Here are some interesting facts about the USA from Encyclopaedia Britannica
Ask If your partner knows them. Ask polite questions. If he or she doesn’t know, tell him or her the answer.
Student 1: Do you know how the Mississippi is called in the USA?
Student 2:........... And do you know how large Montana is?
Montana is the fourth largest state in area, but in population density (плотность) it ranks 48th. It is situated on the Canadian border, in the northern mountain region of the western United States. The state was once called the ‘icebox of the nation’, before Alaska took away that distinction (особенность). The lowest temperature ever recorded in the USA (except Alaska) was -57°C at Rogers Pass, Montana, in January 1954.
The Mississippi River in the United States is called ‘the father of waters’. The name Mississippi (‘father of waters’ and ‘the big river’) comes from the Indian tribes that lived along the famous river. The Mississippi with its two main tributaries (приток), the Missouri and Ohio Rivers touches all or part of 31 states, as well as 2 Canadian provinces.