Did you know that China sells 54% of all bootlegged intellectual property items like DVDs and CDs? Or that the country executes three times as many people as the rest of the world's countries combined? Oddee has a great article detailing shocking facts that you likely don't know about the world's most populous country.
One fact shows just how important the 2008 Olympic games were to the country:
The Beijing Olympics was such an important part of the national consciousness that over 4,000 children have been named for the event. Most of the 4,104 people with the name "Aoyun," meaning Olympics, were born around the year 2000, as Beijing was bidding to host the 2008 Summer Games. Names related to the Olympics don't just stop with "Olympics." More than 4,000 Chinese share their names with the Beijing Games mascots, the "Five Friendlies."
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