Tag Archives: World Facts

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 – 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.

Random Fact of the Day – Czech Republic

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The Czech Republic is a castle wonderland. The city of Prague has the largest castle area in the world. It’s a breathtaking complex of gorgeous architecture, much of it gothic and baroque. Prague is known as one of Europe’s crown jewels and was the inspiration of many Disney fairy tale lands/castles.