INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT
More than half of the coastline of the entire United
States is in Alaska.
* The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% the
world's oxygen supply.
* The Amazon River pushes so much water into the
Atlantic Ocean that, more than one hundred miles at sea, off the mouth of
the river, one can dip fresh water out of the ocean.
* The volume of water in the Amazon river is greater
than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined and three times the
flow of all rivers in the United States.
*Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not
owned by any country.
* Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica.
This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the
* As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is
essentially a desert. The average yearly total precipitation is about two
* Although covered with ice (all but
0.4% of it, i.e.), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an
absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.
Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way
* Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world
* Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village."
Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish
population in the world.
Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan carries the
designation M - 1, named so because it was the first paved road anywhere.
Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of
thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest
continuously inhabited city in existence.
Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world
located on two continents.
Los Angeles's full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra
Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula --and can be abbreviated to
3.63% of its size: L.A.
New York City
* The term "The Big Apple" was coined by touring
jazz musicians of the 1930s who used the slang expression "apple" for any
town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time -
The Big Apple.
* There are more Irish in New York City than in
Dublin, Ireland; more Italians in New York City than in Rome, Italy; and
more Jews in New York City than in Tel Aviv, Israel.
North America - Africa
Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28.
Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38.
There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio,
every lake is manmade.
The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn
in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq. miles/4,53 sq. km.
* The first city to reach a population of 1 million
people was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C.
* There is a city called Rome on every continent.
In the Sahara Desert, there is a town named Tidikelt,
which did not receive a drop of rain for ten years.
Siberia contains more than 25% of the world's
The actual smallest sovereign entity in the world is
the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (S.M.O.M.). It is located in
the City of Rome, Italy, has an area of two tennis courts and, as of 2001,
has a population of 80, 20 fewer people than the Vatican. It is a
sovereign entity under international law, just as the Vatican is.
Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits.'
St. Paul Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota was originally called Pigs Eye
after a man named Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant who set up the first business
Chances that a road is unpaved in the U.S.A.: 1%, in
The deepest hole ever made in the world is in Texas.
It is as deep as 20 empire state buildings but only 3 inches wide.
The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one
mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as
airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
The water of Angel Falls (the
World's highest) in Venezuela drops 3,212 feet (979 meters). They are 15
times higher than Niagara Falls.
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