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1000 random facts

I love facts and for that reason I chose to blog as many random facts as I possibly can. I will therefore try to blog at least 10 facts a day:

#1: Pigs are can’t look up
#2: Elephants are the only mammals that can’t jump
#3:Russia is the largest country in the world, covering a land area of 17075400 square kilometers
#4: Tshwane is the third largest metropolitan in the world
#5: South Africa derives most of its income from services and not mining
#6: In English, I before E except after C
#7: Masturbation reduces the risk of prostate cancer *Finally! A legitimate excuse is available*
#8: the capital city of Brunei is Bandar Seri Begawan
#9: Huisgenoot has the largest circulation figures of any magazine in Africa *Because we trust them so!*
#10: Hong Kong was leased to the United Kingdom for a period of 99 years, commencing in 1898 and ending in 1997
#11: BlackBerry is a Canadian brand
#12: Cardea was the roman goddess of door hinges *Forgive me for forgetting about you*
#13: Raymond Ackerman worked at Checkers before starting Pick ‘n Pay
#14: The main religion of the Persian Empire, before Islam, was Zoroastrianism
#15: The founders of Google are Larry Page and Sergey Brin
#16: Adolf Hitler was born on 20 April 1889 in the Austrian town of Braunau
#17: Rhino horn is made of ceratin, which is the same substance found in fingernails and grey hair *In other words… It doesn’t make you horny… Twats*
#18: The first word in a comprehensive English dictionary is an Afrikaans word: Aardvark *So much for a dying language*
#19: Lenovo laptops used to be part of IBM
#20: Nokia started out as a paper company
#21: Although South Africa mostly uses the Roman-Dutch system of law, it uses the English system in law of evidence
#22: There are only 3 elements that are liquid at room temperature, these include: mercury, bromine and francium
#23: People who have sex more than 2 times per week are happier than other people *Guess why I’m so depro*
#24: The average blonde’s IQ is 2 points higher than the average brunette’s IQ
#25: Vatican City is the smallest independent country in the world, with a total size of only 0.44 square kilometers
#26: Only 3 African countries have never had a civil war: Mauritius, Botswana and South Africa
#27: Only 2 African countries have always been democratic since independence: Mauritius and Botswana
#28: The Johannesburg stock exchange is the 16th largest stock exchange in the world (9 May 2011)
#29: The capital city of Brazil is Brasilia * NOT RIO!!!*
#30: The largest mother-tongue in the world is Mandarin
#31: The healthiest fruit is considered to be the blueberry
#32: The commissioner of the South African Revenue Services earns double the salary of the South African state president
#33: The animal that causes the most deaths in the world is the hippopotamus
#34: There is at least 1 fatality per year, as a result of a coconut dropping on someone’s head *Your deaths don’t go unnoticed… I laugh at you guys quite a lot*
#35: Burnt food causes cancer
#36: The Northern lights are known as aurora borealis and the Southern lights are known as aurora australis
#37: Nicky Oppenheimer is currently the richest man in Africa, with an estimated wealth of $7 billion (December 2010)
#38: South Africa is the first country to fall out in the group stages of the soccer world cup, while hosting it in 2010
#39: The Beatles refused to perform at the queen’s banquet, as they did not do benefits
#40: The USSR was made up of 15 countries, including: Russia *duh*, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, The Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
#41: The largest pizza ever made was 37.4 meters in diameter and was made in Durban, South Africa
#42: The capital city of Aruba is Oranjestad
#43: A new-born kangaroo is approximately as large as a baked bean
#44: The day of the week known as Wednesday derives its name from the Norse god Odin, thus Odin’s day
#45: Human sperm is made up of the same substance as snake venom *Just more deadly*
#46: Cocoa is considered one of the greatest anti-oxidants, right up there with green tea and red wine
#47: The Blue whale is the heaviest animal that ever existed
#48: Ethiopia is the only African country that was never colonised by the West
#49: Venezuela is considered the country with the highest level of national pride in the world
#50: South Africa is considered the sixth proudest country in the world
#51: Armenia was the first country in the world to have christianity as its state religion
#52: The world’s largest manufacturing country for microchips, is Taiwan
#53: Freya, the Norse goddess of love, was the wife of Odin, the chief-god in Norse mythology
#54: First National Bank was known as Barclays Bank, before splitting up
#55: The first man in space was Yuri Gagarin
#56: The driest desert in the world is the Kalahari
#57: The capital city of Madagascar is Antananarivo
#58: Richard Branson’s business that originally started as a magazine, was called Student
#59: Graca Machel is the first African woman to have been married to 2 former African presidents: Samora Machel (Mozambique) and Nelson Mandela (South Africa)
#60: The richest man in the world is Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico, with an estimated wealth of $70 billion (10 May 2011)
#61: The closest relative of the elephant is the dassie
#62: The number 1 book on the 100 books you have to read before you die list in 2010 list was The Catcher in the Rye
#63: New York was originally called New Amsterdam
#64: Dust mites are part of the arachnid family
#65: South Africa is the only African country on the G20
#66: Coffee was originally discovered in Ethiopia
#67: The capital city of Turkey is Ankara *Not Istanbul*
#68: El Dorado is believed to be Machu Picchu
#69: St. Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint of exams and test-takers *Somebody needs more of my attention*
#70: The trading bloc between Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg is known as Benelux
#71: Eating a cup of apple seeds is lethal
#72: The first wave of feminism is known as liberal feminism
#73: The Rwandan civil war started in 1990
#74: The river Nile drains from South to North
#75: South Africa has the third largest biodiversity in the world
#76: The male platypus has venomous barbs under its front feet
#77: The capital city of Canada is Ottawa *NOT Toronto!!!*
#78: the only colour not to appear in any national flag is purple
#79: The most deadly poison to the human is plutonium
#80: There are natural antibiotics in human tears known as lysozymes
#81: The Bermuda Triangle is situated between Bermuda, Miami and Cuba
#82: The national dance of Argentina is the flamenco
#83: Flamingos are naturally white, but turn pink because of their diet
#84: The longest sentence to be spelled the same in English and have the same meaning in another language (Afrikaans) is “My hand is in warm water”
#85: Eating fruit makes semen taste sweet
#86: 25 December was originally a pagan holiday and Jesus was born in June
#87: The capital city of Australia is Canberra *NOT Sydney*
#88: Capital Gains Tax in South Africa is calculated at 25% for individuals and 50% on companies (12 May 2011)
#89: The smallest country on mainland Africa is The Gambia, at a mere size of only 11300 square km
#90: The most abundant element is hydrogen
#91: There are 28 letters in the Spanish alphabet
#92: Pluto is no longer classified as a planet
#93: South Africa’s largest trading partner in terms of both imports and exports, is China (14 May 2011)
#94: Bacchus was the Greek god of wine
#95: Iran is one of South Africa’s 5 largest trading partners in terms of imports
#96: Nutella is produced mainly in Poland
#97: The capital city of Somalia is Mogadishu
#98: Air consists of approximately 79% Nitrogen
#99: Thomas Edison founded General Electric
#100: Chris van der Merwe, JP Nathrass, Nadine Laggar, Yannick Pousson, Desre Barnard, Nolwazi Mngandi, Lusanda Futshane, Meagan Dill, Wayne Rautenbach, Dawie Coetzer, Mariska van der Bergh, Izelle Wolmarans and Yolandi Kruger are awesome
#101: Dalmatians are originally from Croatia *Somehow thought it appropriate for this fact to be here*
#102: The fruit-fly has the largest sperm cells of any living creature
#103: The founder of Dell computers is Michael Dell
#104: The world’s largest car manufacturer is Toyota (17 May 2011)
#105: The world’s second fastest land animal is the ostrich
#106: The largest company by market cap on the JSE is BHP Billiton (17 May 2011)
#107: The capital city of the United Arab Emirates is Abu Dhabi *NOT Dubai*
#108: Princess Victoria of Sweden is the only female heir to a throne in Europe
#109: President Jacob Zuma of South Africa only has a grade 4 education *i.e. he is the dumbest president in the world*
#110: The ANC have 267 seats in the South Afican upper-house of parliament out of a possible 400 (2009-2014)
#111: Gingivitis which is untreated later on progresses to pereodontitis
#112: Cape Town is the only metropolitan area in South Africa, which is not run by the ANC (2006-2016)
#113: The blue whale can weigh up to 190 metric tonnes
#114: Marie Antoinette was an Austrian *NOT FRENCH*
#115: The deepest stage of sleep is known as REM-sleep
#116: LED is short for light emitting diode
#117: The capital city of Switzerland is Bern *NOT Geneva or Zurich*
#118: The largest clientele for male prostitution is white married males
#119: The longest mountain range in the world is the Andes, which are 8000km long and through 7 South American countries
#120: The deepest place on earth is the Mariana Trench at 10924 meters deep
#121: Mount Everest is 8848 meters high
#122: The first computer in the world was called ENIAC and was made by IBM
#123: A person who studies insects, is called an entomologist
#124: The country with the highest GDP per capita in the world is Luxembourg, with $88000 (24 May 2011)
#125: South Africa has the third highest crime rate in the world
#126: Glass is made from a type of sand called silica
#127: The capital city of China is Beijing *NOT Shanghai*
#128: An elephant pregnancy lasts for 22 months
#129: It is incorrect to say “Sahara desert”, since Sahara already means desert
#130: The longest kiss last 32 hours 7 minutes and 14 seconds
#131: The country with the lowest GDP per capita in the world, is the Democratic Republic of Congo, at $300 (24 May 2011)
#132: The person who had the most sex in one day, was a woman who had sex with 919 men in one day
#133: The acidity level in the ground can determine which kind of wine can be made with the grapes
#134: The scientific study of aquatic animals, is called itchiology
#135: The largest breed of domestic cats, is the mancoon
#136: The longest word in the Afrikaans language is: Noordkaaplandsekernmoeraartappelkwekerskoöperasie
#137: The capital city of Colombia is Bogota
#138: The lighter was invented before matches
#139: The biblical city of Babylon is right next to modern day Baghdad
#140: The gregorian calendar was invented by Pope Gregory
#141: The hardest substance on earth is diamond
#142: A pencil is made from graphite *not lead*
#143: America has 50 states
#144: The South African National Anthem is sung in 4 different languages
#145: There are 14 countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC): South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Mauritius, Seychelles, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi
#146: The highest court in South Afica is the Constitutional Court (est. 1995)
#147: The capital city of Zimbabwe is Harare *NOT Bulawayo*
#148: The largest country in Africa is Sudan, with a total size of 2505813 square kilometers
#149: The dog that is considered to be the smartest, is the labradoodle
#150: Thinking about sex makes beards grow faster
#151: Within 8 hours of not smoking a cigarette, carbon monoxide levels in the blood return to non-smoker levels
#152: Legally, a cheque forms part of a group of documents, known as negotiable instruments
#153: One in two people who smoke, will die as a result of smoking
#154: being exposed to sound in excess of 85dB for more than 4min7sec causes ear damage
#155: Hounds are dogs who are known for their sense of smell
#156: A Koala sleeps 20 hours a day and eats for the other 4
#157: The capital city of Serbia is Belgrade
#158: The South African Director of Public Prosecution is Menzi Simelane (26 August 2011)
#159: If plaque is not removed within 24 hours, calculus starts to form
#160: The RDA for calcium is 1000mg
#161: The Mortal Kombat character Noob Saibot is an anagram of the creators of MK: Boon and Tobias
#162: It takes a smoker 10 years to be back to the same level of health as a non-smoker
#163: Having sex with trees is known as agriphilia
#164: The longest German word is: Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftekapitäswitwe
#165: The gestation period of a Dachshund is 57 days
#166: The chemical element francium is too unstable to keep in glass containers
#167: The capital city of China is Beijing *NOT Shanghai*
#168: Beijing is also commonly called Peking
#169: The largest FDI in the history of SA was a $5.5 billion investment of ICBC in Standard Bank (24 September 2011)
#170: The rugby world cup trophy is known as the William Webb Ellis cup.



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