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/…
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 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 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 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…
Shortly after Ayatollah Khomeini's return to Iran from exile in 1979, he issued a fatwa ordering that Jews and other minorities (except BahΓ‘'Γ­s) be treated well. To this day, Jews are officially recognized and protected by the Iranian government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruh…
US had extensive contact with Ayatollah Khomeini before the Iranian revolution; and that Carter administration paved way for Khomeini to return to Iran by holding the army back from launching a military coup theguardian.com/world/201…
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…
Abdol Hossein Sardari is credited with saving thousands of Jews in Europe, and given the title "Schindler of Iran" bbc.com/news/magazine-161…
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…
Iran's population has more than doubled since the Islamic revolution (37.2 -> 83.7 million) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
The worlds largest shopping mall is located in Iran. Measuring at 21,000,000 sq ft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
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…
Iran carries out more sex change operations than any other nation in the world except Thailand. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/72590…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
Despite a staunch ban on alcohol, drinking is extremely widespread in Iran, even more than Turkey where alcohol is legal independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Iran had the greatest fertility rate decrease in history due to aggressive family planning campaigns. Dropping from 6.5 in 1980 to below 2 in 2000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fam…
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/…
There are more Azerbaijani people living in nearby Iran than there are living in Azerbaijan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aze…
Today I learned about the Spider-Tailed Horned Viper, a venomous snake native to Western Iran that has a bulb-like structure on its tail, surrounded by long, dropping scales, that looks exactly like a spider. The viper uses this unique tail to lure in insect-eating birds. youtube.com/watch?v=XFjoq…
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…
Today I learned of The Pearl Palace in Iran, a now-abandoned palace built for the former Shah's sister, which was designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and is made up mostly of circular forms. It is a heritage site, but in need of $10 million+ in repairs and not open to visit currently. yomadic.com/shams-palace-…
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…
According to coordinates supplied by the Book of Genesis, the Garden of Eden was at the spot where one river split into four. The four rivers are Pishon, Gihon, Tigris and Euphrates. Believers have alternately placed the garden in Armenia, in the Zagros Mountains of Iran, and in Bahrain atlasobscura.com/articles…
In 1979/80, Iran was – at least in terms of higher education – what China is today: the biggest sender of foreign students to U.S. universities wenr.wes.org/2017/02/educ…
Iran means "Land of the Aryans" britannica.com/place/Pers…
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…
Today I learned about Saadat Shahr, a small rural community in Iran nicknamed β€˜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 1979 a bussiness man from Texas had launched a freelance commando raid in Iran. taskandpurpose.com/texas-…
All women in Iran are required by law to wear loose-fitting clothes. In reality the dress code is more relaxed and open to interpretation. It’s not unusual to see young women in the larger cities wearing figure-hugging manteaus, skinny jeans, high heels and colourful rusaris lonelyplanet.com/iran/wom…
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…
The F16 fighter jets used by Israel for the raid on the Iraq nuclear reactor were originally going to be sold to Iran before the 1979 revolt and hostage taking. timesofisrael.com/38-year…
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…
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…
An iconic skyscraper in Tehran collapsed in 2017 during a high-rise fire. At the time of its construction, the Plasco Building was the tallest in Iran, and was considered an iconic landmark of the Tehran skyline, representing the drive for modernization in the 1960s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Zoroastrianism, a minority religion today in Iran, is one of the world's oldest religions still in existence, pre-dates the birth of both Christianity and Islam by centuries, and was once the official religion of the Persian Empire. historyworld.net/wrldhis/…
Iran pays people to donate kidneys, and has no waiting list for kidney transplantation statnews.com/2016/08/25/o…
Today I learned of Operation Ajax, the 1953 CIA plan to overthrow Iran's democratically elected government, which included CIA agents bombing the house of a prominent Muslim while posed as pro-government supporters. The overthrow plan was successful, with 200-300 people killed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
During the Iraq-Iran war, Minister of Health Riyadh Hussein suggested Saddam step down temporarily. When no one else supported the idea, Saddam escorted Mr. Hussein to the next room, closed the door, shot him, then returned to the meeting. His widow received his dismembered corpse the next day. nytimes.com/2006/12/30/wo…
Iran's Dasht-e Kavir desert is almost uninhabited and knows little exploitation. For irrigation, Iranians developed a sophisticated system of water-wells known as qanats. These are still in use, and modern globally used water-revenue systems are based on their techniques en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
Iran is only country operating F-14 Tomcats and US ground up all theirs so Iran can't get parts cbsnews.com/news/shreddin…
Even though Turkey and Iran have always had peaceful relations, a 2015 study found 64% of Turkish citizens hold a negative view of Iran, with only 14% holding a positive view. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira…
One of the first things Ayatollah Khomeini did upon taking power in Iran after the Islamic Revolution of 1979 was ban the game of chess. Iran is believed to be where chess originated as the earliest evidence of the game is from Ancient Persia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
There is a city in Iran which is naturally highly radioactive due to being built on top of a radium deposit which is carried to the surface by local hot springs. It has a population of over 30,000 people, and one specific area receives 80x the usual background radiation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
Iran's last known tigers had occurred in the area of Golestan National Park before 1960. The fauna is still very rich and consists of Persian leopards, Indian wolves, brown bear, Jackal, wild boars, and deers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Ali Khamenei was elected president of Iran in October 1981 and reelected in 1985. The presidency was a largely ceremonial role during his two terms, most executive authority being vested in the prime minister britannica.com/biography/…
Iran has a disproportionately high rate of penile fracture due to a local practice called taghaandan, "to click or snap when forcibly pushing the erect penis down" to get rid of an unwelcome erection auajournals.org/article/S…
Back in 1984, religious fanatics in Iran sent children marching over minefields to clear them. They got plastic keys that would open the gates of heaven for them. Later, they also gave them blankets so corpse parts wouldn't be blown everywhere. matthiaskuentzel.de/conte…
The first "weapon of mass destruction" in cyber warfare, a worm called Stuxnet, was jointly built by Israel and the United States (although neither country has officially admitted it)in an effort to destroy Iran's nuclear weapon program. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
Iran was left so decimated by Genghis Khan's campaign that Historians estimate that Iran's population did not recover to pre-Mongol levels until the mid-20th Century en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
On Christmas, 1992, George H. W. Bush pardoned 6 Reagan administration officials involved in the Iran-Contra scandal archive.nytimes.com/www.n…
Historically, Azerbaijani and Turkish speakers have been able to communicate with relative ease. Reza Shah Pahlavi of Iran (who spoke Azerbaijani) met with Mustafa Kemal AtatΓΌrk of Turkey (who spoke Turkish) in 1934 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aze…
Today I learned the US has not had an embassy in Iran for the last 40 years. Informal relations are carried through a "US Interests" Section of the Swiss Embassy , which offers limited services to American citizens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…
The deadliest blizzard in history occurred in 1972, in Iran. 4000 people died and over 200 villages were totally wiped out for good. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Today I learned of Operation Merlin where the CIA carried out a plan to send Iran flawed blueprints to a nuclear bomb in order to delay their nuclear program. They sent the blueprints by way of a defected Russian nuclear scientist who noticed the flaws and included proposed corrections to Iran. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
That Iran boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow and the 1984 Olympics in Los Angles. nytimes.com/1983/08/02/wo…
In order to fund his lavish lifestyle, the Shah of Iran signed a deal with a british banker, selling him all of Iran's infrastracture, like roads, telegraphs, mills, factories and mining rights, for cash and 60% of the revenue for 20 years. The sale fell through after meeting popular opposition en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reu…
The fifth Qajar king of Iran is credited with both the creation of the Persian constitution and Persian cinema. During his first visit to Europe he immediately fell in love with the silver screen and ordered his personal photographer to acquire all the equipment and knowledge needed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moz…
Today I learned about Howard Baskerville, an American teacher working Tabriz, Iran, who led a volunteer force in 1909 during the Constitutional Revolution of Iran and was killed by royalist sniper fire. He is still revered by Iranian nationalists and there is even a bust of him in Tabriz's Constitution House. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
Today I learned of Operation Credible Sport...a 2nd mission to rescue American hostages in Iran by a rocket propelled C-130 Hercules landing in a soccer stadium across the street from the embassy in Tehran. The op was cancelled when the Iranian parliament accepted a plan to release the hostages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Ross Perot (Presidential Candidate) put together a Commando Raid to get his people out of Iran after the radicals took over! taskandpurpose.com/texas-…
Today I learned there is a zoo in Sari, Iran that used to feed live donkeys to their lions every Thursday un it was shut down because the lions were inexperienced and unable to efficiently kill their prey in a reasonable amount of time. observers.france24.com/en…
There was a blizzard in Iran in 1972 so deadly that some villages had no survivors. Snow got as high as 26 feet. nytimes.com/1972/02/11/ar…
Iran has the highest female to male ratio in universities among all sovereign nations. More than 70% of students in engineering and pure sciences are women. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edu…
There is a flame at a Zoroastrian fire temple in Iran that has supposedly been burning continuously since the year 470. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaz…
The United Nations considers Iran to be a part of South Asia instead of West Asia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned about Stuxnet, a computer worm developed by American/Israeli cyberweapon, which infected and ruined almost one fifth of Iran's nuclear centrifuges. Targeting industrial control systems, the worm infected over 200,000 computers and caused 1,000 machines to physically degrade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
I learned that a group of people from Iran actually tried to break the record for the biggest sandwich, but they failed due to eating the sandwich before the GWR team was able to measure it. payvand.com/news/08/oct/1…
A United States military drone flying over Iran in 2011 was hacked by Iranian cyber team and landed safely. The drone was then reverse engineered and all data on the drone was recovered by Iranian military theaviationist.com/2016/1…
The US gave Iran its first nuclear reactor npr.org/sections/parallel…
Persia changed its name to Iran due to Nazi influence. iranchamber.com
During the Iran Hostage crisis, declaring solidarity with "oppressed minorities", the hostage-takers had released all but one African-American hostages in November 1979. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira…
In 1983 Ayatollah Khomeini announced fatwa where sex reassignment surgery became legal and compatible with Islam. Nowadays Iran is the second country in the world by number of surgeries per year. However some homosexual people are forced to take a surgery by families and society. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGB…
Tehran has giant mutant rats that are such a rampant problem, Iran Battles them at night with a team of snipers huffingtonpost.ca/entry/t…
Iran currently is the only country in the world that allows the sale of one's kidney for compensation (typically a payment); consequently, the country does not have either a waiting list or a shortage of available organs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kid…
β€œmaster idiot” Peter Scott was a burglar whose victims include Sophia Loren and the Shah of Iran. Disturbed during a heist by a woman, he shouted "'Everything's all right, madam,' and she went off to bed thinking I was the butler." On other occasions, he would reassuringly shout "It's only me!". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The US has no formal diplomatic relations with Bhutan. While the US broke relations with countries such as Iran and Syria after specific incidents, it simply never established them with the isolated himalayan kingdom, going through India whenever diplomacy is necessary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
A village in Iran, Alubon, has been confirmed to exist since 2006 in a precise location, but its population is not reported and it cannot be found on many maps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alu…
That Iran has a lower birthrate than Finland, Iceland, Denmark, the Netherlands or Australia worldpopulationreview.com…
Chemical tests of ancient pottery jars reveal that beer was produced as far back as about 7,000 years ago in what is today Iran. This discovery reveals one of the earliest known uses of fermentation and is the earliest evidence of brewing to date. wikipedia.org/wiki/Histor…
During the 1988 purges in Iran, women were lashed for missing their daily prayers. When one woman died after 22 days and 550 lashes, the authorities certified her death as suicide because it was 'she who had made the decision not to pray'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
I learned Iran has the most annual/public holidays in the world at 53 days en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
: In 2015 Iran's Womens Football team was accused of being unethical after crowds discovered 8 of it's players were men disguised as women, in response Iran claims they were undergoing sex reassignment surgery. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
When the government’s official Tower Commission Report (about Reagan’s involvement in the Iran Contra) was finished, it was published and became a bestseller in book stores across the nation. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_…
Although the last scheduled flight by a US carrier in a Boeing 707 (introduced in 1958) was in 1983, the aircraft wasn't officially "retired" from passenger service until January of this year when Iran's Saha Airlines' last 707 crashed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boe…
Ross Perot hired a retired colonel to train and lead his employees to Iran to recover employees that were imprisoned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_…
The mullet was banned in Iran as one style on a list of "un-Islamic", "decadent Western cuts" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mul…
Iran's Air Force Flies American-Made F-14 Tomcats nationalinterest.org/blog…
Russia trained dolphins how to kill people with harpoons and to undertake kamikaze strikes against enemies. They then sold them to Iran after running out of dolphin food news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world…
In 2008, Iran tried to make the world's largest sandwich, a 1,500 metre long ostrich and chicken combo. The record attempt failed because spectators started eating the sandwich before officials could take a measurement. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Today I learned of the Hasanlu Lovers or the 2800 Years Old Kiss, the 2800-year-old human remains buried in kissing pose, found by a team from the University of Pennsylvania led by Robert Dyson in the Solduz Valley in the West Azerbaijan Province of Iran, in 1972. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Has…
Iran has one of the largest rates of brain drain in the world. It's estimated that 150,000-180,000 specialists leave the country every year, costing the country at least $50 billion in human capital annually. payvand.com/news/12/may/1…
Currently there's exactly 3 countries that haven't adopted the Gregorian calendar: Ethiopia, Iran and Afghanistan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
The Soviet Navy trained dolphins to kill, but they were sold to Iran in 2000. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world…
The only countries in Asia to observe Daylight Savings Time are Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iran sleep.org/articles/does-e…
While Iran punishes homosexuality with the death penantly, they allow transgender people to the extent that the country performs more sex-change surgeries than any other, except Thailand. euronews.com/2015/10/14/i…

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