Sunday, September 18, 2011

Top 40 interesting but unknown facts

1. There are more than 150 million sheep in Australia, and only some 20 million people.

2. Singapore means "Lion city".

3. Argentina's capital Buenos Aires means "Good air".

4. Afghanistan's capital Kabul means "hump backed".

5. Thailand's capital Bangkok means "city of angels".

6. Spain's capital Madrid means "place of abundant water".

7. France's capital Paris means "the working people".

8. Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur means "Muddy River"

9. Korea's capital Seoul means "Capital".

10. China's capital Beijing means "Gate".

11. Japan's capital Tokyo means "Eastern Capital".

12. In France, there's a place called Y.

13. In 2002, there were no billionaires in China. In 2007, there are 106 billionaires.

14. 90% of North Korea's outside phone lines have been shut down since April 2005.

15. Niger (Africa) has the world's highest fertility rate - 7.1 children per mother.

16. Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined.

17. Almost half the newspapers in the world are published in the United States and Canada!

18. 203 million dollars is spent on barbed wire each year in the U.S.

19. In 2005, the US government spent on average over $20,000 for each household.

20. Saint Augustine, Florida, is the oldest European settlement in North America.

21. Singapore has only one train station.

22. Organized crime is estimated to account for 10% of the United States' national income.

23. Suicide is the leading cause of death among South Koreans in their 20s and 30s.

24. The United States consumes 25% of all the world's energy.

 25. Iceland has the most Internet users per capita of any country in the world with over 86 percent of people using the Web, compared with only 69 percent of Americans.


26. Somalia, a north-African country, boasts the highest percentage growth of Internet users in the world going from a mere 200 in 2000 to 90,000 in 2007

27. Wyoming was the first state to allow women to vote.

28. Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland!

29. Washington, D.C. has one lawyer for every 19 residents!

30. Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it's known as Tennessee!

31. Three Mile Island is only 2 1/2 miles long.

32. There is a town called Paradise and a town called Hell in Michigan!

33. There is a city called Rome on every continent.

34. There are more plastic flamingos in the U.S, than real ones!

35. There are more female than male millionaires in the United States.

36. There are 10 towns named Hollywood in the United States.

37. There are 10 towns named Hollywood in the United States!

38. The Zip Code 12345 is assigned to General Electric in Schenectady, New York.

39. The University of Alaska stretches over 4 time zones.

40. The United States produces more tobacco than it does wheat.

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