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                                                 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,
                             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, ice.),
                                       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,
                                    so named 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 ANGLES

                                           

                                                                 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

                                                              

                                                          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

                                                     

                               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.


                                                                      

                                                                              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 , 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 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 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%   


                                                                               Russia

                                           

                                      The deepest hole ever drilled by man is the
                                          Kola Superdeep 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

                                                        

                                                 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 .