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I have met very few people in my life who don’t like traveling. Sure, booking hotels, arranging tickets, and calculating your budget may be tedious (though some enjoy even that!), but what comes with it is worth all the effort. Every trip, every journey you make, opens up new wonders of the world around you. And after all, you can always apply to travel tour companies to help you with the organizational side of things.

Whether you prefer to leave your trips spontaneous or like to have a carefully curated itinerary, knowing some travel facts before you travel might help you decide how to spend your time the next time you pick up your suitcase. And here I’m not talking about some boring travel statistics, but rather genuinely curious facts.

For this article, we collected some of the most interesting facts about traveling. Let us know which ones made you want to hop on the next flight and go see them for yourself. Do you know any other travel fun facts? Share them with us in the comments.

#1

The Lonely Funeral Project In Amsterdam

Cemetery and lantern

If you happen to pass away in Amsterdam with no one to take care of the funeral or see you off on your last journey, members of the Lonely Funeral Project will take care of you. They will even arrange for a poet to write and read a poem at your funeral. Originating in the city of Groningen, this idea has also been adopted in several other places in the Netherlands and Belgium.

wander.com , Micael Widell Report

#2

Almost 3% Of The Ice In Antarctica Is Made Up Of Penguin Urine

Penguins on ice

Which is pretty natural, come to think of it, given the population of penguins in this area.

fastcompany.com , Pixabay Report

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Robert T
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well that puts a different spin on the Pengiun Popsicle I suggested on here the other day!

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#3

Costa Rica Is A Country With No Army

Toucan bird standing on tree branch

Over 70 years ago, Costa Rica decided to abolish any kind of military formation, and now the country lives without an army.

en.unesco.org , Zdeněk Macháček Report

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't forget they have a treaty since 1948 with the US that if anyone attacks them, the US military is obligated to come and defend them. Did you also know the US military sent naval task forces and marines 3 times when Nicaragua threatened them. Each time Nicaragua backed down when the US came. You can afford to not have a Army when the US is backing you up.

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#4

60% Of The Lakes On Earth Are Located In Canada

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If you take all the lakes on the planet and compare them to the number of lakes Canada has, the rest of the world will still have fewer lakes. The largest Canadian lake is called the Great Bear Lake and has an area of 31,153 square kilometers (12,028 square miles) and a maximum depth of 446 meters (1,463 feet).

worldatlas.com , Karthik Sreenivas Report

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Canada is on my bucket list for sure, I hear it's absolutely amazing. I'm in the US and have gone to places in the eastern hemisphere every year of my life thus far, somehow have yet to make it to visit my awesome neighbors to the north.

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#5

Great Wall Of China’s Strength Comes From Sticky Rice

Great Wall of China

The reason why it still stands so strong is that in the Ming dynasty, when a section of the wall was built, workers used sticky rice flour and slaked lime. This building plaster bound the bricks together so tightly, weeds have a hard time growing in between them. 

en.wikipedia.org , Jeremy Huang Report

#6

Rome's Trevi Fountain Receives 3,000 Euro Each Day

Building with fountain and sculptures

One of the most common beliefs behind throwing coins into a fountain is that you will come back to that place again. Some particular fountains are said to grant wishes for some small change. To prevent attempts to steal money from the Trevi fountain, in 2001 the mayor of Rome decided to collect the coins and give the money to a local charity.

wikipedia.org , Andrey Omelyanchuk Report

#7

Machu Picchu’s Construction Design Makes It Resistant To Earthquakes

View of Machu Picchu

If you needed more facts on the architectural awesomeness of Machu Picchu, the USRA says that the stones used to build it were cut and arranged in such a way that allows them to move in case of an earthquake, but also return to their original position when nature calms down. This protects the entire construction from destruction during calamities.  

epod.usra.edu , Chelsea Cook Report

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is because the stones are stacked without any mortar and they are have stumps and holes connecting them a bit like stone version of lego.

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#8

Italy Has A Free Public Wine Fountain

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If you ever find yourself in the small Italian town of Ortona, make sure you taste some wine from their free public wine fountain that is open all year round. It was mainly intended for the pilgrims of the Cammino di San Tommaso, but anyone is welcome to have a glass. The Dora Sarchese Winery that opened the fountain wouldn’t reveal the sort they serve to travelers, but so far all reviews have been positive.

dora_sarchese_winery , winetraveler.com Report

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We only get so called “sour water” fountains in my country. It is naturally sour, salty, slightly carbonated water, as disgusting as it sounds. It allegedly cures all ailments.

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#9

The Biggest Pyramid In The World Is In Mexico

Pyramid in the fields

In most people’s minds, pyramids equal Egypt. While this is understandable, the fact is that the largest pyramid by volume is on the opposite side of the world, namely, in Cholula de Rivadavia, Mexico. Covered in soil and vegetation, it is not as easily detectable as the desert pyramids. And even though the Great Pyramid of Cholula is only 54 m (177 ft) tall, its base is four times larger than that of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Because of this, the Mexican pyramid has a volume of 3.3 million m³ (166k ft³), while the volume of the Egyptian pyramid is only 2.4 million m³ (84k ft³).

takeapicture.viajes , en.wikipedia.org Report

#10

The Scenic Great Ocean Road In Victoria, Australia, Is A War Memorial

View of green mountain beside blue sea

One of the most unforgettable things you can do in the state of Victoria, Australia, is travel along the Great Ocean Road. The breathtaking views you’ll encounter throughout the trip will be worth every minute of it. The road was built by soldiers to commemorate those who lost their lives in WWI and is the largest war memorial in the world.   

dcceew.gov.au , Wee Ping Khoo Report

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I lived smack bang in the middle, Apollo Bay. So many beautiful waterfalls in the area too! Stephenson falls, Californian Redwoods, Triplet falls, Houpton Falls, so many more!

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#11

Pilots And Co-Pilots Are Adviced To Not Eat The Same Meal Before A Flight

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This is, in fact, done for safety purposes. If one of the pilots gets food poisoning because of the food they ate before the flight, rendering them unable to fly the plane, the other pilot who had a different meal will be able to take over and reach the destination safely.

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#12

Instant Noodles Topped A Japanese Poll Of The Country’s Greatest Inventions Of The 20th Century

Person holding instant noodles while shopping

Japan is famous all over the world for its technological progress and a ton of useful inventions. Yet, in the 2000 poll conducted by the Fuji Research Institute, most Japanese citizens named instant noodles as the nation’s best invention, closely followed by karaoke in second place.

bbc.co.uk , phiraphon srithakae Report

#13

On The Island Of Yap, A State Of Micronesia, Rocks Are Used As Currency

A round stone with a hole inside

The value of each rock is determined based on its size and where it came from. Other items used as official currency are turmeric, shells, and cloth. Recently, US dollars started being circulated in daily transactions, but rocks are still used for ceremonial exchanges, such as weddings.

flockeo.com , Eric Guinther Report

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Partially False. The Stone Currency since the late 1800s has been used for ceremonial purchases only, and no new stones have been made since then. The US Dollar is the official legal currency there since the Country of Micronesia made a treaty of Free Association with the US in 1986, and was the official currency there from 1945-1979 when it was a US Trust after WW2 under UN Jurisdiction before the US gave it independence in accordance with the UN Trust.

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#14

Alaska Is Both The Westernmost And Easternmost State In The USA

Man standing with sleigh and dogs in the snow field

The Aleutian Islands that belong to the state of Alaska are located west of the 180th meridian, which means they are geographically in the Eastern Hemisphere. Every other US state is located in the Western Hemisphere.

alaska.gov , Pixabay Report

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#15

Eiffel Tower’s Size Changes Up To 6 Inches (15.24 Cm) Over The Seasons

View of Eiffel tower during daytime

If you ever needed any practical example of how certain materials, for example, steel, expand in the heat, the Eiffel Tower is happy to inform you that it “grows” by 15.24 centimeters (6 inches) during the summer for this very reason.

toureiffel.paris , Anthony DELANOIX Report

#16

The World’s Longest Commercial Flight Took Around 30 Hours

Airplane flying during golden hour

Back in 1943-1945, the Australian airline Qantas offered a service called “Double Sunrise,” where the passengers traveling from Australia to Sri Lanka would see the sunrise twice. This flight lasted over 30 hours. In the modern day, the longest commercial flight is provided by Singapore Airlines for those traveling from Singapore to New York. You will have to spend around 17 hours and 50 minutes aboard the plane.

en.wikipedia.org , GEORGE DESIPRIS Report

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Have made that 17 hour and 50 minute trip, and was so absolutely lucky to have all three seats in my row to myself, otherwise, it would have been hellish.

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#17

Japanese Railways Hand Out Certificates For Delays Of More Than Five Minutes

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Japanese trains have the reputation of being the most punctual in the world. However, technical issues causing delays may still occur, and for this reason, the railway authorities will issue “delay certificates” if your train was late for more than five minutes. You can show these papers to your boss or teacher to explain why you were late for work or school.

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#18

Iceland Is A Country With No Mosquitos

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Iceland is full of natural wonders that are definitely worth a trip. An additional bonus comes in the form of an absolute lack of mosquitoes.

icelandmag.is , Jimmy Chan Report

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’d love to get away from those pests if it meant going to a different country

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#19

India’s Trains Transport Roughly 23 Million Passengers Each Day

A train going through a tunnel

For comparison, that’s the entire population of Australia. When you are the second most populous country in the world, it is probably not so surprising. Besides, the railway connection is rather extensive in India. If you laid out all the tracks in one line, they would circle the world one and a half times.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I liked the trains. It was so easy and cheap to book it as well. Someone blew up the track on the Delhi train when we went back (protests on a local election, never understood what they involved the train for) bit apart from that it was great!

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#20

Banana Is A Popular Pizza Topping In Sweden

Pizza with banana on top

If the “pineapple on pizza” argument has lost its freshness, here is another controversial food choice for you. To make it even spicier — pun intended — curry powder is often used in combination with the banana.

snopes.com , ExoGeniVI Report

#21

The Shortest Commercial Flight Takes Less Than Two Minutes

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Imagine going through the boarding and security processes to arrive at your destination in one and a half minutes. That’s the average flight duration between the islands of Westray and Papa Westray, which are a part of Scotland’s Orkney Islands. They even have a recorded fastest flight that took less than 50 seconds.

en.wikipedia.org , Pascal Meier Report

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lovely picture of a plane, BP. However the plane used for flights to the Orkneys are just a little smaller, and propellor driven! I've done a flight from Glasgow to Edinburgh, a distance of about 30 miles, when my flight home decided to behave like a bus and pick up extra passengers along the way!

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#22

You’re Never More Than 30 Steps Away From A Trash Can In Disneyland

People walking near the castle in Disneyland

Wherever you happen to be in Disneyland, you only need to take 30 steps or less to find a trash can. Apparently, Walt Disney observed visitors and counted how many steps they would take before throwing garbage on the ground. This resulted in the very calculated and strategic placement of trash cans in any Disney park.

medium.com , David Guerrero Report

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Everything in that place is so carefully planned, it's crazy all the minor details they think about

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#23

Jet Lag Feels Worse If You Travel From West To East

Yawning man

Jet lag is not a pleasant experience for most of us, but scientists have confirmed that it gets worse if you travel from west to east. When you travel in this direction, your day becomes shorter. However, if you travel from east to west, your day grows longer. While in both cases your sleep/wake cycle is disrupted, it is easier for the brain to adapt to the prolongation of the day.

journals.sagepub.com , Sander Sammy Report

#24

France Has Highest Number Of Michelin-Starred Restaurants

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If you are a foodie and fine dining while traveling is important for you, you definitely should travel to France. According to Fine Dining Lovers, there are 628 Michelin-starred restaurants in the country, which is the highest number in the world. Number two and three on this list go to Japan (577 restaurants) and Italy (374 restaurants), respectively.  

wikipedia.org , Delightin Dee Report

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yea because the Michelin star is based in FRANCE(edit and most of the restaurants outside of France that have M.S are French restaurants!)

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#25

South Korea Has Multiple Emergency Phone Numbers For Different Types Of Crises

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While 119 is the number for fire and ambulance emergencies, and 112 is for police, you can also reach a foreign traveler hotline at 1330 and report a spy at 113.

en.wikipedia.org , Bo Ponomari Report

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How often are people in situations where they need to report a spy? I'm genuinely curious.

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#26

The Entire World's Population Could Fit Into The State Of Texas

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Sure, it would have to be as densely populated as New York City, and we wouldn’t have much room to move around. But then, the rest of the world would be uninhabited and open to roam in solitude. 

gothamist.com , Mizzu Cho Report

#27

The Most Expensive Airport To City Taxi Ride Costs Around £190

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At any major airport, taxi services will significantly empty your pocket. According to a study by Moneycorp, the most expensive taxi ride from an airport to a city is the one that will take you from Narita Airport to the Tokyo city area. It will cost you an average of $235.

fleetlogging.com , Silver Ringvee Report

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I paid over £100 to get from Heathrow to Croyden, as I was shattered after a 19 hour bus ride and hadn't slept since the previous night. The company was paying and I was damned if I was going to struggle with suitcases on the train. He was going to charge me more, but decided to take the cash rather than have to take me to an ATM! And that was a licenced taxi! Licence for daylight robbery!

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#28

600 People Work At The Eiffel Tower Daily

Shot of Eiffel Tower under blue sky

If you want something to stay in good condition for a long time, you need to maintain it. That’s why 600 Parisians go to the Eiffel Tower every morning just like other people go to offices. This makes it one of the largest job-generating businesses in the tourism industry of France.

sete.toureiffel.paris , Tuna Report

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I originally read the headline as "23,600 people work at the Eiffel Tower daily" and was flabbergasted at the level of featherbedding

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#29

The Best Part Of Your Trip Is In The Planning And Preparation Phase

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A study conducted in 2010 revealed that anticipating your vacation can bring you more happiness than the actual trip. If you need a boost in your mood today, start planning your next vacation!

sciencedaily.com , Anete Lūsiņa Report

#30

In Ethiopia The Current Year Is 2015

Fireworks at night sky

Many countries traditionally use lunar or other calendars to calculate holidays and other important events, at the same time using the universally accepted Gregorian calendar for daily life. However, Ethiopia maintains its own calendar that is seven to eight years behind the Gregorian calendar. This happens due to differences in the perceived date of the Annunciation (proclaiming the birth of Christ). Ethiopia also starts a new year on August 29th or 30th. 

legit.ng , Marc Schulte Report

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

One of only four countries not to use the Gregorian calendar. "The four countries which have not adopted the Gregorian calendar are Ethiopia (Ethiopian calendar),[49] Nepal (Vikram Samvat and Nepal Sambat), Iran and Afghanistan (Solar Hijri calendar)"

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#31

The UK Has The World’s Longest Country Name

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Of course, we all say the UK for convenience purposes, but the real name of the country is “the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.” No other country in the world has so many words in its recognized name.

worldatlas.com , Pixabay Report

#32

The Happiest Language In The World Is Spanish

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The top 10 most used languages in the world are English, Mandarin, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian, German, Korean, Russian, and Arabic. All of them were studied to reveal the happiest among them. Turns out, Spanish takes the title of the happiest language in the world. Chances are, this is the reason why Spain is among the top 5 countries by life expectancy.  

Jon Tyson , warawaraspanish.com Report

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m sorry but I don’t understand what they mean by happy language. I’d appreciate it if someone would please explain

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#33

Australia Has Almost 12,000 Beaches Along Its 60,000km (37,282mi) Coastline

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When you have such a huge coastline, it is inevitable for beaches to spring up. To visit all of the Australian beaches at least for one day, you would need over 32 years.

australia.com , Ryan Jubber Report

#34

Hamburg Is A City With The Most Bridges In The World

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With 2,300 bridges, Hamburg holds first place in the world. This is almost double as many as Amsterdam, number two on the list, which has 1,281 bridges. Interestingly, Venice, the city on water, only has 391 bridges and is number five on the list.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Would be more accurate to calculate the number of bridges per head of the population. Hamburg has 1 bridge for every 800 people, Amsterdam one for every 640 people. I live in a tiny municipallity that has 37 bridges for 13000 inhabitants, so one bridge for every 351 people, beating them both. Venice comes in at 670 inhabitants per bridge.

#35

Saudi Arabia Has No Rivers Or Lakes

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No permanent rivers flow through the biggest country of the Arabian Peninsula. Interestingly, it is not the only country in the world with this peculiarity. There are 17 other countries with no rivers, Vatican City being one of them.

saudiembassy.net , Rabah Al Shammary Report

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

However they have many Wadi oasis's and a number of lakes and also there was at one time quite a number of rivers, just two thousand years ago. There are seasonal rivers that pop up during certain seasons. They have a large agri region around these lakes and wadi's for water

#36

China Has Thousand Times Less Surnames Than The USA

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According to CNN, China has around 6,000 surnames. For a population of over 1.4 billion, this seems pretty scarce. But things are complicated (or simplified) further, because 100 of these surnames can be found among 86% of the population. To compare, the USA has 6.3 million surnames and almost 332 million people.

edition.cnn.com , CHUTTERSNAP Report

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Largely because the vast majority of the US population is made up of the descendants of immigrants who brought their surnames with them.

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#37

Big Ben Is Not The Clock, But The Bell On Top Of St. Stephen’s Tower

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Most people think that Big Ben is the name of the famous London clock, but in fact, it’s the name of the 13-ton bell located on the same tower. The clock itself is simply called the Great Clock of Westminster.

en.wikipedia.org , Amar Saleem Report

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#38

It Is The Same Time At Both Ends Of China

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Due to its sheer size, China spans five geographical time zones. This means that if you travel in the east-west direction across China, time should change five times. Yet, it will be exactly the same in the westernmost and easternmost points of the country, that is UTC+8.

timeanddate.com , 征宇 郑 Report

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because they decided to keep the whole country in one timezone. This may be the largest example, but it is not the only one. If you look at a timezone map, you will see how the zones skirt around countries so that the whole country can be within a zone. Additonally, there are countries which are on a half-hour interval, which is presumably a compromise when they span two time zones.

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#39

The Fastest Roller Coaster In The World Will Be Opened In 2023 In Saudi Arabia

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One of the most accessible and safest ways to get an adrenaline rush in daily life is by taking a roller coaster ride. While some of them make you dizzy just looking at them from the ground, Saudi Arabia decided to break all records and construct not only the tallest but also the fastest roller coaster in the world. Called Falcon’s Flight, it will have a dive of 160 meters (525 feet) and travel at over 250 kilometers per hour (155 miles per hour).

edition.cnn.com , Min An Report