The Quick 10: The 10 People with the Most Square Miles of the Earth's Surface Named After Them

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So I just discovered The New Book of Lists by David Wallenchinsky and Amy Wallace. It. Is. Fabulous. At least, it is for someone who loves trivia and loves making lists. Plus, it gives me fodder for random conversation starters (I totally busted out A Christmas Story trivia at a work dinner function last week, by the way). This book has all kinds of completely random lists, and there are several different incarnations of the book. I think I asked for all of them for Christmas. Anyway, today's list is just a little taste of the book. I'm sure you'll see more in the future if Santa Claus delivers the goods!

vicki1. Amerigo Vespucci. North America + South America = 16,243,000 square miles

2. Queen Victoria. Queensland, Australia + Victoria, Australia, + the Great Victoria Desert + Victoria Island, Canada + Victoria Island, Antarctica + Lake Victoria, Africa + the Victoria Strait of Canada = 1,196,410 square miles

3. Norwegian Queen Maud. Queen Maud Land, Antarctica + Queen Maud Mountains, Antarctica + Queed Maud Gulf, Canada = 1,102,000 square miles

4. British explorer James Weddell. Antarctica's Weddell Sea = 1,080,000 square miles.

5. Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman. Tasman Sea + Tasmania, Australia + Tasman Peninsula, Australia = 925,100 square miles.
6. Christopher Columbus. Colombia + British Columbia + Columbia Plateau, United States + Washington, D.C. + 10 counties in the U.S. + Colon department, Honduras + Colon department, Panama = 920,150 square miles.

7. Russian Explorer Vitus Bering. The Bering Sea = 879,000 square miles.

8. Saudi King Ibn-Saud. Saudi Arabia = 865,000 square miles.

9. U.S. Naval officer Charles Wilkes. Wilkes Land, Antarctica = 660,000 square miles.

10. Dutch explorer Willem Barents. Barents Sea = 592,000 square miles.

December 19, 2008 - 10:12am
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