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Issue #36 – Fun Facts from Around the World

Ancient Greece started the Olympic Games from 776 BC through 394 AD in the city of Olmpia. Olympics resumed in modern time times 1503 years later.

Asia is the largest continent followed by Africa.

Passover is a Jewish holiday that celebrates liberation of Israelites from Egyptian slavery and is celebrated for lasting seven or eight days from the 15th day of Nisan.

About 90% of the world fresh water is in Antarctica.

Sumerian is a dead language that was spoken in ancient Mesopotamia (southern part of Iraq) from 4th millennium BC until about 2000 BC which was replaced with Akkadian, that is also a dead language now.

Pancit is a Filipino noodle dish with meat and cabbage that is traditionally made for a loved one’s birthday.

The Eifel Tower in Paris, France was built for the 1889 world fair and was only supposed to be up 20 years but is still there to this day.

The Great Wall of China is 5500 miles long and about 2300 years old.

Bangkok is the largest city in Thailand and hold 1/10th of the population of the country.

Selling more than 5.9 million cars in 2011, Germany is one of the largest car producers.

The city of Alexandria, Egypt was founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC.

Johann Sebastian Bach was a famous German composer and musician that made music in the Baroque period(1600 to 1750 AD.

70% of cocoa (the main ingredient in chocolate) is from west Africa.

The traditional boomerang was made in eastern and southern Australia by the Aboriginal people.

The Italian sports car brand Ferrari was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929.

Australia is wider than the widest part of the moon.

Mount Everest is the tallest mountain at 20029 feet above seas level.

The only continent that covers four hemispheres is Africa.

Vatican City is the smallest country in the world and is located inside of Italy.

Different rocks had been used for carving the Easter Island heads(known as Moai). Out of 887 known Moai, 834 were carved out from compressed volcanic ash known as tuff.

Art: Nathan Moench

Writers: Nathan Moench, Austin Green and Jennifer Cornstuble

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