Thursday, March 06, 2008

Just odd things

The Sovereign Military Order of Malta or Knights of Malta is a Catholic order based in Rome. Although the Order has no territory, it has diplomatic relations (exchanges ambassadors) with 99 countries and has official relations with five others. About 50 countries accept its stamps as legitimate postage.

Pittsburgh is farther west than the westernmost point in South America.

You can drive to France from the U.S., but you have to go through Canada. Two islands -- Saint-Pierre and Miquelon -- off the coast of Newfoundland are part of France. (Okay, they're islands, so the last leg of your trip would be by ferry.) The official currency is the Euro and the islands are part of the European Union. U.S. citizens need their passports (and a visa if they plan to stay more than 30 days.) Electrical outlets are 220 Volts, 50 Hz and the physical sockets are Standard French, so you'll need adapters.

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