Under Water Counts!

Measured from base to peak (most of which is under water), Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii is over 33,480 feet tall, making it the tallest mountain on Earth – taller than Mount Everest in Nepal and China.  Mauna Kea is now considered dormant (scientists believe it last erupted 6,000 to 4,000 years ago).

Jumping Jupiter

While Venus is the slowest planet in rotation, Jupiter, one of the largest planets in our solar system, is the fastest spinning planet, rotating on average once in just under 10 hours.

Faster Than a Speeding Planet

Venus, shown above, is the slowest rotating planet of all the major planets in our solar system – it rotates once every 243 days. But which planet spins the fastest?

Yes, You Can Hear Thunder Twice

Sound travels faster in water and if you are submerged during a storm and hear thunder, you can pop your head out of the water and actually hear the thunder twice.

But then you shouldn’t really be out in the water during a thunderstorm, should you?

What’s in a Name? Ask Anton Florian

It was on January 23, 1718, after purchasing the land,  Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, decreed Vaduz and Schellenberg united and elevated the new territory to Fürstentum (principality) with the name “Liechtenstein” in honor of Anton Florian of Liechtenstein.  Liechtenstein became a sovereign member state of the Holy Roman Empire, although not a single Prince of Liechtenstein never went to visit their principality until almost 100 years after its formation.