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The exact geographic center of the United States is near Lebanon, Kansas.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel - which crossing Chesapeake near its mouth, at Norfolk, Virginia - uses a combination of bridge spans and tunnels. Manmade islands allow the roadway to enter the tunnels beneath the Bay's shipping channels.

The only nation whose name begins with an "A", but doesn't end in an "A" is Afghanistan.

Given their sheer volume, ninety-nine percent of the living space on the planet is found in the oceans. The average depth of the oceans is 2.5 miles (4 km). The deepest point lies in the Mariana Trench, 6.8 miles (10.9 km) down. By way of comparison, Mount Everest is only 5.5 miles (8.8 km) high.

Ninety percent of all volcanic activity occurs in the oceans. In 1993, scientists located the largest known concentration of active volcanoes on the sea floor in the South Pacific. This area, the size of New York state, hosts 1,133 volcanic cones and sea mounts. Two or three could erupt at any moment.

According to NASA, the U.S. has the world's most violent weather. In a typical year, the U.S. can expect some 10,000 violent thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes and several hurricanes.

Zion, Illinois - located on the shores of Lake Michigan north of Chicago - was founded by the followers of John Alexander Dowie, whose Christian Catholic Church disapproved of pharmacies, doctors, theaters or dance halls. Smoking, drinking and the eating of pork also was prohibited in town.

The U-S Park Service says the older Old Faithful gets, the more the geyser at Yellowstone National Park slows down. In the 1950s, it erupted every 62 minutes. Lately, it's been erupting every 77 minutes. Some experts say Old Faithful may someday just stop.

At 840,000 square miles, Greenland is the largest island in the world. It is 3 times the size of Texas. By comparison Iceland is only 39,800 square miles.

According to experts, large caves tend to "breathe"; they inhale and exhale great quantities of air when the barometric pressure on the surface changes, and air rushes in or out seeking equilibrium.

The surface area of the Earth is 197,000,000 square miles.

Forty six percent of the world's water is in the Pacific Ocean. The Atlantic has 23.9 percent; the Indian, 20.3; the Arctic, 3.7 percent.

The state of Oregon has one city named Sisters and another called Brothers. Sisters got its name from a nearby trio of peaks in the Cascade Mountains known as the Three Sisters. Brothers was named as a counterpart to Sisters.

The Dominican Republic was called Santo Domingo when it first gain independence.

The Chang Jiang river is the fourth longest river in the world.

Bore-hole seismometry indicates that the land in Oklahoma moves up and down 25cm throughout the day, corresponding with the tides. Earth tides are generally about one-third the size of ocean tides.

Ireland currently has the fastest growing economy in Europe - the economy grew by 40% from 1993-1997. It is for this reason that the country is referred to as the Celtic Tiger.

There are more psycho-analysts per capita in Buenos Aires than any other place in the world.

The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq. miles/4,53 sq. km.

Female aristocrats on the island of Portugese Timor in Malaya, indicate their status by notching their ears.

China's largest city is Shanghai.

The U.S. mint in Denver, Colorado is the only mint that marks its pennies.

The original fifty cent piece in Australian decimal currency had around $2.00 worth of silver in it before it was replaced with a less expensive twelve sided coin.

On a trip to the South Sea islands, French painter Paul Gauguin stopped off briefly in Central America, where he worked as a laborer on the Panama Canal.

Guam has seven public elementary schools.

Nepal's flag isn't rectangular. Or square. It's two triangles, sorta.

Newfoundland's time zone is half an hour off of all the others. So are Iran's, bits of India's, Afghanistan's, Burma's, and Nauru's. And some other islands. Like Australia.

The Republic of San Marino is the world's smallest republic (24 sq. miles) and possibly the oldest state in Europe (founded 4th century AD, according to tradition.)

Mount St. Helens dropped 1,313 feet in 1980.

There is a prison in Ossining, New York named "Sing Sing."

Rome is considered "The Eternal City."

If you could cut out the United States, its center of gravity would be at Friend, Nebraska.

In downtown Lima, Peru, there is a large brass statue dedicated to Winnie-the-Pooh.

Antarctica is the only continent that does not have land areas below sea level.

Alaska is the only state without a state motto.

In Brazil, Christmas is celebrated with fireworks.

Portugal is the world's largest producer of cork. The country has regulations protecting cork trees dating back to 1320. During the 1920’s and 30’s, it became illegal to cut down the trees other than for essential thinning and removal of old non-producing trees.

La Paz, the capital city of Bolivia is the highest capital in the world. Ski resorts there operate only on weekends during the South American summer (November to March). At an elevation of over 17,000 feet, it is too cold to operate during the South American winter.

Using satellite-surveying techniques, scientists have determined that Los Angeles, California is moving east. At a rate estimated to be about one-fifth on an inch per year, the city is moving closer to the San Gabriel Mountains.

Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonald's.

Although people in the majority of countries of the world drive on the right side of roads, there are some fifty nations in which people drive on the left. These include England and many former English colonies such as Australia and New Zealand—but not the U.S. or Canada. There are several non-English countries where people also drive on the left including Japan.

The Hudson River along the island of Manhattan flows in either direction depending on the tide.

Despite a population of over a billion, China has only about 200 family names.

The San Blas Indian women of Panama consider giant noses a mark of great beauty. They paint black lines down the center of their noses to make them appear longer.

The chiao is an official unit of currency in China. Also known as jiao, it is a copper-zinc coin that is one-tenth of a yuan and equal to 10 fen.

There are only three world capitals that begin with the letter "O" in English: Ottawa, Canada; Oslo, Norway; and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Only five countries in Europe touch only one other: Portugal, Denmark, San Marino, Vatican City, and Monaco.

Devon is the only county in Great Britain to have two coasts.

The many sights that represent the Chinese city of Beijing were built by foreigners: the Forbidden City was built by the Mongols, the Temple of Heaven by the Manchurians.

The world's largest democracy is India, with a much larger population than the United States and pretty good turn-out in elections, although it also has lots of election violence. Democracy is the fastest-spreading form of government worldwide.

Reversing Falls is in Canada, where the St. John River flows into the Bay of Fundy at St. John, New Brunswick. The rapids at this juncture flows normally at low tide, backwards at high tide. Between tides there is a 15-minute period in which the river is placid and boaters sail by very quickly.

Iowa has more independent telephone companies than any other state.

Australia is the richest source of mineral sands in the world.

The German Bundestag, or Parliament, has 672 members and is the world's largest elected legislative body.

Dominica, Mexico, Zambia, Kiribati, Fiji and Egypt all have birds on their flags.

The smallest 'country' in the world to have its own top-level domain name is Norfolk Island, off the coast of Australia.

The only borough of New York City that isn't an island or part of an island is the Bronx.

People in Sweden, Japan, and Canada are more likely to know the population of the United States than are Americans.

Shortest Intercontinental Commercial Flight in the world is from Gibraltar (Europe) to Tangier (Africa.) Distance 34 miles, flight time 20 minutes.

The official, neutral name of Switzerland, which has multiple official languages, is the latin "Confederation Helvetica", or the Helvetic Confederation, thus the "CH" on license plates, stickers and e-mail addresses.

The smallest state in the US has also the longest name. The official name of Rhode Island is Rhode Island and Plantation Provinces.

The city of Istanbul straddles two separate continents, Europe and Asia.

Australia is the richest source of mineral sands in the world.

The largest country in Africa is the Sudan. The Arc of the Covenant is said to be located in Axum, Ethiopia.

Since the 1930’s the town of Corona, CA has buried, and lost, all 17 of its time capsules.

West Virginia consists of those counties of Virginia which refused to secede from the Union at the start of the Civil War. Maine used to be part of Massachusetts. The original colonies made all kinds of land claims for the frontier west of them.

The most remote island in the world is Tristan da Cunha, which is above the sub-Antarctic zone.

French speaking residents of Belgium are called Walloons.

There are 3,900 islands in the country Japan, the country of islands.

Mississippi Facts:

MCW in Columbus was the first state college for women in the country established in 1884.

The McCoy Federal Building in Jackson is the first federal building in the U.S. named for an African American.

John Stetson learned hatmaking in Dunn's Falls.

The oldest field game in America is Stickball founded by the Choctaw Indians of Philadelphia.

Alcorn State University in Lorman is the oldest black land grant college in the world.

The International Checkers Hall Of Fame is in Petal.

Cartoonist Rick London (London's Times) is from Lumberton.

Resin Bowie, the inventor of the Bowie knife is buried at Pt. Gibson.

The Vicksburg National Cemetery is the second oldest in the country.

The Mississippi Legislature passed one of the first laws in 1839 to protect the property rights of married women.

Coca Cola was founded by Joseph A. Biedenharn in Vicksburg.

Mississippi was the first state to outlaw imprisonment of debtors.

Belzoni is the Catfish Capital of the world.

The company that makes Icee Drinks is in Edwards.

Peavey Electronics in Meridian is the world's largest manufacturer of musical amplification equipment.

The first PTA was in Crystal Springs.

Football great Walter Peyton was from Columbia.

The birthplace of Elvis was in Tupelo.

The oldest Holiday Inn is in Clarkesdale.

The King and Queen of the Gypsies are buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Meridian.

The 4-H Club started in Holmes County.

In New Zealand, the Presidential highway links the towns of Gore and Clinton. Gore is also known as the Brown Trout Capital of the World and New Zealand's country music capital.

The forest of Canadian Lake District is so dense that during winter the snow stays on top of the trees and the forest floor stays bare.

In Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained.

In Papua New Guinea there are villages within five miles of each other which speak different languages.

In the Andes, time is often measured by how long it takes to smoke a cigarette.

In May 1948, Mt. Ruapehu and Mt. Ngauruhoe, both in New Zealand, erupted simultaneously.

Without any greenhouse effect, Earth would be cold and lifeless with an average temperature of 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

In 1825 Upper Peru became Bolivia.

Seoul, the South Korean capital, just means "the capital" in the Korean language.

Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined.

England is smaller than New England.

The Sphinx sits on guard over the Great Pyramids.

The Nile river flows North.

The largest city in Africa is Cairo in Egypt.

Thailand used to be called Siam.

The Sahara desert is expanding half a mile south every year.

The largest island in the Mediterranean sea is Sicily.

Norway contains the largest icefield in Europe.

The three winter months in the southern hemisphere are June, July and August.

The largest lake in South America is Lake Maracaibo.

Zanzibar is known as "Spice Island."

The city of Dallas is known as "The Big D."

Honolulu boasts the only royal palace in the U.S.

Spains biggest source of income is tourism.

Katmandu is the capital of Nepal.

Pittsburgh was named for a British prime minister.

In ancient Japan public contests were held to see who in a town could break wind loudest and longest. Winners were awarded many prizes and received great acclaim.

The Pole of Inaccessibility is pretty darn inaccessible. It's the point on the continent of Antarctica that is farthest in all directions from the seas that surround it. It lies on the Polar Plateau. The term "Pole of Inaccessibility" is also sometimes used to refer to the point in the Arctic Ocean equidistant from the surrounding landmasses (approximately 400 miles from the North Pole, which should tell you how hard it is to track down Santa Claus in his off-season).

Several nations (Norway, Australia, New Zealand, France, Great Britain, Chile, and Argentina) have advanced claims on sections of the continent of Antarctica. The United States does not recognize any claims.

There is a resort town in New Mexico called "Truth or Consequences."

Mongolia is the largest landlocked country.

The national anthem of the Netherlands "Het Wilhelmus," is an 'acrostichon.' The first letters of each of the fifteen verses represent the name "Willem Van Nassov."

Toronto’s original name was York, but it had another name long before that. The area near the shores of Lake Ontario was called "the meeting place" by the Ojibway of Southern Ontario. Their word: Toronto.

US Route 66 ran from Chicago to Los Angeles, approximating the course of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, a railroad which, we might mention, no longer goes to any of those three towns.

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 more people in New York City (7,895,563) than there are in the states of Alaska, Vermont, Wyoming, South Dakota, New Hampshire, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Hawaii, Delaware, and New Mexico combined.

The smallest country in Central America is El Salvador.

Adolf Hitler had planned to change the name of Berlin to Germania.

Persia changed its name to Iran in 1935.

Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States in 1789.

The country of Costa Rica does not have an army.

The Philippines consist of 7,100 islands.

The first people to arrive on Iceland were Irish explorers, in 795 A.D.

The royal house of Saudi Arabia has close to 10,000 princes and princesses.

When the Eiffel Tower was built in 1884, Parisians referred to it as "the tragic lamppost" and nearly universally hated it.

The Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. has 365 steps, representing every day of the year.

The twin towers of New Yorks World Trade Center contain 208 elevators. Elevators rank as the safest form of transportation, boasting only one fatality every 100 million miles traveled. Stairs, in comparison, are five times more dangerous.

Ellis Island opened to begin the processing of what would amount to more than 20 million immigrants to the United States in 1892. The immigration center was also used as a deportation station, and later, a Coast Guard Station, and then, a national park. Ellis Island is now a museum.

Residents of the Havasupai Indian Reservation in Northern Arizona get their mail delivered by mule.

Los Angeles and San Francisco become 2.5 inches closer together each year because they are on opposite sides of the San Andreas fault.

Australia's new parliament house in the nation's capital Canberra is one of the largest buildings in the southern hemisphere. The building covers nearly 15 per cent of a 32 hectare site and boasts 4500 rooms. Its floor space is approximately 250,000 square meters.

Forty six percent of the world's water is in the Pacific Ocean. The Atlantic has 23.9 percent; the Indian, 20.3; the Arctic, 3.7 percent.

The state of Oregon has one city named Sisters and another called Brothers. Sisters got its name from a nearby trio of peaks in the Cascade Mountains known as the Three Sisters. Brothers was named as a counterpart to Sisters.

South Africa produces two-thirds of the world's gold.

St. Petersburg, FL once had 427 consecutive days of sunshine.

The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq miles/4,53 sq km.

The volume of water in the Amazon river is greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined.

Surprisingly, there was a time that the Vatican owned shares of the Watergate complex in Washington DC, the Pan American building in Paris, and the Hilton hotel in Rome.

If global warming forecasts are true, the island country of Tuvalu might cease to exist within 100 years.

Pennsylvania has more covered bridges than any other state. Vermont, a much smaller state, claims a greater density of covered bridges. (More bridges per square mile). Parke County, Indiana, claims more covered bridges than any other county, but Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, comes in second.

Arguably the largest state in the world, Western Australia covers one-third of the Australian continent. It spans over 2.5 million square kilometers (1 million square miles).

On international license plates Spain is represented by the letter E for Espana.

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