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There is a finnish battle cry from World War 2 called "Tulta munille" that means "fire at their balls".
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Created by OliverXRed

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Pluto (1.77e7 km2) is actually bigger than Russia (1.70e7 km2) and THAT WON'T CHANGE NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU REMOVE THIS FACTCARD

Created by SvalTheBard

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Several countries have in the past banned ruling queens, but lacked any requirement that the king be male. This led to King Anna of Poland, and King Mary of Hungary.
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Created by RyanW

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Godzilla has official Japanese citizenship.
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Created by LouThunders

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Simo Häyhä was a Finnish sniper in WWII who, with over 700 kills in 105 days, can be thought of as the most deadly human in history. The Russians refered to him as The White Death.
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Created by mfoweraker

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There's only one country between Norway and North Korea.
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Created by SvalTheBard

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The band Abba wore ridiculous outfits to avoid Sweden's taxes, which allowed deductions for clothing if it wasn't meant to be used every day.
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Created by TheSwedishMoose

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There actually is a Pakistani TV show called "Burqa Avenger", featuring a burqa-clad ninja who fights evil people that try to prevent girls from going to school.
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Created by Karen

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Did you know that spaghetti is not grown on trees?

Created by TWMBA

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Reykjavík's last mayor was an anarchist standup comedian. He had a particular fondness for meeting dignitaries dressed as Star Wars characters.
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Created by Karen

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When Sweden and Denmark play football, and Sweden is at home. It would say SWE vs DEN, SWEDEN, and the remaining letters, DEN of Sweden, MARK of Denmark, make DENMARK.

There is a beer called "Fucking Hell" - Hell being the German term for light ale, and Fucking being a village in Austria.
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Created by Linera

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During the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014, the USA played Canada at ice hockey. The prize was whoever loses has to keep Justin Bieber. USA lost this and are stuck with the Canadian little turd

Created by TJaay

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A cat has been the mayor of an Alaskan town for the past 15 years.

Created by Koshee

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Google searches for "move to Canada" spiked 1,500% in the USA after the results of last week's primary elections revealed Trump or Clinton were sure to be the next President.

Created by lowericon

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"lol" as word actually means "nonsense" in Welsh.
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Created by LtD

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Switzerland accidentally invaded Liechtenstein... More than once.
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Created by LtD

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While insultingly speaking Russian to a Polish crowd at a time of heavy anti-russian sentiment, President Carter told them he was abandoning the USA and desired them sexually. The translator was fired

Created by Dan

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Despite SATW choosing to feature it, Texas does NOT have more cattle (11,8m) than the nordic countries have people (26,6m). Seriously, SATW, you need to *Fix This Feature*. :(

Created by Karen

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In Finnish language there are more than 60 words for snow, but not a single one for "please"

Created by EyeOfTheStorm3

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Welsh has several words for 'yes', but doesn't really have a word for 'no'; they basically say 'not yes
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Created by Anthraxia

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"Lentokonesuihkuturbiinimoottoriapumekaanikkoaliupseerioppilas" is a real military term in Finland.

Created by Tatska

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There have been six reported incidents of Americans being shot by their dogs.

Created by MoSteamyBeats

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United States President Lyndon B. Johnson owned an Amphibious car, the Amphicar, and used it to scare guests by driving them into his lake screaming about brake failure.
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Created by muse

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Sweden and Norway are not the same country.

Created by SvalTheBard

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In Finland, You are given a Top Hat and Sword when getting A PHD Diploma

Created by JustAnotherBrit

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In Norway there is a town called Hell, that regulary freezes over. However this is ironic, since hell means luck in norwegian

Created by Hambat44

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In Iceland it's a legal requirement to be able to swim.

Created by ItsLlamaSenpai

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The King of Norway is 73rd in line to the British throne
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Created by MrBritish

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Written by Icelandic composer Jón Leifs in 1964, the piece called Hekla, Op 52, requires four sets of rocks hit with hammers, steel plates, anvils, sirens, cannons and metal chains to play.
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Created by HelsinkiAngels

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To say: "There was no holocaust." is a crime in Germany.

Created by GengarStyle

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vaðlaheiðarvegavinnuverkfærageymsluskúraútidyralyklakippuhringur is an Icelandic word that means "a keyring on a keychain that has the key to the door of a toolshed used by the roadwork in Vaðlaheiði"

Created by Baldikaldi01

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There are more museums in the U.S. than there are Starbucks and McDonalds – combined.
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Created by DaynaR

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vatican city has 2 popes for every km2
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Created by NloadN

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When the long-form census was restored to Canada in 2016, Canadians were so excited to fill out the form that they crashed the government's website.
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Created by DuckToller

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Three cheers to SATW for adding a comments section to the fact cards section! Now we can confirm or refute what people write! Check the comments before voting a card up.

Created by Karen

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According to a recent poll (bit.ly/1ZpftFF) by polling firm Maskína, literally 0.0% of young (age 0-25) Icelanders believe that God created the universe - not a single respondant out of 102 surveyed.

Created by Karen

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The Doomsday Seed Vault on Svalbard has over 21,500 cannabis seeds in it. That means that there are more seeds in there for weed than there are for aspargus, blueberry and raspberry, for example.
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Created by Anniss

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In Finland, there's a town called Candyland (Karkkila).

Created by Diapolo10

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Norway once knighted a penguin who now resides in Scotland as Colonel in Chief of the Kings Gaurd

Created by obelisk1234

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As WW2 ended, russians celebrated in the streets. After 22 hours Moscow remained without any vodka

Created by Bughy

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There are three sheep per person in Australia. New Zealand has seven times as many sheep as people. Both pale in comparison to the Falkland Islands' amazing 167 sheep per person!
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Created by RyanW

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The thistle is the emblem of Scotland as a barefoot viking raider cried out in pain as he stood on one, alerting the Scottish army encampment that the Norse army were sneaking up on.
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Created by McVey

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if you lose your voice, theres a swedish saying that goes “jag har en tupp i halsen” which translates to “i have a cock in my throat”

Created by RaeO

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North Korea owes Sweden €300m for 1,000 stolen Volvos and every 6 months Sweden sends them reminders.
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Created by Aybecee

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Sweden has an official Twitter account (@sweden) which is handed to a different citizen every week.
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Created by SvalTheBard

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17% of all Finns are lactose intolerant, but the country still drinks the most milk per capita in the world.
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Created by Akaittou

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There are around 2.2 million saunas in Finland, 1 for every 2.5 people.
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Created by HetaFan

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Internet is a de facto human right in Estonia.

Created by MartinusKundla

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Anti-German sentiments during WW1 referred to hamburgers as "liberty sanwiches" because "hamburgers" sounded too German.

Created by AvoraCountries

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The proper name of Iceland is "Ísland". Today, "ís" is most commonly used to mean "ice cream" (go into a restaurant and order ís, see what you get). Hence, the country name means "Land of Ice Cream"

Created by Karen

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The Royal Navy uses loud speakers blasting Britney spears music to scare off Somalian piraty
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Created by Spitfire_16

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This scene was actually based on a well-known Youtube video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

Created by Karen

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Estonians invented Skype, but then it was sold to Microsoft.

Created by Eestikas

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Sweden and Denmark had a Twitter war in 2016

Created by Queen_Marie_ONE

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Right after Britain voted for Brexit, the pound's value slumped to its lowest point since 1985.
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Created by GilbertGobbels

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Australia has been broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest since 1983, where it has gained a massive fan following ever since.
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Created by mysticgirl916

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Finland consumes the most coffee per capita in the whole world
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Created by Exde

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Every year since 1947 Norway gives the city of London a mighty christmas tree as a gift in return for British forces aiding the liberation of Oslo from the Nazis.

Created by BritishPrep

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In Iceland, one of the traditions for Christmas is to receive books and read them the rest of the night. Iceland also has the largest book sales per capita, mainly from those sold on Christmas.

Created by Saami

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The word LEGO comes from the Danish words, "LEg GOdt", which means "play well".

Created by mapleleafplease

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Wife-Carrying is a actual Finnish sport.
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Created by Eestikas

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Austria was the first Eurovision contestant to receive null points while hosting the contest.

Created by LtD

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The Swiss and Dutch are not from Sweden and Denmark

Created by Cordisiolol

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Strongest alcoholic drink ever was made in Rakvere, Estonia during mid-war period. Labelled as "Fat Margaret" after famous tower in Tallinn, it was 98 percent pure alcohol.

Created by Meelis13

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Finland is turning a hundred years old this December 6. It's a HUGE thing for us Finns. There's tons of "Finland 100" merchandise like Finland 100 gum and even a box with a hundred beer cans.

Created by DeathError

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Viking age Finns raided Sweden and Russia and were considered wizards. A norse saga of king Olaf tells how he was defeated by a Finnish tribal army and barely escaped a storm called by their witches.

Created by Monarth

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After the massive success of the movie Kung Fu Panda in China, the Chinese government launched an investigation into why Americans made better movies about China than China did.

Created by nitrokitty

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Estonia's national airline is named "Nordica"
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Created by Spitfire_16

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In 1892, a group of 200 Australians unhappy with the government tried to start an offshoot colony in Paraguay to be called ‘New Australia’

Created by MrBritish

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"backpfeifengesicht" is a word in the German language that means "a face that badly needs a punch"

New York, then called New Amsterdam, was originally a Dutch colony. Jan and Kees, common Dutch names, may be where we get the word Yankee. The very American words cookie and boss also come from Dutch.

Created by RyanW

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The smallest US state, Rhode Island (1,212 square miles), has a larger population than the largest US state, Alaska (663,300 square miles), with 1.055 million residents vs. 736,732.
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Created by nitrokitty

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The Øresund Bridge, which connects Sweden and Denmark, also carries the Internet connection for all of Finland.

Created by SvalTheBard

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A myth in Germany states that "German almost became official language of the USA". Actually there was a petition on having the laws written in German beside English, which was rejected by 1 vote.
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Created by schuetzer

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The 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, had never seen an episode of Doctor Who before starring in it

Created by Kyno50

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North Korea uses drones to take sneaky photos of South Korea
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Created by Dayvi

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In the Gaza Strip, Lesbianism is Legal, but Male homosexual relationships are not.

In Japan, there is a prank children do called "Kancho" where they put two fingers together and surprise someone by pushing it up against their anus through their pants

Created by Dzubur

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Only one person has been killed by the police in Iceland ever since it became a republic in 1944.
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Created by ThugsForLife

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"Batman" is a city in Turkey .

Created by xxArtAddictxx

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20% of the world’s CCTV is in Britain
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Created by MrBritish

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People who are half Norwegian and half Swedish are called "Svorsk". A combination between "Norsk" (Norwegian) and "Svensk" (Swedish)
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Created by NorwaySwedenDenmark

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During the infamous Winter War (where Finland received no aid from allies) Finns invented the Moltov cocktail out of spare parts, to bomb Russian tanks, as the Finns only had one working tank in army.

Created by ameriFinn

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The meaning behind the France's national anthem, La Marseillaise, was that the French Revolutionary army would water their fields with the blood of Prussian invaders.

Created by Sigmatic

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Concentration camps were first used by the British during the Second Anglo-Boer War

Created by MrBritish

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North Korea uses a fax machine to send threats to South Korea.

Created by lowericon

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The state of California has more debt than the nation of Greece.

Created by lowericon

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Wales and New Zealand might look like a cute couple, but don't try to date a sheep.

Created by SpikeylovesSatW

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A Japanese soldier in WW2 hid in a jungle thinking the war hadn't ended and came out 29 years after the war.

Created by Tatska

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George Washington called a ceasefire during the Revolutionary War to return a lost dog that belonged to a British General.
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Created by LtD

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In Denmark, Enhedslisten (a far left Danish political party) has voiced its support for legalizing incest between siblings

Created by Dzubur

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Minnesotans eat more Lut(e)fisk than native Norwegians and Swedes, but only because Grandparents pull our ears and make us try it because "it's traditional."

Created by Dan

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At a newly formed Icelandic volcanic island, a tomato plant was mysteriously discovered. As it turned out it came from tomato seeds within human feces.

Created by jimis2001

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This Fact Card is indeed a Fact Card.

Created by dino-soar94

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British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was known to lay brick walls down when angry.

Created by RainbowZoo

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Norway once knighted a penguin.

Created by LinniUnicorn

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Finland has a competition for mobile phone throwing.

Created by LeynarFI

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In Thailand it is illegal to step on money.

Created by dino-soar94

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In japan they have a word for "The act of killing a passer-by in order to test a new sword". It is called "Tsujigiri".

Created by OliverXRed

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