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Know the World: USA

All You Can Books: Travel Series

From little-known trivia about presidents to amazing facts about the land we walk on, these 10 facts about America will blow you away. USA is the biggest country covering the continent of North America followed by Canada.

  • New York was once New Amsterdam

Before New York was, well, New York – it was called New Amsterdam as a settlement by the Dutch that chose to settle in Manhattan. The Name, New York was to pay tribute to Duke of York who helped in capturing it.

  • United States does not have any Official Language
  • Russia sold Alaska to the United States for 2 cents per acre

Back in the earlier parts of the 19th Century, Alaska wasn’t part of the USA. In fact, it was a part of Russia. It wasn’t until it was sold off to the Americans that it became a US territory. It wasn’t until almost a hundred years later, in 1959 that Alaska actually became a state. The state now has numerous national parks and even the tallest mountain in the USA, called Denali.

  • If you have a $10 bill and no debt, you are wealthier than 15% of all American citizens
  • Kansas produces enough wheat in 1 year to feed everyone in the world for two weeks
  • The Golden Gate Bridge never stops getting a makeover

Interesting facts about San Fransisco. Did you know that the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the west coast’s most iconic man-made landmarks that’s forever been made over? It’s one amazing place to see, especially from the Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point.

Due to its sheer size, the bridge actually never stops getting painted and is always getting itself a little makeover for us all to enjoy.

  • There are around 5,000 commercial airplanes flying over the United States at any given time
  • They call it Lake Superior for a reason
Great Lakes - Lake Superior | Michigan
Source: https://www.michigan.org/great-lakes/lake-superior

Everyone knows Lake Superior is big (they don’t call it one of the Great Lakes for nothing, after all) but few people know exactly how large it really is. Not only is Lake Superior the largest freshwater lake in the world, but it holds three quadrillion gallons of water. That’s enough liquid to completely cover both North and South America under a foot of water. It’s no wonder Lake Superior has been the site of so many shipwrecks.

  • Americans prize their pigskin so much that college football coaches are the highest-paid public employees in more than half of all 50 states

Even though United States does not have an official language, it is a melting pot of Languages and Cultures. Learn any language you wish with All You Can Books.

The Poetry of South Africa

The Poetry of South Africa by Alexander Wilmot

The Poetry of South Africa by Alexander Wilmot

Alexander Wilmot was a Cape Town politician and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He is the author of the History of the Zulu War 1879. Here he collects poetry from various sources in the Cape Colony, Natal, and the Transvaal.

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The Life Story of a Black Bear

The Life Story of a Black Bear by Harry Perry Robinson

The Life Story of a Black Bear by Harry Perry Robinson

This is the life story of a Black Bear in the western US, as told by the bear himself. He tells of the days when humans began to invade the territory where they and their ancestors had been kings for many eons.

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Know the World: Norway

All You Can Books: Travel Series

Stunning fjords. Snow-dusted mountains. Dancing Northern Lights. Heart-shaped waffles slathered in fresh berry jam. Beds that feel like clouds. And a never-ending supply of heated bathroom floors.

These are just a few things that I personally love about Norway; things that will likely keep me coming back for years to come.

But other than just being a gorgeous slice of Scandinavian paradise, Norway is also a pretty interesting country!

Top 10 Interesting facts on Norway

  • The world’s longest road tunnel is in Norway
Inside the Lærdal tunnel in Norway: The world's longest underground road tunnel
Inside the Lærdal tunnel. Photo by Svein-Magne Tunli (CC 3.0)

At an astonishing 15 miles (24.5 km) long, the Lærdal Tunnel is the world’s longest. Costing 1 billion Norwegian kroner to build (that’s about USD $110 million).

Its design is admired all around the world, as it incorporates features to help manage the mental strain on drivers. Every 6km there is a cave to separate sections of road. The lighting varies throughout the tunnel and caves to break routine and provide a varied view.

  • Norway introduced Salmon Sushi to Japan in the 80s.
  • The King’s Penguin

There’s a king penguin, named Nils Olav residing in Edinburgh’s Zoo who was presented the title  Brigadier Sir Nils Olav of the Norwegian King’s Guard by the king of Norway.

  • The King rode the Bus
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During the oil crisis in 1973, Norway’s King Olav had no problem taking public transport to a ski resort on the car-free weekend and even paid for a ticket. Back then car-free weekends were introduced by the Norwegian government in an effort to make people save gas.

  • Norway is one of the safest, most peaceful, and richest countries in the world. It also ranks first on the list of the World Happiness Report.
  • Nearly 70% of Norway is uninhabited
  • Do not mess around with Driving

In Norway, you can get a harsher penalty for speeding than, for getting caught with drugs. Norway is probably the only European country where you can go to jail for speeding. 150km/h on a motor road can land you in jail for 18 days.

  • You can’t Die Here!
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It is forbidden to die in the small town of Longyearbyen. The town hasn’t buried any dead people for 80 years, because bodies can’t decompose in the permafrost. Terminally ill people are flown out of the town to die elsewhere.

  • The Famous Voss Water
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Famous Voss bottled water comes from the municipal water supply in Iveland, Norway.

  • Every Norwegian who owns a TV set has to pay a TV license fee of 2680,56 kr ($318) each year

Let us know about your adventures, your Travel Stories! Don’t let this Quarantine pull you down from Travelling and Knowing more about other countries.

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The Hurricane Hunters

The Hurricane Hunters by Ivan Ray Tannehill

The Hurricane Hunters by Ivan Ray Tannehill

Here is the first intimate revelation of what the human eye and the most modern radars see in the violent regions of the tropical vortex. The descriptions of the activities of these valiant scouts of the storms are taken from personal interviews with military flyers and weathermen who have risked their lives in the furious blasts in all parts of the hurricane. The author has made a special study of hurricanes for over forty years. He has served with the Weather Bureau as chief of the marine division, chief of all forecasting and reporting and assistant chief of the Bureau, in charge of its technical operations.”

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Songs of Sea and Sail

Songs of Sea and Sail by Thomas Fleming Day

Songs of Sea and Sail by Thomas Fleming Day

homas Fleming Day was an American sailboat designer and sailboat racer. He was the founding editor of Rudder, a monthly magazine about boats, and himself the first to win the annual New York to Bermuda race. Not so well-known today is the fact that Day also occasionally penned a poem about his passion for the sea and sailing. Those poems are collected in this volume.

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Moving the Mountain

Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Moving the Mountain is a feminist utopian novel written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.The book was one element in the major wave of utopian and dystopian literature that marked the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The novel was also the first volume in Gilman’s utopian trilogy; it was followed by the famous Herland and its sequel, With Her in Ourland. John Robertson, lost in Tibet for thirty years, is finally brought back to America by his sister Nellie, only to find his society completely transformed.

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Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage by Lord Byron

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage by Lord Byron

Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage is a lengthy narrative poem in four parts written by Lord Byron.The poem describes the travels and reflections of a world-weary young man who, disillusioned with a life of pleasure and revelry, looks for distraction in foreign lands. In a wider sense, it is an expression of the melancholy and disillusionment felt by a generation weary of the wars of the post-Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras.

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Five Weeks in a Balloon

Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne

Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne

Join three intrepid explorers as they seek to cross and explore the continent of Africa from Indian Ocean to Atlantic Ocean, except they’re doing it by hot air balloon. Scholar and scientist Samuel Ferguson, his manservant Joe, and his friend Richard “Dick” Kennedy engage in this mighty scientific feat, as they face danger after danger, enjoy adventure after adventure, and experience the literal highs and lows of Africa from the view of a hot air balloon.

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Know The World: South Korea

All You Can Books: South Korea

Facts about South Korea you’ll read below will totally wow you. It is called the Impossible Country for going from a war-torn wasteland to one of the most thriving economies in the world, South Korea has a distinct culture and history which has only recently reached an international audience. 

  • In Korea, babies are considered one year old at birth
  • Dream of pigs for good luck

Although it might sound strange, dreaming about pigs is said to bring good fortune in Korea. In early Korea, pigs symbolized money and wealth. Until the 1970s, pigs were so valued in Korea that students could even pay their university entrance fees by selling a pig.

  • The number 4 is considered bad luck as it is written the same way as the Chinese character for death. The number is often replaced with the letter “F,” such as when using an elevator
  • It is a law in South Korea that online banking and shopping must be done through Internet Explorer
  • South Korea has free WiFi everywhere

If you’re the type of person who can’t be away from the internet, you’d never have to worry about it in South Korea. The country offers free connectivity even on the most remote islands.

  • The Korean entertainment industry is becoming one of the biggest in the world
BTS Brought Even More Joy With the B-Side 'Dynamite' Music Video
Source: https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/bts-brought-even-more-joy-with-the-b-side-dynamite-music-video-fan-reactions.html/

K-pop, k-movies, k-drama, k-beauty… the K’s all around! Not only do you hear Korean music even in European supermarkets these days, but also the cinema has made it to the world stage. As one of the biggest global movie industries, it is also won its first Oscar: Boon’s Parasite. The world is now obsessed with learning the Korean Language.

  • Taxis in South Korea are color-coded according to the level of service offered. A gray or white taxi is a basic car with a qualified but potentially inexperienced driver, while the black cabs are luxury cars with experienced drivers.
  • South Korea’s national dish is kimchi, which is a combination of vegetables and spices that have been fermented underground for months. It is served with almost everything. The first written description of making kimchi dates to about AD 1250 and there are about 170 varieties of the dish
  • Jinro Soju has been the best-selling liquor in the world for 11 consecutive years
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Image by Matt @ PEK from Wikimedia Commons

This South Korean distilled rice liquor surpassed Smirnoff Vodka in the world records for 11 years straight. Definitely one of the cooler South Korea facts

  • South Korea is the largest market for plastic surgery per capita in the world. It is estimated between 1/5 and 1/3 of the women in Seoul have gone under the knife for at least one cosmetic procedure

South Korea is definitely an interesting country that is modern but in touch with its culture, it also has cultural inspiration from Japan.

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