Real fact number : 188
Fact: Antarctica is the driest, coldest, windiest, and highest continent on Earth.



Coldest Temp:
-129°F (-89°C) on July 21, 1983
Location: Vostok Station
Warmest Temp:
+59°F (+15°C) on Jan 5, 1974
Location: Vanda Station
Mean Temps:
Winter: -40 to -94°F (-40 to -70°C)
Summer: -5 to -31°F (-15 to -35°C)

Antarctica is the highest continent in the world, with an average height of 2,400 m above sea level – compare this with Australia’s average of 340 m. However in some places, the weight of Antarctica’s ice sheet has pushed the bedrock 2500 m below sea level.
- South Pole Weather Almanac -
- Historical Wx Data by Station -
Why is Antarctica so Cold?
Several factors combine to making Antarctica one of the coldest and least hospitable places on the Earth:

Unlike the Arctic region, Antarctica is a continent surrounded by an ocean which means that interior areas do not benefit from the moderating influence of water.
With 98% of its area covered with snow and ice, the Antarctic continent reflects most of the sun's light rather than absorbing it.
The extreme dryness of the air causes any heat that is radiated back into the atmosphere to be lost instead of being absorbed by the water vapor in the atmosphere.
During the winter, the size of Antarctica doubles as the surrounding sea water freezes, effectively blocking heat transfer from the warmer surrounding ocean.
Antarctica has a higher average elevation than any other continent on Earth which results in even colder temperatures.
Weather observations in Antarctica have been recorded only for the last 150 years. Detailed climatic monitoring began in the late 1950's. Most Antarctic stations today are equipped with sophisticated weather monitoring technology and are manned by professional meteorologists who perform observations around the clock. Automated stations and remote sensing equipment provide a wealth of previously unattainable data and help to paint a more accurate picture of Antarctic weather continent-wide. Satellite measurements and photographs of the continent continue to reveal valuable information concerning cloud cover, storm movement, ice formation and distribution patterns, and a variety of other environmental characteristics. The website is called… [http://www.antarcticconnection.com/antarctic/weather/index.shtml]

This site is reliable because it specializes in weather.

Real fact number : 388
Fact: The first person in the US arressted for speeding was a NYC cab driver.


This is true

Jacob German, operator of a taxicab for the Electric Vehicle Company, became the first driver in the US to be arrested for speeding when he was stopped by Bicycle Roundsman Schueller for driving at the "breakneck" speed of 12mph on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. German was booked and held in jail at the East Twenty-second Street station house. He was, of course, not made to hand over his licence and registration, as neither item was required until two years later in the State of New York.

This is a reliable site because it specializes in car related history including taxi's.

This is what the website is called… [http://www.radar-detectors.co.uk/news_first_speeding_arrest_anniversary.asp]

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