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The name “Argentina” comes from the Latin word for silver, argentum. The original European settlers believed the country was full of silver.
In 1913, Argentina was the world’s 10th wealthiest nation per capita. Now it’s the 54th.
Argentina has dropped 13 zeroes off their currency since 1970, a factor of ten trillion.
Between 1974 and 1983, up to 30,000 people went “missing” in Argentina. Most were killed by the military junta running the country.
During Argentina’s dictatorship, opponents were pushed out of planes alive with weights attached to their feet so no bodies would be found as evidence.
In 2001, Argentina had 5 presidents in 10 days.
In Argentina, political parties have their own brands of beer.
Pope Francis used to work as a bar bouncer in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Argentina’s retired soccer player Diego Maradona has his own religion made by his fans.
In 1938, 15,000 Argentines celebrated in Buenos Aires the NAZI annexation of Austria.
The toothpaste “Colgate” in Argentine Spanish translates to “Go Hang Yourself.”
There is a Welsh-speaking part of Argentina. It has its own dialect of Welsh.
In 1971, Evita Peron’s body was exhumed and flown to Spain, where Argentina’s Ex-President Juan Peron and his new wife kept the corpse in their dining room.
A heartbroken Argentine farmer spent decades cultivating a guitar-shaped forest to honor his late wife.
The AMIA Bombing of Argentina in 1994 was one of the largest terrorist attacks in South America, killing 85 people.
Pope Francis was the first public personality in Argentina to sign a petition for justice in the 1994 AMIA terrorist attack.
The world’s widest avenue is the “9th of July” in Argentina, with 14 lanes, plus 4 lanes of parallel streets.
If you want to buy dollars in Argentina to travel abroad, you need to send an application to the government declaring where, when and why you are traveling.
Argentina has the highest number of psychiatrists per capita in the world.
The average person in Argentina spends over 20 hours a week listening to the radio, the most of any country, a survey found.
8 people were crushed to death and 2000 people injured following the funeral procession of Eva Peron in Argentina.
Argentina has the world’s second-highest rate of anorexia, after Japan.
Government officials in Lionel Messi’s hometown in Argentina have banned parents from naming their children “Messi.”
In 1977, Argentina sent a pregnant mother to Antarctica in an effort to claim a portion of the continent. The boy became the first human known to be born in Antarctica.
The Earth’s magnetic field has been steadily weakening over the past 180 years, specially around Brazil and Argentina.
In 1818, the argentine pirate Hippolyte Bouchard attacked Monterey, California. After an hour of combat, Argentina’s flag flew over it.
The major figure of the Cuban Revolution, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, was born in Argentina.
If you could dig a deep enough hole in China you would end up in Argentina or Chile.
Argentina was the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010.
37% of the Argentine population are of Italian descent, about 12,8 million people.