With nearly 200 countries and over 7.8 billion people, including animals, plants, and other organisms, the world is full of fun, interests, and fascinating facts. For instance, in the land of the Kiwis, you will come to find the highest attention of pet owners on the planet. In Nicaragua, you will find one of the only two flags in the world to feature the color purple. Want to know more such world facts ? Read the full article to find some interesting trivia about the Earth’s past, present, and future.
10 Most Interesting Facts Of The World
1. Ice sheets and Glaciers hold nearly 69 per cent of the world’s freshwater
According to “Water in Crisis: A Guide to the World’s Fresh Water Resources” via the United States Geological Survey (USGS) over 96% of the total amount of the world’s water is held in its oceans. However, they are primarily saltwater. To find the amount of the world’s freshwater, you require trekking the poles, as 68.7% of it is encased in ice caps, glaciers, and permanent snow.
2. The fastest gust of wind ever recorded on Earth was 253 miles/hr
In 1996, a tropical cyclone named Olivia hits the coasts of Barrow Island, Australia. As per The Weather Channel, “Olivia’s eyes wall produced five extreme three-second wind gusts, the peak of which was a 253 mph gust,” and it blew past the previous wind record of 231 mph set in Mount Washington, New Hampshire back in 1934.
3. Hawaii is the best place to see rainbows
Are you an avid rainbow gazer? If yes, the state of Hawaii can be the best choice for you. According to a study published by the American Meteorological Society in 2021, the area’s “mountains produce sharp gradients in clouds and rainfall, are key to abundant rainbow sightings.”
4. Mount Everest is bigger now than it was previously measured
The recent measurement performed by surveyors representing Nepal and China says that the mountain is taller than we’d thought in the past. The last survey has ranged from 29,002 feet above sea level in 1856 down to 20,029 in 1955, according to NPR. Now, after the entire process of measuring the mountain with GPS devices, experts found that the mount stands at a whopping 29,031.69 feet.
5. Climate Change is changing flower’s colour
No need to worry, the red roses are not going to turn turquoise overnight, but the increase in UV radiation over the last few years has caused flowers to change all over the globe. Clemson University scientists conducted a study in 2020 determined that the UV pigmentation in flowers has increased with time which has led to the degradation of their pollen.
6. Cuba and North Korea are the places where you can’t buy Coca-Cola
Fizzy drinks are sold almost everywhere, no matter where you go! You can easily find Coca-Cola as it is practically being sold everywhere. However, Coca-Cola has not (officially) made its way in North Korea and Cuba says BBC. It is because both the countries are under long-term U.S. trade embargoes.
7. World’s Populations Could Fit Inside Los Angeles
The world’s total population is nearly 7.67 billion. The data sounds huge. However, if you manage to stand shoulder-to-shoulder, they all can fit within the 500 square miles of Los Angeles, according to National Geographic.
8. The longest place name on the planet is 85 letters long
People living in Australia might have heard the name Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya Hill. You need to be a little patience while spelling this town name. But you know what? So do the people from Lake Chargoggagoggman-chauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in Massachusetts and Tweebuffelsmeteen-skootmorsdoodgeskietfontein, South Africa. None of them has as much work to do who are living in Taumatawhakatangihanga-koauauotamateaturipukakapikimaung-ahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, New Zealand.
9. Over 50% of the world’s population is under 30 years
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 2012, states that 50.55 of the world’s population were people under 30 years of age. Not only this, nearly 89.7% of those young people live in developing and emerging economies like the Middle East and Africa.
10. 41 countries recognize Sign language as an official language
It is estimated that there are over 72 million deaf people across the globe. Also, there are about 300 different sign languages—including International Sign Language and American Sign Language. More than 41 countries recognize them as an official language.