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    in the late 1960s, the Shah of Iran sent a series of letters to the King of Saudi Arabia, saying, ‘Please, my brother, modernize. Open up your country. Make the schools mixed. Let women wear miniskirts. Have discos. Be modern. Otherwise I cannot guarantee you will stay on your throne.’
    despite homosexual sex being punishable by death (potentially) in Iran, sex change operations are perfectly legal and often state-funded. Iranians account for the second highest amount of sex changes in the world, behind Thailand.
    Iran has one of the largest rates of brain drain in the world. It’s estimated that 150,000-180,000 specialists leave the country every year, costing the country at least $50 billion in human capital annually.
    70% of science and engineering students in Iran are women.
    Iran tried to get into the Guinness book of world records by making the worlds largest sandwich. But people started eating it before it could be officially measured so they failed.
    Iran eliminated its kidney transplant waiting list by incentivizing unrelated donors with financial compensation and heath insurance
    In 1953 US and UK overthrow first Iranian democratic government because Iran wanted to nationalize the petroleum reserves.
    that, as a man, you can be arrested in Iran for wearing shorts.
    a girl in Iran gave birth at the age of 9 after being prostituted by her parents. When she was 19, she was sentenced to death for incest and prostitution, una lawyer intervened and had her sentence reduced to public beating and imprisonment.
    in Iran, boys can’t be held responsible for a crime under the age of 15. For girls, the age of criminal responsibility is 9.
    during the Iran Hostage Crisis, American embassy staff tried to burn classified documents but the furnace malfunctioned, forcing them to use cheap paper shredders. After the takeover, Iran employed carpet weavers to put the shredded documents together.
    the computers of Iran’s nuclear program were hacked, causing them to blare ‘Thunderstruck’ by AC/DC.

    Iran’s largest airport had a Star of David embedded into its roof for 30 years before it was discovered through Google Earth.
    Iran once arrested 14 squirrels for spying
    during the Iraq-Iran War, the United States shot down an Iranian civilian plane, killing 260 people.
    Iran Air Flight 655 was an Iran Air civilian passenger flight that was shot down by the US Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes. All 290 on board, including 66 children and 16 crew, died. Ranks ninth among the deadliest disasters in aviation history
    mullets are illegal in Iran.

    40,000 people in Iran rely on a 45km long ‘qanat’ (underground aqueduct) built nearly 3000 years ago

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