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Flags of the world

Cyprus has a map on it's flag.

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Nepal is the only country without a rectangular flag (it looks like two pennants glued on on top of the other).

Libya has the only flag which is all one color with no writing or decoration on it.

Australia is the richest source of mineral sands in the world. Source: Benn Skender

Iowa is the only state bordered on both east and west entirely by rivers. (Mississippi on the east, Missouri and Big Sioux on the west.)

I, Q, and X are the only letters that don't start a city that ends in -ville in the state of Ohio. i.e. Brownsville, Zanesville, etc.

The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean. Source: "Uncle John's Bathroom Reader"

     In 1771 the kingdom of Poland was larger in area than any other European country except Russia, and had a bigger population of any other European country except France. But within 25 years it had vanished from the map.


     In 1772, Russia, Prussia and Austria between them annexed about one-fifth of Poland. Twenty years later Russia took over half of what remained, and all three powers shared in the final carve-up in 1795. It was not until 1918, in the aftermath of the First World War, that an independent Poland surfaced again, to be overrun yet again in 1939. Source: "Reader's Digest Book of Facts"

The bridge of Sighs, most famous of the 400 bridges in Venice, Italy, connects the Dodge's palace to the old state prisons and the place of execution. It was built in 1600 and is believed to have got its name from the sigh of the condemned. Source: "Reader's Digest Book of Facts"

32% of all land in the U.S. is owned by the federal government. Source: "Uncle John's Bathroom Reader"

There are, surprisingly, very few nations in the world named after an actual person. Among those are Bolvis, for Simon Bolivar; Columbia, for Christopher Columbus; Nicaragua, for Chief Nicarao, Liechtenstein, for Johann von Liechtenstein; Saudi Arabia, for King Saud; and the Philippines, named after King Philip. The United States of America got its name from Amerigo Vespucci. Source: "Knowledge in a Nutshell"

More than 25 percent of the world's forests are in Siberia. Source: "2201 Fascinating Facts"

There are two independent nations, both in Europe, that are smaller than Central Park in New York City. They are Vatican City and Monaco. Each is less than one square mile. The next three smallest countries are Bauru, eight square miles, in the western Pacific Ocean; Tuvalu, ten square miles, the Southwest Pacific; and San Marino, 24 square miles, in Europe. Source: "Knowledge in a Nutshell"

The Philippine flag is displayed with its blue field on top in times of peace. When war is declared, it is flown with the red field on top. Source: "Selwyn Clyde Alojipan"

The capital of Portugal was moved to Rio de Jeneiro, Brazil (at the time a colony of Portugal) from 1807 until 1821 while Portugal was fighting france in the Napoleonic Wars. Source: "Knowledge in a Nutshell"

If the world's total land area was divided equally among the world's people, each person would get 8.5 acres.

Maine is the toothpick capital of the world.

Seoul, the South Korean capital, just means "the capital" in the Korean language.

Libya is the only country in the world with a solid, single-colored flag -- it's green.

Panama hats come from Ecuador not Panama.

Ogdensburg, New York is the only city in the United States situated on the St. Lawrence River.

St. Paul, Minnesota was originally called Pigs Eye after a man who ran a saloon there.

The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane. Source: "Random Trivia" fact contributed by Jim Cobb

Rhode Island is the smallest state with the longest name. The official name, used on all state documents, is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

The state of Maryland has no natural lakes.

Seattle, Washington, like Rome, was built on seven hills.

Kitsap County, Washington, was originally called Slaughter County, and the first hotel there was called the Slaughter House.

The coast line around Lake Sakawea in North Dakota is longer than the California coastline along the Pacific Ocean

Brooklyn is the Dutch name for "broken valley"

There are four states where the first letter of the capital city is the same letter as the first letter of the state: Dover, Delaware; Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Lake Nicaragua boasts the only fresh-water sharks in the entire world.

The flag of the Philippines is the only national flag that is flown differently during times of peace or war. A portion of the flag is blue, while the other is red. The blue portion is flown on top in time of peace and the red portion is flown in wartime.

The only city in the United States to celebrate Halloween on the October 30 instead of October 31 is Carson City, Nevada. October 31 is Nevada Day and is celebrated with a large street party.

Eleven square miles of southwest Kentucky (Fulton County) is cut off from the rest of the state by the Mississippi River. If you wish to travel from this cut off section to the rest of the state or vice-versa, you must first cross a bordering state.

 

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There are, surprisingly, very few nations in the world named after an actual person.

Among those are Bolvis, for Simon Bolivar;

Columbia, for Christopher Columbus;

Nicaragua, for Chief Nicarao,

Liechtenstein, for Johann von Liechtenstein;

Saudi Arabia, for King Saud

Philippines, named after King Philip.

The United States of America got its name from Amerigo Vespucci.

Countries
and Names

Aberdeen

The Granite City

Africa

The Dark Continent

Alappuzha

The Venice of the East

Allahabad

The City of God

Amritsar

The City of the Golden Temple

Andalusia

The Granary of Spain

Arizona

The Copper State

Athens

The Eye of Greece

Atlantic Ocean

Herring Pond

Australia

The Land of the Eucalyptus

Australia

The Land of the Golden Fleece

Australia

The Land of the Kangaroo

Azores

The Island of the Hawks

Bab-el-Mandab

Gate of Tears

Baghdad

City of the Arabian Nights

Bahrain

Island of Pearls

Barbados

The Land of the Flying Fish

Belgium

Cockpit of Europe

Belgium

The Battlefield of Europe

Belgrade

White City

Bhutan

The Land of Thunderbolt

Boston

The Hub of the Universe

British Colombia

The Sea of Mountains

Canaan

The Land of Milk and Honey

Canaan

The Promised Land

Canada

Land of Lilies/Land of Maples

Canada

Our Lady of Snow

Canada

The Bread Basket of the Empire

Chicago

The Meat Market of the World

Chicago

Windy City

China

The Celestial Empire

China

The Land of Han

Connecticut

The Nutmeg State

Corrcgidor

The Gibraltar of the Pacific

Costa Rica

Rich Coast

County of Kent

The Garden of England

Cuba

The Pearl of the Antilles

Cuba

The Sugar Mill of the Antilles

Damascus

The Pearl of the Orient

Danube, Deep Gorge

The Iron Gates

Delaware

Blue Hen State

Denmark

The Dairy of Northern Europe

Denmark

The Mother-in-law of Europe

Detroit

The Automobile Capital of the World

Dhaka

City of Mosques

Edinburgh

The Athens of the North

Egypt

The Gift of the Nile

Finland

The Land of Thousand Lakes

Gibraltar

Pillars of Hercules

Gibraltar

The Key of the Mediterranean

Grenada

The Spice Island of the West

Haiti

Mountainous Country

Hawaii

The Halfway House of the Pacific

Hawaii

The Halfway House of the Pacific

Holland

The Land of the Dykes

Holland

The Land of the Tulips

Holland

The Land of the Dykes

Holland

The Land of the Tulips

Hwang Ho River

Sorrow of China/Yellow River

Ireland

Hibernia

Ireland

The Emerald Isle

Jaipur

Pink City

Jamaica

The Isle of Springs

Japan

The Land of the Rising Sun

Jerusalem

The Holy City

Johannesburg

The Golden City

Juan Fernandez (Tobago)

Robinson Crusoe's Island

Kent (England)

Garden of England

Kerala

Spice Garden of India

Kiev

The Mother City of Russia

Kimberlcy

The Diamond City

Kochi

Queen of the Arabian Sea

Korea

Hermit Kingdom

Korea

The Land of Morning Calm

Lancashire

County Palatine

Lapland

The Land of the Midnight Sun

Le Havre

The Liverpool of France

Leyden

Athens of the West

Liege

The Birmingham of Belgium

Lodz

The Manchester of Poland

London

The Modern Babylon

Madrid

Winter Icehouse and Summer Furnace

Malta

The George Cross Island

Mexico

The Storehouse of the World

Moluccas

The Spice Islands

Morocco, Algeria,Tunisia and Algiers

The Barbary States

Mumbai

Gateway of India

Mumbai

The Barbary States

Myanmar

The Land of the Golden Pagoda

Myanmar

Gateway of India

Nevada

The Silver State

Nevada

The Land of the Golden Pagoda

New Haven

City of Elms

New Haven

The Silver State

New Jersey

The Garden State

New Jersey

City of Elms

New York

Citv of Skyscrapers

New York

The Garden State

New Zealand

City of Skyscrapers

New Zealand

The Antipodes

Nilgiri Hills

The Land of the Long White Cloud

Norway

Blue Mountains

Oxford (U.K.)

City of Dreaming Spires

Palestine

Holy Land

Pamirs

Quaker City

Philadelphia

Soul City

Prairies of North America

The World's Bread Basket

Prairies of North Australia

The Never Never Land

Puerto Rico

Rich Port

Punjab

The Land of Five Rivers

River Damodar

Bengal's Sorrow

Rome

City of Seven Hills

Rome

The Eternal City/The Holy City

Rouen

The Manchester of France

San Francisco

City of the Golden Gate

San Francisco

Bengal's Sorrow

Scotland

Caledonia

Scotland

The Land of Oat Cakes

Scotland

City of Seven Hills

Siberia.

Land of Forrests (More than 25 percent of the world's forests are in Siberia)

Spain and Portugal

The Iberian Peninsula

St Kitts

The Mother Colony of the West Indies

St Paul and Minneapolis

The Twin Cities of the Mississippi

Stockholm

The Venice of the North

Stromboli

The Lighthouse of the Mediterranean

Sveaborg

The Gibraltar of the North

Sweden

The Saw Mill of Europe

Switzerland

The Playground of Europe

Thailand

The Land of the White Elephants

Thebes

Valley of Kings

Tibet

The Roof of the World

Trinidad

The Land of the Humming Bird

Tristan da Cunha

World's Loneliest Island

Tunisia and Algiers

The Barbary States

Turkey

Sick Man of Europe

Varanasi

The Holy City of the Hindus

Venezuela

Little Venice

Venice

The Bride of the Sea

Venice

The Queen of the Adriatic

Virginia

Garden of America

Virginia

Old Dominion

Washington DC

City of Magnificent Distance

West Africa

The White Man's Grave

Zanzibar

Island of Cloves

 

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Cyprus has a map on it's flag.

cyprus

Nepal is the only country without a rectangular flag (it looks like two pennants glued on on top of the other).

Libya has the only flag which is all one color with no writing or decoration on it.

Australia is the richest source of mineral sands in the world. Source: Benn Skender

Iowa is the only state bordered on both east and west entirely by rivers. (Mississippi on the east, Missouri and Big Sioux on the west.)

I, Q, and X are the only letters that don't start a city that ends in -ville in the state of Ohio. i.e. Brownsville, Zanesville, etc.

As oceanographers have known for many years—but now can “see”—the Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific and Indian Oceans. ... Near most coastlines and inland seas in the map, waters appear much fresher or saltier than in open-ocean locations.

salinity

     In 1771 the kingdom of Poland was larger in area than any other European country except Russia, and had a bigger population of any other European country except France. But within 25 years it had vanished from the map.


     In 1772, Russia, Prussia and Austria between them annexed about one-fifth of Poland. Twenty years later Russia took over half of what remained, and all three powers shared in the final carve-up in 1795. It was not until 1918, in the aftermath of the First World War, that an independent Poland surfaced again, to be overrun yet again in 1939. Source: "Reader's Digest Book of Facts"

The bridge of Sighs, most famous of the 400 bridges in Venice, Italy, connects the Dodge's palace to the old state prisons and the place of execution. It was built in 1600 and is believed to have got its name from the sigh of the condemned. Source:

sighs

Today the federal government owns and manages roughly 640 million acres of land in the United States, or roughly 28% of the 2.27 billion total land acres.

The Philippine flag is displayed with its blue field on top in times of peace. When war is declared, it is flown with the red field on top. Source: "Selwyn Clyde Alojipan"

The capital of Portugal was moved to Rio de Jeneiro, Brazil (at the time a colony of Portugal) from 1807 until 1821 while Portugal was fighting france in the Napoleonic Wars. Source: "Knowledge in a Nutshell"

If the world's total land area was divided equally among the world's people, each person would get 8.5 acres.

Maine is the toothpick capital of the world.

Seoul, the South Korean capital, just means "the capital" in the Korean language.

Libya is the only country in the world with a solid, single-colored flag -- it's green.

Panama hats come from Ecuador not Panama.

Ogdensburg, New York is the only city in the United States situated on the St. Lawrence River.

St. Paul, Minnesota was originally called Pigs Eye after a man who ran a saloon there.

The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane. Source: "Random Trivia" fact contributed by Jim Cobb

Rhode Island is the smallest state with the longest name. The official name, used on all state documents, is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

The state of Maryland has no natural lakes.

Seattle, Washington, like Rome, was built on seven hills.

Kitsap County, Washington, was originally called Slaughter County, and the first hotel there was called the Slaughter House.

The coast line around Lake Sakawea in North Dakota is longer than the California coastline along the Pacific Ocean

Brooklyn is the Dutch name for "broken valley"

There are four states where the first letter of the capital city is the same letter as the first letter of the state: Dover, Delaware; Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Lake Nicaragua boasts the only fresh-water sharks in the entire world.

The only city in the United States to celebrate Halloween on the October 30 instead of October 31 is Carson City, Nevada. October 31 is Nevada Day and is celebrated with a large street party.

Eleven square miles of southwest Kentucky (Fulton County) is cut off from the rest of the state by the Mississippi River. If you wish to travel from this cut off section to the rest of the state or vice-versa, you must first cross a bordering state.

 

 

 

resources

Explanation for Student Compendium
File Includes
A shortened form of a word or phrase.
ANU - Australian National University
An acronym is a pronounceable word formed from the first letter (or first few letters) of each word in a phrase or title. Sometimes, the newly combined letters create a new word that becomes a part of everyday language. An example of this is the acronym radar. Also includes Mnemonics
a word naming an attribute of a noun, such as sweet, red, or technical. Adjectives are words that describe or modify other words * Priest = Sacerdotal

Types of animals, Sounds the make, Where do they live, Collective names of animals

Apes - gibber, Camel live in Australia, Sahara & Arabia, names = Bull - is called a heifer

a word opposite in meaning to another (e.g. bad - good ).

Opposites = Absent - present

Big_Words for small
Small word with big word alternative
Anger - Dudgeon * bold - Audacious

A feature or quality belonging typically to a person, place, or thing and serving to identify them

A partner in crime - accomplice

Words pertaining to the church

A passage between the pews in a church - Aisle

Similar sounding words with different meanings also Homonyms

Council, an administrative or advisory body, do not confuse with counsel, advice or guidance.

All about communication see also A History of Communication
All computer terms (ASCII, Binary, Unicode)

Names given to certain towns or countries includes facts about climate

Aberdeen - The Granite City The Torrid Zone has the hottest climate Zinc - Mexico, U.S.A., Spain

Words pertaining to death

Occurring after death - posthumous

A diminutive person is short and small. A diminutive wordis a "cute" version of a word or name: for example, "duckling" is a diminutive of "duck" and Billy is a diminutive form of the name William

Cask - casket   

Famous world discoveries of countries continents, includes Australian discoverers

Matthew Flinders -discovered Bass Strait. * Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in 1908

Explanation of a word, words in literal expressions denote what they mean according to common or dictionary usage

Aloof -To keep to oneself and not mix with others.

Gender list of male female

Actor - Actress

Countries of the world and Geographical facts

The Circumference of the earth is approxinmately 24,800 miles.

List of gods and goddesses

War - Mars

Australian and UK government with words denoting government

Australian Government

Explains grammar syntax and verbs adjectives nouns etc.

Explains various uses of nouns verbs etc.

The art of living together includes senses, elements, cardinal numbers, cardinal virtues

THE ART OF LIVING - Consideration for the feelings of others

Alphabetical list of the most important inventions

Clock (pendulum) - Christian Huygens

List of kings and queens of Britain with facts and information

EGBERT 827 - 839

Practical list of  words explained in a sentence or phrase

A book in which the events of each day are recorded - Diary

Words pertaining to marriage included anniversary gifts

A hater of marriage - misogamist

Medical terms in use today

A disease confined to a particular district or place - endemic

Metaphor is a figure of speech that makes an implicit, implied, or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated

Sounds that things make, description of various venues or habitats, special calendar dates, Aussie slang words, Mnemonics

All Fools' Day - 1st April - Aussie slang - sounds that things make etc.

Names of persons or things, occupations, and a description of word meanings i.e. Terrestrial = Earth

Various names explained Bird of night - Owl

Words connected to nature

A four-footed animal - quadruped

a word or statement that expresses denial, disagreement, or refusal

That which cannot be pierced or penetrated - impenetrable

Explanation of nouns, COMMON Nouns, PROPER Nouns, COLLECTIVE  Nouns and ABSTRACT Nouns.

sit - seat (when to use Nouns)

Numbers of animals things i.e. A number of Cattle = herd

A number of fish taken in a net - catch, haul

a person or thing that is totally different from or the reverse of someone or something else.

Unable to read - il-literate

Special days, Aussies slang and any other items not covered in this list

Any other items that might be of interest

List of Patron Saints

St. George of England, St. Andrew of Scotland

Noctiphobia - Fear of the night

A list of places A place where bees are kept = apiary

A place where fishes are kept - aquarium

The case which is used to show possession is called the possessive case or genitive case. In case of nouns, an apostrophe is used to show it.

Is the case which denotes the owner or possessor

All Prefixes

List of various professions

The commander of a fleet - Admiral

Famous proverbs A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

A bad beginning makes a good ending.

Serious Quotes and some Witty funny one liners

Someone has glued my pack of cards together...I cannot deal with it!

Famous sayings

as a drowned rat. - as ancient as the sun—as the stars.

List of words used in Science or Art

An instrument for detecting earthquakes - seismograph

Explanation of scientific items like barometer

The science of land management - agronomics

The seven wonders of the ancient world with explanations

The Pyramids of Egypt

Words to use as a Simile which is a phrase that describes one thing in terms of another.  A simile usually begins with like or as.

Archates - a good friend * Belt = to hit below the belt

List of words or phrases that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another 

abandon....... desert, forsake, leave.

Understanding words, Incorrect Use of Words,

Thesaurus of Words
:
Thesaurus - abandon = abandoned, abandoning, abandonment, abandons affluent =having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value,words explained and incorrect use of words

The floor was dirt.  Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying "dirt poor." 

Words used in war

Nations carrying on warfare - belligerents

Anniversary dates and wedding information

Words shown in noun or verb

strong - strengthen

Signs of the Zodiac

Please note there are some excellent links to assist with these pages

see at the end for the links for further information. 

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