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Fun Facts About Venezuela

The beautiful country has had the highest number of Miss World title holders in the world!

The country takes its wildlife conservation very seriously, having declared 53% of its area protected.

But unfortunately, it is not the safest. It ranks as the second-highest number of gun related deaths in the world!

Additionally, it even has a high number of deaths due to cars, with the WHO reporting it at 37.2 per 100,000 inhabitants!

Meanwhile, gasoline in Venezuela is staggeringly cheap, standing at $0.1 per liter, while the global average is $0.97.

On Christmas, folks go to church early in the morning. Um, hello, what’s interesting about that? They do so on roller skates! A passageway is officially cleared to make way for this! Little children go to bed with one string tied around their toe and the other hanging outside the window.

As Santa’s people skate past in the morning, they pull on their strings, signaling the children that it is time for them to wake up, put on their skates, and head on to the church. It hasn’t been confirmed but it is said to be quite likely that the tradition came as an alternative to the traditional stories of sledding during Christmas time.

They even have a national instrument called the cuatro, which is similar to a miniature guitar and their national dance is called the joropo, which is similar to a waltz.

Francisco De Miranda was an exiled Venezuelan who, under the guidance of a British admiral, was successful in returning to his home country with about 500 American and British volunteers to revolt against Spanish rule.

While they weren’t successful, they did end up creating the first of the independent flags. And while Venezuela was the first in its region to rise and revolt against Spanish rule, their fight actually continued and they became independent only in 1830.

Over the mouth of the Catatumbo River, the cold mountain air collides with the heat of Lake Maracaibo. Recognized by Guinness World Records, it is called the “Catatumbo Lightning,” which sees about 100,000 lightning strikes in a night, earning itself the name of an everlasting lightning.

With a height of 979 m, Angel Falls in Venezuela are the world’s tallest waterfalls.

Interestingly, it was actually unknown until the 1950s. Even their neighboring tribe of Pomon had maintained their distance on account of fear of malign spirits. A pilot with an adventurous soul named James Crawford Angel (“Jimmie”) discovered the waterfall. He worked as a civil aviator and spent a significant part of his time in Venezuela.

Around this time, he became highly intrigued, or even obsessed, with Auyántepui, a tepui that was in the shape of a heart. He suspected it to be the home of the lost river of gold. It was then that he spotted the waterfall, leading to its even being named after him, Angel Falls.


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