Happy New Year! Gelukkige Nuwe Jaar! Selamat Tahun Baru! Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! 새해 복 많이 받으세요
The Net-Translators team wishes you the best for 2017! To kick off the New Year, please enjoy our gift of a free, downloadable 3-year online calendar that’s filled with fun facts about a variety of countries from all over the globe. Keep track of the days while learning some global trivia! For example, did you know that the Czech Republic consumes the most beer per capita? Here are a few other fun facts from our calendar.
South Africa is the Only Country Where Two Nobel Prize Winners Lived on the Same Street
is probably the most famous street in Soweto, a township of Johannesburg, South Africa because it’s the only street in the world to have had two Nobel Prize winners living on it. At one time, former President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu lived on Vilakazi Street at the same time. Today, the Mandela House is an historic site preserving the legacy of the Mandela family, who lived there from 1946 into the 1990s. Desmond and Leah Tutu moved into their home on Vilakazi Street in 1975 and continue to reside there. In addition to these two famous homes, the street and neighborhood are vibrant with shops and restaurants where the locals live and work.
Indonesia’s Rafflesia Arnoldii Flower is the World’s Largest Blooming Flower
The Rafflesia Arnoldii flower can grow to be 3 feet (0.9 meters) in diameter and weigh up to 15 pounds (7 kilograms). Its petals can grow to a thickness of 1 inch (2.5 cm). The flower is also known as a “corpse flower” because it emits a smell of rotten flesh in order to attract flies to help with pollination. It takes the Rafflesia nine months to bloom and it only lasts one week. The flower is only found on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. It’s one of the three national flowers of Indonesia and it’s a protected flower.
The Netherlands is a Cycling Country
The average Dutch person bikes 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) per day and 560 miles (900 kilometers) per year. There are over 21,750 miles (35,000 kilometers) of bike paths in the country. The main reasons the Dutch use bikes are:
- Recreation, restaurants and visiting friends, etc. (41%)
- Working (23%)
- Shopping, hairdressers, etc. (17%)
- Education (15%)
- Other (4%)
In addition to daily cycling, over 240,000 Dutch ride bikes as a sport. The number of electric bikes has increased to 21% from 2008 and is on the rise. Clearly, the bike is a way of life for the Dutch.
Korea Calculates Age Differently
Korea practices a different way to calculate your age. When you’re born, you’re considered one year old because Koreans believe that your life begins when you’re conceived. So a newborn is considered to be one year old. When the New Year (Lunar) begins, everyone ages one year, not on their birthdays. A child born on December 31st is considered to be two on January 1st.
Download and Share the Calendar
Download our calendar here and share it with your co-workers and friends. We hope you enjoy it and learn some interesting things.
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Here’s to much success and good health in 2017!