COUNTRY-SPECIFIC FACTS YOU CAN TOSS OUT DURING THE RIO OLYMPICS 2016 OPENING CEREMONY
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- •The Albanian town Fushe Kruje features a statue of George W. Bush, who visited the country in 2007.
- •The city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, Australians wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees.
- •The 1900 Olympics had a live pigeon shooting event. Belgium's Leon de Lunden won by bagging 21 pigeons.
- •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.
- •The necktie originated in Croatia.
- •The Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships are held in Finland. A recent winner said he prepared for the event by "mainly drinking."
- •Georgians have a word for "the day after tomorrow"—zeg.
- •In 1896, the British defeated Zanzibar in the shortest war in history. It lasted about 40 minutes.
- •Beer was banned in Iceland until 1989.
- •On the 2001 New Zealand census, 53,715 people listed their religion as “Jedi.”
- •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."
- •Putin is 5'7".
- •Dolph Lundgren, who played the Russian Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, has a master's degree in chemical engineering. Also: He's Swedish.
- •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.