Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, Antarctica and New Zealand are the only countries in the world with no native or wild snake populations. irelandbeforeyoudie.com/w…
Scrooge's famous cry for the poor to die and thereby 'decrease the surplus population' was most likely a reference to Thomas Malthus who had written a generation before about the economic dangers of a lack of war, plague and famine. time.com/4597964/history-…
The swiss have enough bunkers to house the entire countries population fake houses with artillery in them, and bridges that are rigged to blow. 99percentinvisible.org/ar…
Around 11% of the world population was killed during the Mongol invasions. history.com/.amp/news/10-…
Today I learned about Cambodia's memorials to documenting vicious rule of Pol Pot and the genocide of the Khmer Rouge. Nearly 20% of Cambodia's population were murdered and buried in mass graves. atlasobscura.com/places/p…
Native Americans used controlled fires to manage the land. These prescribed burns decreased the impact/frequency of damaging wildfires, boosted agricultural production, helped with hunting, and reduced tick populations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
, there's an 18 mile long wire circling above the buildings of Manhattan and certain other US cities with large populations of orthodox Jews. This is a talmudic invention meant to circumvent sabbath restrictions against carrying a burden. npr.org/2019/05/13/721551…
A California HS teacher designed an experiment/demonstration to explain how the German population could accept the actions of the Nazi regime during WWII. It lasted 5 days and grew from just his class of 30 to over 200 students. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Nauru is the most obese country in the world, with 71.7% of the population being clinically obese. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obe…
Today I learned of the Genetic Bottleneck Theory. Around 75,000 years ago, a supereruption occurred at Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia. This resulted in the early human population to drop to 3k-10k unique genetic individuals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tob…
There are no such thing as kangaroo farms, all kangaroo meat served in grocery stores and restaurants around the world is sourced from wild populations choice.com.au/food-and-dr…
Despite Christians making up only 1.5% of the population of Japan, the majority of Japanese people are married in a Christian ceremony. By contrast, the traditional Shinto ceremony makes up only 1 in 6 Japanese weddings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Humans almost became extinct about 70,000 years ago when the total population dropped below 2,000. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
The Canadian province Alberta basically has no permanent Norway Rat population because they have an incredibly aggressive rat control program. It includes a hotline to call if you ever actually see a rat in the province. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Today I learned about Benford's law: if you take natural sets of numbers (like lenghts of rivers, population of cities, financial transactions..), probability of first number is not even. There is 30% probability for number to start with 1, and only to 5% for 9. It is so reliable it is used to defect fraud! wikipedia.org/wiki/Benfor…
Most of Iceland's population is in North America. The North American and European tectonic plates meet in Iceland, and the majority of the country's population lives on the North American side. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
The entire world's population could fit inside Los Angeles totalsafari.com/interesti…
The world's largest film studio is Hengdian Studios, in China. Basically a city of permanent full-scale replicas of palaces, fortresses, and towns from various periods of China's history. Whole populations of nearby towns are often employed to be extras for period dramas & fantasy movies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Today I learned of Monowi which is an incorporated town in Nebraska with a population of 1. The sole resident Elsie Eiler, is the mayor as well as librarian and bartender. Eiler's husband died in 2004, leaving a 50% population decrease since the 2000 census. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The United States' deadliest natural disaster was a hurricane in 1900 that "effectively obliterated" the city of Galveston, Texas. At least 8,000 people died, 7,000 buildings were destroyed, and 10,000 residents, more than a quarter of the city's population, were left homeless. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/190…
90% of the indigenous population of the Americas were wiped out by diseases brought by Europeans from the Old World en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
The world's Jewish population still has not recovered from the Holocaust; in 1939, the population was 16.6 million, while the most recent count put the population at 14.5 million timesofisrael.com/israel-…
In Nebraska there's a village with population of 1. The sole resident, Elsie Eiler, is the mayor as well as librarian and bartender. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Today I learned about the Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong. Before it was demolished in 1994, it had the highest population density of 3.25 million people per square mile. It was controlled by criminal Triads, but still had its own plumbing, electricity, and even an abnormally high population of dentists. popsci.com/technology/art…
The earliest recorded census was done by China's Han Dynasty in 2CE showing a population of 57.7 million people and 12.4 million households. prb.org/milestones-global…
Only nine states have a larger population than Los Angeles county laalmanac.com/population/…
There's a portion of America only accessible by land through Manitoba, Canada with a population of 60. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
American Samoa has a population of less than 60k but has the highest rate of military enlistment of any U.S. state or territory. The local Army recruitment station in Pago Pago ranked #1 in 2014 and 2015 in production out of the 885 Army recruiting stations at the time. pireport.org/articles/201…
Nearly 5% of the British population applied for tickets for Oasis’s concerts at Knebworth in 1996. radiox.co.uk/artists/oasi…
Today I learned of Sable Island, a small Island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. This tiny sand filled island (which only has a single tree) is famous for having caused over 350 shipwrecks. It’s also famous for having a random population of almost 500 free roaming horses. cbc.ca/amp/1.2755142
The term "Caucasian" was first used for skull traits, not skin color. Caucasian populations were thus not exclusively "white," but ranged in complexion from white-skinned to dark brown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cau…
Today I learned of the worst NY disaster prior to 9/11, the steamer Slocum in 1904. 1200 mostly women and children died. It wiped out the early German population of NYC. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
One mating pair of rats can lead to a population of around 1,250 in a 12 month period! safeguardpestcontrol.co.u…
A Texas state representative introduced a bill honouring Albert DeSalvo, widely thought to be the Boston Strangler, for his work in "population control." He wanted to prove that his colleagues passed legislation without due diligence. They passed the bill unanimously. snopes.com/fact-check/the…
There are β€œghost islands” off the coast of Virginia that have been uninhabitable since 1936 as they act as a natural barrier to the coast during hurricane season. They are home to a feral horse population, a NASA flight facility, and the second tallest lighthouse in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
A century ago there were 100,000 tigers. Now there are just 3,900 remain in the wild. About 75% of the world's tiger population live in just one country. irishexaminer.com/lifesty…
Lovebirds 🦜 descended from escaped pets are a common sight in Phoenix area backyards. They have established a breeding population and are thriving. be.chewy.com/wild-flocks-…
Genome from the Indus Valley Civilization is from a population that is the largest source for South Asians. The population has no detectable ancestry from Steppe pastoralists or Iranian farmers, suggesting farming in South Asia arose from local foragers rather than from large migration from west cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0…
Sushi Parasites have increased by 238 times since 1970s according to the University of Washington. Scientists said this is likely due to humans recovering the seal, sea lion, and whale populations under Marine Mammal Protection Act which allows the parasites to fester. washington.edu/news/2020/…
Today I learned about the Korowai Tribe, One of the Last Populations Thought to Still Practice Cannibalism Today smithsonianmag.com/travel…
Relocating sea otters to SF bay could greatly increase their population and aid in conservation efforts by keeping them safer from shark bites...but getting them there means they have to swim the "shark gauntlet" near the Golden Gate. universityofcalifornia.ed…
During the potato famine (1845-1849), Ireland was a net exporter of foodstuffs. Estimates of 1 million starved due to economic policiesβ€”The "Protestant Ascendancy" created an environment where food was simply unaffordable to the Catholic majority population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The Ortolan Bunting populations were hunted to dangerously low levels because they were considered such a decadently delicious delicacy (they were captured in nets, kept in the dark to induce gorge eating, then drowned in brandy before being cooked and served); they're now illegal to served en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
Cats were often mascots on Navy ships in WWII. They kept the rodent population down and improved morale for the crew! purr-n-fur.org.uk/featuri…
A village in China where no foreigners are allowed to visit, has a population of 80 where 36 of them are dwarves. The exact cause is unknown. procaffenation.com/truth-…
Eastern Musk Turtles prefer Buffalo Chicken to all other baits tested by scientists for population ecology and conservation studies. bioone.org/journals/south…
That, in 13th-century Norway, hunting elk with bows and Arrows while skiing was made illegal in order to maintain the local elk population. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about 78-year-old twin sisters Margaret and Marjorie Barthel β€” who were purposefully and lovingly feeding rats, nurturing an exponentially multiplying population of rats on the affluent Westside of LA, which experts believe ranged from tens of thousands to as many as a half-million Rats laweekly.com/palisades-ra…
Kangaroos almost double the human population in Australia and people are urged to eat them independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Despite being one of the smallest states by population and by land area, New Hampshire has by far the largest state house of representatives of all fifty states, with 400 seats, one rep for every 3,300 citizens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…

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