95 Pretty Great Facts About Africa You Never Knew – Part 2

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26Mexico earthquake

Mexico earthquake

Ethiopia donated $5000 to earthquake victims in Mexico because Mexico supported Ethiopia when Italy invaded in 1935

27. Wham! donated all the royalties from "Last Christmas", released December 1984 to Ethiopia famine aid.

28. Lalibela, Ethiopia is home to 11 monolithic churches carved out of mountains and connected by tunnels. The churches' roofs are at ground level to make them invisible to raiders from a distance.

29. A 9-year-old Rachel pledge to donate money oh her birthday instead of receiving presents. She didn't reach her goal. A year later she passed away and her story made people donate $1.2 million which helped change the lives of over 60,000 people in Ethiopia.

30. The last Emperor of Ethiopia (Haile-Selassie-1) was deposed in 1975, almost 1000 years after the first Emperor was crowned.

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31Drunk driving

Drunk driving

Drunk Driving is legal in many countries, including Indonesia, Ethiopia, Vietnam, and many others.

32. Ethiopia's salt ponds contain one of the few places life cannot survive on Earth: The Dallol pools are likely so hot, salty and acidic that even extremophile microbes are unable to enter.

33. A famine in Ethiopia from 1983-1985 killed around 400,000-1,000,000 people and that 56,000 tons of food donated by aid efforts from the West through Live Aid was left to rot in a port by the Ethiopian government.

34. Ethiopia was the only African country that was never colonized

35. Using Skype in Ethiopia can get you jailed for 15 years.

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36Calendar in Ethiopia

Calendar in Ethiopia

Ethiopia's calendar is 7 years behind the rest of the world. In 2007, the country celebrated the new millennium as they changed their calendars from 1999 to 2000.

37. Coffee was discovered in Ethiopia when the goat herder Kaldi noticed his goats were dancing after eating the beans.

38. Ethiopia adopted Christianity as its state religion in 324 before Rome did in 380.

39. There is a man (Paul Salopek) who is attempting to recreate the migrations of early man by walking from Ethiopia to Patagonia. A journey estimated to take 7 years.

40. Ethiopia is home to the oldest most complete Christian Bible

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41Demeke Girma

Demeke Girma

Ethiopia has a celebrity TV (Demeke Girma) chef who believes he can combat his country's hunger problems by encouraging everyone to eat more diverse foods

42. Ethiopians cannot enjoy the highest quality coffee produced in their own country, which is the birthplace of coffee. The government only allows lower-quality beans to be sold on the domestic market, in order to promote exports and obtain a harder foreign currency.

43. In Ethiopia, they work on a 12-hour clock instead of the traditional 24 hours one and they have no intention to abolish it

44. Ethiopia is the most populous landlocked country in the world, as well as the second most populous in Africa.

45. Millions of people believe that the Arc of the Covenant is located in a small church in Ethiopia

46European invasion

European invasion

In 1870, 10% of Africa was under European control; by 1914 it was 90%, with only Abyssinia (Ethiopia) and Liberia still independent.

47. By examining high-resolution satellite imagery with algorithms developed via trial-and-error, Sarah Parcak and her team have discovered 17 pyramids, 1,000 tombs, and over 3,100 settlements in Egypt alone. She now wants to crowdsource "space archaeology" to prevent looting of ancient sites.

48. Because of his interest in Egyptology and difficulty fitting in with his French family, Christian Louboutin invented an elaborate fantasy in which he'd been adopted from Egypt. Years later, he learned that his biological father was, in fact, Egyptian.

49. In ancient Egypt, men could take time off of work to care for menstruating wives and daughters.

50. A woman made great contributions to Egyptology after hitting her head as a toddler and claiming to have unlocked a past life as a priestess in Ancient Egypt.

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