Category: Europe

From the 1920s until his death in 1952, a German architect spent his life promoting his plan of damming and draining the Mediterranean sea. His goal was to create new lands for settlement and to unite Europe and Africa into one continent called “Atlantropa.”

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In mid-14th century Europe, Jews were less likely to be infected with the plague than the rest of the population. One reason may be that their religious practices promoted hygiene. But the Jews’ lower infection rates led to accusations that they caused the plague, and many Jewish communities were massacred.

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Europeans evolved white skin in the last 8,000 years.

Adolf Hitler was the first European leader to ban human zoos, a popular attraction in Europe where exotic people were paid to be on exhibit for onlookers with recreated habitats and shows. Belgium was the last to ban them in 1958.

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The earliest accounts of coffee drinking date back to 15th century Arabia. When coffee spread to Europe, some people called it a “Muslim drink” and wanted it banned, but it became widely accepted after the Pope tried a cup, liked it, and deemed it a Christian beverage.

In 1698, Peter The Great introduced the “Beard Tax” after he visited Western Europe and liked their fashion sense. Anyone with a beard was forced to pay tax for it, and in turn given a beard token. If you were stopped by the police without the token they would immediately shave your face on sight.

If you have one Irish grandparent, you are eligible for Irish citizenship. You don’t need to have even been to Ireland or know the first thing about the country to apply. For non-Europeans, this means you get a passport that allows you to work and live anywhere in the EU.

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Over 2000, large man-made tunnels, known as “Erdstall”, have been discovered across Europe, and nobody knows who made them or why.

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The Black Plague solved an overpopulation problem in 14th century Europe. In the aftermath, wages increased, rent decreased, wealth was more evenly distributed, diet improved, and life expectancy increased.

Many high school cafeterias in Europe serve alcohol to their students who choose to drink.