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An earthquake on Dec. 16, 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards.
Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country.
Approximately 25,000 workers died during the building of the Panama Canal, and approximately 20,000 of them contracted malaria and yellow fever.
Canada is an Indian word meaning 'Big Village'.
New York's Central Park is nearly twice the size of the entire country of Monaco.
Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.
Reno, Nevada is actually west of Los Angeles, California.
The 'King Ranch' in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.
There is a giant mushroom in Oregon that is over 2,400 years old, covers 3.4 square miles of land, and is still growing!
'Vodka' is Russian for 'little water'.
1/3 of Taiwanese funeral processions include a stripper.
10 percent of the Russian government's income comes from the sale of vodka.
160 cars can drive side by side on the Monumental Axis in Brazil, the world's widest road.
A Citreon 2CV with an oil leak once travelled 500 miles through Italy after its gearbox was filled with bananas!
A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate.
All of the Earth's continents are wider at the north than in the south - and nobody knows why.
At their closest point, the Russian and U.S. borders are less than two miles apart.
Australia's Great Barrier Reef is 1,250 miles long!
Austria was the first country to use postcards.
Because heat expands the metal, the Eiffel Tower always leans away from the sun.
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