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From: John(HI) (cpe-66-91-204-182.hawaii.res.rr.com)
Subject:         Did you Know?
Date: March 30, 2006 at 3:08 pm PST

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 it's 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 Angele'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 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 Jewish
people in New York City than in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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 1.75 sq. miles/4,53 sq. km.

ROME

The first city to reach a population of one 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 eighty, twenty 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 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 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.

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