The earliest known example of telephone technology in the Western Hemisphere was created 1,200 to 1,400 years ago by the Chimu people of Peru. It's comprised of two gourds connected by a 75-foot cotton-twine cord, similar to the soup-can phones children make today. It's in the Smithsonian. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
The mountain in the Paramount Pictures logo is a real mountain named "Artesonraju" in Peru, and not simply an artist's depiction of a mountain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
When Werner Herzog was filming "Fitzcarraldo" in Peru, leading actor Klaus Kinski fought virulently with many crew members, greatly upsetting the native extras. One of the native chiefs offered in all seriousness to kill Kinski, but Herzog declined because he needed the actor to complete filming en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fit…
A 37 meter cat image was found etched on a hillside in Nazca, Peru. The feline geoglyph adds to 100s of Nazca geoglyphs made by removing surface rocks/earth to reveal contrasting earth. Discovered and restored just months ago, archaeologists say the big cat was first made between 200BC - 100 BC. theguardian.com/world/202…
:In 1990 a 727 flying a return leg from Malta to Peru went down between Iceland and Canada and has never been found en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
The potato was 1st domesticated in the region of modern-day southern Peru & extreme northwestern Bolivia between 8000 & 5000 BC. It arrived in Europe sometime before the end of the 16th century by two different ports of entry: the first in Spain around 1570, and the second via the British Isles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
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…
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…
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…
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…
The eruption of the Huaynaputina volcano in Peru in 1600, had significant effects on Earth's climate (Little Ice Age), decreasing temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere, causing floods, famines and cold waves. The climate disruption caused social upheaval in many countries such as Russia. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Every Christmas the people of a province near Cuzco, Peru organize an annual festival where individuals settle old conflicts by fighting each other before the arrival of the New Year. e.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taka…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
There is a River in Peru is so hot it kills anything that falls into it. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
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…
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 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…
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…
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/…
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…
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_…
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…
Balsam of Peru (a fairly prevalent ingredient that many people are allergic to) is actually from El Salvador en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
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…
All Potatoes originated near modern day Peru smithsonianmag.com/histor…
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…
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…
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_…
There are more than 3,800 types of potato in Peru phys.org/news/2016-02-nas…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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 president of Peru from 1990 until 2000 was a full blooded Japanese man. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
There is a boiling river in Peru that kills everything that falls into it news.nationalgeographic.c…
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/…

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