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6 Facts about Morocco

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1. Morocco, in December 1777, became the first nation to recognize the United States as an independent government, and together they maintain the United States’ longest unbroken treaty

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2. The King of Morocco, Hassan II, grabbed the radio during an assassination attempt and told the rebel pilots who were firing at Hassan’s Boeing 727: “Stop firing! The tyrant is dead!”. This made the assassins break off their attack

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3. Despite the world’s hottest pepper scoring 2 million Scoville heat units, and pure capsaicin reaching 16 million, there is another still hotter. A Moroccan cactus produces a resin that hits an estimated 16 billion

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4. In 2003, Morocco offered to send 2,000 monkeys to assist the war effort in Iraq. They were to be used to detonate land mines

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5. Mohammed V, monarch of Morocco and Vichy French colonial subject, was ordered to produce a list of Jewish subjects. He responded: “There are no Jews in Morocco. There are only Moroccans”

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6. There are plans to build a tunnel between Spain and Morocco, connecting Africa to Europe

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