The Oxford English Dictionary takes 9,000 words to describe the 45 different meanings of the word ‘at’.
During the First Anglo-Afghan War, 4500 British troops left Kabul for Jalalabad. On the way they were killed by the Afghans except for one British officer, William Brydon. When he finally arrived and was asked about the army, he famously replied “I am the army”.
In 1627, Barbary pirates from the Ottoman Empire – also called corsairs – kidnapped 400-800 Icelanders and took them back to Africa to sell as slaves.
One of Switzerland’s cantons, Appenzell Inner-Rhoden, did not allow women to vote until 1991 when the federal tribunal imposed women’s vote. Switzerland was created in 1291, over 700 years ago.
Northern Michigan has such a large Finnish population because firstly, the climate is similar to Finland and secondly, the copper mines provided plenty work for Finnish mineworkers emigrating to the United States in the late 1800s.