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  • 2006-11-03: The only nations whose names begin with an "A" but do not end in an "A" is Afghanistan and Azerbaijan.
  • 2006-11-03: The center of North America is estimated to be either in Rugby, North Dakota, or near it. There is an obelisk in Rugby to mark the spot.
  • 2006-06-29: The Sahara desert in Africa is almost as large as the big as the entire United States.
  • 2006-03-15: Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1 because it was the first paved road anywhere.
  • 2005-08-10: Eric the Red, a Viking explorer, named Greenland. The island was covered in ice and snow, but he thought that a pleasant sounding name would make people want to move there.
  • 2005-07-22: The Dead Sea gets its name from the lack of life in its waters. There is so much salt that nothing lives in it. This also makes the lake extremely clear and you will float more easily in the Dead Sea than you would in normal water. Also, shipwrecks are well preserved since nothing will decompose the ships.
  • 2004-12-17: Yuletide named towns in the United States include Santa Claus in Arizona and Indiana, Noel in Missouri, and Christmas in both Arizona and Florida.
  • 2004-11-08: Mississippi Bay is nowhere near Mississippi. It is outside of Yokohama, Japan.
  • 2004-11-08: The Caspian Sea and the Dead Sea aren't seas. They're actually lakes.
  • 2004-11-05: The Kremlin is not one single place. Moscow has one, but so do a lot of other Russian cities. In Russian, Kremlin means a citadel or fortress. Also, Moscow's Kremlin is not a specific building but a complex within a large walled space.
  • 2004-11-03: Klondike is not in Alaska; it is in the Yukon Territory, in Canada.
  • 2004-09-21: There is a town in South Dakota named Tea.
  • 2004-09-01: There are towns named Sandwich in Illinois and Massachusetts.
  • 2004-08-31: 1.3 billion pounds of peanuts are produced in Georgia each year.
  • 2004-08-25: 10 of the 50 U.S. states and 1 U.S. territory were named after an actual person.
    Delaware – Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr
    District of Columbia – Christopher Columbus
    Georgia – England's King George II
    Louisiana – King Louis XIV of France
    Maryland – Henrietta Maria de Bourbon, wife of Charles I of England
    North and South Carolina – King Charles I of England
    Pennsylvania – William Penn
    Virginia and West Virginia – Elizabeth I, the "Virgin Queen" of England
  • 2004-08-25: The U.S. is the largest country named after a real person: Amerigo Vespucci.
  • 2004-08-25: The first country to use postcards was Austria.
  • 2004-08-25: The only one-syllable U.S. state is Maine.
  • 2004-07-29: The smallest county in the U.S. is New York County, better known as Manhattan.
  • 2004-07-27: Los Angeles has three cars for each person.
  • 2004-07-26: Hawaii is the only U.S. State that grows coffee.
  • 2004-07-26: Hawaii is the only U.S. state with one school district.
  • 2004-07-26: Hawaii is the only U.S. state never to report a temperature of 0° F.
  • 2004-07-26: Hawaii is home to the longest continuously erupting volcano in recorded history. Kilauea Caldera on the Big Island has been producing a lava flow since January 1983.
  • 2004-07-26: Hawaii has no daylight savings time. It makes sense though, since it is so close to the equator and days are about the same all year round.
  • 2004-07-26: Hawaii has no snakes in the wild.
  • 2004-07-26: Hawaii is comprised of 137 islands, encompassing a land area of 6,423.4 square miles. Only 7 islands are inhabited.
  • 2004-07-26: Hawaii is the most geographically isolated population center on Earth. It is 2,000 miles from the Marshall Islands, 2,390 miles from California, 2,500 miles from Tahiti, 3,850 miles from Japan, 4,900 miles from china, and 5,280 miles form the Philippines.
  • 2004-07-26: Hawaii has no rabies and requires a period of quarantine for incoming dogs and cats.
  • 2004-07-26: Hawaii is the only place on Earth that hosts all branches of the U.S. military.
  • 2004-07-26: Hawaii is the only U.S. state with no incorporated towns – towns and regions are governed by counties, each encompassing an entire island or more.
  • 2004-07-20: The world's biggest pyramid is not in Egypt, but in Mexico.
  • 2004-06-28: Reno, Nevada, is west of Los Angeles, California.
  • 2004-06-03: A fishing hamlet in the Lofoten Islands in north-west Norway is named Å and has a population of approximately 150.
  • 2004-06-03: A small French village with about 29 inhabitants is named Y, and is near the township of Ham ans Athies.
  • 2004-06-03: Near Baker, California, Interstate 15 is intersected with a road named Zzyzx.
  • 2004-06-03: In Oregon, there is a river named D that flows from Devil's Lake to the ocean near Lincoln City.
  • 2004-05-28: The Tombs of the Unknown are located in Arlington National Cemetery.
  • 2004-05-17: There are almost twice as many people in Rhode Island than there are in Alaska.
  • 2004-04-28: Alaska is the most eastern, western, and northern state in the United States.
  • 2004-04-20: There is an area in West Virginia commonly referred to as Big Ugly.
  • 2004-03-30: There is a lake in Massachusetts called Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg. According to myth, it is a Native American word that means "You fish on your side; I'll fish on my side; nobody fish in the middle." This was popularized by Larry Dale, editor of The Webster Times as a joke in the 1920's. In reality, it means "Englishmen at Manchaug at the fishing place at the boundary." Locals refer to it as Lake Webster, or simply "the lake."
  • 2004-03-29: The United States is slightly larger than China in area, but has dramatically less people, as of July 2003.
    United States: 9,629,091 sq. km. / 290,342,554 people
    China: 9,596,960 sq. km. / 1,286,975,468 people
  • 2004-03-29: The Great Wall of China spans 4163 miles from east to west.
  • 2004-02-27: The city of Duluth, Minnesota, is the largest freshwater port in the world.
  • 2004-01-15: Maine has 65 lighthouses as of 2003.
  • 2004-01-13: Alaska has the highest percentage of people that walk to work.
  • 2003-10-17: There are 55 streets in Atlanta with "Peachtree" in their names.
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