When a pedophile ring was uncovered in the Pitcairn Islands the islanders tried to declare independence from the UK as a legal defence, in perhaps the only example of a group seeking independence for the freedom to sexually abuse children en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
A breed of wool dogs existed on the pacific northwest coast. Indigenous people would keep the dogs isolated on small islands to prevent inter breeding with hunting dogs. The wool dogs were cared for and feed a rich diet of seafood to produce strong yarn to make blankets from. hakaimagazine.com/feature…
The last surviving Woolly Mammoths lived on an isolated island in the Arctic Ocean until just 2000 BC, not long after the construction of the Giza Pyramids wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrange…
Brazil forbids anyone to visit the island "Ilha da Queimada Grande" without a special permit. It's crawling with the endangered Golden Lancehead Vipers and its venom is so strong it can melt human flesh. Poachers visit the island because specimens can fetch $10-30K on the black market. indiatoday.in/education-t…
The eye sockets of the Moai statues in Esater Island used to have eyes made of coral en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moa…
Citizens of the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau may enter, reside, study, and work in the United States indefinitely without a visa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Indonesia is the world’s largest island nation it contains thousands and thousands of islands. Indonesia has so many islands it has never been able to fully count or name them. Indonesia is embarking on an ambitious island census to count the islands and registering their names. bbc.com/news/world-asia-4…
Icelandic horses are not allowed to leave the country. If they do, they are banned from returning. This is because Iceland is an island so they have limited diseases, and this is another measure to prevent it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Today I learned about KauaΚ»i ʻōʻō, a now-extinct species of bird, endemic to the island of Kaua'i in Hawaii. The last individual ever was a male, and he was recorded singing a mating call, to a female that would never come. He died in 1987. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kau…
Today I learned of the Tongan Castaways, six boys who stole a boat and were stranded on a deserted island in 1965, staying there for 15 months before rescue. Called a real-life Lord of the Flies, the boys built a "commune" with a garden, permanent fire, gym, and badminton court. theguardian.com/books/202…
, American pilots flew P-51 Mustangs in Very Long Range misisons operating from the island of Iwo Jima during WW2. These 7+ hour missions involved flying 3 hours across the open Pacific to targets in Japan and then 3+ hours return flight. Threats included bad weather, flak, enemy planes, etc. flynata.org/content.aspx?…
In 2013 the United States bombed the island of Guam with 2,000 dead mice stuffed with painkillers to kill the Brown Tree Snake which is an invasive species on the island. The snake got there by accident in the 1950s on a shipping vessel. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
For 70 years a bunch of New Zealanders have continued to fervently believe that moose still live on the South Island of NZ despite no actual sightings since 1952 - the mystery has been compared to Bigfoot stuff.co.nz/national/1040…
France has a territorial possession in North America less than 15 miles from the coast of Newfoundland. The island has a population of 5,000+ and is similar to mainland Europe. britannica.com/place/Sain…
With every purchase of a bottle of Laphroaig whisky, you are entitled to a lifetime lease on a 1 square foot (0.09 square meters) plot of land on the Scottish island of Islay; it is a part of Laphroaig’s loyalty program β€œFriends of Laphroaig" laphroaig.com/en/
The Lewis chessmen are 12th-century chess pieces carved from walrus ivory. Discovered 1831 on Island of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland they may constitute some of the few complete, surviving medieval chess sets. The hoard contained 93 artifacts: 78 chess pieces, 14 tablemen and one belt buckle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lew…
Not a single survivor of the original 115 settlers of Roanoke Island were ever found in 1590. There was no trace of violence, struggle or even a grave, only the word 'CRO' carved in one tree and 'CROATAN' carved in another. It is one of the oldest unsolved mysteries in American history. history.com/news/what-hap…
After Dec 7, 1941, fearing US currency might fall into Japanese hands if they invaded the islands, the US had 200 million dollars turned in and incinerated. Cash was replaced with bills stamped with the word 'HAWAII'. Plan was to then declare the currency void if Japan seized the islands. coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n…
65% of Staten Island voted to secede from the rest of New York City in 1993, only to have their efforts blocked by the State Assembly en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Greenland and Iceland, along with some island nations do not have a native ant population nwf.org/Educational-Resou…
The Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles offers visa-free access, free of charge, to all foreign nationals, from every country in the world (besides Kosovo, which Seychelles doesn't recognise). The visitor's permit is valid for 3 months, and can be extended for up to 12 months en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vis…
Today I learned of HMS Diamond Rock, which was commissioned as a Royal Navy warship despite being an uninhabited minor Caribbean island between Martinique and St. Lucia. Other British warships had to salute it when passing it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
Today I learned about Estevanico, or Mustafa Azemmouri, an enslaved Muslim of Moroccan origin who became the first African to explore North America when, following a shipwreck off Galveston Island, he walked from Texas to Sinaloa in the 1530s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Est…
Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard was placed in command of of a Navy Ship during WW2. He wound up being engaged in combat with absolutely nothing for 68 hours and accidentally conducted live fire exercises on a Mexican Island, which led to him being fired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
There is a Canadian island called Devon Island, which is largest uninhabited island in the world and it is used to simulate Mars like environment by scientist because of its uncanny similarity with Martian surface . thevalemagazine.com/2019/…
There is an island full of hostile, herpetic monkeys in South Carolina. en.theecofeed.com/40-plac…
Almost 10% of all the concrete used in the WW2 German Atlantic Wall went on the fortification of the tiny Channel islands. The 1944 allied invasion of France simply ignored them, finally liberating them in May 1945. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Queen Elizabeth is also the Duke of Normandy, but only when she visits the Channel Islands. The title stays as β€œDuke” even if the monarch is a woman. royalcentral.co.uk/uk/que…
Saint Pierre and Miquelon are French-owned islands only 20km off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. It's also the only place in North America where the guillotine was used. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
The "perfect circle" of forest which surrounds Taranaki Maunga, a mountain in the south-west of New Zealand's north island, is actually 30 mile-long sides of a 36-sided polygon (with a couple additional bulges). Inside is a forested national park, surrounded by pastureland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egm…
In Tongan mythology the God Tafakula defeated his enemy gods by straddling an island. He then bent over, to show his anus, which shone brightly like the sun, scaring off the other gods. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tofua
Sri Lanka only became an island in 1480, when a cyclone destroyed the land bridge connecting it to mainland India. earth.esa.int/web/earth-w…
Before the 14th century Margaret Island (HU) was called Insula leporum, what means Island of Rabbits en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The Outerbridge Crossing, which is the bridge on the outer-most ring around NYC (from NJ to Staten Island) is named for Eugenius H Outerbridge en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug…
The most remote inhabited place on earth, the island of Tristan da Cunha, is 1250 miles from the next closest inhabited location. With no airstrip and out of civilian helicopter flying range, the fastest way to travel to it is a 6 day boat journey from South Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
After mainland mammoths became extinct, a population of mammoths lived on Wrangel Island for another 7000 years after getting cut off from the mainland. However, due to the small gene pool, these mammoths suffered life-threatening mutations that resulted in their demise. reuters.com/article/us-sc…
Today I learned about "Myst Island" a proposed theme park at Disney World. A limited number of guests would get ferried to an 11-acre island designed like Myst. They'd spend hours there, exploring areas and discovering clues non-linearly. Theoretically, no 2 guests would have the same adventure. slashfilm.com/myst-theme-…
Charles Darwin terraformed Ascension Island in the Atlantic by bringing hundreds of non-native plants from all over the world. The mix of flora is not found anywhere else together naturally. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
The Okinawa Islands were home to the Ryukyu Kingdom, which was culturally & politically distinct from Japan. Though its languages were related (though unintelligible to) Japanese, they were seen as a foreign people with a different culture, before it was annexed into Japan & mostly assimilated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryu…
In 1921 a Danish geologist discovered a tiny island on the northern coast of Greenland and named it "Kaffeklubben Island" after an informal academic club held at the Copenhagen Mineralogical Museum. He didn't know that he had just named the northernmost point of land on Earth after a coffee club en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaf…
There are more than 1,300 stone rings across the British Islands and Stonehenge is only the most famous of them. bbcamerica.com/anglopheni…
The Italian island of sicily was occupied by Muslims between from 831 to 1091 AD. Under Muslim rule, the island became increasingly prosperous and cosmopolitan. Trade and agriculture flourished, and Palermo, its capital, became one of the largest and wealthiest cities in Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emi…
Today I learned of Jared Ream, card-carrying member of American Coaster Enthusiasts. At 430 lbs, he got rejected from Cedar Point's "Millenium Force", unable to buckle the restraint. The desire to ride Kings Island's new giga-coaster "Orion" motivated him to lose 190 lbs, so he was able to ride coasters again. dayton.com/what-to-love/h…
Notable pirates such as Blackbeard and Benjamin Hornigold united themselves under a "Republic of Pirates" which wreaked havoc across the Caribbean. Their island base of Nassau was recaptured after being without a Governor for 12 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
One of the annual public Christmas celebrations on the Hawaiian islands is the highly anticipated arrival of Santa Claus being conveyed on an outrigger canoe at WaikΔ«kΔ« Beach. This tradition is 14 years old, and generally Santa is met by cheering crowds, hula dancers and musicians. hawaiimagazine.com/watch-…
Mark Ruffalo won his role in Shutter Island by sending a fan letter to Martin Scorsese in which he told him how much he’d love to work with him. Ruffalo's future co-stars Robert Downey Jr and Josh Brolin were being considered for the role. screenrant.com/shutter-is…
Today I learned about Hoshizuna no Hama ('Star Sand Beach') on the Japanese island of Taketomi-jima, where the grains of sand are shaped like tiny stars. They're actually exoskeletons of tiny one-celled organisms called 'Baclogypsina sphaerulata' atlasobscura.com/places/t…
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…
It wasn’t until the 21st century that the world’s largest island-in-a-lake-on-an-island-in-a-lake-on-an-island was identified. It’s in Nunavut, Canada. cntraveler.com/stories/20…
Outsiders are prohibited from bringing mango fruits and seeds into Guimaras, an island in the Philippines said to be the home of the world's sweetest mangoes to prevent the entry of the two most destructive plant pests inflicting damage to mango fruitβ€”MPW and MSW. guimaras.gov.ph/wp-conten…

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