In 1981 a CIA agent escaped Iran using a fake German passport. He was detained because it used the middle initial “H”, and German passports didn’t use initials. The quick-thinking agent was released after claiming that it stood for “Hitler” and he had special permission to use an initial.
Iran has the second-highest rate of gender reassignment surgery in the world. The surgeries are government-funded. Such surgeries had been practiced in Iran since the 1930s.
Shiraz wine has been produced in Shiraz, Iran since the 9th century. Before the 1979 Islamic Revolution there were 300 wineries in Iran, now there are none.
14 squirrels were arrested by Iranian authorities for espionage. Officials said they succeeded in apprehending the suspects “before they were able to take any action”.
The Soviets and the UK invaded Iran during World War II in order to prevent their oil reserves from falling into Nazi hands.
In Iran, boys can’t be held responsible for a crime under the age of 15. For girls, the age of criminal responsibility is 9.
When a military drone crashed in Iran and the US government asked for it back, the Iranian government sent them a toy replica instead.
In Iran, opium is cheaper than beer.
During its war against Iraq, Iran used school-age children to clear the ground for its regular troops by running over minefields.
70% of Iran’s science and engineering students are not men, but women.