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1. Warner Brothers, the founders of Warner Bros. Entertainment, as well as the directors of The Matrix – the Wachowskis – were Polish-Americans.
2. Polish born Marie Curie was the first and only Nobel laureate in multiple sciences, first female to win a Nobel Prize and the first female professor at the University of Paris.
3. Some Polish beer contains 10% alcohol.
4. Poland was a communist country from 1945 to 1989.
5. Astronomer Nicholas Copernicus, who formulated the heliocentric model of the universe with the Sun at the center of the Solar System, was Polish.
6. In Poland, bananas are peeled from the blossom end, not from the stem end.
7. Polish is considered one of the hardest languages to learn. It has seven cases, seven genders and extremely difficult pronunciation. While the average English speaker is fluent in English at the age of 12, the average Polish speaker is fluent in Polish at the age of 16. Here is an example of different forms of the word “two” depending on the tense, gender and other factors:
8. Gdansk, the over 1000 years old Polish city, is a very popular tourist destination – main attractions include the largest brick Gothic church in the world and beautiful Dluga Street, as well as the World Shakespeare Festival and St Dominic’s Fair that are held every summer.
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