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  1. Aidion_Templari Jedi Knight

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    Some Interesting Facts.....

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

    Amazon
    * The Amazon rainforest 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 in Detroit
    * Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan carries the designation M-1,
    named so 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 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, 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 Pigs 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%.

    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.

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  2. SaberThrow Jedi Padawan

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    Nov 19, 2005
    only you would put something that makes people think
    damn you damn you









    o yea fvck canada
  3. BarrisOffee Jedi Knight

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    May 13, 2005
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    All I can say is ...you must have really bored Sunday with Yumi having to work... Stop thinking baby before you hurt yourself!!!![:D]
  4. SaberThrow Jedi Padawan

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    Nov 19, 2005
    yea thinking for people who were like yea you know all thing and crap
  5. Entropy Jedi Master

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    Did you know that the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (S.M.O.M.) began it's existance as the Order of the Knights Hospitaller? After the fall of Jerusalem in the 1100's, the order moved to the isle of Rhodes, then to Malta, and then eventually to Rome.
  6. Darth_Tanis Jedi Knight

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    Nov 12, 2005
    COMPLETLY random, but still awesome!
  7. Mordtat Force Ghost

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    In my Political and European Geography courses I have heard of that. However, we didn't really talk about it other than, "Here is an interesting fact." -Eurotrip
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