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Don Sims
02-15-2006, 02:06 AM
Alaska
More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.

Amazon
The Amazon rain forest produces more than 20 percent of 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 percent of it), 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
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.

Lesbos
Residents of the island of Lesbos are Lesbosians, rather than s.
s are called s 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 percent of its size:
L.A.

New York City
The term "The Big Apple" was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930
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 and 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 man-made.

Pitcairn Island
The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just
175 sq. miles.

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 percent 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 USA ~ 1 percent

Chances that a road is unpaved in Canada ~ 75 percent.

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

Geoff_Gino
02-15-2006, 05:58 AM
Hi Don

That was interesting reading.

opquickie
02-16-2006, 03:22 AM
Yes, quite interesting. It makes me want to visit those places.