Hey all, I've been reading the CIA (!) "The World Factbook" online for the past hour or so. There's so much interesting stuff in there: Almost every entry for Iraq is: "...in transition following April 2003 defeat of SADDAM Husayn regime by US-led coalition" The Falkland islands celebrate Liberation Day as a national holiday on the 14th June. China's population is 1,284,303,705 (July 2002 est.) and their independence day is listed as 221 BC The US does not recognise anyone's claims to Antartica (and quite rightly too!) Israel is listed as gaining independence from the League of Nations! Swedish Embassy in P'yongyang represents the US as consular protecting power in North Korea. Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a Communist as its president in 2001. In 2001 the Falkland Islands had 30,000 visitors! Anyway, I'm sure you're all bored to death by now, I just found all the stuff fascinating.