India: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

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We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about India, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the fascinating country that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!

Number Eight: There is a Serious Toilet Deficit. According to a 2009 report, there is a toilet deficit in Mumbai of up to 64,157 toilet seats. India even has its own museum of toilets, too! Toilets are extremely important in India, as not everybody has access to one.

Number Seven: There Are Campaigns for Sterilization. Health officials offered incentives to Indian residents in 2011 if they agreed to be sterilized. People who agreed to be sterilized could be given television sets, cars, or even motorcycles.

Number Six: It’s Home to the World’s Oldest Golf Club (Outside of the United Kingdom). The Royal Calcutta Golf Club is the world’s oldest golf club outside of the United Kingdom, and it was established in 1829.

Number Five: It’s Rude to Accept Money With Your Left Hand There. Instead of using toilet paper, some people in India splash themselves with water using their left hand in the restroom. For this reason, the left hand is considered “unclean,” and it is considered rude to accept money or eat with your left hand there.

Number Four: It’s Home to the World’s Oldest Polo Club. The club was established in 1862, which was just four years after the British began to rule India.

Number Three: Plastic Surgery Was Invented There. According to some experts, anyway. Some historians believe that the very first nose job happened in 600 B.C., and it was recorded in Indian Sanskrit texts.

Number Two: It Founded the Game of Chess. The word “chess” originated from the word “chaturanga,” which is a Sanskrit word that translates to “four members of an army.”

Number One: It’s Illegal to Carry Rupees Out of the Country (If You’re Not a Resident). Though residents can legally carry rupees outside of India, nonresidents must exchange their rupees for other currency before leaving. We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 things you didn’t know about India!

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