1. Colombia's drug trade is worth US$10 billion. That's one-quarter as much as the country's legal exports.
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  2. Cocaine can be purchased for about US$5 per gram in Colombia while in the U.S. it sells for at least US$100.
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  3. More Colombians die every year from American tobacco than Americans die from Colombian cocaine.
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  4. A Colombian woman was raised by monkeys after being kidnaped and abandoned in the jungle as a child.
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  5. Jamaica, Colombia and St Lucia are the only countries where a woman is more likely to be a boss than a man.
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  6. Bolivia was named after Simon Bolivar, a military leader who led Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Bolivia to independence.
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  7. While most of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil (60%), it's also in Peru (13%), Colombia (10%), Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and three countries.
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  8. In 1973, Nixon gave Colombia a lunar rock collected during the Apollo 17 landing. The plaque reads "Presented to the People of the Republic of Columbia."
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  9. The South American revolutionary Simon Bolivar was, at various times, president of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.
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  10. From July to November, the Caño Cristales River in Colombia gets 5 different colors: yellow, green, blue, black and red.
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  11. Before the Columbian Exchange, there were no oranges in Florida, no bananas in Ecuador, no potatoes in Ireland, no coffee in Colombia, no pineapples in Hawaii, no rubber trees in Africa, no tomatoes in Italy, and no chocolate in Switzerland.
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  12. The workforces of Colombia and India enjoy a leisurely 18 days off per year, making them the two countries with the most public holidays in the world.
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  13. Pablo Escobar offered to pay the whole of Colombia's national debt in an attempt to avoid extradition to the U.S.
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  14. The Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, once hired 420 mimes artists to make fun of traffic violators because he believes Colombians fear ridicule more than being fined.
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