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  1. The Albanian town Fushe Kruje features a statue of George W. Bush, who visited the country in 2007.
  2. The city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, Australians wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees.
  3. The 1900 Olympics had a live pigeon shooting event. Belgium's Leon de Lunden won by bagging 21 pigeons.
  4. Brazil couldn't afford to send its athletes to the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. So they loaded their ship with coffee and sold it along the way.
  5. The necktie originated in Croatia.
  6. The Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships are held in Finland. A recent winner said he prepared for the event by "mainly drinking."
  7. Georgians have a word for "the day after tomorrow"—zeg.
  8. In 1896, the British defeated Zanzibar in the shortest war in history. It lasted about 40 minutes.
  9. Beer was banned in Iceland until 1989.
  10. On the 2001 New Zealand census, 53,715 people listed their religion as “Jedi.”
  11. Norwegian skier Odd-Bjoern Hjelmeset on why he didn't win gold in 2010: "I think I've seen too much porn in the last 14 days."
  12. Putin is 5'7".
  13. Dolph Lundgren, who played the Russian Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, has a master's degree in chemical engineering. Also: He's Swedish.
  14. The 1992 Dream Team coasted to the Gold Medal, winning by an average of 43.8 points. Team USA coach Chuck Daly didn't use a single timeout.