The World’s Strangest Borders Part 1: Panhandles

Countries in the world come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are huge, while others are tiny. And then some have very clearly defined shapes, like these, and others, well, not so much. Borders are a funny thing and don’t often make sense without some historical or geographical context. Sometimes borders take on an exceptionally bizarre look, extending away

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Why This Island Might be in Canada or Might be in the US

Why This Island Might be in Canada or Might be in the US

This video was made possible by Dashlane. Stay safe online with Dashlane for free at dashlane.com/hai. Ahhh islands. They’re the bread and butter of what we talk about on Half as Interesting when we’re not really sure what else to talk about. Well, that and strange borders so what if we took islands and border disputes and put them together.

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Europe’s most fortified border is in Africa

Europe’s most fortified border is in Africa

If you zoom in to Morocco, you’ll see a tiny wedge of land that stands out from its surroundings. This little bit of land is surrounded by one of the most fortified borders on the planet. Right outside the border you’ll find makeshift forest camps, where people spend their days and nights evading the police and preparing to rush the

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The World’s Strangest Borders Part 2: Spain

The World’s Strangest Borders Part 2: Spain

Spain looks pretty normal when you look at it on a map, but things begin to get very strange when you zoom in just a little closer. There seems to be a lot of land that’s part of Spain that’s on the wrong continent across the Mediterranean Sea in Africa. That’s not a mistake, and the north coast of Africa

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Countries inside Countries (Bizarre Borders Part 1)

Countries inside Countries (Bizarre Borders Part 1)

When it comes to neighbors, most countries have several options: like North to Canada or South to Mexico. But there are countries that don’t have this freedom of choice, not because they’re islands but because they’re trapped in another country. For example: tiny Vatican City, which fits inside of not just Italy, but also just Rome. How Vatican City got

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How Africa is Becoming China’s China

How Africa is Becoming China’s China

This video was made possible by Brilliant. Start learning with Brilliant for 20% off by being one of the first 200 to sign up at http://brilliant.org/wendover. Political alliances manifest themselves here—on the voting floor of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, New York. In this room countries impose legislation that carries weight worldwide and so what happens in

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