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…
Billy Joel battled depression for many years. In 1970 a career decline and personal tragedies worsened his moods. He left a suicide note and attempted to end his life by drinking furniture polish. Later he said, "I drank furniture polish. It looked tastier than bleach." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
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…
That, at the time of his death at age 111 in 2014, Alexander Imich was the last survivor of the Polish-Soviet War as well as recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
During his time as Polish Press Agency's African correspondent Ryszard KapuΕ›ciΕ„ski covered information from 50 countries, lived through twenty-seven revolutions and coups, was jailed 40 times and survived four death sentences. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rys…
Irish Police wrote over 50 tickets to "Prawo Jazdy". He became notorious for various motoring offences before it was realised that "Prawo Jazdy" means "Driving Licence" in Polish. irishtimes.com/news/dicti…
Polish people have very specific customs on the beginning of November, connected with the remembrance of their beloved ones who passed away polishhistory.pl/the-gene…
Despite the fact that Irish citizens are required to learn Irish in school, the second most widely spoken language in Ireland (after English) is Polish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
In a village Palmiry German occupants killed over 2000 representatives of the Polish elite polishhistory.pl/palmiry-…
Polish soldier Aniela KrzywoΕ„ was the only non-Soviet woman to be awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, after she died rescuing soldiers and military documents from a burning military truck en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
There is a Polish company that brews beer from the vaginal bacteria of models. untappd.com/w/the-order-o…
Today I learned of Mett Kamil. In 2014 the Polish guy drank too much, pronounced 'dead', woke up in the morgue, went back to the bar for more drinks. news.yahoo.com/mett-kamil…
The National Polish Museum in Switzerland is housed in a 12th Century castle but they are getting kicked out after 150 years. polenmuseum.ch/en/
Today I learned about "Leonardo da Toenail", a man who went about the University of Southern California surreptitiously painting women's toenails as they studied in the library in the 1980s. Eventually a suspect was caught with 15 bottles of nail polish on him but disappeared before his hearing. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Today I learned of Krystyna Skarbek, a Polish women who became the first female field operative of the British secret service. She was also an inspiration of Ian Fleming’s character Vesper Lynd, of the famous James Bond novels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kry…
Ho Chi Minh could speak conversational Esperanto, a language constructed a Polish ophthalmologist with the intent to create a universal language that is easy for anyone to learn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ho_…
400 Polish soldiers once defeated 40,000 Crimean soldiers by shooting their arrows back at them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
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…
Before Alan Turing and co. began their work on cracking the Enigma machine at Bletchley Park, three Polish mathematicians (Rejewski, RΓ³zycki & Zygalski) demonstrated that the Nazi code was breakable and even managed to reverse engineer an Enigma machine bbc.com/news/uk-england-b…
Today I learned of Aleksander Doba, a Polish kayaker known primarily for his long voyages across oceans. He kayaked across the Atlantic Ocean under his own power on three separate occasions. He completed his last crossing at the age of 70. His passages remain the longest open-water kayak voyages ever made nytimes.com/interactive/2…
Today I learned of a Polish village in Istanbul. Founded by a Polish prince back in the 1800s, this village now has over 100 Poles and its name "PolonezkΓΆy" means "Village of the Poles". Today’s Polonezkoy is one of the most preferred places in Istanbul to choose from an exciting weekend breaks, day trips. polonezkoy.com/en/history…
"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 of the only homicide on record in NYC on 9/11. Polish Immigrant Henryk Siwiak was gunned down shortly before midnight on 9/11. The NYPD was unable to provide adequate investigative resources to investigate the case at the time it was reported , and it remains unsolved to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
During the Warsaw Uprising, Hungarian troops stationed nearby (under the command of Nazi officers) used many different methods to help the Polish Resistance, including staging mock "partisan raids" in order to distribute arms and equipment, and even went as far to defect to the Resistance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
During the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, the Hungarian Army, officially fighting on the German side, secretly assisted the Polish resistance, launching "ambushes" on the Poles and then "retreating" immediately, leaving behind massive amounts of weapons and supplies for the Poles to "capture." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
Joseph Conrad, the iconic English writer, was born Polish under the name JΓ³zef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski. courses.lumenlearning.com…
, that between 1937 and 1938 111,091 ethnic Poles living in USSR were executed as spies. To speed up the process local telephone books were used to find Polish sounding names. Another 28,744 were sent to Gulags. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
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…
In 1945 the Soviet Union invited top leaders of the Polish government in exile to Moscow under a promise of safe conduct to participate in talks on the post war government. Upon their arrival, they were instead arrested, tortured, and convicted in subsequent show trials as German collaborators en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Neon nail polish is illegal to make in the U.S. Neon polish available in the country is actually imported since the ingredients aren't tested by the FDA refinery29.com/en-us/ille…
During WWII Polish children and women were given refuge by an Indian king. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today (Sept 10) in 1897, 19 Polish and Slavic striking mine workers were killed by an armed mob created by the Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Sheriff. Deputies and posse members were openly talking about how many people they were planning to kill earlier that day. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
MMA fighter Ronda Rousey is of English, Polish, Trinidadian & Venezuelan descent. Her Trinidadian great-grandfather was one of the first black doctors in Canada & her English-American mother holds a PhD & won the World Judo Championship in 1984. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Today I learned of AndrΓ© Tchaikowsky, a Polish pianist who donated his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company after his death, as he wanted it to be used for Yorick in productions of Hamlet. It took 26 years for his wishes to be realized as no one wanted to use it. In 2008, David Tennant finally used it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Today I learned of Kazimierz Piechowski, a Holocaust Survivor, who, along with three other Polish inmates under the age of 21, successfully escaped Auschwitz by stealing a commandant's car, driving to the entrance posing in stolen Nazi uniforms, and demanding the guards to open the gate. theguardian.com/world/201…
Indian Maharaja Jam Sahib adopted 640 Polish orphans during WWII. He brought the children to the royal palace in Bombay, had a dormitory built for them, and brought in Polish teachers and chefs so the children would feel at home and "recover their health and forget the ordeal they went through". historycollection.co/that…
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 the Great Leap Forward, when Chinese sparrows were deemed a pest and tried to be exterminated, some of the sparrows found refuge at the Polish Embassy in Beijing. The Embassy refused to scare away the birds and was surrounded by people playing on drums causing the sparrows to die. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
Battle of Grunwald painting depicting Polish-Lithuanian victory over German Teutonic Order topped list of most wanted paintings by Nazis, whoes aim was to destroy it. Bounty of 10M marks was offred by Goebbles and several restance mebers died protecting its location, but it survived the war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The Polish Beer-Lovers' Party was a satirical Polish political party, whose goal was to promote cultural beer-drinking in English-style pubs instead of vodka and thus fight alcoholism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Over 140 Polish pilots flew in the British Air Force during the Battle of Britain, making them the largest non-British nationality in the force. 2nd was New Zealand, and 3rd was Canada. Nearly a quarter of the pilots that fought for the RAF and RN in the Battle of Britain were not British. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non…
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…
Syphilis had many historical names. In Germany it was The French Disease. In France it was The Italian Disease. In Holland it was The Spanish Disease. In Russia it was The Polish Disease. The Turks called it The Christian Disease. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
A Polish man received a building permit for a single-family home in the 1980s, he then spent his fortune building a 52-room castle, with 365 windows and 12 turrets. Once the authorities found out, they put an end to construction, he's still fighting with them now, 35 years later, to complete it. houseandhistory.com/lapal…
Popeye was inspired by the looks of a polish man named Frank "Rocky" Fiegel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
A Polish environmental charity put a SIM card in a GPS tracker to follow the migratory pattern of a white stork. They lost track of the stork and later received a phone bill for $2,700; someone in Sudan had taken the SIM from the tracker and made over 20 hours of calls. theregister.co.uk/2018/07…
-that the first flag to be raised in Berlin was a Polish one! raised by the polish signal corps whom were part of the red army advance in Berlin! outono.net/elentir/2017/0…
Polish is the third most spoken language in Chicago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Today I learned about Esperanto, a language constructed by a Polish ophthalmologist in in 1887 meant to hone world peace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esp…
The Polish "Spirytus Delikatesowy" is believed to be the strongest liquor for sale in America; it contains almost 100% pure alcohol! adweek.com/brand-marketin…

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