Fun Facts

Betel Nut

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Blog, Fun Facts | Comments Off on Betel Nut

Betel Nut

You would think a trail of small red splashes on the ground would be clues leading an injured person.  In Papua New Guinea however it is likely Betel nut spit. Betel nut, lye, and a leaf or green mustard stick.  When these are combined in the mouth it creates a chemical reaction turning the concoction bright red.  The result of chewing it is a mild stimulant that does the following:  Suppresses hunger, heightens awareness, and calms nervousness.  It sounds very similar to tobacco usage in the USA. Image by:  pierre...

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Population Information

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Blog, Fun Facts | Comments Off on Population Information

Population Information

The total population in Papua New Guinea is 6,431,902 based on the CIA world factbook.  Below are some of the major cities in Papua New Guinea and their populations taken from 2000 – 2013. Papua New Guinea – 6,431,902Port Moresby – 314,000Lea – 120,000Arawa – 36,443Mount Hagen – 27,782Madang – 30,000Wewak – 25,143Goroka – 25,000Kokopo – 20,262Popondetta – 19,556Mendi – 17,119 Photo taken by Janelle Zeller...

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Surrounding Islands

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Blog, Fun Facts | Comments Off on Surrounding Islands

Surrounding Islands

There are several islands that surround Papua New Guinea:  New Britain, The Solomon Islands, Papua, and The Marshall Islands.  Below is a quick explanation of each of these islands. New Britain Population: 513,926  Currency:  Kina William Dampier became the first known European to visit New Britain on 27 February 1700: he dubbed the island with the Latin name Nova Britannia. The Solomon Islands Population in 2009:  523,000 Currency:  Solomon islands dollar (SBD) In 1568, the Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña was the first European to visit them, naming them the Islas Salomón. Papua...

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Currency in Papua New Guinea

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Blog, Fun Facts | Comments Off on Currency in Papua New Guinea

Currency in Papua New Guinea

The currency of Papua New Guinea is Kina (keena) and toea (toya).  Toea and 1 Kina are found in coins, while designations large than 1Kina are in notes (bills). The current exchange rate is always changing but it can be found on Google as seen below.  1 Kina has a current exchange of $.44 cents in USD, or $.44 cents in USD has an exchange rate of 1 Kina in PNG. Kina photo by: Curtis Gregory...

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Where in the world?

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Blog, Fun Facts | Comments Off on Where in the world?

Where in the world?

Where is the mysterious land of Papua New Guinea?  This is a common question that people have when we tell them that we are going to PNG as missionaries.  Papua New Guinea is just above the NE corner of Australia. Some fun facts about the distance to Papua New Guinea: Distance from Gilbert, AZ to Madang:  7141miles That’s 172,373,233 toothpicks lengthwise Or…  37,704,480 pieces of spagetti lengthwise Or…  13,001,544 steps if you were able to walk Or…  4,713,330 standard 8ft 2×4’s lengthwise Or…  2,231,034 Honda Odysseys So, the next time a person asks...

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Flying foxes of PNG

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Blog, Fun Facts | Comments Off on Flying foxes of PNG

Flying foxes of PNG

All over Papua New Guinea there are flying foxes.  These flying critters can have a wingspan of up to 4 feet and greater.  Thankfully their diet is not the blood of the locals as they are fruit bats!  Swarms of these bats can be seen daily:  Hanging upside down in trees, flying, and roosting as a group.  There are so many that roost at certain times during the day, it causes planes to be grounded from flying. More fun facts can be found at Wikipedia Photo by:  By Tarique...

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