As we look at the world we live in, it is interesting to learn how some things are more prevalent in some places than in others.
For instance, did you know the highest average rainfall in the world, as of March 29, 2019, was in northeastern India, in the village of Mawsynram? They received 11,871 millimeters, or just over 467 inches of rain.
The place with the highest number of unprovoked shark attacks is off the coast of Florida. Of the 828 attacks, 11 were fatal. Interestingly, South African waters saw 255 attacks, 54 of which were fatal.
The country of Brazil has some of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on Earth. At first glance, Ilha de Queimada Grande appears to be one such island, until you realize it has the highest concentration of poisonous snakes. It is infested with 2,000 to 4,000 Golden Lanceheads, one of the deadliest pit vipers in the world. Their venom is almost five times more potent than other snakes and has a toxin that can melt human flesh.
If you're looking for the quintessential gourmet experience, the highest concentration of gourmet restaurants per capita is in West Devon, England, in the ancient stannary (tin mine) and market town of Tavistock.
A perfect storm of ozone-destroying chemicals sent cancer-causing UV-B radiation soaring at the top of Bolivia's Licancabur volcano in South America. In 2003, the highest level of the sun's ultraviolet rays was recorded there. They had a UV Index of 43.3. As a point of reference, a low and safe UV index is 2-3.
Those who get sunburned easily might like to know the place with the highest number of doctors per capita is San Marino, Italy. For every 1,000 people, there are 47.35 doctors. (Although, one wonders how great the care from the .35 doctor would be).
And if you're looking for shade, the country with the highest number of trees is Russia, with a mere 642 billion. The United States. is fourth.
In Oyo State, Nigeria, for every 1,000 births, 18 sets of twins are born, making this the place with the highest number of identical twins per capita in the world.
The American music artist with the highest number of albums sold is Garth Brooks. Of course, once you've heard "Friends In Low Places," it's easy to understand the attraction.
The highest-grossing movie of all time in the U.S is "Gone With The Wind." To date, it has made $1,822,598,200.
While McDonald's remains the most financially successful fast food restaurant in the world, the Subway sandwich chain holds the title for the highest number of restaurants with 44,852 branches.
New York City is known for its skyscrapers, but the city with the highest number of skyscrapers taller than 492 feet is Hong Kong.
The sport with the highest number of concussions is Men's Rugby. Maybe they should consider helmets.
The highest a modern hook and ladder fire truck can reach is 125 feet. If the average height of each story in a building is 10 feet, you can still be rescued the old fashioned way by climbing 12 stories down the ladder.
The CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter is the quintessential heavy-lift helicopter of the Marine Corps. It holds the record for being able to carry the highest amount of poundage. It can carry a 26,000-pound Light Armored Vehicle, 16 tons of cargo 50 miles and back, or enough combat-loaded Marines to lead an assault or humanitarian operation.
According to Dr. Robert Lustig, the highest number of diabetics in the world is in the Middle East, specifically Saudi Arabia. No tap water is safe to drink in Saudi Arabia, and since the primary religion is Islam, alcohol is not consumed. While bottled water is sold, the primary drink is soft drinks, most of which are made with high fructose corn syrup, a chemical known to fuel the rise of Type 2 Diabetes.
The highest consumption of donuts per year can be found in Canada. Our friends to the north produce about a billion donuts a year. We eat more here in the U.S., but with Canada's lower population, it actually has the most donut shops per capita of any country.
The American city with the highest concentration per capita of people who exercise regularly is Boulder, Colorado. Some 90% of the people make exercise a regular part of their lives.
The state with the highest adult obesity rate is West Virginia with 38.1%. The state with the lowest is Colorado with 22.6%. Perhaps that's because of all that exercising.
The state with the highest number of people who own a dog is Arkansas.
Finally, where's the place with the highest concentration of happiness? According to the World Happiness Report, which measures "subjective well-being," people are happiest in Norway.
Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Norway is also the place with the highest consumption rate of pizza per capita. They enjoy 11 pies per person per year.