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Awesome Facts About Different Countries That’ll Make You Feel Like Travelling Alone!

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Our World is a vast one, I mean it is the only world that we know of till date (sorry aliens!). But, how much do we really know about this world? Do we know enough about it? Oh, please who are we kidding, beside the facts that we acquire from the famous Hollywood movies we don’t really indulge much. But, there are some facts even about the most famous countries in the world that would make your jaw drop! Check out these awesome facts about different countries in the world before packing your luggage!

These awesome facts about different countries in the world will actually make you feel like traveling the world right now!

1. Before you scratch your heads, Africa doesn’t go by just one name. It’s a continent people, not a country, it has 54 countries and covers a land area of 23,700,000 square miles.

2. Mediterranean sea wasn’t always a sea, rumor has it that it was once a huge desert that has changed into the sea over the course of 600,000 years.

3. Scotland, apart from ranging as the top country in the world for tourists to visit, Scotland is also a place for Island lovers, it consists of nearly 790 Islands.

4. Rich people need not worry about serving jail time, In China, the wealthy and Royalty can actually pay for their body doubles to serve their jail time.

5. I’ve always wanted to visit the Philippines (have you ever since a Filipino guy?), this beautiful country is made up of 7641 Islands.

6. Take that Pyramids of Egypt, Sudan has been home to over 200 pyramids and that’s way more than Egypt!

7. All you McDonald’s lovers, can I please have your attention. Sweden is one such country where you can find the most number of McDonald’s than any country in Europe.

8. Apparently, this was the first country that realized that fire is indeed dangerous, Edinburgh was the first city to have its own Fire Brigade.


9. Greenland, I’ve been forever confused why is this ice-laden Island called Greenland, but did you know that Greenland is the largest Island in the world!

10. India definitely needs to see this post right now, you can find 99% of the world’s fresh water in Antarctica, and the least number of inhabitants live there, makes any sense?

11. Yes, you read that right, you can major in bra studies in China.

12.  Coffee lovers, this one’s for you, Hawaii is the only place in the States to grow coffee commercially.

posted Aug 8 by Abhishek Maheshwari

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2. He was a final year student at NSD (1988) when Mira Nair chose him for a role in Salaam Bombay.

3. A TV regular from 1994 to 1998, Irrfan was so bored at one point in time that he thought of quitting. It is an award winning movie based on local tribes of Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.

4. His real name – Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan. He was born in the village of TONK in Jaipur, in a well off family with royal connections. He has two siblings and his father was a wealthy Zamindar who wanted his son to join the family tyre business. Good that he didn’t.

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Google is an unconventional company with a huge stake in our online lives. It is a source of fascination for many, including us, but what really happens in the Googleplex? And what cool factoids and stats exist from the company's relatively short past?

Here we bring you 10 fun facts about Google to quench our own thirst for Google knowledge as well as hopefully offer you a distracting diversion from your daily life.

1. The First Google Doodle

Google's famous homepage "Doodles" (the changing Google logo graphics) are well known and enjoyed by millions around the world as a way to mark an event or anniversary. But did you know that the very first Google Doodle was designed as a kind of "out of office" message?

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2. Interesting Figures from the Google IPO

While the initial price for Google's stock at its Initial Public Offering in August 2004 is an interesting stat in itself, there's more to the story. The opening price for Google's stock was $85 per share. At the time of writing, the stock price was $483 but has soared as high as $600 in the past year, making GOOG a rather nice investment for many.

A bonus factoid from Google's IPO process is the value Google stated it hoped to raise on its S-1 form — as much as $2,718,281,828. It may just look like a string of numbers to non-mathletes, but 2,718,281,828 is actually the first ten digits of the mathematical constant ""e"," showing that even as their company was planning to go public, the Google guys could still geek out with a bit of numerical humor. 

3. The First Google Storage Was Made From LEGO

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4. Google's First Ever Tweet

Google's first ever Twitter post was as satisfyingly geeky as you could hope for. The message, sent in February 2009, reads "I'm 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010."

For anyone not fluent in binary, here's a hint — it's a well known phrase from the company's homepage. Got it? Yep, it reads: "I'm feeling lucky."

5. Google Rents Goats

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6. Google's Impact on Language

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Brin and Page have been quoted in the past as saying no Googler should have to go more than 100 feet for food, leading to snack-filled "microkitchens" that are liberally dotted around the Google offices. 

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By all accounts, there are many wondrous sights to be seen at the Googleplex, but one of the most arresting is surely the gigantic T-Rex skeleton — nicknamed "Stan" after a "real" dino found nearby — that looms menacingly at Googlers in Mountain View.

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Despite the hurdles in life, Johnny kept smiling with the sole purpose to make others happy by his aura. He is one of the most noted comedians in Bollywood, who has made people smile, cry, laugh, and happy by his brilliant acting. We have collected some highlight on Johnny’s career life with the help of few pictures.

1. A Star With A Young Heart

Johnny pursued his studies in Andhra Education Society English High School; however he was a drop out due to financial constraints in his family. He studied till 7th grade. Johnny started to sell pens on the streets by dancing on popular tracks and imitating the Bollywood actors.

2. A Man with Funny Bones

Johnny spent many years in Yakutpura too. It is an old city of Hyderabad. This was a major movement in his career as he learnt their language and originated a different style of acting in comic genre.

3. A Hilarious Villain

Johnny’s real name is John Prakasa Rao Janumala. Johnny worked in Hindustan Lever Factor with his father. Apart from working, he imitated an American Singer, Elvis Presley. Due to this skill, he was asked to perform at a function held by Hindustan Lever. It was the moment when his friends and seniors started calling him ‘Johnny Lever.’

4. An Amazing Artist

Johnny began performing musical shows. This led him to good popularity. He then joined the group of Kalyanji-Anandji, the great music director duo. Johnny felt blessed and worked relentlessly to achieve his goals. Feelings of failure were slowly fading from Johnny’s life, but the struggle continued for a while.

5. A Humorous Being

It was during 1980s when Johnny released his mimicry and comedy album, Hansee Ke Hungame. The album was a major hit globally and it took this amazing man to another level of recognition.

6. An Iconic Fighter

Johnny performed various shows with the music director duo, Kalyanji-Anandji. He felt blessed to have been given the opportunity for touring with Amitabh Bachchan in 1982. In the midst of his struggle,veteran actor Sunil Dutt noticed his hardships and talent; he offered Johnny his first movie, Dard Ka Rishta.

7. A Successful Star

Johnny’s first hit was Baazigar, which was directed by Abbas-Mustan. After this movie, he was chosen for almost every alternate movie as a supporting actor or comedian. Despite a handful of movies, Johnny continued to perform live shows. By this time, Johnny was at the peak of his career, but challenges started to throw again at this amazing personality.

8. A Committed Man and a Lovely Father

Johnny got married to a beautiful lady, Sujatha and has two children out of their wedlock. His daughter, Jamie Lever is also a standup comedian and she appeared in Kapil Sharma’s movie, Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon as one of the lead actressesJohnny couldn’t complete his studies, but he got his daughter educated as Masters in Marketing Communications from the University of Westminster, London. That’s commendable.

9. A Brave Personality

Johnny’s son, Jesse was only 10 when he was detected with tumour. Despite all the struggles in his life, Johnny kept smiling and made others laugh. However, this one incident took away comedy from Johnny’s life. He left comedy and did only one movie and one show a year. In one of the interviews Johnny expressed his helplessness by saying, “It was God’s will. I had always been a religious person, but one incident changed my life. My son was diagnosed with cancer. I was helpless and turned to God for help. I stopped working in films and spent all my time praying for him. Ten days later, when he was taken for a test, the doctors were surprised because the cancer had vanished. It was the beginning of a new life for me.”

10. A Religious Man

After his son’s miraculous results of cancer, Johnny became extremely religious. He was born in a Roman Catholic family, but never read the Bible. However, after this major change in his life, he started believing in the almighty and read the Bible completely. He admitted that he is not really a holy person, but something drags him to god for prayers as he strongly believes in him now.

11. A Well-Accomplished Comedian

Johnny has acted in more than 300 movies. He did an amazing job in his recent movies, Dilwale and Housefull 3.Hope you liked this article and the story of this amazing man, Johnny Lever. FilmyMantra team salutes to this brave man who survived as a winner despite major storms in his life.

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Let's take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about Ranveer Singh that you did not know:

1. Ranveer Singh is Sonam Kapoor's Cousin from the maternal side.

2. Ranveer had rejected 3 movies, before marking his first debut film 'Band Baja Baraat' opposite Anushka Sharma.

3. Unlike other actors, Ranveer did not do any ads or music videos before entering into bollywood, thinking that the fresh face works better in film industry.

4. He was not into modelling. After his college, he joined a job as a copywriter at an advertising agency.

5. Ranveer once thought of changing his name as it sounds so much similar to Ranbir (Kapoor).

6. He is master at 'Rapping'. He even rapped a couple of lines in his film 'Ladies vs Ricky Behl'.

7. Ranveer Singh dated Ahana Deol, daughter of Hema Malini and Dharmendra, before entering in the Indian film industry.

8. Ranveer Is a Mama's boy. Likewise, he considers his sister as his second mother.

9. Not Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh was the primary choice for Anurag Kashyap's Bombay Velvet.

10. During the shooting of the film “Lootera”, Ranveer Singh suffered a serious led injury. He again goy his shoulder injured during his to be released film “Bajirao Mastani”.

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When we discuss Amrita Rao, the main thing that comes to our mind is the Bollywood's quintessential next door girl. She has done a number of movies with Shahid Kapoor who happens to be her favourite co-star. She was hailed for her role in the movie Vivaah opposite Shahid Kapoor and is her best film till date.

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1. She was born on 7th June 1981 and has worked in a number of Tamil and Telugu movies. Apart from Hindi and English, Amrita Rao can speak Marathi and Konkani fluently.

2. She is born in a Brahmin Konkani family and did her graduation from Mumbai. Amrita Rao has a younger sibling named Preeta and both of them have done modelling together. Her father Deepak Rao is a businessman in Mumbai.

3. Amrita had done her senior secondary school from Canossa Convent Girls School, which was a very strict school. In one of her interviews she said, “I went to a strict school. Even if a button was missing here and a clip missing there, we were punished. I had to always be obedient. No masti at all for me”.

4. She is the granddaughter of Guru Dutt who was a celebrated chief, maker and film on-screen character. Amrita Rao has done her graduation from Sophia College. She has a decent voice and she has done Hindustani Classical singing for a long time when she was in school.

5. At the point when Amrita Rao was 16 years of age, her first crush was nobody however Nayan Mongia; India's a standout amongst the most praised wicket managers. She says that every one of the young ladies in her group used to like Sachin TENDULKAR yet she was succumbing to Mongia.

6. Amrita Rao came into the Bollywood film industry in the year 2002 and made debut in a movie called Ab Ke Baras. Till date, she has won a number of different awards like Fashion Icon of the Year that was sponsored by NIFD, Stardust Awards, Filmfare Awards etc. Also, she is the winner of prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award when she was 25 years old.

7. Before beginning her vocation in Indian motion pictures, Amrita Rao showed up in various TV plugs and was doing displaying for a few mold houses. Her first open appearance was in the year 2002 when she was 17 years of age. She was included in a music video called Woh Pyar Mera by Alisha Chinoy.

8. In the year 2007, she was offered a movie by Yash Raj Films however she denied the offer for the role of the lead actress in the movie. Actually she needed to kiss Ranbir Kapoor in one scene which she has never done onscreen.

9. Her hobbies include writing, reading and poetry. She loves eating Thai and Mangalorian cuisine. Amrita Rao is the brand ambassador of Miss Players Apparel, Parachute Hair Oil and D’Damas Gold Jewellery. Times of India declared her as one of the Top 50 Desirable Women of 2011.

10. She was in headlines after she secretly married with her boyfriend Anmol who is actually a radio jockey. As she is amazingly saved in her own life, the wedding declaration by this diva came as a kind of shock.

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