Few people will think of chocolate when they hear Theobroma Cacao. Yet, this is the tree that produces seeds for the production of one of the most popular flavours in the world: chocolate. The cocoa tree grows within 20° south and 20° north of the equator. So what are the most important cocoa producing countries?
Agriculture is as old as mankind. There is evidence of the cultivation of figs in the Jordan Valley 11,000 years ago. During the same period the Chinese started to cultivate rice. Nowadays, agriculture is characterized by increased productivity, the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. It’s also the era of the largest seed companies of the world!
The current world population will increase by 1 billion in the next 12 years, according to a study conducted by the United Nations. A total of a projected 8,2 billion people will inhabit the world by 2025. The majority of the world population will live in a city. So what are the fastest growing cities?
Cotton is the most widely used natural fiber in clothing today. It’s been cultivated in both the Old and the New World for thousands of years. Mexico, India, Pakistan (Indus Valley Civilization), China all were and still are notable cotton producing countries.
Clay, wood, stone, metal and nowadays plastics are all used by artists to create fascinating sculptures. Many ancient sculptures that survived time are now offering a rich insight in the religious and political life of the Greek, Roman, Indian and Chinese civilizations, as well as others. Some of these creations belong to the most expensive sculptures.
Modern cities that thrive economically well are all confronted with a big problem: limited space. That’s why the prices of the available land to build on rise and rise. In order to use the space as efficient as possible, skyscrapers are built. So how many skyscrapers can you spot in the following cities? Here’s a top 10 cities by number of skyscrapers.
Water. We can’t do without it. It covers more than 70% of the Earth’s surface. The human body contains from 55% to 78% water. It’s suggested to drink around 6 glasses of water a day, around 2 liters. But water is also an important generator of energy. So what are the largest water reservoirs by volume?
Scotch. Pure, on the rocks or mixed with soda. Scotch whisky brands are famous over the world and are stored on the shelves of almost any bar in the world. We’ve all probably had our share of whisky, but what are the biggest brands in terms of cases?
Despite the world’s biggest fraud in sports, the Tour de France remains one of the most epic sport events of the year. Many riders are trying to reach Paris in the hope that they can finish in the yellow jersey. Typically the oldest riders won’t win le Grande Boucle, but experience is of high importance during this sports classic.
Nothing is more relaxing than driving around for fun. Just a bit of cruising through some beautiful places surrounded by spectacular landmarks. In many countries though this kind of relaxing may be bad for your wallet. As the global demand for oil rises, the prices at the pump are increasing as well. Check these countries by gasoline prices!
There are hundreds of types of cheese in a wide range of flavors, textures and forms. Many countries have their own cheese traditions. Sometimes the process of producing cheese is even protected by local laws. The French Roquefort cheese marked the beginning of this type of agricultural legislation. The French indeed love their cheeses and are amongst the highest when it comes to cheese consumption.
New York City probably is the most inspirational place for many artists from all over the world. Artists varying from Frank Sinatra, Leonard Cohen, John Coltrane to the more recent Alicia Keys sang the Big Apple’s praise. Out of the more than a thousand songs about New York City we’ve selected ten songs.
Last week the Russian President Putin announced that his marriage with Lyudmilla is over. The couple had been married for 30 years. “Vladimir Vladimirovich is completely drowned in work,” Lyudmila said to a reporter. Russia belongs to the countries with the highest divorce rates, but what are the others?
The following billionaires have so much money that they don’t even have the time to spend it. They belong to the richest people on the planet. And they have one thing in common. They are the richest women in the world.
At the moment many professional tennis players are trying to win the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France. This is the most important clay court tennis tournament of the year and one of the four Grand Slam events. Typically, the players with the fastest serves in tennis don’t make a chance on this relatively slow-playing surface. They’ll try it anyway…
Coal is the world’s largest source of energy for the production of electricity. It’s also relatively cheap. It accounts for 40% of the generation of electricity in the United States. Coal is also the largest source of carbon dioxide release. Many (growing) economies rely on the countries that produce coal. So here’s a top 10 countries by coal production!
The state of Utah has a lot to offer when it comes to the most impressive rock formations on earth. They can be seen in Utah’s National Parks, such as Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, the north rim of the Grand Canyon and Arches National Parks. Arches National Park is home to some of the world’s longest natural arches.
The subway or underground is the most efficient way of public transport. It has a high capacity and a high frequency of service. Passengers normally don’t have to wait more than 10 minutes to catch a train during daytime service. There are 188 metro systems in the world. Here’s a top 10 largest metro systems.
Research and development is an essential element in the modern economy. Companies are always searching for solutions to future problems to stay ahead of the competition. In order to protect their inventions or ideas companies or single persons can apply for a patent. The following list shows companies by granted patents.
Writing a book can be a hell of a job. You’ve got to come up with a fascinating plot or a nice piece of relevant scientific research. And once it’s finished, you don’t have a clue if your hours, days, months or even years of tough labour will pay out. That’s where the publisher comes in. The largest publishing companies publish thousands of titles on an annual basis.
Fish and chips, French fries with a hamburger, hash browns, gnocchi and even alcoholic beverages such as vodka all have one thing in common: the potato. It is estimated that the average world citizen consumes about 33 kilograms of it on an annual basis. So what are the most important potato producing countries?
The most popular sport in the world is soccer. Billions of people worldwide watch the game of their favorite club on TV, in the stadium or, increasingly popular, on a live stream. Soccer today is a globalized industry with fans all over the world. The most popular soccer clubs are all well represented on Facebook and Twitter.
If you don’t like crowds, then you might like to take a look at this list of least densely populated countries. If you consider emigrating to one of those countries you’ve got to be prepared to live your life in harsh conditions. Be it a steamy jungle, a dry desert or a freezing cold ice plain. The good thing is that your next door neighbors live miles away.
People die every day while doing their job. Either by accident, negligence, poor maintenance or incompetence. And sometimes things go terribly wrong, resulting in the immediate loss of many lives at a time. These events are often caused by explosions, collapse or flooding. In this list we examine the deadliest industrial disasters on record.
Many countries have decided to shut down their nuclear power stations since the recent nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. Others, like China and South Korea, still rely on the advantages of nuclear power. The power stations that are currently under construction however will not enter the next top 10 list regarding their proposed capacity.