Abd al-Rahman I family was overthrown from Syria AD750. He escaped to present day Andalusia in Spain and established that β€œGolden Age” of Western Islam in which Muslims, Jews and Christians lived for an extended period of Convivencia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abd…
Already famous, Agatha Christie went on archaeological expeditions to Iraq and Syria. That experiences is reflected in novels such as Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, and Appointment with Death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aga…
Pope Francis is the first pope to be born outside of Europe since Gregory III, who was born in Syria. Pope Francis was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
The domesticated hamsters we now call pets are all descended from one β€œAdam and Eve” like pair captured in Aleppo, Syria in 1930. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
There is a dialect of Arabic that isn't naturally spoken anywhere, but which is understandable to all speakers of Arabic. While people from Egypt, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen or Syria might not understand each other, they can understand the same news report. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mod…
Aramaic -the language spoken by the historical Jesus- is still being spoken as a mother tongue in a small village in Syria. youtube.com/watch?v=e50qi…
In June 1945 after violent French suppression of protests in Syria Winston Churchill sent British forces across the border from Jordan with orders to fire on the French if necessary in what became known as the "Levant Crisis". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lev…
The 4000m (13,000ft) Zagros mountains acted as a geographical border for millennia for the areas of Iran, Iran, Turkey, Syria, and more en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zag…
Today I learned about the oldest surviving song. 3400 years old, the Hurrian Hymn was discovered in Syria, in a clay tablet with Cuneiform text. It was dedicated to the goddess of the orchards Nikkal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
In countries such as Lebanon and Syria, marriage between Druze and non-Druze is banned and frowned upon, and a Lebanese man who married a Druze woman was kidnapped by her family, who beat him up, pulled out some of his teeth and cut off his dick. news.com.au/world/breakin…
Today I learned of Jane Digby, an English aristocrat who had 4 husbands and many lovers, including King Ludwig of Bavaria and his son King Otto of Greece, a Bohemian nobleman, Austrian statesman and Prince, and a Greek general. She died in Syria, the wife of a Sheikh 20 years her junior en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
In arabic language, Sham means left hand side and Yemen means right hand side, hence the Arabic names of Syria and Yemen as they are on left and right of Saudi Arabia when you face east en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syr…
A Texas plumber's truck traded to a dealership, then auctioned and shipped to Turkey with his business' decals still on it. The truck eventually ended up in Syria, where it was outfitted with an anti-aircraft gun and used in the country’s civil war. pri.org/stories/2015-12-1…
Language of Jesus (Western neo - Aramaic) is now only spoken in three villages in Syria (Maaloula, Jubb'adin and Bakhah) and is getting extinct. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
Ancient swords from 'Damascus' (Syria) dipped in 'Dragon's Blood,' as legend has it, were studied by scientists who further dipped the metal, 'wootz,' in hydrochloric acid to reveal, under an electron-microscope, nano-metre-sized tubes with a microstructure similar to modern carbon nanotubes. nature.com/news/2006/0611…
The Syrian brown bear is probably extinct in Syria. It survives in Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syr…
The world's first mental health hospital was built in Baghdad, Iraq in 705 AD. While mental health patients were being condemned, punished, and even burned in Europe, 8th and 9th century mental health patients in Iraq, Egypt, and Syria were given more proper hospitalization and treatment. citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/vie…
Today I learned about Eli Cohen, an Israeli spy whose espionage work in 1961–65 in Syria led him to infiltrate the Syrian political and military hierarchy, and even became the chief adviser to the Minister of Defense, before being caught by Syrian counterintelligence and sentenced to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Ancient Egyptians loved board games and a well-known Bronze Age game which was invented in Egypt 4,000 years ago had one player choose Hounds pegs the other Jackals pegs. Carved out of Ivory the game was found in Mesopotamia, Israel, Syria, Iran, Azerbaijan, Levant and the Mediterranean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
There is a surviving fantasy novel written in the 2nd century AD in Roman Syria that features explorers flying to the moon, a first encounter with aliens, interplanetary war between imperialistic celestial kingdoms, and the discovery of a continent across the ocean en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tru…
Farah Karim, a protagonist in the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare video game, is based on a Kurdish Freedom Fighter unit from Syria known as the Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) which are mostly all women based fighter that fight for what they believe in. kurdistan24.net/en/news/7…
Today I learned about an Israeli Mossad agent by the name Eli Cohen who infiltrated the government of Syria and convinced them to plant trees which later was used by Israeli as targeting markers in the 6 day war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, was once in a plane crash in the desert in Syria. With two broken ribs, he repeatedly went back into the burning plane to evacuate passengers, then organized search teams to look for civilization. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
While Nixon was on his way to a Syria, their fighter jets intercepted Air Force One to act as escorts, however the pilot was not informed and took evasive action, sending passengers flying throughout the plane. washingtonpost.com/wp-srv…
Jerry Seinfeld's grandparents were from Aleppo, Syria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
In January 1933, the yo-yo was banned in Syria because superstitious folks blamed the use of them for the drought plaguing the country at the time. trove.nla.gov.au/newspape…
A Canadian music teacher smuggled thousands of Jews out of Syria for almost 30 years secrecy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
There is a region of Syria called the "Dead Cities" which consist of 700 abandoned towns and villages dating from the late Roman and Byzantine period. They preserve numerous buildings from that period, but are largely unexcavated due to bad roads. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
The US has no formal diplomatic relations with Bhutan. While the US broke relations with countries such as Iran and Syria after specific incidents, it simply never established them with the isolated himalayan kingdom, going through India whenever diplomacy is necessary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Today I learned about Ahmad Pasha al-Jazzar (The Butcher): a Bosnian born peasant who sold himself into slavery and then worked his way up the ranks until he became governor over Syria and Palestine in the late 18th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaz…
In 1973 Syria had such a powerful air defense system, it almost destroyed the Israeli air force in just 18 days. In 1982 the rebuilt Israeli air force launched the largest air battle since the Korean war, destroying nearly the entire Syrian air defense and air force in under 2 hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The Sykes–Picot Agreement, was a secret pact between the United Kingdom & France. With assent from Russia & Italy, the pact was to defined to split the Ottoman Empire's territory after WW1 and maintain their spheres of influence. This pact also created the the countries of Syria & Iraq. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syk…
All domestic golden hamsters are descended from one female – probably one captured in 1930 in Syria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
There's a science fiction story, written 2nd century AD (before the Bible) in Roman Syria, that features flying to the moon, contact with aliens, interplanetary war, and the discovery of a continent across the ocean. The name literally translates to "True Stories" or "True History". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tru…
Although the trebuchet was invented around 2400 years ago, and is associated with warfare and sieges in antiquity, they have been successfully used by insurgent forces during modern-day conflicts, such as those in Syria and Ukraine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Hamsters are native to Syria. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
In response to 9/11, leaders that vehemently denouncing the attacks included the Presidents of Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Libya, Syria, Iran and Pakistan. The sole exception was Saddam Hussein, who said that "the American cowboys are reaping the fruit of their crimes against humanity". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rea…
The Kurdish police force in Northern Syria is trained in non-violent conflict resolution as well as feminist theory before being allowed access to a weapon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roj…
Immediately after the founding of Israel on May 14, 1948, before their defense force was even founded, five Arab nations (Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan) declared war on it history.state.gov/milesto…
The only countries in Asia to observe Daylight Savings Time are Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iran sleep.org/articles/does-e…
Hulegu Khan conquered Iran, Syria, Iraq and surrounding areas, conquering west from China. He Destroyed the Assassin's stronghold at Alamut. He was only stopped in 1260 by Egyptian armies at Ain Jalut. wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulagu…
Syria fell from the 77th most peaceful country in 2008 to the least peaceful country on earth in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glo…
There is an Israeli policy document prepared in 1996 advocating an aggressive new policy including the removal of Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq, and the containment of Syria by engaging in proxy warfare and highlighting their possession of "weapons of mass destruction". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
A very similar form of Aramaic, to that of which Jesus spoke, is still spoken in three villages in Syria by ~15,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma'…
Today I learned of Alois Brunner a Nazi war criminal responsible for sending over 100k Jews to concentration camps as well as personally executing some. After the war he fled to Syria which refused to extradite him. He was almost assassinated by mail bomb, twice. First losing an eye, then fingers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alo…
Hamsters come from Syria.. thehamsterhouse.com/hamst…
Today I learned of the Hurrian songs,a collection of songs written on clay tablets found in northern Syria dating back to 1400 BC. They are currently the oldest known examples of notated music in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
Greece, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Bulgaria, Albania, and Sicily nod to mean "no", while most everywhere else it means "yes". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nod…
The closest that we can get to the language of Jesus (Aramaic) is Syriac, the language of Syria. omniglot.com/writing/syri…
The Tomb of Suleyman Shah is located in Syria but is considered sovereign Turkish territory en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…

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