Fact # 4: Muhammad is the most common given name in the world.

Yes, this is true. The most common, popular and given name in the world is Muhammad, according to the Columbia Encyclopedia (2000, 6th edition). There are approximately 150 million men (and boys) who have their name Muhammad.

In the United States, the name got ranked 4,194 out of 88,799 in the 1990 census for people of all ages. In 2006, 639th popular first name for newborns was Muhammad according to the Social Security Administration. Mohammad and Mohammed are ranked 589th and 633rd, respectively. Mohamed was also the 430th most common spelling variant in the US for the year of 2009.

In 2007, the second most popular given name in Britain was Muhammad, including 14 variations in its spelling, reported by the BBC. Mohammed was the 16th most popular baby name in 2009 in England and Wales (most popular in the West Midlands).

Statistics says that 8,928 Danish Muslims have their name Muhammad and it was reported that 167 new born babies were registered in 2004 only. Some men who have name of Muhammad use their middle name because they think it’s too common. 

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Fact # 3: 34,000 children die everyday from causes that are related to poverty and hunger.

Only 34% of people in the world’s poorest countries have access to safe drinking water. 1 in 5 people in developing countries (about 780 million people) lack enough food to meet basic daily needs. Poverty is not only the absence of material means or basic services, but it also means lack of food, shelter, clean water, education or health. Poverty creates powerlessness to determine the quality of life, and compounds vulnerability when conflict or natural disaster strikes.



Since the mid-1980s, the proportion of people living below the poverty line has fallen; the absolute number of poor people has risen to 1.3 billion — 8 per cent more than in the mid-1980s. We believe that most suffering is avoidable, being caused either by the direct action of others or indirectly through injustice, selfishness, inequality, neglect, or environmental and socio-economic imbalance.
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Fact # 2: A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years.

American Charles Osborne had hiccups for 68 years, from 1922 to 1990, and was entered in the Guinness World Records as the man with the longest attack of hiccups. In 2007, Florida teenager Jennifer Mee gained media fame for hiccuping around 50 times per minute for more than five weeks; she was given the nickname “Hiccup Girl”. Briton Christopher Sands had hiccups for a period of almost three years which were eventually discovered to be due to a tumor located on the part of the brain that controls vascular activity.

In Slavic and Baltic folklore, it is said that hiccups occur when the person experiencing them is being talked about by someone not present. Hiccups in Indian folklore are similarly said to occur when the person experiencing them is being thought of by somebody close.

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Fact # 1: The USA bought Alaska from Russia for 2 cents an acre.

The United States purchased the Alaska from Russia in the year 1867. The United States was offered to sell the region by the Russians in 1859 with the hope that presence of the US would offset the plans of Russia’s greatest rival, Great Britain. However, the deal wasn’t brokered due to the American Civil War.

The original check used to pay for Alaska, worth $7.2 million
After the Union victory in the Civil War, Russian minister, Eduard de Stoeckl was instructed by the Tsar to the United States to re-enter into negotiations with Seward in the beginning of March 1867. The decision was made after an all-night session with the signing of the treaty at 4 a.m. on March 30, 1867, with the purchase price set at $7.2 million, or about 2 cents per acre ($4.74/km2).

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