Fun Facts (and Falsehoods) for Friday

I don’t know if you’ve seen this forward on the internet yet, but I thought it was fun and interesting enough to pass along. However, I like to check my facts, and I discovered that most of the facts were wrong. So, I’ve tried to right them!

It starts with an old guy who says: Old Man

“I’ve always said you should learn something new every day. Unfortunately, many of us are at the age where what we learn today we forget tomorrow. But, give it a shot anyway!”  So, here are a series of supposed facts, most of which were new to me, and all of which I hope are now true as rewritten:Siberia. RussiaRussia has more than 20% of the world’s forests. At 2,997,157 square miles, their forested area is larger than the entire continent of Australia! That’s alota woods!RussiaRussia also boasts the deepest hole ever drilled by man: It’s the Kola Superdeep Borehole and is 7.62 miles deep, which is about 1/3 of the way through the Baltic Continental Crust.Amazon RiverThe volume of water in the Amazon River is greater than the total river flow of the next 7 largest independent rivers and comprises nearly 25% of all the river flow in the entire world!Angel Falls. VenezuelaAngel Falls in Venezuela drops 3,212 ft. It’s the world’s tallest waterfall and 18.6 times higher than Niagara Falls! I’d love to see it sometime; wouldn’t you?
(Or, maybe you have and can send us a picture!)AlaskaMore than half of the coastline in the entire United States is in Alaska
(34,000 miles). OhioOhio has no natural lakes. Flatly false. There are at least 33, and some say 110 that are over 5 acres. Where in the world did that urban legend come from?CanadaCanada has more natural lakes than the rest of the world combined. Roads in CanadaHowever, the roads in Canada aren’t as impressive: 60+% of them are unpaved, Rough Road                           whereas only 35% of roads are unpaved in America.  Woodward Ave. DetroitWoodward Avenue in Detroit has the honor of being the world’s first highway with a full mile of concrete paving, and in October of 1920 it also sported the world’s first four-way traffic light. Pretty snazzy, Michigan!  🙂Eisenhower Interstate SystemContrary to popular myth, the 42,800-mile Eisenhower Interstate Highway System here in America does not and never did require 1 in every 5 miles to be straight for landing strips. Are you surprised? Istanbul. TurkeyIstanbul, Turkey, is purported to be the only city located on 2 continents,
but that’s not true, even though the tour guide told me so when we visited!New York City. NY

Here are a few funs facts about New York City, “The Big Apple.” It has more Jews than Tel Aviv. However, contrary to popular opinion, it does not have more Irish than Dublin or more Italians than Rome. Damascus. SyriaDamascus, Syria, is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world (as far as we know today), having evidence of habitation as far back as 10,000 B.C.Antarctica

90% of the world’s ice covers Antarctica. This is true, although the forward came with 4 other claims that are either flatly false, only partially true, or can’t be proven. After that, it’s all downhill, so I won’t even mention the rest of the “facts” that are false. But, I learned an important lesson (again). Check your facts, and don’t just believe something because you read it…unless you read it in the Bible. All other sources of Truth are something less than perfect and should be weighed against other sources before you determine what you will believe!

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:7-11)

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