Around the World

Good vacation.

On the same day of the bet, Phileas Fogg and his new butler, Passepartout
undertook a journey to Paris. As luggage he carried a change, 20,000 pounds, (half of his fortune, the other half had been staked) and a travel guide.
And from Paris, smoothly, to Turin
From Turin, they crossed all of Italy to Brindisi
From Brindisi, crossing the Mediterranean by boat, to Suez
From Suez, across the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea to Bombay
They crossed India to Allahabad
From Allahabad to Benares
And from Benares to Calcutta
They left India to get to Hong Kong
And through China to Shanghai
From Shanghai to Yokohama in Japan
And from Japan to America
And they came to San Francisco
From San Francisco to Omaha in Nebraska
And from Omaha to Chicago
And from Chicago to New York
And across the Atlantic to Cobh (former Queenstown) in Ireland
And from Cobh to Dublin
And from Dublin to Liverpool
And finally, from Liverpool to London
And with British punctuality, after 80 days, Mr. Fogg followed by a delirious crowd made his entrance into the Reform Club.

Original artwork: by MAR

Curious World

Curious World
More than half of the United States coasts are in Alaska.
The Amazon Forest supplies more than 20% oxygen to the Earth.
The Amazon River releases so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that, more than 160 km from its mouth, fresh water can be found.
The volume of water in the Amazon River is greater than that of the eight rivers that follow it in size together, and three times greater than that of all the rivers of the United States together.
Antarctica is the only part of our planet that does not belong to any country. 90% of the planet’s ice covers Antarctica. This ice also represents 60% of all fresh water in the World.
Although 99.6% of its surface is covered with ice, Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute lower humidity than that of the Gobi Desert.
Brazil got its name from the nut that exists there, not the other way around.
Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world. Canada is an indigenous word that means “big town”.
After Warsaw, Chicago has the largest number of Polish in the world.
Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, was the world’s first paved road.
Damascus is the oldest city in the world and was already a thriving city two thousand years before the founding of Rome in 753 BC.
Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents.
The full name of Los Angeles is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Ángeles de la Porciúncula” and is generally abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: “LA”.
The term “Big Apple” was used by musicians who played jazz in the 1930s. They used the word “Apple” to refer to any city or town in which they played.
There are no natural lakes in the State of Ohio, they are all man-made.
There are more Irish people in New York than in Dublin, more Italians than in Rome and more Jews than in Tel Aviv.
The smallest island that has the status of an independent country is Pitcairn, in Polynesia, with only 4.53 km2 of surface.
The first city to reach a population of one million was Rome, in 133 B.C. There is at least one city with the name of Rome on each continent.
Siberia contains more than 25% of the world’s forests.
The smallest sovereign entity in the world is the “Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta” (S.M.O.M), better known as The Order of Malta. It is located in the city of Rome, has a surface of two tennis courts and a population of 80 people.
In the Sahara desert there is a village called Tidikelt, in Algeria, which has not received a drop of rain in 10 years.
The name of Spain literally means “land of rabbits”.
Colombia has the highest coastal mountain in the world, at 5,770m above sea level. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
The probability of finding an unpaved road in the United States is 1%. In Canada it is 0.75%.
The biggest man-made hole is the “Kola Superdeep Borehole” in Russia. It has a depth of 12 km and was drilled for scientific investigations, in which an immense hydrogen deposit was discovered.
The interstate system “Eisenhower”, in the USA, requires that one in every five miles of road be straight. The purpose is that, in times of war and other emergencies, interstate highways can serve as airstrips.
The Salto do Anjo in Venezuela, is the highest waterfall in the world, having a height of 979 m, 15 times higher than that of Niagara.
“Å” means “river” in 3 Scandinavian languages. There are 7 villages in Norway and one in Sweden with this name.
Hulunbuir, with 263,935 km2, is the largest municipality in the world. It is a province in Inner Mongolia, China, ruled by a councilor.
San Marino, founded in the year 301, is the oldest constitutional republic in the world.
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This post was based on the PowerPoint “Mundo curioso” that you can find it here: I do not know who was the author!

The World’s most unusual plants

1. Rafflesia arnoldii: this parasitic plant develops the world’s
largest bloom that can grow over three feet across. The flower is a
fleshy color, with spots that make it look like a teenager’s
acne-ridden skin. It smells bad and has a hole in the center that
holds six or seven quarts of water. The plant has no leaves, stems, or


2. Hydnora africana, an unusual flesh-colored, parasitic flower that
attacks the nearby roots of shrubby in arid deserts of South Africa.
The putrid-smelling blossom attracts herds of carrion beetles.


3. Dracunculus vulgaris: smells like rotting flesh, and has a
burgundy-colored, leaf-like flower that projects a slender, black


4. Amorphophallus: means, literally, “shapeless penis.” The name comes
from the shape of the erect black spadix.