Europe enjoyed a long period of prosperity between 11th and 13th centuries. European population grew from 56.4 million in year 1000 to 78.7 million in year 1300. The idyll (if anything in medieval times was an idyll) ended abruptly between years 1314 and 1315. Many regions of Europe reported prolonged periods of rain in 1314. It rained most of the time in summer and autumn of 1314 in Great Britain.
Jaws is a cult classic Steven Spielberg’s movie about a man-eating great white shark attacking sea swimming vacationers. The idea of being attacked by blood thirsty apex predator in the sea is quite unnerving. The shark in its environment is fast and agile. Swimming person on the other hand, relatively slow and clunky. How likely is a shark attack in reality? What are the shark attack statistics in Australia and
Burg Eltz is a medieval castle located in Mosel river valley in Germany. It has not only been owned by the same family (named Eltz, duh) for over 860 years, but has also remained largely intact since its completion. 33 generations of various branches of Eltz family have lived in the castle, and still live today. The 80-room castle has enough space for multiple families living there comfortably at the
Throughout the world, a five day school week, followed by a two day weekend is a norm. But in Japan, a six day school week was a standard until 2002. Sounds like a nightmare for a person living in Western Civilization. However, Japanese public seems to differ.
This sounds like one of these outrageous stories that your grandma keeps sharing on Facebook, without even fact checking whether it is true. Well, this one is true. Or at least partially true. There was a ban on American chickens in China, as part of trade war incited by Trump administration. As of 2019, things are cooling down. U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has recently reached
Norway national football team remains the only national football team that never lost a match against Brazil. Moreover, Norway has won two matches against Brazil. The complete football match record of Norway vs Brazil: Norway 1-1 Brazil (1988, friendly) Norway 4-2 Brazil (1997, friendly) Brazil 1-2 Norway (1998, World Cup; Brazil reached the final in this tournament) Norway 1-1 Brazil (2006, friendly)
Back in year 1666 Isaac Newton had to return to his family home from Cambridge University. The University had been closed due to the Great Plague of London which had killed estimated 100,000 people. In Woolsthorpe Manor, which was also his birthplace, Sir Isaac Newton performed multiple experiments with light and optics. He also relaxed in the garden, where he observed a falling apple, and started wondering why everything fell
As of 2019, data centers consume about 2% of global electricity. According to Swedish KTH Royal Institute of Technology, the internet uses 10% of the total electricity consumption worldwide. How much of that is consumed by Youtube? After Netflix and embedded videos, Youtube is the third biggest global internet bandwidth eater.
Not only World War II started in 1939 in Europe. Another disturbing event that went on until 1980s was epidemic of rabies. The disease was carried by red foxes, and it spread onto domestic animals. Rabies is almost always fatal, also for humans (unless a vaccine is provided).
Administrative division of Greenland has simple name origins, but they definitely captivate Greenlandic spirit. Until 2017 the island was divided to following territories: Sermersooq (“Much Ice”) Kujalleq (“South”) Qeqqata (“Center”) Qaasuitsup (“Darkness”) After a reform in 2017, the biggest municipality of Qaasuitsup was divided into Avannaata (“Northern”) and Qeqertalik (“The One with Islands”).