Albert Einstein spent more time as a Swiss citizen (54 years) than as a German citizen (36 years). In third place comes his American citizenship (15 years). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
In 1957, the BBC show Panorama aired a segment on the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest as an April Fools joke. Several viewers were left believing that pasta grew on trees, including the then-Director General of the BBC, Sir Ian Jacob bbc.co.uk/news/av/magazin…
In 1712 a swiss doctor found a skeleton that he thought was a human who died in the flood of Noah. In 1826, George's Cuvier, one of the founders of paleontology, reexamined it. It turned out to be a giant salamander. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia…
While most adaptations of The Swiss Family Robinson give the family the last name of Robinson, the name is actually meant to be in reference to how they were shipwrecked like Robinson Crusoe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about Crypto AG, a Swiss company that produced encryption devices and sold them to 120 countries for 50 years. In 2020, their products were revealed to have contained backdoors that allowed them to be compromised by Crypto AG's real secret owners - BND and CIA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
In 1579, war almost broke out between the Swiss cantons of Appenzell and Saint Gallen, because a calendar-printer forgot to draw on a bear's genitalia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
There are two bars in Swizterland whose interior is themed along the Alien movies and modelled by the Swiss artist H. R. Giger en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gig…
The swiss have enough bunkers to house the entire countries population fake houses with artillery in them, and bridges that are rigged to blow. 99percentinvisible.org/ar…
Founder of Chevrolet, an β€œAll American Brand”, Louis Chevrolet, is Swiss. britannica.com/biography/…
The currencies with the most banknotes and coins in circulation per inhabitant are (all in USD): Swiss franc (10,194), Hong Kong dollar (8,471), Japanese yen (8,290), Singapore dollar (6,378), US dollar (5,248), Euro (4,230), Australian dollar (2,403), and Korean won (2,003) stats.bis.org/statx/srs/t…
Today I learned about the Hotel Arbez, a hotel along the international border between France and Switzerland, with part of the hotel in each country. During WWII, German soldiers were allowed to use the French side but strictly prohibited from accessing the Swiss part of the hotel. cntraveler.com/stories/20…
Today I learned about the Lion of Lucerne, a 30-foot long lion carved into the side of a quarry. The monument is dedicated to the Swiss Guards who were massacred during the French Revolution. Dying from a spear, the lion was described by Mark Twain as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world." atlasobscura.com/places/l…
Today I learned of Marcel Marceau, a French mime who used his acting skills to save Jewish children during WWII. He smuggled them over the Swiss border and would mime to keep them happy and get them to stay quiet. He saved at least 70 children. history.com/news/marcel-m…
Modern models of the Swiss Army Knife include USB storage youtu.be/eb8j7odHyZ4
In 1998, Swiss watch maker Swatch unsuccesfully tried to launch a new time concept called Swatch Internet Time. According to this, the mean solar day is divided into 1000 parts called '.beats'. The system also elimated time zones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
Swiss law mandates rabbit companionship, and most shelters/breeders/veterinarians will only deal with bunnies in pairs. swissinfo.ch/eng/keeping-…
The Swiss Banking Act made it a criminal offense to disclose the account information and activity of Jewish clients to Nazi Germany affiliates during World War II en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
The word "Putch" comes from swiss german, based on the events in 1839 when rural conservatives staged an insurrection againt the liberal government in Zurich. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z%C…
The Swiss Army Knives are red so they can more easily be found when dropped in snow newlyswissed.com/an-unabr…
These famous international chocolate brands: Milka (German), CΓ΄te d'Or (Belgian), Toblerone (Swiss), Cadbury/Frys/Green & Black's (all British), Freia (Norwegian) and Marabou (Swedish) are all owned by US food giant Mondelez en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Velcro was invented by a Swiss electrical engineer after a hunting trip in the Alps in 1941. He took a close look at the burrs of burdock that stuck to his clothes and his dog’s fur and developed the technology for commercial use in the 1950s. sites.psu.edu/eseminar/20…
"nostalgia" started out as a psychological disorder, identifying people who obsessively longed for a particular time and place. Playing the traditional milking song "Khue-Reyen" made Swiss soldiers so nostalgic that playing it was banned. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The Swiss Cheese Model likens human systems to multiple slices of swiss cheese, stacked side by side, in which the risk of a threat becoming a reality is mitigated by the differing layers and types of defenses which are "layered" behind each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
Dignitas is a Swiss non-profit members' society providing assisted/accompanied suicide to those members of the organization who suffer from a terminal illness and/or severe physical and/or mental illnesses, supported by qualified Swiss doctors independent of the organization. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
In Switzerland rabies was virtually eliminated after scientists placed chicken heads laced with live attenuated vaccine in the Swiss Alps, which the foxes (the main carriers of the virus) ate and therefore immunized themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
Louis Armstrong was a fan of the laxative Swiss Kriss and would pass out packets to people he encountered. Armstrong also appeared on cards he made to send friends; the cards had a picture of him sitting on a toilet with the slogan "Satch says, 'Leave it all behind ya!'" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Today I learned of the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest, an April Fool's Day prank pulled by the BBC in 1957. Their highly respected news anchor reported a good harvest due to the disappearance of the 'Spaghetti Weevil', accompanied by footage of people removing spaghetti from trees. This sparked many complaints. hoaxes.org/archive/permal…
"Swiss Army" is a protected trademark owned by Victorinox and is not affiliated with the Swiss armed forces in any way, meaning that the famous Swiss Army knives are not actually issued by the Swiss military. swissarmy.com/us/en/Victo…
By 1983, the β€œQuartz Crisis” had decimated the Swiss watchmaking economy, which had 1,600 watchmakers in 1970 and eventually fell to 600. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
When staff were expelled from the German embassy in Washington during WWII, the Swiss were allowed to move in, as they were facing a housing shortage for their own diplomats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…
The Swiss Air Force didn't respond to a hijacked airliner in their air space as it was outside normal office hours. A spokesman stated: "Switzerland cannot intervene because its airbases are closed at night and on the weekend" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eth…
Switzerland requires all Swiss males to serve at least 260 days in their military. If a male citizen chooses not to serve, they must pay a special tax of 3 percent of their salary. ch.ch/en/military-service…
The holes in Swiss cheese are called eyes and come from carbon dioxide bubbles released by the bacteria inside. Swiss cheese without the holes is referred to as blind en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
In the 90s, Tina Turner left America and started living in Switzerland. She now is a Swiss citizen, lives permanently in a village in the Alps, and has stated: "I could not imagine a better place to live." abcnews.go.com/blogs/ente…
Today I learned about Drachenloch, a Swiss cave. The remains of 30,000 cave bears were found inside, giving it its name (β€œDragon’s Lair”). showcaves.com/english/ch/…
A Swiss company is developing a shot called "Hypo Pet", to be injected in cats that essentially makes the cat hypoallergenic to humans. Hypo Pet modifies a cat's immune system to destroy primary allergen Fel d1 before it's released through the cat's skin and saliva. newsweek.com/cat-allergy-…
Peruvian chicken (Pollo a la Brasa) was created by a pair of Swiss men living in Peru in the 1950s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
For decades the CIA owned and ran Crypto, a Swiss company that supplied cryptography equipment to many countries; naturally, the machines were rigged to give US spooks access to everyone's communications. baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
The 1974 documentary on Idi Amin by the celebrated Swiss filmmaker Barbet Schroeder, was filmed with the Ugandan dictator’s co-operation, but he wasn’t happy when he heard that a version he hadn’t seen was being shown in Europe thehindu.com/entertainmen…
Migros, Switzerland's largest retail company, gives a share to every Swiss adult for free, allowing them to vote in general assemblies. Furthermore, if the earnings before interest/taxes exceed 5%, the supermarkets are forced to lower their prices en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mig…
The creator of the 'Oh Yeah' song from Ferris Beuller is a swiss Millionare, professional gambler, performance artist, movie director, watch designer, investor, and chocolate factory owner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die…
The size and number of holes in Swiss cheese, also known as "eyes", can be controlled by adjusting the number of hay particles in milk used to make cheese. scientificamerican.com/ar…
A Swiss watch making company H-Moser once made a watch with Swiss cheese as the casing for the watch in protest to the Switzerland watch laws regarding the Swiss made label for being too relaxed. h-moser.com/en/news/01-20…
For decades, cartographers have made secret illustrations on Switzerland’s official topographical maps such as a spider, a naked woman, and a marmot, eluding the Swiss Federal Office of Topography for years before removal. The naked woman reclined for nearly 60 yrs in the municipality of Egg. eyeondesign.aiga.org/for-…
Fondue was popularized in Switzerland by the Swiss Cheese Union as a ploy to increase cheese consumption. They created and promoted recipes for the ""spiritual defence of Switzerland". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fon…
A hijacked Ethiopian Airlines plane was headed to Switzerland, but had to be intercepted by French/Italian fighter jets because the Swiss Air force doesn't work on nights and weekends. theguardian.com/world/sho…
A hijacked Ethiopian Airlines plane was headed to Switzerland, but had to be intercepted by French/Italian fighter jets because the Swiss Air force doesn't work on nights and weekends. theguardian.com/world/sho…
19th century Swiss watchmakers used to copy American watches and make 'superfakes' of American brands techcrunch.com/2017/12/03…
Swiss neutrality dictates that Switzerland is not to be involved in armed or political conflicts between other states. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
"Swiss" isn't a language. Switzerland has four official languages with the majority of the population speaking German with some dialect changes for "Swiss German" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…

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