I DID NOT KNOW THAT…….INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE WORLD

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From: JUNE CERRETA
Date: Sun, Feb 20, 2011 at 6:02 AM
Subject: Fw: I DID NOT KNOW THAT…….

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VERY INTERESTING!!

 

 

          
You're gonna
say "I didn't know that!" at least 5
times.
 Really
neat stuff here
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Alaska 

 

 

 

 

 

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More
than half of the coastline of the entireUnited
States is in Alaska .
      

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

 
Amazon 

 

 

 

 

 

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The
Amazon rainforest produces more than
20%
Of
the world's oxygen supply.
      
The
Amazon River pushes so much water into the
Atlantic Oceanthat, 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 

 

 

 

 

 

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Antarctica
is the only land on our planet that is not owned
by any country..
Ninety
percent of the world's ice coversAntarctica
.
This
ice also represents seventy percent of all the
fresh water in the world.
As
strange as it sounds, however, Antarcticais
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 theGobi
desert.
 

     

Brazil 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brazil
got its name from the nut, not the other way
around.
      

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

 
Canada 

 

 

 

 

 

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Canada
has more lakes than the rest of the world
combined. Canada is an Indian word meaning ' Big
Village'.
 

     

Chicago 

 

 

 

 

 

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Next
to Warsaw , Chicago has the largest Polish
population
In
the world.
 

     

Detroit 

 

 

 

 

 

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Woodward
Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the
designation M-1,
So
named because it was the first paved road
anywhere.
 

     

Damascus
, Syria
 

 

 

 

 

 

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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
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Istanbul,
Turkey, is the only city in the world
Located
on two continents.
 

     

Los
Angeles
 

 

 

 

 

 

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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
 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 .
      

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

 
Ohio 

 

 

 

 

 

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There
are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio,
everyone is manmade.
 

     

Pitcairn
Island
 

 

 

 

 

 

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The
smallest island with country status is
Pitcairn
In
Polynesia , at just 1.75 sq. Miles/4,53 sq.
Km.
 

     

Rome 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 

 

 

 

 

 

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Siberia
contains more than 25% of the world's
forests.
 

     

S.M.O.M. 

 

 

  

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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
 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 RossIsland
.
There
has been no rainfall there for two million
years.
 

     

Spain 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spain
literally means 'the land of rabbits'.
 

     

St.
Paul , Minnesota
 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chances
that a road is unpaved:
in
the U.S.A.. = 1%;
in
Canada = …75%
 

     

Russia 

 

 

The
deepest hole ever drilled by man is
the
Kola
Super deep 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.
 

     

United
States
 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 

 

 

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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
.
      

 

 

 

 

 

GS

Bruce Hord 

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