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Interesting and Amazing Facts - OT (Read 338 times)


Marathon Maniac #957

    Okay, this is COMPLETELY OT, but I was fascinated by some of these, and thought I'd share them with you. Interesting & Amazing Facts GEOGRAPHY Alaska 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, i.e.), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert. Brazil Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around. Canada * 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, named so 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, Turkey Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world located on two continents. Lesbos Residents of the island of Lesbos are Lesbosians, rather than Lesbians. (Of course, lesbians are called lesbians because Sappho was from Lesbos.) Los Angeles 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. (Translated: The Town of Our Senora, The Queen of Los Angeles of Porciuncula) 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. Ohio There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is manmade. Pitcairn Island The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq. miles/4,53 sq. km. Rome * 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 Siberia contains more than 25% of the world's forests. S.M.O.M. 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 less people than the Vatican. It is a sovereign entity under international law, just as the Vatican is. Sahara Desert In the Sahara Desert, there is a town named Tidikelt, which did not receive a drop of rain for ten years. Spain 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 there. Roads Chances that a road is unpaved in the U.S.A.: 1%, in Canada: 75%. Texas 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. United States 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. Waterfalls 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.

    Life is a headlong rush into the unknown. We can hunker down and hope nothing hits us or we can stand tall, lean into the wind and say, "Bring it on, darlin', and don't be stingy with the jalapenos."

      Not to be critical, you left out Gotham City.

      SteveP

        And let's not forget...Emus cannot run backwards. Happy New Year SWALOT

         I like running alone.

          Lesbosians are hot. Dark Horse
          I'm a dark horse, running on a dark race course.
            ......except for that last part, this might be Good Stuff to Know........ I'm just not sure Why.......

            ..nothing takes the place of persistence.....

              Always fun when Holly has the day off work... Big grin Another interesting fact about Alaska (well, it is to me...) is it's the farthest North, Western and Eastern state! (the far tip of our Aleutian Islands crosses the international date line)
                Are Eye Doctors from there called "Optical Aleutians"???

                SteveP

                  Big grin
                    Are Eye Doctors from there called "Optical Aleutians"???
                    Now that's funny!
                    Quit being so damn serious! When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. "Ya just gotta let it go." OM