Bangladesh: 10 Fascinating Things I Bet You Didn’t Know

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Shiva Temple, Puthia, Rajshahi NK

  • The national sport involves holding your breath.  Kabaddi teams take turns sending a “raider” into the other half. To win a point, the raider must take a breath, run into the opposing half, tag one or more members of the opposite team, then return to his home half before inhaling again.  The raider will chant “kabaddi, kabaddi” with his exhaling breath to show the referee he has not inhaled  (Wikipedia).
  • Bangladesh invented the bungalow (the living areas are on one floor, and it has a porch and dormer windows) (WP):

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  • Their black giant squirrel, with tail,  is almost 4 feet long (WP).
  • Their fishing cat (twice the size of a house cat) swims underwater to catch fish  (WP):

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  • Dhaka, the nation’s biggest city, is nicknamed the Rickshaw Capital of the World. Rickshaw art is considered a form of neo-romanticism.  Each region of Bangladesh has a distinct style of rickshaw art (WP).

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  • If the Bengal tiger doesn’t kill you, the storms will: 1,000,000 people have been killed by storms since the early 18th century (WP).
  • Bangladesh has the world’s longest beach (WP).
  • Bangladesh is the world’s largest contributor to U.N. peacekeeping operations (WP).
  • It one of the most pro-American Muslim majority countries in the world, with 76% of Bangladeshis expressing a favorable view of the U.S. (WP).
  • They have a Nobel Prize-winning author described as the Bengali Shakespeare, Rabindranath Tagore (WP).

Photo credits: Wikimedia

 

 

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