Interesting Facts - Page 162

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Jamaica is the only country whose flag doesn't have any red, white, or blue.
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If you are infected by a retrovirus, it can change your DNA, and you can pass these changes on to your descendants. By one estimate, 8% of the human genome comes from retroviruses.
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From 1909–1937, the Netherlands used a time zone that was offset from GMT by 19 minutes and 32.13 seconds.
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In the 12th century, London only had around 15,000–30,000 people, but this modest population was supplied by at least 18 different brothels which employed as many as 1,000 prostitutes. As this was during the Middle Ages, the Bishop of Winchester was entrusted to oversee the brothels.
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Saint Lucia is the only country named after a woman.
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Credit @Bentshaggyoil for #810.
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Fun Fact: France only beat England because the ref was biased
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Fun Fact: I do not care about sports
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Dec 15, 2022
Aww did someone get knocked out of the world cup early?
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Dec 16, 2022
No I’m just an average nerdy Jetpunker
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Dec 16, 2022
Never watched the game, or really anything in the World Cup (similar to bent, I couldn’t care less about most professional sports). Seems like a pretty bold claim, though.
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There is fair evidence of bias towards Argentina.
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well they have messi so
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Dec 19, 2022
Wilton Pereira Sampaio is so good he’s revenging Brazil from Michael Oliver

I mean, that’s not appropriate on here. If you can bring a nice fact about football, or the French/English National Team, feel free to.

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The westernmost point of china is closer to Germany, Italy, Ethiopia, and Svalbard, than it is to China's easternmost point
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I’m not sure if this is right but I heard somewhere that the northernmost point of Brazil is closer to Canada than the southernmost point of Brazil
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Yeah, It's on the facts page I believe
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Dec 15, 2022
oh yeah it is lol
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Dec 16, 2022
We already have like 20 of these types of facts.
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true
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LA is closer to Hawaii than it is to NYC

The Easternmost point of Australia is closer to Somalia than it is to Chile

The distance between Senegal and Israel is about the same as Portugal to Kazakhstan

Tierra del Fuego is closer to Costa Rica than it is to Aruba (Common sense issue, similar to the Maine-Florida-Africa)

The Easternmost point of mainland Africa is closer to the Philippines than it is to Dakar, Senegal

And now, my favorite:

The trip from Cape town, South Africa, to Tunis, Tunisia, gives you enough mileage to start in Lagos, Portugal, slightly east of Zaragoza, through Encamp, spend the night in Montpellier, a show in the Fashion Capital, a turn in Northern Burgenland, straight through Baia Mare, into Moldova, north of Chisinau, take a quick stop at the Crimean border (for some reason) pass through Marhanets, pass the Russian border west of Bryansk and Murmansk, say hello to Santa as you pass into Lapland, take a turn in sweden, and finish your trip in Oslo

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Russia is closer to Russia than Turkmenistan
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FUn fact some places are closer to each other than they look and some places are further from each other than they loook
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If, let's say, you get drafted to the Boston Celtics tomorrow, they have so many retired numbers that you can't wear the numbers: 00, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35. Oh yeah, and the numbers 0, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 20, 28, 30, 36, 40, 42, 43, 44, and 91 are used by their current players. Good luck finding a number.
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The New York Yankees:
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good luck? but that still leaves you with ∞ - 40 numbers to use!
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The reality cable channel TLC was actually founded by NASA as an educational platform for children.
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Times have changed…
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Lettuce is part of the sunflower family

King Alexander of Greece died of a monkey bite

The Tetris theme is a 100-year old Russian folk song

The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table

In Switzerland, it’s illegal to ski down a mountain while reciting poetry

Avocados are berries

Saint Lucia is the only country named after a woman

Over a fifth of the calories consumed by humans are from rice

Sweden has more islands than any other country

In Ireland, Polish is spoken more than Irish.

Dogs are illegal in Antarctica

The word footage comes from films being measured in feet in early filmmaking

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Q doesn't appear either
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Finland has more islands I believe.
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Sweden’s islands: 267,570

Finland’s islands: 178,947

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What is the size cutoff and who is measuring?
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The Eiffel Tower can grow 15cm taller in the summer due the the metal expanding.
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barbarian etymology
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Interesting fact, but perhaps not all that surprising: in 2020, Kanye received over 10,000 votes in Tennessee.
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The formerly German city of Koenigsberg, now known as Kaliningrad, now has so few Germans that there are more Armenians in Kaliningrad than Germans
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There are also more Germans in Germany than there are Armenians in Armenia
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Kralovec*
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Correct
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Loving County, Texas, contains 64 people but is about the same size as Singapore.
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(Monowi, Nebraska noises)
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(laughs in Attu Station, Alaska)
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The Nazi propaganda film "Titanic" (1943) was shot aboard the SS Cap Arcona. The ship would later go down in 1945, killing three times as many people as the actual Titanic.
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The Pringles mascot was originally known officially as "Mr. P," but someone wrote the name as "Julius Pringles" on the Wikipedia page, and the name stuck, so much so that they actually ended up changing it to Julius Pringles.
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Everyone knows about the Maryland panhandle and its thinness. However, the Togo panhandle is even thinner. At its shortest point it is less than 450 feet.
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For reference, that's about 3/4th the length of the White House.
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Heck, that's about the length of my school's parking lot!
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To commemorate the NBA's 75th Anniversary, a panel of TV analysts hosted an all-time Top 75 players mock draft. MJ was selected 3rd, Kobe 2nd, and Dominique Wilkins was selected first. Don't get too surprised though, because the man who chose him was Mr. Jacques Dominique Wilkins himself.
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He is an extremely humble man
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In 2018, Munafri Arifuddin ran unopposed for mayor of Makassar, Indonesia. He lost to people selecting 'none of the above'.
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“I was not expecting that.”
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Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado all have the same height, as do the Dakotas, Nebraska, and Kansas.
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Hey guys did you know that the eastern edge of China is closer to South Korea than the western edge is to North Macedonia
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The western edge of Canada is closer to the United States than it is to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
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distance facts probably won't cut it here anymore