66 Amazing India Facts
1. "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" was the firstâ€”and maybe the lastâ€”movie production to have an insurance policy taken out on 1,000 rats.
2. There are more Internet users in India than there are people living the United States.
3. A modern Indian bride dumped her groom when she asked him to add 15 and 6â€”and he answered 17.
4. Breathing the air in Mumbai, India for one day is the equivalent of smoking 2.5 packs of cigarettes.
5. There is a place called 'cumbum' in India.
6. Snake charming is illegal in India.
7. In 2015, KFC India topped a chicken breast with marinara sauce, pepperoni, cheese, peppers, and pineapple and called it the KFC Chizza.
8. In India, there is an organization called "The Love Commandos" that protects young couples who fall in love across different castes.
9. Kissing was developed in India 3,000 years ago and was later popularized by Romans.
10. The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 killed over 216,000 people in 14 countries.
11. The Indian word for turkey means ‘Peruvian bird’.
12. The Taj Mahal took 20 years and 20 thousand men to finish!
13. In India, it is not uncommon to consume marijuana in milkshake form.
14. The world’s tallest statue, currently being built in India, is of a deputy prime minister.
15. The number of births that occur in India each year is higher than the entire population of Australia.
16. Police in India get paid for having moustaches.
17. Ancient Indians believed that doing handstands would cure baldness.
18. Technically, only three U.S. states have a ban on exposed female breasts in publicâ€”Indiana, Utah, and Tennessee.
19. Manhattan Island of New York City was purchased for $24 from the Algonquian Indians in 1624.
20. It took 20,000 men 22 years to build the Taj Mahal.
21. In India, over 2,000 people have been killed after being accused of witchcraft between the years 2000 and 2012.
22. The Gulabi Gang (meaning pink gang) is a gang of women in India that go after abusive husbands and fight to stop child marriages.
23. Some American Indians did not eat Turkey meat because they believed killing such a timid bird showed laziness
24. The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because engineers failed to account for the weight of all the books.
25. There are 1,411 tigers left in India.
26. India has a Bill of Rights for cows.
27. India used to be the richest country in the world until the British invasion in the early 17th Century.
28. 23,000 people in India and Burma speak a language called "Anal."
29. A third of adults in India play chess at least once a week.
30. Karate actually originated in India, but was developed further in China.
31. A 47 year old Indian man started planting trees when he was 16 and now lives in his own jungle with tigers, elephants and other wild animals
32. The term 'Hoosier,' typically used to refer to a native of the state of Indiana, is considered an insult in some regions of the USA.
33. In India, pickled ginger, minced mutton, and a cottage cheese like substance are popular pizza toppings.
34. People in India panning for gold in sewers make four times the average wage.
35. The water-flow of the Ganges is a state secret in India.
36. There are 1 billion cattle in the world â€” 200,000,000 of those cattle are in India, where the slaughter of cows is largely illegal.
37. The world’s first nudist colony, founded in India in 1891, was called the Fellowship of the Naked Trust.
38. India contains as many people as the entire Western Hemisphere.
39. Contrary to popular belief, there are almost no Buddhists in India, nor have there been for about a thousand years.
40. 'Canada' is an Indian word meaning 'Big Village'.
41. According to the India Book of Records, the longest garland made of cattle dung was 11⁄4 miles long.
42. 16 years after the trail of tears ended, the Choctaw Indians donated 170 dollars to relief for The Irish Potato Famine.
43. India’s Mars probe cost less than the movie Gravity.
44. Tom Selleck was nearly cast as Indiana Jones, but had to turn down the role, opening the door for Harrison Ford in Raider of the Lost Ark.
45. The ear of an Asian elephant is shaped like India and the ear of an African elephant is shaped like Africa.
46. One woman dies every hour in India because of dowry-related crimes.
47. India has never invaded another country in its entire history.
48. In India, Pajamas are accepted as standard daytime wearing apparel.
49. On February 6, 2016, for the first time in recorded history, it was reported that a meteorite killed a personâ€”a bus driver in India.
50. In what country will you find the most Universities? India.
51. India invented the Number System. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.
52. An Indian barber named Ramesh Babu gives his customers a decent trim for $2, but owns a Rolls Royce!
53. With 150,000 post offices, India has the largest postal network in the world. However, a letter can take two weeks to travel just 30 miles.
54. Diamonds were first discovered in the riverbeds of the Golconda region of India over 4,000 years ago.
55. Every year, India is producing twice as many engineers, scientists, and IT specialists as America.
56. Indians read twice as much as Britons.
57. In Turkey, the word for ‘turkey’ means ‘Indian bird’.
58. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom takes place before Raiders of the Lost Ark.
59. India's population is expected to increase by 400 million by 2050 which will equal to the populations of the U.S. and China combined.
60. Male West Indian iguanas have head-butting competitions to fight over females.
61. The word "thug" comes from 1350s India from the Hindi word "thag," which means "deceiver" or "thief" or "swindler."
62. The Khasi Hills in India, once known as the wettest hills in the world, are now having to import water.
63. India invented the Number System. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta
64. It would take a minimum wage worker in India six hours to earn enough money for a Big Mac.
65. Gulabi Gang is the name of a gang of women in India, that on call, beat up abusive husbands with brooms.
66. A city in India is named after Vasco da Gama, as well as three Brazilian football teams, several ships, a crater on the moon and several places in Lisbon, Portugal.
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