Friday, July 07, 2006

few fun facts on friday (2)

brought to you thanks to a friend who e-mailed this to me , source of information unknown, facts pending confirmation, but it's easy reading for a friday!! This is the second and last part , unless I find some more during the week... The first part is here...

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 inRome , Italy ; and more Jews in New York City than in Tel Aviv, Israel .

North America - Africa
*Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28. Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38.
*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.
*Chances that a road is unpaved in the U.S.A.: 1%, in Canada: 75%.

* 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 contains more than 25% of the world's forests.

*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.

*Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits.' ( note: I checked this out, wikipedia confirmed it in Spanish here )

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.

*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.

*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.


  1. Wow-fun, random facts.

    Michele says hi!

  2. So interesting Mar....So many things I did not know and they sound right---well, ler's hope they are! (Lol)

  3. Some really interesting stuff here. The hole in Texas sounds interesting and all I am wondering is why? The falls must be spectacular!

  4. It's amazing what you can learn! I knew a couple of them already and they check out with what I beleive to be true so I should think your source is reliable! :-)

  5. my brain just keeps absorbing all your cool facts.

  6. Thanks for teaching me something today. :-)

  7. A few more weeks of reading your blog and I'll be eligible for a PhD!!!

  8. UGH! I am so glad I don't live in Tidikelt. But I would love to own that little Polynesian island! These are some really fun random facts! I had NO idea Canada had so many unpaved roads! Thanks Mar!

  9. This is a great information. Almost all of your lists I only knew now.
    Thanks for dropping by.

  10. Now this was truly a unique blog today. I love this kind of stuff anyway. Hmmmmm, you wonder where the 'hole' in Texas is?


    Thanks for dropping by and commenting on my Friday Feast today.

  11. Wow, these are very intersting was part one. I really learned a lot. *s*

    Thank you for visiting today. Have a great weekend!

  12. I love when you do the fun facts. It would be wonderful to see the angel must be breathtaking.

    Happy Friday.
    Take care,

  13. VERY fun facts -- glad I popped by!

  14. Great facts to digest!

    Michele sent me here.

  15. funny. i'm venezuelan and live near niagara falls.

    here via michele today.

  16. Hey that's soooo interesting. I love the NYC facts about the ethnicity!
    Michele says hi there

  17. now that was cool. Thanks for sharing on a friday feast vacation... Yeah for tomorrow .... I can't wait, then vacation for me. :)

  18. whether its accurate or not, its very entertaining reading! Thanks for sharing! :-)

  19. I like it when you share some cool facts like that, confirmed or not confirmed :lol:...
    I didn't know that the Big Apple is actually coined by musicians.
    And Rome had 1 million people in 133 B.C. - wow...unbelievable...
    10 years no rain? And I complain if we don't have a drop in one winter...
    Need to really see thing in a better perspective.
    Watching the German team today?