Fun Europe Facts


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1. The chief translator for the European Parliament, Ioannis Ikonomou, fluently speaks 32 languages.
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2. Vodka was used as an ingredient in early European formulations of gunpowder.
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3. In the last century, the east coast of the United States has moved about 8 ft. further away from Europe.
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4. Many high school cafeterias in Europe serve alcohol to students who choose to drink.
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5. There is a tribe in Africa who believe Europe is the afterlife, and all its inhabitants are spirits.
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6. The internet runs 24 hours a day in some parts of the world, but in Asia, South America, and Eastern Europe the internet 'sleeps.'
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7. Over the past 800 years, France has fought in 185 military battles and won 132 of them – France has the best European military.
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8. Europe has banned more than half the cosmetics Americans use on a daily basis due to health risks.
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9. The European Shag is a bird that communicates through grunts and clicks.
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10. 80% of pirates caught by the European Union’s naval police are released.
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11. The cost of the International Space Station is funded by the USA 81%, Russia 8%, Europe 3%, Japan 3%, and Canada 1%.
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12. In the year 1816, Europe did not have a summer.
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13. In Europe, until the 17th century, teenage boys were routinely masturbated by their nannies for a good night sleep.
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14. One in ten European babies is conceived in an IKEA bed.
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15. There are refrigerators full of beer scattered throughout Europe that can only be opened with Canadian passports.
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16. The first person to smoke in Europe was sent to prison for being possessed by the devil.
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17. Scotland has the largest bog in Europe.
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18. About eight-in-10 people in Europe (79%) and North America (80%) are willing to pay more for minimally processed, healthy foods.
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19. If we could shrink the earths population to a village of 100 people, the ratio would be: 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 Americans & 8 Africans
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20. Mozart’s sister was also a musician, who sometimes took top billing as they toured Europe together.
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21. According to a U.S. historian, more than a million Europeans were enslaved by North American slave traders between 1530 and 1780.
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22. Neanderthals and modern humans were both living in Europe together for 5,400 years.
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23. More than 6 million Americans who identify as European likely carry African ancestry.
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24. New York City drifts about one inch away from Europe every year.
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25. Anywhere between 5-15% of the bombs dropped in Europe and Asia during WWII never exploded and are still hidden where they fell.

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