The CIA World Factbook http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook
Has facts about most countries, including government, economy, population, embassies, industries, literacy rate ... even the number of televisions.
State Dept. Background
The U.S. State Department has lots of country information under Background Notes.
Looking for the flag of Benin? The currency of Yemen? Check out this site.
Distance calculator http://www.indo.com/distance
It's a Web site in Bali, but this distance finder is legit. Calculates the distances between U.S. cities and many foreign ones in a twinkling. Also provides a map, driving directions, longitude, latitude and elevation.
Directions and maps are available online from the DeLorme mapping company.
MapQuest creates street maps for you and provides driving directions.
Census Bureau Gazetteer http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/gazetteer
Get the location and population of towns and counties around the country with the Census Bureau's help. You may also search by zip code.
Names Information System http://geonames.usgs.gov
Use the U.S. Geological Survey site to look up towns, churches, rivers, mountains and much more. Provides county and elevation for places and features throughout the U.S.
Information Please Almanac http://www.infoplease.com
Find the vital facts (population, capital, state motto, etc.) about every state in the union. Look under "United States" on their Web site, then "States."
An alternative to the Information Please Almanac. With this site, you can compare population, crime and other rankings between states.
Global Metric Time Server http://www.globaltime.net
Check out the current time and date almost anywhere in the world with this site.
Postal Service Zip Code Finder http://www.usps.gov/ncsc/lookups/lookup_zip+4.html
Find a zip code in a flash or type in a zip code and find all towns that use it.
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Last modified April 22, 2004