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January 9, 2014   |   World FactID: 634
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There are more Chinese in China under age 14 than there are Americans in the US.

China started its one child per family policy in 1979 and just recently relaxed this rule.


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August 1, 2008   |   World FactID: 405
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70% of the world's chocolate is produced in West Africa (Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon).

There are over 100,000 children working in dangerous conditions in Ivory Coast alone, the source of 40% of the world's cocoa, according to a US State Department report in 2003. Hazards include harmful pesticides and risk of injury from machetes. In response, there has been talk of a "no child slavery" label requirement for all chocolate manufacturers.


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July 27, 2008   |   World FactID: 400
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6 miles off the coast of UK, you can find the only man-made country in the world -- Sealand!

Sealand was built during World War II as British outpost to defend the mainland. After being abandoned by the British, a family took possession of it in 1969 and filed all the paperwork to make this outpost a sovereign country. Sealand now has its own flag, currency, passports, and ruling Prince and Princess!


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August 19, 2007   |   World FactID: 600
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Indian Railways, which is the state-owned railway company of India, is the world's largest employer.

Indian Railways transports over 6 billion passengers each year and has over 1.6 million employees! Everyday, it runs over 14,000 trains!


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July 27, 2007   |   World FactID: 390
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Magnetic North is actually a thousand miles away from the North Pole ("True North"). The North Pole is technically is located at 90° N (& any longitude), but magnetic north is currently at 73° N, 100° W -- halfway between the US border and Alaska!

The actual discrepancy between True North and the North you read from a compass is called "magnetic declination" and changes depending on where you are.


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May 11, 2006   |   World FactID: 556
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Based on population, Chinese Mandarin is the most commonly spoken language in the world. Spanish follows in second place, English is third, and Bengali is fourth.


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January 23, 2006   |   World FactID: 524
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The five permanent members of the UN Security Council, have a primary responsibility, under the Security Council Charter, for the maintenance of international peace and security.

However, these five permanent members of the UN Security Council - France, Russia, China, the UK, and the USA - together account for 88 per cent of the world's conventional arms exports.


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January 3, 2006   |   World FactID: 516
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Mohammed is now one of the 20 most popular names for boys born in England and Wales.

The most popular names for boys and girls -- Jack and Emily.


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November 16, 2005   |   World FactID: 481
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The city of Istanbul, Turkey, one of the largest cities in Europe, is on two different continents -- Europe and Asia.


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October 25, 2005   |   World FactID: 465
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The term "XXX" comes from Amsterdam (see Amsterdam's flag or coat of arms). You can find these X's all over the city - on buildings and streetposts.

In 1947, Queen Wilhelmina officially decreed that they represented three moral virtues: Compassion, Resolution, and Heroism.


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October 10, 2005   |   World FactID: 455
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Pakistan has more people than Russia.

According to the CIA World Factbook, Pakistan has a population of 162,419,946, while Russia's population is only 143,420,309


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October 8, 2005   |   World FactID: 452
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The subway in London, more commonly known as the Underground or "tube" in London, has 970,000,000 passengers each year. That is over 3 times the population of the entire US.

Each train on the tube travels the distance from London to Syndey, Australia seven times a year.


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September 19, 2005   |   World FactID: 440
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Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates have pledged $100 million each to help with Hurricane Katrina relief.

See the full list at foreignpolicy.com!


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June 28, 2005   |   World FactID: 372
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All about China:
  • China has an economy growing at a rate 3 times faster than the US
  • China holds 1/5 of the world's population
  • China has a 100 cities with population greater than 1 million, compared to 9 cities in the US
  • China consumes 33% of the world's iron ore and 40% of the concrete
  • Largest manufacturer of the world's textiles, toys, consumer electronics, appliance goods



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June 4, 2005   |   World FactID: 31
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Tokyo is the largest city in the world.

Mumbai, India is the 2nd largest city in the world - 23 million residents (larger than all of Australia).


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May 28, 2005   |   World FactID: 352
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At least 9 out 10 Nigerians attend church regularly.

Only 4 out of 10 Americans claim to do so.


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April 7, 2005   |   World FactID: 295
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The world has aproximately 356,000 km of coastline, and an estimated population of 6,426,482,137.

This means that beachfront property is so expensive because there is only 5.54 centimeters of coastline per person in the world.


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February 17, 2005   |   World FactID: 246
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By 2010, India will become home to the largest population of English speakers in the world.

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January 28, 2005   |   World FactID: 225
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In 1661, Bombay (then 7 islands) was given by the Portuguese to King Charles II of England as dowry for his marriage with Catherine de Braganza.

It was then leased to the British East India Company in 1668 for 10 British Pounds a year!

Today, Bombay (Mumbai) is the financial capital of India.


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January 25, 2005   |   World FactID: 219
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Thimphu is the world's only capital city with no traffic lights.

Located in Bhutan, also the only non-smoking nation since Dec 17.


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January 8, 2005   |   World FactID: 190
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On December 31, 2004, the Taipei 101 became the world's tallest building at 508 meters tall (1,600+ ft.) and 101 floors. The previous record holder, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, is only 452 meters and the World Trade Center towers were 415 meters. The Taipei 101 has the world's fastest elevators with speeds of almost 40mph.

A 900 ton tuned mass damper is suspended from the 90th floor down to the 87th floor (pic). When the building sways (in the breeze or in an earthquake), the ball naturally sways the opposite way because of inertia and serves to dampen the vibration.


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December 12, 2004   |   World FactID: 151
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In Canada, "Hogtown" means Toronto and "Cowtown" means Calgary.


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December 2, 2004   |   World FactID: 141
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Brazil shares common boundaries with every other South American country except Chile and Ecuador.


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November 8, 2004   |   World FactID: 128
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When the BBC English-teaching series Follow Me was broadcast in China, it drew audiences of up to 100 million people. The presenter of the program, Kathy Flower, an unknown in England, is said to be the most familiar British face in China after the queen.


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October 8, 2004   |   World FactID: 115
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In America, for every 1,000 vehicles, there are 944 drivers. In Japan, its 502.

In China, it is 8.


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September 18, 2004   |   World FactID: 106
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Germany, France, and England pay more than 70% gas tax.

Americans pay only 23% gas tax.


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September 15, 2004   |   World FactID: 103
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Venezuela and Indonesia are member countries of OPEC.


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August 26, 2004   |   World FactID: 91
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British students spend nearly £1 billion every year on beer.

This is 3 times as much as they spend on books.


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August 12, 2004   |   World FactID: 82
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Sudan is the largest country in Africa.


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July 9, 2004   |   World FactID: 64
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Indians are the largest non-white ethnic group in England.


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May 30, 2004   |   World FactID: 47
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Japan is the world's 3rd largest economy.


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May 12, 2004   |   World FactID: 39
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Russia is the worlds 2nd largest oil exporter, after Saudia Arabia. Russia produces about 4 million barrels/day.


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April 27, 2004   |   World FactID: 25
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The US has about 5% of the worlds population. (293M/6.362B)

The US controls 53% of the worlds wealth.

The US accounts for about 45% of the worlds gasoline consumption.

The US produces 25% of the worlds emissions.




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April 22, 2004   |   World FactID: 20
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The Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal is farther east than the Atlantic entrance.


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