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* The most dangerous animal in the world is the common housefly. Because of their habits of visiting animal waste, they transmit more diseases than any other animal.

* Rain has never been recorded in some parts of the Atacama Desert in Chile.

* The Peregrine Falcon around 200mph (320 km/h) is the fastest bird on the planet, the top speed recorded is 242.3mph (390 km/h).

* The Earth is the densest major body in the solar system.

* The flower with the world's largest bloom is the Rafflesia arnoldii. This rare flower is found in the rainforests of Indonesia. It can grow to be 3 feet across and weigh up to 15 pounds.

* Total fertility rate of the world is 2.59 children born/woman. Niger is 7.46 (highest), India is 2.73, US is 2.09 & Hong Kong is 0.95 only (Lowest).

* A 1960 Chilean earthquake was the strongest earthquake in recent times, which occurred off the coast, had a magnitude of 9.6 and broke a fault more than 1000 miles (1600 kilometers) long.

* There is no land at all at the North Pole, only ice on top of sea. The Arctic Ocean has about 12 million sq km of floating ice and has the coldest winter temperature of -34 degrees centigrade.

* The world's windiest place is Commonwealth Bay, Antartica with winds regularly exceeding 150 miles per hour.

* About 70% of the world's fresh water is stored as glacial ice.

* At least 1,000 million grams, or roughly 1,000 tons of material (dust) enters the atmosphere every year and makes its way to Earths surface.

* The highest temperature produced in a laboratory was 920,000,000 F (511,000,000 C) at the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor in Princeton, NJ, USA.

* Lake Bosumtwi in Ghana formed in a hollow made by a meteorite.

* El Azizia in Libya recorded a temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit (57.8 Celsius) on Sept. 13, 1922 - the hottest ever measured.

* Nearly 70 percent of the Earth's fresh-water supply is locked up in the icecaps of Antarctica and Greenland. The remaining fresh-water supply exists in the atmosphere, streams, lakes, or groundwater and accounts for a mere 1 percent of the Earth's total.

* Baikal Lake in Russian Fed. is the deepest lake (5315 ft) in the world.

* Blue whales are found throughout the world's oceans, the lifespan is estimated to be 80 years & population is between 1300 & 2000 only, its dangerously low.

* The distance from the surface of Earth to the center is about 3,963 miles (6,378 kilometers).

* The coldest temperature ever measured on Earth was -129 Fahrenheit (-89 Celsius) at Vostok, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.

* The Pacific Ocean has an average depth of 2.4 miles (3.9 kilometers).

* In 1783 an Icelandic eruption threw up enough dust to temporarily block out the sun over Europe.

* Lake Baikal is about 20 million years old and contains 20 percent of Earth's fresh liquid water.

* Luxembourg is the richest country of the world, the gross national product (GNP) of Luxembourg is $45,360.




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