The world measures itself against North Carolina

As an attention-grabber, it’s hard to match “There’s a meteor the size of North Carolina heading straight for Earth!” But screenwriters aren’t the only ones to make the state their yardstick of choice….

“Panama is about the size of North Carolina.”

— internationalliving.com

“Ecuador… is about the size of North Carolina.”

— rampant-books.com

“Scotland is about the size of North Carolina.”

— prostrakan-us.com

“Italy is about the size of North Carolina.”

— solidpapers.com

Roumania is about the size of North Carolina.”

— “Carpenter’s Geographical Reader: Europe”

“Switzerland, about the size of North Carolina…”

— “A Nevada Local Government Perspective of European Nuclear Waste Management”

“About the size of North Carolina, Montenegro….”

— iwp.edu

“Anbar, which is about the size of North Carolina….”

— USA Today

“The country of Georgia… about the size of North Carolina.”

— Georgia biodiversity analysis update team, USAID

“Twenty-five centuries ago and a tough and gifted people [the Greeks] lived on a peninsula about the size of North Carolina.”

— Life magazine

“In aggregate, [American] lawns would cover an area about the size of North Carolina.”

— Poughkeepsie Journal

“More than 32 million acres of tropical forest are destroyed annually…  an area about the size of North Carolina.”

— Stanford News Service

“The southern U.S. alone is projected to lose 31 million acres of forest, an area about the size of North Carolina.”

— SC Business blog

“Ford will govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina.”

— “Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City”

“Oaxaca borders the Pacific coast and is slightly larger than North Carolina.”

— “Zapotec Inheritance”

“England is smaller than North Carolina.”

— “Words from the Countryman”

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