The Savvy Citizen is a U.S.A. entity and while we do agree that the world is a wonderful place, we have always wondered, why people “see the world” before taking the time to appreciate home. Here are some interest-starter facts about U.S. places. btw, we also put some world stuff at the end.
USA. . .
Chances that a road is unpaved: in the U.S.A. = 1%;
USA. . .
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.
Alaska . . .
More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.
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.
Los Angeles. . .
The full name of Los Angeles is: El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de
Los Angeles de Porciuncula It can be abbreviated to 3.6% of its size: L. A.
New York. . .
The term ‘The Big Apple’ was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930’s 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.
Canada . . .
Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. Canada is an Indian word meaning ‘ Big Village ‘.
Chances that a road is unpaved: in Canada = 75%
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 is ice), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.
Italy. . .
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.
Turkey. . .
Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world located on two continents.
Russia. . .
Siberia contains more than 25% of the world’s forest.
The deepest hole ever drilled by man is the Kola Super deep 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.