Thursday, September 30, 2010

And it Was One Hell of a Ticket Booth... Well Deserving of a Plaque

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What I Learnt this Week...

The study of stamps and postal history is called Philately.

Which doesn't at all sound like something rude when you say it out loud.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

From Dave's News Place....

Researchers prove that money can buy you happiness

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All the Dave's News Place stories have now been migrated to this blog. You can find them all by clicking the tab at the top middle.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

10 More Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Federated State of Micronesia

1) Micronesia is scattered over an ocean expanse 5 times the size of France, although its total land mass is very small.

2) As part of their ‘Compact of Free Association’ with the US, the US takes responsibility for the defence of the island and has the right to set up military bases and deny other nations access to Micronesia. In return, Micronesia receives $100m in financial aid per year, and Micronesians have the right to live and work in the US.

3) Despite its small population, Micronesia has a high unemployment rate, a problem which is being exacerbated by the number of Filipino migrant workers.

4) Many Micronesians live without electricity or running water, which is in short supply and is sometimes rationed.

5) Micronesia has no daily newspaper, but the government does print a fortnightly newsletter for all citizens.

6) Despite being the largest and most populous island in Micronesia, Pohnpei only has about 10 restaurants.

7) The State of Kosrae is an island which is called ‘the sleeping lady’ because of it’s shape. See for yourself...

8) The Island state of Pohnpei is one of the wettest places on earth, with an average rainfall exceeding 300 inches.

9) Pohnpei is often accused of having a national football team that is “the worst team in the world”, although Pohnpei is not actually a nation.

10) The most noticeable Micronesian athlete is Elias Rodriguez, who ran in the Sydney Olympics. He finished last; the closing ceremony was in fact delayed to allow his finish.