With offices in Chile, China, Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden and Vietnam, TextMinded is becoming increasingly global.
Last week, we had a look at Sweden. Today, let’s check out some weird and wonderful facts about Chile.
1 | Chile
Chile may derive its name from the indigenous Mapuche word chilli, which may mean “where the land ends.” Another meaning attributed to Chile’s name is the onomatopoeic “cheele-cheele”—the Mapuche imitation of a bird call. The Spanish heard about “Chilli” from the Incas in Peru, who had failed to conquer the land inhabited by the Araucanians, of which the Mapuche were the most warlike group. The survivors of Diego de Almagro’s first Spanish expedition south from Peru in 1535-1537 called themselves “Men of Chilli.”
2 | Longest country in the world
Chile is the longest country in the world from North to South at approx. 4,620 km long. The Andes extend the entire length of the country.
3 | UFO sightings
Chile has had so many reported UFO sightings over the past 20 years that in 2008, the town of San Clemente opened a 19-mile UFO trail that winds through the Andes Mountains. Chile is one of the few countries on earth that has a government-supported UFO research organization.
4 | Chilean penguins
Penguins can be found in several areas of southern Chile, including the Seno Otway Penguin Colony near Punta Arenas. Humboldt penguins can also be found in the north coast of Chile.
5 | Valparaíso
Chile has the largest annual fireworks show in all of South America, the famed New Year’s Eve Pyrotechnic Festival, which is celebrated in Valparaíso where TextMinded has its offices.
Post inspired by Random Facts.