Stuff You Never Knew You Wanted to Know about Israel

biking in israelIn response to our recent contest, Mimi asked us how long it would take to bike from the North of Israel to the South – tip to tip.

Here’s an answer to her question, as well as some other random facts about Israel you never even knew you wanted to know!

  1. The distance from Metula (the northernmost tip of Israel) to Eilat (the southernmost point) is just under 300 miles! Some bikers traverse it over three days by biking about 100 miles a day. Others only stop for food (or to use the facilities) but don’t make overnight stops, and they complete the trip in about 26 hours or so. (And to think … I can barely make it from my car to the office, some days!)
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Snow Turns Jerusalem Upside Down

Snowman upside down“Excuse me, sir! Can you join the picture?”

My husband was walking down Rechov Yechezkel, bundled up against the snow, when he was asked by a photographer to join a couple of other students for a picture to be featured in some Polish newspaper the next day. The big story? Snow in Jerusalem!

Coming from Detroit, the six inches of snow on the ground meant nothing to my husband, but in Jerusalem in the winter of ’08, this snowstorm was front-page news. The whole city was shut down due to the falling snowflakes, and very few ventured outdoors until the snow stopped descending. Buses were not running and stores were closed, as the city struggled to deal with this unusual weather.

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Why do Jews Win So Many Nobel Prizes?

nobel medalThe Nobel prizes of 2013 have been awarded, the committee members have gone home, and here at GoInspire we’re trying to solve a mystery:

Why are so many Nobel Laureates Jewish?

The recipients of this year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry are Arieh Warshel, Michael Levitt, and Martin Karplus. They won the prize for “the development of multi-scale models for complex chemical systems”. The part that is most interesting to us is that all three of them are Jewish, and Warshel and Levitt hold Israeli citizenship.

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15 Things You Never Knew About Israel

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  • Israel is the only country that ever revived an unspoken language and established it as its national tongue.
  • You may know that the Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth. But did you know that is that it is 850 feet lower than the next lowest place, which is Lake Assal, in Djibouti, Africa? That’s about 2.5 times as long as a typical American football stadium!
  • With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and startups, Israel boasts the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world, outside of Silicon Valley.

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