Some Interesting Facts

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  1. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    I found these 'facts,' if accurate to be very interesting, so I thought I'd pass them on. :wink:

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

    Amazon
    The Amazon Rain Forest 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
    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
    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 Angeles
    Los Angeles's full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angelesde 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 .

    Ohio
    There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio -- every one is man-made.

    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, 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% and in Canada -- 75%.

    Texas
    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.

    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.
     

  2. Sorry to be pedantic. :D
     
  3. Hes a spetic, Datum.

    He's allowed to make up facts and history.
     
  4. He's a wordy old git, and all. 8O
     
  5. Does 'wordy' mean 'dull'?
     
  6. This is true - also because so few of them speak English the Chicago Police Department contracts their telephone service around the World, an old girl friend of mine (Polish) used to answer their phones part time in London, she would log on at home and it always give me an extra thrill when she suddenly trilled ‘Good morning Chicago Police Department’ into her head set while giving me a hand job.
     
  7. brettarider

    brettarider On ROPs

    Think the Romans will have something to say about that
     
  8. Tis far worse than "dull". It means taking a whole fucking page of A4 to express ones utter dullness.
     
  9. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    Sorry, your wrong! :)

    Which city was the first to reach 1 million?
    The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C.

    London, England reached the mark in 1810 and New York City, USA made it in 1875. Today, there are over 300 cities in the world that boast a population in excess of 1 million.


    http://www.arcamax.com/trivia/s-208622-876111

    It would be nice, if you want to question the facts that I listed hear, that you provide some factual evidence of a sort.
     
  10. In 133bc "Rome" was more of a province than an actual "City" as we would think of it today. The population of this province would swell during good periods and would diminish during hardship. The roman army was also a large part of this "population".
     
  11. According to wiki, the New York City metropolitan area is home to the largest Jewish community outside Israel.

    It also states that "As of the 2000 census 420,810 New Yorkers reported Irish ancestry." Those are people who aren't Irish, but "claim Irish ancestry". As the population of the Greater Dublin Area is approx 1.6 million (see wiki), I have to dispute that fact also.

    Also according to Wiki, 14.4% of the population has Italian ancestry (there's that word again. They're not actually Italian.). Still, even with these figures, the population of New York is around 8 million and the population of Rome is just over 4 million. Work it out.

    Still... Thanks T_W for the post. You've killed a half hour of my night shift at least! :wink:
     
  12. Link

    Another 5 mins..! :D
     
  13. a tea-spoon of man juice is only 6 cals
     
  14. Judging by your avatar, you need to cut down!
     
  15. ”Alaska
    More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.”


    And if Alaska were split in two, Texas would be the third largest State in the Union, with or without its hole. :wink:

    ”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.”


    Is that like Sweden then?
    [​IMG]
    “Ya, Sveden build vider straight road bits for aircraft since jet is coming into service in 1950s.” :viking:

    Unlike the USA.
    Federal Highway Administration's Office of Infrastructure - y’all

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

    Excluding South London - accommodation is so bad now even the Somalian's are complaining. :omfg:

    ”Detroit
    Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan carries the designation M-1 . . . so named because it was the first paved road anywhere.”


    Maybe anywhere in Detroit?

    Giza
    ”The road to Giza (pronounced ‘Ghee-za’) - world's oldest known paved road near Egyptian Pyramids.
    The basalt came from quarries that lie 40 miles southwest of Giza. The Egyptians did not attempt to drag three-ton blocks of basalt across 40 miles of desert, says geologist Thomas Bown of the U.S. Geological Survey. Instead they dragged the blocks to a lake connected to the Nile, loaded them on barges, and floated them down to Giza--a circuitous journey of more than 100 miles, but one that saved a lot of dragging. The road to the lake, which Bown and his colleague James Harrell discovered recently along with the quarries, was only seven and a half miles long. Built some 4,600 years ago, it is the world's oldest known paved road.”

    Detroit on the other hand, was founded 1701, (being roundabout teatime), and therefore only 306 years old, but could be a close second?
    ”Recently discovered papyrus contracts drawn up at the time indicate Pharaoh Tutankhamun contracted the work to Murphy’s. The workforce, however, appear to have left as soon as they arrived. An article from the Pharaoh’s own daily tabloid, ‘Diamond Giza’, quotes the foreman saying; ‘Will you look at all this sand boys. Let’s fock off before the cement arrives, oh yes.’ The Pharaoh’s wife, Toot Toot Tootsie, said; ‘Oy, I don’t know why we gave them a second chance already. They got the job of building the Royal Privy which resulted in one big Sphinx.’ “
    :farao:

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