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Postby Free Bagel » Tue Jun 13, 2006 5:13 pm

Ripped from gorilla mask forums, but interesting stuff nonetheless....

Alaska - More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.

Amazon - The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% of the world's oxygen supply. The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that for 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.

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.

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/4,53 sq. km.

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

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 Pigs Eye after a man named Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant who set up the first business there.

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.

There .... now I bet you learned something.
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Re: Interesting facts you didn't know...

Postby The_Dude » Tue Jun 13, 2006 5:17 pm

Free Bagel wrote:Istanbul, Turkey - Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world located on two continents.


... was also Constantinople ;-D
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Postby Alkaholik » Tue Jun 13, 2006 5:24 pm

Ohio - There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is man-made


Found that rather weird
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Postby moonhead » Tue Jun 13, 2006 5:59 pm

Alkaholik wrote:
Ohio - There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is man-made


Found that rather weird


as well as oklahoma. ;-D
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Postby knapplc » Tue Jun 13, 2006 6:27 pm

moonhead wrote:
Alkaholik wrote:
Ohio - There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is man-made


Found that rather weird


as well as oklahoma. ;-D


I read the same thing about Maryland. I find it very difficult to believe.

Although, now that I think about it, I can't think of any natural lakes in Nebraska, either. :-?
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Postby terpfan » Tue Jun 13, 2006 6:51 pm

knapplc wrote:
moonhead wrote:
Alkaholik wrote:
Ohio - There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is man-made


Found that rather weird


as well as oklahoma. ;-D


I read the same thing about Maryland. I find it very difficult to believe.

Although, now that I think about it, I can't think of any natural lakes in Nebraska, either. :-?

Yeah, as far as I know that holds true for Maryland as well. Although I guess that depends on what constitutes a "lake." The only lake of any real signifigance is Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland, and that definately man-made. I'm going there on vacation next week. ;-D

Spain literally means "the land of rabbits."

I thought that was funny...Thats the best they could do for a name? haha
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Re: Interesting facts you didn't know...

Postby The_Captain » Tue Jun 13, 2006 7:14 pm

The_Dude wrote:
Free Bagel wrote:Istanbul, Turkey - Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world located on two continents.


... was also Constantinople ;-D


Istanbul (Not Constantinople)?
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Postby J2thez929 » Tue Jun 13, 2006 7:17 pm

Alkaholik wrote:
Ohio - There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is man-made


Found that rather weird


Me too! I find it hard to believe that all our lakes here in Ohio are man-made. Sure is an interesting little fact though...
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Postby jayday » Tue Jun 13, 2006 7:39 pm

J2thez929 wrote:
Alkaholik wrote:
Ohio - There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is man-made


Found that rather weird


Me too! I find it hard to believe that all our lakes here in Ohio are man-made. Sure is an interesting little fact though...

I'm not sure it's true... :-? I know the vast majority are, but not all....

Link Here

Ohio's more than 2,500 lakes are larger than 2 acres with 20 of them being natural bodies formed by glaciers. The man-made lakes includes those from the early 1800s created to feed water into canals between Lake Erie and the Ohio River, while many others were a direct result of the Flood Control Act from the early 1900s


Also, another link here listing Ohio's natural lakes....All 33 of them

So don't believe everything you read guys.... ;-)
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Postby moonhead » Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:00 pm

it's true for oklahoma.
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