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World Facts

Indonesia consists only of islands – 13,667 altogether.

The Mexican Hat dance is the official dance of Mexico.

The only continent without reptiles is Antarctica.

The Sumerians, who lived in the middle east, invented the wheel in about 3450 BC. They also invented writing.

Chinese made the first wheelbarrow.

Native people of South America catch and use piranha’s razor-sharp teeth to make tools and weapons.

The ancient Greek women made a type of cheek blush by painting their cheeks with herbal pastes which was made out of crushed berries and seeds.

The ancient Egyptians slept on pillow made of stone.

Hippocrates noted the medicinal properties of lettuce in 430 BC.

In Russia, when flowers are given for a romantic occasions, flowers are given in odd numbers as even number of flowers is given at funerals only.

The coliseum in Rome was used regularly for about 400 years.

The hand salute originated from the ‘Hail Caesar’ salute of the Roman empire.

Australia’s national anthem is called ‘Advance Australia Fair’.

The Nobel prize was first awarded in 1901.

There are no ants in Iceland, Antarctica, and Greenland.

The world Nazi is actually an abbreviation for Nationalsoziali-stische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, which refers to the National Socialist German Workers Party.

The Eiffel Tower has 1,665 steps.

Ushuaia, Argentina is the world’s southernmost city.

Australia is the only country-continent in the world.

The city of Tokyo was originally called Edo.

Despite being over 27 times smaller, Norway’s total coastline is longer than the USA’s.

In Las Vegas, casinos do not have any clocks.

There are 293 steps to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

As a part of the original design, the names of 72 French scientists and other famous people is imprinted on the sides of the Eiffel tower.

During World War II, condoms were used to cover rifle barrels from being damaged by salt water as the soldiers swam to shore.

Tomatina is the legendary Spanish tomato-throwing festival held in Bunol, Spain.

The White House has 35 bathrooms, 3 elevators, 132 rooms, and 412 doors.

Ancient Egyptians used the spice, Thyme, to help preserve mummies.

The greatest mountain range is the Mid-Ocean Ridge, extending 64,374 kilometres from the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean.

Maine is the toothpick capital of the world.

The USA bought Alaska from Russia for 2 cents an acre.

Early Romans used to use porcupine quills as toothpicks.

Austria was the first country to use postcards, starting in 1869.

The ‘middle finger’ gesture originates back to 423 BC in Aristophanes play ‘The Clouds’.

New York City was briefly the US capital, from 1789 to 1790.

The Hundred Year War, fought between France and England, lasted for 116 year.

From 1526 to 1707, the first six Mughal emperors of India ruled in unbroken succession from father to son.

The only South East Asian country that has never been colonized by a Western Power is Thailand.

The Pacific Ocean covers 28 percent of the Earth’s surface.

Then hottest Chile in the world is the Habanero.

Lake Malawi has the largest number of fish species in the world.

Iran means ‘Land of Aryans’.

Remains of what appears to be cheese has been found in Egyptian tombs over 4,000 years old!

The first country to abolish capital punishment was Austria in 1787.

The only roller skating museum in the world is Lincoln Nebraska.

Austria was the first country to use post-cards, starting in 1869.

The sears tower consists of nine frames tubes, which connects nine skyscrapers as one building.

Although identified with Scotland, bagpipes are actually a very ancient instrument, introduced in the British Isles by the Roman.

The major air-polluting industries are iron, steel and cement.

The Industrial Revolution in Europe first saw the beginning of air pollution, which gradually became a major global problem.

After the French Revolution of 1789, selling sour wine was considered against national interest and the merchant was promptly executed.

To most Americans, the orient is China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam; to Europeans it is the area of India and Pakistan.

During American civil war, Gen Ulysses S Grant believed that onions would prevent dysentery and sent a message via wire to the War Department: “I will not move my army without onions” Within a day, the government sent three trainloads of onions to the front.

A father Emperor penguin withstands the Antarctic cold for 60 days or more to protect its eggs, which he keeps on his feet, covered with feathered flap. During this entire time he doesn’t eat a thing. Afterwards, they feed the chicks a special liquid form their throats. When the mother penguins return to care for the young, the fathers go to sea to eat and rest.

During American civil war, Gen Ulysses S Grant believed that onions would prevent dysentery and sent a message via wire to the War Department: “I will not move my army without onions” Within a day, the government sent three trainloads of onions to the front.

Mocha is the name of the sea port that was a route to Mecca, which is where trades of coffee took place. Coffee was a well-guarded commodity and no one was allowed to take fertile coffee plants out of the country.

There are more than 600 million telephone lines today, yet almost half the world's population has never made a phone call.