The Chinese city of Fancheng held out for nearly 6 years against the Mongols - until Kublai Khan's nephew sent him Muslim engineers from Iran that built counterweight trebuchets, with a range of 1,600 ft. and launching projectiles weighing 660 lbs. The city fell within a few days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Sarv-e Abarkuh is a 4000-5000 year old cypress tree that is a national monument and major tourist attraction in Iran. A legend claims that it was planted by Zoroaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Persian Emperor Nader Shah plundered so much loot during his invasion of Mughal India that he stopped taxation of Iran for the next 3 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nad…
The 4000m (13,000ft) Zagros mountains acted as a geographical border for millennia for the areas of Iran, Iran, Turkey, Syria, and more en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zag…
Baseball has a “golden ticket” that gives free admission to any game. It’s given to players after 8 years in the major leagues, people who have worked for a team for 25 years, and other VIPs. NASA astronauts, returning Vietnam POWs, and the the 1979 hostages in Iran were all given one. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
The father of The Police drummer Stewart Copeland was Miles Copeland Jr, a jazz musician and CIA spy who helped plan the Battle of Normandy and overthrow the Prime Minister of Iran. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Throughout its history, Persia/Iran has had a total of 59 different capital cities en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Marlon Brando tried to purchase the rights to a movie about the Iran-Contra scandal using a former CIA connection. The CIA was able to derail this by creating a front company to outbid Brando for the rights. The man they put in charge of this operation was none other than Col. Oliver North independent.co.uk/voices/…
There are multiple replicas of the White House, built mostly by private citizens, throughout the United States, and two in Iran and China (the Chinese White House includes a replica of Mount Rushmore as well). pbs.org/weta/washingtonwe…
The term "Aryan" has nothing to do with Germans, instead it refers to the Indo-Iranian people who can be found living from the Levant to Northern India, and it's where the name of the country "Iran" is derived from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ary…
In Iran, there were male and female door knockers so the homeowner would know the sex of the prospective visitor... beontheroad.com/2015/03/s…
A Russian eagle named "Min" & 3 other eagles being tracked by scientists unexpectedly flew into Iran/Pakistan; the birds racked up so many out-of-network data roaming charges on SMS text transmitters that scientists had to take out a loan & ask for help on social media to pay off the phone bill. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
The Median Dynasty were the first people to (mostly) unify modern-day Iran, as opposed to the commonly held belief that Persia under Cyrus the Great was the first to dominate the region. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
Today I learned about Kermit Roosevelt (grandson to Theodore). Roosevelt’s leadership was the single most significant factor in the success of the August 19 1953 coup in Iran, the first coup ever backed by the CIA, that the saw a democratic government overthrown and replaced with a dictatorship. mepc.org/review-essay-all…
One of the Seven Great Houses in Ancient Iran was the House of Karen who once tried to claim independence and refused to pay their tribute, but were ultimately defeated for this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
A group of students in Iran spent years reconstructing thousands of shredded CIA secret documents, and subsequently published them bbc.com/news/magazine-160…
Iran Air placed two orders for the Concorde, making it the only airline outside of British Airways and Air France to place firm orders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira…
In 1941 the British and Soviet Union invaded Iran. This was to secure a supply line to Russia, secure the Iranian oil fields, and deny Nazi Germany a route of advance to Baku and British India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
Cheetahs are native to Asia in addition to Africa. The Asiatic cheetah is a critically endangered subspecies whose range has shrunk to Iran's central plateau. It's believed that there were fewer than 50 individuals in the wild as of 2017. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asi…
The Japanese translator of the Salman Rushdie book, The Satanic Verses, was killed and the Italian Translator was wounded in separate attacks as part of the 'Fatwa' issued by Iran. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class was developed as a result of a suggestion to develop a military vehicle by the Shah of Iran, who at the time was a significant shareholder of the company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
The First Postal System of Iran was run by India using Indian stamps... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
40,000 people in Iran rely on a 45km long "qanat" (underground aqueduct) built nearly 3000 years ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qan…
Iran's Supreme Leader issued an order calling for the assassination of Salman Rushdie, a British writer accused of blaspheming Islam. While he was not killed, the Japanese translator of the book was murdered and two other translators survived murder attempts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruh…
Dancing in public is illegal in Iran. goirantours.com/banned-th…
The hottest place on Earth is the Lut desert of Iran, topping Death Valley, USA and and El Azizia, Libya. Over a seven year study, the hottest recorded temperature was 70.7°C (159.3°F). earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
ABC’s Nightline began airing on November 8, 1979, four days after the Iran hostage crisis began. Originally called "The Iran Crisis - America Held Hostage: Day X," where X was the number of days that hostages were being held in Tehran, it aimed to update Americans on the latest news from Iran. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
Iranian F-14s downed over 160 Iraqi MiGs while incurring only 3 losses. Unable to counter the F-14, Saddam Hussein fooled Iran into thinking its U.S. trained F-14 pilots were plotting against them. As a result, Iran grounded its entire F-14 fleet. militarywatchmagazine.com…
Steppe eagle named Min was set out with SMS tracker attached by Russian researchers. Little did they know Min, a globetrotting eagle appeared in Iran and sent hundreds of texts with roaming rates that bankrupt scientific study. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Iran's Queen Tadj ol-Molouk played an important part in the abolition of the veil in Iran during the reign of her husband. She was the first Iranian Queen to show herself in public when she attended a gradation ceremony in modern clothes with her two daughters, without veils en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tad…
In 1971, the shah of Iran threw a party costing about present day 516million $ stylecaster.com/throwback…
The Syrian brown bear is probably extinct in Syria. It survives in Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syr…
The Baghdad Pact was a NATO type alliance between the UK, Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan until 1979 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bag…
The largest empire ever to exist based on percentage of world population was the Achaemenid Empire originating from Iran, which contained 44% of the global population in 480BC guinnessworldrecords.com/…
American fast food companies are banned from Iran, so the country is home to many knock-off fast food joints with similar branding and food, such as "Mash Donalds", and "Pizza Hot". Lawsuits from major corporations are rare due to the American/Iranian relationship and Iranian trademark law. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Iran carries out more sex change operations than any other nation in the world except Thailand. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/72590…
Today I learned about Saadat Shahr, a small rural community in Iran nicknamed ‘Astronomy Town’ because of the residents’ passion for stargazing. The town clubbed together to pay for an observatory and on special occasions all the lights are cut to improve the view of the night sky. aljazeera.com/archive/200…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nod…
The deadliest blizzard in history was in Iran. In 1972, a week-long period of low temperatures and severe winter storms resulted in the deaths of approximately 4,000 people. Southern Iran was hardest hit, with eight meters of snow that buried whole villages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
In a soccer match between Iran and Denmark, an Iranian player mistook a whistle from the crowd as being the referee's half-time signal, and picked the ball up with his hands in the penalty area. Danish player Morten Wieghorst missed the resultant penalty on purpose, and Denmark lost 1–0. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Ancient Egyptians loved board games and a well-known Bronze Age game which was invented in Egypt 4,000 years ago had one player choose Hounds pegs the other Jackals pegs. Carved out of Ivory the game was found in Mesopotamia, Israel, Syria, Iran, Azerbaijan, Levant and the Mediterranean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
During the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran, pamphlets were dropped telling people not to resist, because they were being liberated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
The Iran Mall is the world's largest shopping mall. It features a fashion avenue, a diamond and crystal atrium, three food courts with more than 200 restaurants, and a 3,300 square meter book garden with 67,000 volumes of books en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira…
The World Chess Federation rearranges tournament matchups so that Iranians never have to play Israelis, because Iran does not recognize the existence of Israel chess.com/news/view/ouste…
Some countries have one-day weekends, Friday only in Djibouti, Iran, Palestine, and Somalia. Saturday only in Nepal. Most other countries have two-day weekends. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
In 1972, a blizzard in Iran dumped up to 26 feet of snow on two villages burying over 4000 people with no known survivors. devastatingdisasters.com/…
Iran's population has more than doubled since the Islamic revolution (37.2 -> 83.7 million) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
Despite 12 indictments and several convictions of high level officials involved in the Iran-Contra scandal, all perpetrators were either pardoned or had sentences overturned resulting in no prison time. The only person to go to jail was a minister who stole a street sign in protest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira…
1,000 Year Old Windmill in Iran. These amazing windmills are among the oldest in the world. Located in the Iranian town of Nashtifan, initially named Nish Toofan, or "storm's sting," the windmills have withstood winds of up to 74 miles an hour. youtube.com/watch?v=3qqif…
Shiraz wine has been produced in Shiraz, Iran since the 9th century. Before the 1979 Islamic Revolution there were 300 wineries in Iran, now there are none. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…

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