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/…
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…
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…
Today I learned of the time a North Korean espionage submarine was literally caught in a South Korean fishing net. As the South Korean navy was towing it to port, the sub sank. When salvaged, of the 9 member crew, 5 were found executed and 4 had committed suicide. nationalinterest.org/blog…
In 1985 expedition leader Mike Dunn organized a trip of the "greatest explorers" to the North Pole. Among them were Neil Armstrong, Steve Fossett and Sir Edmund Hillary. Armstrong said that he accepted the invitation because he only ever saw the North Pole from space and not from the ground en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nei…
North Koreans are especially proud of Kim Jong Il for his "inventions". One of them is the Gogigyeopbbang or double breaded meat, which is essentially a hamburger. theguardian.com/world/sho…
Atomic tests were a tourist draw in 1950s Las Vegas. They advertised detonation times and best viewing spots to see the massive flash and mushroom cloud from the bomb test site, 65 miles away. Casinos flaunted their north-facing vistas, offering special β€œatomic cocktails” and β€œDawn Bomb Parties” citylab.com/equity/2014/0…
All US Army Helicopters are named after Indigenous North American Tribes defense.gov/Explore/Insid…
Camels once existed in Canada's far north. The Yukon giant camel was an 3.5 million-year-old ancestor of the living domestic camel found today in the deserts of Asia and Africa. beringia.com/exhibit/ice-…
Actor, director, and producer Orson Welles refused admission into Harvard at age 16 so he could travel. When he landed in Dublin he convinced everyone that he was a famous Broadway star and began producing plays. When he grew bored of the farce, he went to North Africa to draw pictures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ors…
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…
Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, containing 22–23% of all fresh surface water. it contains more water than the North American Great Lakes combined: is the world's deepest lake; and is considered the world's oldest lake, at 25–30 million years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
From 1965 to 1968, the United States was dropping 32 tons of bombs per hour on North Vietnam. 7 million tons of bombs including 400,000 tons of napalm were dropped in Southeast Asia during the conflict. This is more than three times as many tons of bombs than were dropped in all of World War II currentaffairs.org/2018/0…
Today I learned of a 1972 CIA project to wiretap enemy phone lines deep within North Vietnam. The helicopter used in the operation, developed at Area 51, was the quietest ever built. In the dead of night, its pilots flew 100-200 feet above North Vietnamese farmers and anti-aircraft guns without being detected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
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…
1GB of mobile data costs $2.06 on average in Northern Africa & $14.71 in North America cable.co.uk/mobiles/world…
Because NATO's Article 6 covers only member states' islands in the North Atlantic north of the Tropic of Cancer, plus French Algeria. An attack on the U.S. state of Hawaii would not trigger the treaty, but an attack on the other 49 would. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Wearing forbidden Western fashion, like denim, jewelry, and hair dye, is used by North Korean millennials to show their defiance of the regime - but a women's union and youth groups monitor the streets to shame and beat rule-breakers, cutting off ponytails and destroying tight trousers refinery29.com/en-ca/2019…
The North River Tunnels in NYC, built 120 years ago which connect Manhattan to New Jersey and the West, is one of the most important tunnels for trains going under the Hudson. Yet it is falling into disrepair and funding to improve it or build new tunnels has not come through. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
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/…
Scientists discovered a cypress tree in North Carolina that is at least 2,624 years old, which means the tree was alive for centuries before the advent of Christianity, the Roman Empire, and the English language. charlotteobserver.com/new…
Today I learned about the Forest Swastika, a giant swastika made of larch trees in a pine forest 60 miles north of Berlin. The swastika was planted in 1938 by Nazis, but escaped detection until the early 1990s when an aerial survey of the land was made. The German government frantically destroyed it. amusingplanet.com/2016/10…
The first undisputed voyage to the North Pole was actually made by an Italian airship called the Norge. It was also led by Roald Amundsen, the same man who first made it to the south pole. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
North Korea is the only country with a 100% literacy rate according to UNESCO en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Turtle Island is a name for North America used by some Indigenous and First Nations people and by some Indigenous rights activists, based on the Iroquois belief that the earth is supported on the back of a gigantic turtle called Hah-nu-nah en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Przewalski's horses are the only wild horses left in the world. The "wild" horses that abound in Australia and North America's western plains and East Coast barrier islands are actually feral domestic horses that escaped from ranches and farms and returned to the wild. nationalzoo.si.edu/animal…
99 years ago 4,500 tonnes of a mixture incl. ammonium nitrate fertilizer exploded at BASF in Oppau, Germany, killing 500-600 people, injuring 2000 more. The explosion, estimated to have 1–2 kilotonnes TNT equivalent, could still be heard more than 300km away in north-eastern France and Munich. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opp…
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…
The photographer (Eddie Adams) of the South Vietnamese officer (Nguyen Ngoc Loan) executing the North Vietnamese man in front of him regretted ever publishing the picture and refused to testify against him when Nguyen was brought to trial on charges of committing a war crime. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
One of the founders of The Church of Jediism was removed from a Tesco supermarket in North Wales for refusing to remove his hood on a religious basis. The owner justified Jones's ejection by saying, "Jedis are very welcome to shop in our stores although we would ask them to remove their hoods." theguardian.com/world/200…
The traditional British style of dropping the "R" sound at the end of words didn't become popular until the late 1700s, meaning that the rhoticity found in North American English or the West Country of England is the older form of pronunciation. bbc.com/culture/article/2…
Today I learned of an incident in which the United States provided military aid to a North Korean cargo ship captured by Somalian pirates. Three of the sailors required medical treatment which was provided by US Medics. North Korean press provided the US with positive coverage, expressing gratitude. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai…
General MacArthur wanted to win the Korean War by dropping 30-50 atomic bombs on air bases, followed by sowing nuclear waste into the ground to create a permanent radioactive border to prevent future invasions from the North. warfarehistorynetwork.com…
In 1863, an escaped slave named Gordon stumbled into Union Army territory in Louisiana. He had trekked 80 miles after escaping a Mississippi plantation, where he had been whipped so badly that he almost died. His haunting image of gruesome injuries became a rallying cry across the North. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor…
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…
"Comrade Kim goes Flying" is North Korea’s first β€œgirl power” movie and it was screened at numerous film festivals in 2014. The story of coal miner, her dream of becoming a trapeze artist is crushed by an arrogant trapeze star who believes miners belong underground and not in the air comradekimgoesflying.com/
22-year old George Washington, who became the first president of the US, inadvertently started the French and Indian War in colonial North America. history.com/news/george-w…
(US-Style) Biscuits are generally of a better quality in the South because they require soft-wheat, which is grown and sold in the South almost exclusively. Soft wheat is better for biscuits but worse for bread - the opposite is true for the hard wheat of the North and West of the US. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The value of the materials mined in North America that come specifically from extraterrestrial impacts totals over $5 billion per year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imp…
Today I learned of the Windows on the World restaurant, which occupied the 107th floor of the world trade center north tower. More than 60 languages were spoken among the staff and it's kitchen was run by celebrity chefs. In it's final year it was the highest grossing fine dining establishment in the country. ny.eater.com/2013/9/11/65…
Today I learned about the Crooked Forest (Krzywy Las) in Poland, a forest of pine trees that bend sharply to the North before returning upright after 3ft of growth, thus resembling fish hooks. No exact reason has been found for their shape as yet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
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…
Vorkuta is one of Russia’s fastest dying cities but is technically the fourth most populous settlement north of the Arctic Circle. In many apartment complexes throughout Vorkuta, there are just one or two families left meduza.io/en/feature/2020…
There is a city called North Pole, Alaska. The city is known for having year round Christmas decorations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
British childrens' author Roald Dahl was a fighter pilot during World War Two and shot down five Axis aircraft over Greece and North Africa, qualifying him as a fighter ace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roa…
Abraham Lincoln was unpopular among both the north and the south before he died. battlefields.org/learn/ar…
The Grand Kankakee Marsh in Northwest Indiana was one of the largest wetlands in North America at almost 1M acres before it was drained for farmland in the early 1900's. It was also home to one of the densly popluated areas of wildlife. daily-journal.com/news/lo…
One World Trade Center, the tallest building in North America, is 1,776 feet. It's height is a reference to the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. alansfactoryoutlet.com/th…
Julius Caesar likely had epilepsy, with four documented seizures: 1) in the Senate while being offered the Emperor’s Crown, 2) while listening to an oration by Cicero, and in military campaigns in 3) North Africa and 4) Corduba, Spain. Caesar won both battles despite his seizures. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
A TV news crew were filming on the streets of New York when Flight 11 hit the North Tower, but managed to get only audio of the actual crash. youtube.com/watch?v=cVEmA…
North Korea has their own basketball rules: slam dunks are worth three points, field goals in the final three minutes of the game are worth eight points, three-pointers are worth four if the ball doesn't touch the rim, and a point is deducted for missed free throws. heraldsun.com.au/sport/ba…
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…
Certain languages lack any word for left/right and instead use the cardinal directions to express orientation on a small scale, e.g. "the cup is to the north of me." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bod…
In 1996, an American citizen swam across a Chinese river into North Korea on a drunken dare. He got caught, was held and imprisoned under suspicion of being a spy, but was eventually released back to the U.S. He committed suicide a few weeks later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva…
In 1992, a North Dakota teen, John Thompson was home alone when he had both of his arms chopped off by a tractor in a farming accident. He still managed get up to dial for help using a pencil with his mouth. He lived and both arms were reattached. inforum.com/news/2944875-…
Today I learned of the time a 59-year-old Louisiana man was captured by South Koreans after trying to cross the Civilian Control Line into North Korea. When questioned, he claimed he was going to "help resolve tensions on the Korean Peninsula." All he packed for his heroic escapade was extra underwear. cbsnews.com/news/south-ko…
Wilmington, Deleware; Wilmington, North Carolina; Wilmington, Vermont; and Wilmington, Massachusetts were all named in honor of Spencer Compton, the Earl of Wilmington en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
In mid-1950, China was poised to invade Taiwan after having annexed Hainan Island. The Korean War outbreak prevented that as the U.S. 7th Fleet was ordered to patrol the Taiwan Strait, and China redirected its troops trained for the Taiwan invasion to instead help North Korea in their conflict. history.state.gov/milesto…
Three of the plane models used by North Korean airline Air Koryo are so old that Air Koryo is the last passenger airline in the world to still be using them today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Tribeca is one of a number of neighborhoods in New York City whose names are syllabic abbreviations, including SoHo (South of Houston Street), Nolita (North of Little Italy), NoMad (North Madison Square) and BoCoCa (Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
The 101st Airborne was nicknamed "The Chicken Men" by the NVA and the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War because the Eagle insignia looks like a Chicken. North Vietnamese commander was warned to not fight with the "The Chicken Men", because you will surely lose the battle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/101…
Interstate Highways with odd numbers run north and south, while even numbered run east and west. For north-south routes, the lowest numbers begin in the west, while the lowest numbered east-west routes are in the south. And major Interstate Highways are divisible by 5. fhwa.dot.gov/programadmin…
The average daily caloric intake in North Korea is 2,103. voanews.com/east-asia/stu…
Henry Hudson while sailing upstream from New York Harbor believed the widening of the river at the Tappan Zee area indicated that he had found the Northwest Passage He sailed upstream as far as present-day Troy (about a 3 hour drive north of NYC) before concluding that there was no Passage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tap…
Many battles in the American Civil War commonly have two different names depending on if you are in the South or North. The North usually named battles after natural features (bodies of water or hills) while the South named battles after man-made landmarks (nearby towns). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
Today I learned about avian keratin disorder (AKD), an emerging disease in North America (first observed in the 1990s) that causes overgrowth of the keratin in birds' beaks. Birds with misshapen beaks can't feed and preen properly, which often results in their deaths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avi…
Kim Il Sung University is one of two North Korean universities that presently accepts foreign students, the other being Kim Hyong Jik University of Education. It hosts approximately 100 exchange students a year, the majority from China. Alumni include Kim Jong Il, Chinese official Zhang Dejiang tongiltours.com/travel-gu…
There is just one cat on Svalbard Archipelago (the northernmost inhabited place in the world, just 650 miles from the North Pole), she is called Kesha and she is the northernmost stray cat in the world! odditycentral.com/animals…
The earliest evidence of wearing socks and sandals is documented at the archaeological site between Dishforth and Leeming in North Yorkshire, England. The discovery suggests that old Romans wore socks with sandals at least 2,000 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
The trenches on the western front of ww1 from the North Sea all the way down to Switzerland were dug in only just over a month in the race to the sea when the allies and central powers kept trying to outflank each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
There are now just two countries in the world where Coca-Cola cannot be bought or sold - at least, not officially. They are Cuba and North Korea, which are both under long-term US trade embargoes (Cuba since 1962 and North Korea since 1950). bbc.com/news/magazine-195…
Today I learned of Operation Paul Bunyan. Launched in response to the Korean Axe Murder Incident where Americans trimming a tree in the DMZ were killed by North Koreans, the US went back to cut it down. Bringing with them overwhelming firepower with hundreds of soldiers (some with suicide vests) and air support theatlantic.com/internati…
A US Navy commissioned ship is currently captured by North Korea. The USS Pueblo is still listed in the active roster. npr.org/2018/01/23/580076…
Between North and South Korea lies 155 miles of no man’s land where hundreds of rare animals species thrive. npr.org/2019/04/20/710054…
The village of Ivujivik, Quebec, 2,000 km (1200 miles) north of Montreal, is the northernmost settlement in any Canadian province. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivu…
Today I learned of William A. Jackson, a former slave who had served Jefferson Davis. He routinely observed communications between Davis and other Confederate officials. When he fled north in 1861, he gave the Union detailed information about Confederate military deployments, supply issues, and planning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Camels first evolved in North America and camel fossile remains have been found in the arctic. youtu.be/lJNoAE0UHzY
Korea was a unified country under the Choson dynasty from 1392 until 1910. In Chinese, the two Koreas are given distinct country names, with Chaoxian for the North, Hanguo for the South fpri.org/article/2018/06/…
At the annual North American Wife Carrying Championship, winners receive the wife’s weight in beer, five times her weight in cash and an entry into the World Championship in Finland. huffpost.com/entry/10-sup…
The frequency of Earth magnetic pole shift varied; geomagnetic reversals have been recorded every 250,000 years, and according to some data, every 100,000 years. The magnetic south and north were last replaced about 780,000 years ago, so the new shift that many fears is already "late". needforscience.com/geolog…
France built a fake Paris in WWI to confuse german bombers, which was located North of Real Paris messynessychic.com/2013/0…
Held every two years, the Pyongyang International Film Festival offers North Koreans their only chance to see foreign films on the big screen. Those who don't have the means to go to the theatre tune into the Mansudae TV channel, which shows mostly Chinese and Eastern European films on weekends cbc.ca/news/entertainment…
Originally published in Pyongyang in 1988, β€œFriend” by Paek Nam-nyong became the first state-sanctioned novel written in North Korea for North Koreans ever made available to Anglophone readers in a translated 2020 edition startribune.com/review-fr…
John Cleese has a rubbish tip named after him in New Zealand because he insulted the city of Palmerston North. abc.net.au/news/2007-05-2…
Today I learned about the 101 freeway chickens. Since 1969 free roaming chickens have been spotted along the Hollywood freeway. After different attempts to round up the chickens and move them to a farm, they keep showing up and are slowly moving North. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
North Korea owns a restaurant chain and operates restaurants outside of North Korea. businessinsider.com/what-…
During WW2, the British Navy sent ships to help defend the U.S. from German U-Boat attacks. The HMT Bedfordshire was sunk off the coast of North Carolina. A special cemetery was created in Ocracoke, NC, and is leased in perpetuity to England so that the men would be buried on British soil. historynet.com/why-a-piec…
Yellow River (Huang He) in China had shifted its course in 1855 when the river breaches its northern levees, causing the river mouth to be shifted hundreds of kilometres, from Yellow Sea south of Shandong Peninsula, to Bohai Sea, north of Shandong Peninsula. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
In North Carolina there is a small sign marking the location where a B-52 broke apart midair in 1961, dropping two nuclear weapons below. One was set to ARM. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
Rod Serling wrote one of "The Twilight Zone" episodes as his reaction to JFK assassination. The episode ends with the news broadcast saying that the sky has turned dark over the street in Dallas; as well as North Vietnam, part of the Berlin Wall and "other places of hate around the world". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_A…
The UK, FR, AUS etc start their calendars with Monday as the first day of the week, I guess US and Canada starting it with Sunday is a North America thing. timeanddate.com/calendar/…
Peter Moore, current CEO of Liverpool Football Club, used to teach physical education and coached rugby in Llangollen, North Wales. He is also known for having held high profile positions in companies such as SEGA, Microsoft and Electronic Arts. youtube.com/watch?v=YcIPV…
Today I learned about James Joseph Dresnok who was one of 6 known U.S. soldiers who defected to North Korea. He defected in 1962 to avoid punishment for forging signatures and going AWOL. While in North Korea he worked as actor in propaganda films and as an English teacher, got married twice, and died in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
In 2003, North Korea suggested several symbols which were included in international Unicode, later becoming emojis. They requested β˜• to mark tea houses on maps and ⚐ & βš‘ for military battles and victories. They also requested ⬆, ⬇, β¬… (but no right arrow), β˜”, ⚑, ⚠ and ⏏. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KPS…
The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea has become a unintentional nature preserve. Several rare and endangered species, including the Amur leopard and Siberian tiger have been spotted there. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
North Korea is the only country in the world with a Shia Muslim mosque but no Sunni Muslim mosques en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ar-…
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…
There were 22 California condors left in 1987 (0 in the wild). Thanks to conservation efforts, there are ~500 now. Its 3.0 m (9.8 ft) wingspan is the widest of any North American bird! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
The first undisputed journey to the North Pole was completed by the crew of the airship Norge, captained by Roald Amundsen, which was capable of reaching speeds of up to 70mph britannica.com/biography/…
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…

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