North Korea's tallest building is a 105 story hotel began in 1987 and holds the Guinness World Record for tallest unoccupied building in the world. insider.com/abandoned-hot…
The founder of Hyundai was born to an impoverished family of peasants in what is now North Korea. In 1998, he sent 1001 cows to his hometown in North Korea as a repayment 1000 times over for a cow that he stole in the early 1930s to afford his train ticket to Seoul and escape from poverty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Asphalt is the most recycled material on the planet, with 80% of North American asphalt being recycled annually ehstoday.com/archive/arti…
Socrates suggested a passive solar design for Greek houses. All openings faced south and roofs were angled north. Houses remained cool during summer since the roof provided shade, and warm during winter since the roof deflected cold north winds and sunlight entered through the south openings. dennisrhollowayarchitect.…
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…
There is a species of sheep that survives completely on seaweed. on the island of north ronaldsay in scotland, a wall was built around the island to protect crops from sheep grazing, limiting them to the shoreline where they have adapted to survive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
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…
Tiny portions of the Wright Flyer were taken to the moon and back aboard Apollo 11 in 1969. Another few were taken aboard the Challenger on it’s final flight, and recovered from the wreckage. All of these pieces are now in display in North Carolina. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
The CIA established a front company run by Oliver North to outbid Marlon Brando for the rights to a script on the Iran-Contra scandal theconversation.com/amp/w…
Europe lost an area of land, now submerged beneath the southern North Sea, that connected Great Britain to continental Europe. It was flooded by rising sea levels around 6500–6200 BC. nationalgeographic.org/ma…
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…
In May 2019, North Face Brazil's ad agency replaced WikiP photos of popular outdoor destinations with photos featuring people wearing North Face products. This was only discovered after they posted a video bragging about it. wikimediafoundation.org/n…
An underground coal seam 140 miles north of Sydney Australia has been on fire for the last 6000 years. The first advances about 3 feet a year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Benjamin Harrison before signing the statehood papers for North Dakota and South Dakota shuffled the papers so that no one could tell which became a state first. "They were born together," he reportedly said. "They are one and I will make them twins." grandforksherald.com/comm…
North Korea has its own smartphones for use in the nation, and users have to download apps at physical store locations where they can get only get government approved apps. businessinsider.com/north…
Brian Blessed once punched a polar bear in the face. On an expedition to the magnetic North Pole, a polar bear tore into his tent and stuck it's head in. Not wanting anyone to shoot it, he bellowed in the bear's face and punched it on the nose, causing it to flee. This saved the bear's life. youtube.com/watch?v=izTyF…
The Hermit of North Pond- Christopher Knight- lived off of supplies he stole from nearby cabins in a secret campsite where he evaded human contact for almost 30 years. He stole and loved playing Pokemon, Tetris, and Dig-Dug but never stole games he thought were new or would be missed by kids. michaelfinkel.com/the-str…
Broadway actually continues North of Manhattan, and is a total of 33 miles long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
There was a novel published 14 years before the Titanic sank (and well before it was built or conceptualized) about a supposedly unsinkable ship called the Titan that ultimately strikes an iceberg in the North Atlantic Sea and sinks in April en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Magnetic north and south have flipped poles 183 times in earth's history, every 450,000 years. The last time was around 750,000 years ago. It can be used to date fossils. It does take thousands of years to happen so we are semi safe atm. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Most of Iceland's population is in North America. The North American and European tectonic plates meet in Iceland, and the majority of the country's population lives on the North American side. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Even though he died in 1994, Kim Il-sung remains president of North Korea. The constitution was revised in 1998, declaring him 'Eternal President of the Republic', making North Korea the only necrocracy in the world - a government that still operates under the rules of a dead former leader. britannica.com/biography/…
Today I learned about Jeremiah Denton, a North American POW in North Vietnam. He was held prisoner and tortured for 8 years before being forced to participate in a televised press conference. During this, he blinked out morse code for "T-O-R-T-U-R-E", confirming that the POWs were being tortured latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Britain was once hit by a 21m high tsunami caused by and underwater landslide in the north Atlantic. bbc.co.uk/earth/story/201…
Former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il secretly studied English on the small island of Malta in the 1970s . His English teacher, Prof. Daniel Massa, said that he used to become irritable when hungry, especially when lessons overstepped their time limit and impinged on his lunch break. timesofmalta.com/articles…
Today I learned of a 18th century North American fighting style called Gouging, that emphasized brutal bodily mutilation. Eye-gouging was considered the ultimate way of winning the honor-bound duel. Ears, noses, lips, fingers, and genitals were also targeted to maximize the opponent's disfigurement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gou…
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…
Telephone Party Lines Were Once High Entertainment - neighboring family's had to share 1 phone line in 20th century up in north country area due to telephone company's saying it was too expensive for individual installation. Each family had own 'ring tone' and could listen in on each other. adirondackalmanack.com/20…
Florida's hottest temperature ever recorded (109 degrees Fahrenheit) is 12 degrees cooler than North Dakota's record high (121 degrees) weather.com/news/climate/…
In May 1981 the citizens of Naphlion, Greece awoke to find small green frogs falling from the sky. The Greek Meteorological Institute surmised they were picked up by a very strong wind since the frog species was native to North Africa. newtimes.co.rw/section/re…
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…
Reindeer and caribou are exactly the same species, just the European name (former) and the North American name (latter) for them are different. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rei…
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…
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.…
Today I learned about the Barbary slave trade, where slave traders from Tunis, Algiers, and Tripoli alone enslaved 1 million to 1.25 million Europeans in North Africa wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbar…
Today I learned of the US contingency plan "Fracture Jaw", a plan to deploy nukes from the South against North Vietnam. It was abandoned by the White House in February 1968. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Lincoln suspended habeas corpus and oversaw mass arrests of up to 38,000 antiwar protesters and journalists in the North. encyclopedia.com/history/…
Hurricane Donna, in 1960, is the only hurricane on record to travel up the whole East Coast of the US, hitting every state along the way from Florida north to Maine. sun-sentinel.com/news/sfl…
The USS Pueblo, captured by North Korea in 1968 and currently on display there as a museum ship, is the only ship of the U.S. Navy still on the commissioned roster currently being held captive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Most recordings of "White Christmas" skip the opening verse and start with the chorus. The opening verse, though, reveals the song is being sung by someone in "Beverly Hills, LA," where "the sun is shining, the grass is green/The orange and palm trees sway," but is "longing to be up north." kqed.org/news/83832/why-w…
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…
If you travel due north, south, east or west from Stamford, CT, the next state you will get to is always New York (the only "sizable" city that has such a characteristic). geographyrealm.com/city-t…
Today I learned of the MT Vulcanus, a freighter ship that was converted into an incinerator ship to burn hazardous waste, including Agent Orange from the Vietnam War. The ship burned hazardous waste at sea in the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, and South Pacific from 1972 until 1990. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MT_…
A guide dog named Roselle led a group of people including her blind owner down 78 flights of stairs before the North Tower collapsed on 9/11. She only stopped to give kisses to a woman who was having a panic attack. money.cnn.com/galleries/2…
Three cows that were swept off an island in North Carolina during Hurricane Dorian were found alive on a different island. Cape Lookout National Seashore Park officials say they believe the three stranded cows swam up to five miles. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
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…
In 1860, Lincoln became President without even being on the ballot in 10 states (of only 33 states in the Union): Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/186…
In 1959 Alfred Hitchcock was approached to direct the first James Bond movie. However, he did not want to make another spy thriller right after "North by Northwest", and instead started working on "Psycho". variety.com/2015/film/new…
Pham Xuan An, one of the first Vietnamese live in Orange County, California (1957-1959). He was a journalist and correspondent for Time, Reuters and the New York Herald Tribune, stationed in Saigon during the war in Vietnam. Also he was a perfect spy of North Vietnam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ph%…
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…

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