Published on March 3rd, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
Facty things: 10 facts about Argentina
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A trip to Argentina looms large on the minds and desires of travellers for a good reason: it’s the stuff daydreams are made of. It’s also the stuff facts are made of.
1. TRUE DETECTIVE
Argentina was the first country to use fingerprinting as a method of identification.
Argentina is home to Tierra Santa, a biblical theme park where an oversized, 18m tall Jesus is resurrected every half hour.
The Buenos Aires Beatles Museum is home to the world’s biggest collection of Beatles memorabilia.
4. STATION SAINTS
The subway stations in Buenos Aires feature small shrines to the Virgin Mary.
5. DIRTY DANCING
The Tango originates in La Boca brothels in the 19th century.
6. NO JAYWALKING
At 16 lanes wide, Avenida 9 de Julio is the widest street in the world.
7. GRAPE EXPECTATIONS
Argentina is home to more than 1,300 wineries.
8. SHRINK FEST
Argentina has the world’s highest rate of psychoanalysts per capita.
9. DUCK DIGGLER
The Argentina Lake Duck has the longest penis of any bird species in the world. It is long enough to lasso any female duck who tries to get away.
10. EL PRESIDENTE
Until 1994, the elected President of Argentina had to Roman Catholic by law.