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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
There are more than 3,800 types of potato in Peru phys.org/news/2016-02-nas…
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…
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…
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_…
Ecuador (GDP per capita is 1/6 of US) and Peru (GDP per capita is 1/4 of US) both maintain active research stations in Antarctica. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
All Potatoes originated near modern day Peru smithsonianmag.com/histor…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
[] 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…
Peru and the United States created a Political-Military Alliance during WWII, resulting in the mass arrest and deportation of Japanese-Peruvians to American Internment Camps. Less than 1% of them returned to Peru after the war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
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…
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…
Iquitos, Peru is the worlds largest city that cannot be reached by road. Iquitos is arguably the "Capital of Ayahuasca", a powerful psychedelic brew that is gaining increasing popularity worldwide, with a fast growing number of Ayahuasca retreats surrounding the city area wikitravel.org/en/Iquitos
While December 25 is known as Christmas Day internationally, it is also Childrens Day in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Takanakuy in Peru, Quaid-e-Azam's Day in Pakistan, and Good Governance Day in India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
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 the mid-18th century, Peru’s Guano market was so huge, that they were able to free more than 25,000 black slaves and abolish a head tax on indigenous citizens. It was the country's largest source of revenue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
The Sun seen on many South American flags and coat of arms, such as Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador, is a reference to the Incan god of the Sun, Inti. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
There is a boiling river in Peru that kills everything that falls into it news.nationalgeographic.c…
The president of Peru from 1990 until 2000 was a full blooded Japanese man. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the capital and largest city on Russia's remote Kamchatka Peninsula has a population of around 200,000. It is also the second largest city in the world that is unreachable by road, after Iquitos, Peru wikitravel.org/en/Petropa…
In Peru guinea pigs are such a large part of the traditional cuisine that the Cathedral Basilica has a rendition of the last supper that depicts Jesus dining on guinea pig atlasobscura.com/places/g…
The bird Americans call a "turkey" is called an India in Turkey, and a Peru in Portugese. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Today I learned of Rinconada, Peru, the highest permanent human settlement in the world. Almost all of the 30,000 residents are employed as gold miners, receiving no compensation beyond the freedom to take home as much gold ore as they can carry once a month. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
"Egyptian" cotton is actually native to Peru and Ecuador en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gos…
When Peru’s national football team qualified for this year’s World Cup, their fans’ celebrations were so loud that they produced enough of a seismic wave to trigger earthquake alerts in Lima. standard.co.uk/sport/foot…
The highest village in the world is La Rinconada, in Puno, Peru. It is situated at more than 5000 meters from the sea, and 30 000 people live there. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
Chewing coca leaves is legal in Peru and is widely encouraged for tourists to prevent altitude sickness. bestofperutravel.com/coca…
There is a village in Peru which celebrates a festival called β€œTakanakuy” where residents get into fist fights to settle grudges, disputes, etc, before the the new year. cordmagazine.com/chill-ou…
People living in La Rinconada, Peruβ€” the highest permanent settlement in the world at 17,000ft above sea levelβ€” have such high hemoglobin levels that the blood becomes β€œdense.” newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Today I learned of the Chincorro mummies discovered in Chile and Peru. The skin was removed, the organs carefully replaced with plants and clay, then the skin sown back on. These are the oldest mummies discovered, dating to ~2000 years before the mummies of Egypt. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The Highest Elevated Permanent Human Settlement in the World, La Rinconada, Peru, is 16,830 ft high (5130 m). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Turkey bird is named after the country with the same name in English, while in Portuguese it is called 'Peru', in Arabic it is Deek Rumi ('Roman Rooster'), in Polish it is 'Indyk' (after India), and in Turkish itself it is 'Hindi'. theweek.com/articles/5839…
There is a German settlement in the jungles of Peru called Pozuzo that was established in 1859 by around 150 German/Austrian settlers. They were completely cut off from both their Homeland and the rest of Peru for 120 years. They were able to do this by being completely self sufficient. rumbosonline.com/articles…
In the 1930s, Mexico rejected a sculpture of the conquistador, Hernan Cortez. The sculptor's family then offered it to Peru, claiming that it was of the conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Peru installed it in the main plaza in Lima. articles.latimes.com/2005…
The national bird of Peru is the Andean cock-of-the-rock en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
The 1800s Peruvian guano business, mining island guano deposits of up to 50m deep, grew to the point where wars were fought over guano-rich islands, and the funds from exports allowed Peru to end head tax and abolish slavery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
Today I learned about Roger Casement, an Irish diplomat who exposed the human rights abuses of the Congo Free State and Peru, and was imprisoned for alleged homosexuality and eventually executed for being a leader in Irish rebel movements. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rog…
The word for turkey in various languages has geographical connections. In English there's Turkey, in Turkish, it is called Hindi, a reference to India. French, Italian, Armenian and Hebrew also refer to it as an Indian bird, while Croatian, Hawaiian and Portugese speakers call it Peru. slate.com/blogs/lexicon_v…
In Peru in 2007, a meteorite impact caused a "mystery illness" that turned out to be widespread arsenic poisoning from the meteorite evaporating contaminated groundwater en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Peru technically has an Atlantic Ocean port. The city of Iquitos, with a population of 471,993, is the largest city without connection to the rest of its nation by road. However, ships can sail from Iquitos down the Amazon River into the Atlantic without impediment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iqu…
Today I learned of a city in Peru called Iquitos. It's the largest city in the world where you can't access by road. The only way to get there is by plane or boat. amusingplanet.com/2014/08…
The Boiling River in Peru is a non-volcanic, geothermal feature flowing at anomalously high rates. The temperature ranges from about 80 degrees to about 200 degrees (27-94C). news.nationalgeographic.c…
Tupac Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, named him after TΓΊpac Amaru II, who led Peru’s indigenous uprising against the Conquistadors in the 18th Century, and is considered an inspiration to liberation movements around the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tup…
Quechua people in Peru and Bolivia have festivals where the men, women, and sometimes kids beat the crap out of each other in the name of social harmony youtube.com/watch?v=Az54T…
There is a "boiling river" in Peru where over 6 km of the river can reach temperatures as high as 86C/187F. The river is considered extremely remarkable due to the nearest volcanic system being more than 700 km away. sciencealert.com/scientis…
The term "jerky" and its existence originates from the Quechua (Andean native) word "Ch'arki". Peru is also the world's largest producer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%…
In Turkish, turkeys are called Hindi, and that in Hindi, turkeys are called Peru. youtu.be/YDo6Jh67M0g?t=18…
Lima, Peru has a larger population than London and New York City. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There is a town in Peru where men, women and children fistfight each other on December 25 to settle old conflicts and begin the new year with a clean slate. "Takanakuy" bloodyelbow.com/2014/12/2…
Potatoes are indigenous to Peru. wikipedia.org/wiki/Histor…
Yungay, Peru was the site of the deadliest avalanche in history. In 1962, two American scientists predicted the calamity, and were consequently forced to flee by the government. 8 years later, their prediction came true and 20,000 people were killed in a day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yun…
In 1930, Albert Einstein supported the idea of a Jewish Homeland in Peru. Oppenheimer told him: "the land and climate are quite suitable" shapell.org/manuscript/ei…
Werner Herzog was supposed to board a flight to Peru to scout locations for his film "Aguirre", but he cancelled last minute. The plane crashed into the Amazon, killing 91 out of 92 people on board. Years later, he dedicated a documentary to the lone survivor who made it out of the jungle alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Mercury-free mining: UNDP, GEF and the Government of Peru work together to reduce the use of mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining thegef.org/news/mercury-f…
In order for Coca-Cola to continue to exist in its current form, the company has a special arrangement with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to allow them to import dried coca leaves from Peru (and to a lesser degree, from Bolivia) in huge quantities. dlewis.net/nik-archives/c…
There is a bridge made of grass in Peru that was originally built 500 years ago and is rebuilt every June en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q%2…
Spain started a war with Peru and Chile in 1864 by taking over an Island for its strategic source of bat shit, which was an important ingredient for gun powder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
On Dec 25th (Christmas), a town in Peru celebrates 'Takanakuy'. Men, women and children settle grudges from the past year with a fist fight in the town center. After the fight, fighters will drink alcohol to numb the pain and bring in the New Year. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/T…
One of the original album cover design ideas for Led Zeppelin's "Houses of the Holy" was to sneakily bulldoze out the "Zoso" logo among the Nazca lines in Peru and photograph it from a helicopter. rollingstone.com/music/li…
In Peru/Chile the Chinchorro peoples were mummifying bodies more than 2000 years before the Egyptians started. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The word for 'sweet potato' is 'kumara' in Maori and the language of Easter Island, and 'kumar' in Quechua (Peru), suggesting possible ancient contact between Polynesians and indigenous Americans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
There's a species of orchid that evolved to look like a replica of a monkey's face. It grows in the cloud forests of Peru and Ecuador. thefeaturedcreature.com/2…
Actor Zachary Quinto who plays Spock in the new Star Trek went on a spiritual retreat to Peru to take ayahuasca with a shaman. He considers ayahuasca a medicine and not a drug. the-talks.com/interviews/…
In Peru Guinea Pigs are a traditional dinner delicacy and have been an important source of protein for indigenous people cbc.ca/news/canada/montre…
The U.S is ranked 5th in the list of Spanish speaking countries by population and is ahead of countries like Peru, Venezuela and Chile. spanishlinguist.com/extra…
In Lima, Peru there is a billboard that creates drinkable water out of thin air popularmechanics.com/scie…
There's a physical divide between the poor and rich in Lima - Peru. Most of the poor people live in the hills. archdaily.com/890132/on-t…
Today I learned of the longest bus route in the world. The TransoceΓ‘nica. Stretching around 6200 km from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil to Lima, Peru and taking around 4 days. youtu.be/C_ODFlqURxY
The potato was first domesticated in the region of southern Peru and northwestern Bolivia between 8000 and 5000 BC. According to conservative estimates, the introduction of the potato was responsible for a quarter of the growth in Old World population and urbanization between 1700 and 1900. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
Potatoes were domesticated 7,000-10,000 years ago in an area in what is now Peru and Bolivia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
Every December 25th a town in Peru celebrates "Takanakuy". Men, women, and children settle grudges with fistfights. Then everyone goes drinking together, ready to start the new year with a clean slate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
Joran van der Sloot, murderer of Natalee Hollaway, has married and fathered a child while serving a prison sentence for the murder of Stephany Flores RamΓ­rez in Peru. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jor…
2pac's mother named him 'Tupac Amaru' (shining serpent) after the two prominent revolutionary leaders in Peru's history. trackrecord.net/the-secre…
Gravity is not the same everywhere on Earth. The Earth's gravitational pull is smallest at the top of Mount Nevado HuascarΓ‘n in Peru and largest near the North Pole. If you were to fall from a height of 100 metres in both locations, you would land 16 milliseconds later in Peru. io9.gizmodo.com/new-high-…
The first recorded hijacking of an aircraft occured in 1931 in Peru infoplease.com/askeds/wor…
The world's largest cocaine producer is Peru. It has dethroned Colombia. news.msn.com/world/how-pe…
Today I learned of the Walker Circulation---a pattern of rising/sinking air that partly explains why some places near the equator are so dry (East Africa, coastal Peru, coastal Angola, Northeast Brazil, etc.). It is caused by differences in sea surface temperatures. climate.gov/news-features…

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