Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Trivia for the trivial mind

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

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 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
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

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.

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

Pitcairn Island
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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

I have always said you should learn something new every day.
Unfortunately, most of us are at that age where what we learn today, we
forget tomorrow. But, give it a shot anyway!


Snipaw said...

Interesting trivia. I didn't know most of these and I am good at trivia so they tell me.

The Scrappery said...

You have way too much time on your hands!!! ;)