We all like to think the country we live in is the best at something. With that in mind, when you actually look into it, you’ll find that a lot of countries are the best at rather odd or unexpected things. Consider for example that…
5. AFGHANISTAN: DRUGS
Anyone who’s seen the Rambo movies think Afghanistan is full of nothing but people playing sheep ball. However, the country is actually one of the drug capitals of the world. Cannabis, hashish, opium and heroin are all shipped by the metric ton from a place that 30% of the people in the world can’t locate on a map.
4. VENEZUELA: BEAUTIFUL WOMEN
Some people say beauty pageants give women an unhealthy body image and are massively anti-feminist, but as Lisa Simpson once said, “that’s what a fat girl would say.”
We jest, but the so called “big four beauty pageants” are where some of the world’s most objectively attractive women meet to be judged by people who get to write “staring at people in bikinis” on their resumes.
By far Venezuela has the most Big 4 wins with 19, five more than America (the second place winner) and 11 more than India, the third place winner. Now, we know that everyone is beautiful in their own way, but be honest: how many of you are debating going to Venezuela for a vacation after reading this?
3. SWITZERLAND: NOT BRIBING PEOPLE
Bribes are commonplace just about everywhere, except in Switzerland. Now, most people’s image of the Swiss is a bunch of people in funny hats, eating chocolate while clocks-a-plenty chime in the background. We don’t really picture them as shrewd businessmen, let alone honest ones. Hell, does anyone picture a businessman anywhere being honest?
Well, according to the Bribe Payers Index, which is apparently a thing, the Swiss are the unlikeliest group of people to slip someone a bribe. Russia and China are the most dishonest countries in this category.
2. RUSSIA: BILLIONAIRES
When you think of Russia, you probably think of a bunch of people wearing furry hats and drinking bottles of vodka by the crate to stave off the cold. Sure, we’ve all heard the rumors about Russia being full of billionaires, but did you know that’s no mere rumor? Turns out, the city of Moscow alone has 64 billionaires living there.
1. ISRAEL: SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media dominates the online landscape these day. Even on this very site, you’ll see links to share this article on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. It’s unavoidable, but strangely, it’s not the Philippines that uses social media the most. It’s Israel.
Though exact numbers are hard to pin down, Israeli citizens used social media almost twice as much as people in the US, which would make them the most avid users of social media on Earth. In fact, social media is such a problem that the Israeli government has had to crack down on soldiers using the service after a female soldier uploaded “racy pictures” of herself to her Facebook profile.
Say what you want; we’ll bet you never expected to learn Israeli soldiers are so into Instagram their government had to step in and tell them to cut the crap.