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    Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined.
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    There are more than 150 million sheep in Australia, and only some 20 million people.
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    In France, there's a place called Y.
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    China is the source of 70% of the worlds pirated goods.
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    The University of Alaska stretches over 4 time zones.
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    In 1964, in Holland's embassy in Moscow, two Siamese cats kept meowing and clawing at the walls of the building. Their owners finally investigated, thinking they would find mice. Instead, they discovered microphones hidden by Russian spies.
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    Oktoberfest started off as a wedding reception for a Prince in Bavaria in 1810, and the newlyweds enjoyed it so much, they suggested making it an annual event.
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    When the current King of Thailand was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the hospital room in which he was born was declared Thai territory for the duration of the birth so that he could be born on 'Thai soil'.
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    The town of Villa Las Estrellas in Antarctica is the most remote town on Earth, and there's only three computers with internet access!
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    Most streets in Japan do not have names.
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    American school children rank 25th in math and 21st in science out of the top 30 developed countries, but ranked 1st in confidence that they outperformed everyone else.
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    In Mexico, artists can pay their taxes using artwork that they create.
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    Norway has a penguin as Colonel in Chief of their royal guard.
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    In North Korea, you are forced to choose one of 28 government-approved haircuts.
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    Japan has a network of roads that play music as you drive over them at the correct speed.
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    In Finland, you are given a top hat and a sword when you get a PhD diploma.
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    Rio de Janeiro was once capital of Portugal, making it the only European capital outside of Europe.
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    In Japan, it is tradition for husbands to get a monthly allowance from their wives.
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    In Cuba, hitchhiking is encouraged and government vehicles are legally required to pick up hitchhikers.
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    North Korea holds elections every 5 years - and there's only 1 name on the ballot.
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    North Korea uses a fax machine to send threats to South Korea.
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    On October 28, 2013, wind power provided 100% of Denmark's power. At 2:00am, it was producing 122% of the country's energy needs.
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    Taiwan is the first country in the world to offer free Wi-Fi connectivity to its citizens and all its foreign tourists.
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    In Tunisia, you can book an overnight stay in Luke Skywalker’s boyhood home for only $10.
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    The United Arab Emirates donated a laptop to every high school student in Joplin, Missouri, after the city had been devastated by a tornado.
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    A 2012 study in eastern Germany was unable to find a single person under the age of 28 who believed in God.
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    According to a 2011 poll, 32% of Russians believe that the Sun orbits Earth.
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    There is a town in Norway called Hell, and it freezes over almost every winter.
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    More books are written, published and sold per person per year in Iceland than anywhere else on the planet. One in ten Icelanders will become a published author in their lifetime.
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    Most Japanese schools don't have janitors. Instead, children do the daily cleaning as part of Buddhist traditions that associate cleaning with morality.
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    In Iceland, 100% of domestically produced electricity comes from renewable energy.
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    There is a city in New Mexico called Truth or Consequences.
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    Roughly 90% of the world's population live in the northern hemisphere.
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    The flag of the Philippines is flown with the red stripe up in times of war and blue stripe up in times of peace.
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    License plates in the Canadian Northwest Territories are shaped like polar bears.
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    Iceland has no army and is also recognized as the world’s most peaceful country.
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    In the U.S. the typical school year is 180 days long. In China, the typical school year is 251 days.
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    Singapore has the world’s highest percentage of millionaires, with one out of every six households having at least $1,000,000 US dollars in disposable wealth.
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    Seven U.S. states are named after sovereigns - four kings and three queens.
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    There are six times as many people of Irish descent living in America than in Ireland.
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    Japan has the most vending machines in the world (5.52 million) which is more than the population of New Zealand.
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    In China, teachers allow children to sleep in class for around 20 minutes to help improve their learning.
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    Water, electricity, and gas has been free in Turkmenistan since 1991.
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    There's a small town called Dinosaur, Colorado (USA). Some of its street names include Brontosaurus Blvd, Brontosaurus Bypass, Stegosaurus Freeway, and Tyrannosaurus Trail.
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    Mackinac Island, Michigan, has banned cars since 1898!

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