Random (and some of them are Funny) Facts You Probably Did Not Know about Poland

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We already had some articles on interesting facts about various countries including e.g. Brazil. Today let me enumerate a couple of fun and surprising facts about Poland.

Did you know that…

Polish born astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (Polish: Mikołaj Kopernik, 1473 – 1543) was the first person to state that the earth was not the center of the universe but the sun.

Did you know that…

The highest mountain in Australia, Mount Kosciuszko, was named after General Tadeusz Kościuszko (1746 – 1817), who fought against the Russian Empire, as well as in the American Revolutionary War.

The Australian pronunciation, however, might be extremely shocking for a native Polish ear, as it sounds more like Japanese (The Polish spelling seems to be quite a riddle to some English speakers, too) :

To compare and really see the difference, listen to the original Polish pronunciation.

Did you know that…

Foreign language films aren’t dubbed on Polish TV. They aren’t subtitled, either. We have a method called voice over in which one person reads the parts of all actors and you can still hear the original voices in the background. Sounds terrible, doesn’t it? In fact, however, once you get used to it, I find it more pleasant than the artificial dubbing voices.

Did you know that…

The Polish celebrate the beginning of spring by throwing straw dolls decorated with ribbons into rivers or streams. The dolls called Marzanna, symbolize winter so throwing them away means saying good-bye to the cold season.

Did you know that…

The writer Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), the author the famous book Heart of Darkness and a true master of English prose, was born as Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in Poland before taking service on his first British ship at the age of 21.

Did you know that…

Przystanek Woodstock in Kostrzyn near the German border is one of the biggest open-air festivals in Europe – an annual free rock music festival in Poland, inspired by and named after the Woodstock Festival. About 450,000 people gathered at Woodstock in 2009. Some of the international performers at the festival included Guano Apes, The Stranglers, Die Toten Hosen and Type o Negative.

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