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30 countries with awesome nicknames

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A nickname is a replacement of the original name. There may be different reason behind that specific nickname like Napoleon named China as “The Sleeping Giant” just because he expected China as one of the greatest nations in future and he was right.

This post is dedicated to 30 countries that have awesome nicknames.

Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empires

Albania: Land of the eagles

Australia: The lucky country

Belarus: The White Rus

Bhutan: Land of the thunder dragon

Cameroon: The Armpit of Africa

Canada: A few acres of snow

Chad: The dead heart of Africa

Chile: Land of poets

Egypt: The gift of the Nile

England: Land of hope and glory

Ethiopia: The Mother Land

Finland: Land of a thousand lakes

France: The Church’s old daughter

Indonesia: The lungs of the world

Ireland: The emerald Isle

Italy: The boot

Lebanon: Switzerland of the Middle East

Lesotho: The Kingdom in the sky

Malaysia: Bolehland

Mongolia: Land of the blue sky

Paraguay: An island surrounded by land

Philippines: The pearl of the Orient Seas

Rwanda: Land of a thousand hills

South Africa: Rainbow Nation

South Korea: Land of the morning calm

Slovenia: Sunny side of the Alps

Srilanka: Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Ukraine: The bread basket of Europe

Venezuela: Land of grace

That’s it. What is the Nickname of your country? Feel free to share in comments.

   

15 random facts from Olympic Games History

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So guys, 2012 Summer Olympics are just a step away from us so here is a post dedicated to these events. Although we have posted some detailed posts about the current and the oldest Olympic Games too but in this post we are going to gather some random and interesting facts about previous Olympic Games.

15 Random Facts from Olympic History

 

  • Official Olympic Flag was created by Pierre de Coubertin in 1914, with five interconnected rings while each ring symbolizing the five significant continents.
  • Olympic Moto is “Swifter, Higher, Stronger” used since 1921.
  • Olympic Torch was used in ancient Greek Olympics  and is still in use in modern Olympic games, it was first used in modern Olympics in 1928.
  • In Olympics opening ceremony the first team parade is that of Greece team, rest of the teams come in an alphabetical order.
  • First modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896, contestants competed in 43 events.
  • Women Athletes were allowed in 1900 Summer Olympics to compete in event.
  • Olympic Games of 1916. 1940 and 1944 were canceled due to World Wars.
  • Unite States has is the highest number of Gold Medals in Olympic History, 1016 Gold medals in total.

    Olympic Torch

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  • United States top the table in Olympics history medal list with a total of 2549 medals, where Soviet Union 1204 on second place and Germany 1099 on third place.
  • Great Briton, France and Switzerland has participated in most number of Olympic events with 46 appearances.
  • Michael Phelps won most gold medals in Olympics history with 14 gold Medals (6 Gold Medals in 2004 Olympics and 8 in 2008 Olympics) in Swimming.
  • Russian Athlete Larisa Latynina has the most number of over all Olympic medals comprising of 18 medal, including 9 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronzes. He won his medals in gymnastics.
  • 2012 Olympics will be held in London from 27th July to 12th August 2012.
  • This will be third time the England city will host the mega event prior to this games were held here in 1908 & 1948.
  • 1908 Olympic Games took 187 days to last.