Fun Europe Facts
1. The chief translator for the European Parliament, Ioannis Ikonomou, fluently speaks 32 languages.
2. Vodka was used as an ingredient in early European formulations of gunpowder.
3. In the last century, the east coast of the United States has moved about 8 ft. further away from Europe.
4. Many high school cafeterias in Europe serve alcohol to students who choose to drink.
5. There is a tribe in Africa who believe Europe is the afterlife, and all its inhabitants are spirits.
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.'
7. Over the past 800 years, France has fought in 185 military battles and won 132 of them â€“ France has the best European military.
8. Europe has banned more than half the cosmetics Americans use on a daily basis due to health risks.
9. The European Shag is a bird that communicates through grunts and clicks.
10. 80% of pirates caught by the European Union’s naval police are released.
11. The cost of the International Space Station is funded by the USA 81%, Russia 8%, Europe 3%, Japan 3%, and Canada 1%.
12. In the year 1816, Europe did not have a summer.
13. In Europe, until the 17th century, teenage boys were routinely masturbated by their nannies for a good night sleep.
14. One in ten European babies is conceived in an IKEA bed.
15. There are refrigerators full of beer scattered throughout Europe that can only be opened with Canadian passports.
16. The first person to smoke in Europe was sent to prison for being possessed by the devil.
17. Scotland has the largest bog in Europe.
18. About eight-in-10 people in Europe (79%) and North America (80%) are willing to pay more for minimally processed, healthy foods.
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
20. Mozart’s sister was also a musician, who sometimes took top billing as they toured Europe together.
21. According to a U.S. historian, more than a million Europeans were enslaved by North American slave traders between 1530 and 1780.
22. Neanderthals and modern humans were both living in Europe together for 5,400 years.
23. More than 6 million Americans who identify as European likely carry African ancestry.
24. New York City drifts about one inch away from Europe every year.
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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