Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas, Christmas Island!

Christmas Island as viewed from space. Can you tell which way the wind is blowing?

A place where it's Christmas all year... heh heh. This tiny island is a territory of Australia and has about 1400 people living on its jungle-covered land, which is about 12 miles at longest dimension. Weird little items:

Principle export is Phosphate from guano. Ew.

Japanese troops briefly occupied the island during WW2.

The island was named by Captain William Mynors of the Royal Mary when he sailed past it on Christmas Day, 1643.

When the island was finally visited in 1688, it was found to be uninhabited.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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