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Okay, it doesn't have the same ring as "Juneteenth," but today is also a little-known holiday commemorating the freedom of black people historically oppressed by white people, the independence day of my very favorite former French colony, liberated in 1977: Djibouti. How can you not love a country with a name that evokes Lil Jon? Alas, all most people know about Djibouti is its amusing moniker. Let's remedy that:

* Djibouti's motto is "Djibouti by Choice." 

* Djibouti's capital is called... Djibouti.

* Djibouti used to be called something far less fanciful: "The French Territory of the Afars and the Issas."

* If you're looking to get a tan, Djibouti's the place: Mostly desert, it's one of the hottest countries on earth. Average annual temp is in the 90s.

* Like America, Djibouti has a presidential dynasty: Its second president, Ismail Omar Guelleh was first elected to office in 1999, taking over from his uncle, Hassan Gouled Aptidon.

* Also like America, the president's actual election has been called "ridiculous, rigged, and rubbish:" In his second campaign last year, Guelleh was the only candidate on the ballot.

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Being cursed with a bad memory can yield snafus big and small, from forgetting your gym locker combination to routinely blowing deadlines. If your New Year's resolution was to be less forgetful in 2018, it's time to start training your brain. The infographic below, created by financial website Quid Corner and spotted by Lifehacker Australia, lists seven easy ways to boost memory retention.

Different techniques can be applied to different scenarios, whether you're preparing for a speech or simply trying to recall someone's phone number. For example, if you're trying to learn a language, try writing down words and phrases, as this activates your brain into paying more attention. "Chunking," or separating long digit strings into shorter units, is a helpful hack for memorizing number sequences. And those with a poetic bent can translate information into rhymes, as this helps our brains break down and retain sound structures.

Learn more tips by checking out the infographic below.

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