Try Free for 30 days!

Tag: Blog

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.

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
south korea jinro soju
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.

Check out our All You Can Books Blog for Interesting Facts on multiple countries.

How many of these facts about South Korea did you know beforehand? Share your result in the comment section below!

#AllYouCanBooks #Blog #SouthKorea #KnowThe World

Know The World: Greece

All You Can Books: Greece

Γεια σας! Hello! Welcome to Greece – the southernmost country in Europe. It is divided into the mainland, the peninsula south of the mainland called the Peloponnese and the thousands of islands in the seas around it.

Greece is one of the oldest countries in Europe, with a history going back thousands of years. Ancient Greek culture influenced Western civilization in many areas including architecture, the arts, government, language, literature, philosophy, and much more.

Let’s take a look at 10 fun facts about Greece.

  • About 7% of all the marble produced in the world comes from Greece
  • Greece has zero navigable rivers because of the mountainous terrain. Nearly 80% of Greece is mountainous.
  • Greece is the leading producer of sea sponges
Sea Sponge - Description, Habitat, Image, Diet, and Interesting Facts
Source: https://animals.net/sea-sponge/

You need a natural sponge for your shower? Greece is the best place to find it.

You can even visit the island where you find them — Kalymnos — to go find your very own.

  • 98% of the total population are ethnic Greeks

So, almost everyone in Greece is an ethnic Greek, and the rest of the population are minorities, mainly from Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, and F.Y.R.O.M.

  • The world’s third-leading producer of olives, the Greeks have cultivated olive trees since ancient times. Some olive trees planted in the thirteenth century are still producing olives.
  • 40% of the total population of Greece reside in its capital Athens

While tourists mostly think of the Greek islands, most Greeks actually live in the capital or Thessaloniki, which is the second-largest city in Greece. 40% of the total population lives in Athens. Some of them also work on the islands during the summer, but many of them live in Athens.

  • You literally can’t get away from the sea in Greece

The longest point anywhere in the country is only 85 miles from the coast, and that coastline is 9,000 miles long — one of the ten longest in the world.

  • Don’t be offended if they complement you, then spit at you.

This is only to ward off receiving the compliment from the evil eye — they really do mean it.

Even if the puffed-cheek spitting action seems a little strange, they’re only looking out for you, which is comforting.

  • Some scholars say that the Greek civilization has been around for so long that it has had a chance to try nearly every form of government.
  • Retirement homes are rare in Greece. Grandparents usually live with their children’s family until they die. Most young people live with their families until they marry
  • At traditional Greek weddings everyone dance and throw plates

While this is more of a traditional thing, it still occurs, and it’s not only something you see in movies like “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”.

Learn Greek with All You Can Books with simple and easy to learn courses. Check out our Blog for Interesting Facts on multiple countries.

How many of these facts about Greece did you know beforehand? Share your result in the comment section below!

#AllYouCanBooks #Blog #Greece #KnowThe World

© 2020 All You Can Books

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑