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#1383199 - 10/02/09 03:54 PM FYI
bluto Offline
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Alaska
More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska

Amazon
The Amazon rain forest 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) 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, so named because it was the first paved road any where.

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 (AKA Constantinople), Turkey, is the only city in the world located on two continents.

Los Angeles
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 name 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, Israel.

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 1.75 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% 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 and has an area of two tennis courts and as of 2001 has a population of 80. That's 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. 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
SPAIN literally means 'the land of rabbits.'

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.

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 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. It is 15 times higher than Niagara Falls

It has been said that one should learn something new every day.

Hopefully this will help you reach that goal.

Unfortunately, many of us are at that age where what we learn today, we forget tomorrow. But, give it a shot anyway!
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#1383224 - 10/02/09 04:49 PM Re: FYI [Re: bluto]
USA Offline
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Registered: 06/27/03
Posts: 385
Loc: MO
I had forgot the interstate part. Cool facts.

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#1383314 - 10/02/09 07:22 PM Re: FYI [Re: USA]
trapper2 Offline
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Registered: 09/11/08
Posts: 2182
Loc: north central okla
pretty neat
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#1383419 - 10/02/09 09:23 PM Re: FYI [Re: trapper2]
Rubenator Offline
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Registered: 01/10/08
Posts: 4430
Loc: Oakland,Il.
Good one!

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#1384047 - 10/03/09 10:20 PM Re: FYI [Re: Rubenator]
CoyoteMD Offline
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Registered: 12/09/08
Posts: 383
Loc: Pennsylvania
Good post!

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#1384581 - 10/04/09 09:31 PM Re: FYI [Re: CoyoteMD]
Jack Roberts Offline
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Registered: 05/10/01
Posts: 15854
Loc: Elko, NV formerly MD
Another good one is that the Copper canyon in Mexico is 4 times the size of the Grand canyon and a thousand feet deeper.

Jack
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#1384602 - 10/04/09 09:49 PM Re: FYI [Re: Jack Roberts]
youngdon Offline
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Registered: 06/12/09
Posts: 2032
Loc: AZ
EExxcellant!!
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#1384624 - 10/04/09 10:06 PM Re: FYI [Re: youngdon]
ozzy Offline
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Registered: 11/06/08
Posts: 2567
Loc: Henderson Nv. USA
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 name size: L.A.


No wonder I moved! smile
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