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Zimbabwe seats in between two major African rivers – Limpopo and the mighty Zambezi.  Just a few days ago, military seized power, ending the 37 years’ reign of President Robert Mugabe.    

Here are quirky facts about Zimbabwe that could either leave you laughing or in complete shock.

#1. All hail the world famous Mugabe!

 Quick facts about Zimbabwe and its president Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe, its ousted President, is the most educated president in the world, with a total of 18 degrees.

#2. Like Zimbabwe’s currency, like toilet paper

Quick facts about Zimbabwe and its president Robert Mugabe

Inflation is so high in the country that you will need to carry a truckload of Zimbabwean currency to buy an item from a store.

#3. American Dollar to the rescue

Quick facts about Zimbabwe and its president Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe abandoned its own currency in 2009, and started using the US dollar.

#4. You won’t believe, Zimbabwe is best on this one!

Quick facts about Zimbabwe and its president Robert Mugabe

Source: AFP PHOTO

Zimbabwe has the highest literacy rates in Africa, but one of the worst poverty rates in the world.

#5. Big tummy is for the rich

Quick facts about Zimbabwe and its president Robert Mugabe

Having a big tummy in Zimbabwe is a sign of good living. It means the person can afford the cost of meat on a daily basis. 

#6. Even King Solomon found treasures here

Quick facts about Zimbabwe and its president Robert Mugabe

Source: Historic Mysteries

Zimbabwe is believed to be the spot (Ophir) where the Biblical King Solomon got gold, ivory, peacocks and other precious ornaments.

#7.  Hello Policeman, cut me some slack!

Quick facts about Zimbabwe and its president Robert Mugabe

Source: The Zimbabwean

Here, it’s illegal for the police to impound your vehicle on the road, except they need to see your driver’s license. 

#8.  Mermaids, mermaids everywhere!

Quick facts about Zimbabwe and its president Robert Mugabe

Mermaids are often blamed for all misfortunes, including kidnapping, suffering and murder in the country. Excuse me!

#9. Oops, UN Aid, where are you?

Quick facts about Zimbabwe and its president Robert Mugabe

Source: BORGEN Magazine

Many people in this country survive on only a meal per day due to the food shortage in the country.

 

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