Fun Facts about the World

Weird and wonderful facts about the field of science devoted to the study of the lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena of the Earth and planets.

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There are no countries in the world that begin with the letter W

And before you start saying what about Wales? Wales is a constituent country of the United Kingdom and is not recognised as a sovereign state! Out of the 195 sovereign states in the world recognised by the United Nations, there are no countries that begin with the letter W. What about Wales? Wales is politically …

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Famadihana

Every seven years the Malagasy people dig up their dead relatives

Every seven years a the Malagasy people dig up their dead relatives and parade their decaying bodies around the streets. Famadihana is a funeral tradition of the Malagasy tribe of Madagascar. They believe that one does not complete their journey to the afterlife until their body is completely decomposed. So until then every few years …

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a statue of Genghis Khan in Mongolia

In Mongolia Genghis Khan is a national hero

He may have been responsible for the deaths of around 40 million people but in Mongolia Genghis Khan is a national treasure with rock star status. He is considered the greatest hero in Mongolian history and most Mongolians worship him. There are statues of him in every town and many places, buildings and businesses named …

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