Why the Nile is the World’s Longest River (And Why It Isn’t)

The Amazon is the world largest river; of that there is no doubt.  One-fifth of the world’s entire freshwater flow is contained within the Amazon Basin.  By most accounts, however, it is not the longest.  That honour belongs to the Nile, at a generally accepted length of 6 650 km (4 152 mi) as compared…

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Same Name, Other Side of the Border (Part II: South America)

We continue with Part II of our multi-part look at places around the world where a regional name at-large is used on both opposing sides of the border in the official names of administrative divisions.   Part I (North America) can be found here. Misiones (Argentina/Paraguay) View Larger Map While not directly on opposite sides of…

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The Failure of Fordlândia

At his peak, Henry Ford was nearly unstoppable. His pioneering of mass-production product assembly (automobiles, of course, in his case) integrated with his own personal theories about peace via consumerism (the employment of workers to perform specialised tasks in the process of producing mass goods while paying wages high enough for workers to purchase the…

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