Little-known Facts


In 1987 the Florida legislature designated the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) the official state reptile. Long an unofficial symbol of the state, the alligator originally symbolized Florida's extensive untamed wilderness and swamps.

On September 8, 1502, Christopher Columbus became the first European recorded to land in Costa Rica. He took refuge just off the coast between tiny Uvita Island and the current port of Limón. In 1539, officials in Panama used the name Costa Rica (Rich Coast) for the first time to distinguish the territory between Panama and Nicaragua

Renewable Energy creates three-times more jobs than fossil fuels. Fossil fuels get 4 times the subsidy of renewables.

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. —Henry Ford


Costa Rica has a population of 4.1 million.  The capital is San Jose, with a metro area population of approximately 2 million. The life expectancy is almost 77 years, one of the highest in the world, I wonder why?

on May 20, 1970 Florida lawmakers passed and sent to the Governor a bill adopting the moonstone as the official state gem. Ironically, the moonstone is not found naturally in Florida...nor was it found on the moon.

One wind turbine is able to generate enough electricity to power up to 1,40 0 households. 

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. —Michael Jordan 


The first graded road built in Florida was Old Kings Road in 1763. It was named for King George of England.

The sun rises and sets in Costa Rica at the same time every day 365 days a year, due to its close proximity to the equator.

It took almost all of human history – until the early 1800s –  to reach a global population of 1 billion. Today, we’re at over 6.7 billion and adding an estimated 74 million people to the planet every year. 

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. —Oprah Winfrey


The name Punta Gorda , which means, "fat point " when translated from Spanish. The moniker was given to the city because a broad part of the land in Punta Gorda juts into Charlotte Harbor. The harbor itself is somewhat unique, as it is the point where the Peace River meets the ocean.

There are more than 121 volcanic formations in Costa Rica, and seven of them are active.  Poas Volcano has the second widest crater in the world and just reactivated in April again & Arenal is one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world.

A household rooftop solar panel system can reduce pollution by 100 tons of CO2 carbon dioxide in its lifetime—and this includes the energy it took to manufacture the solar panels. Solar panels can improve future air quality for humans as well as the millions of birds, fish, and mammals that are negatively affected by pollution each year.  The cost of solar panels has dropped by 80% since 2008,  and it is expected to keep falling. A good time to consider it now!

  “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” —Mother Teresa



Key West has the highest average temperature in the United States.
There are about 52 species of hummingbirds in Costa Rica, making Costa Rica a true hummingbird capital.

Solar panels are exempt from property taxes in many states and can increase the value of a home more than a complete kitchen remodel. However, you can take your solar panels with you when you move.

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. —Napoleon Hill


Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan cream in 1944. He accomplished this development by cooking cocoa butter in a granite coffee pot on his wife's stove.

Coffee was introduced to Costa Rica from Jamaica in 1779. Called the grano de oro  (grain of gold), coffee was Costa Rica’s foremost export for 150 years until tourism surpassed it in 1991. More than 247,104 acres of coffee are planted in Costa Rica, making it the 13th largest coffee exporter in the world.

Smart Wash

An energy smart clothes washer is capable of saving enough water in one year that is equivalent to what a human can drink in a lifetime.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. —Maya Angelou



The Saint John's River is one of the few rivers that flows north instead of south.

To cut down on high levels of pollution, San José, Costa Rica, car owners are forbidden to drive into the city one day out of the week. The forbidden day corresponds to the last number on their car’s license plate.

Incandescent Irk: Incandescent bulbs use 10% of electricity to turn into light, the leftover 90% is wasted energy.

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. —Henry Ford



The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a cable-stayed concrete bridge. Opened in 1987 the bridge coasts through the clouds at 190 feet above water. Its bright yellow support cables spread from the two center pillars. The structure gives drivers unobstructed view of the water during the 4.1 mile trip over Tampa Bay.

Costa Rica's basilisk, a small semi-aquatic lizard, has been given the nickname “Jesus Christ lizard" due to its habit of rearing onto its hind legs and appearing to run across the surface of the water when alarmed.

Rethink Your Sunday News: Approximately 500,000 trees must be cut down to produce the nations’s Sunday newspapers. Switch to online subscriptions.
These 10 things you may not know about energy efficiency are a fraction of so many ways we can step up and reverse waste while embracing alternative technology at the same time.

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. —Vince Lombardi


Plant City, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, holds the Guinness record for the world's largest strawberry shortcake. The 827 square-foot, 6,000 pound cake was made on Feb. 19, 1999 in McCall Park.
Isla del Coco is the most remote part of Costa Rica, nearly 360 miles (600 km) into the Pacific Ocean, southwest of the mainland. Millions have seen this island on film, in the opening moments of the Steven Spielberg film Jurassic Park. At 8 miles by 3 miles (12 km by 5 km), Isla del Coco is the largest uninhabited island in the world.

Do the Dishwasher

Doing dishes by hand is a colossal waste of water. An automatic dishwasher uses, on average, six gallons less of hot water which comes out to about 2,000 gallons saved per year.

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.  —Albert Einstein



The Saint John's River is one of the few rivers that flows north instead of south.
According to Costa Rican legend, the liquid inside the pipa (fresh, green coconut) is pure enough to be used as plasma in an emergency situation.

Recycle like Nobody’s Business

The amount of wood and paper discarded each year holds enough energy to heat 50 million homes . 

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. —Albert Einstein 
Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was first developed.

Costa Rica hosts more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity even though its landmass only takes up .03% of the planet's  surface.

Every day in the U.S., we produce enough trash to equal the weight of the Empire State Building . We throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour, produce enough styrofoam cups annually to circle the earth 436 times and trash enough office paper to build a 12-foot wall from Los Angeles to New York City. We throw away 570 disposable diapers each second, and toss out enough aluminum cans to rebuild our commercial air fleet every three months.  Please try to recycle and reuse more in daily life, like drinking out of a glass etc!

"People with dreams know no poverty. Each of us is as rich as our own dreams." - Benjamin E. Mays