1. The place with the longest name in the world has 85 letters.

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Introducing Taumatawhakatangihanga-koauauotamateaturipukakapikimaung-ahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu located in New Zealand! Its name is derived from a Maori word for a hill.


2. The most bike-friendly city in the world is in Europe.

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Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, has become a role model in encouraging residents to use bicycles, an environmentally friendly mode of transportation.


3. There are only two national flags that contain the color purple

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The flag of Nicaragua contains a rainbow in the center which includes the color purple.

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Dominica’s flag includes a sisserou parrot, a bird with purple feathers.


4. The youngest country in the world is located in North Africa.

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South Sudan is just 9 years old. The country gained its independence from Sudan in 2011.


5. New Zealanders own more pets per household than any other country

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68 percent of households in New Zealand own a pet. Such sweet pet lovers!


6. “Octothorpe” is more commonly known as the hashtag symbol.

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According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, most of the tales associate the term to telephone workers in the 1960s who claim the “octo-” part refers to the eight points on the symbol. However, the “thorpe” remains a mystery. One story tells of a telephone company employee who happened to burp while talking about the symbol with co-workers. Another tale relates it to the athlete Jim Thorpe, while others claim it derives from an Old English word for “village.”


7. Scotland’s national animal is the unicorn.

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The mythical creature was chosen by Scotland given its association with dominance and chivalry as well as purity and innocence in Celtic mythology.


8. The brand name M&M was derived from Mars and Murrie.

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Your favorite chocolate was a product of the team up between Forrest Mars, son of the Mars Company founder, and Bruce Murrie, son of Hershey Chocolate’s president. Forrest Mars took inspiration from Smarties, a British confection, of producing chocolates coated with candy shell to prevent it from melting. His partnership with Bruce Murrie then resulted to the world-renowned trademark, “Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hand”.


9. ‘Mickey” is the unit of measurement for the speed and movement direction of a computer mouse.

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According to webopedia.com, the speed of the mouse is the ratio between how many pixels the cursor moves on the screen and how many centimeters you move the mouse on the mouse pad. The directional movement is called the horizontal mickey count and the vertical mickey count. One mickey is approximately 1/200th of an inch.


10. You can earn a degree in wine at Cornell University.

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Wine aficionados may very well consider taking up a degree in “Viticulture and Enology”, also known as the cultivation of grapes and the science of winemaking.


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