1. Venezuela's name comes from the Italian word "Veneziola" (little Venice). Explorer Amerigo Vespucci saw native stilt houses built in Lake Maracaibo, reminding him of Venice.
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  2. Oil is cheaper than water in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia.
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  3. Angel Falls in Venezuela is 17 times higher than Niagara.
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  4. Venezuela had the world's highest inflation rate in 2015 with over 141%.
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  5. In 1863, Venezuela became the first modern country to abolish the death penalty for all crimes.
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  6. Over 1.5 million Venezuelans --4% to 6% of the country's population-- left Venezuela following Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian Revolution.
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  7. Venezuela was the most murderous place on Earth in 2015, where one person was murdered every 21 minutes.
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  8. Bolivia was named after Simon Bolivar, a military leader who led Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Bolivia to independence.
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  9. Since 2007, an unfinished skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela, has been re-appropriated by squatters into a vast 'vertical slum' which now includes grocery stores, hairdressers, and an unlicensed dentist.
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  10. There is a persistent storm at Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela. Lightning storms occur for about 10 hours a night, 140 to 160 nights a year, for a total of about 1.2 million lightning discharges per year.
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  11. There's a nightclub inside a prison in Venezuela.
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  12. 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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  13. After Hurricane Katrina, Cuba offered medical aid and Venezuela gasoline plus US$5 million. The U.S. rejected them all.
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  14. In 2012, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez rewarded his 3,000,000th Twitter follower, a 19-year old girl, with a new home.
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  15. Canada has the third largest oil reserves of any country in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
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  16. Venezuela ranks 7th
    in the world's list
    of nations with
    the most number of species.
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  17. In Venezuela, 4 in 100,000 adult males opt for penis enlargement surgery, the second highest rate in the world.
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  18. Hugo Chávez, as president of Venezuela, hosted a TV show every Sunday from 1999 to 2012.
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  19. The South American revolutionary Simon Bolivar was, at various times, president of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.
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  20. 75%
    of the population of Venezuela lost at least 19 pounds in 2016 due to a lack of proper nutrition amid an economic crisis.
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  21. Venezuela had the world's 4th highest GDP per capita in 1950, trailing only the United States, Switzerland, and New Zealand.
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  22. In 2017, US$10 made you a millionaire in Venezuela's local currency.
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