I’m a full-grown adult, and I can’t tell you how many people I know with a totally demented knowledge of world geography. Now, part of that is because I live in America, and Americans tend to be pretty geo-centric, but honestly, I think it’s a subject that just gets glossed over and forgotten in school.
But these 11 facts will make up for it, if only in cool ways that will let you blow your friends’ minds at parties. Read on!
#11. You can drive south from Detroit and end up in Canada
#10. Reno, NV is actually farther west than Los Angeles, CA
#9. 90% of the world’s population lives in the northern hemisphere
This one really got me.
#8. Rome, Italy is further north than New York City
The climate doesn’t make sense to me, then.
#7. The Sahara isn’t actually the world’s largest desert – Antarctica is
Deserts are measured by precipitation, and the 5.5 million square mile continent only gets about 8 inches of rain every year.
#6. Alaska is the northernmost, westernmost, and easternmost state in the U.S.
Crazy, when you think about it.
#5. Minnesota has more shoreline than Hawaii, California, and Florida combined
90,000 miles, to be exact.
#4. The U.S., India, AND China would fit neatly inside Africa
That’s a lot of landmass.
#3. The longest place name in the world is Taumatawhahatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, New Zealand
It’s 85 letters long and means “the summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one” in Maori.
#2. Asia has more surface area than the moon
And a lot more interesting landscapes, too.
#1. More people live inside this circle than outside it