French Guiana is not a fully-autonomous territory, but rather an overseas department and region of France. Despite being in South America, French Guiana is part of the European Union and uses the euro, and Guianans are fully French citizens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
If you draw a line directly south from Jacksonville, Florida, the entire continent of South America is EAST of that line. 2009-2017.state.gov
South America was an island continent until as recently as 5 million years ago and had many unique and now extinct animals including saber toothed marsupials en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thy…
The pacu fish from South America has human-like teeth. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
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_…
Today I learned about the Horned Screamer, the only bird that has a horn growing out of its head. The horn is made of cartilage and grows constantly throughout the bird's life. It lives in South America and is related to ducks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
There is a bird called the Cream Coloured Woodpecker, also known as the Pikachu Bird. Males have the same colouration as Pikachu including the red cheeks. These birds are found in South America. ebird.org/species/crcwoo2
Chili peppers are not native to Asia and only came from Central/South America splendidtable.org/story/2…
The human bot fly, native to Central and South America. A female bot fly will catch a mosquito mid-flight and deposit eggs on its body. When the mosquito takes a blood meal, the eggs hatch and enter the skin through the bite wound. The larvae feeds on the host for 6-12 weeks before crawling out ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The pineapple is indigenous to South America and has been cultivated there for centuries. In the wild, pineapples are pollinated primarily by hummingbirds but certain wild pineapples are foraged and pollinated at night by bats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Tangue vermin (or beavums) are native to South America and were brought to the United States for fur trade. They were released and spread throughout the country in the 1940s after the fur market collapsed. oregonencyclopedia.org/ar…
Today I learned about monito del monte (Spanish for "little monkey of the mount"), which is not a monkey but a marsupial that look like mice. These little Chilean guys are descendants from the first marsupials. Marsupials showed up first in South America and traveled to Australia through Antarctica. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
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…
There is a country in South America called Suriname and it's one of the most culturally and religiously diverse nations on Earth due to successive periods of forced or contracted migration by various nationalities under centuries of Dutch rule. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
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…
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 10 most spoken languages in South America are Spanish, Portuguese, Quechua, English, Guarani, Aymara, German, Italian, Arabic, and Chinese (if you combine all the different Chinese dialects) babbel.com/en/magazine/la…
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…
France's longest border (730km/450mi) isn't with any European nation, but actually with Brazil in South America! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
The idea that Hitler survived the Battle of Berlin and moved to South America was started by Joseph Stalin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
A desert in South America went 500 years without recorded rainfall. phys.org/news/2018-11-cen…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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