Monday, May 14, 2007

fact of the day

America. Big, isn't it? I mean, for the purposes of this little anecdote we're only considering the 48 contiguous states (i.e. excluding Alaska and Hawaii), but it's still on the biggish side. Put it this way, you wouldn't want to have to paint it, not in a weekend anyway, not all 7,881,925 square kilometres of it.

Slightly surprising, therefore, is the fact that the highest and lowest points in the contiguous states, the continental USA, Mainland USA, the Lower 48, whatever you prefer, are, respectively, Mount Whitney and Death Valley. The surprising bit is that they are a mere 76 miles apart. Interesting, eh? No doubt there's some sort of mileage to be made out of the mileage from Whitney to Houston, as well, but I don't think I can be bothered.

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