The Swiss Constitution enshrines the right for every inhabitant to have a nuclear fallout shelter. If new houses and apartments are built without bunkers, the owners have to contribute a tax to their Canton to secure a place in a government-owned nuclear fallout shelter. swissinfo.ch/eng/always-b…
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…
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 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…
"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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
"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…
The Swiss Army Knives are red so they can more easily be found when dropped in snow newlyswissed.com/an-unabr…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Swiss neutrality dictates that Switzerland is not to be involved in armed or political conflicts between other states. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
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…
19th century Swiss watchmakers used to copy American watches and make 'superfakes' of American brands techcrunch.com/2017/12/03…
Johann Rudolf Wyss, editor and son of the author of The Swiss Family Robinson, also wrote the text for the former Swiss national anthem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
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…
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-…
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-…
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-…
Swiss women weren't allowed to vote on local issues in the Canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden till 1991. The Swiss federal court ordered the canton to grant women the right to vote, after 2 women field a case & won in 1990. Appenzell was the last canton in Switzerland to allow women to vote. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
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…
The city of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the world’s most expensive location for expatriates. Kinshasa rose by 26 places over the past five years to top the global rankings in 2016, ahead of all ranked Swiss cities occupying the global top 10 eca-international.com/new…
In 1999, defunct online retailer eToys once went in a legal battle with Swiss art group Etoy, who were attempting to take their web domain because of the similarity. This then led to the group turning it into an elegant campaign called "Toywar", which ridiculed eToys and was successful. etoy.com/projects/toywar/
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…
Cheap Date, 18 Wheeler, Dreadlocks, Van Gogh, Clown, Tinman, Indy, Boss, and Swiss Cheese are some of the names of fruit fly genes. bitesizebio.com/23221/14-…
"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…
Velcro is the name brand of Hook and Loop Fastener. It was invented in the 40s by a Swiss engineer and patterned after cockleburrs, burdock seeds that would stick to his pants and in his dog's fur. He looked at them under a microscope and was inspired to recreate it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
Institut Le Rosey, an elite Swiss boarding school, also has a campus in the ski resort of Gstaad. The school relocates its operations to the resort from January to March. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ins…
Today I learned about the chatelaine - an 1800s women accesory which was a customisable swiss army type collection of useful objects that hung on your waist mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Swiss German is mutually unintelligible to Standard German. Speakers of each language cannot necessarily understand each other. newlyswissed.com/swiss-ge…
Two Swiss companies based in Geneva (Firmenich and Givaudan) produce almost half the flavourings and fragrances of the world. Chances are that when somebody eats a mass-produced yoghurt or a burger or opens a can of fizzy drink anywhere in the world, they are tasting some Swissness. impakter.com/artificial-v…
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…
"Nuclear Pasta" is the actual name of the type of matter believed to comprise the crust of neutron stars. If it does exist it would be the strongest material in the universe. It's phases have been given then names: gnocchi, spaghetti, lasagna, bucatini and swiss cheese. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuc…
In 1858, Swiss astronomer Johann Rudolf Wolf published his formula for determining the daily sunspot number: k(10g + f); where g is the number of sunspot groups; f is the number of individual sunspots; and k is a calibration factor, different for each observer astronomy.com/great-ameri…
In 1787, Swiss scientific pioneer Horace BΓ©nΓ©dict de Saussure literally cut off the top of the Alps' highest mountain, Mont Blanc, at 15,344 ft. It is now available on display at Teyler's museum in the Netherlands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top…
The Korean word for β€œSwiss army knife” is β€œmaekgaibeo kal” which literally means β€œMcGyver knife” ccjk.com/amusing-facts-ko…
In the 1880s the Germans created a 100 function multi tool similar to a "Swiss Army Knife" including a 5 shot revolver. canyouactually.com/the-cr…

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