Geography Facts, States and World Wide

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Will Rogers said, “Everybody’s ignorant….only on different subjects.
Most of us Americans are pretty ignorant  in geography….Here’s a short refresher course
You’re gonna say “I didn’t know that!” at least 5 times!
Really neat stuff here.  Ready to play Trivia yet??
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.
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.
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.
Durban, South Africa
Durban, South Africa, has the highest concentration of Indians overseas. 
Therefore, outside of India itself, more Indians reside in Durban than anywhere else in the world.
Istanbul , Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world
located on two continents.
Los Angeles
Los Angeles ‘ 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 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 , Algeria ,
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%;
in Canada = 0.75%
Russia
The deepest hole ever drilled by man is the
Kola Superdeep Borehole, in Russia..
It reached a depth of 12,261 meters
(about 40,226 feet or 7.62 miles ).
It was drilled for scientific research
and gave up some unexpected discoveries,
one of which was a huge deposit of hydrogen
– so massive that the mud coming from the hole
Was boiling with it.
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.
I have always said, you should learn something new every day. 
Unfortunately, many of us are at that age where what we learn today, we forget tomorrow.
But, give it a shot anyway.
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About Dick and Danna

OUR BUCKET LIST: 1950 First kid in the area with a portable radio on my bike when I was in grade school........... 1951 Built a 5 watt radio transmitter when I was in high school and went on the radio from home. Not the most legal thing to do. Built a PA system from scratch also........... 1951-1954 Learned to play Steel Guitar. Played many shows of country music on 6 different radio stations with different groups in Western Pennsylvania........... 1954 Married Danna Lewis at when she was 15 years old........... 1960 Got into Citizen Band Radio. Danna and I were two of the original founders of CB Rangers CB club in Butler. We published a call book of all of the CBers in the Tri-State area............ 1969 Danna and I were two of the original founders of the Tri-State Country Music Association. I wrote a column for their newspaper every month........... 1960 We went to Nashville. Met Ralph Emery of WSM radio and Archie Campbell, a Hee Haw TV Entertainer. Had coffee with them at Linbaugh’s Restaurant in Nashville. Archie bought the coffee........... 1965 We developed a successful network marketing business. In later years developed a few others. Greatest training on attitudes and success........... 1968 Had a Built an outdoor stage. Had a country music jam session on our lawn at home with around 500 musicians and their family from 5 different states........... 1969 Played music on the staff band of the WWVA Jamboree and backed up all of the entertainers in front of thousands of people for 4 months. WWVA was second largest country music show at that time next to WSM Grand Old Opry........... 1984 Danna started her own typesetting business in her home. Danna Vernon Graphics had customers in 3 counties. Very successful. She taught herself how to run the typesetter machine. It was a photo typesetter. She also did layout work for printers........... 1988 I taught the secretaries at Butler hospital how to use word processing and computers, but I never had any schooling or education on it. I also did some computer programming. Before this I ran the printing operation at the hospital........... 1989 I quit a good computer job and Danna and I bought a printing franchise, Minuteman Press in Butler PA. Operated it for 5 years............ 1994 We bought a motor home. went to Florida. Spent 9 years going to Florida for 6 months every year and back to Pennsylvania for 6 months............ 1995 We played music with “Spur of the Moment” band in Florida........... 2001 Never knew my dad. Met him in 2001 and Danna and I spent a wonderful 5 years together before he passed away. Went on a wonderful 2 weeks tour of Europe (5 countries) with him. He lived in Bradenton Florida........... 2002 Danna started singing and ended up running the Suncoast Jamboree in Florida, She had her own band and scheduled everything. She sang and emcee’d the show. Played many of the RV parks in the area........... 2004 Started a recording studio in Pa and FL. Danna recorded numerous CD’s........... 2007 Since I was a little kid, I have always wanted to wear the spots off a deck of cards. I finally accomplished it this year. Threw the deck away........... 2010 We started and played in various Gospel Music Groups. Country Transition, Good News Country Gospel. Played churches all over Western Pennsylvania........... 2010 We played music on television shows on WHCU-TV Kittanning........... 2010-2014 Danna and I did a 30 minute interview talk show, Danna’s Radio Diner, on WTYM & WAVL radio. Over 30,000 hits from over 100 countries on our website as of June 2017. Still get many hits every day........... 2010 Danna and I were on TV participating in Family Life TV WHKU helping their Christmas Auction on television........... 2011 Danna and I both read our first commercial to be broadcast on WTYM radio. Also I wrote a radio promo and a short radio script........... 2012 Operated a TV camera on a live TV show on WKHU-TV........... 2013 Produced an hour TV show – Armstrong Trails on WKHU-TV Kittanning, PA. Produced a monthly live country music dinner show with various bands at WTYM radio........... 2014 We went on a country music cruise and interviewed 12 top county music TV stars for our radio show........... 2014 Rode for an hour in the cab beside the engineer of a locomotive on Kiski Jct. railroad. Broadcast it on one of our radio shows........... 2014 Played Steel for Nashvile recording star Teea Goans when they came to Kittanning on WKHU-TH and WTYM Radio. Also in 2013 backed up Joann Cash (Johnny Cash sister)........... 2015 Started Danna’s Internet Café, an internet radio show. Also shows were run on WXED-FM 107.3 and WFSN-FM 96.7. for a year and a half........... 2016 I bought a Uke Bass and learned to play it. Played a jam session a week later. Sounds like a big upright bass.
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