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Awesome World Map Shows Literal Translations of Every Country’s Name

Do you know the meaning of your country’s name?

Created by Australia-based company Credit Card Compare, this cool world map has recently been making rounds on the internet. The said map has sparked the interest of numerous netizens from across the globe as it featured literal translations of country names.

Of course, one thing we’ve immediately realized while looking at it is that certain factors are considered when it comes to naming countries – from geographical locations and wildlife, to popular persons, among many others.

You’ll see what that means as you scroll down below and see how the names turned out.

Columbia and Bolivia’s names seem obvious but did you know what Brazil or Paraguay really means?

See any interesting names? Check out Benin, Botswana, Madagascar, and Mali.

Now I know Nauru literally means “I Go To The Beach”. Plus Papua New Guinea translates to “Frizzy-Haired Men”?

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is “Land of Good Fortune” and Philippines is “Land of Prince Philip Asturias”.

So Spain is home to a lot of rabbits? Also, you wouldn’t want to mess with people from Denmark.

While Canada means “The Village”, United States of America means exactly just that.

In an interview with Lonely Planet, David Boyd, Co-Founder and CEO of Credit Card Compare, explained:

“Both company co-founders travel a lot and isn’t it cool to know a little about where you’re travelling to?

“We know that people in Australia use our comparison site extensively to research travel-related credit card rewards and travel destinations so that they can make the most of their international travels. We wanted to look at the world map in a whole new way for our visitors by getting to the literal translations of country names. And that’s what we’ve managed to do with this beautiful world map.

“The interest has been enormous far beyond Australia because of some of the unexpected names. People are contacting us with their positive feedback and reasons for some corrections to one or two names. We plan to release even high-def downloads suitable for big poster-sized prints.”

If you want to read more details about the country names, you can read Credit Card Compare’s blog entry. Otherwise, those who want to give the map a closer look may click this link instead.

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9 Interesting Facts About Al Capone

The Scarface was indeed a strange and interesting guy.

Almost everyone in this world knows Al Capone as someone who was badass. Widely known as “Scarface,” the notorious US gangster was among America’s most feared gang leaders. And, of course, there was every reason to be. Although the infamous (and bloody) St. Valentine’s Day Massacre brought him his downfall, this guy lived to be a legend.

The massacre, in particular, saw at least seven rival gang members brutally gunned down. Unfortunately for Capone, this severely damaged his public reputation. This mess particularly hurt his image in Chicago where he had built up his criminal empire.

Although the Scarface was widely known for his criminal activities, he still had some strange and interesting stories to share.

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US Army Built a Fake Town to Hide Boeing Factory From Air Strikes During WWII

Consider the cost of each plane, the military really had to go the extra mile.

During the infamous World War 2, one B-17 Bomber would cost more or less $200,000 to produce. And in today’s economy, it is around $3.4 million. With the US Army requesting thousands of these planes, they would take every possible measure just to secure the Boeing factory responsible for creating them. And believe it or not, by “every possible measure” they mean hiring Hollywood set designers.

Well, that is because they wanted to build a fake neighborhood atop it. And in order to make it look very real, they also hired dozens of actors to live in the area. They believed that by doing so, they could protect the factory from any potential air strike. The so-called neighborhood was built sometime in 1944, though it was removed a year after.

At first glance, you would think this is nothing but an ordinary town with people enjoying the heat of the sun.

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Jack The Ripper Letter Mystery Finally Solved?

An analysis suggests that two popular Jack the Ripper letters were written by a single author.

In 1888, Jack the Ripper brought terror to Whitechapel, London by going on a murderous spree that resulted in the gruesome deaths of at least five young women in three months. He was never brought to justice. At that time, there were hundreds of letters sent to the London Police and the media. It was claimed to be written by Jack the Ripper himself.

For many years, many have doubted the authenticity of the letters, with some people believing they were all faked to help boost newspaper sales. Now, an expert has come to prove with evidence that the letters were, in fact, fabricated.

There are over 200 letters said to have come from Jack the Ripper.

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