Category Archives: Random Fact of the Day

Random Fact of the Day – Brunei

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Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Wad’daulah, the 29th Sultan of Brunei is one of Forbes richest men in the world with a net worth of USD 20 Billion. He owns five thousand cars, including around 20 Lamborghinis, 160 Porsches, 130 Rolls Royces, 360 Ferraris, 170 Jaguars, 180 BMWs, 360 Bentleys, and 530 Mercedes-Benzes. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah belongs to the same family that has ruled Brunei for over six hundred years. Despite the fact that Brunei is classified as a developing country, Bruneians get free education and health care, subsidized food and housing, and they do not pay personal income taxes.

Random Fact of the Day – Papua New Guinea

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The Dani tribe of Papua New Guinea practices something called “ritual warfare.” Every so often the tribe meets on a field and they do a mock battle (but not really), they throw spears at each other. If someone happens to get hit, it just happens. They are appeasing the ghost of their ancestors. Most of the warfare observed among the Dani does not occur under “raid or starve” conditions, but is instead a kind of ritual warfare. They rationalize warfare in terms of their religious mythology, “to appease the spirits of the ghosts.” Some blood must be spilled on the ground in times of prolonged peace, so the ghost ancestors do not get restless and cause misfortunes or curse the tribe. A way that outsiders tend to look at it is they are keeping their warrior skills sharp, should a serious battle break out. Yes, sometimes people are seriously injured, sometimes they die, and sometimes they just get a scratch. The point is the ritual aspect of it.

Random Fact of the Day – Russia

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In case you did not know, Russia is huge! Not only is it the biggest country in the world, but it is even bigger than Pluto! (Russia is 17 million Sq Km, and Pluto is 16.6 Million Sq Km.) 77% of Russia lies in Siberia. Siberia almost stretches to Japan, yet this huge area is very sparsely populated. Most of the 145 Million people live on the European continent of Russia, not the the Asian-Siberian one. Siberia is mostly dense forests and tundras.

Random Fact of the Day – Spain

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The Sagrada Família, is a minor basilica (Roman Catholic Church), located in Barcelona, Spain. This Church has a Unique Architecture mixed with Gothic and Art Nouveau styles, which was designed by Spanish Architect, Antoni Gaudi. I wonder if this is where we get the term “gaudy” from, which means “extravagantly bright or showy, typically so as to be tasteless.” However the Church may be ostentatious, but it is very beautiful, regardless if it is still not complete. That is right. This Church has been under construction for over 130 years. Construction began in 1882, and it is not expected to be completed until at least 2026. Definitely on my bucket list!

Random Fact of the Day – Bolivia

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The largest deposit of salt on the planet is found in Bolivia. The Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni salt beds or salt flats) contain over 64 million tons of salt! The Salar contains large amounts of sodium, potassium, lithium and magnesium, as well as borax. Lithium is a vital component of many electric batteries. Bolivia holds about 43% of the world’s lithium reserves. When it rains a thin layer of water lies on top of the salts and it is a sight, as the sky is reflected in the water for as far as the eye can see sometimes. This gives the illusion of being surrounded all over (as in under foot) by skies.