Facts - Most of Them You Probably Don't Know

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Facts - Most of Them You Probably Don't Know

First we have to admit we did not compile all this information, matter of fact, we don't even know if it is true.  However, it is interesting.  We received this via email and no author's name was attached.

We are sure you will enjoy the trip...


Map of Alaska


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


Map of 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.


Map of Antarctic

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.


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



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



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




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 Angeles

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


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.



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


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 literally means 'the land of rabbits'. 

St. Paul, Minnesota

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 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

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. :-) 









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Melissa Juarez
Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC - Quincy, MA

Fun post. Lots of great information. Good luck.

Mar 07, 2010 10:12 AM #7
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Al and Peggy great list some of these I know to be facts.  For some reason the pictures did not load for me.

Mar 07, 2010 11:26 AM #8
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Hey Guys, lots of interesting facts, some of which I had heard before, like Antarctica being considered a desert inspite of all that dry ice. Due to technical difficulties, none of the photos showed for me

Mar 07, 2010 11:28 AM #9
Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Michigan

Good information to ponder. Things that make you go hmm..  Good post.

Mar 07, 2010 02:36 PM #10
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist

Al & Peggy,   I absolutely loved reading this post...random facts I never would have known and found facinating!

Mar 07, 2010 07:44 PM #11
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

How random were those facts!  I am ashamed to admit, I knew none of them!

Fascinating!  Thanks

Mar 07, 2010 09:31 PM #12
Yvette Chisholm
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Rockville, MD
Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500

I was very surprised at how much I did know...I need to spend less time reading and more time working!  Thanks for the facts, it is always great to learn more.

Mar 07, 2010 09:34 PM #13
Citrus County Florida Real Estate
Tropic Shores Realty - Crystal River, FL

Very nice post. It was very enjoyable to read. Thank you for sharing all of those interesting facts.

Mar 07, 2010 10:29 PM #14
Jenny Kotulak
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage - Oakville, ON
Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate

What great teachers you are.  I certainly learned lots new.  Good job putting it all together.

Mar 07, 2010 10:32 PM #15
Marc Swartz, CPA, CA, Real Estate Broker
RE/MAX Vision Realty Inc., Brokerage, Direct: (416) 737-9800, Office: (416) 321-2228 - Toronto, ON
Toronto, Durham & York Regions, Ontario, Canada

Hi Al and Peggy - I think I saw something very similar in the last day or so on ActiveRain.  However, I don't think it had many (or any graphics).

Are you and all of the other friendly members providing complimentary green food and drink for our monthly meeting on March 17 (St. Patrick's Day)???

Mar 08, 2010 12:14 AM #16
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Al & Peggy - I read the WHOLE thing. Very interesting stuff!

Mar 08, 2010 12:15 AM #17
Bob Dunn
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Abbotsford, BC

Someone in Brampton has too much time on their hands.

I bet the citizens of St Paul's are thrilled their fore fathers changed the name from Pig's Eye to St. Paul.

Mar 08, 2010 12:45 AM #18
Michael Thornton
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297


Bob, You are so right!!! Thanks for the schooling this early morning...

Helping you to help others live their American dream...


Mar 08, 2010 04:46 AM #19
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY

Good brain food, although I must admit some skepticism about the lakes in Ohio and that is actually an urban myth:http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=11962


Mar 08, 2010 07:10 AM #20
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Hmmm...most of what you've posted is actually factual, although like Phil i am a bit hesitant to accept the Ohio lakes thing...very interesting stuff, btw.

Mar 08, 2010 01:31 PM #21
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

I love this kind of trivia.  My husband is from Ohio and I wonder what he'll say about the lakes in Ohio.  Very interesting.

Mar 08, 2010 02:48 PM #22
Debbie Walsh
Keller Williams Realty - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000

This was alot of information-now I am on overload!  LOL 

A lot of neat info!
Mar 08, 2010 04:41 PM #23
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

That was quite interesting. None of the lakes in San Diego County are natural either, all being reservoirs behind manmade dams.

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Mar 09, 2010 03:27 AM #24
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT

Al and Peggy,

Very fun facts.  Thanks for sharing these.  I enjoyed and learned a few new things today.   Now the one about El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula was my favorite!  I visited it many times when I used to live in Orange County but never knew till I read this post.   :)

Mar 12, 2010 12:26 AM #25
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

LOL. I blogged these same facts a while back. I had to split it into 2 posts, and I think I left out a couple of facts. I used my own pictures too. But it was the same data, none the less. And I see your readers liked it as much as mine did =)

Mar 12, 2010 02:26 AM #26
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