Cannabis is invasive in North America, referred to as 'feral cannabis,' 'wild marijuana,' and 'ditch weed' when it grows in the wild. Seeds can lie dormant for 7-10 years and the wild plant can damage farm equipment. Feral cannabis is cultivated in North Korea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Santa Fe, New Mexico is the oldest capital city in North America, founded (1607) over a decade before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock (1620). santafe.org/visiting-sant…
Over the past 50 years, there has been a decline of 3 billion birds across North America smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Leif Erikson was a Norse explorer from Iceland. He is thought to have been the first known European to have set foot on continental North America, approximately half a millennium before Christopher Columbus. history.com/news/the-viki…
Today I learned of Doug Tompkins, a high school drop-out and the co-founder of North Face and Esprit. He eventually sold both businesses and started to do conservation work in South America with his second wife, former CEO of Patagonia. A very experienced outdoorsman, he died from hypothermia while kayaking. theguardian.com/us-news/2…
Today I learned of Gudrid ThorbjarnardΓ³ttir, Icelandic explorer, who sailed to America around 1000ad. She was the first European to give birth there. She also sailed across North Atlantic eight times between Greenland, Iceland and Norway. Later in her life she made a pilgrimage to Rome and back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gud…
Greenland actually belongs to North America and not Europe whatarethe7continents.com…
Today I learned about the Flint Hills of Kansas which, thanks to surface geology full of limestone, contain the largest remaining piece of original tallgrass prairie left in North America. flinthillsdiscovery.org/5…
The movie Moonwalker was never given an official release on DVD or Blu Ray in North America due to issues with licensing the film and music. However, the film did see a few DVD/Blu-Ray releases in different parts of the world, most notably the Blu-Ray release in the UK. blu-ray.com/movies/Moonwa…
The animals commonly referred to as "Buffalo" in North America are actually not Buffalo at all, they're Bison. True Buffalo look much more similar to long-horned cattle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bub…
Dandelions were deliberately brought to North America from Europe as a medicine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
There is a German island in the North Sea (FΓΆhr) whose residents love the Manhattan cocktail - a relic of mass emigration to America in the late 1800s/early 1900s of island residents. bbc.com/travel/story/2020…
The Chaco Culture National Historic Site in New Mexico containes ruins built between 800AD-1150AD and remained the largest structures in North America until the 1800's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The passenger pigeon once had a population of 3-5 billion birds in North America. Hunters killed tens of thousands of them every day, then ignored calls to protect them when their numbers dwindled, until the last wild one was shot and stuffed in 1902, and the last captive one died in 1912. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
After the 1492 arrival of Columbus in the Americas the Spanish Empire expanded across the Caribbean Islands, half of South America, most of Central America and much of North America. Eventually the indigenous populations plummeted by 80%; arguably the first large-scale genocide in the modern era en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
South Carolina has the only tea plantation in North America charleston.com/businesses…
7 years ago, the Smithsonian ranked the top 100 most influential Americans in history, two of which are Italians who never set foot in North America, and one is a literal horse smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
As recently as 12,000 years ago there was an extant species of Cheetah in North America wikipedia.org/wiki/Americ…
European Starlings are an incredibly invasive species, introduced to the US by Eugene Schieffelin. Convinced the country needed every bird in Shakespeare’s works, he had ~100 starlings released in NYC in 1890. They are now one of the most abundant birds in North America, numbering at ~200mil. sciencefriday.com/article…
β€œCarolina Gold” was the first commercially grown rice in North America. seriouseats.com/2016/05/c…
The Endicott Pear tree, located in Danvers(MA), is believed to be the oldest living cultivated fruit tree in North America, and was named as a national monument in 2011. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End…
Reindeer and Caribou are the same animal. In Europe, they are called reindeer. In North America, the animals are called caribou if they are wild and reindeer if they are domesticated. blog.nature.org/science/2…
Horses evolved on the great plains of North America. They migrated across the Bering land bridge to Asia, and all remaining horses died out in America. When the Spanish brought horses with them in the 16th century, they were returning them to their native ranges. britannica.com/animal/hor…
North America used to be split in half by a "Western Interior Seaway" ; T-Rex lived on the western island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
Fireball Cinnamon Whisky has different formulas for Europe and North America. This is because Norway, Finland, and Sweden recalled Fireball in 2014 due to the levels of propylene glycol, an ingredient found in antifreeze. The FDA still asserted that the levels of propylene glycol are safe. latimes.com/food/dailydis…
During WWII, the Japanese Imperial Army only physically occupied one place in North America, The Aleutian Islands. The islands were occupied for 14 months and were home to nearly 7,000 Japanese military and civilian personnel. nps.gov/places/japanese-o…
There are a series of locks that permit ship traffic up the St. Lawrence seaway in North America, from near sea level near Montreal up to 243.3 ft in elevation at Lake Ontario. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
There is a plan to unify North America’s east, west, and Texas power grids en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Bulls would be used for a blood sport called bull-baiting where they would be pinned to fight dogs, mainly bull dogs and sometimes bears in England, Ireland, and North America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bul…
A 2005 study from Rutgers University theorized that the pre-1492 native populations of the Americas are the descendants of only 70 individuals who crossed the land bridge between Asia and North America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
The only caffeine producing plant in North America goes by the unfortunate Latin name of Ilex vomitoria even though drinking it does not make a person want to vomit. wildedible.com/wild-food-…
Although it’s cousins in North America are very timid, Norwegian Lemmings are extremely confrontational, and have even been known to kill weasels! youtu.be/vv06KicxKdc
Denali mountain in Alaska is both the tallest mountain in North America, and taller than Mount Everest measuring from base to summit. Everest reaches a higher altitude however, since it’s on a ~17,000’ plateau. lastfrontier.org/faq-dena…
Brood X, the largest and most wide-ranging brood of periodical cicadas in North America, is scheduled to emerge in the Midwest around April 2021, with trillions of cicadas expected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Flocks of native wild parrots used to be common in North America, even into Canada. Known as the Carolina Parakeet, they were eventually all killed for their beautiful feathers by 1939. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The exact date of Super Mario Bros. for the NES ' launch in North America is unknown gamasutra.com/view/featur…
Bears are considered by many wildlife biologists to be one of the most intelligent land animals of North America. They possess the largest and most convoluted brains relative to their size of any land mammal. In the animal kingdom, their intelligence compares with that of higher primates. pbs.org/wnet/nature/arcti…
Eugene Schieffelin hoped to introduce into North America every bird mentioned by Shakespeare. He imported starlings from England and released them in Manhattan in 1890 and 1891. Starlings soon started to drive native birds out of their habitats, ate massive amounts of crops, and spread disease. unintendedconsequenc.es/d…
Praying mantises are able to prey on small birds like hummingbirds, eating them alive. Often used as pest control, large mantises made their way into North America, perching in trees, gardens and bird feeders. huffpost.com/entry/prayin…
Today I learned of Haplogroup X, an ancient human mitochondrial DNA found in both the Americas and in Eurasia suggesting a more complicated peopling of North America than previously imagined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
Today I learned the Saint Francois Mountains of Southeast Missouri are some of the oldest mountains in North America at 1.4 Billion years old. The Appalachian Mountains are half their age at 480 Million years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
The reason one cannot drive straight from North America down to South America is one 100km stretch of extremely difficult, dangerous and environmentally sensitive terrain called the Darien Gap in Central America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
The Energizer Bunny was created as a β€œcool” parody of a previously existing Duracell Bunny. Thanks to trademark laws, the Energizer is iconic in North America, while the Duracell Bunny is common in the rest of the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ene…
North America's Lake Superior contains 10 percent of the world's surface freshwater and holds the remains of 6,000 shipwrecks outsideonline.com/2183826…
Killer whales are such apex predators they hunt and kill terrestrial mammals such as moose and deer, When swimming between islands in North America earthtouchnews.com/oceans…
Gypsy Moths aren't native to North America. They were brought here by an artist who wanted to breed a more hardy silk worm. It has no natural enemies in North America and Defoliates over a million acres a year. fyi.extension.wisc.edu/gy…
The first anime fan convention held in North America was YamatoCon, held on August 13, 1983 in Dallas, Texas ourstarblazers.com/vault/…
The Great Lakes of North America are only a few thousand years old. They formed when the ice sheets of the most recent glacial period began to recede about 14,000 years ago, filling the basins they left behind with water. britannica.com/place/Grea…
Today I learned about pawpaws, a tropical flavored fruit, which grows in North America’s forests. seriouseats.com/2014/09/w…
Honey bees aren't native to North America. When they arrived from Europe they spread out faster than the colonists, and Native Americans considered the appearance of the "white man's fly" to indicate the approach of European settlers monticello.org/site/resea…

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