I am not trying to be difficult, but instead of just stating that someone is wrong, how about offering the correct answer. That way we can all learn something.
If you take two coastlines that are nominally the same length (i.e.: from one end to the other, the distance is the same), but one is relatively smooth, while the other has lots of bays, inlets, fjords and the like, that second one can be many, many, many times longer than the first. Even when measuring at the same level of granularity.
I got Papua New Guinea and Philippines but forgot Russia.
How could I forget it's the biggest country in the world.
surprising ≠ contradictory
I think it's surprising that PNG has more coastline than Madagascar (was that the original thing?) but it's not paradoxical.
p.s. I take issue with that Google definition of paradox - we could rename the interesting facts as "paradoxes" if that were right!
1. "[a situation that] involves two or more facts or qualities which seem to contradict each other."
2. "a statement in which it seems that if one part of it is true, the other part of it cannot be true."
You might be surprised by the list (and there may even be errors in it) but it's not contradictory, I'd argue, for example in the way that "attack is the best form of defence" is.
For example Norways coastline is actually 100 915km and not 27 400km.
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