Sunday, February 20, 2011

Facts About China - strangefacts

  • The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley
  • 500 people suffer from sickening or deadly food poisoning each day in China
  • One in five of world’s people live in China
  • The deadliest war in history excluding World War II was a civil war in China in the 1850s in which the rebels were led by a man who thought he was the brother of Jesus Christ
  • In China, people eat a bar of chocolate for every 1,000 chocolate bars eaten by the British
  • Many people in parts of China eat insects
  • People in parts of Western China put salt in their tea instead of sugar
  • People of Ancient China believed that swinging your arms could cure a headache
  • Slaves under the last emperors of China wore pigtails so they could be picked out quickly
  • The tallest woman that ever lived was Zeng Jinlian who was 8 feet 2 inches tall of China. Shed died at the age of 17
  • The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910
  • China's labor force stands at 706 million people, almost three times that of Europe and twice that of North and South America combined
  • The deadliest earthquake of the 20th century occurred in Tangshan, China where an estimated 200,000 people were killed
  • Since 1979, China has had a “one-child policy.” Most families are allowed to have only one child, or risk paying steep fines to the government
  • The world’s deadliest recorded earthquake occurred in 1557 in central China, more than 830,000 people were killed
  • China has more English speakers than the United States
  • In Northern parts of China it was once a common practice to shave pigs. When the evenings got cold the Chinese would take a pig to bed with them for warmth and found it more comfortable if the pig was clean-shaven
  • In the 15th century, scholars in China compiled a set of encyclopedia that contained 11,095 volumes
  • The largest numbers of immigrants arriving in Canada currently come from China, India and the Philippines
  • In 2006, 155,105 people from China who had arrived since 2001 were in Canada. The corresponding figures for India and the Philippines were 129,140 and 77,88
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