World's Weirdest Facts Series

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There is a town in Ontario, Canada name Swastika and despite pressure from the government to change the name residents fight to keep it.


Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world located on two continents

Cinderella is known as Rashin Coatie in Scotland, Zezolla in Italy, and Yeh-hsien in China

The Great Pyramids used to be as white as snow because they were encased in a bright limestone that has worn off over the years

A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana



There are six million parts in the Boeing 747-400.

There is a restaurant in Stockholm that only offers all-garlic products. They even have a garlic cheesecake

Superman The Escape rollercoaster, located in California at Six Flags Magic Mountain, goes from 0 to 100 miles per hour in only 7 seconds

The deepest mine in the world is the East Rand mine, which goes to a depth of about 3,585 metres

Native Indians have been known to paint their doors blue, which they believe keeps the bad spirits out

The Ancient Greek women made a type of cheek blush by painting their cheeks with herbal pastes which was made out of crushed berries and seeds

The only South East Asian country that has never been colonized by a Western Power is Thailand

Toronto was the first city in the world with a computerized traffic signal system

During the First World War, cigarettes were handed out to soldiers along with their rations

The USA bought Alaska from Russia for 2 cents an acre



In Belgium, there is a museum just for strawberries

The concept of Boxing Day, which is on December 26th, was to give boxes of food and clothing to the poor. It is now viewed in some countries as a time to get merchandise from stores at reduced prices

In Greece, the climate is so warm that many of the cinemas do not even have roofs

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments

There is a dog museum in St. Louis, Missouri

In Spain, it is common to pour chocolate milk or cafe au lait on cereal for breakfast

Niagara Falls actually stopped flowing back in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was blocking the Niagara River

The highest bridge in the world is located in the Himalyan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army, in 1982, and is about 5,600 metres above sea level

In 1893, the first mosque in the United States was built

Thomas Edison designed a helicopter that would work with gunpowder. It ended up blowing up and also blew up his factory.

In Ivrea, Italy, thousands of citizens celebrate the beginning of Lent by throwing oranges at one another

In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose

The thickness of the Arctic ice sheet is on average 10 feet. There are some areas that are thick as 65 feet

In Belgium, 172,000 tons of chocolate are produced in a year

The word Spain means "the land of rabbits."

The Dutch people are known to be the tallest people in Europe

Ironically, when doctors in Los Angeles, California went on strike in 1976, the daily number of deaths in the city dropped 18%



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