Iran is number one in...most, best, worst...


Iran is number one in...most, best, worst...
by Ari Siletz


Foreign refugees population:
3 million Afghans as of 2010.
5 million average over 30 years.

Largest Islamic Banking Center (consistent with Sharia)

$235.5 billion. No rebaa I suppose.

Energy Insensity (Energy consumption per unit GDP)

2.5 time Middle East average. Proof that Aryans are 2.5 times superior to Arabs, just as it says in Cyrus' pyramid.

Oil resereve to production ratio (how many years of oil we have left if we continue to pump at our current annual rate—we won’t, but if we did)
89.4 years. Don't worry, by then we'll have at least one nuclear reactor in operation.

Deadliest blizzard in history.
February 1972 some places got 8 meters of snow in one week. About 4000 people died. Some villages had no survivors.

Number of deadliest earthquakes by country.

Shares #1 rank with China. 9 of the world’s most deadly earthquakes happened in Iran.

Highest number of earthquakes  at 5.5 Richter and above.

Iran is almost its own tectonic plate, but that's a different blog.

Intensity of natural background radiation.
Annual dose of 260 mSv in parts of Ramsar. Amazingly, no ill effects. average US dose=3 mSv. Chest X-ray= 7 mSv.


Hottest place on planet.
70.7 degrees C (159 F). Chaaleh Markazi e Dasht e Kavir

List expensive capital city.
Tehran (according CNN. Note mispelling of "least")

Largest oil gusher in history:
Qom 1956. 125,000 barrels per day for three months, wasted. If Mossadegh had won in 1953 this wouldn't have happened for all sorts of reasons.

Opiate addiction.
1999 figures, 2.8% of population. By now, we probably have no addicts in Iran; they disappeared with our gays.

Percent babies immunized for, diphteria, pertusis, tetanus, hepatitis…all kinds of things.
99% of babies immunized says the UN. Kudos!

Expectation of lost healthy years at birth (female)
12.5 years. I think this means Iranian women lose this many years of their total life in bad health. Iran has the worst ranking in the world for some reason. Some ayatollahs may say Iranian women are just more ghor ghori.

Oldest country in the world.
Egypt? China? Has to do with when the people of a country consider themselves as having unified. We seem to agree we've been one people, Iran, for 3500 years. Dunno!

Oldest artificial water reservoir.

Gonabad qanats goes back 2700 years. Still in use! Business idea for LA Iranians. Hint: a bottle of Perrier costs about $1.50.

Sovereign Jewel collection.
Crown Jewels. Doesn't say what percent was looted from India.


Highest number of capitals in history.
Seat of  government asbaab keshi: 35 times.

Most accurate solar calendar in use.
Thanks or Omar Khayaam et al. Our Jalaali calendar is named after Jalaal al din Malekshah e Saljoughi. That's how we know he died in 1092 exactly.

Largest ancient empire:
Achaemenids in 480 BC were the largest empire in ancient history. 14th largest in all of history. But, Aryans, hang on for the good news…

...Largest empire by percentage of world population.

Aryans can relax now. The Achaemenids ruled over 44% of the world population in their time. If the Achaemenids were around today, Iran would have a population of 3 billion and this website would have 40 times more hits.

Total duration of empires by country.

Iran has the most number of years ruling as an empire in history.

Largest producers of handmade carpets.

Reserve of zinc (rooy).
For zinc batteries and mixing with copper to make brass. And other things, white paint for example.

Most afflicted country by chemical and biological warfare.
In the history of mankind! Iran’s civilian population is also the first victim of chemical weapons in history. Estimated 100,000 civilian and military dead. Estimated 100,000 injured. Today Iran is at the forefront of treatment sciences for chemical injuries. Since chemical and biological weapons are WMDs, Iran ranks #2 behind Japan as the country most afflicted by WMD attack. One reason a nuclear weapons program is an easy sell to the Iranian population--not that anyone has tried to sell it to them.

Most Shias in the world.

I could have told you that!

Science and technology growth rate.
1000% increase between 1995 and 2004. Not sure how they get this. 


Highest brain drain by country.

I take that back; this is how we got most of our 1000%. The rest we got by jailing the brains that didn't drain properly.



See this wikipedia article to also find out where Iran is in second place or lower. Many thanks to the wikipedia compilers of this information. All errors are their fault, but I've tried to correct some errors and if my corrections are in error then those errors are my fault.

And yes, according to the Health Institute Metrics and Evaluation Iran has the highest death rate resulting from road traffic accidents. See if these figures make sense for 2005: 12,753 in cars, 9084 pedestrians, 5398 motorcyle. But quote at your own risk because others give first place award to Afghanistan where cars sometimes have accidents with RPGs coming from the other direction. Ethiopia, chad, Namibia, etc are also world class competitors.


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Thanks Yolanda, for all the Iran #1s you are discovering.

For the collection: Oldest tree in Asia. Sarv e Abarkoo in Yazd province.



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Iran's turquoise deposits rank #1 in the world, Persian turquoise also has the finest quality!


6مرداد :سن اعتياد در ايران به ۱۳سال رسيده است



"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx


 I think 1 out of 20 in

by vildemose on

 I think 1 out of 20 in Iran is an addict. That makes us number one in usage of opiates.


"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

Ari Siletz

MM, Iran's first in democracy.

by Ari Siletz on

Iran was the first country to have its democratically elected head overthrown with the help of US.

1953: Iran

1954:  Guatemala

1961: Ecuador

1961: Congo (Zaire)

1963: Dominican Republic

1964: Brazil

1965: Indonesia

1967: Greece (government overthrown before election)

1970: Cambodia (the elected prince Sihanouk)

1973: Chile

1975: Australia (allegedly, by dismissed prime minister) 

1990: Haiti




by yolanda on

According to Wikipedia, Iran ranks #1 for pistachio production and saffron production! "Iran with its cultivation of different varieties, is the largest producer of saffron with 93.7% of the world's total production." Yeah!


Divaneh jaan

by onlyinamrica on

Also, Abadan holds the world record for Rayban ownership and usage.


May be nostalgic, but .....

by MM on

شمیران بهترین بلال، مغز گردو، لبو و جگر کباب را داشت، وهمچنین یک نفر لباس زیر فروش که با لحجه وافوری منفرد همیشه میگفت "مامانی مامانی یه".


Ari - also first gold coins in the world

by MM on

The Achaemenid (Hakhaamaneshian) silver Siglos and its gold counterpart, Daric (//, were minted in Lydia (current Turkey) around 520-480 B.C. (1 Daric = 20 Siglos).

I will be happy with the title of 1st democracy next month!  Git-R-Done!

Ari Siletz


by Ari Siletz on

Interesting observation regarding death records.

Here are a couple of positive "firsts." first Muslim woman in space (2006), and first Muslim women to  conquer Everest (2005).

Ari Siletz

جناب ردواین،

Ari Siletz


این گفتن ندارد که شمیران بهترین شراب سرخ را دارد.



by yolanda on

A very educational blog with humorous approach! All the statistics should be included in "Iran 101" course!

The sad part is that Iran tends to rank sky-high on death related categories! It just breaks my heart!

1) Deaths from natural disaster: Earthquakes

2) Deaths from man-made disaster: traffic accidents

3) Deaths caused by mad mullahs: executions

4) Deaths from the war: the I/I war


I hope Iran's rankings will drop from all the death related categories! God bless Iranians!

Red Wine


by Red Wine on

همه جا محلِ پارتی بازی شده است،انگاری گر شیرینی‌ خامه یی را نسلفی..هیچ کس به یادِ شمیرانِ ما نمی‌‌افتد !

پس شمیرانات ما چه ؟ تکلیفش چیست ؟ از همه نظر اولیم،از سرما و بوران بگیر تا تابستانِ داغ و پاییزِ نمناک .

لطف بفرمایید و نیم نگاهی‌ به شمیراناتِ نیز بکنید.

سایه شما مستدام باد.


Ari Siletz

Thanks Esther

by Ari Siletz on

The 3 million figure is IRI stats. Probably budgeting shenanigans. I will go with your UNHCR numbers.


1. is #1 in: most instances in history of the letter j being followed by another j.


Ari Siletz

پوزش، دیوانه محترم

Ari Siletz

ولی‌ اگر به غلطگیری همه مطالب در مورد رتبه اول داشتن آبادان بپردازیم، تا قیامت طول می‌کشد.


Most foreign refugees is Pakistan

by Esther on

But Iran is #2: //, p. 14.

I am waiting for the " is #1 in ..." blog. :)


Hottest place is Abadan

by divaneh on

Ari please correct your article. The hottest place is Abadan where sometimes it gets 150 degrees. We cannot play gol kouchik if temperature is any lower than 100 degree. We have the largest oil reserve and when we had a blizzard it was 35 metres snow. Just don't start me on earthquakes.

Shazde Asdola Mirza

اشهد ان لا اله الا الله و اشهد ان محمد رسول الله

Shazde Asdola Mirza

Brother Ari, after careful consideration of your perfect explanation, it is my pleasure and joy to renew my vows one more time to the almighty Allah Unlimited and to his CEO, CFO and COO, the money marrying Mohammad.

Thanks for guiding me and saving my soul.

Ari Siletz


by Ari Siletz on

Sometimes I can't figure out whether you are Emam Zaman or just another kafar. What you call "interest" is actually an Islam approved interest-free profit sharing arrangement where the bank depositor gives the bank his money so that the bank can invest it and earn a profit to share with said depositor. What appears to be a fixed interest rate is a  provisional projection of what profits the bank expects to earn from your money. This is as radically different from kafar style interest banking as a tomato is from a tomaato and stands in the same striking contrast as wine in comparison with fermented vinegar . You should not allow yourself to be misled by the fact that the Islamic bank's provisional payout to the depositor has never differed--even by one rial--from its actual profits. Islamic economics, based on Koran reading, is simply  much better at predicting national economies than kaafar economics which is based on dice rolling.

Shazde Asdola Mirza

Ari, you're so funny: largest Islamic Banking - with no Rebaa !!

by Shazde Asdola Mirza on

You probably have not been in Iran for the better part of 30 year! To bring in any money that they can, and counter the effect of inflation, IRI pays one of the most generous Rebaa rates in the world.

Ari Siletz


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1. The Sasaani possibe gas attack on the Romans targeted the Roman military not civilians. The above stats refers to Iran being #1 afflicted by chemical attacks on our civilians. In WW I, at least 5000 civilians died of "collateral damage" from gas attacks targeted towards soldiers. The fact that Saddam deliberately targeted civilians in chemical attacks is indiputably documented in the case of Iraqi Kurdish civilians. In Halabja, Saddam almost matched the WW I civilian death figure in a single attack on Iraqi Kurds. Also, to give an idea of the magnitude of of Iranian gas casualties, consider that the combined WW I military gas deaths for Russia, Germany, France, British, Austria-Hungary, USA, and Italy totalled 88,000. Iran: 100,000 (includes later deaths caused by chemical attack injury).


2. The official unit of grief in Shiism is one "Karbala." A day to day grief such as your car breaking down measures between 1-5 milliKarbalas, depending on cost of repair.


Very interesting read

by Bavafa on


'Vahdat' is the main key to victory 




by Rastin on

I guess these guys are the first victims of chemical weapons: //

Also, I'm not sure at the moment how to quantize "grief"´, but if it is possible, then me might win in that sense too: //


Parsis Victor


Crazy drivers

by statira on

They even back up in highways.

Ali P.

Sounds like a hellhole...

by Ali P. on

LOL...but we still love it!