The Tourette Association of America initially feared South Park’s release of their Tourettes episode, but ended up being surprised at how accurate and well-researched the show was on the condition. The only thing they critiqued was the frequent use of β€œcoprolalia” or rampant swearing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
The reason one cannot drive straight from North America down to South America is one 100km stretch of extremely difficult, dangerous and environmentally sensitive terrain called the Darien Gap in Central America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
Today I learned of Thor Heyerdahl who sailed from South America to Polynesia in a hand-built homemade raft to prove that ancient humans could've reached South America via Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Charles Darwin's 'Theory of Evolution' is thought to be deeply influenced by his private tutor in Edinburgh, John Edmonstone. Edmonstone was a Taxidermist of African descent from British Guiana, South America. This relationship would later encourage Darwin to explore the continent himself. history.co.uk/shows/not-w…
A desert in South America went 500 years without recorded rainfall. phys.org/news/2018-11-cen…
France's longest border (730km/450mi) isn't with any European nation, but actually with Brazil in South America! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
In 1596, Abraham Ortelius, recognized as the creator of the first modern atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, noticed the shapes of continents on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean (most notably, Africa and South America) seem to fit together. He was the first to theorize the Continental Drift. wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraha…
Portuguese, not Spanish, is the predominately spoken language on the continent of South America. (by a small margin) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
The idea that Hitler survived the Battle of Berlin and moved to South America was started by Joseph Stalin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
As compensation for claiming New Amsterdam (New York) from the Dutch in 1667, the English relinquished claims to the disputed South American territory of Suriname. Today, Suriname is the only independent country in the Americas where most people speak Dutch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
In mid 18th century Gross National Income per capita (PPP) of countries that today make up third world (Asia, Africa, Latin America) was more than first world (Western Europe, Northern America, Japan, Singapore and South Korea) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Most maps distort the size of many countries. Greenland and South America tend to look roughly the same size even though South America is 8.2 times larger. Canada is also smaller than the typical representation, and South Africa much larger. directionsmag.com/article…
Arthur Raymond Chung - President of Guyana, South America from 1970 to 1980 - is noted for being the first ethnically Chinese head of state in a non-Asian majority country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
South America's only existing monarchy is in Bolivia. In the 1830s, enslaved men on a plantation realised Prince Uchicho - a noble from the Kingdom of Kongo, Africa - laboured amongst them. They crowned him King and, reognised by the state, his descendents preside over the same region today. english.elpais.com/elpais…
South America was once inhabited by giant sloths (Megatherium). It weighed up to 4 tonnes (similar to a present day elephant) and on its hind legs it would have stood 3.5m (12ft), which make it the largest bipedal mammal of all time. It lived from ca 400'000 ago until ca 8'000 ago. nhm.ac.uk/discover/what-w…
Horses originated in North America and spread to every Afro Eurasia and South America, only to become extinct in North America where they originated from. They were then reintroduced back to North America by humans. They have been in every continent including Antarctica now. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo…
A study from 2016 identified an overall 57% diminution in mean sperm concentration over the past 35 years in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Reports in South America indicated no significant alteration. An increasing trend of sperm concentration was identified only in Australia. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
The mountain lions originally found throughout North America were completely wiped out by the arrival of humans some 10,000 years ago. The mountain lions seen since then are actually descendants of South American mountain lions that moved north and recolonized the continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
London is farther north than Calgary, Montreal is south of Paris, and despite being 20Β° further north, Reykjavik’s average temperature in January is warmer than Boston’s average temperature. The reason for milder European climates than equivalent cities in North America is the Gulf Stream. brilliantmaps.com/cities-…
Despite leading the South in the Civil War as President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis was never prosecuted for treason smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned of a French territory in South America called French Guiana, who’s got the 17th best GDP mainly due to its primary income being their rocket-launching base in the capital, Kourou. britannica.com/place/Fren…
Territory integral to the European Union can be found on five continents thanks to the outermost regions of European nations. There are the European countries, Cyprus is technically in Asia, French Guiana in South America, Guadeloupe in North America, and the Canary Islands in Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The greater rhea, an ostrich-like bird native to South America, is now represented by a small but growing wild population in northern Germany after some escaped from a game farm in 2000. Hunting was recently introduced to control the population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Cap's list of things to learn about varies based on the regional release. In Australia, it includes Steve Irwin, in South Korea, it has Dance Dance Revolution, etc. yahoo.com/entertainment/b…
Spectacled bears are the only bears native to South America. Also called Andean bears, they are one of four extant bear species that are habitually arboreal. Their diet is mainly herbivorous with 5-7% composed of meat. This bear species was the inspiration for the documentary Paddington Bear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
The maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is the largest canid of South America. It is neither a fox nor a wolf. It is the only species in the genus Chrysocyon which literally means "golden dog", and it communicates mainly by scent markings and a kind of "roar-barking." Its urine smells like weed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Nutrias are easily recognized by their large orange teeth.Their enamel is richly pigmented with iron affording these semiaquatic rodents chisel-like strength while gnawing. Originally native to subtropical South America, they have since been introduced to North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Suriname is a country in South America that uses Dutch as a majority language. Sranan Tongo is a creole language also spoken there, made of English, Dutch, Portuguese, and West African languages. Population includes Natives, Dutch, Indonesian, Indian, Chinese, and runaway slaves (Maroons). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
Today I learned about Solar Maximum cycles and the Carrington Event. A solar storm that hit Earth powerful enough to start fires and cause sparks from telegraph wires. The aurora was seen as close to the equator as South America and Northern Australia. The next Solar cycle is predicted to start this year. history.com/news/a-perfec…
Giant ground sloths dug enormous burrows in South America thousands of years ago that still exist today. The biggest ones are over 6 feet tall and 2,000 feet long. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Today I learned of all felines, the Margay (tree ocelot), native to Central and South America, is most adapted for a true arboreal life.It is the only cat to possess the ability to rotate its hind legs 180Β°, enabling it to run head-first down trees like squirrels.It can also hang from a branch by one hind foot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Cleveland, Ohio is further west than mainland South America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
America accidentally dropped a nuke on South Carolina in 1958 and two Hydrogen bombs on North Carolina in 1961. The traditional explosives on the nuke exploded, while only a low voltage trigger kept one of the H-bombs from detonating. huffpost.com/entry/that-o…
America is not called Columbia because Columbus did not actually ever come to the continent. The landed in todays Bahamas, on 1492. Then Amerigo Vespucci arrived in todays Brazil, South America few years after. The new land, America is named by cartographer Martin WaldenseeMΓΌller in 1507. nadeaubarlow.com/why-is-a…
Only 388k slaves out of a total 12.5 million that crossed the Atlantic were sold in the US. The rest (10.7 million) went to Mexico and South America. pbs.org/wnet/african-amer…
In 1970 pet parrots escaped or were released in Chicago and are thriving in Hyde Park. Thousands were imported from South America in the 50 and 60's. uchicagomedicine.org/fore…
One Golden poison frog contains enough toxin to kill 10 to 20 people. It can be found in the Pacific coast region of Colombia in South America and is a social animalβ€”living in groups of up to six frogs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Operation Condor was a United States-backed campaign of political repression and state terror involving intelligence operations and assassination of opponents, officially and formally implemented in November 1975 by the right-wing dictatorships of the Southern Cone of South America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned about French Guiana, a department of the country of France in South America. Not a colony, it is the only territory of the mainland Americas to have full integration in a European country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The Andean flamingo is one of the rarest flamingos in the world and inhabits salty ponds in the Andes mountains of South America, mainly feeding on diatoms. During the mating season, large groups of flamingos perform seemingly choreographed and synchronized courtship dances. ecoglobalsociety.com/ande…
Today I learned of Thor Heyerdahl, the Norwegian adventurer and scientist, who became notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, in which he sailed 8,000 km (5,000 mi) across the Pacific Ocean in a hand-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands to prove the Ancients could've accomplished this too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
US President Franklin Roosevelt had tasked Walt Disney himself to travel to South America on a "goodwill tour" to prevent Fascism and Nazi ideals from spreading. While there, he created the film "Saludos Amigos" and Jose Carioca to bridge relations between the US and S. American Countries npr.org/templates/story/s…
The native, undomesticated variety of the avocado is known as a criollo, it's small, has dark black skin, contains a large seed. It probably coevolved with extinct megafauna. The avocado tree has a long history of cultivation in Central and South America, likely beginning as early as 5,000 BCE. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avo…
58 million years ago, the rise of temperatures made it possible to the first rainforest from South America and the largest snake ever lived: Titanoboa is estimated to had a body up to 50 feet long (15.4 m), 3 feet wide (91.44 cm) and 2500lb in mass (1135kg). floridamuseum.ufl.edu/100…
Avocado, bay and cinnamon all belong to the the laurel family of flowering plants. Lauraceae comprises of about 2850 known species in about 45 genera worldwide. They occur mainly in warm temperate and tropical regions, especially Southeast Asia and South America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
SimΓ³n BolΓ­var, the great liberator of South America, was nicknamed 'iron butt' (culo de hierro) for his "endurance on horseback." Old 'iron butt' would go on to free Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, PerΓΊ, and PanamΓ‘ from Spanish control in the 1800s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lla…
Hindus make up 35% of the population in Guyana and 22.3% of the population of Suriname in South America . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hin…
The jaguarundi, related to cougars and cheetahs, is a furtive, mostly diurnal, wild feline native to southern North America and South America with relatively short legs, an elongated body, and a long bushy tail. The ears are short and rounded, and its coat is without spots and uniform in color. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jag…
Today I learned of the Coral Tree. Part of the genus Erythrina, Coral Trees are native to Eastern Mexico, South America, and South Africa. Their uniquely shaped flowers bloom in bright red from February to June. geog.ucsb.edu/take-a-tour…
Indian pipe is an herbaceous perennial plant native to temperate regions of Asia, North America and northern South America. Also called ghost pipe or corpse plant, it is sometimes completely waxy and lacks chlorophyll. The plant produces nervine used in western herbal and naturopathic medicine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The Millers Saki Monkey, found in South America, can puff up its long coarse hair making it appear much larger than it actually is. nationalgeographic.org/me…
The two species of pudΓΊs, both native to the forests of South America, are the world's smallest deer, with the southern pudΓΊ being slightly larger than the northern pudΓΊ. There is very little data regarding their wild populations, and currently there are about 100 southern pudΓΊs in captivity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pud…
After contracting jungle fever while on an expedition in South America, former President Theodore Roosevelt, overcome with depression, asked to be left behind so he could commit suicide by morphine overdose npr.org/transcripts/49868…
Today I learned of John Stevens Henslow, a British priest, botanist and geologist, who, in 1831, was offered a place aboard a voyage to survey South America. After his wife dissuaded him from accepting, Henslow wrote to the captain, telling him to offer his place on the HMS Beagle to his protΓ©gΓ©, Charles Darwin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Cock of the Rock males engage in a courtship display called a "lek" or "lek mating" where a bunch of them gather to perform dances and struts to attract a female. These colorful birds are found in the northeastern tropical forests of South America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
The umbrellabird is a large, tropical species of bird found in the rainforests of Central and South America. Its most distinctive feature is the inflatable wattle on its neck which serves to amplify its loud, booming calls.The male flares its crest into the shape of an umbrella during courtship. a-z-animals.com/animals/u…
, there's enough water in Lake Superior to flood both North and South America to a depth of one foot. (5th down on the list) law2.umkc.edu/faculty/pro…
The Paraguayan Fortress of HumaitΓ‘ was known as the Gibraltar of South America. The security of the fortress likely caused overconfidence in President Francisco Solano LΓ³pez, who launched the Paraguayan War, which he lost, 150,000 Paraguayans died, and HumaitΓ‘ was razed by the Triple Alliance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
As far back as 20,000 BCE, 8,000 years before the Clovis culture migrated south into North America, there was an already established civilization in Chile at Monte Verde. thestrangecontinent.com/2…
Giant sloths excavated hundreds of miles of tunnels in South America that still exist to this day blogs.discovermagazine.co…
As a child, Joaquin Bottom travelled South America with his family after they joined religous cult Children of God. After learning the truth of the group, the family moved back the States and changed their last name to Phoenix. nydailynews.com/entertain…
The Museum of Natural History in Helsinki, Finland has been infested with venomous spiders from South America since the 1960s...and no one knows exactly how they got there. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Today I learned about Operation Condor, which was a United States backed campaign of political repression and state terror involving intelligence operations and assassination of opponents, officially and formally implemented in November 1975 by the right-wing dictatorships of the Southern Cone of South America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
There is enough water in Lake Superior to flood the entire landmasses of North and South America to a depth of 1 foot. It contains over 3 quadrillion gallons of fresh water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Zorro (The Legend of Zorro), the historical figure known in south-America, was actually from a small town in Ireland called Wexford and was actually called William Lamport. irishtimes.com/life-and-s…
In 1958, America accidentally dropped a nuke on South Carolina. maps.roadtrippers.com/blo…
Today I learned of Psychotria Elata, an endangered flowering plant of Central and South America also known as 'Hooker's Lips' for its resemblance to human lips. It is considered an ideal Valentine gift in Central America and some believe it to have medicinal properties. worldoffloweringplants.co…
Today I learned of the Human Botfly. Located in Central/South America, Botfly maggots burrow just under the skin and leave a hole through which to breathe. The best way to get rid of one is to attach a piece of meat to the outside of the skin, suffocating it and causing it to re-burrow into the meat. health.howstuffworks.com/…
There’s an herb named culantro, not to be confused with cilantro, that is related to parsley and cilantro/coriander. It is native to Mexico and Central & South America, but is used throughout the world for its culinary & medicinal properties, and is said to taste like a stronger cilantro. wikipedia.org/wiki/Eryngi…
Kiwi birds are not the closest living relatives of New Zealand’s extinct moa. South America’s tinamous is. nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar…
So much sand moves all the way from the sahara desert to South America that you can see from space earthsky.org/earth/sahara…
Today I learned about James Mahon, an Irish parliamentarian that served as a bodyguard for the Russian Imperial family, a mercenary for the Ottomans and a general in South America, fought for the Union in the American Civil War, was made colonel by Napoleon III and became a close associate of Bismarck en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
In 1859 the sun caused a solar storm on earth.The storm was so powerful that aurora was seen as south as Mexico, and Telegraphs systems all over Europe and North America failed to operate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Even though North and South America are physically attached, there is no road that connects the two continents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
Marsupials invaded Australia from South America via Antartica. pbs.org/wnet/nature/kanga…
The maned wolf is the largest canid of South America. It looks more like a long-legged fox than a wolf. Genetic studies show that it is neither fox nor true wolf, but a distinct species. It is the only member of its genus, Chrysocyon. nationalzoo.si.edu/animal…
In mythology of Andean civilizations of South America, the amaro, amaru, or katari (aymara) is a mythical serpent or dragon. The amaru was believed capable of transgressing boundaries to and from the spiritual realm of the subterranean world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ama…
Avianca, the oldest airline in South America and 2nd oldest in the world just turned 100 years old! thebogotapost.com/avianca…
Today I learned of Aurelio Peccei, founder of the Club of Rome. Active in the Italian resistance during WW2, he was imprisoned and tortured but managed to escape and hide. He is also credited for the industrial rebirth of South America after he founded a FIAT subsidiary in Argentina. More in comments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aur…
Camels originated in North America some 45 million years ago, and roamed as far north as the Arctic. 3-5 million years ago, they crossed the Bering land bridge to Eurasia and eventually migrated south. They also ambled down to South America, where they evolved into llamas and alpacas. history.com/news/giant-an…
Today I learned about the Asia-America Gateway Project: 20,000-kilometre (12,000 mi) long submarine communications cable system, connecting South-East Asia with the mainland of the United States, across the Pacific Ocean via Guam and Hawaii. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asi…
Today I learned of the Battle of Mborore. South America, 1641: Spanish missions inhabited by Jesuits and indigenous Guarani, were threatened by Portuguese slavers. The Jesuits armed the Guarani. Together, they repelled the slavers and their Tupi allies, driving them onto the land of the cannibalistic Gualachi. historynet.com/fighting-f…
In "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", in newspaper reports about the fraudulent "winner" of the fifth golden ticket in Paraguay, the man pictured is real-life Nazi Martin Bormann; the joke by the director was that he had fled like many other Nazis to South America. failuremag.com/article/wo…
People around the world are taught different continents. In English-speaking countries it's usually 7, but in Spanish-speaking countries it's 6, with North and South America combining to form one "American" continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
That, due to security threats in Mauritania, the Paris-Dakar Rally has been held in South America since 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dak…
There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover the entire land mass of North and South America to a depth of 30 centimetres (12 in) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
French Guiana, despite being in South America, is Europe’s main spaceport and is actually part of the European Union. euobserver.com/science/14…
The huntsman spider is not only found in Australia, but in most warm temperate to tropical regions of the world, including much of Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean Basin, South America, North America, and the southern half of England en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
Bolivia is the poorest country in South America and lacks enough specialist hospitals and cardiac doctors to treat children born with heart problems. So cheap innovations are welcome. Heart devices are made by weaving a single strand of a super-elastic metal used in military industries. bbc.com/news/health-32076…
In the 80's, a container containing parrots in Athens broke and parrots from South America and Asia prospered in Athens' climate. Some owners released theirs in the "wild", establishing parrot colonies. greece.greekreporter.com/…
The tomato is a native plant of South America and was brought to Europe in the 16th century during the Spanish colonization of the Americas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Giant 6ft otters still exist in three remote river systems of South America. They hunt in packs and can even take on crocodiles. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
More people live in Southern Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) than the combined population of Europe, North America, South America, and Oceania en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The world's highest archeological site is Mount Llullaillaco in South America - 22,109 feet above sea level, and the location of the mummified bodies of children from Incan sacrifices worldatlas.com/articles/w…
The bullet ant of Central and South America has the world's most painful sting, "waves of burning, throbbing, all-consuming pain that continues unabated for up to 24 hours", and SaterΓ©-MawΓ© boys must wear a glove full of them for 5 minutes, 20 times, as their rite of passage into adulthood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
There is enough water in Lake Superior to flood the entire landmasses of North and South America to a depth of 1 foot. It contains over 3 quadrillion gallons of fresh water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Today I learned of the Titanoboa, a prehistoric snake that could grow to 42 feet long, and 2500 pounds. It lived in what is now South America, and is thought to have preyed on giant crocodiles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit…
George Meegan walked from the southern tip of South America to the northernmost part of Alaska, an unbroken walk of 19,019 miles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Monkeys traveled from Africa to South America most likely on floating islands that used trees as sails. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
Bishop Diego de Landa in the Spanish conquest of the Mayan Civilization destroyed hundreds of Mayan historical texts that could have been key to understanding the history of North and South America britannica.com/biography/…

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