Cuba Fun & Facts

Cuba Facts: Here you find out the latest, amazing and interesting fun and facts like; Geography, Maps, Flag, History, Current ruler, Area, Population, Capital, Largest cities, Languages, Race, Religion, Literacy rate and Economy of it.

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  • Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, with an area of 110,860 square kilometres (42,800 sq mi).
  • The Soviet Union had transferred over 150 nuclear weapons to Cuba by the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • Government vehicles in Cuba are legally required to pick up any hitchhikers.
  • Cuba has one of the highest literacy rates in the world: 99.8%.
  • The CIA had a plot to use a depilatory chemical on Fidel Castro to cause his beard to fall out.
  • In Cuba, the tourist economy operates with a different currency, the Convertible pesos (CUC), set at par with the US dollar.
  • Cubans were prohibited from owning cell phones until 2008.
  • JFK bought 1,200 cuban cigars just hours before signing the embargo against Cuba.
  • When Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba, he immediately ordered all game sets of Monopoly to be destroyed.
  • A man left Havana in a hot air balloon in 1856 and has been missing ever since.
  • Fidel Castro has said that he saved ten working days a year by not bothering to shave.
  • The U.S. Government created a Twitter clone for Cubans in 2011.
  • Fidel Castro was born on a Friday the 13th.
  • In 1940, 12-year-old boy Fidel Castro wrote a letter to President F. Roosevelt to request a $10 bill because he had never seen one before.
  • The U.S. pays Cuba US$4,085 a month in rent for Guantanamo Bay, but Cuba refuses to cash the checks.
  • A drink of rum and coke is called a "Cuba Libre" (Free Cuba) in Latin America except in Cuba, where it is called a "mentirita" (little lie).
  • The average salary in Cuba in 2013 was 471 pesos or US$20 a month.
  • South Korean soap operas are popular in Cuba.
  • "Usnavi" is a personal name in Cuba, after "US Navy" ships that visited the country in the 1970s.
  • After Hurricane Katrina, Cuba offered medical aid and Venezuela gasoline plus US$5 million. The U.S. rejected them all.
  • There's one kosher butcher in Cuba. Fidel Castro personally allowed him to stay and serve 1,500 people practicing Judaism.
  • The CIA operation to invade Cuba and take down Castro was dubbed "Operation Castration."
  • Cuba was caught sending Weapons to North Korea in 2013.
  • Penis enhancement surgery is free in Cuba.
  • Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba in almost a century.
  • 5% of Cubans have access to the open Internet.
  • Only two countries in the world are not allowed to sell Coca-Cola officially: North Korea and Cuba.
  • Cuba had the second-highest number of imprisoned journalists of any nation in 2008, according to various sources.
  • Until 1997, contacts between tourists and Cubans were de facto outlawed by the Communist regime.
  • Every Cuban household has a ration book entitling it to a monthly supply of food and other staples, which are provided at a nominal cost.