THE CIA'S WORLDVIEW
The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency annually publishes its World Factbook, which tabulates statistical, political, geographical, and sociological data on the countries of the world. One of the entries details the "comparative area" of each country, providing a comparison based on the entire U.S., or one of its individual states--for example:
Afghanistan: slightly smaller than Texas
China: slightly smaller than the U.S.
Iran: slightly larger than Alaska
Iraq: slightly more than twice the size of Idaho
Israel: slightly smaller than New Jersey
Korea, North: slightly smaller than Mississippi
Mexico: slightly less than three times the size of Texas
Russia: approximately 1.8 times the size of the U.S.
United Kingdom: slightly smaller than Oregon
Vietnam: slightly larger than New Mexico
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)