The government of Greenland pays for Greenlanders university education anywhere in Europe or North America America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
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 first transatlantic telegraph cable was laid down in the year 1858, which reduced the communication time between North America and Europe from ten days to a matter of minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
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…
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…
In 1972, there were only 12 paramedic units in North America. The TV show Emergency! starring Randolph Mantooth as Johnny Gage introduced people to the concept of pre-hospital care and CPR. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
An average adult in North America will eat 1,996 lb (905 kilos) of food per year. An average American consumes 3,663 calories per day, while in Europe it is 3,367 and in Asia is just 2,779. inverse.com/article/38623…
Today I learned of the Atari shock, where video game revenues peaked at around $3.2 billion in 1983, then fell to around $100 million by 1985 (a drop of almost 97 percent). The crash abruptly ended what is retrospectively considered the second generation of console video gaming in North America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vid…
That, despite scathing reviews, every successive film in the Resident Evil franchise has made more money globally than the previous film (with the exception of Resident Evil: Retribution). The series has made more than $1 billion total and 4 out of 6 of the films opened at #1 in North America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
In 1924, a man named W.O. Bashman found a 40.23 carat diamond in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. Nicknamed the "Uncle Sam Diamond," it was the largest diamond ever discovered in North America. It was later cut down to 12.42 carats and sold for $150,000 in 1971 (about $800,000 today). mentalfloss.com/article/2…
There used to be millions of Bisons across North America until we hunted them to near extinction en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bis…
Camels originated in North America and crossed the Bering land bridge to Asia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
Horses originated in North America and spread to every Afro Eurasia and South America, only to become extinct in North America where they originated from. They were then reintroduced back to North America by humans. They have been in every continent including Antarctica now. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo…
Dandelions are not indigenous to North America and were introduced by European settlers farmvilleherald.com/2018/…
Today I learned about Snorri Thorfinnsson, the first European to be born in North America. He was born near modern-day New England around the year 1000. biographi.ca/en/bio/snorr…
A study from 2016 identified an overall 57% diminution in mean sperm concentration over the past 35 years in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Reports in South America indicated no significant alteration. An increasing trend of sperm concentration was identified only in Australia. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
Over half of road vehicles in North America have red turn signals, as opposed to amber. cnet.com/google-amp/news/…
European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris), native to Europe, were first introduced by Shakespeare enthusiasts in 1890 in Central Park, NY with the release of about 100 birds, and they are now one of the most abundant and destructive birds in North America with a population of roughly 200 million. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The mountain lions originally found throughout North America were completely wiped out by the arrival of humans some 10,000 years ago. The mountain lions seen since then are actually descendants of South American mountain lions that moved north and recolonized the continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
The year 1816 is known as the "year without summer" due to the volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia which resulted in tens of thousands of deaths, a global temperature drop of up to 3 degrees Celsius and unusually cold and wet conditions sweeping across Europe and North America. edition.cnn.com/2019/09/1…
Reno/Tahoe was the divorce capital of North America in the early 1900s because of its very lax divorce laws and only requiring 24 weeks of residence to file for divorce. carsonnow.org/story/01/31…
London is farther north than Calgary, Montreal is south of Paris, and despite being 20Β° further north, Reykjavik’s average temperature in January is warmer than Boston’s average temperature. The reason for milder European climates than equivalent cities in North America is the Gulf Stream. brilliantmaps.com/cities-…
Today I learned of a bogus Deep Purple fronted by original Purple vocalist Rod Evans which toured North America in 1980 with shows often ending in riots. The real Deep Purple found out and placed an ad stating that none of them would be appearing. They sued and won and claim to have no knowledge of Evans since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Today I learned about York, a slave belonging to William Clark (of Lewis and Clark) and the first African American to cross North America to reach the Pacific en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yor…
Sweetwater Sound, the largest online retailer of music equipment and pro audio gear in North America, was originally started as a recording studio that was built by one man in a Volkswagen Bus in 1979. That man, Chuck Surack, still owns the company 100% and works on-site daily. cnn.com/2019/05/20/succes…
The Nucor Corporation, a North Carolina-based steel manufacturer, is America's largest recycler. In 2015, they recycled 16.9 million tons of scrap steel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuc…
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…
Territory integral to the European Union can be found on five continents thanks to the outermost regions of European nations. There are the European countries, Cyprus is technically in Asia, French Guiana in South America, Guadeloupe in North America, and the Canary Islands in Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In 2013, Toronto surpassed Chicago as the fourth largest city in North America. Except for a brief rise in the 1990s, Chicago’s population has been steadily shrinking since the 1950s, when it was the nation’s second largest city chicago.cbslocal.com/2013…
Today I learned of a man who retired at 61 and becames a perpetual hiker. Over 15 years he walked over 34,000 miles (55,000 KM). He became the first known person to hike the entire Appalachian Range in North America, from Newfoundland to the Keys and more and more. theguardian.com/world/201…
There was once a camel in North America with a neck like a giraffe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aep…
Greenland is part of North America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Sunflower (Helianthus tuberosus) root, also called Jersualem artichokes or Sunchokes, are native to North America. Native Americans were first to cultivate sunflower roots for food. Resists cold, drought, wind. The roots contain inulin, which is firmly established to decrease blood cholesterol. epdf.pub/biology-and-chem…
Nutrias are easily recognized by their large orange teeth.Their enamel is richly pigmented with iron affording these semiaquatic rodents chisel-like strength while gnawing. Originally native to subtropical South America, they have since been introduced to North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
On The Beatles 1964 and 1965 tours of North America, the concerts would often end with Paul's wild vocal version of Little Richard's hit-song Long Tall Sally. Paul McCartney had played the song Long Tall Sally to impress John Lennon when the two met for the very first time capitol6000.com/covers3.h…
Royal Bank of Canada, founded in 1864, is the overall leading Canadian brand and the most valuable banking brand in North America as of February 2019, with 17.4 billion U.S. dollars in brand value statista.com/topics/3030/…
Today I learned about invasive North American earth worms. All areas of North America that were covered in ice in the last ice age were devoid of worms before European colonization. If you've even encountered an earth worm north of the 45th parallel, it's almost guaranteed to be an Asian or European species. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inv…
"the loneliest place in North America" is Stannard's Rock Lighthouse. A once manned light 70 miles from land. Most keepers didn't last long. lakesuperior.com/the-lake…
The world's oldest roller coaster "Leap The Dips" built in 1902 is the only remaining side-friction roller coaster in North America youtube.com/watch?v=loQDD…
One of the rarest books on earth is a complete copy of The Gutenberg Bible. There are only 21 in existence and the only copy held outside of North America and Europe is in Tokyo. It was last sold in 1978 and if one became available it could easily fetch up to $40 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gut…
A European fungus, accidentally spread to North America in 2006, has caused Bat populations across the US and Canada to plummet by over 90%. Formerly very common bat species now face extinction, having already almost entirely disappeared over the Northeastern US and Eastern Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
In 1793, 12 years before the much more famous Lewis & Clark Expedition, a Scottish explorer named Sir Alexander Mackenzie made the first successful east to west trek across North America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Lynx Rufus (aka the bobcat) is 2 to 3 times the size of a domestic cat and has been around for nearly 1.8 million years and can be found across North America and Mexico. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Qajartalik (Inuktitut for "where there is a kayak") is a petroglyph site located on Qikertaaluk Island, Nunavut, with over 150 carvings of faces in soapstone. It is believed to be the north most rock art site in North America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qaj…
Alexander Mackenzie was the first European to cross North America (north of Mexico) thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
America accidentally dropped a nuke on South Carolina in 1958 and two Hydrogen bombs on North Carolina in 1961. The traditional explosives on the nuke exploded, while only a low voltage trigger kept one of the H-bombs from detonating. huffpost.com/entry/that-o…
Today I learned about The Fortress of the Bears (aka Admiralty Island), an island off the coast of Alaska that has the highest concentration of brown bears in North America. The ~1600 bears outnumber people 3 to 1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adm…
In 1752, 11 days of the month of September in North America were skipped in order to transition to the Gregorian calendar from the Julian calendar because the Julian calendar didn't calculate leap years well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/175…
The common poorwill, native to western North America, is the only bird known to go into torpor for extended periods of time.The bird's temperature can drop to as low as 41Β°F, and their rate of respiration is reduced up to 90%.They can remain in this state of near hibernation for weeks or months. allaboutbirds.org/guide/C…
Russia and the United States are only 2 miles apart, and during the winter, you can walk between the two nations. There have been proposals to built highways and high-speed rail connecting Asia and North America the Bering Strait. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Today I learned about the Roosevelt Island Tramway is an aerial tramway in New York City that spans the East River and connects Roosevelt Island to the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The tramway is the first commuter aerial tramway in North America, having opened in 1976. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roo…
Oxford researches attributed 10,000 suicides to "the Great Recession" from 2008 to 2010 in North America and Europe bbc.com/news/health-27796…
When Joseph Vaillancourt's 2,609,698 km 1963 Plymouth Fury taxi, at the time the highest-mileage car in North America, was hit by a truck, actor Michael Barette personally spent about $20k on restoring the car. allpar.com/old/high-miles…
Today I learned of the theory of New World degeneracy, an 18th century scientific theory stating that because North America was a cold and wet climate, all species found there were weak, shriveled, and diminished. Thomas Jefferson devoted the longest chapter in his only published book to debunking that idea. slate.com/technology/2012…
Swine Flu (H1N1) 2009 Pandemic killed 14,822 worldwide/3600 in North America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
In Japan, Nintendo continued to produce the Famicom (known as the NES in North America) until 2003, with technical support continuing for four years after that, citing a scarcity of parts as its discontinuation of it computinghistory.org.uk/d…
Lethbridge Alberta had the second largest POW camp in North America during WW2 galtmuseum.com/articles/2…
For 20 years, the wooden pieces for every Scrabble set in North America were manufactured in Fairfax, Vermont. FYI, in the US, the standard Scrabble sets had wooden tiles, and the deluxe ones had plastic, but in Europe, it was the other way around. vtdigger.org/2019/12/26/t…
Tumbleweeds are not actually native to North America, but Russia. While they are a quintessential image of the American West, tumbleweeds arrived from Russia in 1870, and are known to be invasive, often "driving ranchers out of their homes through sheer abundance." smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Haunted house attractions didn't really go mainstream in North America until the Great Depression, when parents began organizing haunted houses or trails to keep young men from causing trouble on All Hallow's Eve. history.com/news/hallowee…
Cleveland's Terminal Tower was the second-tallest building in the world when it was completed. Terminal Tower stood as the tallest building in North America outside of New York City from its completion in 1930 until 1964 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
Tomatoes are not native to Italy. They were imported from North America. tomato-cages.com/tomato-h…
A mega-tsunami is expected to threaten both Europe and North America with millions of casualties when the western slope of La Palma in the Canary Islands collapses. youtu.be/6utAunBKXV4
Small island archipelago St. Pierre & Miquelon is the only French owned territory in North America and is 30 minutes off the coast from Newfoundland, Canada. It was also a key part of alcohol smuggling into the US during the prohibition era. thedailybeast.com/frances…
Green herons, native to North and Central America, are one of the few species of bird known to use tools such as bread or insects as bait to lure fish. When a fish tries to take the bait, the green heron will grab it. They also feed on frogs and aquatic arthropods as they walk along shorelines. allaboutbirds.org/guide/G…
The rosy maple moth, native to North America, has a woolly body with delicate silky pink and yellow coloration. The moth's larval caterpillars are known as green-striped mapleworms and they feed on maple leaves. The larvae undergo five instars prior to adulthood whereupon they no longer feed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry…
Bald eagles are only found in North America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Each year, small groups of eastern gray whales travel from the northern Pacific Ocean along the coast of western North America to the warm waters of southern California and northern Mexico and then back in what is considered the longest annual migration of any mammal, up to 22,000km/13,700miles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
The muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus), the only species in genus Ondatra, is a medium-sized semi-aquatic rodent native to North America and is found in wetlands over a wide range of climates and habitats. Muskrats mate while underwater and can also hold their breaths for up to 20 minutes underwater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
In 1872/3 the so called "Great Epizooic of 1872" spread throughout North America, infecting more than 75% of all horses. While rarely fatal it wreaked havoc in US economy and forced the US-cavalry and the Apache for some time to fight each other on foot. It was one cause for the 1872 Boston Fire horsetalk.co.nz/2014/02/1…
West Edmonton Mall attracts more than 30 million visitors a year, twice as many as Disneyland. The facility, which has more than 800 stores and services, employs almost 24,000 people, and is still the largest mall in North America edmontonjournal.com/news/…
Indian pipe is an herbaceous perennial plant native to temperate regions of Asia, North America and northern South America. Also called ghost pipe or corpse plant, it is sometimes completely waxy and lacks chlorophyll. The plant produces nervine used in western herbal and naturopathic medicine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The jaguarundi, related to cougars and cheetahs, is a furtive, mostly diurnal, wild feline native to southern North America and South America with relatively short legs, an elongated body, and a long bushy tail. The ears are short and rounded, and its coat is without spots and uniform in color. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jag…
Tom Hanks is ranked as the fifth-highest all-time box office star in North America, with a total gross of over $4.9 billion at the North American box office, an average of $100.8 million per film. Worldwide, his films have grossed over $9.96 billion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
An opossum and a possum are two different animals. An opposum is from north America and a possum is from Australia. Americans mistakenly call opossums possums mentalfloss.com/article/5…
There are only two verified fatal healthy wild wolf attacks on humans in North America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of the Canadian Diaspora. In the 1980's, Los Angeles had the fourth largest Canadian population of any city in North America, with New York close behind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art resembles Guggenheim Museum and it has more than 3,000 world-class European and American paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures. TMoCA is considered to have the most valuable collections of modern Western masterpieces outside Europe and North America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teh…
Extremely high taxes ($5.85/pack) have made New York City the cigarette smuggling capital of America. 57% of cigarettes consumed are smuggled, usually from Virginia or North Carolina huffpost.com/entry/cigare…
Despite the fact they lack the physical adaptations of a climber, crocodiles can climb trees and do it regularly, a new study in Herpetology Notes finds. After studying five crocodilian species on Africa, Australia and North America, they found that the reptiles can climb as high as 6 feet! sciencemag.org/news/2014/…
The last Kenny Rogers Roasters operating in North America closed on December 31, 2011, but it continues to flourish in Asia, with locations in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Cambodia, Bangladesh and the Philippines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
Unlike in North America, eggs are not washed in the UK because the process removes a protective membrane that makes them require refrigeration. gizmodo.com/why-the-briti…
Today I learned about the Bay Psalm Book, the first book printed in British North America. First produced in 1640, just 20 years after the pilgrims landed at Plymouth, there are only 11 surviving copies; one sold at auction for nearly $15 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay…
If the Solar System fit in your hand the Milky Way galaxy would be size of North America nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/new…
Sault Ste. Marie had 7,000+ troops, 51 barrage ballons, and 48 AA guns during WWII making it one the most heavily fortified inland city in North America. ss.sites.mtu.edu/mhugl/20…
Vancouver, Canada has the least affordable housing in North America, more expensive than Manhattan and San Francisco digg.com/2017/most-unaffo…
In North America it’s illegal for on-road vehicles with Diesel engines to use red-dyed Diesel, violators are subject to fines as these are meant for off-road use only and not subject to taxes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fue…
Today I learned of secondary impacts from the extraterrestrial impact on the Laurentide ice sheet 12,700 years ago, which effectively carpet-bombed large parts of North America with giant ice boulders traveling at 3km/s, ending the successful Clovis culture and killing all species of North American mega-fauna. youtu.be/BQlbzurlObY
The states surrounding the Great Lakes- large reservoirs of freshwater in midcontinental North America- have a charter that outlines how that water can be used as a resource en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Western Europe and the West coast of North America have mild, maritime climates not because of ocean currents transporting heat from the tropics but because of the prevailing wind direction. Winds blowing from over oceans moderate the climate much more than the oceanic transport of heat. ocp.ldeo.columbia.edu/res…
A series of large lakes in Africa, the African Great Lakes, contain more water than North America's Great Lakes β€” 25% of the world's unfrozen surface fresh water β€” including 10% of Earth's fish species. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afr…
Squirrels in North America once migrated in numbers of well over a billion at a time and it could several weeks for them to pass through a single town. Lewis & Clark even recorded such an event. farmprogress.com/massive-…
, there's enough water in Lake Superior to flood both North and South America to a depth of one foot. (5th down on the list) law2.umkc.edu/faculty/pro…
The tallest mountain in North America, Mt. McKinley, was renamed to it's original name Mt. Denali in 2015. usgs.gov/news/old-name-of…
One of the reasons Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark to map the American West was to find mastodonsβ€”a large, extinct, elephant-like mammal. Jefferson was interested in the fossils being discovered across North America and believed there were still mastodons roaming the unexplored West. vox.com/2015/4/13/8384167…
A man once tried to introduce each bird species mentioned in Shakespeare to North America. In 1890, he released 60 starlings... and now their population is 150 million, spread from Alaska to Central America. They are a nuisance in the US, causing $800M/yr in agricultural damage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Camels originated in North America and roamed the Arctic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
Banana bread originated in North America. kingarthurflour.com/blog/…
In 1930s, a famous psychic "doctor" named Edgar Cayce incorrectly predicted that North America would experience chaos: "Los Angeles, San Francisco... will be among those that will be destroyed before New York". These events were to have happened "in the period of '58 to '98". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edg…

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