99 Interesting and Random Facts About Places in the World

  1. The North Field is the “largest single natural gas reservoir in the world.” It covers half the area of Qatar.
  2. The US uses about 21 million barrels of oil each day, more than any other country in the world.
  3. The country that emits the most carbon dioxide is the US, followed by China, Russia, India and Japan. Carbon Dioxide is a heat trapping gas that contributes to the green house effect.
  4. About 97% of all water on Earth is saltwater. Nearly 2% of the world’s fresh water is frozen in the ice caps of Antarctica and Greenland and still more is deep in the ground. Only 1/3 of 1% of all water on Earth is available for human use.
  5. The Uniroyal Tire located in Allen Park, Michigan, USA is the “largest tire in the world.” Uniroyal stabbed the tire with an 11 ft long, 250 lbs nail (the world’s largest nail) to show its toughness. See
  6. The biggest amusement park in the world is Walt Disney World located in Buena Vista, Florida, USA with a total area of 28,000 acres. Walt Disney World Resort is the most visited and largest recreational resort in the world, containing four theme parks; two water parks; twenty-three themed hotels; and numerous shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation venues.
  7. The amusement park with the most rides at 68 and the park with the most roller coasters at 17 is Cedar Point Amusement Park (roller coaster capital of the world) in Sandusky, Ohio, USA. See
  8. The amusement park with the fastest roller coaster at 128 mph and the park with the tallest roller coaster at 456 ft. is Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, USA. See
  9. The world’s most visited country is France; the most visited US state is California; and the world’s most visited amusement park is Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida with 16.2 million annual visitors. See
  10. The “world’s longest-running live radio program” is the Grand Ole Opry. It was first from Nashville in 1925.
  11. The first ever ice cream sundae were served in the towns of Manitowoe and Two Rivers in 1851.
  12. The Library of Congress, research library for Congress, is the “largest library in the world”.
  13. The country with the “most number of internet users” is the US with more than 198 million users followed by China, Japan, India and Germany.
  14. Little League Baseball is the “largest youth sports program in the world.” About 2.7 million boys and girls ages 5-18 play more than 200,000 little league teams in more than 80 countries.
  15. Cote d’Ivoire is the “world’s largest exporter of cocoa”.
  16. Niger has the “world’s lowest literacy rates” with 18% only. Other country with low literacy rates are Sierra Leone with 31 %, and Burkina Faso with 27%
  17. Battle Creek is known as the “cereal capital of the world”.
  18. East Timor is the “first new country of the millennium.”
  19. In 1955, Arco in Idaho, USA is the “world’s first town to have all its power generated by nuclear reactor”.
  20. The “world’s first professional baseball team” was the Cincinnati Reds.
  21. Indonesia has the largest number of active volcanoes in the world.
  22. Nashville, site of the Grand Ole Opry, is considered the “country-music capital of the world”.
  23. South Africa is the “world’s largest producer of gold”.
  24. The Great Mosque in Djenne is the world’s largest mud-brick building. See
  25. Zimbabwe has the “world’s lowest life expectancy” at 37.8.
  26. Norway has the “world’s highest life expectancy at 79.2. Norway extends farther north than any other European country.
  27. The “world’s highest wind speed,” 231 mph, was recorded on top of Mount Washington.
  28. The only working diamond mine in the US is Crater of Diamonds State Park located in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. It is also the “only diamond producing site in the world that is open to the public.” Visitors can keep whatever diamonds they find.
  29. About 75% of the world’s volcanoes are located in the “Ring of Fire”, a belt that encircles the Pacific Ocean.
  30. Oklahoma City’s capitol building is the “only capitol in the world with oil well under it.”
  31. Most densely populated country is Monaco with more than 43,000 persons per square miles while Mongolia, the most sparsely populated country has 4.8 persons only per square miles.
  32. Tokyo, the city with the largest population in the world with more than 35 million is almost equivalent to the population of the most populated US state – California with about 36.5 million.
  33. Burkina Faso means “land of honest men”.
  34. Jamaica’s name comes from the Arawak Indian word Xaymaca, which means “isle of springs”.
  35. Zambia changed its name from Northern Rhodesia after it gained independence in 1964.
  36. Malawi means “flowing waters” and is name for the sun setting on Malawi Lake, Africa’s 3rd largest lake.
  37. Bahrain means “two seas”.
  38. Sri Lanka was once called Serendip and then Ceylon.
  39. Suriname is named after its earliest inhabitants, the Surinen Indians.
  40. Taiwan was once called Formosa. The name meaning “the beautiful,” was given by Portuguese explorers.
  41. Costa Rica means “rich gold”.
  42. Tajikistan was once part of the Soviet Union and its name means “land of the Tajiks.”
  43. Pakistan means “pure country”.
  44. Thailand was once known as Siam
  45. Tuvalu was formerly named the “Ellice Island.”
  46. In Nepal, Mt. Everest is called Sagar matha, which translates as “Goddess of the sky”.
  47. Grenada is sometimes referred to as the “spice of the Caribbean” because its top export is nutmeg.
  48. Iceland gets most of its heat from geothermal source.
  49. There are millions of earthquakes each year, ranging on average from 18 major quakes annually to more than 2 million minor ones that are barely felt.
  50. On Christmas Day in 1914 during the First World War, some British and German soldiers met peacefully in the “No Man’s Land” between their trenches. They shook hands, shared stories and gifts and buried their dead.
  51. Since 1949, every treasurer of the US has been a woman.
  52. The grapefruit, formerly called “forbidden fruit”, is considered one of the seven wonders of Barbados, as it is believed to have been developed in Barbados from other fruit. See .
  53. The same royal family has ruled Brunei since the 1400s.
  54. Except for a period of time when Monaco was annexed by France, the House of Grimaldi has been in power since 1297.
  55. Halloumi, a salty cheese made from a mixture of goat and sheep milk, is a traditional food in Cyprus.
  56. Finland is home to several odd competitions, including the wife carrying competition and the mobile phone throwing competition.
  57. Until 1913, Macedonia had been part of the Ottoman Empire for about 500 years.
  58. Mongolia was founded more than 360 years ago, but its capital has changed locations more than 20 times.
  59. A landslide in Leyte, Philippines in February 2006 buries a village killing more than 1,000 people.
  60. The Mogok Stone Tract in Myanmar is one of the “world’s important sources of rubies.”
  61. Mozambique’s Chopi people have orchestras of 30 – 50 different-sized timbila, which are xylophones. See image here.
  62. One of the “largest hydroelectric power plants in the world” is Itaipu, located in Paraguay and Brazil. See
  63. The colors of Seychelles flag represent the sky and sea for blue, the sun for yellow, the people and their work for red, social justice and harmony for white, and the environment for green. See
  64. Slovenia has more than a thousand underground caves, formed in rocky areas known as karsts.
  65. Spain produces and exports the most olives and olive oil in the world.
  66. Nurek Dam, located in Tajikistan, is the highest dam in the world. See
  67. The Muruntan gold mine in Uzbekistan is the world’s largest open pit gold mine.
  68. Vietnam grows a third of the world’s cashew nuts, the most of any nation.
  69. California has the largest population of Native Americans totaling 422,440.
  70. Athabaskan, a highly descriptive and unique language spoken by Navajo was used as a code in World War II and never cracked.
  71. New Jersey is the most densely populated US state while Wyoming is the least populated state.
  72. Bicycling is the most favorite sports of kids in the US.
  73. In the 1500s, Poland was the largest country in Europe.
  74. The Philippines is the fourth most populous country in the world in which English is an official language. It was introduced in 1762 by the British invaders not by the Americans.
  75. The Winchester Mystery House located in San Jose, California, USA has 160 rooms, 950 doors and 10,000 windows. Staircases lead into ceilings, windows cut into floors and one door opens an 80 foot drop into a kitchen sink. See
  76. Caribbean national Forest also known as El Yungue is the only tropical rain forest in the US National Forest System. It is located in Puerto Rico. Of the 240 tree species found in the park, 23 species are found nowhere else. There are more species of tree there than in any other national park. See
  77. Africa’s first elected female leader is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She was elected president of Liberia in 2006.
  78. There are about 12 million illegal or unauthorized migrants in the US.
  79. US airlines carry more than 600 million passengers on domestic flights each year.
  80. The US Civil War between North and South lasted 4 years (1861-1865) and resulted in the death of more than 600,000 people.
  81. There are more than 136 million cars registered in the US.
  82. You can find “London Bridge” in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Built in London, England, in the 1830s the bridge was taken down and sold to Robert McColloch in 1968. He re-assembled it on Lake Havasu in 1971. See
  83. US’s oldest newspaper in continuous publication is “Connecticut”. It started as a weekly in 1764. George Washington once placed an ad in the paper to rent out some of his landing Mt. Vernon, Virginia.
  84. The Chicago River, which today flows away from Lake Michigan, used to flow in the opposite direction. Between 1898 and 1900, engineers dug what became known as the Sanitary and Ship Canal or Main Canal connecting the Chicago River to the Mississippi River. This caused the water to reverse its flow.
  85. Louisiana is the only US state whose legal system comes from Napoleonic Code because Louisiana used to belong to France.
  86. About 90% of all US lobsters and 30% of all US blueberries are harvested in Maine.
  87. The chocolate chip cookies were invented in Whitman, Maine in the 1930s by Ruth Wakefield.
  88. One out of every 6 Minnesotans owns a boat, the highest rate of any state. Minnesota which is knows as “land of 10,000 lakes” has 11,842 lakes bigger than 10 acres.
  89. An enormous fire has been burning since 1962 in the coal mines below the town of Centralia in Pennsylvania, USA. Fewer than 20 people remain in the town. Surface temperature have been measured at over 700º F. See
  90. New York City is the largest city in the US and was the first US capital. Washington D.C. became its capital in 1800.
  91. Bolivia has had more than 190 revolutions and coups since 1825.
  92. Mount Everest grows about 4 millimeter a year.
  93. There are more than 350 kinds of cheese in France. A French person eats about 50 lbs of cheese per year compared to an American’s 31 lbs.
  94. Dingoes, wombats, platypuses, koalas and kangaroos can be found in the wild only in Australia.
  95. There are more American females than male (49.1 % male and 50.9 % female).
  96. Washington state is US biggest producer of hydroelectricity. The Grand Coulee is the biggest hydroelectric dam in the US.
  97. Lebanon is the only Middle Eastern country without a desert.
  98. Romania was once a Roman province known as Dacia.
  99. Djibouti is the only country in Africa that contains the only US Military base in the continent.

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