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Finland has the greatest number of islands in the world: 179,584.
Geography » Europe

The largest volcano known is on Mars: Olympus Mons, 370 miles wide and 79,000 feet high, is almost three times higher than Mount Everest.
Space

Ramen, those dried corkscrew noodles which are popular with college students as a cheap, quick meal, were invented by Momofuku Ando in 1948. Ramen noodles are now widely consumed in more than 80 countries. The Japanese eat about 45 portions of ramen per capita yearly. Americans, introduced to ramen in 1970, eat four to five servings per year.
Food and Drink

“Wet” means “simpleton” in Australian slang. The Wet is the rainy season in Northern Australia.
Geography » Australia

A cat's jaw cannot move sideways.
Animals

According to the Federal Aviation Authority, United States airlines are four times safer than the airlines of any other country.
Technology

Noah Webster was referred to as "the walking question mark" during his student days at Yale.
People » Celebrities and Public Figures

The New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles traded a total of 17 players on November 18, 1954, setting a record for most players swapped in a day.
Sports » Baseball

Famous baseball announcer Mel Allen, a long-time New York Yankee announcer, originated the home run call “It's going, going, gone!”
Sports » Baseball

The American Bible Association has published almost a billion Bibles since it was founded in 1816.
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