Today, Turkey is famous for its tea. It has the highest tea consumption per person, followed by the UK. The most popular type in Turkey is the distinctive Rize tea, a black tea from Turkey’s
Rize Province on the eastern Black Sea coast.
Surprisingly, tea is not an ancient Turkish tradition. The drink overtook coffee in popularity only after World War I and the breakup of the Ottoman Empire. With the loss of the Ottoman southern provinces, coffee was suddenly an expensive import. Tea, as a homegrown product from Anatolia, was cheap and caffeinated. Economics was the spark that started the Turkish love affair with tea.
August Sander was a photographer who used a certain formula for all his photographs. By presenting businessmen, farmers, actors, and beggars all with the same stark directness, the German-born Sander made everyone the everyman. Sander thought we can learn from everyone and every class in society, saying “We can tell from appearance the work someone does or does not do; we can read in his face whether he is happy or troubled, for life unavoidably leaves its trace there.”
This particular portrait is Sander’s most famous. Photographing a bricklayer in Cologne, Germany, Sander turned a sweaty, backbreaking job into dignity and bearing. The classical framing and quiet stateliness was especially poignant for Germany, a country still reeling from the impact of losing World War I.
It is rare to have 100-year-old wines, as people tend to drink them before they reach the centennial mark. But there has been a notable decrease in 100-year-old wines starting in 2014 due to World War I. It is expected for there to be a similar shortage starting in 2039.
Since 1219, Estonia was ruled at various times by Danish, Swedish, German, and Russian governments. It declared independence after World War I, but that only lasted until 1940 when it was occupied by the Soviet Union. Estonia has only been an independent nation since 1991.
That means that since 1219, Estonia has been independent for exactly 50 years out of 800!
In World War I, the German navy disguised one of their ships as a British ship, the RMS Carmania, and sent it to ambush British vessels. Unfortunately for the Germans, the very first British ship she encountered was the real RMS Carmania. Who promptly sank its doppelganger.
In German East Africa (Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania) during World War I, soldiers painted this pony to resemble one of the local zebras so it could be tethered in the open without being shot. The Imperial War Museum adds, “Two white ponies behind anxiously await their makeovers.”