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THIS IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS YOU READ WHEN SIPPING YOUR MORNING COFFEE. TO ME IT’S QUITE INTERESTING TRIVIA 🙂

This has been around before, but as it says at the bottom, I forgot it. I didn’t know that!

You’re gonna say "I didn’t know that!" at least 5 times.Really neat stuff here:


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.

Except for the following

Date Country Territory Claim limits Map

1943 Argentina Argentine Antarctica 25°W to 74°W Antarctica, Argentina territorial claim.svg

1940 Chile Antártica Chilena Province Antártica 53°W to 90°W Antarctica, Chile territorial claim.svg 1939 Norway Norway Queen Maud Land 44°38’E to 20°W Antarctica, Norway territorial claim.svg

1933 Australia Australia Australian Antarctic Territory 160°E to 142°2’E and

136°11’E to 44°38’E Antarctica, Australia territorial claim.svg

1929 Norway Norway Peter I Island 68°50′S 90°35′W Antarctica Peter I Island.png

1924 France French Southern and Antarctic Lands Adélie Land 142°2’E to 136°11’E Antarctica, France territorial claim.svg

1923 New Zealand New Zealand Ross Dependency 150°W to 160°E Antarctica, New Zealand territorial claim.svg

1908 United Kingdom British Antarctic Territory 20°W to 80°W Antarctica, United Kingdom territorial claim.svg

– None Unclaimed territory

(Marie Byrd Land) 90°W to 150°W

(except Peter I Island) Antarctica, unclaimed.svg


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.

[Not true! Brasil
correctly written with
s
not
z
is a portuguese word meanig emberlike, from brasa (ember) and the ending meaning
like or similar to.
Hence the exact meaning of brasil is
emberlike.
There was a tree that grew near the shores in that part of South-America that produced a coveted redish-ember dye. The sailors and merchants started calling the land along the coast as
the Land of Brasil
and the name stayed. As for the nut itself, that
s
another story, for example Bolivia exports more
brazil
nuts
than Brasil].

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 Angeles

The full name of Los Angeles is:
El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula

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