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Beer, Sex, and Another 6 Inches

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Beer and sex and interesting words and language anomalies always attract our attention. These tidbits were too good to pass up:

Czechs are the biggest consumers of beer per male in the world. Hey, if you lived in Czechoslovakia, you'd drink, too.

A Czech man, Jan Honza Zampa, holds the record for drinking one liter of beer in 4.11 seconds. Outta my way!

Bolivia has two capitals. Or maybe that's just how it appears after you've had too many Czech beers.

Try these after several liters of beer:

Greece's national anthem has 158 verses. Cop stops your weaving car, says, "Sobriety test. Sing verse 102."

The longest place name still in use, 85 letters long, "Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipuka- kapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu" is a name of a hill in New Zealand.

The official name for the city of Bangkok, Thailand, is "Krung thep mahanakhon bovorn ratanakosin mahintharayutthaya mahadilok pop noparatratchathani burirom udomratchanivetma hasathan amornpiman avatarnsa thit sakkathattiyavisnukarmprasit" or just "Krung thep" for short, meaning "City of Angels."

(By the way, we've also seen this translated as ...
  • Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit
  • Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit
  • Krung-thep-maha-nakorn-boworn-ratana-kosin-mahintar-ayudhya-amaha-dilok-pop-nopa-ratana-rajthani-burirom-udom-rajniwes-mahasat-arn-amorn-pimarn-avatar-satit-sakattiya-visanukam
Our abilities to properly render Thai have reached their limit.  You're welcome to select your own favorite.)

Icelandic phone books sometimes contain people's occupations as well as their name. This is because so many people have the same name.

There are more than 40,000 characters in the Chinese script. Recite the alphabet. Now do it backwards ... standing on one leg.

More people speak English in China than the United States. We guess we know why.

If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction. Several really obscene images come to mind here. Maybe they should be using Innerwear condoms.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris varies in height depending on the temperature. The change can be as much as six inches.

And, in tribute to Brenda's "Overheard At The Bar" column today and last week, Australian soldiers used the song "We're Off to See the Wizard" as a marching song in WWII.

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