Greece

Requested by Melanie

Greek Fact 1 (Dec. 31, 2006–Jan. 6, 2007)

The Corinth Canal shortens a 331 km (206 mi) trip around the southern-most Greek peninsula to 6 km (4 mi).

Greek Fact 2 (Jan. 7–Jan. 13, 2007)

Greece has the 12th largest merchant marine in the world with 869 ships.  There are also an additional 2,357 ships owned by Greece, but used by other countries.  Germany and Japan are the only countries with more ships registered to others.

Greek Fact 3 (Jan. 14–Jan. 20, 2007)

According to the CIA, 98% of people in Greece are Greek, and 2% are Turkish and other ethnicities.  According to the Greek government, that 2% doesn’t exist.  Everybody’s Greek if they live in Greece.

Greek Fact 4 (Jan. 21–Jan. 27, 2007)

Greek Independence Day celebrates the beginning of the Greek revolution against the Ottoman Empire in 1821, even though Independence wasn’t won until 1829.  It’s analogous to the Massachusetts state holiday of Patriots’ Day, celebrating the ride of Paul Revere.

Greek Fact 5 (Jan. 28–Feb. 3, 2007)

Greece has the world’s most boring exports, so instead, another railroading fact.  They are one of five countries in the world with dual gauge railroads.  There are three rails so narrow and standard gauge trains can use the same track.