1. With over 4 billion people and 30% of Earth's total land area, Asia is the Earth's largest and most populous continent.
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  2. The five most practiced religions in the world --Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Chinese folk religion and Buddhism-- have their origins in Asia.
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  3. 90% of all the rice in the world is consumed in Asia.
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  4. About 50% of Asians have trouble metabolizing alcohol due to a missing liver enzyme needed to process it.
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  5. Monkey brains are eaten as a delicacy in parts of China, South Asia and Africa.
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  6. Contrary to popular belief, there are no wild tigers in Africa. Only in Asia.
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  7. The richest man in Asia, Sir Ka-shing Li, dropped out of school at the age of 15.
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  8. Christianity began as a Second Temple Judaic sect in the mid-1st century in Judea. It quickly spread to Europe, Mesopotamia, Asia and by the 4th century had become the official state church of the Roman Empire.
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  9. Nepal was the first country in Asia to introduce gay marriage. It has also outlawed the death penalty.
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  10. A genetic study in 2007 concluded that domestic cats are descended from Near Eastern wildcats, having diverged around 8,000 BCE in West Asia.
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  11. In half of Asia and Africa and two-thirds of Europe, households pay a "TV licence" every year.
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  12. The Philippines has the slowest Internet speed in the entire Southeast Asian region with an average speed of 3.54 Mbps.
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  13. It is estimated that Genghis Khan killed about 40 million people across Asia and Europe.
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  14. People in Africa and Asia have to walk an average of 3.7 miles (6 KM) to collect water.
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  15. Cockroaches are served fried in China, Thailand and other Asian countries.
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  16. In 2010, Asia had 3.3 million millionaires, slightly below North America with 3.4 million millionaires.
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  17. Alexander the Great was simultaneously the King of Macedonia, Pharaoh of Egypt, King of Persia, and King of Asia.
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  18. In 2016, a Singaporean street food vendor was awarded a Michelin star.
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  19. Firefighters in Dubai use jetpacks to tackle blazes in high-rise buildings.
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  20. In 1912, as a young man, former president of Vietnam Ho Chi Minh worked as the cook's helper on a ship bound for the U.S.
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  21. 100,000 wild tigers roamed Asia a century ago, but today their numbers have fallen to around 3,200 due to poaching.
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