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06-23-2009, 07:41 AM   #1
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A Few Facts

SOME INTERESTING 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 % 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, that is), 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 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, 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. 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. Unfortunately, many of us are at that age where what we learn today, we forget tomorrow. But, give it a shot anyway!

LIFE IS SHORT
MAKE FUN OF IT

06-23-2009, 12:58 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fl_Gulfer Quote
SOME INTERESTING GEOGRAPHY


Roads
Chances that a road is unpaved in the U.S.A: 1%, in Canada: 75%.


LIFE IS SHORT
MAKE FUN OF IT
And the road I live on, a county road is NOT paved.
06-23-2009, 01:08 PM   #3
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And the road I live on, a county road is NOT paved.
Your government is socialist, and you live on an unpaved road?

Are you sure you don't live in canada?
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QuoteOriginally posted by KungPOW Quote
Your government is socialist, and you live on an unpaved road?

Are you sure you don't live in canada?
Yeah I'm sure. I live on a limerock road. And the dust when it doesn't rain is terrible. And when it does rain it's washed out in hours.

Everyone in this area has at least 1 acre. The road is about a mile long and has historic significance. But within 1.5 miles are all the stores necessary. Grocery, auto, megalowmart, gas. 3 miles away they are trying to build one of the largest malls on the west coast of Florida. When I bought here in 99 there was a 400 acre orange grove 1000 feet down the road in 2001 it was 900 home golf course/country club.

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Detroit
Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan carries the designation M-1, so named because it was the first paved road any where.
Those Roman roads don't count?

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Istanbul (aka Constantinople)
Constantinople? What is this, 1929?

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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..
And there are more New Zealanders in Bondi than in New Zealand...
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And there are more New Zealanders in Bondi than in New Zealand...
Thus increasing the average IQ of both countries.
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Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined.
Yup, and I am sitting by one right now... hmmmm!

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Canada is an Indian word meaning 'Big Village.'
You have no idea how true that is to this day

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QuoteOriginally posted by graphicgr8s Quote
Yeah I'm sure. I live on a limerock road. And the dust when it doesn't rain is terrible. And when it does rain it's washed out in hours.
My country house (where I am now) is on a dirt road. Mostly rocky sand. Gets horribly dusty when it's dry, and soft and "sinky" when soaked.

To help keep the dust down here, the city puts road-salt (calcium) on the problem spots. It's the same salt used in winter to melt the ice. Since the city is cheap and puts as little as they can, we usually add a bit in front of our property to keep the dust down.

It's basically the same salt you could buy at walmart or home hardware for pool filters. I spread it with my lawn fertilizer spreader. I don't know if it would work on your kind of dirt road but it works miracles here.

Pat

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Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined.
Which is also the second largest country in the world. 6 time zones vs Russia at 11
And all that water is going to be more valuable than oil in the coming years.

Winter vs Summer:
1. On France’s southern Mediterranean coast, Cannes, the sunny summer playground of the rich, which is sometimes incorrectly called ‘tropical’, is about 10 miles farther north than Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

2.Rome, which is located in the center of Italy, is located at the exact same latitude as Chicago.

3. Portland, Oregon, where it rarely snows, is about 130 miles farther north than Toronto, and over 200 miles farther north than Boston.
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Thus increasing the average IQ of both countries.
Those hobbits are pretty damn smart, aren't they?
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Those Roman roads don't count?



? What is this, 1929?



And there are more New Zealanders in Bondi than in New Zealand...

In some parts of the world, some still, and may always refer to the city as Constantinople.
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"LIFE IS SHORT
MAKE FUN OF IT"

Alas!
Life makes "fun" of me.
07-08-2009, 06:53 AM   #13
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I have another one, though I couldn't find the source ATM:

Roughly 10 million people live above 60 degrees north - half of them consist of practically all the Finns.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fl_Gulfer Quote
Canada
Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined.
Hmm.. I wonder about that one.

List of lakes in Canada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia says the exact number isn't known. While there are certainly many and big ones, Finland on the other hand has quite a few smaller ones. 187 888 lakes that a larger than 500 square metres, actually.

List of lakes in Finland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Winter vs Summer:
1. On France’s southern Mediterranean coast, Cannes, the sunny summer playground of the rich, which is sometimes incorrectly called ‘tropical’, is about 10 miles farther north than Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Thank the Gulf stream for that situation. If that were disrupted, all of Europe would get pretty doggone cold.



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