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Old 08-16-2006, 04:49 AM   #1
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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'* 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'* 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.


Detroit
Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1, named so because it was the first paved road anywhere in the U.*.


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'* 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 1930'* 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'* forests.


*.M.O.M.
The actual smallest sovereign entity in the world is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (*.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 Pig'* Eye after a man named Pierre "Pig'* Eye" Parrant who set up the first business there.


Roads
Chances that a road is unpaved in the U.*.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.


Waterfalls
The water of Angel Falls (the World'* highest) in Venezuela drops 3,212 feet
(979 meters). They are 15 times higher than Niagara Falls.
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There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is manmade.
well i know about the ones inside the state but how about lake erie??? hmmmmmm

also i though buckey lake was from the iceage as well....... not 100% but... i know erie wasnt hand made cause that would take 4every and a few more days on top of that..


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That is some good information, thanks!!
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I know Alaska is big, but I did not know is was that gosh darn huge!
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Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village."

So technically, Canadians are all just a bunch of Big Village People.....suddenly life makes sense
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There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is manmade.
I don't believe that one. Like there are NO natural lakes in Ohio. I'd like proof of that.
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There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is manmade.
I don't believe that one. Like there are NO natural lakes in Ohio. I'd like proof of that.
That one might be busted....

http://www.wildernet.com/pages/area....D=OHLK&CU_ID=1

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Ohio'* more than 2,500 lakes are larger than 2 acres with 20 of them being natural bodies formed by glaciers. The man-made lakes includes those from the early 1800s created to feed water into canals between Lake Erie and the Ohio River, while many others were a direct result of the Flood Control Act from the early 1900s.
See also: http://www.ohiodnr.com/news/apr06/0418lakecolumn.htm

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Lake Erie is of course Ohio’* grand-champion glacial remnant, followed in size by 385-acre Chippewa Lake in Medina County. Perhaps Ohio’* best known and best preserved inland glacial lake is the 100-acre beauty at Punderson State Park in Geauga County. While so many of Ohio’* glacial lakes have disappeared over the past two centuries – filled in or drained as the state was settled – Punderson Lake has remained an open body of “natural” water. What ancient glaciers left behind, modern-day Ohioans can enjoy today for fishing, swimming and boating (electric motors only).

Other glacial lakes have been lost over time to natural processes that transformed them into something quite different: glacial bog meadows. One fascinating example, still in transition, is Triangle Lake Bog State Nature Preserve, just off Interstate 76 in Portage County. While some of the ancient lake remains, you can clearly see how vegetation is slowly closing in on the open water. This nature preserve protects one of the finest and least disturbed kettle-hole bogs in Ohio, supporting a wide variety of unique plants. For example, there’* a stand of tamarack trees, themselves a remnant of Ohio’* Ice Age.

The second type of natural lake in Ohio is more likely to be found in southern counties, though they’re few and far between. These are oxbow lakes, formed when a bend in a winding river became separated from the main flow – either by floods or erosion – then was left on its own as a free-standing body of water. These lakes are not very large and are not very long lasting, therefore most of them tend not be named.
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There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is manmade.
I don't believe that one. Like there are NO natural lakes in Ohio. I'd like proof of that.
Do you really want proof that Ohio is, well how should I put this
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Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1, named so because it was the first paved road anywhere in the U.*.
thats the only one I have a hard time with. the FIRST road paved was in DETROIT!!!

well, if thats the case i don't think that they have ever repaved portions of it either!
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Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village."

So technically, Canadians are all just a bunch of Big Village People.....suddenly life makes sense
COME ON ALL YOU CANADIANS! SING IT!
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