People Break Down The Best Geography Facts They Know
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The world is an enormous and beautiful place. There's so much to learn and know about!

For example, did you know that Canada and the United States share the longest land border in the world? Additionally, Canada is home to more than half of all the natural lakes in the world. Incredible.

After Redditor storm1902 asked the online community, "What geography fact blows your mind?" people shared some of their favorites.


"In Canada..."

Palm trees grow in Ireland, at 53 degrees north. In Canada at 55 degrees north there are polar bears.

RemoteWasabi4

"The distance between..."

The distance between New Zealand and Australia is roughly the same as the distance between The Netherlands and Libya.

Javanz

"When I worked for FedEx..."

When I worked for FedEx back in the 90's one of the reasons why they chose Anchorage as a global hub (apart from the fact that aircraft use less fuel due to it being cooler) was that it is one of the only places in the world that is within 10 hours of the three biggest global markets; North America, Europe and Asia!

Who would have thought that a place considered in the middle of nowhere is actually the centre of the world.

Geronimo2U

Okay that last one was fascinating.

Who'd have thought?

Let's continue.

"Texas is large enough..."

Texas is large enough that I could fit Copenhagen, Brussels, Zagreb, and Warsaw with their real-life distances from each other inside the State lines.

whatifevery1wascalm​

"The Great Lakes..."

The Great Lakes contain enough fresh water to flood an area the size of Great Britain in over 100 meters of water.

whatifevery1wascalm

"It's estimated..."

Canada has the longest coastline in the world at approximately 243,042 kilometers. It's estimated that it would take more than 30 years to walk Canada's coastline at the rate of 19 kilometers a day.

imzachq

"I believe it."

Anyone in the mood for a road trip? Or walking trip, shall we say? Anyone?

"There is actually..."

There is actually a tiny strip of New Mexico that is directly north of the Texas panhandle, contrary to the level of detail that many maps can show.

crassbandstand

"The Appalaican Mountain range..."

The Appalachian mountain range formed before the North American continent broke away from Europe, so there's a little chunk of the Appalachians in France.

Taman_Should

"The Australian tectonic plate..."

The Australian tectonic plate is drifting north at a rapid rate relative to other plates. The whole continent is moving north and slightly clockwise at around 2.7 inches a year, which is fast enough that GPS systems have had to compensate for it to stay accurate. In a few hundred million years, Australia will probably collide with Asia, creating a mountain range even taller than the Himalayas when it does.

Taman_Should

"I always pictured Europe..."

How far north Europe is. I always pictured Europe as roughly parallel to the US, so northern Europe would be the same latitude as Minnesota and southern Europe as Florida. Not even close. The UK is almost entirely north of the lower 48 states and Rome is further north than New York City.

mordeci00

"In Iceland..."

In Iceland, you can see where the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasia tectonic plate are moving away from each other.

Another place that is similar, but not as intense, is Point Reyes National Seashore in California. It is separated by the San Andreas Fault, where the North American and Pacific plates come together.

trashybipolar1

The world is an amazing place.

Personally, I don't think I'll ever get tired of learning about it.

Have some interesting geography facts to share with the rest of us? Feel free to sound off in the comments below!

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Most people can't stand the smell of gasoline, but there are quite a few people who find the smell pleasant.

Redditor Psycho_Bunny_Cutie asked:

"What's a weird smell you're willing to admit you like?"

Skunk

"Skunk"

"Not getting sprayed directly because I've never had that happen so I don't know if I'd like it, but the lingering aftermath."

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- LakotaGrl

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​Disney Home Video

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- el-mil

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- lubs96

Friends' Homes

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- Montpierce

"Same for me, and then when you're out and about and you catch a wiff of something that smells the same even if it's been years they pop into your mind."

- loonettt

New Tech

"​The smell of brand new tech gadgets. It smells of technology. Whenever I buy a new mouse or keyboard (it is especially true for logitech products I don't know if it is a general thing) I sniff them as long as I can detect that sweet plastic-y, ultra clean-smelling goodness."

- bobisz

"Back when CD's were the dominant form of data transfer, I would LOVE every time a new one was opened, just sniffing the new CD."

"Years later, I discovered a nearly identical (to me) smell that works just as well... fresh saffron. Saffron smells like new CD's to me, and I love it."

- ConnectionIssues

Mimeograph Solvent

"Ah, back in the old days, the smell of papers that the teacher handed out that were fresh off those old hand-cranked mimeograph machines. The solvent. Mmmm."

- whazzup_b*tches

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Pool Toys

​"Pvc pool toys when you're unfolding them before you blow them up."

- NoticeWhenUAreHappy

"I bought a shower curtain the other day and instead of a light plastic smell it smelled heavily of inflatable pool toys, best shower ever."

- I_PEE_WITH_THAT

Basements

"I love the smell of basement- which I don't know if is weird, but I'm the only one I know who likes it."​

- AmeliaUsesReddit

"Yessss, also sometimes underground parking garages or stairwells have it. Everyone always thinks I’m an idiot when I bring it up."

- Fenzik

​Home Depot

​"The smell of Home Depot"

- lanuevagringa

"I have long been hoping for Yankee Candle to team up with Home Depot to a lumber aisle scented candle."

- MintyFreshBreathYo

​Hot Pavement And Rain

​"Hot parking lot when it first starts to rain."

- TheUSForestService

"The best! I can smell it now. Thanks for that. That smell in a sun shower is like the best feeling you could ever feel."

- uffdathatisnice

​Burnt Matches

​"Matches after the flame goes out."

- makeful

"Ooooh I like the smell when you blow out a candle."

- Kaisa_is_short

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