There was a caste in medieval France and Spain who had to use separate entrances to churches and were fed communion at the end of the spoon because they were thought to be contagious. We're still unsure why they were persecuted, because they were not ethnic, religious, or linguistic minorities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cag…
The Habsburg ruler, Charles II of Spain, who had been born the son of an uncle-niece relationship, was described by historians as "short, lame, epileptic, senile and completely bald before 35, always on the verge of death but repeatedly baffling Christendom by continuing to live." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
To promote the Smurfs (2011) movie, Sony temporarily painted the traditional "pueblo blanco" town of Juzcar, Spain to a bright blue. The residents were so happy with the increase in tourism afterwards that they elected to keep the change permanently. veebrant.com/juzcar-smurf…
Spain had a guardianship system until 1985, which granted men near-total control over their wives and daughters. Women needed their guardian's consent to open a bank account, work, or drive, and men could legally kill their female wards for having extramarital sex. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
Natalia Molchanova, the "world's most decorated free diver" ever, disappeared while diving off the coast of Spain and has never been found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Today I learned of JosΓ© Sanjurjo a prominent figure in the Spanish civil war, who died when the biplane he rode which was overburdened with his luggage crashed. Before flight the pilot warned Sanjurjo of the danger to which he replied with, "I need to wear proper clothes as the new caudillo of Spain." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Prehistoric rock art near Villar del Humo in Spain, offers a hypothesis that Psilocybe hispanica magic mushrooms was used in religious rituals 6,000 years ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psi…
The potato was 1st domesticated in the region of modern-day southern Peru & extreme northwestern Bolivia between 8000 & 5000 BC. It arrived in Europe sometime before the end of the 16th century by two different ports of entry: the first in Spain around 1570, and the second via the British Isles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Around 650 residents in the town of Coria del RΓ­o, Spain have the surname JapΓ³n (Japan). They are the descendants of 6 samurai who traveled to Europe in the early 17th century and set up an embassy: wikipedia.org/wiki/Coria_…
The War of the League of Cambrai (1508-16) ended with three of France's main allies (Papal States, Holy Roman Empire, Spain) becoming enemies, and its sole initial enemy (Venice) becoming an ally. wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of…
It is estimated that 300,000 children were abducted by the Franco regime in Spain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los…
In 1830, a museum in Spain stuffed and mounted the body of a Kalahari Bushman (a member of the San people) where it remained on display until 1997. In 2000, the remains of the man were sent to Botswana for burial. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neg…
Dinner (and prime-time television) in Spain starts as late as 10pm because it is in the wrong time zone. In 1940, General Francisco Franco moved clocks one hour forward in solidarity with Nazi Germany but the residents never bothered to adjusted their dinner time to match the new time zone. bbc.com/travel/story/2017…
King Offa of Mercia once minted copies of dinars of the Abbasid caliphate in the heart of England. He intended to increase trade and relations with Islamic Spain, the global super power at the time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off…
Spain has been in the wrong time zone for 7 decades. Spain's dictator Francisco Franco set the country's clocks an hour ahead in World War II in order to be aligned with Nazi Germany, and the change was never reverted. npr.org/sections/parallel…
The California Genocide was carried out between the California Gold Rush (1848–1855) and the late 19th century by Spain, Mexico, and the United States to decrease the indigenous population of California through acts of enslavement, kidnapping, rape, separation of families and displacement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Today I learned about the Disgrace of GijΓ³n, a Football (Soccer) match between West Germany and Austria so bad, the German TV Commentator refused to comment the game at one point, the Austrian TV commentator asked people to change the channel, and Spain's newspaper printed the match in their Crimes Section. footiecentral.com/footbal…
The world's oldest international border is Andorra's 120km border with France and Spain which was fixed in a feudal charter signed on 8 September 1278 moverdb.com/world-border-…
Spain's stolen children scandal. Where around 300,000 babies were stolen from their parents for adoption. "Nuns and priests compiled waiting lists of would-be adoptive parents, while doctors were said to have lied to mothers about the fate of their children." bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-1…
Spain is the largest producer of olive oil, but the highest consumption per capita is Greece. aboutoliveoil.org/olive-o…
Since 2017 Six Flags over Texas only flies U.S. flags. It used to fly the Six Flag of the nations that used to rule Texas (France, Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate "Stars and Bars" (not the battle flag) and the US Flag) wfaa.com/article/news/ent…
Cuba, a Communist country, had three days of mourning after the far-right dictator of Spain, Francisco Franco, died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cub…
There are no words in Spain's anthem. classicfm.com/discover-mu…
There is a 115 ft tall mound in rome called Monte Testaccio that is made of about 53 million broken amphorae. They were used mostly to bring olive oil from today's Spain, but reusing that kind of amphorae was unusually difficult. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The president of France is also the Co-Prince of Andorra, a sovereign microstate on the border of France and Spain. Currently, it is a legal diarchy ruled by the Bishop of Urgell and the President of the French Republic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
In 1973, two babies [one from an identical twins & one from single birth] were accidentally switched at birth in Gran Canaria, Spain. The mistake was discovered 28 years later. A friend of one of the twins was working in a shopping center in Las Palmas, the other identical twin came in to buy. npr.org/2011/08/15/138993…
Eric Fleming rejected an offer to star in an Italian-made western called A Fistful of Dollars (1964), filmed in a remote region of Spain by a relatively unknown director, Sergio Leone. That role went to his Rawhide co-star - Clint Eastwood. telegraph.co.uk/music/art…
The Thirty Years' War could have only lasted 2 years if it wasn't for Frederick V's refusal to admit defeat, which caused Spain to invade the Holy Roman Empire and force him into exile. The other rulers within the Empire saw the removal of a hereditary prince as a threat and decide to intervene. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Tisquantum (Squanto) of the New England Patuxet tribe was kidnapped, brought to Spain, sold into slavery, escaped back to America to find his tribe destroyed by an epidemic. He went to live with the Wampanoags, encountered the Mayflower Pilgrims and played a part in the first Thanksgiving. unintendedconsequenc.es/a…
Today I learned of Perdo Serrano. He was stranded on a desert island near Peru. The island was devoid of vegetation, water and shelter. After being stranded for 3 years another shipwreck survivor ends up on the island. Four years later they were rescued. His companion dies on the way to Spain. uwosh.edu/faculty_staff/c…
The last and largest major battle in the American Revolutionary War occurred in Europe. Spain had entered the war on the American and French side in an attempt to take Gibraltar from Great Britain, besieging the peninsula from 1779 to 1783. They relented just prior to the Treaty of Paris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
A "supercolony" of Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) extends over 6,000km of European coastline from Italy to north-west Spain, and is composed of literally billions of workers from millions of cooperating nests. phys.org/news/2019-06-ama…
The Spanish use of OlΓ©! in performances can be traced to the Moor occupation of southern Spain, when the Arabic speaking Moors would chant Allah (God) in ritualsβ€”the pronunciation changed over time to OlΓ© in Spanish to signify something remarkable improvisedlife.com/2014/0…
The longest railway in the world is the Yiwu-Madrid railway line. The railway is about 13,000 kilometers long starting in Yiwa, China and ending in Madrid, Spain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yiw…
The USA navy operates more aircraft carriers than all other navies combined - the USA operates 12, while all other nations operate 11 (China, the UK, and Italy each operate 2, while Russia, France, Spain, India, and Thailand operate one apiece) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Antoni GaudΓ­, the architect behind the Sagrada Familia in Spain, would accurately model the behavior of arches by hanging strings with birdshot as weights. Hanging ropes form the same shape as arches, a catenary, and mirror in their behaviors. youtu.be/JlL6ZHChhQE?t=17…
The queen piece in chess used to only move one square at a time. Later on, this was changed to the movement we know today thanks to the 15th century Queen Isabella of Spain. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
The expressions "the sun never sets on the empire" was not coined for the British Empire. It was for Charles V's (1500 - 1558) dominions which included the Holy Roman Empire, Spain, and encompassed both the long-lasting Spanish and the short-lived German colonizations of the Americas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In the 2000 Paralympic Games, Spain decided to hit the basketball court with a team of non-disabled players. youtube.com/watch?v=Y5F_h…
The incumbent monarchs of 5 out of the 7 remaining European kingdoms (the UK, Denmark, Norway, Spain and Sweden) are all descendants of Queen Victoria, as well as Elizabeth II's husband, Philip, which makes them third cousins en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
The capital of what would become modern Spain was in Toledo until 1561 when Phillip II decided to separate the seats of power for church and state by moving the gov't to Madrid en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Columbus got rejected and switched allegiances multiple times before finally getting sponsored by the King and Queen of Spain to sail to America britannica.com/biography/…
The Romans not only built aqueducts and other wonders, but a large amount of dams. In Spain alone they built 72, and many of their dams in Europe are still in use to this day. They were mostly used for irrigation, but one example shows they dried up water in order to find gold deposits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
There is a small island known as Pheasant Island which is located in the Bidasoa river of the France-Spain border, and it changes ownership between the two countries every six months. From February 1 to July 31, it is under Spanish rule and for the following six months it's French. amusingplanet.com/2016/10…
Spain technically had an absolute monarchy from 1975-1978 after the death of Francisco Franco en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
"Plus Ultra" is on Spain's flag and coat of arms. It's a reversal of the Latin phrase "Non plus ultra" (Nothing further beyond) supposedly on the Pillars of Hercules at the Strait of Gibraltar. The motto ("Further beyond") was adopted after Columbus' discovery of the Americas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plu…
Julius Caesar likely had epilepsy, with four documented seizures: 1) in the Senate while being offered the Emperor’s Crown, 2) while listening to an oration by Cicero, and in military campaigns in 3) North Africa and 4) Corduba, Spain. Caesar won both battles despite his seizures. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
Wine mixed with coke is an actual thing and it’s called Kalimotxo, it’s one part red wine and 1 part coke and it’s been around since the 1970s. It has become an icon of Basque culture and one of Spain's most international drinks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kal…
King Sancho I of Leon (now Spain) was so fat that he got deposed by his people. His grandmother Queen Toda of Pamplona had to request for physicians to treat his obesity, from Abd-ar-Rahman III, the Caliph of CΓ³rdoba. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tod…
In Spain they pray to St Cucuphas when something is lost. They tie knots into a handkerchief representing his testicles. They promise to undo the knots once the lost object is found. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cucuph…

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