Certain ant species commit suicide to protect their territory. As stinging wasn't effective against some predators, they evolved the ability to self-sacrifice to kill one or more enemies. They wrap themselves around an opponent & explodes, releasing sticky corrosive material killing both. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
Today I learned of all the US states and territories, Hawaii has the lowest "highest all-time temperature" at 98Β°. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S…
Today I learned about the two-week long lion-hyena war over disputed territory in Ethiopia during 1999, where lions killed 35 hyenas and hyenas managed to kill six lions, with the lions eventually taking over the territory. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/afric…
Today I learned of the Burr Conspiracy, where former VP Aaron Burr was charged with treason for trying to conquer parts of the Texas Territory and Mexico to make his own country. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
The European portion of Russia is less than 25% of the country's territory, but has 78% of the country's population, making European Russia the most populous country in Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eur…
In 1863, an escaped slave named Gordon stumbled into Union Army territory in Louisiana. He had trekked 80 miles after escaping a Mississippi plantation, where he had been whipped so badly that he almost died. His haunting image of gruesome injuries became a rallying cry across the North. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor…
There are almost no mosquitoes in Disney World (Florida) even though it is in a swampy territory abundant with bugs. They have a sophisticated mosquito surveillance program to try and eliminate them quickly. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
July 12th is arguably the birthday of England, as it was on 12 July 927 that King Athelstan's overlordship of the Kingdom of York was recognized, making him the first ruler of all the territory of what we now know as England en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
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…
Alberta Canada is the largest inhabited land mass that has no rat population. Every territory surrounding it has rats, but high rat control efforts have kept them out. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
To establish jurisdiction in the Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing (Lockerbie), Camp Zeist, a former United States Air Force base in the Netherlands, was, in 2000, temporarily declared sovereign territory (Exclave) of the United Kingdom, in order to allow the trial to take place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
5 states and union territories in India have a prohibition of alcohol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
Today I learned of the Hawaii Democratic Revolution of 1954, where members of the 442nd Regiment, the Democratic Party of Hawaii, CPUSA of Hawaii, IWLU and Plantation Unions worked together for better labor rights, to end the Republican dominance of the territory and the Big Five Oligopoly of the State en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
In Canada, there is no federally defined age for legal alcohol purchase or consumption. Each province and territory is free to set its own drinking age, which is either 18 or 19. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
The Incas referred to their civilization as β€œThe Four Regions”. Despite lacking a writing system, livestock, wheel technology and currency, they covered more territory than any other pre-Colombian society. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
The population of all the western Canadian provinces and all the territories combined are still less in total than Ontario alone. worldpopulationreview.com…
The present-day eastern edge of Tennessee was an autonomous territory named Franklin (or Frankland) that self-governed for 4 years. It applied to become the 14th US state, but dissolved after the vote failed in Congress. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
The oldest (known) living terrestrial animal in the world is a Seychelles giant tortoise named Jonathan. He hatched in 1832, making him around 188 years old. He lives on the island of Saint Helena, a British Overseas Territory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
Bulgaria was the only Axis power allowed to keep the territory it gained in World War II, permanently acquiring Southern Dobruja from Romania. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
There exists a Belgian bicycle road in Germany. It's not that they just own the land, no, the road is fully Belgian territory. It used to be a railroad track, which was appointed to Belgium after the first World War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
The name "Puntland" is derived from the Land of Punt mentioned by ancient Egyptian sources. However, the exact location of the fabled territory is still a mystery. Many studies suggest that the Land of Punt was located in Somalia, whereas others propose that it was situated elsewhere en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out…
The District of Columbia was derived from explorer Christopher Columbus. During the American Revolution era, Columbia was a patriotic reference for the United States (In 1871, the Territory of Columbia officially was renamed District of Columbia.) history.com/.amp/news/how…
General Eisenhower, horrified by the concentration camps discovered as allied troops rolled into Nazi territory, ordered camera crews to document the grisly scenes. He also forced local government officials to tour the camps. Warning: This video is extremely graphic! youtu.be/xlhZe0uWYoo
British Overseas Territories citizens are not allowed to live in the UK en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
The New Mexico territory was often considered for statehood in the 19th century but was never approved. One attempt in 1905 included merging with Arizona under the name 'Montezuma'. The following year the same merger was suggested under the name 'Arizona'. Arizona rejected the option. abqjournal.com/286241/new…
George Bonga, the first African-American born in the territory that became Minnesota, was also legally the first white person to be born in the state as all non-natives were legally categorized as white wisconsinhistory.org/Reco…
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…
There is a second Jewish territory in the world in addition to Israel: the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, a small part of Russia in the far south-east near Japan/China/North Korea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jew…
A man called Subutai was the primary military strategist of Genghis KhanKhan. He directed more than 20 campaigns and won 65 pitched battles, during which he conquered or overran more territory than any other commander in history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub…
The first French territory that seaborne Allied forces captured on D-Day were the Îles Saint-Marcouf islands off the Normandy coast. Although they faced no resistance, the US troops suffered 19 casualties, killed and wounded, from mines that the Germans had left. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
Today I learned about the Machias Seal Island and Lighthouse The island off the coast of Maine is disputed territory between the United States/Canada and despite the lighthouse on the island being automated, the Canadian Coast Guard keeps the lighthouse staffed β€œfor sovereignty purposes.” wikipedia.org/wiki/Machia…
French Guiana situated in South America and bordered by Brazil and Suriname is, in fact, an overseas territory of France and therefore part of the European Union and uses the Euro as it's currency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Nazi Germany labor force was 25% slaves. Among the slave labourers in the occupied territories, hundreds of thousands were used by leading German corporations including Thyssen, Krupp, IG Farben, Bosch, Blaupunkt, Daimler-Benz, Demag, Henschel, Junkers, Messerschmitt, Siemens, and Volkswagen. wikipedia.org/wiki/Econom…
Today I learned about the Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong where after two previous treaties for ceding parts of Hong Kong in perpetuity to Britain, Claude MacDonald who was the British negotiator, picked a 99-year lease for the β€˜New Territories’ thinking it was β€˜as good as forever’. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
France still has a territory in the Canadian Maritimes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
The bishop of Orlando is also bishop of the moon, due to a canon law that says "any newly discovered territory would fall under the bishopric from whence the discovering expedition departed." His is therefore the largest Catholic diocese, at over 14,000,000 square miles. aleteia.org/2018/08/03/ye…
Popular artist Thomas Kinkade practiced "ritual territory marking" by urinating on elevators, Disneyland sculptures, and public walkways. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
During the 1918 flu pandemic the Governor of American Samoa John Martin Poyer quarantined the territory. American Samoa was one of the few places in the world to not suffer any flu deaths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 1275, the theft of a cow by a peasant led to a war that resulted in 15,000 deaths on the territory of present-day Belgium. eupedia.com/belgium/guerr…
Today I learned of Grierson's Raid during the American Civil War. Union cavalry rode over 600 miles through Confederate territory destroying railroads, freeing slaves and inflicting ten times the casualties they received. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gri…
, In 1803, France sold 22.3% of actual USA territory for 342,630,531 actual USD en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
The American Samoa (an unincorporated territory of the United States) has the highest rate of military enlistment of any U.S. state or territory. wikipedia.org/wiki/Americ…
Teddy Roosevelt traveled over 300 miles to arrest three boat thieves in the Dakota territory, forcing them to march back for trial instead of hanging them. He even recreated the capture for a photo before turning them in truewestmagazine.com/trac…
North Korea has a population of 25.5 million people. That means its population is slightly larger than Australia’s and it has more people than two thirds of the world’s countries (even after accounting for territories and dependencies listed separately in this data) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Hippos will spray their poop using their tails in order to mark their territory. Since baby hippos' intestines are sterile, they eat their mother's feces in order to mark their territory as well. technology.org/2018/12/05…
The Faroe Islands and Greenland are allowed to import 5x more live mussels into Belgium than other countries/territories. ups.com/ga/CountryRegsPri…
At least 167 species of bats are hunted around the world, including in US territories Samoa and Guam en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Chimpanzees are the only primates apart from humans observed to not only have territory but also defend that territory, and go to war against other owners of territory for control over it, leading to (relatively) massive casualties. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
France maintains the largest Exclusive Economic Zone in the world, largely from many tiny overseas territories. It covers approximately 8% of the total surface of all the EEZs of the world, while the land area of the French Republic is only 0.45% of the total land area of the Earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exc…
That, although "the Great White Way" is the most famous nickname for Broadway, its bright lights have also inspired the nicknames the Incandescent District, Tungsten Territory, and Mazda Lane barrypopik.com/index.php/…
Today I learned about the "Gauge War" in Great Britain. Competing widths of railroad tracks led to groups excluding competitors from their territories. To unify the system Parliament choose Narrow Gauge as the new Standard, which is now used by over half of the world's railroads. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gau…
In the northernmost Canadian territory of Nunavut grocery store prices are so expensive that a 3.5L container of orange juice costs $26.29. Prices soar even higher in the winter when all food must be flown in and ferries are unable to operate. huffingtonpost.ca/entry/f…
Sweden has 221,831 islands in its territory. However only around 1,000 are inhabited. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Star Wars (1977) attack run scene was heavily influenced by the Dam Busters (1955) bombing run (based on the true story of a low flying bombing run, deep in Axis territory, amidst enemy fire, with a very narrow target window to hit a weak point in enourmous enemy targets. Sound familiar?). youtu.be/lNdb03Hw18M
"pioneer" was originally a 16th century military rank, meaning people who advanced first into enemy territory to cut down forests, clear trails, make roads and bridges, etc., so the actual troops could march through after. Pioneer has the same French root as pawn or peon, meaning foot soldier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pio…
The US recognizes the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan, an international consensus. However, 10 individual US states passed bills "recognizing" the territory's claim to independence, but also 2 US states officially recognize the territory as Azerbaijani territory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Today I learned about James Brooke, a British adventurer who managed to take away most of Brunei's territory for himself and rule as the "White Rajah of Sarawak" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
In WWII, Gillette created covert kits for POWs that contained Gillette grooming items, but also other secret supplies like razor-blade compasses, counterfeit German currency, and maps of enemy territory. gillette.com/en-us/about/…
Embassies are not sovereign territory of their associated countries, contrary to popular belief. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dip…
In 1979, a Burma ambassador in Sri Lanka murdered his wife before burning her body in his backyard- in front of spectators and the police. He tried to claim that it was territory belonging to Burma and that the police couldn’t enter. In the end he was removed by the Burma government. theguardian.com/world/blo…
Namarrkon is an important creation ancestor (in Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) N. Territory, Australia) who is responsible for the violent lightning storms that occur every tropical summer -- And he looks like an alien. parksaustralia.gov.au/kak…
Switzerland has no official capital city in order to award each territory equal importance worldatlas.com/articles/w…
Brigham Young, governor of the Utah Territory from 1851 to 1858, had a granddaughter who lived until 2004. thechurchnews.com/archive…
Small island archipelago St. Pierre & Miquelon is the only French owned territory in North America and is 30 minutes off the coast from Newfoundland, Canada. It was also a key part of alcohol smuggling into the US during the prohibition era. thedailybeast.com/frances…
A monkey bite killed the King of Greece, destabilizing the government, and resulting in a massive loss of life and territory to the Turks. Churchill said it was no exaggeration that the monkey bite led to 250,000 deaths. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The northernmost Grain Silo in Canada is in northern Alberta and only 200 km from the border from the Northwest Territories. agcanada.com/daily/richar…
Bill The Butcher (Gangs of NY) was head of the Bowery Boys gang who's territory was Bowery street today. Mostly made up of firefighters literally fighting other gangs to have control over putting out fires. Fights between gangs would often break out and the fires were sometimes never put out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Bolivia, a landlocked country, has a navy that patrols its rivers and lakes. Bolivia lost it's coastal land following the War of the Pacific which ended in 1884, but maintains a navy in hopes that it will recover its coastal territory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bol…
Rufous elephant shrews are native to the dry savannas of eastern Africa.The shrews spend as much as half their waking hours maintaining tidy trails to navigate through their territory and find food. Remarkably, they do not sleep with their eyes closed and only sleep for 2 or 3 minutes at a time. bbc.co.uk/programmes/prof…
Citizens living in the Territories of the United States, like Guam and American Samoa, cannot vote in the general presidential election, however they do vote for and provide delegates for the national party conventions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
Today I learned about French Guiana, a department of the country of France in South America. Not a colony, it is the only territory of the mainland Americas to have full integration in a European country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Today I learned about Aleksey Maresyev, a pilot who was shot down in Nazi territory, lost the use of his legs, and crawled for eighteen days before returning to Soviet territory. His legs were then amputated. Nevertheless, within a year he was flying again on prosthetic legs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The Romans had a long winded process to declare war with one part involving throwing a spear with enemy blood on it into enemy territory. The whole process involved the priests, warriors and senate. unrv.com/forum/topic/1029…
In WW2 the US made cheap guns specifically for mass-dropping in occupied territory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FP-…
Today I learned of JNG Whistler, who was part of a famous military family, and cousin to James Whistler, who was the painter of Whistler's Mother. JNG would find himself in Dakota Territory, where he would save the lives of countless Dakota Indians. midwesternscout.com/the-a…
Today I learned about the Republic of Indian Stream. A border dispute between Canada and the USA along the Connecticut River in the 1800s resulted in both governments collecting taxes from the same territory. Residents decided to secede from both countries and created a republic that lasted four years. atlasobscura.com/places/r…
When the territory of Wyoming applied to join the US, congress told them they'd have to stop letting women vote. Their response was "We will remain out of the Union one hundred years rather than come in without the women”. In 1890 they joined as the first and only state to allow women to vote. history.com/news/the-stat…
United States of America "is one of Earth's most volcanically active countries, having within its territory more than 10 percent of the known active and potentially active volcanoes." pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2018/51…
Horses were first domisticated on the territory of present-day Ukraine bbc.com/news/science-envi…
In 1862, the Republican-controlled White House & Congress enacted the first Land Grant College act. This and subsequent acts led to the formation of public and private colleges and universities in every US state and US territory, including many Historically Black Colleges & Universities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Today I learned of the 1969-70 Dry River-Victoria River fire in Northern Territory Australia, which burned 45,000,000 Hectares (or 450000 KmΒ²) of bush, an area larger than the size of Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus…
There are 18,617 named islands that are part of the United States and its territories! bellaonline.com/articles/…
Sihanoukville is Cambodia's sole deep water port. The French colonial administration preferred to use Saigon for international trade and the Mekong River for further distribution. Thus Cambodia's access to high sea's trade was via the Mekong which required passage through Vietnamese territory en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sih…
The European Union technically borders Canada by only a few miles, due to several islands remaining French territory with a population of around 6,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
There's a species of fish called kobudai where the males used to be females. The transformation takes months and the new males then fight over territory and to reproduce with other females bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti…
When Canada considered changing the name of the Northwest Territories in 1996, the public was asked for their input. Although various aboriginal names were considered, β€œBob” became the second most popular choice. theglobeandmail.com/news/…
The Singapore passport is the strongest passport in the world in terms of travel freedom followed by Japan and UK. Singapore citizens have visa-free or visa on arrival access to 180 countries and territories including the world's three largest economies - China, USA and the EU except India. visalist.io/passport/rank…
In 2019, the Royal Canadian Mint has released its first-ever Canada-shaped coin. The $50 pure silver piece shows an iconic bird or mammal from each province and territory shaped like the landmass it represents ctvnews.ca/canada/but-wil…
Today I learned of the true reason Russia sold Alaska to the United State. The US and Great Britian were in a race to the Pacific Ocean. Russia, fearing GB would lay claim to their American territory, sold their claims to the US to make a few bucks out of a bad situation. americanforeignrelations.…
The treaty between the US and Mexico in 1847, during which Mexico surrendered 55% of their territory, was reached without the permission of the US President. ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?…
In 2007 Russia planted their national flag underwater in hopes of securing the arctic's potential natural resources. β€œThis isn’t the 15th century,” one foreign minister said. β€œYou can’t go around the world and just plant flags and say, β€˜We’re claiming this territory.’ nytimes.com/2007/08/03/wo…
A crocodile named Sweetheart was a 5.1 metre male saltwater crocodile responsible for a series of attacks on boats in Australia between 1974 and 1979. In July 1979, Sweetheart was finally caught alive by a team from the Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission, but drowned while being transported en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swe…
The official capital of Montserrat (a British Overseas Territory), is a ghost town, having been evacuated due to volcanic eruption en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ply…
New York was, for a short period of time, named New Orange (in honor of William III of Orange) after the Dutch capturing of the area in 1673. Around a year later, the Treaty of Westminster reverted the territory back to English control and the name was changed again to New York. history.com/news/why-is-n…
France is partially in Southern Hemisphere due to having overseas territories. mapsontheweb.zoom-maps.co…
Mantis shrimp can produce a low-frequency "rumbling" sound through vibration of their carapace. This is most commonly done when they are either feeding or defending their territory. dosits.org/galleries/audi…
Russia still controls a region of former German territory that it acquired after World War 2. The German government has stated that it has no claim to the region and Russia views it as a vital element of its ability to project power in the Baltic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kal…
There are millions of American citizens living in American territories that don't have the right to vote for their President, among other things. pri.org/stories/2016-11-0…
In 1859 Southern California almost became the "Territory of Colorado" but the process was halted because of the American Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…

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