More than half of the coastline of the
entire United States is in Alaska . Amazon 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 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 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, ice.), Antarctica is the driest place on the
planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi
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 .’ Chicago
Next to Warsaw , Chicago has the largest
Polish population in the world. Detroit
Woodward Avenue in Detroit,
Michigan, carries the designation M-1, so named because it was the
first paved road anywhere. 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 existence. Istanbul,
Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the
world located on two continents. Los Angeles
Los Angele’s full name is El Pueblo de
Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula
((in English, “town of our lady the Queen of Angels of the
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 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,
There are no natural lakes in the
state of Ohio , everyone is manmade.
The smallest island with country status is
Pitcairn in Polynesia , at just 1.75 sq. Miles/4,53 sq.
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.
Siberia contains more than 25% of
the world’s forests.
The actual smallest
sovereign entity in the world is the Sovereign Military Order of
(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 less
people than the Vatican. It is a sovereign entity under
international law, just as the Vatican is.
In the Sahara Desert , there is a
town named Tidikelt , Algeria , 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 drilled by man is the
Kola Superdeep Borehole, in Russia . It reached a depth of 12,261
meters (about 40,226 feet or 7.62 miles). It was drilled for
scientific research and gave up some unexpected discoveries, one of
which was a huge deposit of hydrogen – so massive that the mud
coming from the hole was boiling with it.
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
water of Angel Falls (the World’s highest) in Venezuela drops 3,212
feet (979 meters). They are 15 times higher than Niagara Falls