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The Channel Tunnel between England and France is the longest underwater and rail tunnel in Europe, and 2nd longest in the world behind Seikan in Japan.

The world's largest collection of genealogical information is kept in Salt Lake City, Utah, belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Civil War sub H. L. Hunley could remain underwater for about two hours. However, it had spent 1,200,000 hours submerged underwater since it sunk and until it was raised on August 8, 2000.

The world's largest oil storage facility is at Ju'aymah in Saudi Arabia, the site of five giant oil tanks that can hold up to 81,232,890 gallons of oil each. If all that oil was gasoline, each tank would have enough fuel for the average car to take 6,000 round trips to the moon.

The Coast Guard Academy in July of 1976 was the first U.S. service academy to admit women.

The cost of a Broadway ticket, in 1927, was $4.50; today tickets can run as high as $90.

The world's most valuable Barbie doll is the 40th Anniversary De Beers customized doll that was worth $82,870 and wore a total of 22 carats of diamonds. At around $17,000 the second most valuable Barbie is an original prototype. Next, if in mint or never-removed-from-box condition ONLY, is a brunette 1959 ponytail Barbie that may reach values of $9,500.

The world's chicken population is more than double the human population, while the world cattle population outnumbers the population of China.

The world's longest escalator is in Ocean Park, Hong Kong, China. With a length of 745 feet, the escalator boasts a vertical rise of 377 feet.

The Writers Guild of America Registration Office states that approximately 20,000 movie scripts are registered with the Guild each year and that, of these, less than 1 percent are picked up by a studio and made into a film.

There are 170,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ways to play the ten opening moves in a game of chess.

There are 36 million objects in The New York Public Library including: 11.3 million books, a Gutenberg Bible, and a globe form 1519 which was the first globe to show America.

There are 364 gifts named in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” song.

There are 6,272,640 square inches in an acre.

There are 63,360 inches in a mile.

There are a thousand times more living things in the sea than there are on land.

There are about 19 million people living on Australia. Eighty percent of the population lives in the cities along the coast.

There are an estimated 285,000 species of flowering plants on Earth compared to 148,000 for all other plants. Flowering plants are very important because they provide food for herbivores – plant-eating animals – and for humans.

There are more Irish in New York City than in Dublin, Ireland; more Italians in New York City than in Rome, Italy; and more Jews in New York City than in Tel Aviv, Israel.

There are more people in New York City (7.9 million) than there are in the states of Alaska, Vermont, Wyoming, South Dakota, New Hampshire, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Hawaii, Delaware, and New Mexico combined.

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