There's a cave in Romania that had been sealed off from the outside world for 5.5 million years and scientists have discovered dozens of unique lifeforms thriving in the poisonous gases and water. bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
In 1941 the President of Haiti declared war on Japan, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania. Only Romania bothered to declare war on Haiti in return. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
For 5000 years, Europeans built huge magnificent cities, and lived in them, just to burn them to the ground every 75 years. People in current-day Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and the area, intentionally set their settlements on fire between 7000-2000 BC, for reasons still being researched. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
A married Secret Service agent had trouble extraditing a hacker from Romania, so he pretended he was a woman, flirted for 7 months online, and nabbed the criminal when he flew to Boston with 3 boxes of grape-flavored condoms. cnbc.com/id/102114351
Today I learned about "The Forgotten 500" U.S. airmen who were shot down during bombing raids into Romania. Serbian peasants hid the airmen, at considerable risk, while the men, living on goat’s milk, had to build a runway large enough to land C-47s, without any real tools or alerting Nazis, for their rescue. historynet.com/wwii-book-…
On 6 may 1990, over 1.2 million people from Romania and the Republic of Moldova met at the border set on Prut river, as the restrictions were temporarily lifted. The event was known as the Bridge of Flowers. Many people brought flowers to meet the relatives they haven't seen in decades en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Today I learned about the Mount Rushmore of Romania, the Rock sculpture of Decebalus carved between 1994-2004 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
Today I learned of Movile Cave in Romania that was separated from the outside world for 5.5 million years until 1986. It is home to 33 species found no where else on the planet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mov…
During a plague outbreak in Romania in 1813, plague sufferers were buried alive. One undertaker squad reported "we collected 15 dead today, but only buried 14, because one of them ran away." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The USA only ranks #43 in a list of countries by home ownership rate (64.5%). Romania is 1st with 96.4%. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus have adopted the Revised Julian calendar, which currently aligns its dates with the Gregorian calendar but will start differing from February 2800 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rev…
Romania had a much-abused law that allowed prisoners to reduce their sentences by writing scientific books in jail. 30 days were written off for every book. One politician wrote 9 of them, and one 212-page book was reportedly written in just 7 hours. theguardian.com/world/201…
Pastrami comes from Romania. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
Almost half a million tourists come to Romania each year to visit Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's castle, located in Brasov, Romania 170 km north of the capital Bucharest romania-insider.com/nearl…
Nikolae Ceausesku, President and the last Communist leader of Romania, saw the Romanian Revolution of '89 begin right in front of his eyes as he addressed a crowd of over 80K in the city of TimiΘ™oara. His live reactions were broadcast on State TV by the defiant media. He was shot four days later youtu.be/wWIbCtz_Xwk
There's a Subterranean Theme Park in Romania youtu.be/uEDx0JlhAJk
The town of Glod, Romania held a resentment over the movie Borat. 'Extras' from the town felt tricked into being ridiculed by the movie's portrayal of their town and people. abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
From 1966-1989, terminating pregnancies was outlawed in Romania for women under 40 who had fewer than 4 children. From 1977, childless people were taxed extra, and the pill and the condom were banned. By 1989, there was over an estimated 100,000 abandoned children in orphanages. theguardian.com/news/2014…
Wales in Britain, Wallonia in Belgium, and Wallachia in Romania all have the same root word: the proto-Germanic term Walhaz, which referred to Romans and their subjects en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Romania is the second largest plum producing country in the world. Up to 75% of that production goes towards it's traditional alcoholic beverage, ȚuicΔƒ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
In Romania, the permitted level of alcohol in blood for vehicle or tramway drivers is 0.00 ‰. Consequences of DUI: Civil fine below O.4. A prison sentence of one to five years is given when it is a criminal offence, i.e. the concentration of alcohol in blood is above 0.8 g of alcohol per litre. berariiromaniei.ro/en/sav…
The secret police in Communist Romania subjected the leaders of a 1977 coal miners' strike to 5-minute chest X-rays to ensure that they developed cancer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
Today I learned about the BigΔƒr spring, a waterfall in Romania which is considered unique in the world due to the way the water spreads and falls in tinier shreds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izv…
Today I learned about the Drug Addicts And Orphans In Romania Who Found Homes In The City Sewers. They formed communities and found comfort with others. boredpanda.com/undergroun…
When Romania made their ice hockey World Championship debut in 1931, they lost 0-15 to the US. Their captain approached the referee after the game and asked him to write a message on the official game sheet: ”Thank you for playing against us, we have learned a great deal from this game”. internationalhockey.wikia…
The United States Congress has not issued a formal declaration of war since June of 1942 (against Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania). And the USA has never "lost" such a Congressionally-declared war. news.vice.com/en_us/artic…
Today I learned about the Merry Cemetery in Romania where gravestones are beautifully painted with pictures and words to describe the desceased persons life, and sometimes also how they died. Some have very funny epitaphs and others are more serious. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
The heiress to the Kingdom of Romania was stripped of her inheritance after getting arrested for illegal gambling and cockfighting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iri…
Today I learned of a road in Romania called TransfΔƒgΔƒrΔƒΘ™an. This 90 km road goes between the highest peaks in Transylvania. The dictator, Ceausescu, built it using military men. 6000 tons of dynamite was used to clear a path. 40 soldiers died during its construction. It's also called Ceausescu's Folly. losapos.com/transfagarasa…
Today I learned about Klondike Joe Boyle who was a Yukon Lumberjack Commando Secret Agent who managed a Stanley Cup hockey team, received high military honors from England, Canada, France, Romania, and Russia, stole the Romanian crown jewels from a vault in Moscow, and once fought a shark with a hunting knife. badassoftheweek.com/index…
Șerban Cantacuzino, Prince of Wallachia (part of present days Romania) between 1678 and 1688, sabotaged his Turkish allies during the siege of Vienna, after being forced to join the war alongside the Ottoman Empire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C8…
At age 16, Queen Anne of Romania fled from the Nazi Germans in 1939 and eventually escaped to the US. She attended college in NY and worked as a sales assistant at Macy’s department store. In 1943, she volunteered for military service in the French Army, where she received the Cross of war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Poland, Greece, Italy, Romania, Spain and Portugal have lower fertility rates than Japan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Romania shipped 93.4 TONES of gold to Rusia in 1916 so that Russia would safe keep the Romanian Treasure in the Kremlin until the end of the war. And, as of 2014, they gave back only 33 kg of it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Today I learned of the "Romanian Treasure": In 1916 Romania decided to send its vast collection of valuable objects and gold reserves to Russia for safekeeping. Currently Russia still holds the vast majority of it, valued at over $1.5 Billion USD en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Today I learned of Dr. Liviu Librescu, Romanian-born Holocaust survivor and scientist. During the Virginia Tech massacre, he survived being shot through a door five times while aiding students in escaping the gunman. He later died of his injuries and was awarded Romania's highest civilian honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
The decision of 18 y/o King Michael I of Romania to carry out a coup against the Nazi ally & prime minister, Ion Antonescu, in 1944 is thought to have ended WWII early by as much as 6 months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
When the Illinois Academy of Sciences made the wife of Romania's communist dictator an honorary member in the 1980s, she replied by saying she had never heard of Illinois en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Around the 16th century, there was a chamber in the fortress of Biertan (Romania) where all the couples that wanted to divorce were forced to live with only one item of everything: one bed, one spoon, one chair, etc. before breaking up. Only one couple in 300 years ended up divorcing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bie…
The crown of Romania is made from steel taken from a cannon captured during their war of independence from the Ottomans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Some children in Romania are so poor as to live in sewers. abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
Chad πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡© and Romania πŸ‡·πŸ‡΄ have the same flag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
In 2012, 400 Spanish soccer fans wanted to see their club play in the Europa League final held in Bucharest, Romania. By mistake, they chartered a plane to Budapest, Hungary. mirror.co.uk/sport/footba…
In Biertan village in Transylvania Romania, the church had a "divorce/reconciliation room": Couples that wanted to break up had to live two weeks in a room with one small bed, one table with one chair, one spoon, one plate. In 300 years they had just one divorce. triptoromania.net/divorce…
, the Hohenzollern dynasty, the ruling dynasty of German Empire (1871-1918), also provided rulers for the Kingdom of Romania between 1866 and 1947. prussianhistory.com/found…
There is a man in Romania who is alive, but legally dead. nytimes.com/2018/03/30/wo…
The country with the highest home ownership rate in the world is Romania, with 96.4%. This in a country with an average income of $6559 USD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The most famous Romanian author survived the Holocaust, only to be hit by a truck as he was going to teach his first university lecture a few months after the Nazis were kicked out of Romania. for2000years.penguinclass…
When Romania made their ice hockey World Championship debut in 1931, they lost 0-15 to the US. Their captain approached the referee after the game and asked him to write a message on the official game sheet: ”Thank you for playing against us, we have learned a great deal from this game”. sihss.se/princecantacuzin…
Today I learned of Romanian Elisa Leonida Zamfirescu (1887-1973), the world's 2nd women to obtain a degree in engineering (the first was Alice Perry). During World War I she joined the Red Cross and ran a hospital in Romania until the war ended. She spent the last 10 years of her life fighting for disarmament. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Witchcraft is so accepted in Romania that in 2011 the government tried to tax witches to help pull the country out of recession. globalpost.com/dispatch/e…
At the fall of Constantinopole the Turks melted down the Column of Justinian into cannons and when Romania became independent 400 years later it melted Turkish cannons into the Steel Crown of Romania en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
The flag of Chad and Romania are identical after Romania removed the Coat of arms of the Socialist Republic of Romania from the center of the flag in 1989. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
From March 1945 to December 1947 Romania was a "Communist Monarchy" under Soviet Influence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
During WWI, Romania decided to send its vast collection of treasure to Russia for safekeeping. In 1918, the new Soviet government cut all diplomatic ties and refused to return the treasure. Russia still holds the treasure valued at over $1.5 billion and has no intention of giving it back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
In the mid 80s, there was an illicit underground making homemade computers in Romania using parts sold door to door in dorm rooms and pubs including bags of resistors, transistors and LEDs in bulk. It was based off the CoBra running BASIC and CP/M, created for Intel 8080/85-based microcomputers. arstechnica.com/gadgets/2…
A 120-meter-deep, 17th-Century salt mine in Romania has been converted to the world’s largest salt mining museum and amusement park, complete with a Ferris wheel, an amphitheater, light shows on the rock walls and boat rides on a subterranean lake. weburbanist.com/2013/12/0…
The Palatul Parlamentului (Palace of the Parliament) in Bucharest, Romania is the heaviest building in the world and made from: 700,000 tonnes of steel and bronze, a million square feet of marble, 3500 tonnes of crystal and 900,000 square metres of wood viacapitalevendu.com/blog…
In the 1930 World Cup, Romania participated only after the intervention of King Carol II, who had been crowned in a coup d'Γ©tat a week earlier. He selected the squad personally, and negotiated with employers to ensure that the players would still have jobs upon their return. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
Romania turned 20 000 bibles donated in 1970s by World Reformed Alliance of the Transylvanian Magyar Reformed Church Hungarian Bibles into Toilet Paper americanhungarianfederati…
Home ownership in Romania is 95.6%, Spain 77.7%, Greece 75.8% while in Germany it's 52.6% and Switzerland only 44%. de.statista.com/statistik…
When Ceausescu made abortion and contraception illegal in Romania in 1967, he created a baby boom whose members eventually became those most likely responsible for his fall from power and execution in 1989. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
Hundreds of people - mainly homeless and drug addicts - and all of whom are HIV positive, are living in a community in the sewers below Romania's capital Bucharest. channel4.com/news/romania…
Michael I of Romania, one of the few leaders during WW2 to live in this century and to oust a leader with close bonds with Hitler, after which he was exiled by communists, had one of the longest royal marriages lasting from 1948 to 2016, 3 years shorter than that of Elizabeth II. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Romania hosts the only museum of gold in Europe romaniajournal.ro/gold-mu…
Ex-King Micheal of Romania is one of the few people living who had lunch with Hitler. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
The earliest archaeological evidence of humans smoking weed stems from a 5,000 year old grave site in Romania which contained a "pipe-cup" with burnt hemp seeds in it. researchgate.net/publicat…
There is a cemetery in Romania famous for their vibrant and colorful tombstones that artfully depict scenes from the buried person's life, most often involving how they died. Each tombstone also has a poetic epitaph inscription. pbase.com/bauer/sapanta
TV mystery series 'Columbo' was so popular in Romania that when the show was cancelled the Romanian gov't feared riots, so they had the US State Dept. ask Peter Falk to record a video message to the Romanian people, which he did by reading it phonetically into the camera articles.chicagotribune.c…
The most haunted forest in the world is often referred to as the Bermuda Triangle of Romania. It's been known for intense paranormal activity and unexplained events: intense feelings of being watched, ghost sightings, bizarre-looking vegetation, UFO sightings, hundreds of missing persons, etc... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoi…
Romania fought on both sides in WWII, invading both the Soviet Union with the Axis, and Germany with the Allies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Today I learned of the Hoia Baciu Forest, a forest in Romania where visitors have reported apparitions, ufos, loss of time or memory, being physically scratched and seeing a circle in the middle of the forest where nothing ever grows. Some people have disappeared there. hoiabaciuforest.com/
Before Romantic Nationalism and as late as 1850, people of greek ethnicity and culture identified themselves as Romans, their nation as 'Romania', and called the language they spoke Romaic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byz…
Donated Bibles were sent to Romania and subsequently pulped into TP because there was a toilet paper shortage. heritage.org/research/rep…
In 1978 a village in Romania became completely covered in sludge because of a nearby mining pit zmescience.com/other/feat…
Romania had the unusual distinction of being at war with both the Allied and Axis powers simultaneously in August-September of 1944. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Today I learned of the "Merry Cemetery" in Maramures county, Romania, a graveyard where each tombstone shares the deceased's life story and dirty secrets, depicted in a humorous and dark style nydailynews.com/news/worl…
Romania has fastest internet in Europe and that you can get 1Gbit connection for 12€ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
The former queen of Romania once worked at Macy's in New York. messynessychic.com/2015/1…
Despite a complete absence of light and a poisonous atmosphere, a cave in Romania is crawling with life bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
A former Macy's salesperson became Queen of Romania in 1948. dailytelegraph.com.au/new…
In Romania a priest and four nuns were jailed for crucifying and starving to death a schizophrenic nun as a result of exorcist practices to free her from devils. It happened in 2005. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europ…
There are stones in Romania called Trovants that grow and multiply after rainfaill whenonearth.net/trovants-…
Exactly 25 years ago today, 25 December 1989, Nicolae CeauΘ™escu, the last dictator of Romania, together with his wife, was executed by firing squad after a two-hour trial. thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/w…
A subterranean space in Romania carved out centuries ago is now home to the world's largest salt mining museum and amusement park. Located 120 meters below the surface, it contains a lake with boats, sports arena, amphitheater, mini golf course and bowling lanes. weburbanist.com/2013/12/0…
The Romania entered the 1930 FIFA world cup following the crowning of King Carol II, as he encouraged them to go. He chose the squad himself and ensured them that they would still have their jobs when they return. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
There is an entire underground civilization in the sewers of Romania. abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
Romania's Senate has rejected a proposed law that would have taxed witches and fortune tellers due to fears of being cursed for it. torontosun.com/news/world…
Between 1977 and 1978, Ethiopia and Somalia (both communist at the time) fought a massive tank war in the Ogaden desert. The USSR, East Germany, North Korea, Cuba and South Yemen backed Ethiopia while China and Romania supported Somalia in one of the most bizarre wars of the 20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oga…
After WW1, the Polish had a plan to create a federation formed by central european countries, which would include Poland, Romania, Ukraine, and the Baltic States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Malietoa Tanumafili II of Samoa and Catherine of Romania were the first royals to convert to the Baha'i faith. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
A Polish woman reported her supervisor for stealing money to play the lottery. The backlash ultimately led to the overthrow of the governments of Poland, Hungary, East Germany, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Albania, Romania, Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union, and the end of Communism in Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
The flags of Chad and Romania are almost indistinguishable and that in 2004 Chad called on the UN to look into the "issue". news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world…
Today I learned of the King of the Gypsies. For centuries, Romani people around the world have given or inherited the title to certain people; it has been found in Scotland, England, Wales, Norway, Italy, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, USA, and Venezuela. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
The city of Timisoara,Romania has the fastest internet in the world, with a download speed of 89.1Mb/s. nineoclock.ro/timisoara-f…
In 1999, Pope John Paul II became the first pope to step foot in Romania since the Great Schism in 1054. He was also the first pope to step foot in Greece since 710 AD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
In the 1976 Olympics, Nadia Comaneci of Romania became the first gymnast in Olympic history to score a perfect 10.0 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gym…
King Michael I of Romania is a direct descendant of Queen Victoria. He was crowned at age six in 1927. If the Romanian monarchy would've survived he would be the longest reigning monarch currently alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
John Smith, before Jamestown, was a trader, pirate, slave, mercenary, knight and had won three duels. He had been to (at least) modern day Romania, Hungary, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Spain, North Africa, England and the Americas all by the age of 27. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…

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