We all grow up knowing a bunch of facts and statistics about the world, and these things shape our outlook. For example, we know that Canada is north of the United States. And we know that New York City is also really far north, but Rome on the other hand is right down there near Africa. We also know that deserts are made of sand and that third world countries are those poor places in Africa.
Well, here are a few shockers for you: more than half the states reach farther north than the southern tip of Canada; Rome is actually farther north than New York City; Antarctica is the largest desert on Earth, and…get ready for this…the Arctic Ocean is actually a desert as well. And the third world? While it may refer to poor countries today, the third world originally referred to countries that were neutral during the Cold War. Although many of these countries were in South America and Africa, Switzerland and Austria were also third world countries.
The world isn’t as simple as you thought it was, is it? Well, get read for some more, because these are 25 Facts And Statistics That Seem Terribly Wrong But Actually Aren’t!
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The Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal (at 79.91862° W) is farther west than the Pacific entrance (at 79.52145° W).
New York City is farther west than Santiago, Chile. New York City is found at -74.005970° W, whereas Santiago, Chile is at -70.48270° W.
The United States Navy is the second largest air force in the world.
Saudi Arabia imports sand and camels from Australia.
Sweden, Switzerland, and Austria is/were third world countries. This is because the actual definition of "third world country" referred to any nation that wasn't allied with the US (first world), or the USSR (second world).
Unthaw really means to thaw, just as people use literally when they really mean figuratively. It is a phenomenon known as "inverse speak," where the speaker's meaning is actually the opposite of the word's intuitive meaning.