Interesting Facts - Page 175

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As a child, Kim Jong-un was taken to visit Tokyo Disneyland using a fake Brazilian passport.
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Most armadillo species give birth to four babies at a time - all identical quadruplets.
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There is a Catholic saint named Lucifer. Lucifer of Cagliari is revered as a saint on the island of Sardinia (although his status elsewhere is less certain).
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The state of New Mexico was settled by Europeans in 1610. Neighboring Colorado was not settled until 1851, more than two centuries later.
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It almost never rains in San Francisco in July. During the entire thirty year period from 1991–2020, San Francisco received a total of less of 1" of rain during the month of July. Even Death Valley gets more rain than San Francisco in July.
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Credit @SirPhilipines for #871

Credit @QY for #872

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Islands are still being discovered to this day. 83-42 was discovered in 2003, Yaya Island in 2014, and Landsat Island in 1976. Heart Reef was discovered in 1975.

Many islands were discovered from melting ice (Uunartoq Qeqertaq 2005, Sif Island 2020, an unnamed island from the no longer Conger Ice shelf 2022)

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Interestingly enough, Lucifer's sainthood is not uncertain due to his name.

It's due to his role in a schism between Trinitarianism and Arianism (not that one, that one is Aryanism, with a y).

It seems they were pretty fine with his name.

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Most people know that Saint Peter was crucified upside-down, as he considered himself unworthy to die the same way Jesus did.

But this story's not actually in the Bible. It comes from the apocryphal Acts of Peter, wherein Peter duels the magician Simon Magus. Simon does a bunch of magic tricks and flies around, but Peter summons the power of God to knock him out of the air. The people are so enraged that Peter (after receiving a revelation and preaching one last time) is crucified.

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Not really a fact worthy for the page, but recently, I found out that Indonesia used to have banknotes for cents (sen). Personally, I think they have better designs than some of the IDR notes today.
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The WIkipedia Pages of Toilet paper orientation and Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo have the same amount of subheadings, either 5 or 6 (when expanded)

Definitely a pretty useless fact

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New Mexico has a disturbingly higher amount of Bubonic Plague cases than other state. (https://www.cdc.gov/plague/maps/index.html for the map)
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If I'm not mistaken, that has something to do with the Native American reservations in that part of the state.
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New Mexico has a disturbingly higher amount of Bubonic Plague cases than other state. (https://www.cdc.gov/plague/maps/index.html for the map)
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Andorra has two co-princes- The Bishop of Urgell in Catalonia, Spain and the president of France.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andorra

Andorra is also the largest country without an airport of any sort.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_without_an_airport

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Save you some time

The Oregonian flag is double-sided. It features the seal on the front and a beaver on the reverse. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Oregon

Between January 14 and 15 of 1972, the temperature in Loma, Montana fluctuated 103 degrees farenheit from -54 degrees to 49 degrees. https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/extreme-short-duration-temperature-changes-us

Most of the state of Arizona does not recognize Daylight Savings Time, while the Navajo Nation reservation in the state does. Geography Now actually made a video covering the topic somewhat recently. https://azlibrary.gov/collections/digital-arizona-library-dazl/arizona-almanac/daylight-saving-time

Don't know how this one hasn't been mentioned yet as far as I know but Saudi Arabia has no rivers. At all. Neither does Libya, Malta, Oman, Qatar, Yemen, or the UAE. But just remember that Saudi Arabia is 3x the size of Texas and has roughly the same population as Canada. https://a-z-animals.com/blog/19

Thanks QM

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In Chesapeake, Virginia, trick-or-treating is banned for anyone over the age of 14 and can land violators a hefty fine of $250.

Storms that look like walls of dust that commonly occur in Sudan are called Haboobs, coming from the Arabic word 'haab' meaning wind or blow.

The state drink of Nebraska is Kool-Aid.

Prostitution is legal in some counties of Nevada.

The only remaining Blockbuster is located in Bend, Oregon.

The Blockbuster company actually had an oppurtunity to purchase Netflix for $50 million in the year 2000. Netflix is currently worth $190 Billion.

The stop sign came a long time before the traffic light.

Bougainville Island, located in Papua New Guinea is set to become the next newest country by 2027 as an agreement has already been filed between them and PNG, so long as neither party backs out of the deal.

Kazakhstan became the entirety of the USSR in 1991 for a very brief 4 days after they became the final country to leave following it's collapse.

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I'd be more surprised if the traffic light came first.
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Complete typo it is actually the other way around. Suprised you may be!
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Wow, I got a fact in I posted months ago... not even in page 174!
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That's happened with a few of my facts. It's puzzling, but at least it gives you some hope that your "ignored" fact can be put in later.
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According to the Quran, Jesus was not crucified—instead, God have His appearance to the man who reported Jesus, and they crucified the man instead.

At least that's the most common interpretation of the passage. Other explanations say that Jesus only died physically, but as he had an immortal soul it only looked that way, or that Jesus shapeshifted off? It's not very clear.

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According to the apocryphal Gospel of Peter, after Jesus was resurrected, He grew so massive that His head reached Heaven, and His cross began to speak and preach. There's a reason it's apocryphal.
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Japan has its own Bermuda Triangle. The Devil's Sea (Or Triangle) is located South of Japan at the Izu Islands, but there have been reports of paranormal activity as far as Palau.
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It is well known that Vatican City is ruled by the Pope, but it also has its own unelected Parliament composed of Cardinals, who are appointed by the Pope. The Cardinals do have a vote, but whatever they vote can be overruled by the King. Yes, you read that right. The King of Vatican City? What?

When Mussolini granted independence to the Vatican in 1929, he really granted it to the Holy See. The King is whoever sits on the Holy See. Using a metaphor to explain, if the company is Catholic Church Inc, then the position of CEO is the Holy See, and the CEO themselves is, by defintion, the King of Vatican City.

However, since the Pope is the head of the Catholic Church, he is also the King, and holds 2/3rds of the vote, so really the Vatican City is an absolute monarchy that is also a theocracy that also has a fully unelected Parliament.

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After the Civil War, former Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens became both a representative from and the governor of Georgia.
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President Herbert Hoover invented his own game, known as Hooverball. It was essentially a cross between dodgeball, volleyball, and tennis.
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In the famous painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” a young James Monroe is seen holding the flag behind Washington.
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The Hollywood sign in Los Angeles once said "Hollywoodland" but it was changed in 1949
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Iceland is the only country without mosquitos
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The planet Saturn has a huge hexagonal storm at its north pole.
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There is a variant of chess played on a hexagonal board, rather than a square one. Here's a video explaining how it's played
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There are three bishops and nine pawns.
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That's just the tip of the iceberg.
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The 38th Attorney General of the United States, Augustus Hill Garland, was formerly a Confederate senator from Arkansas.
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There is a city near Fairbanks, AK, named North Pole (pop. 2243), which has many christmas-themed streets, a christmas-themed flag, the world's largest fiberglass statue of santa that is outside, and they had a city council member named santa claus who even ran for president in 2012, recieving 600 votes in maryland
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Until 1974, the Vice President was given no official residence.
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According to the Constitution of Nepal, a woman must hold either the presidency or the vice presidency (or both) at any given time.
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Worth pointing out that the Presidency is a ceremonial position.
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In 1869, Wyoming was the first US State/Territory to allow women to vote, 21 years before it joined the union and 24 years before New Zealand was the first country to allow women to vote.
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New Jersey let women vote in 1776, but repealed this in 1807.
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los angeles county has more cities with more than 1000 population than the entire state of hawaii (127 vs 137)
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The county also has about seven times the population.
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completely forgot that factor lol, then i guess it should rather be: Hawaii has almost as much cities with more than 1000 population than Los Angeles County, despite only having a seventh of its population (127 vs 137)
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In California, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Washington, you can get married at any age, assuming you have judicial and parental approval. In Oklahoma it only requires judicial consent.
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Fact #326 is no longer correct, by the way; Massachusetts instituted a total ban on underage marriages in 2022.
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Sudan and Afghanistan have no marriage age or age of consent; rather, you are considered to be suitable for such when you hit puberty, in accordance with Islamic law (which is usually around 11 years old).
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In New Hampshire it's legal to get it on with your biological cousin, but you can't marry your adopted cousin (or biological cousin, to be clear).
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Here’s a random one I found today. John Hinckley Jr. tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981. He was trying to impress actress Jodie Foster (obviously his logic was delusional). He was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Anyway, over 30 years in an institution, Hinckley apparently had time to brush up on his guitar playing skills. Under a pseudonym he found little success, but when he was permitted to, he started a YouTube channel and Spotify profile and has published performances of cover songs and a few of his own songs. As of 2023, one of his songs has over 100,000 listens on Spotify. Any live performances he tries to book are soon cancelled when venues get death threats for trying to host a musical performance by someone who shot a president. The guitar is OK-ish, but Hinckley is an awful singer and the music is really bad.
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Pope Francis has released a "rock" album.
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That's crazy