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 % of all the fresh
water in the world. As strange as it
sounds, however, Antarctica is
essentially a desert. The average yearly
total precipitation is about two inches.
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
Brazil got its name from the nut, not
the other way around.
Canada has more lakes than the rest of
the world combined. 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, so named
because it was the first paved road any
Damascus , Syria
Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a
couple of thousand years before Rome was
founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest
continuously inhabited city in
Istanbul , Turkey
Istanbul (AKA Constantinople), Turkey ,
is the only city in the world located on
Los Angeles' 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 1930's who
used the slang expression 'apple' for
any town or city. Therefore, to play New
York City is to play the big time - The
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.
There are no natural lakes in the state
of Ohio , every one is man made.
The smallest island with country status
is Pitcairn in Polynesia , at just 1.75
The first city to reach a population of
1 million people was Rome , Italy in 133
There is a city called Rome on
Siberia contains more than 25% of the
The actual smallest sovereign entity in
the world is the Sovereign Military
Order of Malta (S.MO.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 less people than
the Vatican. It is a sovereign entity
under international law, just as the
In the Sahara Desert , there is a town
named Tidikelt, which did not receive a
drop of rain for ten years. Technically
though, the driest place on Earth is in
the valleys of the Antarctic near Ross
Island . There has been no rainfall
there for two million years.
SPAIN literally means 'the land of
St. Paul, Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota , was originally
called Pig's Eye after a man named
Pierre 'Pig's Eye' Parrant who set up
the first business there.
Chances that a road is unpaved in the
U.S.A: 1%, in Canada : 75%.
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 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
It has been said that one should learn
something new every day.
The water of Angel Falls (the World's
highest) in Venezuela drops 3,212 feet.
It is 15 times higher than Niagara Falls
Unfortunately, many of us are at that
age where what we learn today, we forget
tomorrow. But, give it a shot