The inscription commemorates Ethiopian military victories and their conversion to Christianity in their native language Ge’ez, as well as ancient Greek and South Arabian Sabaen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eza…
The Antikythera Shipwreck of the First Century BCE, discovered by Greek sponge divers, yielded artifacts including art, jewelry, a statue of Herakles, coins, but most importantly the Antikythera Mechanism, interlocking gears that computed the movements of the sun, the moon, and eclipse dates whoi.edu/know-your-ocean/…
The girl in the hitsong 'Common People's by Pulp (95) was identified in 2015 as the wife of the Greek secretary of finance, a communist. theguardian.com/music/201…
With only 324 households declaring ownership of a swimming pool on their tax form and fearing tax evasion, Greek authorities turned to satellite imagery for further investigation of Athens' northern suburbs. They discovered a total of 16,974 swimming pools. boingboing.net/2010/05/04…
The word "gorilla" comes from the Greek word meaning, "savage hairy women." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor…
Socrates suggested a passive solar design for Greek houses. All openings faced south and roofs were angled north. Houses remained cool during summer since the roof provided shade, and warm during winter since the roof deflected cold north winds and sunlight entered through the south openings. dennisrhollowayarchitect.…
Today I learned about Talos, from Greek mythology, a giant bronze automaton that protected the island of Crete from pirates and invaders. When the Argo, transporting Jason and the Argonauts, approached Crete after obtaining the Golden Fleece, Talos kept them at bay by throwing giant boulders at them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tal…
The reason why Ancient Greek male statues are depicted with small penises is because they were symbolic to the ideals of male beauty at that time; youthfulness, strength and modesty. Large penises were considered to be vulgar and were associated with savages and evil spirits. theguardian.com/artanddes…
There is a prefabricated cast iron church in Istanbul. Cast in Vienna, barged down the Danube , across the Black Sea, and bolted together in 1871, iron was chosen instead of concrete due to the unstable ground. The Bulgarian St. Stephen Church represents independence from Greek Orthodoxy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bul…
Echidna was a monster in Greek Mythology, half-woman and half-snake, she was the mother of Cerberus & the Sphinx en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ech…
The very first sci-fi novel, A True Story, was written in ancient Greek in the 2nd century AD. It featured space travel, aliens, robots, artificial atmospheres and more en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_T…
In Greek Mythology, when Cronus castrated (his father) Uranus, from Uranus' blood which splattered onto the earth, sprang the Furies, the Giants, and the Meliae. Cronus threw the severed genitals into the sea, around which "a white foam spread" and "grew" into the goddess Aphrodite. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ura…
In 2017 the discovery of the Bronze Age era Pylos Combat Agate caused researchers of the Agate to call for re-evaluation of the academically accepted timeline & development of Greek Art, the craftmanship & design being nearly 1,000 years ahead of it's time in terms of what was believed possible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyl…
In Greek mythology Achilles was raised by the centaur Chiron who trained him and fed him a diet of lion innards, wild swine and the marrow of she-wolves in order to make him mighty. youtu.be/xpyHYTzDLw8
Today I learned about Admiral Thomas Cochrane, a Scotsman who served in the British Navy during the Napoleonic wars but dismissed after a scandal in 1814. He would later go on to lead the Chilean, Brazilian and Greek Navies in their respective wars of independence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
According to Greek mythology, the Anemone flower was created by the tears of Aphrodite mixing with the blood of her mortal lover Adonis, who had been fatally wounded by a wild boar. It is said that the flower represents Adonis' existence; beautiful, graceful and short lived. flower-meanings.com/anemo…
In 1804, German pharmacist Friedrich SertΓΌner isolated an alkaloid from an opium plant and named it after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams. He called it "morphium"--more commonly known today as morphine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
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…
Ancient Greeks celebrated the moon goddess Artemis by baking round cakes and putting candles on them to represent the moon’s light rd.com/article/origin-of-…
When Greek Runner Konstantinos Kenteris won gold at the 2000 Olympics for the 200-metre dash, he was the first Greek athlete to win an Olympic sprint since Dionysius of Alexandria in 269 AD. youtu.be/0onEevh0s8E
After graduating college at 13 with a degree in Mathematics, child genius Promethea Pythaitha received considerable unwanted attention from the Greek-American Community, including an obsessive stalker who was killed in front of her house. en.goodtimes.my/2017/12/1…
The ancient Greeks thought that Persephone spent her 1/3 of the year in the underworld between June and September, not the winter months. This is because crops in ancient Greece were planted in October, harvested in April, and threshed in May, unlike in more northern climates. sacred-texts.com/cla/gpr/…

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