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» Lithuania has the highest suicide rate in the world.

» The country code for Russia is "007".

» To buy a McDonald's extra value meal in Russia it would cost the average Russian worker 1 months pay.

» Russians generally answer the phone by saying, "I'm listening".

» The U.S. bought Alaska for 2 cents an acre from Russia.

» 1 in 5 of the world's doctors are Russian.

» Antarctica is the only continent that does not have land areas below sea level.

» The people of Israel consume more turkeys per capita than any other country.

» The daily commuter trains arriving and departing from Bombay, India are designed to carry 1,700 passengers but are regularly packed with over 7,000 passengers.

» Nepal is the only country that has a non-rectangular flag. It is also asymmetrical.

» The official name for the city of Bangkok, Thailand is "Krung thep mahanakhon bovorn ratanakosin mahintharayutthaya mahadilok pop noparatratchathani burirom udomratchanivetma hasathan amornpiman avatarnsa thit sakkathattiyavisnukarmprasit" or just "Krung thep" for short meaning "City of Angels."

» 1,800 cigarettes are smoked per person each year in China.

» Respiratory Disease is China's leading cause of death.

» In Chinese, the Kentucky Fried Chicken slogan "finger-lickin' good" came out as "eat your fingers off."

» There are more than 40,000 characters in the Chinese script.

» More people speak English in China than the United States.

» There is a tea in China called "white tea" it is simply boiled water.

» The Chinese built a battery that lasted 400 years.

» The Chinese Lettered Goldfish has Chinese characters on it; it has been achieved though many years of cross breeding.

» The toothbrush was invented in China in 1498.

» If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction

» Mongolia is the largest landlocked country.

» Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, with a population of 1000 and a size 108.7 acres.

» In Japan, watermelons are squared. It's easier to stack them that way.

» 98% of Japanese are cremated.

» Out of the 23,000 Japanese soldiers that died on the Guadal-canal, only 10% died from bullets. The majority died from fever, malaria, and hunger.

» The number "four" is considered unlucky in Japan because it is pronounced the same as "death".

» The average Japanese household watches more than 10 hours of television a day.

» There's a place in Japan called "O."

» The Philippines has about 7,100 islands, of which only about 460 are more than 1 square mile (2.6 sq km) in area. Eleven islands have an area of more than 1,000 square miles (2590 sq km) each and contain the bulk of the population.

» Yo-yos were used as weapons by warriors in the Philippines in the 16th century.

» Australian soldiers used the song "We're Off to See the Wizard" as a marching song in WWII.

» Australia is the only country to have monotremes. A monotreme is a mammal that lays eggs but suckles its young on milk once they have hatched (e.g. the platypus).

» The Australian $5 to $100 notes are made of plastic.

» The Nullarbor Plain of Australia covers 100,000 square miles (160,900 km) without a tree.

» The Salvation Army in Australia made the worlds first full length feature movie in 1900.

» Tasmania, Australia has the cleanest air in the inhabited world.

» The longest place name still in use, which is 85 letters long, is "Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipuka- kapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu" which is a name of a hill in New Zealand.

» According to the U.S. Naval Observatory, the first populated land where the sun will rise in the new millennium, and at the beginning of any other year, is at Kahuitara Point (44 16' S 176 9' W) on Pitt Island in the Chatham Islands, a dependency of New Zealand.

» Greenland is the largest island in the world.

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