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…
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_…
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…
, 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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
"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…
-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…
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…
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…
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 expression "Polish parliament", an idiom referring to chaos and general disorder in an assembly, is used in all of the Scandinavian languages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Polish is the third most spoken language in Chicago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned of Irena Sendler, a Polish hero who saved the lives of 2,500 jewish children in the Warsaw Ghetto during The Holocaust en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ire…
Brazil has the Biggest number of Italians, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese, Sub-Saharan African and Lebanese (outside of those countries) people (descendants) in the world! Besides that, a Gigantic (in the millions) of German, Syrians, Polish, Spaniards, Ukrainians and Turkish people! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imm…
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…
Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman no longer performs in the US, partly because one of his personal Steinway pianos was completely destroyed by JFK security staff in 2001, who also damaged another in 2006 by ripping off the keyboard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kry…
Today I learned about the TKS Tankette. This WWII era tank was about the size and weight of a large pickup truck. The Polish Army reported heavy casualties due to its size and poor armor. tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww…
Today I learned about Miejsce OdrzaΕ„skie, a Polish town that hasn't had single male newborns for almost a decade en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mie…
Operation Marigold, a failed secret attempt by a Polish diplomat which would've ended Vietnam War much earlier had it succeeded en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The phrase, "Not my circus, not my monkeys" is actually Polish in origin: "nie mΓ³j cyrk, nie moje maΕ‚py" en.wiktionary.org/wiki/no…
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…
Today I learned of Vitka Kempner, a Polish Jew who was part of a resistance group called the Avengers in WWII-she wrecked a train line with a homemade bomb, smuggled weapons, and sabotaged buildings. Post-war, she poisoned 3,000 loaves of bread meant for German SS officers at a prison camp. 1,900 fell ill. facinghistory.org/resourc…
Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish friar sent to Auschwitz for hiding jews; offered his life and volunteered to die in the place of another camp inmate who was about to executed, who cried that he had a β€˜wife’ and a β€˜child’. Maximilian on the other hand, had no family. In 1982 he was made into a Saint. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
Today I learned about the Eastern-European pilots that fought in the Battle of Britain during WW2. Apparently, almost a fifth of the British aviation at the time was made up of Czech, Polish and various other Eastern European soldiers. youtube.com/watch?v=Rx1AG…
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…
After the cancellation of the 1944 Olympics, Polish prisoners of war being held in the Nazi Oflag II-C POW camp staged their own unofficial Olympics games. They made their own flag from a bed sheet, an opening ceremony was held and even a commemorative stamp was printed by the camp post office. history.com/news/the-olym…
"HΓ€agen-Dazs" was completely made up by its Polish Jewish founders to sound Danish. The umlaut (Β¨) does not even exist in Danish and neither does the "zs" letter combination. atlasobscura.com/articles…
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…
Polish mathematicans broke Enigma first in 1932, then handed over all the materials for free to the allied forces in 1939 warhistoryonline.com/feat…
It is theorized the Polish King WΕ‚adysΕ‚aw III was actually the father of Christoper Columbus. Reported dead after the Battle of Varna it is thought he actually survived the battle and exiled himself to the Portuguese island of Madeira where he married a noble woman and had Columbus. medievalists.net/2010/11/…
The largest cavalry charge in history occurred during the 1683 Turkish siege of Vienna. The Polish king led 18,000 German and Polish Cavalry in a charge that broke the Ottomans line and won the battle. The king paraphrased caesar, saying "I came, I saw, God conquered" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The Polish Government in Exile, formed after the Nazi and Soviet invasion in 1939, refused to recognize the Polish People's Republic until fair elections were held. They continued to have a president, PM, and a cabinet that met every week in London until 1990 when democracy was restored youtube.com/watch?v=2jAQQ…
In 2010, a Polish man living in Germany asked doctors to remove what he thought was a several-year old cyst at the back of his head. However, doctors found that the 'cyst' was actually a .22-caliber round lodged in his scalp. He didn’t noticed it because he was drunk when it happened 5 years ago bbc.com/news/world-europe…
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…
A popular privilege for donating blood regularly in larger Polish cities is free use of public transport, but the conditions for obtaining a privilege may vary depending on the city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Elvis was naturally a blonde and started dying his hair black with shoe polish at a young age. countrymusicnation.com/ol…
KFC makes a nail polish that tastes like fried chicken fortune.com/2016/05/05/kf…
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…
The Madagascar Plan wasn't so much a deportation plan as a giant tropical death camp to be supervised by the SS. The site was previously investigated by the Polish government as a resettlement place for Jews, but abandoned due to it's inability to support even a small fraction of them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
, 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…
The famous World Heritage site of Babylon’s most recent addition of destruction was by Saddam Hussein who built a fake Babylon honoring himself on top of the ruins. It was further destroyed by US and Polish troops whose base was built on the ruins and ran over artifacts with tanks. theguardian.com/cities/20…
A capitonym is a word that changes its meaning (and sometimes pronunciation) when it is capitalized such as Polish and polish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
The AMSAT-OSCAR 7 amateur radio satellite failed in 1981 due to a short circuit in the batteries and was thought dead. But Polish anticommunists found that it still worked when it was exposed to sunlight -- and used it to covertly send messages to activists in other cities and the West. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMS…
During the Battle of Wizna, a few hundred Polish soldiers held out for three days against over 40,000 Nazi troops. Only a few dozen of the defenders survived the battle; the commander threw himself on a live grenade rather than be taken prisoner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned of No. 303 Squadron RAF, aka "Kosciuszko Squadron". It was one of 16 Polish squadrons in the RAF, and was the highest scoring Squadron in the Battle of Britain - downing 40 enemy aircraft in 7 days en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No.…
Today I learned of Eva Kotchever, a Polish-Jewish lesbian Γ©migrΓ©. Operating a lesbian tearoom in New York City, she ran afoul of the law and was deported. She died at Auschwitz. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva…
Polish intelligence officer Witold Pilecki volunteered for a resistance operation to be imprisoned in Auschwitz in order to gather intelligence about the camp. He organized a resistance movement in the camp, sent information to the Allies about what was happening there, and escaped in 1943. npr.org/templates/story/s…
A small Polish town of Frampol was destroyed by Luftwaffe bombing on Sep. 13, 1939 just because it looked like a giant shooting target from air en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
Witold Pilecki, a Polish soldier, voluntarily became a prisoner of Auschwitz in order to report what was going on in the camps to the Allies. vice.com/en_uk/article/mv…
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…
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…
Today I learned about Witold Pilecki, a polish agent who volunteered for Auschwitz to feed information to the West about the Holocaust, one of the first to report it. He was executed by the Soviet Union for his Western connections en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
Carrageenan has been harvested since 600AD & is used in applications including ice cream, salad dressing, beer, processed ham, toothpaste, Fruit Gushers, firefighting foam, shampoo, air freshener gel, shoe polish, soy milk, diet soda, pet food, personal lube, & veggie hot dogs... among others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned of Prawo Jazdy, one of Ireland's most reckless drivers. The Polish man had over 50 tickets issued by the Irish police. Turns out Prawo Jazdy actually means "driving licence" in Polish. irishtimes.com/news/dicti…
Spielberg initially considered making Schindler's List entirely in German and Polish, but decided "there's too much safety in reading [subtitles]. It would have been an excuse [for the audience] to take their eyes off the screen and watch something else." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Today I learned about Ehrlich, a Polish ping-pong player who played the longest point ever (2h 12m) in 1936 World Championships, and in WW2 was spared the gas chamber by the Nazis because they recognized him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alo…
NKVD’s chief executioner actually killed numerous victims *single-handedly and one by one*, most notably shooting 7,000 Polish prisoners in ten hours shifts over a single 28 day period in 1940 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vas…
Today I learned of Witold Pilecki a Polish Cavalry officer who volunteered to be smuggled into Auschwitz in order to later escape and tell of the horrors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
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…
Nail polish was originated about 3000 years ago in China and back then it was made with beewax, egg whites, gelatin and vegetable dyes. nailbeautician.com/2018/0…
During the Holocaust, Polish doctors Eugene Lazowski and StanisΕ‚aw Matulewicz saved 8,000 Jews by creating a fake Typhus epidemic. The Germans quarantined the area instead of risking outbreaks by sending them to concentration camps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug…
Billy Joel attempted to commit suicide in 1970, by drinking furniture polish en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
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…
A little Polish village, Miejsce Odrzanskie, hasn't seen the birth of a boy in nearly a decade. nytimes.com/2019/08/06/wo…
Scythes were used as weapons, and that the Polish army was still doing it by the early 1900s youtube.com/watch?v=9-3ug…
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…
Virtually every country named syphilis after its enemies. The French called it the Neapolitan disease, the English and Italians called it the French disease, Russians called it the Polish disease, Tahitians called it the British disease, and the Japanese called it the Chinese pox. jmvh.org/article/syphilis…
The first Polish encyclopaedia, published in 1745, is famous for several amusing, nonsensical definitions; including Horse: is as everyone can see, and Goats: are a stinking type of animal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Now…
During the filming of Schindler's List (1993), when Ralph Fiennes was dressed in his full SS uniform, a Polish woman called out and said β€œhow much she loved his uniform, and wished β€˜all of you were back here protecting all of us again.’” jpost.com/Israel-News/Cul…
Today I learned about Harry Haft, a Polish boxer in the 40's who was trained in Auschwitz by Nazis to fight to the death for the amusement of military personel. He retired after fighting Rocky Marciano. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
During WW2, fewer than 1,000 Polish soldiers repelled a Nazi invasion force of 42,200 infantry and 350 tanks for three days, after which the Polish commanding officer commit suicide by throwing himself on a live grenade en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about Jan Karski, a WWII Polish resistance fighter with photographic memory, who infiltrated the Warsaw Ghetto and a death camp. He sent the first known reports of the Holocaust to Britain in 1942, then escaped and tried to convince Allied leaders to save Jews. None believed his early claims. jankarski.net/en/about-ja…
In 1943, StanisΕ‚awa LeszczyΕ„ska, a Polish Catholic and professional midwife, was arrested by the Gestapo for aiding Jews. Sent to Auschwitz, she was assigned to work at the camp’s β€œmaternity ward” and spent the remainder of the war delivering three thousand babies in unthinkable conditions history.com/news/auschwit…
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…
People waking up in the morgue or funeral home after being declared dead still happens. In recent years this happened to a 91 yo Polish woman, a 24 yo Kenyan man and a 78 yo man from Mississippi. theguardian.com/commentis…
With the introduction of the Eurofighter Typhoon, the German Luftwaffe sold its MiG-29s to the Polish Air Force for the symbolic price of 1€ apiece. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Words that change meaning and sometimes pronunciation based on the capitalization of the first letter, like "Polish" vs. "polish" are called Capitonyms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Billy Joel once tried to kill himself by drinking furniture polish instead of bleach b/c he thought the polish would "taste better" contactmusic.com/billy-jo…
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…
Phthalates lower IQ levels. They can be found in shampoos, conditioners, body sprays, hair sprays, perfumes, colognes, soap, nail polish, shower curtains, medical tubing, IV bags, vinyl flooring and wall coverings, food packaging and coatings on time-release pharmaceuticals. cnn.com/2016/07/01/health…
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…
The 1944 Olympics were canceled due to the war but polish captives in a concentration camp wanted to preserve the tradition. They got permission to organize their own games which included basketball, boxing chess and more. An olympic flag was made out of bed sheets and even the nazis saluted it mentalfloss.com/article/6…
There is a polish man who is legally dead and is fighting with courts to this day to prove otherwise toronto.citynews.ca/2008/…
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 Witold Pilecki, a member of Polish resistance who volunteered to be imprisoned in the Auschwitz death camp to gather intelligence in 1940. He later escaped and was the author of Witold's Report, the first comprehensive Allied intelligence report on Auschwitz and the Holocaust. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
Today I learned of Bottled Instinct, the Polish beer made with vaginal yeast, taken from a Czech model pulptastic.com/craft-beer…
Today I learned about Wanda Rutkiewicz. a Polish national, who was the first woman to climb K2, the second highest peak in the world in 1986. She was also the first European woman to climb Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
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 1977 former president Jimmy Carter accidentally told the Polish people that he desired them carnally and had left the United States, never to return. bbc.com/culture/story/201…

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