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Flags of the world

Cyprus has a map on it's flag.


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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Geography Quiz 1

1 Kampuchea is now the official name of which country?

2 Which important American city stands on the Potomac river?

3 Where and what is the Serpentine?

4 Where is Ruritania?

5 The original building for one of the world’s largest museums was called Montague House, London.  What is it called now?

6 What is the commonest name for a pub in Britain?

7 What, in earlier times, was the main industry of Paternoster Row, London?

8 Which are the Low Countries?

9 If you ‘crossed the Rubicon’ where would you be?

10 Where are the Cheviot Hills?  Southern or Northern England?

11 Which is the largest railway station in the United Kingdom?

12 Where is the River Kwai (made famous by the book about its bridge)?

13 Where in the world do they speak Tamil?

14 What is the capital of Algeria?

15 There is a ‘Tin Pan Alley’ in both London and New York.  What is it?

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Answers to Quiz 1

1. Cambodia.  2. Washington.  3. It’s a lake in Hyde Park, London.  4. It doesn’t exist. It’s fictional!  5. The British Museum. 6. The Red Lion.  7. Book selling and publishing. 8. Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.  9. Italy.  10. Northern England.  11. Clapham Junction.  12. In Thailand.  13. Southern India and Sri Lanka. 14. Algiers.  15. The area given over to publishers and writers of popular music.


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