14 facts from around the World.

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1. Sudan Has More Pyramids Than Egypt


Sudan has more pyramids than any other country on Earth - even more than Egypt. There are at least  223 pyramids  in the Sudanese cities of  Al Kurru, Nuri, Gebel Barkal and Meroë . They are generally  20 to 30 meters (65 -100 ft) high  and steep sided.

2.Countries Driving on the Left

Red - drives on right; Blue on left.

Although people in the majority of countries of the world drive on the right side of roads, there are some fifty nations in which people drive on the left. These include England and many former English colonies such as  Australia, New Zealand, India ...etc... but not the U.S. or Canada. There are several non-English countries where people also drive on the left including  Japan .


3.Country With More Horses Than People

The  Mongolian horse  is the native horse breed of Mongolia. The breed is purported to be largely unchanged since the time of Genghis Khan. Nomads living in the traditional Mongol fashion still hold more than  3 million animals , which outnumber the country's  human population  ( 2,75 million ). Despite their small size, they are horses, not ponies.


4. The Most Linguistically Diverse Country

Port Moresby - capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea .

Papua New Guinea  is the country that is home to the  most languages, over 750  in all! The most commonly spoken languages in Papua New Guinea, however, are  Motu  and  pidgin English .

5. Alaska Has a Sand Dunes?

The� Great Kobuk Sand Dunes �lie 40 miles above the Arctic Circle, yet summer temperatures there can soar to 100 degress Fahrenheit! One of Alaska's true oddities, in some places, the sand stands� 100 feet high . The three clusters of dunes within the park — the Great Kobuk, the Little Kobuk, and the Hunt River Sand Dunes — cover� 25 square miles �and constitute the largest active sand dunes within arctic latitudes.�


6. Strange Windmills in Ireland

Elphin Windmill, Ireland

All windmills in Ireland turn in a� clockwise direction , while the rest of the windmills in the world turn� counter-clockwise .

7.London Bridge Over Lake Havasu?

The original� London Bridge �was shipped stone-by-stone and reconstructed in� Lake Havasu City . When the bridge, built in the 1830s began to sink into the Thames River in the� 1960s , it was replaced by a more modern concrete bridge. Then, England put the stones up for sale in 1967. A �man named Robert P. McCulloch Sr., purchased the bridge on April 17, 1968, at a cost of �$2,460,000 . � The� 10,246 blocks �were shipped to Arizona and reassembled over a lagoon at the edge Lake Havasu at a cost of $3 Million. The Bridge� opened in 1971 .


8. The Most Isolated City in the World

Perth, Australia , is the most isolated city on the planet.� 200 miles �across� impenetrable desert �from the next city of any size.

9. Power of Amazon River

The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that,� more than one hundred miles at sea �off the mouth of the river, one can dip� fresh water �out of the ocean.

10. The World’s Longest Train Journey

The Trans-Siberian Railway offers the world’s longest train journey. It takes about� 7 days to travel �the� 5,580 miles or 9,000 km �between Moscow and Vladivostok.

11. Deforestation

About� 22% �of the earth's original forest coverage remains. Western Europe has lost 98% or so of its primary forests;� Asia 94% ;� Africa 92% ;� Oceania 78% ; �� North America 66% , and� South America 54% . �Approximately 45% of the world's tropical forests, originally covering 1.4 billion hectares, have disappeared in the last few decades.

12. Shortest Intercontinental Commercial Flight

Shortest Intercontinental Commercial Flight in the world is from� Gibraltar �(Europe) to� Tangier� (Africa.) Distance is� 34 miles , flight time� 20 minutes .

13.World's Widest Bridge

According to the Guinness World Records,� Sydney Harbour Bridge �is the world's widest long-span bridge - �16 lanes of car traffic �- 8 lanes in the upper floor, 8 in the lower floor ( double-decker bridge ). The� 49 metre (161ft) wide deck �makes Sydney Harbour Bridge the widest long-span bridge in the world. It is also the fifth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world, and it is the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring� 134 meters �( 440 ft ) from top to water level.

14. World's Largest Palace Complex

Aerial view of the Forbidden City, Beijing�

The �Forbidden City �was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost� 500 years , it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the� ceremonial and political center of Chinese government . Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings with� 8,707 bays of rooms �and covers� 720,000 m2 �( 7,800,000 sq ft ). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere.



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