It is a known fact that Argentina won two FIFA World Cups (1978 and 1986). But did you know that Argentina won the World Blind Soccer Championship twice too (2002 and 2006)? With an enviable sense of humour, the national blind soccer team call themselves The Bats (Los Murciélagos.) All the players except the goalkeeper are blind. The ball makes a distinct noise to help the players locate it. Go Bats!
Argentina was the first country to adopt fingerprinting as a method of identification. Juan Vucetich, a Croatian-born anthropologist and police officer who immigrated to Argentina in the early 1880s, made the first ever positive identification of a murderer using a bloody fingerprint found at the scene of the crime. In 1892, a woman killed her two sons and tried to divert suspicion by making a superficial cut on her throat but was busted by good old Juan.
According to an article published by The Wall Street Journal in 2008, Argentina is the country with the most shrinks: 145 per 100,000 inhabitants. Denmark comes in second with 85. Dear Sigmund would be proud, che.
Argentina has produced five Nobel Prize recipients: Bernardo Houssay, for Physiology or Medicine in 1947. He was the first Argentine and Latin American Nobel laureate in the Sciences. Luis Federico Leloir, for Chemistry in 1970. Cesar Milstein shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1984. Adolfo Perez Esquivel, for Peace in 1980. And Carlos Saavedra Lamas, for Peace in 1936. He was the first Latin American Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
September 20th was declared National Horse Day in honour of two Criollo horses, Mancha and Gato. These two sturdy geldings trekked 10,000 miles from Buenos Aires to New York across deserts, mountains, jungles and valleys. They and their rider, Swiss-born Aimé Tschiffely, set off in April 1925 and arrived in New York on September 20th, 1928. Both horses were embalmed and are on display at the Transport Museum in the city of Luján (Museo de Transportes del Complejo Museográfico Provincial “Enrique Udaondo”) in Buenos Aires.