1. India is the world's largest democracy, with 1.2 billion people.
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  2. 100 million people come to India's Kumbh Mela Festival, the world's biggest gathering of humans.
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  3. India's Hindu calendar has 6 seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and prevernal.
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  4. It's illegal for foreigners to take Indian currency (rupees) out of India.
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  5. An Indian man claims he hasn't eaten or drunk for 70 years. After many tests, doctors still don't know how it's possible.
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  6. Breathing the air in Mumbai, India, for just one day is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes.
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  7. The world's biggest family lives together in India: a man with 39 wives and 94 children.
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  8. A man married a dog in India as atonement.
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  9. Police officers in one state in India are given a slight pay upgrade for having a moustache.
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  10. India has the world's lowest meat consumption per person.
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  11. India has more mobile phones than toilets.
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  12. Children's Day is celebrated in India on November 14th, 9 months after Valentine's Day.
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  13. 61% of school children in India have disease-causing germs on their hands.
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  14. In West Bengal, India, cows must have a Photo ID Card.
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  15. One woman dies
    every hour
    in India because of
    dowry-related crimes.
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  16. 70% of all the world's spices come from India.
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  17. Sex toys
    are
    illegal
    in India.
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  18. India has the largest slave population in the modern world with over 14 million slaves.
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  19. To earn enough to buy a Big Mac, the average person in India has to work almost 6 hours.
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  20. 53% of homes in India do not have a lavatory.
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  21. In India, a polling station is set up in a forest for a lone voter in every election since 2004.
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  22. India has more population than the entire Western Hemisphere of Earth.
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  23. "Anal"
    is a language
    spoken in India and Burma
    by 23,000 people.
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  24. In India, there is a vigilante group called the "Love Commandos" that offers protection from harassment to couples from different castes who fall in love.
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  25. While Beijing's pollution problem is more famous, the world's most polluted city is New Delhi, India.
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  26. India's "Go Air" airline only hires female flight attendants because they are lighter, so they save up to US$500,000 per year in fuel.
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  27. Gleevec, a cancer drug that costs US$70,000 in the U.S. per year, cost just US$2,500 in India because it can't be patented there.
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  28. A con man in India repeatedly "sold" the Taj Mahal, the Indian parliament and various other heritage sites. He was sentenced to 113 years but managed to escape prison 9 times. The last time, he was 84 years old.
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  29. In Canada, Mexico, India, Russia and Israel, bank notes have Braille-like markings on them for the blind.
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  30. Between 100,000 and 500,000 abortions per year continue to be performed in India solely because the fetus is female.
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  31. Judaism arrived in India 2500 years ago with no recorded instances of anti-Semitism from the local populace ever since.
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  32. The richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani, built a home valued at US$1 billion. It's a 27-story building with 3 helipads, a 6-floor car park, a staff of 600, a 4-storey hanging garden and a cinema.
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  33. There is a gypsy tribe in India that celebrates death as one of the happiest events in their lives, while treating births with great grief.
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  34. The Golden Temple in India feeds a vegetarian meal to over 100,000 people a day regardless of race, religion and class.
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  35. In 1954, archaeologists excavating an 8th-century Viking settlement in Sweden found a Buddha statuette from India.
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  36. India is expected to be the world's most populous country by 2050. With 1.6 billion people, it will almost equal the U.S. and China's population combined.
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  37. Indian housewives hold 11% of the World's Gold. That is more than the reserves of the U.S., IMF, Switzerland and Germany put together.
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  38. In India, it is not uncommon to consume marijuana in milkshake form.
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  39. Global warming 'solved' a land dispute
    between India and Bangladesh:
    the island in dispute disappeared.
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  40. In 2009, a doctor in India removed 172,155 stones from a patient's left kidney during a three-hour surgery.
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  41. A man revived 5 rivers and brought water back to 1000 villages in India using native water-preservation techniques.
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  42. In India, many brides use the "Bichiya": a wedding ring for the toe.
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  43. In South India, people roll over food leftovers served to Brahmins in the belief that all troubles and ailments will be cured.
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  44. There's a village in India that produces most bouncers and bodyguards of New Delhi's nightclubs.
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  45. 74% of young Indians prefer an arranged marriage over a free-choice one, a 2013 survey found.
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  46. Only about 1 in 100 marriages in India end in divorce, one of the lowest rates in the world.
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  47. 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in world are just in India.
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  48. India has more people using the internet than the entire population of the U.S.
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  49. During WW2, India produced the largest volunteer Army in world history: over 2.5 million men. At least 38 Indians received the Victoria Cross or the George Cross.
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  50. There 2.5 million of Zero Rupee bank notes in India. They are "paid" in protest by angry citizens to government functionaries who solicit bribes.
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  51. The people of North Sentinel Island, India, are among the last people to remain virtually untouched by modern civilization.
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  52. There's an experimental township in India founded in 1968 and called Auroville, where citizens are from all over the world and there's no money or religion.
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  53. The Bengal Tiger is the national animal of India.
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  54. The village of Shani Shingnapur, India, had no doors, locks or crime for over 400 years until 2010.
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  55. Farmers in India use Coca-Cola and Pepsi as cheap pesticides, according to the BBC.
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  56. The Khasi people in Meghalaya, India, grow living bridges with tree roots.
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  57. A statue of Jesus in India had water mysteriously dripping from its toes. Worshipers would collect and sometimes drink it. The source of the water was later found to be a clogged toilet near the statue.
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  58. India planted nearly 50 million trees in 24 hours on Monday, July 11, 2016, a new Guinness World Record.
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  59. 9 people died every day in 2015 while commuting in local trains of Mumbai, India.
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  60. In India, Snakes are worshipped as gods even today. Many women pour milk on snakes, despite snakes' aversion for it.
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  61. London has more Indian restaurants than Mumbai or Delhi.
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  62. The Taj Mahal's white marble exterior is gradually turning yellow due to high levels of air pollution.
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  63. A 30-year-old woman from India, who claimed to have fallen in love with a snake, got married to the reptile in 2006.
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  64. From July to September 2001, heavy downpours of red-coloured rain fell sporadically on the state of Kerala, India.
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  65. Britain boasts the largest Indian restaurant in the world, The Aakash, which can seat up to 750 people in one sitting.
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  66. In some remote Indian villages, babies are dropped from the tops of temples and caught by adults below—it's believed to bring good health.
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  67. India has 122 major languages and 1599 other languages.
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  68. In 2016, an Indian bus driver became the first person in modern recorded history to be struck dead by a meteorite.
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  69. India's Chennai airport ceiling
    has fallen down 66 times in the past few years.
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  70. 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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  71. Only 2% of people in India define themselves as atheists.
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  72. 93% of Indians work in informal, off-the-books jobs, and get paid in cash.
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  73. Indians read more than 10 hours per week on average, the most for any country in the world.
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  74. A cow-smuggling tunnel was discovered in 2017 under the India–Pakistan border.
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  75. In India, where the Taj Mahal and Delhi's Lodhi Gardens and Purana Qila fort have been badly affected,
    graffitists risk up to 1 lakh (about £970) in fines and up to two years in jail.
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  76. India has 454 living languages and 16 official ones.
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