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The Amarekaire cannibals of Peru have 17 distinct recipes for cooking a human head.

Charismata is the plural of charisma.

In the King James Bible, Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear. It is an homage to England’s foremost man of letters; the King James translation was finished in the year of Shakespeare’s 46th birthday.

Before mating, the female giraffe will first urinate in the male’s mouth.

In 2009, a retired policeman called Geraint Woolford was admitted to Abergale Hospital in north Wales and ended up next to another retired policeman called Geraint Woolford. The men weren’t related, had never met and were the only two people in the UK called Geraint Woolford.

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A sequoia seed weighs less than 1/3000 of an ounce. The tree that develops from it may eventually weigh 65 billion times as much.

The Peruvian Uros people live on man-made islands on Lake Titicaca.

More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.

Attempting to swim to England from France has been illegal for 17 years.

On December 23, 1986, The Miami Herald reported the following: “The Herald erroneously reported that original Dolphin Johnny Holmes had been an insurance salesman in Raleigh, NC, that he had won the New York lottery in 1982 and lost the money in a land swindle, that he had been charged with vehicular homicide but acquitted because his mother said the drove the car, and that he stated that the funniest thing he ever saw was Flipper spouting water on George Wilson. Each of these items was erroneous material published inadvertently. He was not an insurance salesman in Raleigh, did not win the lottery, neither he nor his mother was charged or involved in any way with a vehicular homicide, and he made no comment about Flipper or George Wilson. The Herald regrets the errors.”

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Pictographs of Peru

The Nazca Lines are mysterious geoglyphs that span a vast swath of the rugged Peruvian desert between the towns of Nazca and Palpa. Etched in the surface of the desert sand, the Nazca people created more than 1,000 figures of varying sizes, from a sundial 150 meters (500 feet) long to whales, foxes, and pelicans of 40 meters (130 feet) in length.

nazcalinesmapThey also etched human figures, apparently representing a family, each measuring 30 meters (100 feet) long, most are clearly visible from the air and remain an enigma.

Since their discovery, they have inspired fantastic explanations from ancient gods, a landing strip for returning aliens, and a celestial calendar created by the ancient Nazca civilization, suggesting the creation of the lines between 300 BC and 600 AD.

The lines have managed to remain intact for hundreds of years thanks to the region’s arid climate, which sees little rain or wind throughout the year. They cover an area of some 50 miles, and were designed by scraping away the copper coloured rocks of the desert floor to expose the lighter-coloured earth beneath. People are now banned from going there.

Some believe the Nazca Lines are sacred paths to walk for specific rites. Others believe that the Nazca Figures were inspired by, and intended to be seen by, the (so-called) Eye of God that is manifested during total solar eclipses. An extraordinary series of solar eclipses coincided with the construction of the Nazca lines.

“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.” – Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles

Erich von Däniken suggested, in his 1968 book, Chariots of the Gods, that the lines were built to attract ancient astronauts to a landing strip, as only from the air, is it possible to discern a design. The astronomer Carl Sagan claimed in response that if aliens used vastly superior spacecraft to ours, why would they need a runway? The Nazca Desert is one of the driest places on the planet. However, the lines were damaged due to people coming to see them after Däniken’s book was published.

“I don’t want to go to Peru.”
“How do you know? You’ve never been there.”
“I’ve never been to hell either and I’m pretty sure I don’t want to go there.” – Richard Paul Evans, The Sunflower

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A community in Thule, in north-western Greenland, was so remote that until the start of the 19th century they believed themselves to be the only people in the world.

The potato originated in Peru about 3 million years ago; the Peruvians consider the spud a point of national pride.

During the late 1800s, sewage from the Chicago River repeatedly polluted Lake Michigan, Chicago’s main water source, causing devastating disease outbreaks. In the 1900, engineers built the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, which reversed the river’s natural east-to-west flow and directed water toward the Mississippi River.

Backpfeifengesicht is German for ‘a face that makes you want to hit it’.

Aristotle believed that the Sun went round the Earth, that intelligence was located in the heart, and that the brain was a device for cooling the blood. He also taught that flies had four legs.

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Which South American country has the highest cable car system in the world?
– Venezuela

What is the population of Sri Lanka?
– 20,000,000

In which English county is the town ‘Cerne Abbas’, famous for its chalk giant?
– Dorset

What is the capital city of Peru?
– Lima

Kathmandu is the capital city of which Asian country?
– Nepal