Madagascar got its name when Marco Polo confused the island with the city of Mogadishu and then misspelled the name in his writings. lonelyplanet.com/madagasc…
Today I learned about Pato, Argentina's national sport. A game played on horseback, combining elements from polo and basketball, where (originally) a live duck was used instead of a ball, hence the name of the sport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
Afghanistan shares a 46-mile border with China. Marco Polo used it in his Silk Road travels. It's rumored to have a fort Alexander the Great was not able to conquer, and it has one of the largest untouched copper mines in the world. insider.com/afghanistan-c…
The infamous Heaven's Gate cult supported themselves by doubling as a moderately successful web design firm. Their clients included the San Diego Polo club and a Christian music store. vice.com/en_us/article/pg…
Fireworks were invented in China sometime between 200 BC and 900 AD. It is believed Marco Polo brought fireworks from China to Europe in 1295, and the global popularity exploded after that. In 1830, colors were added in Italy by adding different metallic powders. cottagelife.com/entertain…
To this day, Pasta's ethnic roots are still being debated. Many Experts claim that it was a dish that was enjoyed in pre-Roman Italy, while many claim that Marco Polo brought Pasta from China. Before 1270, the Muslim geographer al-Idrisi wrote of seeing pasta produced on Sicily. nationalgeographic.com/hi…
In Kyrgyzstan they play sport called Kok-Boru. It's like Polo but as a ball they use dead goat(used to use dead wolf) smithsonianmag.com/people…
It's against the rules to play polo left-handed, since it leads to a serious injury risk. reference.com/article/spo…
While traveling Marco Polo heard stories of a giant bird living in Madagascar. He assumed the giant bird was Roc the legendary eagle from Middle Eastern mythology. Many centuries later, bones and eggs discovered on the island proved that giant ostrich like birds once lived in Madagascar. amnh.org/exhibitions/myth…
Scotland has a national elephant polo team. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
Polo player Adolfo Cambiaso has cloned his best horse, Cuartetera, 14 times, and even swaps between the clones during a game cbsnews.com/news/the-clon…
One of the top polo clubs in the world use cloned horses for its matches. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
North Korea calls itself Joseon after the Korean dynasty of Joseon (1392-1897), while South Korea calls itself Hanguk in reference to the 'Samhan' three kingdoms period of Korea (57BCE - 668CE). 'Korea' has its origins from the Goryeo Dynasty (918–1392), first transliterated by Marco Polo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
The country of Madagascar got its name when Marco Polo mistakened it for Mogadishu, Somalia and then misspelled the name of the city en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
A popular sport in Mongolia and Pakistan is yak polo; yaks are used instead of horses. It originally started as a tourist attraction but ended up becoming popular with the locals. topendsports.com/sport/li…
Upon graduating, Teddy Roosevelt's doctor advised him to pursue a desk job and avoid strenuous physical activity due to serious heart problems. Ignoring this, he instead pursued activities like regular exercise, boxing, tennis, hiking, rowing, polo and horseback riding, even into his presidency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A man was found by police after he responded with "Polo" when an officer called out "Marco" chron.com/neighborhood/ba…
When Marco Polo was imprisoned in Genoa when he met a romance writer, Rustichello da Pisa. He dictated his stories to his inmate describing travels through Asia between 1271 and 1295. He was not the first European to reach China, but the first to leave a detailed chronicle of his experience. wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tr…
When Marco Polo reached Java he thought he had found Unicorns. They were rhinos. en.wikisource.org/wiki/Th…
Today I learned of Keli Lane, Aussie polo player. She hid multiple pregnancies. She delivered 1 baby (who was adopted) & delivered another that disappeared. Prosecutors said Lane abandoned/disposed of her baby in the hopes of making Australia's water polo team. (More in comments.) news.com.au/keli-lane-cas…
Auto polo, a car based version of the equestrian sport, was a Ford Model T publicity stunt and popular at fairs in the 1910's and 20's. It never took off due to costs and the risk injury and death to the participants and spectators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
The modern polo shirt was designed so the collar would intentionally be popped, preventing the sun from burning tennis players' necks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
According to Marco Polo's writings, Ghenghis Khan died from an injury caused by an arrow to the knee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
The tall cone-shaped β€œprincess hat” is called a hennin. They originated with the warrior queens of Mongolia and became fashionable in Europe after Marco Polo brought one back from his travels. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Marco Polo believed the rhinoceros to be a fat unicorn who's most deadly weapons were its knees and tongue. erenow.net/biographies/ma…
Ron Jeremy made a rap song with DJ Polo. youtube.com/watch?v=07bax…
The modern game of polo is derived from Manipur, India, where the game was known as 'Sagol Kangjei', 'Kanjai-bazee', or 'Pulu'. It was the anglicised form of the last, referring to the wooden ball that was used, which was adopted by the sport in its slow spread to the west. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
The brand U.S. Polo Assn., oftentimes seen as an inferior Polo Ralph Lauren knockoff, is the official brand of the USPA, the non-profit governing body for the sport of polo in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S…
Marco Polo makes no mention of the Great Wall in any of his writings on China, which some people believe proves he never visited the country. This type of conclusion is called "argument from silence" and is a common logical fallacy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arg…
At the 1904 Olympics in St Louis, four water polo players died after contracting typhus from the polluted water. The artificial lake used as a venue was also used by cattle from agricultural exhibits at the 1904 Worlds Fair. sports-reference.com/olym…
A popular sport in Kazakhstan is Kokpar (aka Dead Goat Polo), where players on horseback try to get a fresh goat carcass into the opposing team's goal. Said to have originated with Genghis Kahn's 13th century mountain riders. theguardian.com/world/201…
Whether Marco Polo actually traveled to China is unclear. No Chinese record mentions him. His account of the trip never mentions the Great Wall, Chinese characters, chopsticks, or footbinding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
One company owns Ray Bans, Arnette, Oakley, Persol, and Oliver Peoples, makes glasses for Chanel, Prada, Armani, Coach, Versace, and Polo Ralph Lauren, owns Sunglass Hut, LensCrafters, Target Optical, and Pearle Vision, and owns EyeMed, a vision insurance company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
The country of Madagascar got its name when Marco Polo mistakenly thought he landed in Mogadishu, Somalia and then misspelled the name of the city en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
In 1995 Polo published an April's fool prank notice claiming to stop producing mints with holes as per a European Countries regulation. They also detailed a EURO-CONVERSION-KIT to comply to the regulation with immediate effect. hoaxes.org/af_database/pe…
The modern polo shirt was designed so the collar would intentionally be popped, preventing the sun from burning tennis players' necks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
The first World Series was played by the Providence Grays VS. the New York Metropolitans (Mets) in 1884. Also I learned the original New York Metropolitans played their last game at the Polo Grounds in 1885 and the modern day Mets played their first game at the Polo Grounds in 1962. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Rene Lacoste, the tennis player, invented the polo shirt artofmanliness.com/articl…
When Marco Polo passed through Sumatra, he saw an animal, which he thought was a unicorn. He said it was a combination of a wild boar, a buffalo, and an elephant. The animal he was describing was actually a rhinoceros. modernnotion.com/marco-po…
The U.S. Air Force has an informal uniform which is basically a blue polo and khakis. afpc.af.mil/Portals/70/do…
Today I learned of the "Blood in the Water" water polo match between Hungary and the USSR at the 1956 Olympics - at around the same time as the Hungarian Revolution. With two minutes left in the match and the Soviets down 4-0, a Soviet injured a Hungarian, spilling blood into the pool en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Today I learned about the sport of Auto Polo (just what the name indicates, polo with cars), which dates all the way back to 1911 when it was started to promote the Model T en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
Europeans didn't know Marco Polo's "Cathay" was really China or that the city "Cambulac" was really Beijing, until 1598 when Jesuit priests in Beijing talked to Arab merchants there, who still called it Cambulac. Maps until the 17th century showed China and Cathay as 2 different empires. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kha…
Madagascar got its name due to a mistaken identity crossed with horrible spelling. Marco Polo thought it was Mogadishu, and proceeded to spell it Madageiscar on the map. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
Some historians contest whether or not Marc Polo ever went to China, or existed. This is due in part to the lack of Chinese records, who were notable record-keepers. history.ac.uk/reviews/rev…
Lacoste’s signature crocodile was the first designer logo in history. Also, he invented the tennis polo shirt & split-shaft steel racket. gq.com/style/style-guy/sh…
Chick-fil-A uses recycled plastic to make the polo shirts worn by their employees. youtu.be/KRoRmIJo0-0
Polo player Adolfo Cambiaso won a prestigious event in 2016 riding six horses that were all clones of his favourite mare. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
Today I learned of Rabban Bar Sauma, a Christian monk from China who travelled from Beijing to Western France at the same time as Marco Polo travelled the opposite way en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
Volkswagen mostly name their cars after winds in German including Passat (after the German word for Trade wind), Golf (after Gulf Stream), Bora (after Bora), Polo (after Polar Winds), and Jetta (after Jet stream). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vol…

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