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Globetrotting

News and notes from around the world

ILLUSTRATION BY GAVIN POTENZA

THE WORLD AT A GLANCE: SUPERLATIVES

CALIFORNIA
Biggest chocolate sculpture (a 10-foot-high model of Mexico’s Kukulkan pyramid)

SCANDINAVIA
World’s highest per-capita consumption of coffee, annual average for 2000-2010
(Finland, 26 lb.; Norway, 21 lb.; Denmark, 19 lb.; Sweden, 18 lb.)

IVORY COAST
African country with most soccer players in English Premier League (eight, in 2011-2012)

JAPAN
Most Michelin three-star restaurants (32, seven more than second-place France)

BOLIVIA
Highest capital city (La Paz, at roughly 12,000 feet above sea level; the city’s tallest building is Banco Central de Bolivia, at 351 feet)

SCOTLAND
Fastest car … possibly (the jet-powered Bloodhound, which aims to reach 1,000 mph next year, overtaking the previous land-speed record of 763 mph)

CHINA
Most chopsticks produced per year (45 billion, or 34 pairs for every citizen)

NEW ZEALAND
More dairy cows than people (5.8 million cows to 4.3 million humans)

ENGLAND
Home to five of the 10 most expensive guitars ever sold at auction (four once owned by Eric Clapton and one by George Harrison, with a combined value of $3.6 million)

INDONESIA
Largest archipelagic state (17,504 islands, about 6,000 of which are inhabited)

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