Sometimes a refreshing rain at the end of a warm day is an absolute blessing. It clears the air, it’s bringing life to nature. Most people however don’t like rain at all. They should definitely avoid the world’s rainiest places and take a look at the sunniest places instead.
Hydropower is the most widely used form of renewable energy. It soon accounts for approximately 20% of global electricity generation and it is expected to grow to 40% in the next 25 years. Hydropower is a flexible source of energy. It’s cost efficient and sustainable as power plants can easily function for more than 50 years.
Today, the 99th edition of Liège–Bastogne–Liège is on the menu of many professional cyclists. It’s the final spring classic of the season and it’s presumably a prey for a climber. All classic cycle races take place in western Europe and have a rich history filled with tragedies and heroic acts. Out of the limited number of classic cycle races, some are regarded as ‘monumental’. In the following top 10 list, they have a nickname.
Have you ever heard of Wuliangye? We didn’t, until we’ve found out that it is one of the most valuable spirit brands in the world. It’s one of the best selling alcoholic beverages in China. In terms of brand value Wuliangye scores better than Cognac producer Remy Martin, the Mexican tequila supplier José Cuervo or even the Swedish wodka hit Absolut.
The first writings were clay tablets dating back to 2600 BC in Sumer. It was here that mankind left the prehistoric times and entered history. The first library of importance was the Great Library in Alexandria, founded by Ptolemy. The size of its collection is unknown, but some historians claim the number is close to 500,000 items. Not close to the number of items stored in the largest libraries in the world today!
Millions of people around the world play soccer. The vast majority of these players plays just for fun, as an amateur. Just a few soccer players actually get paid to play one of the most popular sports. Of all the paid soccer players the top players easily can scrape millions by kicking a ball in front of an audience, making them the richest soccer players of all time.
Being able to fly has always been one of the big dreams of mankind. In Greek mythology Icarus was the perfect example of hubris when he to escape from Crete by means of wings from feathers and wax. He fall in to the sea and drowned. The first successful manned flight took place by hot-air balloon in the 18th century. The Zeppelin became the world’s first airline, but doesn’t belong to the top 10 most produced aircraft that’s still being made.
According to some estimations the total number of cars in the world exceeds one billion. Mainly because of the fast economic growth in China and India. And although local car manufacturers like Tata (India) or Dongfeng (China) increase production to satisfy domestic needs, there’s still a hunger for the mainstream car brands. These brands belong to the largest car companies in the world.
The earliest airports were grassy fields allowing aircrafts to approach at any angle. It was Wilbur Wright (one of the brothers) who established College Park Airport in Maryland in 1909. Today, billions of people around the world take the plane to travel. It’s only a matter of time for the world’s busiest airports to break the barrier of 100 million passengers per year.
Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages worldwide. It is estimated that 68% of the American coffee drinkers have a cup within the first hour of waking up. The caffeine in coffee acts as a stimulant drug. In some countries people need a lot of coffee to start the day. The coffee consumption there is the highest in the world.
China has a poor record when it comes to mining safety. A gas explosion in a coal mine in China recently killed 28 people. This accident doesn’t come near the worst mining disasters ever, but it is one of many mining accidents that take place in China. Official numbers are lacking, but it is estimated that thousands of mineworkers worldwide die in mining accidents each year. Approximately 80 percent of the casualties is Chinese.
It’s almost Easter. Since its origins Easter is a time of celebrating and feasting in the Christian world. Many countries around the world have their own Easter customs, such as the lighting of great bonfires (Cyprus, Greece, Germany) or even spanking or whipping (Czech Republic). One of the most notable traditions however has to do with eggs, like decorating eggs or egg hunting. Easter obviously boosts egg consumption worldwide.
Lithium. This silver-white metal belongs to the least dense solid elements. It’s highly reactive and flammable. Lithium and its compounds have a number of industrial applications, including glass and ceramics and, increasingly popular, lithium-ion batteries. For the latter reason, lithium is often referred to as ‘the next commodity’. So it’s relevant to know which countries have a rich lithium supply.
The classical guitar is also known as the Spanish guitar. And indeed, Spain is guitar crazy. Imagine a warm summer evening somewhere in an Andalucian village or town. You’re enjoying the easiness of a Spanish evening, sipping wine from the glass, eating olives, manchego and jamon. A young guy is practicing the sounds of some famous Spanish guitar players on his guitar. Time stops. Peace and joy starts. This is the intense sound of Spain.
English is the lingua franca of the modern era. It is by far the language spoken by most people with an estimated 1.8 billion users worldwide. It is the official language of the United Nations and many other international organizations. Moreover, English is the standard for aeronautical and maritime communications. English proficiency therefore is a key component of economic well-being.
It takes understanding of psychology, probability and game theory. It takes a bluff. Total control of your nerves. Sunglasses, even after dark. The game of poker has gained a lot of popularity since it is possible to play poker online. Moreover the game became a spectator sport thanks to the introduction of hole-card cameras. Many of the biggest cash prize winners in poker started online with a buy in of a few dollars.
The University of Bologna (Italy) is widely regarded as the oldest university in the world. It was founded in 1088 and now, almost 1,000 years later, around 100,000 students are studying one or more courses in its 23 faculties, making it one of the largest universities in Europe.
Yesterday, we’ve talked about steel. Today, we highlight another crucial resource in the modern economy. Crude oil or petroleum. Often disputed because of its carbon footprint, but an absolute necessity in our current lives. The keyboard you’re using has its origin in crude oil. Gasoline, kerosin, diesel, lubricants, asphalts are also made of petroleum. The world’s largest oil companies are working 24 hours a day to satisfy our needs.
Steel is everywhere. The car you’re driving often has a body of steel, the building you’re working in contains reinforcing bars, the knife you use to cut meat, the world’s longest bridges, wrist watches, surgical equipment, domestic appliances, bolts, nails and so on. Steel plays a vital part in our lives. Economies heavily depend on steel as the steel industry is often considered an indicator of economic progress. So which countries are ranked high on steel production?
Shopping is one of the most popular pastimes worldwide. It’s also a very efficient way to spend as much money as you can in the shortest period of time. At least if you don’t like to spend your time on traveling between stores. That’s why some brilliant minds in the 1920’s have come up with the idea of a car friendly shopping mall.
Africa is the second largest continent in the world stretching from the Mediterranean Sea in the north to Cape Town in the south. It covers around 20 percent of the total land area of the world. The continent gave birth to the human race (Homo Sapiens) approximately 200,000 years ago. And although the total population of Africa now exceeds one billion people, this fascinating continent is also home of some of the largest national parks in the world.
It’s the time of the year that people start to make plans for their holiday. What will it be this year? Having some drinking fun in Cancun? Visiting le Louvre in Paris staying in some old hotel in Quartier Latin? Smoking weed in Amsterdam? Losing your wallet to a pickpocket on Barcelona’s Ramblas? Visiting South Africa to spot some wildlife? Of course there are many more popular tourist destinations.
Yesterday, by winning the Cadillac Classic in Doral, Florida, Tiger Woods dominantly showed that he’s still in the race of becoming one of the world’s most successful golf players ever. In order to grant this unofficial title he needs to win six more PGA tournaments. If he wins the next tournament at Bay Hill, Orlando, he can return to number 1 on the Tour.
On a grey and rainy morning like this, one could easily long for the sunniest places on earth. The sun plays an important role in the lives of many. As a matter of fact, the existence of life on Earth is fueled by light from the sun. The combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide and water enables plants to produce sugars, a process called photosynthesis.