32 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Cuba
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1. Penis enlargement surgeries are free for men in Cuba.
2. Tupac's aunt is the first woman to make FBI's most wanted terrorist list. She is thought to be hiding out in Cuba.
3. Cuba has one of the highest literacy rates in the world. 99.8% of people over 15 can read and write.
4. The smallest known bird in the world, the bee hummingbird, is found only in Cuba.
7. In 1998, Fidel Castro ended a 30-year "ban" on Christmas. Shortly after he came to power, he declared the country an atheist nation. In 1998, he ended the ban and made Christmas an official holiday because of pressure from the Pope.
8. In 2013, for the first time since 1959, Cubans were allowed to purchase new cars built after 1959.
9. The cars are marked up 400%.
10. A car that would cost $52,000 in the U.K. goes for $262,000 Cuba.
11. And most Cubans only make $20 a month.
12. As a result, only 50 cars were sold in the first six months.
13. North Korea and Cuba are the only two countries in the world where CocaCola isn't officially sold.
14. In the early 20th century, Cuba was one of the first three countries outside of the U.S. along with Canada and Panama to bottle Coca-Cola.
15. Bacardi rum originated in Cuba. They were exiled after the Communist revolution.
16. According to Freedom House, only 5% of Cubans have internet access.
17. Hours before Cuba's trading ban went into effect, JFK bought 1,200 Cuban cigars.
18. In 1962, the U.S. wanted to start a war with Cuba by committing terrorism acts on U.S. cities and blaming it on Cuba.
19. In 2009, Cuba had a toilet paper shortage.
20. In 2011, Cuba started producing a lung cancer vaccine.
21. Before 2008, Cubans were not allowed to buy computers.
22. The largest colony of flamingos (70,000!) in the western hemisphere is in Cuba.
23. About 3,000 plant species grow in Cuba that can't be found anywhere else in the world.
24. Every year, the U.S. accepts 20,000 Cuban immigrants.
25. The "wet foot, dry foot" policy states that if a Cuban person is caught at sea, they are sent back to Cuba. If they make it to land, they can stay.
26. Cuba was discovered by Christopher Columbus. He thought he landed in China.
27. The U.S. has been leasing Guantanamo Bay from Cuba since 1903. They've paid the Cuban government $4,085 every single year since then. The last time the Cuban government cashed a check was in 1959.
28. According to Human Rights Watch, there are 57,000 people in Cuban prison. They describe the prisons as "overcrowded, unhygienic, and unhealthy."
29. Nearly 18,000 Ukrainian children effected by the Chernobyl disaster have been treated in Havana.
30. Cuba offers free sex-change surgery.
31. There has been a McDonald's in Cuba at Guantanamo Bay since 1986.
32. Lastly, here are two pictures of a party on base at Guantanamo Bay from 1990.