interesting facts of the world

  1. A hamlet is a village without a church and a town is not a city until it has a cathedral.
  2. All gondolas in Venice, Italy must be painted black, unless they belong to a high official.
  3. Greenland is the largest island in the world.

  4. Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.
  5. Devon is the only county in Great Britain to have two coasts.
  6. French was the official language of England for over 600 years.
  7. Mexico City is the oldest capital city in the Americas.
  8. Quito in Ecuador is the 'Land of Eternal Spring’ where the temperature rarely drops below 7ºC during the night, or exceed 23ºC during the day.
  9. St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest city in the US.
  10. The abbreviation 'ORD' for Chicago's O'Hare airport comes from the old name 'Orchard Field'.
  11. The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C.
  12. The flag of the Philippines is flown differently during times of peace or war. The blue portion is flown on top in time of peace and the red portion is flown in war.
  13. The Hollywood sign was erected in 1923.

  14. The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
  15. The only continent without reptiles or snakes is Antarctica.
  16. The original name of Los Angeles was El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles Del Rio Porciuncula, translating into: The Village of our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Porciuncula River.
  17. The Pantheon is the largest building from ancient Rome that survives intact.
  18. The Vatican's Swiss Guard still wears a uniform designed by Michelangelo in the early 16th century.
  19. The wettest spot in the world is located in Meghalaya, India. Mawsynram consistently records rainfall at the rate of 467 inches per year.


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