6 Facts about Kenya


1. In a 1980s Nike commercial, a Kenyan tribesman’s words were translated as “Just Do It”; however, American anthropologist Lee Cronk alerted Nike that the Kenyan really said, “I don’t want these. Give me big shoes.” Nike responded back saying “We thought nobody in America would know what he said.”


2. Enterprising Kenyans pretended to be Somali pirates and gave fake interviews to foreign journalists for cash


3. There are 17 American men in history who have run under 2:10 in the marathon. In contrast, there were 32 Kenyans who did it just in October of 2011


4. Nien Nunb, a minor character in “Return of the Jedi,” caused Kenyan audiences to burst into laughter after they realized he spoke Kikuyu, the language of Kenya’s majority tribe


5. A newborn baby abandoned in the forest in Kenya for 2 days was rescued by a stray dog who carried the baby all the way back to her own litter of puppies


6. Two mane-less 9 ft long man-eating lions ate over 135 workers on the Kenya-Uganda railway in 1898