This one was interesting to research, because first you have to figure out what the difference is between an island and a continent. By definition, an island is a land mass completely surrounded by water, and not larger than a continent. From there you need to figure out how big a continent is. By definition, a continent is one of the main landmasses of the globe. So, that was easier than I expected. Basically an island is a land mass completely surrounded by water that is not one of the seven continents (Africa, Asia, Antarctica, Australia, North America, South America, Europe). I have found arguments that Australia is the largest island, but I disagree. I think, because it is a continent, it cannot be the largest island also. Its area is more than 3 times that of the largest island.
Now I know when I think of your typical island I think of white sand beaches, turquoise water and lots of palm trees. Well, these are not your typical islands. In fact some of the things advertised for tourists on the largest island on this list are skiing, dog sledding and staying in an igloo. Who would have thought? Some of the other islands on this list are a little more typical, but dog sledding? Anyways, I guess you will want to look at this list, so here you have it! The ten largest islands!

I hope you have enjoyed this blog, because I have certainly had a fun time researching it. But now the school year is over, so it is not really required anymore, but maybe if I feel a certain urge this summer to find out what the ten countries with the most Starbucks are maybe I will put up a few posts. Well, that is all for now. So for all of us here at the Creech Academy, have a great summer!!!




I did not think that this was going to be a very controversial subject. A country only has so many neighboring countries, right? Wrong. There were some places that said Russia had 16 country borders, but others said it had 14. Some places said Brazil has 9 and others said 10. That is because French Guinea, which borders Brazil, is technically a part of France, not its own country. Who knew this could be such a debatable issue? I decided that this was the most accurate list around, even though they are not the top ten countries. So, here you have the top eleven countries with the most neighbors.

Oh, and by the way, Congo has 9 neighbors, not 2. I have no idea where I got that from, but you will have to forgive me for that typo.
That is all for now. Kind of a short blog this time, compared to the other ones recently. I will try and have a longer one next time.



This blog was slightly more difficult to decide about than I had anticipated. There are a couple different ways to measure how many people speak a language. You can measure it by the native speakers or the native and secondary speakers. Either way you measure it you come up with these same basic countries, but they may be a little varried in order. There were also some I did not expect. I expected Chinese, English, Arabic and French, but there were some others that I did not expect like Bengali and Malay-Indonesian. I would not have guessed that they were going to be in the top ten languages.
I think it is interesting that none of the ten are African. I guess because there are so many different dialects in all the countries in Africa none of them are very widely spoken. I read on the internet that Swahili is the most widely spoken African language, spoken by about 1,616,230 people. I also thought this was an interesting observation. The figure I got for the total population of the world is 6,461,306,513, so then roughly a sixth of the world's population speaks Chinese, roughly a twelfth of the world speaks English and just over half of the world's total population speaks one of the top ten languages.
Well, I guess you are wanting to know what these ten languages are, so here this weeks list of the ten most widely spoken languages (and how to say hello in each language)!

There you go, and that's all I have got for this week. I will be blogging again next week!




I have to say this has been one of, if not the, most confusing blog. Did you know there are like 20 million ways to measure the wealth of a country? Okay, maybe I am exaggerating, but there are a lot. Even if you understand those, you have still got to figure out what all the acronyms mean. You have got your gross domestic product (GDP), GDP per capita, GDP by Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), GDP by PPP per capita, GDP nominal, GDP nominal per capita, GDP real growth rate, GDP official exchange rate, GDP official exchange rate per capita, and so on and so forth. Feel free to look around on the website where I got all of my statistics at and decide for yourself which one measures the porrest countries the most accurately. I decided on GDP by PPP per capita. That basically means the total amount of money the country produces gets changed into US Dollars so we can understand it and is expressed per 1 population. Now you will have to understand that I do not understand what the difference is between these two lists. They both say they are Gross Domestic Product by Purchasing Power Parity per capita, but the countries on the two lists are different. So I decided to just put both of them on here and you can decide between the two. Personally, I think the GDP>PPP per capita seems like it is more of the poorest countries, but I do not know which is actually more accurate. So here they are, the two lists and you can now decide which one makes more sense to you.


There you go. Make what you will of these lists. I will post again next week.




Well, maybe not really visited, but I have at least seen the airports! The first seven countries on the list I have actually stayed in for a little while. I've been to Mbarara, Uganda 3 times. Once when I was 10, once when I was 13, and once when I was 14. We visited and worked with some missionaries from our church there. Also, we have got to go to a game park twice called Queen Elizabeth National Park. All three times I went were amazing. I love Uganda. If you total them up I have been there for 37 days. Two summers ago I went to Durban, South Africa to visit some missionaries there for 17 days. That was insane, because I had no idea what South Africa was like. I will tell you this, they have the most amazing accents I have heard. May before last me and my family went to Oaxaca (Wah-ha-ka), Mexico. While we were there we visited a missionary there and attended a Spanish immersion class called Amigos del Sol. I was there for 14 days. That was an amazing experience and I really hope I get to go back to Oaxaca sometime. I also went to Saltillo, Mexico last summer with the high school group from my church. I was there for 6 days that were super fun. I think we are going back again this summer and I am stoked about it. I went to Costa Rica for 10 days as my brother's senior trip. Ah, so many memories there! Last year I went to Israel for 10 days. It was really interesting to see where Jesus actually was. It was also really fun being overseas with my friends and people from my church. On the way back home from that trip we went to Greece for 2 days. I really wish I had been more awake for those two days, but when you get a wake up call to go to the airport at 12:30 AM you can only be so awake the rest of the day. The part of that trip that I do remember was amazing. We were in Athens and...wow. Just being around things that are several thousand years old is awesome. London, I have only been there on layovers, but I have seen both Heathrow and Gatwick (unfortunately we had to switch airports on our layover.) We did get to walk around the first time we went through London. Jet lag is no fun though. This last time we went through we didn't really get to sight see much, but we did spend the night in a Hilton there. We went through the Paris airport and, to say it simply, it was not something I would want to do again. I have only been through the Brussels airport for a little while and I do not really remember that much about it. Except that they had really good chocolate on the plane. I never actually got off the plane in Kenya, but we did stop there to drop off or pick up some passengers on the way to and from Uganda one time. Well, now that I have told you all about it, here is the list of the ten countries I have (sort-of) visited.

Well, if you want the full stories from most of these countries, you can visit my other blog by clicking on the link on the side bar or by clicking on the title. There are some pictures there too. Enjoy! I will post again next week!




I am putting this blog out a little early because I will not bedoing school this Friday, considering it is Good Friday. I figured the earlier the better, so here it is.

I have not heard that much about literacy around the world. You hear about HIV/AIDS, extreme poverty, bad water, but you do not hear very much in the news about illiteracy. I found out several interesting things while researching for this blog. I found out that the UN declared from 1 January 2003 to 2012 as the Literacy Decade. You can find out more about that here. I had no idea about this. Also, since it was first celebrated in 1966, International Literacy Day is September 8. More information here. There is also a Global Action Week from April 23 to 29th, 2007. You can find out about that here. There really is so much out there about literacy probelms but it is just not where we can hear it. And if we cannot hear it we do not think it exists. We ignore it. But it is a real problem and there are tons of people trying to solve this problem. Now, so you will know who they are, here are the ten least literate countries.

One interesting observation I made is that not all of these countries are in Africa. Sure, the majority of them are, but not all. I thought that was interesting, because most of the other lists like this one are all in Africa, but this problem is bigger than just Africa. So do what you can to help this. Sign the chain, take part in Global Action Week. Let us change the world for the better.

I will have a new post up next Friday about a new topic. You will have to check back and see what it is next time. So until then, Happy Easter everyone!




This post is quite a bit different than the last one. I was not really sure what to expect with this question, but the results I got were definitely not what I was expecting. It makes sense now, after getting the information. Most of the top 45 countries with the youngest average age are in Africa and the Middle East. I figure that there are two basic conclusions you can come to with this information. Either these countries do not have birth control and so there are just a lot of kids around, or most of the population dies early, so there are more kids around. Most of the countries in this list (with the exception of the Gaza Strip, Sao Tome and Pricipe and Yemen) have a life expectancy of between 41 and 53. Compare that with the highest life expectancy of 83.51. That information makes me think that the latter is more true than the former. Also, I thought it was interesting that if you look on this map you will find that the countries with more people between the ages of 0 and 14 are mostly on and around the equator. I have no reson for this, but I thought it was quite interesting. Well, I guess it is about time for you to see the list, so here it is!

This information is from https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html and http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/peo_age_str_014_yea-age-structure-0-14-years

I am not sure if I will be posting a blog next week or not, because it is Good Friday and there is no school. I will try my best to publish one next week if it is Thursday or Friday. Well, that is all folks. Keep reading and happy blogging!




I know you have all heard the saying that no countries with McDonald's have gone to war with each other. With all these serious blogs lately I decided it was time for a fun yet interesting blog. So I went with Mickey D's. While researching this I found out tons of information. Some of it was interesing and some of it I never wanted to know in the first place. Take India for instance. Did you know that since they do not serve beef in the Indian McDonald's, the have made an all lamb burger called the Maharaja Mac? And in Israel while the Passover is going on they have kosher products? All of this was very interesting, but when I got to the picture of the McCurry Pan I decided to stop my searching there. I have to say I am not a big fan of McDonald's and I am also not a big fan of Indian food, so when you mix the two together...I think you get the picture.
Here is some useful information about McDonald's. It started in 1940 in San Bernardino, California. Now it is located in about 120 countries. This list is the ten countries with the most McDonald's. On the site that the title of this blog is linked to you can find the countries with the most McDonald's per capita and per GDP. I guess I should go ahead and give you the McList I have been talking about, so here it is!

That is it for now. I hope you have enjoyed all the wonderful pictures of international McDonald's food! I will be back next week with more information. I hope you come back to find out what will be next!




So, this week I decided to do my tenner on the ten countries with the highest and lowest percent of people infected with HIV/AIDS. I will start with the highest. I thought it was very interesting that 9 out of the top ten are the most southerly countries in Africa. All but Central African Republic are in the south. I am not sure exactly what that means, whether there are just more people in the South or if they do not have access to prevention drugs, but I thought it was interesting fact. Another thing I found is that it is not just that the population is small or anything. It varies from tiny little Swaziland to South Africa. Well, I guess you are now wondering what these countries I have been talking about are, so I will give you the list of the ten countries with the highest percent of people infected with HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate
Date of Information
Swaziland 38.80 2003 est.
Botswana 37.30 2003 est.
Lesotho 28.90 2003 est.
Zimbabwe 24.60 2001 est.
South Africa 21.50 2003 est.
Namibia 21.30 2003 est.
Zambia 16.50 2003 est.
Malawi 14.20 2003 est.
Central African Republic 13.50 2003 est.
Mozambique 12.20 2003 est.
That list was fairly predictable. I am sure most of you have heard of the AIDS epidemic in Africa lately. But a new question: what are the ten countries with the lowest percent of people infected with HIV/AIDS? This was interesting. They are all either islands or small countries in Europe or Asia. No common geographic area like with the highest percent of AIDS countries. There is no major variance in size like the previous list. They are just all small countries in the eastern part of the world. And here you have it.
HIV/AIDS - adult
prevalence rate (%)
Date of
Brunei 0.10 2003 est.
Bhutan 0.10 2001 est.
Bosnia and
0.10 2001 est.
Azerbaijan 0.10 2003 est.
Armenia 0.10 2003 est.
Qatar 0.09 2001 est.
Cape Verde 0.04 NA
Afghanistan 0.01 2001 est.
Saudi Arabia 0.01 2001 est.
Svalbard 0.00 2001
There was my research for this week. It was all quite interesting. Some of it was not quite what I expected and some was. Some information was more predictable than other information. In an earlier blog I gave some links to some organizations that may help change these lists in near future. Another interesting resource I found was this pdf file that has some data about AIDS.

I guess that will be it for now. I will not be posting a blog next week because of Spring Break, but the next Friday I should have another one up for you to read and discover new information!




Amazon River
Sorry this blog was not on time, but I was out of town and I did not have a good internet connection. Hopefully I will have the blog for Friday up this FridayMost everyone I talked to about this post could name the first four rivers in this list, but no one could name the last six. I am not sure I can even pronounce some of these. I did some research and calculations and found out that the circumference of the earth is 24,902 miles. The total length of the top ten rivers is 32832 miles. So then, you could have a continuious river all the way around the earth and about 30% more with just the ten longest rivers. I thought that was quite interesting. Well, here is the list of the top ten longest rivers in the world. I will leave the pronunciation up to you.

RankRiverLocationApproximate Length—miles
1. Nile Africa 4,180
2. Amazon South America 3,912
3. Mississippi-Missouri-Red Rock United States 3,710
4. Chang Jiang (Yangtze) China 3,602
5. Ob Russia 3,459
6. Huang Ho (Yellow) China 2,900
7. Yenisei Russia 2,800
8. Parana South America 2,795
9. Irtish Russia 2,758
10. Zaire (Congo) Congo 2,716



The reason this blog is late is because it was really hard to find information for it. I looked around everywhere on the internet and could not find what the hottest inhabited countries are. Since I could not find the hottest countries, I tried to find the hottest cities. Still, I could not find any information about it. Finally, I decided that I should just use the atlas. So then, this is the information from the DK Concise Atlas of the World. It lists the 13 hottest inhabited places, but they are only 5 different temperatures, so I decided that I should just list them all. They are in desert-like places, near the equator and, with the exception of Santa Marta Colombia, in Africa and India. I will go ahead and give you the list of the tem hottest inhabited places.

So, there you have it. The ten hottest inhabited cities according to DK's World Atals. That is all I have for now, so I will hopefully be posting on Friday about a new topic!




Sorry this blog is a little late, but I got a litle busy last Friday. Anyways, the ten most densely populated countries. I found an interesting quote by Matt Rosenberg on About.com. The quote says that "About 90% of the earth's people live on 10% of the land. Additionally, about 90% of the people live north of the equator." I thought that was very interesting. Another interesting thing that Matt Rosenberg said is that he does not think the microcountries and cities in most of the lists should be included in the list of the ten most densely populated countries. He thinks it should start with Bangladesh (number 7 in the list I have posted on here.) I included the microcountries, but I did not include the cities that some lists included since I am doing the most densely populated countries not cities. Hong Kong, Macau and Gibraltar are some of the cities that are on the list. To see all of them click on the blog title. Well, I am sure you are all very interested in seeing what the countries are, so here you have it.

Rank Country or Region Population
Area (km²) Density (Pop per km²)
1 Monaco
1.49 23,660
683 6,333
3 Vatican City
0.44 1,780
4 Malta
316 1,271
298 1,105
Bahrain 726,617
694 1,047
Bangladesh 141,822,300
143,998 985
21 649
Republic of China (Taiwan)
35,980 636
430 627

Here is another interesting tidbit I found in my searching around. It is a map of the world with countries organized by a gradient legend according to population density. I am not sure if it is totally accurate, but it at least gives a good picuture.
So then, most of the most densely populated countries are in the east and they are mostly small countries. I did not say that they were all small, because China and India are definitely not small, but most of them are small countries with a whole lot of people in them. And I mean a whole lot of people. I mean think about it, 23,660 people for every square kilometer. Compare that with the United States' 31 people for every square kilometer. That sounds pretty crowded to me. Compare even the U.S.'s 31 people per sq km with Greenland's 0.026 people per sqare kilometer. In my opinion we should spread out. Instead of having 35,253 people in 1.49 square kilometers in one part of the world and 56,916 people in 2,175,600 square kilometers we could spread out and people could have a lot more space. That just does not make sense to me. Well, those are my observations from researching this blog. I will have some more intersting information for you on Friday!




This blog was actually a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. When I picked it out I thought it would be one of those easy blogs that everyone agrees on. Boy, was I wrong. There are several disputes about which 10 lakes should be in the top ten. I will discuss those after I list the lakes. So, here they are. (Click on the table to view it larger.)
The reason I listed 11 lakes here instead of 10 is because of those disputes I mentioned earlier. The first dispute I encountered involved Lake Huron and Lake Michigan (#4 and #5). On one website I found them listed together and at the #2 slot. There was a footnote about it and said that was because they form one hydrological unit. On most of the other sites I looked at though, they were listed separately, so I listed them separately. The second dispute I encountered was with the Aral Sea and Lake Chad. They were on most of the lists I found, but after doing a little research I found out that they have been shrinking a lot in recent years, so they technically should not be on the list anymore. The Aral's shrinkage was due to the diversion of some of the rivers that supplied the Aral Sea. Lake Chad's shrinkage was due to climate change and increased demands on the lakes resources. Those were the main disputes I found between the different lists of the largest lakes. Well, that is it for now. I will post another blog next week!




This weeks reasearch was very interesting. When I first picked the topic for this week, I thought that all of the countries were most likely in Africa. Sure enough, I was right. In fact most of the bottom 30 or 35 countries with the lowest life expectancy are all in Africa. Their life expectancies range from about 32 to 52. Whereas the people in the country with the highest life expectancy, see my previous blog, are expected to live 83 years! That's more than double the life expectancy for any of the bottom ten coutries. Also, I found that the average life expectancy of the world is 68.1 years. The three countries with the lowest life expectancy are expected to live to almost half that. Wow. This blog was eye-opening. I guess I will go ahead and give you the list of the ten countries with the lowest life expectancy. Drumroll please...

  1. Swaziland-32.62
  2. Botswana-33.74
  3. Lesotho-34.40
  4. Angola-38.62
  5. Zimbabwe-39.29
  6. Liberia-39.65
  7. Mozambique-39.82
  8. Zambia-40.03
  9. Sierra leone-40.22
  10. Malawi-41.70
I thought I would give some applications to this blog instead of leaving you hanging on a minor chord. I read somewhere that one of the main causes for the low life expectancies in all of Africa is HIV/AIDS. There are some simple ways you can help Africa. Maybe even raise these countries life expectancies! Here is a list of few organizations I know of, and I am sure there are tons more out there. The ONE Campaign, Blood:Water mission, DATA, Project (RED), Heifer International, and Keep A Child Alive. There are plenty more links on The ONE Campaigns website. So, that is my conclusion for this week. I will be posting again soon, so check back for some more interesting information!




This blog was not exactly full of new information. Other than not knowing how to pronounce the names of these mountains I basically knew about these. They are all in Asia and they are all over 8,000 meters high. That is really tall, considering that the first mountain on this list that is in the western hemisphere is around number 68 on the list, in the Andes and a good 2,000 meters shorter than the top ten. The tallest mountain in the United States is even farther down the list than the tallest in the western hemisphere. It is Mt. McKinley in Alaska and it is several hundred meters shorter than the tallest mountains in the Andes. So basically, our mountains are dwarfs compared to the mountains in Asia. That is what I discovered from researching this blog. So without further adue, here is the list of the top ten tallest mountains in the world (and the pronuciation is all up to you.)

Mountain peak Range Location Height
Everest1 Himalayas Nepal/Tibet 29,0358,850
K2 (Godwin Austen) Karakoram Pakistan/China 28,2508,611
Kanchenjunga Himalayas India/Nepal28,1698,586
Lhotse IHimalayas Nepal/Tibet 27,9408,516
Makalu IHimalayas Nepal/Tibet27,7668,463
Cho OyuHimalayasNepal/Tibet26,9068,201
Dhaulagiri Himalayas Nepal 26,7958,167
Manaslu IHimalayas Nepal 26,7818,163
Nanga Parbat Himalayas Pakistan26,6608,125
Annapurna Himalayas Nepal 26,5458,091

Well, that is it for now and I'll post again on Friday with a new tenner you will just have to come back to find out about!




This one was not as difficult as some of the other ones, but I did have to change the title slightly. Originally I had used the title "Ten countries with the oldest average age," but I decided that "Ten countries with the highest life expectancy" is a more commonly used phrase, so it would be easier to find that on a search engine. Before I started research on this blog I guessed that there would not be any African or Central or Southern American countries on this list, because they don't have very good medical care in a lot of those areas, so I would think that people would not live as long as other places, such as Europe, where there is bettter medical care and such. One thing that did surprise me on this list was that the United States was not on here. As I looked down the list I found out that the U.S. was number 46 with a life expectancy of 77.85. That surprised me. Also, something you should note: These are actually the top 14 countries, because they had cities and provinces listed on their list. If you would like to know what they were, Macau was number two with a life expectacy of 82.19, Hong Kong was fifth with a life expectancy of 81.59, Guernsey was tenth with a life expectancy of 80.42, and the Cayman Islands was thirteenth with a life expectancy of 80.07. So, without further adue, here is the list of the ten countries with the highest life expectancy!

1. Andorra- 83.51
2. San Marino- 81.71
3. Singapore- 81.71
4. Japan- 81.25
5. Sweden- 80.51
6. Switzerland-80.51
7. Australia- 80.50
8. Iceland- 80.31
9. Canada- 80.22
10. Italy- 79.81

And that is all for now. I will post a new blog this Friday, so you will have to come back and see what the title is then!




This blog did not take nearly as much time and effort to research as the other blogs I have posted so far. Everyone pretty much agrees on what the largest countries are, whereas not everyone agrees that Damascus is the oldest city and that Acoma, New Mexico is the oldest city in North America. These are based on the area of the country, not the population of the country, that will be a later post. So here you have it, the ten largest countries!

  1. Russia - 6,592,768.87 sq miles
  2. Canada - 3,851,807.61 sq miles
  3. United States of America- 3,717,811.29 sq miles
  4. China - 3,705,405.45 sq miles
  5. Brazil - 3,286,486.71 sq miles
  6. Australia - 2,967,908.16 sq miles
  7. India - 1,269,345.07 sq miles
  8. Argentina - 1,068,301.76 sq miles
  9. Kazakhstan - 1,049,154.96 sq miles
  10. Sudan - 967,498.25 sq miles
I thought it was interesting that there was a country from each of the continents except Antartica in this list. You have Russia from Europe, Kazakhstan, India, and China from Asia, Canada and the United States of America from North America, Brazil and Argentina from South America, Sudan from Africa and Australia from...well, Australia. Anyways, I just thought that was an interesting little observation. That is it for now, I will post again next Friday!




After a lot of research I found this website that has free statistics. If you click on the title of this blog it will take you to the page that I got the information for this blog off of. So here are my findings from that page. Since I was already there I decided to not only get what the top ten countries with the most mobile phones per capita, but to also find out what the ten countries with the least phones per capita. I have to say, I would not have picked any of these to be on the top ten list of the most phones per capita. I could have guessed some of the other list, because most of them are in Africa. I thought it was interesting that China was not in the top ten countries, although it has the most total mobile phones, because it is so large. Although China was not in the top ten, if I had included them, Hong Kong and Macao would have been. They are listed on the site, but I decided to only use countries. Well, you've been waiting for whole holiday season, so here goes.


  1. Luxembourg-154.83%
  2. Lithuania-127.10%
  3. Italy-124.28%
  4. Czech Republic-115.22%
  5. Israel-112.42%
  6. Portugal-109.09%
  7. Estonia-108.75%
  8. Singapore-103.41%
  9. Iceland-103.40%
  10. Bahrain-103.03%
  1. Papua New Guinea-0.44%
  2. Ethiopia-0.53%
  3. Kiribati-0.72%
  4. Eritrea-0.92%
  5. Nepal-0.92%
  6. Turkmenistan-1.01%
  7. Marshall Islands-1.13%
  8. Cuba-1.19%
  9. Solomon Islands-1.26%
  10. Central African Republic-1.53%
The countries that are italicized are estimates or refer to years other than those specified.
Also, some thing to note, this is as of 2005, not 2006.

Well, there you have it! The top ten countries with the most mobile phones per capita and the least mobile phones per capita. I hope to have a new post up on Friday about some more tenners. Adios amigos!