1. The Guarani language, one of the official languages of Paraguay along with Spanish, is one of the most-widely spoken indigenous languages of the Americas and the only one whose speakers include a large proportion of non-indigenous people.
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  2. 95% of Paraguayans are mestizos: people of mixed Spanish and Native-American ancestry.
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  3. Due to the Paraguay's central location in South America, it is sometimes referred to as "Corazón de Sudamérica" (Heart of South America).
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  4. Proportionally speaking, the most destructive war in modern history was the War of the Triple Alliance, which took the lives of over 60% of Paraguay's population, leaving a woman/man ratio of 4 to 1.
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  5. The Ache tribe of Paraguay believe that babies inherit the characteristics of all the men who have had sex with the mother during pregnancy.
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  6. Paraguay and Brazil's Itaipu Dam is the hydroelectric plant that produces more energy in the world, setting a new world record in 2016.
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  7. The longest hot dog ever was made in Paraguay and had 668 ft (203 m).
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  8. A couple from Paraguay moved in together in 1933. After 80 years, 8 children and 50 grandchildren, the 103-year-old man married his 99-year-old bride.
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  9. Paraguay boasts the world's third-biggest fleet of tug-propelled barges, behind the U.S. and China.
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  10. In 2001, Paraguay's president was found to own a stolen car.
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  11. In 1892, over 200 people left Australia to create "New Australia," a utopian socialist settlement in Paraguay.
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  12. For the Pope's visit to Paraguay in 2015, an altar was built using 32,000 ears of corn, 200,000 coconuts and 1,000 pumpkins.
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  13. A 2017 survey found Paraguay to be the happiest country in the world for the second year in a row.
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  14. Over 300 people died in a supermarket fire in Paraguay because the owners shut the doors so people wouldn't leave without paying.
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  15. In 2008, a Catholic Bishop resigned to become Paraguay's President. He was later found to be the father of at least two children.
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  16. 97% of motorcycle riders in Paraguay don't wear helmets.
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