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Published on February 16th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team

FACTY THINGS: 10 FACTS ABOUT SPAIN

Image courtesy of Rick Lighthelm, Flickr

There’s a lot to love about a country that doesn’t really get going until after midday. But there’s more to Spain than taking it easy. Here’s proof.

1. TOOTH TALES

The Tooth Fairy doesn’t collect in Spain, but the Tooth Mouse, Ratoncito Perez, does. We hear the going rate is one euro per tooth.

2. IMPORTO

The Spanish introduced tomatoes, potatoes, cacao, avocados and tobacco to Europe (from their American colonies).

3. SPANISH ARMADA

Spain tried its hand invading England in 1588. They sent 130 boats and 30,000 men. Turns out it wasn’t enough.

4. COLUMBUS CALLING

Christopher Columbus may have been a great at finding other countries, but no one can find his grave.

5. TOUGH LOVE

There is a Facebook page dedicated to Rafael Nadal’s biceps. He’s Spanish, it’s relevant.

6. SPANISH SPEAKING

More people in the world speak Spanish than English. That’s even if we discount Arnold Schwarzenegger. Hasta La Vista, Baby.

7. MONKEY BUSINESS

Spain is the only place in Europe with monkeys. They’re the Barbary Apes at Gibraltar, so technically they’re in the UK. But we’ll let the Spaniards have this one.

8. MAIDEN, FAIR

Spanish women generally keep their maiden name after marriage. Children take both names.

9. DESERTED

Spain has Europe’s only desert, Tabernas, in Andalucia.

10. SLOW WORK

La Sagrada Familia took longer to build than Egypt’s Great Pyramids. In fact building is still underway. They expect it to be finished in 2041.

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