22 Facts That Will Totally Fuck With Your Perception Of The World

    Maine is the closest U.S. state to Africa.

    1. Maine is the closest U.S. state to Africa.

    2. Reno, Nevada is actually farther west than Los Angeles.

    3. Rome is farther north than New York City.

    4. Chicago is on the same latitude as Barcelona, Rome, and Istanbul.

    5. And Minneapolis is on the same latitude as Paris.

    6. Alaska is northernmost, westernmost, and easternmost state in the U.S.

    7. Africa could comfortably fit most of the U.S., India, and China within its borders.

    8. The continent of Asia has more surface area than the moon.

    9. If you drive south from certain parts of Detroit, you'll end up in Canada.

    10. About 90% of the world's population lives in the northern hemisphere.

    11. And there are more people living within this circle than outside of it.

    12. The world's largest desert isn't the Sahara. It's the entire continent of Antarctica.

    13. No offense to Mount Everest, but it technically isn't the world's tallest mountain. If you measure height from below sea level, Mauna Kea in Hawaii is the winner.

    14. While we're at it, Mount Everest isn't the closest mountain to space. Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador is.

    15. Minnesota has more shoreline — 90,000 miles, to be exact — than California, Florida, and Hawaii, combined.

    16. And the country with the longest coastline in the world is none other than Canada.

    17. Russia spans a whopping 11 time zones.

    18. The longest place name in the world is a hill in New Zealand called Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatahu.

    19. The largest city by area in the world, Hulunbuir, Mongolia, is almost half as big as France.

    20. Istanbul is the only city in the world that is on two different continents.

    21. Finland and North Korea are separated by just one country.

    22. And while pretty much no one who lives in Alaska can see Russia from their house, if there was a bridge between the two land masses, it would take less than an hour to drive from one to the other.