2 donkeys that have been together for 10 years at a zoo in Poland were separated after a local politician and parents complained about them mating in front of children. Experts weighted in and a petition to rejoin them got 7,000 signatures so the zoo put them back together. thestar.com/news/world/20…
Today I learned about β€œKing” Jadwiga of Poland. She was named king of Poland because there were no ruling queens allowed but the rules didnt specify the king had to be a male. historychannel.com.au/thi…
Poland's official reason for not participating in the crusades was that there was no beer or mead in the Holy Land self.gutenberg.org/articl…
Today I learned about Charles Poland, a school bus driver who literally died trying to protect the students on his bus from a violent kidnapper. youtu.be/rNbZmONNMzM
Scientists discovered a cannibalistic ant colony composed entirely of worker ants in a abandoned Soviet Bunker in Poland. They had fallen down ventilation pipes leading into the bunker and reverted to cannibalism to survive. The scientists built a bridge that allowed most of them to escape. newsweek.com/cannibal-ant…
Princess Sophie (of a minor German principality) married a Russian princeβ€” soon after he was crowned emperor, she overthrew him and crowned herself Empress Catherine the Great. She annexed much of Poland (then ruled by her former lover), helped modernized Russia & started colonizing Alaska. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Clare Hollingworth, an English journalist who first broke the story of the German occupation of Poland in 1939, putting her phone out her window so a doubting British diplomat could hear the tanks. wikipedia.org/wiki/Clare_…
Today I learned of Kiritimati (Christmas) Island in the Central Pacific Ocean- population: 6500. Its villages are named London, Paris, Poland, and Banana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kir…
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 word vodka means "water" in Slavic. The word originates from court documents from Poland in 1405. In the early days, spirits were used as medicine - a Polish physician wrote in 1534 that vodka could serve "to increase fertility & awaken lust" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vod…
A torturer in Communist Poland, Julia Brystiger, was famous for "whipping male genitals" of her victims, some of whom later died because of this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Jesus Christ was declared King of Poland in 2016 christiantoday.com/articl…
Between 2006 and 2007 Poland’s prime minister and president were identical twin brothers, making them the first brothers in history to hold a country’s prime ministership and presidency at the same time. britannica.com/biography/…
In Poland in 2010, a 90-ton WWII-era locomotive was propped-up vertically as a memorial sculpture. Artist Andrzej Jarodski titled it "PociΔ…g do Nieba" --The Train to Heaven. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
In Germany and Poland, a drink named "Goldwasser" was produced from several herbs and small flakes of 23 karat gold en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Boomerangs aren't exclusive to Australian history; the oldest known boomerang was found in Poland and dated 23,000 BP. nature.com/articles/32943…
The shape of bagels came from Europe centuries ago. One theory is that Jews in 13th century Poland were allowed to boil (but not bake) bread, and the shape distinguished the bread. But that's not the whole story, modern food science proves the shape increases cooking surface area and chewiness. mashed.com/151894/the-rea…
StanisΕ‚aw Skalski, the first Allied air ace of WWII, shot down a German aircraft during the Invasion of Poland then landed next to it, bandaged the wounded crew, made sure they got to an ambulance, and took off again en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Joseph Conrad, who is regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language, was born in Poland and did not speak English fluently until his twenties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Poland shares a land border with Russia. The region of Kaliningrad Oblast north of Poland on the Baltic Sea has officially been part of the USSR/Russia since WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
In Battle of Wizna (1939), 700 Polish soldiers defended their fortified line for 3 days against 40,000 Germans. In the end, German forces broke through the line with 1400 casualties. For Poland, only around 70 Poles survived, got captured and eventually taken to camps vknagrani.com/blog/badass…
"Home Alone" has become a Christmas tradition in Poland, where it's known as "Kevin Sam w Domu" (literally "Kevin Alone in the House"), with Polish TV channels repeatedly airing the film around Christmas Eve for the last 25 years. culture.pl/en/article/hom…
In July 1989 a Soviet pilot catapulted out of his MiG-23 over Poland, the plane flew another 1000 km. and crashed into a Belgium farm killing 1. rbth.com/history/330613-r…
Pope John Paul II is considered to have begun the chain of events which saw the collapse of Communism in Europe, thanks to his trip to Poland in 1979. pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl…
The first death in WWII was Franciszek Honiok, a German of Polish descent. The Gestapo murdered him and left his body at a radio station that the Gestapo, dressed in Polish uniforms, attacked. The body helped "prove" Polish aggression to justify the Nazi's invasion of Poland the next day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
During Poland's "Deluge," a Swedish Invasion that virtually destroyed the country, many whole libraries (including the Royal Library) were stolen, put on boats, and shipped to Sweden. The Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth became an "intellectual desert" and some of these books remain in Sweden. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
In 1946, one year after the end of the WW2, there was a pogrom in Poland. It was perpetrated by soldiers, police officers and civilians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kie…
To celebrate the end of winter children in Poland create a straw doll that represents Marzanna, goddess of death, winter, and nightmares; which they then set on fire and drown in a river to cleanse themselves of the harsh winter they've endured alansfactoryoutlet.com/ho…
99% of Jewish children in Poland died in the Holocaust. Only 5,000 were left out of a pre-war population of 1 million. encyclopedia.ushmm.org/co…
During the production of Schindler's List (1993), to gather costumes for the more than 20,000 extras, the costume designer took out advertisements seeking clothes from the 1930s and 40's. Economic conditions were so poor in Poland, many people were eager to sell their clothing. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
A cow in Poland escaped on its way to the slaughterhouse, broke through a metal fence, swam to a nearby island, and was allowed to live there after its owner gave up trying to recapture it. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
5 teenagers died after a fire in escape rooms in Poland. Poland’s interior minister then ordered fire safety inspections at more than 1,000 escape room locations across the country. Previously, there was no official requirement for fire safety certificates at such locations. theguardian.com/world/201…
At the outbreak of WWII - London, England became the base for at least 8 governments-in-exile. These included the government of Belgium, Holland, Norway, Greece, Yugoslavia, Czechslovakia, Poland and Luxembourg. warhistoryonline.com/war-…
Pope John Paul II was a polyglot. He spoke 12 languages; Polish, Latin, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, English, German, Ukrainian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak and Esperanto. He used 9 as Pope. He learned them in 1938, just before the Nazis occupied Poland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
The Witcher books have been described as having a cult following in Poland, and in other Eastern European countries. The video games have been very successful, and as of March 2018, they have sold over 33 million copies worldwide.[ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about Zofia Rydet, a Polish photographer who, at age 67, decided to try to shoot the interior of every home in Poland. Over the final 19 years of her life, she shot 20,000 images. She said, "The simplest, most ordinary documentary picture becomes a great truth about human fate." telegraph.co.uk/photograp…
Poland, despite being part of the Eurozone, has not yet joined ERM-II (the fifth stage of the euro convergence criteria/Maastricht criteria), and does not use the euro. There are several other sovereign states that are part of the European community with similar situations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
In 2002 paramedics in Poland were arrested for killing patients and selling their information to funeral homes who would contact their relatives to make funeral arrangements. The funeral homes then added the cost of the bribes they paid the killers to the funeral bills of the victims' families. thelancet.com/journals/la…
There is a Russian city in between Lithuania and Poland with an estimated population of 480000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kal…
In 1926 Poland sent the United States a birthday card. With 5 million signatures. loc.gov/item/prn-17-095/a…
, that few days after Chernobyl disaster, all children in Poland were given Lugol's iodine. This was one of the few cases, when Polish communist government, despite official denials of the Soviet side and against their recommendations, took action in the best interest of their own citizens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lug…
Today I learned that exiled Poland government in 1942 sent a document to 26 governments telling the World about the mass extermination of Jews in occupied Poland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1939 9.1% of Poland's population was Jewish. In 1950 it was 0.8%. military.wikia.org/wiki/W…
There is a giant statue of Jesus in Poland that distributes WiFi to nearby towns and villages belsat.eu/en/news/polish-…
During the 1654-1657 Russo-Polish war, the nobles of Poland began defecting to Sweden, causing a complete collapse of the front-line and forcing the king to flee to the Silesia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
Rock band Iron Maiden went to a restaurant after a 1984 concert in Poland. The Maidens saw a wedding inside; after a chat, they took the wedding band's instruments and began playing for the night. Guests had no idea until the groom saw that his wedding band transformed into Iron Maiden. youtube.com/watch?v=knC74…
Second breakfast is a traditional meal in Poland and Bavaria. Special dishes exist exclusively for this breakfast. myrecipes.com/extracrispy…
Today I learned about Operation Unthinkable, an unrealized attack plan where armies from the United States, United Kingdom, Poland and Germany would attack the Soviet Union after the end of World War II in Europe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Nazis abducted 200,000 Polish children claiming some were the descendants of Germans that had emigrated to Poland. Those evaluated as "Aryan-looking” were adopted by German families; some grew up believing they were German. Only 20% are estimated to have reunited with their families post-war. warfarehistorynetwork.com…
Sierra Leone is objectively the roundest country, followed by Nauru, Zimbabwe, the Vatican City, and Poland. The least round country (excluding scattered archipelagos) is Chile gciruelos.com/what-is-the…
The One Euro MiG - In 2002, Germany had MiG 29 Fulcrums [Soviet jets taken after the reunification with East Gemany] and sold 23 of them to Poland for the hefty price of one Euro as a goodwill gesture to get the Polish Army up to NATO Standards. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/busin…
Oscar-nominated 'A Star Is Born' cinematographer Matthew Libatique, ASC was arrested at the 2018 Camerimage Festival in Poland for a drunken assault indiewire.com/2018/11/mat…
Bottled water brands Perrier, S. Pellegrino and Vittel are all owned by the same company, Nestle. In total Nestle sells water under 50 different brands, including Poland Spring and Zephyrhills. nestle-waters.com/brands
The second tallest structure ever built was a radio mast in Poland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of The Crooked Forest of Poland, or Krzywy Las where about 400 pine trees grow crooked with a sharp 90 degree bend at their bases and oddly all point in the same direction-North. They grow to be about 50 feet tall and are generally healthy despite the unnatural curves at their bases. nytimes.com/2017/03/31/sc…
17 percent of the population of Poland was killed during World War II. The highest percent loss of any country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
The Nazi Party planned to hold a rally on September 2-11, 1939 to illustrate their desire for peace to other countries. It was cancelled on short notice, because on September 1st, Germany invaded Poland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nur…
There are North Korean Forced Laborers in Poland working in shipyards, some even work on EU/NATO warships. youtube.com/watch?v=SPjKs…
From 2006 to 2007, Poland's President and Prime Minister were identical twin brothers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jar…
In 1926, Poland sent the US a birthday card with over 5 million signatures. Polish citizen Leopold Kotnowski visited the White House to present the card for America’s 150th birthday. It has 30,000 pages full of art, photos, poems and pressed flowers. sunnyskyz.com/blog/2199/P…
In 1939, after the German invasion of Poland, the Kingdom of Tonga was among the first to declare war against Germany. Subsequently, in result of a public campaign the society of Tonga funded two Spitfire fighter aircrafts. The Kingdom was ruled at that time by queen Sālote Tupou III canberra.msz.gov.pl/en/p/…
Today I learned about Krzywy Domek or "Crooked House" in Sopot, Poland. This unusually-shaped building designed by SzotyΕ„scy & Zaleski was inspired by the fairytale illustrations and drawings of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krz…
Oskar Schindler helped stage the false-flag β€˜Gleiwitz Incident’ to justify Germany’s invasion of Poland timesofisrael.com/80-year…
A school in Poland is named after an Indian Maharaja, in honour of him providing shelter and free education to hundreds of Polish women and children after they had to escape Poland due to the World War 2. thehindu.com/features/mag…
Today I learned about Archduke Karl Albrecht of Austria. Raised a Habsburg prince in Austria-Hungary, spoke Polish and German, after the Empire fell moved to Poland, and among other things: fought in WWII for Poland; captured and tortured by the SS; sent to a concentration camp; always remained Polish patriot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
Most Huskies in the US are descended from the sled dog team that completed the most grueling part of the 1925 Great Race of Mercy. They saved many children's lives by transporting diphtheria antitoxin when no one else could. Afterwards, the team was sold to a kennel in Poland Spring, ME. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/192…
Equatorial Guinea is building a new capital city in the middle of the rainforest. It was designed by a Portuguese architectural office and the constructions work will be supported by Poland, Brazil and North Korea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciu…
Subotai managed to defeat Poland and Hungary in 2 days by forces over 500 kilometers apart. He directed more than 20 campaigns in which he conquered 32 nations and won 65 pitched battles, during which he conquered more territory than any other commander. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub…
Today I learned of the Smolensk Air Disaster in which Poland's President, his wife, Former President, Military staff, Parliament members and officials, members of clergy and relatives of victims of Katyn massacre- whose 70th anniversary commemoration event they were attending were killed in an Air crash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
The highest per capita mushroom consumption in the world is the Netherlands. The Dutch eat more than 2.5x more than second place Poland on average per year. indexbox.io/blog/which-co…
British reporter Clare Hollingworth broke the news of Hitler invading Poland. British embassy didn't believe her until she held a telephone out of the window of her room to capture the ongoing sounds of war. Hers was the 1st report the British Foreign Office received about the invasion of Poland en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Rutka Laskier, a Jewish girl from Poland who died in the Nazi Auschwitz death camp at the age of 14, wrote a diary describing her experiences, and her diary was brought to light and published in 2006 holocaustedu.org/educatio…
From 1946 to 1952 the United States worked to rebuild post-war Europe and Japan, investing $24.2 billion or roughly $200 billion in today's money. Although offered help, the Soviet Union refused Plan benefits, and also blocked benefits to Eastern Bloc countries, such as Hungary and Poland. usnews.com/opinion/blogs/…
Today I learned of a colony of ants with no queen, no males and no offspring, comprised entirely of non-reproductive females, that live in a disused nuclear bunker in Poland. The colony is supplemented by ants falling through holes in the ventilation which cannot escape. arstechnica.com/science/2…
The Polish Beer-Lovers' Party, a satirical political party, won 16 seats in Poland's lower house in the 1991 election. The party soon split into Large Beer and Small Beer factions, despite their founder's claims that "beer is neither light nor dark, it is tasty". The party eventually dissolved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
In Belgium, Poland, Portugal and France everyone is automatically an organ donor, unless they refuse beforehand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Org…
Andorra was still at war with Germany since WW1, and was forgotten at the peace table until Nazi Germany signed a peace treaty with the micronation in September 1939 after the fall of Poland. funtrivia.com/askft/Quest…
Rutka Laskier, a Jewish girl from Poland who died in Auschwitz at the age of 14, wrote a diary describing her experiences under Nazi occupation. Her diary was published in 2006 and she has become known as the "Polish Anne Frank." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
During a speech in Poland, President Jimmy Carter’s interpreter told the Polish people he wanted β€œto grasp at Poland’s private parts” when he meant he was β€œhappy to be in Poland” and that he was β€œnever returning to the United States” when he meant that he’d β€œjust left the United States.” content.time.com/time/spe…
In Poland, a figurine of a Jew with a Coin is considered a symbol of good luck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jew…
Poland had a trade war with Germany from the 1920s-30s until Hitler ended it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
The Polish government wrote a White Book with proof of the mass extermination of jews in german occupied Poland and gave it to the United Nations on December 10th, 1942. doomedsoldiers.com/THE-MA…
Today I learned of St. Kinga’s chapel in Poland, the entire cathedral is carved out of rock salt and located 1000 ft underground mymodernmet.com/wieliczka…
Today I learned of Kiritimati, aka Christmas Island, which has four towns of note. London, Paris, Poland, and Banana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
In 17th-century Poland, wet bread mixed with spider webs was used to cure wounds. It may sound stupid, but it work, as the bread contained fungal spores, including penicillin and naturally produced antibiotic substances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Out of eleven cases of blood alcohol content higher than 1%, Poland holds five en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
The Battle of Tannenberg (1914) wasn't fought at Tannenberg, but at Allenstein (30km to the east), but was named Battle of Tannenberg by Hindenburg for propaganda purposes,in order to overshine the real Battle of Tannenberg(1410), in which the teutonic Knights lost against Poland-Lithuania. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
On July 4th 1946 in Kielce, Poland, 42 Holocaust survivors were murdered by local soldiers, police officers, and civilians. That massacre was the deadliest pogrom against Polish Jews after the Second World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kie…
In 1989 a Soviet pilot was forced to eject, over Poland, during a training mission. His plane, however, continued flying. Over an hour later the plane crashed, after running out of fuel, in a Belgian house 900km (600mi) away killing one person. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
The earliest historical mention of a wheel originated in Poland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
There is a Polish Movie "The Two Who Stole the Moon" (1962)...it stars Lech KaczyΕ„ski, who served as President of Poland 2005-2010 and his identical twin brother JarosΕ‚aw KaczyΕ„ski the Prime Minister of Poland from 2006 to 2007 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Moscow occupied its part of Poland according to Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact under pretence of "protecting the Ukrainians and Belarusians who lived in the eastern part of Poland, because the Polish state – according to Soviet propaganda – had collapsed" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sov…
In 1978 Poland sued Russian over the origins of Vodka beginning in Poland. They ultimately lost the case. thesipsdiary.com/vodka-wa…
Kaliningrad Oblast is an Russian exclave, located on the coast of the Baltic and is bordered by Poland to the south and Lithuania britannica.com/place/Kali…
Today I learned of the Battle of Legnica, where Polish and other Eastern European forces were almost entirely annihilated by a Mongol army in modern day south-west Poland. It came after a nomadic people, the Cumans, sought sanctuary in Hungary after being defeated by the Mongols. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
, in 1945 6 Germans were buried alive in Poland. Six years later, the 2 surviving members were rescued, one of whom died immediately from a heart attack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
Bagels originated in Poland smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
The Polish national anthem litterally begins with "Poland is not yet lost" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
The last recorded wild cow i. e. the Aurochs, died in 1627 in Poland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aur…

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