In 1900, a sealed cave was discovered in China's Gansu province containing 1,100 scrolls and 15,000 Buddhist texts. Believed to have been sealed around 1002, the last recorded date, the cave contained lost texts and the earliest dated printed book, a copy of the Diamond Sutra printed in 868. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mog…
A Filipino singer made a song with Chinese-sounding gibberish. Some of the Chinese community at the Filipino province of Cebu wanted it removed from jukeboxes. According to the singer, a plan to bring it to court failed because no one could find a single Chinese lyric in the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
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…
The first minister of health for the People's Republic of China was Jakob Rosenfeld, a Jewish refugee from Austria who was a practicing urologist. Popularly known as General Luo in China, there is a hospital dedicated to him in Shandong Province en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jak…
What I thought was Holland is actually the Netherlands. Two of the Netherlands provinces make up what people call Holland. holland.com/global/touris…
Because of inconsistent government policy, Daylight Savings Time only applied to some businesses and cities when introduced in the province of Quebec, Canada. In one building in Montreal, DST was in effect on half the first floor and the fourth floor, but not in the rest of the building. muse.jhu.edu/article/4914…
There is a naval museum in the middle of Alberta, a landlocked province. themilitarymuseums.ca/vis…
There is a province called Luxembourg in the walloon region of belgium located northwest of the country of Luxembourg en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
Holland is a region and former province on the western coast of the Netherlands, not a formal name for the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
The province of Alberta, Canada is the only place in the world where there are zero rats. Since the 1950s there has been a war between rats and the Albertan government. There is even a rat sighting hotline. nationalpost.com/news/can…
There is actually an β€œOld Zealand” that New Zealand is named for: It was the Dutch Maritime Province of Zeeland, located near modern Belgium. britannica.com/place/Zeel…
Every Christmas the people of a province near Cuzco, Peru organize an annual festival where individuals settle old conflicts by fighting each other before the arrival of the New Year. e.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taka…
Today I learned about β€œNΓΌshu”, a syllabic script derived from Chinese characters that was used exclusively among women in Jiangyong County in the Hunan province of southern China en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C…
Belgium sleeped on December 21, 1752, and woke up on January 1, 1753, due to the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar. The provinces forming the Southern Netherlands (modern Belgium) except the Duchy of Brabant adopted it on 1 January 1583. That left those areas without Christmas in 1582. jstor.org/stable/25025653…
The first international armed conflict that the US took part in was the First Barbary War, a joint military alliance between America and Sweden against the autonomous provinces of Tripoli, Algiers, and Tunis, and the Sultanate of Morocco. It lead to the creation of the US Navy and Marine Corps. monticello.org/site/resea…
Today I learned about Salma Dam aka Afghan India Friendship Dam constructed by India in the Afghan province of Herat. The dam was under construction since 1976, but insurgencies caused delays. India started funding and executing the project since 2006, eventually opening in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afg…
A county in China, to increase tax revenues, ordered its employees to collectively smoke 23,000 packs of cigarettes per year. Officials were fined for missing their targets or if they were caught smoking brands from other provinces. reuters.com/article/idUSP…
Turkey has the highest per capita tea consumption in the world, and the tea is produced in Turkey, in the Rize province en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
The first state/province in the world to implement women's suffrage and keep it to this day was Wyoming, in 1869. The first country to do so was Norway in 1913. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
China's "Lost Army." Following the Chinese Civil War, a KMT army fled into Burma and continued to fight the CCP from there. To fund their war, they seized a Burmese province and turned it into narco-state. Some of these soldiers eventually formed some of Southeast Asia's first drug syndicates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuo…
The deadliest tropical cyclone on record was the Bhola cyclone, which hit East Pakistan in Nov. 1970. Over five hundred thousand people perished. The storm's damage and aftermath were major factors in sparking the revolution that led the province to becoming independent Bangladesh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
An 1878 dispute between Argentina and Paraguay arbitrated by American President Rutherford Hayes giving Paraguay 60% of its current territory, led to the naming of a province after him (Presidente Hayes Department) and an official holiday (Laudo Hayes Firm Day). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
First Canadian prime minister John A MacDonald's guiding principle was always loyalty to the British Empire and independence from the United States. Under Macdonald’s leadership, the dominion quickly expanded to include the provinces of Manitoba , British Columbia , and Prince Edward Island britannica.com/biography/…
The thousands of monkeys in the Lopburi province of Thailand are split in two gangs: temple and city monkeys. The monkeys rely on tourists for food but due to the lack of tourism, the monkeys are starving and have taken to waging large scale 'gang wars' over as little as a single banana. nypost.com/2020/03/12/mon…
The capital of The Netherlands is Amsterdam. However, it is not the seat of government (Den Haag; The Hague) nor the capital of the province it's located in (Haarlem). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net…
Despite its name, no part of Equatorial Guinea's territory lies on the equatorβ€” it is in the northern hemisphere, except for the insular AnnobΓ³n Province, which is about 155 km (96 mi) south of the equator. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equ…
Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, who is often portrayed as the epitome of Mexican machismo, never drank alcohol. He actually was so worried about alcoholism spreading in Mexico, that he banned alcohol from his province of Chihuahua. stanfordpress.typepad.com…
The uranium used in the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings were mined from Katanga province, Congo. theconversation.com/the-l…
The name of Africa comes from an ancient name of Tunisia, which was a province of the Roman Empire simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
The Canadian province of Alberta has an entire hotline dedicated for rat sightings and ensuring the province remains rat-free. cbc.ca/news/canada/edmont…
The borders of four Canadian provinces might meet at one point, but due to an inaccuracy in Nunavut's legal definition in 1999 it's still unclear en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
The official titles of the Pope are: Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the Vatican City State, Servant of the servants of God. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
The world’s first Chinatown was established in Manila in 1594. In 1861, a villager from the Chinese province of Fujian sailed to Philippines. He would become the great-grandfather of the first female Philippines president, Corazon Cojuangco Aquino aljazeera.com/indepth/inp…
The country name "Pakistan" was proposed by Rahmat Ali of Cambridge University as an acronym of Punjab, Afghan Province, Kashmir, Sindh, and Balochistan, while "Pak" means "pure" and "-stan" means country in Persian open.ac.uk/researchprojec…
The village of Ivujivik, Quebec, 2,000 km (1200 miles) north of Montreal, is the northernmost settlement in any Canadian province. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivu…
In an attempt to modernize Newfoundland, Canada, the province's Premier hired the former Latvian Minister of Finance, Alfred Valdmanis. While industrializing the province, Valdmanis embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars before being unmasked as a criminal and former Nazi collaborator. archive.macleans.ca/artic…
The population of all the western Canadian provinces and all the territories combined are still less in total than Ontario alone. worldpopulationreview.com…
In Canada, there is no federally defined age for legal alcohol purchase or consumption. Each province and territory is free to set its own drinking age, which is either 18 or 19. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
The Canadian province of Alberta has no rats, and it is even illegal to own pet rats without a permit. alberta.ca/history-of-rat…
Today I learned of the "Elfstedentocht" (eleven city tour). An ice skating tour held on natural ice in the province of Frisia. It visits all 11 historical towns in Frisia and spans almost 200 km. It can only take place when the weather is favorable and has only taken place 15 times since the first one in 1909. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elf…
The easternmost province in Nepal is literally named "Province No. 1". It is one of three provinces named like this in the country, the others being No. 2 and No. 5. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Hubei Province in China, which has Wuhan as its capital, is home to about 58.5MM people. That's almost as many as California and New York state combined, living in 71,800 sq miles, or roughly 1.3 New Yorks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
Today I learned of the greenhouses of Almeria, the largest concentration of greenhouses in the world. It covers 26,000 hectares and produces more than half of Europe's vegetables. The greenhouses reflect so much sunlight that the province is actually cooling. amusingplanet.com/2013/08…
Today I learned of Chubut Province. A province in Argentina that speaks Welsh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
Because the two major seafaring provinces of the Netherlands in its Golden Age were Holland and Zeeland, the Dutch explorers originally named the largest landmass of Oceania Nieuw Holland (now Australia) and the two islands to the southeast Nieuw Zeeland (now New Zealand) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zee…
There is a province in Belgium called "Luxembourg" that is 70% larger than the actual country of Luxembourg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
Today I learned about the dutch town of Urk. This former island was connected to the newly poldered province of Flevoland in the 1930s. Due to its history, when referencing events that happened there, it is still reffered to as 'on Urk', rather than 'in Urk' visitflevoland.nl/nl/loca…
Some countries and provinces, prominently German and Quebec, still abide by brewing laws that were adopted during the Holy Roman Empire way back in 1516. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
In 1786 a powerful earthquake hit China's Sichuan province that killed 435 people. But also caused a landslide that formed into a mud dam across the Dadu River. That dam quickly made a 50 million cubic meter lake and an aftershock caused that dam to bust killing an additional 100,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/178…
During China's Cultural Revolution, in one province, there were multiple gruesome instances of cannibalism (not due to hunger) motivated purely by ideological zeal nytimes.com/1993/01/06/wo…

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