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The estimated mass of a 1 square kilometer in Germany is 78,400,000,000 tons, based on a geological evaluation of the thickness of the Earth's crust beneath Europe. The estimated mass of 1 square kilometer of Austria is 112,000,000,000 tons. - San Diego Union, 3/8/07

57% of British women wear a D-cup bra. Only 10% of Italian women wear a D-cup. - United Press International, 2/13/07

The Vatican has the highest per-capita crime rate in the world. It had a crime rate of 1.5 crimes per resident in 2006. - The Week Magazine, 2/2/07

An Argentine soccer fan was furious when he discovered that instead of his favorite team's logo, a tattoo artist had etched a penis on his back. The tattoo artist was a fan of rival club. The underage victim said he did not realize the artist's chicanery until he went home and show the tattoo to his parents. - UPI, 1/22/07

The town of Xiqiao, China (population 35,000) is home to 40 violin companies. - Sarasota Herald Tribune, 1/17/07

Scientists in Dublin have found traces of cocaine on 100% of the currency they tested. - BBC News, 1/10/07

For every 100 girls born in China, there are 118 boys born (2005). - BBC News, 1/12/07

Further proof of global warming: Bears started to hibernate two months late as warm weather extended into November. - MSNBC, 11/15/06

The penalty flags that are thrown by referees in the NFL are actually weighted down with unpopped popcorn kernels. - North County Times, 1/23/07

In Tokyo, you can buy ice cream of many unusual flavors, including octopus, shrimp, horseflesh and cow tongue. - BBC News, 4/28/05

The long arms of the world's tallest man reached in and saved two dolphins by pulling out plastic from their stomachs. - Fox News, 12/16/06

Scottish soldiers are being forced to share kilts. Because of a dispute with manufacturers, one kilt must be shared by 15 soldiers. - USA Today, 12/18/06

Sweden plans to have an oil-free economy within 15 years. - Discover Magazine, 1/07

Fuenlabrada, Spain has clothed half of the stick figures (used on its signs) in skirts, in a gesture to assure gender balance. - The Week Magazine, 12/15/06

China adds a new coal-fired power plant every seven to ten days. - New York Times, 11/25/06

The odds are 1 out of 26,239 (.003811%) that you will be killed this year by an AK-47 automatic weapon. - The Week Magazine, 12/8/06

The World Chess Federation announced that, at this week's Asian Games, players must submit to random drug testing. - The Week Magazine, 12/8/06

More than 155,000 American women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. 16,000 of those are single mothers. - Washington Post, 11/24/06

Most pencils in America are sold with eraser tips. Most pencils in Europe are sold without erasers. - Discover Magazine, 5/07

Until rubber erasers were invented, writers used bread crumbs to erase pencil marks. - Discover Magazine, 5/07

A black swan has fallen in love with a swan-shaped pedal boat in Muenster, Germany. This "love affair" has now gone on for two years. - News24 (Cape Town, South Africa), 3/30/07

The globe may be warming, but the oceans have lost .03 degrees Celsius from 2003 to 2005. - Discover Magazine, 12/06

President George Bush's daughter Barbara had her purse and cell phone stolen in Argentina. Secret Service agents were only yards away at the time of the theft. - The Week Magazine, 12/1/06

A Chinese woman survived a plunge from a sixth-floor balcony because she fell into a pile of excrement (being pumped out of the building's septic tank). - Yahoo! News, 4/4/07

Worldwide, there are 125,000 advertising video screens in Wal-Marts. - San Diego Union, 3/31/07
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