12 Truly Unique Facts About Africa

Africa And Europe Are Just 9 Miles Apart

Africa And Europe Are Just 9 Miles Apart

As crazy as it might sounds, it's true. The narrowest part of the Strait of Gibraltar separates Morocco and Spain by just nine miles. There is talk of an undersea tunnel link to allow a rail connection in the future.

You're Legally Allowed To Attach Flamethrowers To Your Car In South Africa

You're Legally Allowed To Attach Flamethrowers To Your Car In South Africa

The reason this is allowed is supposedly to deter criminals from stealing your car. Wouldn't we love to see some stats that let us know if this actually works or not?!



Timbuktu Is Home To One Of The Planet's Oldest Universities

Timbuktu Is Home To One Of The Planet's Oldest Universities

Pictured is the Sankore mosque which is part of the University of Timbuktu in Mali. It was established way back in 982.

Africa Is Home To The Planet's Biggest Type Of Frog

Africa Is Home To The Planet's Biggest Type Of Frog

Found in Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon, the world's largest breed of frog is the African Goliath frog. Apparently, these guys can weigh up to 8 pounds and grow to be a foot long!



In Kiswahili, The Word For

In Kiswahili, The Word For

In Kiswahili, The Word For "Crossword" Translates As "Boil Brains".

The actual word is “chemshebongo”.

Idi Amin Had A Crazy-Long Official Title. Like, Really Long...!!

Idi Amin Had A Crazy-Long Official Title. Like, Really Long...!!

“His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular”.



The World's First Miners Lived In What Is Now Swaziland

The World's First Miners Lived In What Is Now Swaziland

Pictured is part of the Ngwenya mountains, home to the world's oldest mine.

In the 60s, tools were found which suggest that the site had been mined for what turned out to be around 43,000 years.

Graça Machel Is The Only Woman To Have Been First Lady Of Two Different Countries

Graça Machel Is The Only Woman To Have Been First Lady Of Two Different Countries

She has outlived both her first husband, former Mozambique President, Samora Machel, and South Africa's first post-apartheid President, the great Nelson Mandela.

Machel is also a very successful politician and humanitarian in her own right.



Sudan Has Twice As Many Pyramids As Egypt

Sudan Has Twice As Many Pyramids As Egypt

The Meroe pyramids were part of the Nubian Kingdom of Kush and were built about 4,600 years ago.

Hippos Kill More People Each Year Than Lions Do

Hippos Kill More People Each Year Than Lions Do

It's true! And what makes it even crazier is that they are, of course, herbivores. While just a few hundred or so people are killed by lions each year, the amount killed by hippos is more like a few thousand!



From 1977 To 2011, Libya Was The Only Country To Have A Flag Comprising Of Just A Single Color

From 1977 To 2011, Libya Was The Only Country To Have A Flag Comprising Of Just A Single Color

Following the overthrow of the Gaddafi government in 2011, Libya's flag is now red, black and green with a star and crescent. But it used to be just green all over. Gaddafi thought it represented both Island his political philosophy (as in, the Green Book).

People Came From Africa

People Came From Africa

It's more than the title of a movie. "Out of Africa" also describes the paleoanthropological theory that all human life originates from Africa. This has been the general scientific consensus since just after the start of this millennium.