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10 and half things you never knew about San Marino

1. San Marino makes 63% of its income from selling postage stamps

2. Famous people from SM include John Wayne, Marconi and Eddie Firmani's mum.

3. People from SM are called either Marinettos or Marins. This is a llong running dispute which goes back centuries. Fights can break out and often do

4. There was never a law in SM banning gays or lesbians until one day in 1997. It not that they were very liberal just that they never got around to it. This caused a problems with the European Human Rights act so they had to pass a law banning gays in the morning and then another legalising them in the afternoon

5. However many thing were illegal in SM until recently including smoking a pipe in public, flip flops and eating strong cheese on Sundays.
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  • 6. My son played against their National side at U10 level. Lost on penalty shoot out.
  • Riviera said:

    6. My son played against their National side at U10 level. Lost on penalty shoot out.

    Your son's U10 Team took the San Marino Full National Team to penalties? Not bad!
  • 7. After decades of harassment a restraining order from the people of San Marino was given to Chris de Burgh. he now can't be within a hundred yards of any San Marino citizen.
  • 8. San Marino has the fastest broadband in the world. Built for US military the 300gb system cost €100m 2nd hand
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    edited March 2013
    9. San Marino is 61 sq km

    10. Valentina Monetta is the new Eurovision entry for 2013. She also sang last year - getting 31 points and finishing in 14th place. There are some shots of what San Marino looks like in the video, 2011 from Senit. San Marino is mountainous. I challenge anyone to be able to be able to watch the videos all the way through. Last year's video being the most palatable (with the song turned down).

    http://www.eurovision.tv/page/history/by-country/country?country=53
  • edited March 2013
    9. The capital of San Marino is City of San Marino.
  • edited March 2013
    The state of San Marino was founded in the 18th century by wealthy Italians Sandra and Morris Marino.

    They divorced in the aftermath of the border dispute with near neighbours Tongo and Morris was exiled to the West Midlands where he later founded British Leyland.

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    edited March 2013
    13. There are more Millwall bandwagon fans for the day than the entire population of San Marino - 30,000
  • San Marino does not feature on any map produced outside of Italy.
  • edited March 2013
    15. San Marinos Davide Gualtieri scored the fastest ever goal in a world cup related game. Timed at 8.3seconds. against England.
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  • 14. San Marino is a distant cousin of Dan Marino the ex-Miami Dolphins quarterback.
  • edited March 2013
    San Marino has the smallest sea in the whole world. Measuring 1 meter wide, 2.5 meters long and 2 centimeters deep. It can be found next to the car park in mario square.
  • Goats Cheese beer is a traditional drink of SM but is rarely drunk these days.
  • edited March 2013
    NFL MVP and star of Ace Ventura, Dan Marino, was indeed named after the country.

    Edit: done above, didn't check.
  • MrLargo said:

    Riviera said:

    6. My son played against their National side at U10 level. Lost on penalty shoot out.

    Your son's U10 Team took the San Marino Full National Team to penalties? Not bad!
    That's not what it says is it?

    #generalthingsthatannoyyoupeopletryingtobefunnyandfailing
  • FACT 1
    San Marino means 'Without a Marina'. Why? I hear you ask, well to elaborate, the last King of San Marino, King Alan the Unsteady (who was an alcoholic), took delivery of a very nice Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB), he decided to use it to go across the Marina to see one of his many concubines, halfway across the marina, the wankered King capsized.
    The crowd that had gathered laughed their tits off at King Al, so in a drunken fit of pique he had the marina filled in and for good measure he built a mountain on the top and a castle where he imprisoned the boat builder! He might still be there now for all we know.

    FACT 2
    And they arent very good at football, this is thought to be because 99.9% of San Marinese can trace their decedents back to Scotland.
  • Macronate said:

    14. San Marino is a distant cousin of Dan Marino the ex-Miami Dolphins quarterback.

    Brilliant.
  • 1) The country is also known as Serenissima Repubblica di San Marino meaning the Most Serene Republic of San Marino.

    2) A goalkeeper from San Marino has never saved a penalty at The Valley

    3) San Marino have never missed a penalty in a World Cup penalty shoot out
  • The republic have never won a competitive fixture, a 1–0 friendly match win against Liechtenstein being their sole victory to date.
  • Goats Cheese beer is a traditional drink of SM but is rarely drunk these days.
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  • Record in qualifiers:

    Played 106
    Won 0
    Drawn 2
    Lost 104
    Scored 14
    conceded 465
  • Not sure some people understand how this thread works !!!
  • The san marino goalscorer of any major qualifier gets free swede cauliflower and broccoli for life his family get 100 sparrow eggs every week for 5 years Fact
  • Fred from bet fred has already paid out on any score under 1 nil to san marino
  • edited March 2013
    In 1987, Derbyshire bus conductor Sam Narino was forced to change his name by deed poll after repeatedly receiving errant mail from the Italian enclave. Unfortunately his new chosen surname, Plumbase, was usurped by an up and coming builders merchant for their kitchen and bathroom division. After a deluge of orders for taps and shower hoses, the unfortunate Sam killed himself. As a trubute to the Chesterfield clippy, Plumbase now sponsor many football teams around the country including Heaton Hawkes, North East Leeds, Pant Boys & Girls and the charmingly named Bird Park FC of Bicester. Some of these teams play to a higher standard than the San Marino national side.
  • San marino is Europe's leading exporter of leather elbow patches. Hence they are the favourite mini-nation of geography teachers across the world.

    The last census data for san marino revealed that over 65% of males had the middle name don.
  • John Wayne born in Iowa and Marconi born in Bologna, Eddies mum a possibility i guess.....Dont get the San Marino connection bit
  • There's nothing to "get" it's all 100% genuine facts on here. No need to spoil it with spurious information about Iowa or Bologna ;-)
  • The Government of San Marino has made no less than 65 applications to the Italian Government to have a spaghetti sauce named after the republic
  • 'San Marino beer' brewed in San Marino (not the same as goat's cheese beer as stated above) unfortunately had to change it's name to avoid a law suit from San Miguel a similarly named & established lager type product. The San Marino beer is now called Titanbräu.
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