1. The Guarani language, one of the official languages of Paraguay along with Spanish, is one of the most-widely spoken indigenous languages of the Americas and the only one whose speakers include a large proportion of non-indigenous people.
  2. 95% of Paraguayans are mestizos: people of mixed Spanish and Native-American ancestry.
  3. Due to the Paraguay's central location in South America, it is sometimes referred to as "Corazón de Sudamérica" (Heart of South America).
  4. Proportionally speaking, the most destructive war in modern history was the War of the Triple Alliance, which took the lives of over 60% of Paraguay's population, leaving a woman/man ratio of 4 to 1.
  5. The Ache tribe of Paraguay believe that babies inherit the characteristics of all the men who have had sex with the mother during pregnancy.
  6. Paraguay and Brazil's Itaipu Dam is the hydroelectric plant that produces more energy in the world, setting a new world record in 2016.
  7. The longest hot dog ever was made in Paraguay and had 668 ft (203 m).
  8. A couple from Paraguay moved in together in 1933. After 80 years, 8 children and 50 grandchildren, the 103-year-old man married his 99-year-old bride.
  9. Paraguay boasts the world's third-biggest fleet of tug-propelled barges, behind the U.S. and China.
  10. In 2001, Paraguay's president was found to own a stolen car.
  11. In 1892, over 200 people left Australia to create "New Australia," a utopian socialist settlement in Paraguay.
  12. For the Pope's visit to Paraguay in 2015, an altar was built using 32,000 ears of corn, 200,000 coconuts and 1,000 pumpkins.
  13. A 2017 survey found Paraguay to be the happiest country in the world for the second year in a row.
  14. Over 300 people died in a supermarket fire in Paraguay because the owners shut the doors so people wouldn't leave without paying.
  15. In 2008, a Catholic Bishop resigned to become Paraguay's President. He was later found to be the father of at least two children.
  16. 97% of motorcycle riders in Paraguay don't wear helmets.
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