North America is a
continent entirely within the
Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the
Western Hemisphere; it is also considered by some to be a northern
subcontinent of the
Americas. It is bordered to the north by the
Arctic Ocean, to the east by the
Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south by the
Pacific Ocean, and to the southeast by
South America and the
North America covers an area of about 24,709,000 square kilometers (9,540,000 square miles), about 16.5% of the
earth's land area and about 4.8% of its total surface.
North America is the third largest continent by area, following
Africa, and the
fourth by population after Asia, Africa, and
Europe. In 2013, its population was estimated at nearly 579 million people in
23 independent states, or about 7.5% of the world's population, if nearby islands (most notably the
Caribbean) are included.
Countries and territories
, with a reputation as a "megastore", a repair shop and a locus for
and "twang". Specializing in fretted instruments, including
, Elderly maintains a selection of odd or rare instruments. Elderly is known as the premier repair shop for fretted instruments, as one of the larger vintage instrument dealers in the United States, and as a major dealer of
guitars in particular.
Industry publications, music retail trade, and
bluegrass music journals have featured articles about the Elderly repair staff. The company also provides
consignment services for rare and vintage instruments. Since its founding in 1972, Elderly has undergone two major expansions: into
mail order in 1975 and then into Internet sales in the 1990s. In 2005 it was the subject of a lawsuit by
Gibson Guitar Corporation concerning trademark infringement. Today it is recognized internationally for its services and products; its mail order and Internet business account for 65–70 percent of its total revenue. Elderly grossed $12 million in 1999 and by 2007 was grossing $17 million annually.
Did you know...
Ryan Wayne White
(December 6, 1971 – April 8, 1990) was an
who became a national
in the United States after being expelled from school because of his infection. A
, he became infected with HIV from a contaminated blood treatment and, when diagnosed in 1984, was given six months to live. Though doctors said he posed no risk to other students, AIDS was poorly understood at the time, and when White tried to return to school, many parents and teachers in Kokomo rallied against his attendance. A lengthy legal battle with the school system ensued, and media coverage of the struggle made White into a national celebrity and spokesman for AIDS research and public education. He appeared frequently in the media with celebrities such as singer
, pop star
and talk show host
. Surprising his doctors, White lived five years longer than predicted and died in April 1990, shortly before he would have completed high school.
||I hardly sustain myself beneath the weight of white men's blood that I have shed.