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49. Malaysia, once the largest exporter of latex rubber and now the the third after Thailand and Indonesia owes it's rubber plantations to the British who introduced to the region the plant species natural to the south americas.


50. Rice is main food for SE Asians.
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51. If we had the brain to eyeball size ratio of a Philippine Tarsier, our eyes would be the size of grapefruits.


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eyes popping monkey.... mixture of cute and...creepiness.. 
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52. The Burmese government passed a law declaring everyone in the country must plant a certain Burmese nut plant in their garden. The name of the plant sounds like Suu Kyi (from Aung Sung Suu Kyi) spoken backwards. It's believe the plant will ward off her evil influence from people's homes.
 
53. In Burma all the cars are right hand drive but they drive on the right. This is because there have been no new cars in the country since the 70's however in the 80's the government changed the side of the road they drive on to purge the country of British influences [see 54]
 
54. Burma is one of the last three countries in the world to retain the imperial system and not go metric. The other two are Liberia and the USA.
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Originally posted by Paul Paul wrote:

54. Burma is one of the last three countries in the world to retain the imperial system and not go metric. The other two are Liberia and the USA.

Every article about the imperial system I've read mentions only those three countries, but out of personal experience I can say that Belize also uses the imperial system. It may be that it has adopted the metric system officially, but nobody uses it. Every shop I've seen there still uses the imperial system, all distances on roads and are in miles, etc. and most people are only able to count in the imperial system.
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55. Proboscis Monkey only can be found in Borneo




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56. Female proboscis monkeys have slightly more flattering noses than their male counterparts.
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57. The Portuguese invasion of 1511 forced the Malaccan government to establish themselves in Kampar, Sumatra

58. Sultan Mahmud had his son Ahmad Shah poisoned after he temporarily succeeded his father as Sultan which angered the Malaccan Sultan.

59. The Johore Sultanate was established by the Malaccan Prince Muzzaffar, it became the successor state to the Malaccan Empire and took up the struggle against the European powers 

60. The Malaccan import of South Indian cloth in the 16th century was estimated as the equivalance of 19 tonnes of Silver.

61 Hang Tuah a prominent figure in Malay literature and culture reguraly accompanied the Malaccan sultan in foreign countries and upheld Malaccan pride by accepting martial arts challenges and defeating foreign warriors. Several places in Malaysia have been named after him.

62. Japanese military officials after the take over of Dutch East Indies freed the Indonesian revolutionary leader Sukarno and began using his popularity with the masses to repell potential Allied invasions and secure vital resources such as oil. At the end of the war Sukarno declared the independence of Indonesia which was not recognised by the Dutch untill 1949.

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63. The Liang Bua cave on Flores, Indonesia, is the finding place for what is supposed to be a separate species of the genus Homo, the Flores Man (Homo floresiensis). It is thought to have disappeared as late as 12 000 years ago and probably for a while shared the island with Homo sapiens.
 
 
 
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64. The YoYo is said to have been used as a weapon in the Phillipines. Hiding in trees the YoYo wielders could strike down on their enemies with heavy, sharpened YoYos.
 
As a toy the YoYo has been known since antiquity in different parts of the world, among other in ancient Greece and Egypt.
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Here we go again...and this time with Homo floresiensis to boot! That pic is not only reprehensible but lacks all scientific credibility.
 
 
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So you are a paleoanthropologist also on top of all your other expertise?
 
Of course the picture is just a somewhat fanciful artistic reconstruction of a being we do not know exactly how it looked. We do not know its skin or hair texture, exact color of its skin, if it had much or maybe no body hair, coloration of the eyes (very dark, light dark), its facial expressions or a lot of other things. The picture is just one of many illustrations one can use just to put some more or less imaginary flesh on the old bones.
 


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One does not have to be a paleoanthropologist to know that the devising of simian features for the crania of even Homo neanderthalis is an affectation more in line with a Geico commercial than with serious scholarship. Ignorance is no excuse for any pretense at recreation. Not with todays skills in forensic reconstruction.
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Originally posted by drgonzaga drgonzaga wrote:

One does not have to be a paleoanthropologist to know that the devising of simian features for the crania of even Homo neanderthalis is an affectation more in line with a Geico commercial than with serious scholarship. Ignorance is no excuse for any pretense at recreation. Not with todays skills in forensic reconstruction.
 
As you know the picture is just a fantasy, it is not a serious forensic reconstruction. One can say it is a rather free representation of the overall impression of this hominid.
And Homo floresiensis was not a neanderthal, it was most probably a species of its own.
 
But if you like we can take this picture, it is a reconstruction of the head actually based on a cast of the real specimen. But still hair, skin color and texture, eye color, facial expression and similar is still a rather free interpretation.
 
 
Photo: National Geographic
 


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64. I found a website (http://www.gapwork.com/southeast-asia-funstuff.shtml) stated that, "Some people in Malaysia wash their babies in beer to protect them from diseases." So not true and stupid.
65. Kopi Luwak (Kopi = Coffee) Civet coffee is coffee made from coffee berries which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and other related civets. The civets eat the berries, but the beans inside pass through their system undigested. (Wiki) It is from Indonesia. Kopi Luwak sells for $75 per quarter pound.

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66 (or actually 67, since 64 was recorded two times).
On the islands of Komodo, Flores, Rinca and Gili Motang in Indonesia lives the worlds largest lizard, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). It can be over 3 meters in lenght and way over 90 kilograms. This species was recorded by Western scientists first in 1910.
 
The Komodo dragon is a predator and scavenger with a bacteria infested bite that can kill its victim through infection days after the actual bite.
 
In spite of their fearsome looks and bad table manners these lizards can be surprisingly tame and affectionate.


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Hail said in 2008

Quote 25. The Philippines was the first Republic in SE Asia, established in 1898 by Emilio Aguinaldo while tensions between the newly arrived Americans was reaching an all time high.


Some say Taiwan was the first Republic. While others say it was the Lanfang Republic.

When Manchu China handed over Taiwan to Japan the Taiwanese declared Independence. Concerning Taiwan, there independence did not last long since they really had no way to fight the Imperial Japanese Military.

Quote The Republic of Taiwan was formed in 1895. It did not last for very long. The Treaty of Shimonoseki which ended the war between the Qing Dynasty of China and the Empire of Japan, gave Taiwan to the Japanese. The republic began when the Chinese left in May, 1895, and ended when the Japanese soldiers arrived in October, 1895. Some historians say it was the first republic in Asia, but there was one earlier, the Lanfang Republic, which had been started in 1777.


This on the Lanfang Republic which was located in Borneo - http://www.suite101.com/content/history-of-the-lanfang-republic-a104128 



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And, as weird as it sounds, I will argue that "skull" reproductions are about as reliable as "penis" reconstructions!

There exist so much differenc between one expert and another to make almost any reproduction as worthless!

Thus, with enough putty and layering, I could easily make these personages look exactly like drgonzaga! Or Abraham Lincloln, or George Patton, etc.!

But, of course, I could well be incorrect?

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68. Bahasa Indonesia is a pretty damn awesome language.
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69. Kingdom of Champa created one of the oldest hindu structures (my son) in South East Asia

70.Kingdom of Champa created the first written language in South East Asia
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Originally posted by malizai_ malizai_ wrote:


49. Malaysia, once the largest exporter of latex rubber and now the the third after Thailand and Indonesia owes it's rubber plantations to the British who introduced to the region the plant species natural to the south americas.


50. Rice is main food for SE Asians.
Lol, is there anyone here doesn't know these? LOL
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