The 1980 film Airplane! was released as "The Incredible Journey in a Crazy Plane" in Germany; "The Craziest Plane in the World" in Italy; and some variation of "Is There a Pilot on This Plane?" in France, Croatia, and Peru oversixty.asia/entertainm…
Today I learned of Perdo Serrano. He was stranded on a desert island near Peru. The island was devoid of vegetation, water and shelter. After being stranded for 3 years another shipwreck survivor ends up on the island. Four years later they were rescued. His companion dies on the way to Spain. uwosh.edu/faculty_staff/c…
Coca-Cola’s formula still includes extract from the coca leaf, the source plant of cocaine, the original stimulant in addition to caffeine. Imported from Peru and Bolivia, the leaves are processed by a plant in New Jersey, the only plant authorized by the US federal government to do so. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
65 million guinea pigs are eaten each year in Peru and "cuy" [cooee], named for the sound they make, have been a delicacy for over 5000 years and a mated pair is often given as a wedding present thespruceeats.com/traditi…
In 1971, after LANSA flight 508 was struck by lightening above Peru, 17 year old Juliane Koepcke fell from the sky for two miles but survived. Despite extensive wounds, she walked for 11 days in the rainforest before finding a group of fishermen who helped transport her to a hospital. cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe…
Putting LED lights on float lines of 864 fishing gillnets reduced the bycatch of sea turtles by 74.4% & by 70.8% for dolphins, whales, & porpoises. The same amount of targeted fish were caught by both 864 lighted gillnets & 864 unlighted gillnets in a study of 3 ports in Peru from 2015 - 2018. in.mashable.com/science/9…
20% of Peruvians have at least one Chinese ancestor. Most were brought to Peru as slaves. After freedom, they adopted their masters’ names, and as a result carry Spanish last names. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Guinea pigs "were originally domesticated as... a source of meat" and are important in traditional cooking of Peru --where they're called cuy. (Cuy asado is broiled Guinea pig.) A cathedral in Peru has a painting that "shows Christ and the 12 disciples dining on guinea pig" at The Last Supper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Today I learned about the Detmold child, a 6,500-year-old mummy found in Peru. The child was born about 3,000 years before Tutankhamen and died between 8-9 months from a rare congenital heart disease and pulmonary infection. It’s one of the oldest preserved mummies in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Det…
There is a River in Peru is so hot it kills anything that falls into it. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
There's still an Inca-style woven-grass bridge standing. It dangles around 5 stories above Peru's Apurimac River and is over 115 feet long. Continuing a centuries-old tradition, area villagers annually restore the Q'eswachaka Rope Bridge and keep it in usable condition. atlasobscura.com/places/l…
The potato and tomato are both native to Peru. Though commonly associated with Eurasian culinary traditions, both plants were unknown to the eastern hemisphere until 500 years ago. andeanlodges.com/en/the-a…
Balsam of Peru (a fairly prevalent ingredient that many people are allergic to) is actually from El Salvador en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
The Bubonic plague, the cause of the Black Death, is still around. Congo, Madagascar and Peru have several cases a year. Isolated cases occur in the United States and China as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bub…
Peruvian chicken (Pollo a la Brasa) was created by a pair of Swiss men living in Peru in the 1950s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
During 1978 FIFA World Cup team Peru was threatened to play poorly in a key match against Argentina by Peruvian president Francisco Morales-BermΓΊdez, Argentine president Jorge Rafael Videla, and US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Argentina won by 6-0 and advanced to the second round. history.com/news/world-cu…
La Rinconada, Peru, the highest permanent settlement on Earth (5100 m or 16,700 ft elev) is a gold mining community where workers mine for 30 days without pay. On the 31st day, they're allowed to take as much raw ore as they can carry on their shoulders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_…
The Turkish word for a turkey bird means "India," the Hindi word means "Turkey," the Portuguese word means "Peru," Khmer and Scottish Gaelic call it a "French chicken," Malay calls it a "Dutch chicken," and various dialects of Arabic call it a Roman, Greek, or Ethiopian chicken. slate.com/human-interest/…
In 1962 two US scientists discovered Peru's highest mountain was in danger of collapsing. When this was made public, the government threatened the scientists and banned civilians from speaking of it. In 1970, during a major earthquake, it collapsed on the town of Yangoy killing 20,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yun…
There's a town in Peru that holds a Christmastime festival that ends with people of all ages ending in public fistfights. The purpose is to settle grudges that have built up over the year. bbc.com/travel/story/2012…
The National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, was established by Royal Decree of Charles V in 1551 and is the oldest University in the Americas. 85 years older than Harvard and nearly 300 years older than Peru itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
In 1848 entrepreneur James Lick arrived in San Francisco with 600 lbs of chocolate to sell. When all of his chocolate sold quickly, he urged his confectioner friend in Peru to come to San Francisco and start his own Chocolate company. That confectioner's name is Domingo Ghirardelli. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
There are more than 3,800 types of potato in Peru phys.org/news/2016-02-nas…
The highest settlement in the world is La Rinconada, Peru. At an elevation of 5,100 m, it is higher in elevation than every mountain in the contiguous United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_…
All Potatoes originated near modern day Peru smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Every Dec 25th, a town in Peru celebrates "Takanakuy" where men, women and children settle grudges from the past year by calling each other out and having a fist fight. Then everybody goes drinking to numb the pain and move on to a new year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
Today I learned about Tatunca Nara, who claimed to be from Akakor, an ancient underground city, located somewhere between Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. He worked as a jungle guide, but several of his clients disappeared, and it was discovered he was actually born in Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tat…
Today I learned about an elaborate complex of temples in Caral, Peru, which was a thriving metropolis at the time the Egyptian pyramids were being built, and is the oldest know city in the Americas. It was inhabited between 2,600 and 2,000 BCE. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
A US treasure hunter found over $500M worth in gold and silver from Peru sunk in the Atlantic ocean. A legal fight forced them to return the booty to Spain. Some of the coins reportedly found are still "missing". theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned of the 2007 Carancas impact event, where a meteor crashed into the ground near the village of Carancas, Peru. 100-200 people who got near the crash site fell ill, and there were reports of livestock dying in the area. The cause of this was determined to be arsenic poisoning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
A town in Peru celebrates β€œTakanakuy” on Dec. 25 every year, where men and women settle grudges from the past year by calling each other out and having a fistfight. qcostarica.com/takanakuy-…
That, in addition to interning its own citizens of Japanese ancestry during WWII, the United States pressured other countries to send their ethnic Japanese citizens to U.S. internment camps. Most of these came from Peru. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Every year in Peru on Dec 25th, they celebrate and practice something called Takanakuy. The objective is to settle any grievances or disputes among villagers by fist fighting it out in between dancing and partying after calling out their opponents by their first and last name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
Peru has a Hospital Ship STILL IN SERVICE that was built in 1862, and still runs on it's original stream engine that is fueled with dried llama dung. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BAP…
Peru has 90 different microclimates, including 30 of the 32 world climates, making it one of the most diverse countries in the world in microclimates. alternativeperu.org/weath…
The practice of shrinking heads has only been practiced by one culture, the Jivaroan people of northern Peru and eastern Ecuador. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shr…
The longest continuously operating university in the Americas is in Peru. The National University of San Marcos is 468 years old, founded in 1551 by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
The bird, Turkey (like the country) is Peru (like the country) in the Portuguese language englishforums.com/English…
The monkey face orchid, or scientifically, the Dracula simia, is a rare orchid which is native to the tropical cloud forests of Southeastern Ecuador and Peru and likes to live in elevations above 2,000 feet. Its fragrance can described as a ripe orange scent which it emits when it blooms. wideopeneats.com/monkey-f…
English is not the only language that has an incorrect geographic name for Turkeys (the North American bird). French, Russian, Turkish, and others say that the bird is Indian. The Greek word says that the bird is French. The Portuguese word might be the most accurate, calling it Peru. slate.com/human-interest/…
Peru and Ecuador went to war between themselves in 1941. Neither country was part of Axis or Allies. So, this was an international conflict that happened during World War II but which was entirely separate to any of it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecu…
In Peru, there is β€œa doorway to the lands of the gods” known as Amaru Muru. Legend says it was used by long past great heroes who entered a new life of immortality in the Otherworld through this gate. The Catholic zealots who conquered this land called it 'The Devil's Doorway'. sacredearthjourneys.ca/bl…
The first analog, acoustic telephone was created 1,200 to 1,400 years ago in Peru. It was made of two gourds connected by 75 feet of twine, similar to the phones kids make with tin cans and string. It's in the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
Today I learned about "shell rings" (built-up circular banks of deposited seashells, often hundreds of feet in diameter, surrounding a clear space), 3,000 to 6,000 years old, found in Colombia, Peru, Japan, and the southeastern U.S.; the origin and purpose of these rings is debated by archaeologists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
[] Takanakuy- An approach to Christmas in central Peru where the Quechua people dance, drink, where costumes, and have fist fights to settle community grudges, bringing the community together for Christmas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
Today I learned about the Estadio Nacional disaster. In a soccer match between Peru and Argentina in 1964 a referee made a call that Peruvian fans found unfavourable and swarmed the pitch. The use of police tear gas caused so much panic that 328 people died attempting to leave the stadium. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Est…
This purple snailfish was filmed at a depth of 5 miles using a deep sea camera-equipped lander in the Pacific Ocean's Atacama Trench located off the coast of Peru and Chile in 2018 making it the first time to ever see this species. Pink and blue snailfish were also filmed during the expedition. newsweek.com/atacama-tren…
Today I learned about Lina Medina, from the Ticrapo District of Peru, gave birth to boy named Gerardo by cesarean section in Lima at age ​5 1⁄2. Medina's parents, who assumed their daughter had a tumor, took her to a hospital, where she was then found pregnant. Gerardo's biological father was never identified. wikipedia.org/wiki/Lina_M…
There’s a species of orchid that looks like a monkey’s face called β€˜Dracula Simia’. It is native to the tropical cloud forests of Southeastern Ecuador and Peru as it grows best in elevations above 2,000 feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
The president of Peru from 1990 until 2000 was a full blooded Japanese man. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…

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