The equivalent of the English-language idiom "comparing apples and oranges" in Serbian is "grandmothers and toads"; in Romanian it's "the grandmother and the machine gun" or "the cow and the longjohns"; and the equivalent Danish idiom is "What is highest, the Round Tower or a thunderclap?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
During the trial of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, their just-appointed lawyers joined with the prosecution and accused their own clients. The trial lasted about one hour. The Ceausescus were sentenced to death and immediately executed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
The name "Dracula", used by Romanian ruler Vlad the Impaler (and later by Bram Stoker), means "son of the Dragon". His father, Vlad Dracul, was a member of the Order of the Dragon, a Christian chivalric order (named after St. George and his legendary defeat of a dragon) that fought the Ottomans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vla…
In 1984 a coup planned against Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu failed when the military unit assigned to carry out the plan was sent to harvest corn instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Although Romanian is in the same language group with French, Italian and Spanish. Cyrillic (Bulgarian, Russian) was actually the main writing, It only started to use Latin alphabet in 1830s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Romanian orphanages have become the study subjects of choice for understanding the consequences of massive sensory, intellectual, and emotional deprivation in infants and children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Today I learned about the final speech of Romanian dictator Nicolas CeauΘ™escu: Having forcefully assembled 100.000 workers under threat of being fired on one of Bucharests main squares in order to stage a supportive rally, the crowd soon turned against him, marking the beginning of the end of his dictatorship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Vlad the Impaler, is considered a national hero, despite him being one of the cruelest rulers in Romanian history and is the inspiration for Bram Stoker's novel Dracula rolandia.eu/en/blog/histo…
After Albania became independent in 1912, the candidates for Prince of Albania were a Hungarian baron, an Italian marquess, a Romanian nobleman, and a Spanish diplomat. In the end, they chose a German prince. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
The world's longest sausage was 39 miles long. It was made in a tent in a Romanian parking lot. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
A Romanian urban planning program referred to as Systematization, implemented under communist leader CeauΘ™escu, forced people in Bucharest to move en masse to apartments. Many abandoned their dogs in the process, creating a stray dog problem that persists today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
1000's of Children in Romanian Orphanages Were Systematically Killed Due to Lack of Meeting Their Basic Human Needs. youtube.com/watch?v=7fUUx…
In Latin, nouns belong to one of 3 genders (masculine, feminine, and neuter). Neuter is absent from many Romance languages but still used by Romanians today en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
A 7,600 ton apartment building was moved to create a boulevard in a Romanian town, 1987 historydaily.org/moving-a…
The masked ball song in Eyes Wide Shut is Romanian Orthodox Divine Liturgy played backwards youtu.be/8XX6qHRQV7I
There is an orchid (and its 118 species) named Dracula. Although the name Dracula means "little dragon" or "Son of Dragon" in medieval Romanian, the name was applied to the orchid because of its blood-red color, an allusion to Count Dracula and his thirst for blood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
The Romanian communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu build the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest which is the heaviest building which weighs 4,098,500,000 kg and is also the largest administrative building in the world. worldatlas.com/articles/w…
In 1916 Constantin BrΓ’ncuΘ™i, a romanian artist, sculpted a portrait of Marie Bonaparte wanting to capture her vanity but managed to create an artwork that has an uncanny similarity to an erect penis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
The Romanian Parliament building is the heaviest building in the world. Despite containing two parliamentary chambers, three museums and an international conference centre, it is still 70% empty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
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
A Romanian-born Israeli and American scientist, engineer, professor, teacher, and a Holocaust survivor, Liviu Librescu, held the door of his classroom during the Virginia Tech shootings sacrificing his life while the gunman continuously shot through the door saving 22 of his 23 students. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
Uwe Boll hired real Romanian prostitutes to film a scene with actor Meat Loaf in the film Bloodrayne, because he found it cheaper than hiring real extras. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
Chinese President Jiang Zemin speaks Russian, English, German and Romanian and worked hard to maintain his language skills. Once on a trip to Chile, he delivered a 40 minute speech in Spanish, a language that he was previously not known to have spoken languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu…
Romanian sewer workers accidentally discovered a cave which was sealed for 5.5 million years. Movile Cave is filled with evolutionary distinct exotic creatures (albino crabs, worms) which feed off sulfur-producing bacteria bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
After the Romanian Revolution in 1989 many orphanages were shut down forcing thousands of neglected orphans to live in the sewers of Bucharest. Many of those orphans still live in the sewers today, some have even raised their children there abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
The menacing, unsettling music from the masked ball sequence in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut was built around a recording of Romanian Orthodox priests singing a mass liturgy which was played backwards. dazeddigital.com/music/ar…
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…
At the first World Cup Egypt missed their boat, a referee did all his games in suit, tie and knickerbockers, a player was suspended for opening a cafe, a referee called the final whistle after 84 minutes, Bolivia wore berets and a Romanian was believed to have died before turning up at his wake theguardian.com/football/…
In September 2006, Chinese Border Patrol guards opened fire on a group of Tibetan pilgrims moving slowly in deep snow, killing a 17-year-old girl. The incident is only known in the West because a Romanian mountain climber secretly recorded it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…
Today I learned about World War II-era Chernivtsi mayor Traian Popovici, who managed to save 20,000 Chernivtsi Jews (one-third of Chernivtsi's prewar Jewish population) from the Holocaust by convincing Romanian dictator Ion Antonescu not to deport them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
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 Liviu Librescu, a Romanian-born internationally renowned professor of aerospace engineering at Virginia Tech. He survived the holocaust. At age 76 he held the door of his classroom shut while the gunman attempted to enter it. Although shot 5 times, only 1 of his 23 students died that day. usatoday30.usatoday.com/n…
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…
Today I learned about Romanian government that came up with a law, to make witches pay taxes. And witches in respond promised to curse those politicians who voted for the law. nytimes.com/2011/01/07/wo…
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…
Elena Ceausescu, wife of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, in 1989 became the last woman in Europe to be executed by judicial ruling. capitalpunishmentuk.org/e…
The street in front of the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest was named in honor of Liviu Librescu, Romanian–American scientist and engineer. A prominent academic in addition to being a survivor of the Holocaust, he is renown for his heroism during the 2007 Virginia Tech Shooting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
Romanian dictator CeauΘ™escu built a huge parliament building in Bucharest, with a big balcony for addressing the people, but was overthrown and killed before completion. The 1st person to use this balcony was Michael Jackson. romaniatourstore.com/blog…
A Romanian man once tried to illegally enter Canada by travelling in a large speed boat 1,000 km from Greenland to one of the northern most settlements in the world. He was caught by authorities. cbc.ca/news/canada/north/…
In 1902 Traian Vuia, a Romanian Engineer, designed his first flying machine, then presented his plan to the AcadΓ©mie des Sciences in Paris in 1903, but was rejected with the comment: "The problem of flight with a machine which weighs more than air can not be solved and it is only a dream." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
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…
Today I learned of Dumitru Dan, a Romanian traveler, who was credited with being the first man to walk around the world, including walking on the deck of the ships he traveled on. tititudorancea.com/z/extr…
Mistakenly believing that the crowd at his final speech was adoring him, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was witnessing mass protests forcing him and his wife to escape their palace by helicopter. 4 days later they were tried and executed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cea…
World War I had an overall casualty rate of 57.5%. The Russian, French, and Romanian Armies had casualty rates of over 70%. pbs.org/greatwar/resource…
A one of a kind sulphur based ecosystem exists in a Romanian cave completely sealed off from the rest of the world thenakedscientists.com/HT…
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…
In Romanian, one of the equivalents for the expression "comparing apples to oranges" involves grandmothers and machine guns en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
In 2014, a Romanian Princess and her husband were arrested for holding illegal cockfights at their ranch in rural Oregon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iri…
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…
Romanian television conducted a poll to find out who Romanians consider the top 100 Best Romanians of all time. Fascist Dictator Ion Antonescu took 6th place and Communist Dictator Nicolae CeauΘ™escu took 11th. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100…

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