The British actually sent a spy named James Bond to Warsaw, Poland in 1964, where he worked at the Embassy. He was notable for his charisma and fondness of women. ipn.gov.pl/en/news/4634,0…
After a Polish Admiral of German descent JΓ³zef Unrug was taken prisoner during WW2, his former Imperial German Navy friends came to visit him. Unrug refused to speak German with them, saying that he had forgotten that language in September 1939 the day Germany invaded Poland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C…
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…
Polish Catholic midwife StanisΕ‚awa LeszczyΕ„ska delivered 3,000 babies at the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust in occupied Poland. She also smuggled false documents and food to Jews inside the ghetto as part of a growing Polish resistance. history.com/news/auschwit…
Today I learned of the Saar Offensive of 1939. With the bulk of the Wehrmacht committed in Poland, French forces temporarily enacted a plan to invade Germany that would have resulted in German surrender in "one or two weeks." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saa…
Poland and Bayern MΓΌnchen football star Robert Lewandowski only sleeps on his left side, to preserve his stronger right leg; and always eats desserts first, because sweet foods digest quicker, so by metabolising them first, he avoids mixing them in his stomach with protein and carbohydrates theguardian.com/football/…
, during WWII, Poland declared war on Japan, but the Japanese Government rejected the war declaration, making it the only war declaration to be rejected. The state of war between Poland and Japan lasted until 1957, when an agreement to restore relations between the two countries was signed. thefirstnews.com/article/…
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…
During the Cold War, the CIA used hot air balloons to drop copies of Animal Farm into Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia in order to cause discontent amongst the population towards the countries’ leaders. Their responses were to order their militaries to shoot down the hot air balloons. spectator.co.uk/article/n…
In Poznan, Poland, eight clams get to decide if people in the city get water or not. They’re equipped with sensors atop them that trip the water supply pumps when they close due to detecting something unsafe in the water. zmescience.com/science/po…
Of every recorded battle in history, France has won the most battles as a country followed by the UK. Poland is also ahead of Rome by a hundred recorded battle victories. youtube.com/watch?v=HK5Os…
After the invasion of Czechoslovakia, Britain, France, and the USSR tried entering a formal military alliance to counter Nazi Germany. They were unable to because Poland refused to allow Soviet troops on their land en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
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…
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…
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…
Russia has a federal subject (state) between Poland, Lithuania, and the Baltic Sea that is detached from the rest of Russia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kal…
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_…
Around 1750, in Poland, a man named Jacob Frank gained notoriety for claiming to be the messiah of both the Jewish and Christian religions, and not only was he not declared legally insane, but he actually started accumulating a large following. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
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
The last 'Wild Cow' died in Poland in 1627. They were also known as Aurochs or Supercows. The earliest cows were mighty beasts that stood as tall as elephants. For thousands of years they were the largest land mammals in Europe. edition.cnn.com/2017/01/0…
Marie Curie named Polonium after her native Poland rsc.org/periodic-table/el…
Jadwiga (r. 1384–1399) of Poland was crowned King and not Queen to signify that she ruled in her own right. Also, her great grandfather was named WΕ‚adysΕ‚aw the Elbow-high, probably not because he was short, but because his kingdom was rather unimportant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jad…
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/…
An objection symbol in Poland was... a man who just lay down in front of the door polishhistory.pl/tadeusz-…
"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…
Today I learned about JΓ³zef Franczak, a member of the Polish anti-communist resistance. He joined the Russian controlled Polish Second Army but left after seeing friends killed by secret police. Lasting twenty years in Communist Poland, he was finally killed when a family friend tipped off the secret police. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C…
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…
In Poland the 'up yours' gesture is named after a pole vaulter who did it at the Olympics in Moscow., β€˜Gest Kozakiewicza’ (Kozakiewicz’s Gesture) thefirstnews.com/article/…
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…
Boomerangs aren't exclusive to Australian history; the oldest known boomerang was found in Poland and dated 23,000 BP. nature.com/articles/32943…
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…
In 1920, Poland, which regained its indepdence two years earlier, basically stopped the outbreak of a new world war by itself, which was started by the Bolshevik Russia who wanted to introduce communism in Western Europe by force. youtube.com/watch?v=kfm0A…
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…
Poland declared a full on War on the USSR in 1920 and Won en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Jesus Christ was declared King of Poland in 2016 christiantoday.com/articl…
The astronomer Copernicus was buried in a cathedral in Poland, but the exact location of his remains were forgotten for centuries until they were re-discovered in 2005 under the cathedral floor. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europ…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, Belarus, contains parts of the last primeval forest fragment of the European woodlands that once stretched across the European Plain. Since 2015 there has been a visa-free regime within the forest for hikers and cyclists between Poland and Belarus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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