What are some of the most mind-blowing facts about Vietnam?

  • Vietnam War POW Doug Hegdahl pretended to be illiterate to fool his captors, who believed him to be so stupid that they gave him almost free rein of the camp. He was able to secretly memorize the details of about 256 POWs to the tune of “Old MacDonald,” which he still remembers.
  • Jimmy Carter pardoned all Vietnam draft dodgers almost immediately after taking office
  • Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao is set to become Vietnam’s first female billionaire thanks to her idea of staffing Vietjet Airlines with attractive women clad in sexy two-piece swimsuits.
  • Richard Nixon sabotaged Vietnam peace talks to give himself a better chance in the 1968 U.S. Presidential election, prolonging the war by 5 years.
  • The largest cave in the world is in Vietnam and it’s so big that it has its own river, jungle, and climate.
  • Approximately 40% of people in Vietnam have the surname Nguyen
  • In Vietnam, marriage applicants must acquire a Certificate of Good Mental Health from a doctor, proving that they are “mentally sound for marriage”, before being allowed to marry.
  • Vietnam is actually one of the most pro-US countries in the world
  • Nguyen Cao Ty, who served as President and Vice President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam war, emigrated to the Unites States and ran a liquor store for several years after the fall of Saigon.
  • Slinkys were used in the Vietnam war as mobile radio antennas. They would sling the Slinky over branches and extend the range of their radios

I’ve tried to not post too many facts based on the war, it’s a bit sad that’s the majority of what I can find for Vietnam. It’s an incredibly beautiful country.

Author: Stacey Jones
Source: Quora

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