Monday, February 28, 2011

Did You Know?

  • South Africa has penguins.
  • Johannesburg gets more rainfall than London, yet has one of the highest averages of sunlight per day in the world (8.5 hours per day vs. 3.8 in London). This means that when it rains here, it pours. Literally.
  • South Africa is the only country in the world to have voluntarily dismantled its nuclear arsenal.
  • South Africa's tap water is rated #3 in the world (I am not sure about this one as our water varies from brown to yellow to green...)
  • There are over 900 species of birds - 10% of the world's species on only 1% of its land mass.
  • The biggest, smallest, and fastest mammals are all found in South Africa, as well as the tallest creature, largest reptile, largest bird, and heaviest flying bird. In fact, there are more mammal species in South Africa than North and South America combined.
  • South Africa is the sole producer of the Mercedes Benz C Class, right-hand drive vehicles (so why are cars so expensive here??)
  • Enough about cars and mammals; South Africa has over 5,000 species of spiders (what's not to love?)

1 comment:

wakeupcowboys said...

Ecuador has more types of hummingbirds than any country on earth. Yeah, Ecuador.