Fun Geography Facts and Geography Trivia
6.7 million people commute to Manhattan daily ! A hamlet is a village without a church and a town is not a city until it has a cathedral. About one-tenth of the earth's surface is permanently covered with ice. Alaska, with 8, is the US state with the most national park sites. All gondolas in Venice, Italy must be painted black, unless they belong to a high official. At 840,000 square miles, Greenland is the largest island in the world. It is three times the size of Texas. By comparison, Iceland is only 39,800 square miles. Australia is the only country that is also a continent. Canada is an Indian word meaning 'Big Village'. China has more English speakers than the United States. 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. Devon is the only county in Great Britain to have two coasts. Disney World in Orlando, Florida covers 30,500 acres (46 square miles), making it twice the size of the island of Manhattan, New York. Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors. French was the official language of England for over 600 years. Grand Rapids, Michigan was the first city in the US to put fluoride in their water. Hawaii is the only US state that grows coffee. Hawaii was annexed by the United States as a territory in 1898, and became a state in 1959 If Monaco's ruling house of Grimaldi should ever be without an heir (male or female), the country will cease to be a sovereign state. In 1771 the kingdom of Poland was larger than any other European country except Russia and had a bigger population than any other European country except France. In the Great Seal of the US the eagle grasps 13 arrows and an olive branch. India has the most post offices of any country with 280,181. It is forbidden for aircraft to fly over the Taj Mahal. Indiana has a city named Santa Claus. Japan is the world's leading importer of iron ore. La Paz, Bolivia, at 11,900 feet above sea-level, is the highest large city in the world. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway at New Orleans, Louisiana, is the world's largest bridge. It is almost 24 miles (about 38 kilometers) long. Maine is the only state in the United States whose name has one syllable. Mexico City is sinking at a rate of 6 to 8 inches a year because it's built on top of an underground reservoir. Wells are drawing out more and more water for the city's growing population of more than 15 million people.