we bet you didn't know. It won't change your life, but it
might make you think.
river: The Nile, in Egypt, at 6,695 kilometers (4,160 miles).
Island, a territory of Australia, has the world's fastest
population growth rate at 7.77%.
No, this is not a result of a broken keyboard. This is the
longest city name in
the world, found in North Wales. Its name translates as:
"The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel
trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio's of the red
Japan, the best beef costs around $80 per pound.
wettest place on earth is Lloro, Colombia, which averages
13 meters (523.6 inches or 40 feet) of rainfall a year.
is a street in Italy that is less than 1.5 feet wide.
coldest temperature ever measured on Earth was -129 Fahrenheit
(-89 Celsius) at Vostok, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.
Tokyo, to buy a three-line classified ad in the newspaper
costs $3,000 per day.
some rocks float? You bet. In a volcanic eruption, the violent
separation of gas from lava produces a “frothy”
rock called pumice, loaded with gas bubbles that enable
it to float on water.
Cotopaxi in Ecuador supports the only equatorial glacier
on the planet.
Great Rift Valley, in eastern Africa, is the only geological
feature on earth that can be seen clearly from space. At
4,000 miles in length, it stretches from Lebanon to the
a shower? Look no further than the world's highest waterfall,
Angel Falls, in Venezuela. With a total height of 979 meters
(3,212 feet), it is over 300 meters taller than the second-highest
97 percent of the world's water is in the oceans, which
make up about two-thirds of Earth’s surface. Nearly
70 percent of the Earth’s fresh-water supply is locked
up in the icecaps of Antarctica and Greenland. The remaining
fresh-water supply, a mere 1 percent of the Earth’s
total, exists in the atmosphere, streams, lakes, or groundwater.
total number of airline passengers worldwide in 1999 was
from space? Estimates vary, but the USGS says at least 1,000
tons of the stuff enters the atmosphere every year and makes
its way to Earth’s surface.
cities. The San Andreas Fault in California, which runs
north-south, is slipping at a rate of about 2 inches (5
centimeters) per year, causing the city of Los Angeles to
move towards San Francisco. Scientists forecast L.A. will
be a suburb of the San Fransisco in about 15 million years.
the running of the bulls began in Pamplona, Spain, in 1926,
only 13 people have been killed. Attendance at the 8-day
event grew dramatically when Ernest Hemingway made the running
of the bulls world famous in his novel "The Sun Also
The Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii holds the title as the largest
volcano on Earth. It rises more than 15.2 kilometers (50,000
feet or 9.5 miles) above its base, which which sits under
the surface of the sea. But compare this to Olympus Mons
on Mars, which rises 26 kilometers (16 miles) into the Martian
recorded temperature on earth: 57.7 degrees Celsius (136
degrees Fahrenheit) at Al Aziziyah, Libya on September 13,
1922. Lowest recorded temperature: -89.2 degrees Celsius
(-128 degrees Fahrenheit) in Vostok, Antarctica on July
you were to fly along the equator around the entire world,
you would travel 40,075 kilometers.
country with the highest population density? That would
be Monaco with 15,538 people per square kilometer. Singapore
is a distant second with 4,488.
to what you might think, the driest desert in the world
is not the Sahara. In fact, it is the Patagonia
Desert, found in the most southern region of South America.
But the driest place goes the village of Arica, in Chile,
which gets just 0.03 inches (0.76 millimeters) of rain per
busiest airport in the world? That would be Hartsfield International
Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, with 909,911 flights in
of the world's land surface is desert.
highest tide differences can be found in Burntcoat Head,
Minas Basin, part of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada,
where tides can range 11.7 meters (38.4 feet). The bay is
funnel-shaped — its bottom slopes upward continuously
from the ocean inlet. The result is an extreme 'tidal bore',
a wavelike phenomenon at the leading edge of the changing
tide, which can travel up feeder rivers at 13 kilometers
per hour (8 mph) and can be more than 1 meter (3 feet) tall.
you came upon a naked Muslim woman, she would cover her
face. A Samoan woman would cover her navel.
far does regular dust blow in the wind? One study showed
that African dust finds its way to the state of Florida
and can help push parts of the state over the prescribed
air quality limit for particulate matter. The dust is kicked
up by high winds in North Africa and carried as high as
20,000 feet (6,100 meters), where it’s caught up in
the trade winds and carried across the sea.
average, about 400 billion gallons of water are used worldwide
longest tunnel in the world is the Seikan Tunnel in Japan
at over 53.9 kilometers in length, connecting the island
of Honshu and Hokkaido (3.9 kilometers longer than the Chunnel).
Leaning Tower of Pisa is 180 feet tall and now tipped over
16 feet to one side. Scientists estimate that it has approximately
100 years left before it collapses.
smallest country in the world is Vatican City at (0.44 square
kilometers (0.17 sq. miles).
world’s deepest lake is Lake Baikal in the south-central
part of Siberia at a depth of 1.7 kilometers (5,712 feet).
It’s about 20 million years old and contains 20 percent
of Earth’s fresh liquid water.
desert country of Saudi Arabia must import sand from other
countries. Their desert sand is not suitable for building
water faucets are marked with a 'C' in some countries. This
is because in Spain the word for hot is caliente, in France
hot is chaud, and in Italy you say caldo when you mean hot.
earth is not a sphere. Because the planet rotates and is
more flexible than one might imagine, it bulges at the midsection,
creating a sort of pumpkin shape. The bulge was lessening
for centuries but now, suddenly, it is growing, a recent
study showed. Accelerated melting of Earth’s glaciers
is taking the blame for the gain in equatorial girth.
longest mountain chain on Earth is the Mid-Atlantic Ridge,
which splits nearly the entire Atlantic Ocean north to south.
Iceland is one place where this submarine mountain chain
rises above the sea surface.
diving? The deepest point in the ocean is the Challenger
Deep, Mariana Trench, in the western Pacific Ocean at 10,924
meters (35,840 feet) below sea level.
gondolas must be black in Venice. Only government officials
are allowed fancy colors.
lake: Caspian Sea in Asia/Europe at 371,000 square kilometers.
rickshaws were invented by an American, Reverend Jonathan
Scobie, who visited Okinawa in 1869.
comprises a 30 times greater volume than all freshwater
lakes, and more than 3,000 times what’s in the world’s
streams and rivers at any given time. Groundwater is housed
in natural underground aquifers, in which the water typically
runs around and through the stone and other material.
largest Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant is in Beijing,
Tibet, some women have special metal instruments used for
picking their noses.
island: Greenland at 2,175,600 square kilometers.
largest ocean is the Pacific Ocean, which covers 165 million
square kilometers (64 million square miles). It is more
than two times the size of the Atlantic and has an average
depth of 3.9 kilometers (2.4 miles).
Iceland, people are listed in the telephone directory by
their first name.
is a hell on earth. It is Hell, a village in Norway.
total area of the entire earth is 510,066,000 square kilometers
(29.1% is land at 148,429,000 sq. km. and 70.9% is water
at 361,637,000 sq. km.).
Dead Sea, lying between Israel and Jordan, is the lowest
place on earth. The surface of this body of water is 1,312
feet below sea level.
fastest 'regular' wind was 372 kilometers per hour (231
mph), recorded at Mount Washington, N.H., on April 12, 1934.
But during a May 1999 tornado in Oklahoma, researchers clocked
the wind at 513 kilometers per hour (318 mph).
native language spoken by more people than any other is
Chinese Mandarin at 874,000,000.
seas: The Antarctic Ice Sheet holds nearly 90 percent of
the world’s ice and 70 percent of its fresh water.
If the entire ice sheet were to melt, sea level would rise
by nearly 67 meters (220 feet), or the height of a 20-story
Sahara Desert gets larger every day. Its southern border
grows outward by 30 miles every year.