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10 interesting facts about Iran you probably won’t hear on the news

There's a lot of mystery surrounding Iran, and, it turns out, a lot of misinformation, too.

In 2002, President Bush called it part of the "Axis of Evil." The U.S. technically has no diplomatic relationship with it. We hear news about various nuclear talks all the time.

But what do Americans really know about Iran?

A whole people shouldn't be defined by its government. Speaking of which ... the U.S. government did some shady stuff back in the day that certainly didn't help Iran's democracy. (Whoops — quiz answer spoiler!)

In the spirit of shared humanity and cross-cultural understanding, why not take a moment to test your knowledge of Iran with this short quiz?

Go ahead, it'll only take a few minutes.

How'd you do?

I think it's amazing how just answering 10 questions about a country that is sometimes called "evil" makes it seem less distant, more real, and not evil at all.

If you learned something new and think others might, too, why not give it a share?

One of the many things I love about the Internet is that it preserves little gems like this. Steve Jobs' legacy is a massive thing, of which this clip is a wonderful little piece. I hope it resonates with you as it did with me.

(Except that thing he says at 0:42. To that I reply: “Easy for you to say, Mr. Jobs!")


He Looked At His 401(k) And Saw It Contributed To His Son's Death In A Very Small But Avoidable Way

The people in this video were all personally affected by horrific shootings in the last 15 years, but none of them realized how they might have had some small part in those tragedies. I can't imagine what it must feel like to find that out.

FACT CHECK TIME! If you're feeling skeptical, be assured that all of the stats in this video were thoroughly fact-checked by our team. The fact is, gun companies are doing well, so people are investing in them. And yes, firearms really are a $4.1 million industry.


Every Year, 400,000 People Are Bought And Sold By The U.S. Government. I Had No Idea.

This video is about something I had no idea was going on: the messed-up way that private companies profit from locking up undocumented immigrants.It has nothing to do with building a wall or a path to citizenship. It’s about prison companies’ undue influence over how many people we lock up and where we put them. (The scariest sentence in the whole thing is at 0:30.) Regardless of our opinions on immigration, can we all agree there’s something wrong with that picture?