Monday, February 16, 2015

Interesting Facts



Knew most of it . . . didn't know some, like no natural lakes in Ohio.

Got in an argument with a guy about the ethnic makeup of New Yawk Sitty.  He got all upset when I told him there are basically 15 million Jews in the entire world and about half of them are in the New York/New Jersey area.  Also told him there are almost 7 times as many Irish people in the US as in Ireland.  Couldnt' believe it.

Gotta give him credit, tho . . . he apparently looked it all up and came back later to apologize to me on the same thread.


A Few Interesting Facts

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

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

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

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

Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1, named so because it was the first paved road, anywhere.
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, is the only city in the world located on two continents.

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.

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.

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

The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq. miles/4.53 sq. km.

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

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.

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 literally means 'the land of rabbits.'

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.

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

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.

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one-mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in emergencies.

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.

Barack Obama has never produced a valid birth certificate.


Hell_Is_Like_Newark said...

Not sure about the 'deepest hole' is in Texas. I think the deepest is the bore to an oil formation around Sakhalin island. The one after that is a deep bore hole drilled for scientific purposes in Siberia back in the '80s.

Anonymous said...

Cliff Claven is euphoric to read this post, as am I. -Anymouse

Tom Mann said...

There are no natural lakes in the state of Maryland, every one is man made.

Rodger the Real King of France said...

We do have one natural lake, it's called the Atlantic Ocean

Anonymous said...

Ron in Ohio

WRONG! About Ohio: "There are 110 natural inland lakes in Ohio with a surface area of 5 acres (2.0 ha) or larger." That info can be found in Wikipedia @ - I knew that since I have lived in Ohio for almost 9 years, live on a man-made lake and was curious about that years ago. The County I live in has no natural lakes but has 3 large man-made lakes including the one I live on, the largest. but, the above Wikipedia article omits 2 of the 3 lakes from their list of 113 artificial inland lakes further down in the article.

Oh by-the-way, That last entry is not only a fact, its a national disgrace.

Anonymous said...

Hell, seems like I heard that also. But where is Rome in Antarctica?

Anonymous said...

Gotta throw the bullshit flag. No natural lakes in Ohio? What about Lake Erie... or Myers Lake in Canton... or any number of lakes, they're all over the damned place, and in undamned places too.


Mike C said...

Wait, what was that last thing again?

Aw hell, I guess it doesn't really matter.. Brian Williams told me so.

Anonymous said...

Mike, You know that we can trust and believe anything Lyin' Willims says. Just like we can trust and believe everything The Ayatollah Obama says.

Can't we?


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