A World of Curiosities: Surprising, Interesting, and Downright Unbelievable Facts from Every Nation on t he Planet

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Penguin, Apr 24, 2012 - Reference - 320 pages
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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: everything you never knew you never knew about every country on Earth.A scientist by training and an explorer by passion, Dr. John Oldale has logged half a million miles visiting more than ninety nations. Now, he celebrates our weird and wonderful world in a cornucopia of fascinating facts brought vividly to life through the unexpected stories behind them. Touching on history, travel, politics, natural history and more, he paints a unique portrait of each country from the mightiest to the most miniscule. You won't find the following in your average travel guide:

ˇ        Why is kissing on trains banned in France?

ˇ        In what country are litigants expected to present their case at court in the form of a poem?

ˇ        Which war did women win in 1929 just by sitting down?

ˇ        If Panama hats aren’t from Panama, where are they from?

ˇ        Who eat fresh camel dung as a cure for dysentery (and why does it work)?

ˇ        Why were US disk jockeys once told they could play birthday requests on any day except the one requested?

ˇ        Which modern dictator banned old age, libraries and gold teeth, and was later replaced by his dentist?

ˇ         And 2,000 more funny, trivial, poignant, and telling facts

  A must for active and armchair globe-trotters alike, A World of Curiosities will engross anyone who is at all curious about the world beyond their door. Explore and enjoy.

 

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Contents

LESOTHO
LIBERIA
LIBYA
LIECHTENSTEIN
LITHUANIA LIETUVA
LUXEMBOURG LËTZEBUERG
MACEDONIA
MADAGASCAR MADAGASIKARA

ANGOLA
ANTARCTICA
ARGENTINA
ARMENIA
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA ÖSTERREICH
AZERBAIJAN AZRBAYCAN
BAHAMAS
BAHRAIN
BANGLADESH
BARBADOS
BELARUS
BELGIUM BELGIË BELGIQUE
BELIZE
BENIN BÉNIN
BHUTAN
BOLIVIA BULIVYA WULIWYA
BOSNIA BOSNA
BOTSWANA
BRAZIL BRASIL
BRUNEI
BULGARIA
BURKINA FASO
BURMA
BURUNDI
CAMBODIA
CAMEROON CAMEROUN
CANADA
CAPE VERDE CABO VERDE
CARIBBEAN ISLANDSLESSER ANTILLES
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC KÖDÖRÖSĘSE TÎ BĘAFRÎKA
CHAD TCHAD
CHILE
CHINA
HONG KONG MACAU
COLOMBIA
COMOROS KOMORI
CONGOBRAZZAVILLE
CONGOKINSHASA
COSTA RICA
CÔTE DIVOIRE
CROATIA HRVATSKA
CUBA
CYPRUS KIBRIS
CZECH REPUBLIC1 ČESKO
DENMARK DANMARK
DJIBOUTI
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REPÚBLICA DOMINICANA
ECUADOR
EGYPT
EL SALVADOR
EQUATORIAL GUINEA GUINEA ECUATORIAL
ERITREA
ESTONIA EESTI
ETHIOPIA
FAROE ISLANDS FŘROYAR
FIJI MATANITU KO VITI
FINLAND SUOMI
FRANCE
FRENCH DEPENDENCIES LA FRANCE DOUTREMER
GABON
GAMBIA
GEORGIA
GERMANY DEUTSCHLAND
GHANA
GREECE
GREENLAND KALAALLIT NUNAAT
GUATEMALA
GUINEA GUINÉE
GUINEABISSAU GUINÉBISSAU
GUYANA
HAITI AYITI HAĎTI
HONDURAS
HUNGARY MAGYARORSZÁG
ICELAND ÍSLAND
INDIA
INDONESIA
IRAN
IRAQ
IRELAND ÉIRE
ISRAEL
ITALY ITALIA
JAMAICA
JAPAN
JORDAN
KAZAKHSTAN
KENYA
KOREA NORTH
KOREA SOUTH
KOSOVO KOSOVA
KUWAIT
KYRGYZSTAN
LAOS
LATVIA LATVIJA
LEBANON
MALAWI
MALAYSIA
MALDIVES
MALI
MALTA
MAURITANIA
MAURITIUS
MEXICO MÉXICO
MOLDOVA
MONACO MÚNEGU
MONGOLIA 1
MONTENEGRO CRNA GORA
MOROCCO
MOZAMBIQUE MOÇAMBIQUE
NAMIBIA
NEPAL
NETHERLANDS NEDERLAND
NEW ZEALAND AOTEAROA
NICARAGUA
NIGER
NIGERIA
NORWAY NORGE
OMAN
PACIFIC ISLANDS
PAKISTAN
PANAMA PANAMÁ
PAPUA NEW GUINEA PAPUA NUIGINI
PARAGUAY
PERU PERÚ
PHILIPPINES PILIPINAS
POLAND POLSKA
PORTUGAL
QATAR
ROMANIA ROMÂNIA
RUSSIA
RWANDA
SAN MARINO
SĂO TOMÉ PRINCIPE
SAUDI ARABIA
SENEGAL SÉNÉGAL
SERBIA CPJA
SEYCHELLES
SIERRA LEONE
SINGAPORE
SLOVAKIA SLOVENSKO
SLOVENIA SLOVENIJA
SOMALIA SOOMAALIYA
SOUTH AFRICA
SOUTH SUDAN
SPAIN ESPAŃA
SRI LANKA
SUDAN
SURINAME
SWAZILAND
SWEDEN SVERIGE
SWITZERLAND SCHWEIZ SUISSE SVIZZERA
SYRIA
TAIWAN ROC
TAJIKISTAN TOCTOH
TANZANIA
THAILAND
TIMORLESTE TIMÓR LORO SAE
TOGO
TRINIDAD TOBAGO
TUNISIA
TURKEY TüRKIYE
TURKMENISTAN TÜRKMENISTAN
UGANDA
UKRAINE YKPAĎHA
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UNITED KINGDOM
UNITED KINGDOM DEPENDENCIES
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
UNITED STATES DEPENDENCIES
URUGUAY
UZBEKISTAN OZBEKISTON
VATICAN HOLY SEE VATICANUSET SANCTA SEDES
VENEZUELA
VIETNAM VIỆT NAM
WEST BANK1 GAZA STRIP2
YEMEN
ZAMBIA
ZIMBABWE
LOCATOR MAPS
AFRICA
AMERICAS
ASIAWEST CENTRAL
ASIAEAST SOUTH
EUROPE
OCEANIA ANTARCTICA
GLOBAL SIGNIFICANCE RANKINGS
SOURCES FURTHER READING
IMAGE CREDITS
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John Oldale speaks five languages, has outrun knife-wielding brigands (twice), and has been rescued from a sub-Antarctic beach. He lives with his family in a former village pub in Hampshire, England.

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