1. The continents actually look different than what you’ve been taught.
The map all of us have seen in school isn’t actually accurate as it is Western-focused and enlarges the size of certain continents and reduces the size of others. For example, South America and Africa are much bigger in reality than shown on the map.
2. No one is “just one in a million”. There are about 7,000 people who are just like you.
As there are more than 7 billion people living on the planet at this very moment, it’s not really possible for a person to be that unique. But, still, each and everyone of them deserves to be treated with respect.
3. Some castles and lighthouses are cheaper than a New York apartment.
As New York rents are getting more and more sky-high with even Brooklyn apartments costing more than $3,000 per month, it’s not such a bad idea to change your residing location. It won’t only be cheaper but you will have more living space and hopefully a great view. For $1,621 million you can purchase a medieval castle in the Pyrenees, Spain while a one bedroom apartment on the East 30th Street in New York is going to cost you $1,650 million.
4. The Top 50 list of longest-lasting empires doesn’t include the United States.
Probably the greatest and most powerful country in the world, the US has only existed for a short while in the historical sense of the term. Some of the most well-known American institutions like Bank of America are less than a hundred years old.
5. As many as 10 % of all people are illiterate.
There are nations such as Afghanistan, for example, where a mere 28% of the population are able to read and write. You are actually lucky to be able to read this right now.