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Twelve Fascinating Facts about Chicago from the 2014 World Almanac

WA_Cover_3D.jpgBuilding Most Likely to Have a Napoleon Complex: 200 South Wacker Drive, listed as the shortest tall building in Chicago.

Demographic Ventra Customer Service Representatives Belong To: The 2% of American Internet users that never check their email.

Fact that Will Make Both Republicans and Democrats Collapse into Hysterical Laughter: Rahm Emanuel is, technically, nonpartisan.

Amount of Days Chicago Had That Not-So-Fresh-Feeling: 10. That's the number of days it failed to meet acceptable air-quality standards.

My WHAT-THE-F-IS-WRONG-WITH-THIS-CITY Moment: Chicago has no available data on the crime rate for forcible rape.

Follow-up Question: What is forcible rape? How is it different from, you know, rape?

The Impossibility of Ever Walking from Chicago to My Hometown: 3,775 miles separate my hometown of Lima, Peru from Chicago.

People Who Might Be Able To Run from Chicago to My Hometown: Dennis Kimetto and Rita Jeptoo who completed the Chicago marathon at 2:03:45 and 2:59:57, respectively.

The Exact Number of Passengers Being Absolutely Miserable at O'Hare: 66, 633, 503. That's the amount of people that went through the major airport in one year.

Reason Why the Fried Chicken Craze Will Not Go Away: 4. 65 million chickens live in the great State of Illinois. That's 4.65 million opportunities for some crispy, deep-fried goodness.

You Can Watch an Entire Episode of Parks & Recreation During Your Commute: You're spending an average of 33.7 minutes getting to work. Make sure Netflix is fired up.

Chicago's Mean Temperature for December is Just Plain Mean: No one should have to endure 28 °F weather.

Actual Windy City: Yeah, yeah, I know that Chicago's nickname has less to do with our bitter, cold winds and more to do with our bitter, cold politicians. In any case, Mount Washington, NH should think of stealing our moniker. Their average wind speed is 35. 1 mph compared to Chicago's 10.3

Want to win every trivia night in the city? The 2014 World Almanac and Book of Facts 2014 can help you achieve that goal. The current editions include a voter guide, memorable Winter Olympic moments, offbeat news stories, the year in pictures, and much more. It's available now both in print and as an eBook.

Image courtesy of The World Almanac website

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