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In Albania, nodding the head means no, and shaking the head means yes.
Every year, Mexico sinks about 10 inches.
Buckingham Palace has 602 rooms.
Toilets in Australia flush counter clockwise.
Writing in ancient Greece had no spaces between the words.
The worlds number one producer and consumer of pork is China.
Rising sea levels from global warming could cause major flooding in Shanghai,

Guangzhou, and other Chinese coastal cities by 2050 leaving about 76 million

homeless.
The town of Tidikelt in the Sarah once went ten years with out rain.
It snowed more in the Grand Canyon that it did in Minneapolis in the past.
Public telephones in Israel are no longer operated by tokens. They now use

magnetic cards the size of credit cards.
The oldest exposed surface on the Earth is New Zealand\u2019s south island.
Hong Kong has the world\u2019s largest double-decker tram fleet in the world.
The driest place on the earth is a series of valleys near Ross Island in Antarctica

where no rain has fallen for the past 2 million years.
Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.
The first telephone book ever issued had 50 names. It was published in New

Haven, CT, by the New Haven District Telephone Co. in Feb, 1878.
Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
In the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down, but there was

only 6 injuries.
There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The yo-yo was originally used as a weapon in the Philippines.

Every Swiss citizen is required to have access to a bomb shelter by law.
Only four countries in the world start with D, Denmark, Dominica, Djibouti,

Dominican Republic.
Cyprus has a map on its flag.
South Africa used to have 2 official languages, now it has 11.
Mexico once had three presidents in one day.
If Texas were a country, it\u2019s GNP would be the 5th largest of any country.
An earthquake on December 16, 1811 sent the Mississippi River backward.
The Angel Falls in Venezuela are nearly 20 times taller than Niagara Falls.
The English Channel grows 300 mm per year.
During winter in Moscow, the skating rinks cover more than 25,000 sq. meters of

land.
If you travel across Russia, you will cross 7 time zones.
Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.
Until the 18th century, India produced almost all the worlds diamonds.
The furthest point from any ocean would be in China.
The city of Istanbul straddles two separate continents, Asia and Europe.
The Forth Railway Bridge is a meter longer in summer than in winter due to

thermal expansion.
Canada\u2019s national sport is Lacrosse, not hockey.
There are no public toilets in Peru.
Canada banned beauty contests in 1992 claiming they were degrading.
At the height of its power in 400 BC, Sparta had 50,000 slaves and 20,000

citizens.
Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn\u2019t wear pants.
The US consumes 25% of the world\u2019s power.
Flying from London to New York by concord, due to time zones, you can arrive 2

hours before you leave.
Montpelier, Vermont is the only state capital without a McDonalds.
Hong Kong has the most Rolls Royces per capita.
Alaska is the state with the highest percent of people who walk to work.
Iceland consumes more Coke than any other nation.
San Francisco has the only mobile National Monument, the cable cars.
The national anthem of Greece has 58 verses, no one knows them all.
New Jersey grows 2/3 of the world\u2019s eggplant.
On a Canadian $2, the flag over the Parliament building is the US flag.
The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because

when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of the books

that would occupy the building.
The infinite sign is called a lemniscate.
The first prime number after 1,000,000 is 1,000,003.
The 772-778 digits of PI are9999998.
The largest prime number is 13,395 digits long.
2 and 5 are the only prime numbers that end in 2 and 5.
1 and 2 are the only numbers where they are values of the numbers of factors

they have.

If you need to remember PI, just count the number of letters in each work in the
following sentence. \u201cMay I have a large container of coffee?\u201d If you are polite, say
\u201cThank You.\u201d and get two more decimals. [3.141592653.....]

The foreign city most visited by Americans is Tijuana.
Every male over 18 is considered part of the Arizona malitia if they live in the
state.

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