Thursday, July 7, 2011

16 Weird Facts From Around the Globe

1. The Only Royal Palace Used by a Monarch in the U.S.
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The only royal palace used by a monarch in the U.S. is located in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is the Iolani Palace and belonged to the monarchs King Kalakaua and Queen Lili'uokalani until the monarchy was overthrown in 1893. The building then served as the capitol building until Hawaii became a state in 1959. Today the Iolani Palace is a museum.

2. Central Park - Surface Area (NY, U.S.) 
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New York's Central Park is larger than the principality of Monaco. It occupies an area of 840 acres (340 hectares).

3. No Water Heaters in Iceland
Strokkur geyser, Iceland   photo source
Urban Icelandic homes do not need a water heater or a furnace for heating. Steam and hot water are piped into the city from natural geysers and hot springs for use in homes and buildings.

4. European Territories on the African Continent?
Ceuta, Spain   photo source
Spain is the European country closest to Africa. In fact, the Spanish cities of Ceuta and Melilla are the only European territories on the African continent. This area is Spanish exclave located on the north coast of North Africa surrounded by Morocco. Mainland Spain is only 12 miles away from Ceuta. You can take a 35 minute ferry from Ageciras on the southern coast of Spain, to Ceuta. From there you can enter Morocco to visit cities like Tangiers, Casablanca and Fez. 

5. Why Canberra is the Capital of Australia?
Canberra      photo source

The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation's capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's two largest cities. A location was chosen which was 248km (154mi) from Sydney and 483km (300mi) from Melbourne. It is unusual among Australian cities, being an entirely planned city.

6. Table Mountain - Plant Species (South Africa)
Table Mountain alone has over 1,500 species of plants, more than the entire United Kingdom.

7. Canary Islands Were Named After Dogs (Spain)
Tenerife, Canary Islands    photo source
The Canary Islands were named after dogs, not birds. In Roman times, the islands were known for the wild dogs which roamed there. The Latin word for “dog” is “canis” and so they were christened the Canary Islands. When explorers visited the islands in the 16 th century, they brought home pretty little singing birds which they had found there and which they duly named “canaries”.

8. French Overseas Departments and Territories
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Nearly 20% of the territory of France lies outside Europe. These regions are known as "DOM-TOM" (overseas departments and territories), where over 2.5 million French citizens live.

9. Guam's Roads are Made With Coral
Guam's Road    photo source
Roads on the Pacific island of Guam are made with coral. Guam has no sand, all the “sand” on the beaches being ground coral. So this coral sand is used for mixing concrete rather than going to the expense of importing real sand from other countries.

10. India's Population
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With one child born every 1.26 seconds in India the population is expected to grow rapidly and will at current rates become the most populated place in the world by 2075 with a projected population of 1,900 million.

11. Salt Deposit in Bolivia
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The largest deposit of salt on the planet is found in Bolivia. The Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni salt beds or salt flats) contain over 64 million tons of salt! Believe it or not what you see in the picture above is SALT! When it rains the water forms a thin layer on top that reflects the entire sky!

12. The Caribbean - Island Inhabitation
One of the most awesome facts that you’ll ever hear about these isles, is that roughly only 2% of the islands are inhabited. Think of the islands that you know & that figure only represents 2% of the total islands that are down there. It is amazing the amount of land, there is down here, only seen and roamed upon by wildlife.

13. Mt. Everest Grows?
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Mt. Everest grows about 4 millimeters every year: the two tectonic plates of Asia and India, which collided millions of years ago to form the Himalayas, continue to press against each other, causing the Himalyan peaks to grow slightly each year.

14. Chinese Unused Homes
These skyscraper in Chenggong, where there are already 100,00 new homes, should be bustling with life but are instead empty    photo source
By 2025, China will build sufficient skyscrapers to make up 10 New York-sized cities, yet China has 64 million unused homes, including whole empty cities.  Build and populate later is China's policy, as can be seen also in Las Vegas and Spain.

15. Longest Street in the World (Canada)
Yonge Street   photo source
The Longest Street in the World is Yonge Street (pronounced “young”), referred to as “Main Street Ontario”, connects the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto in Canada to Lake Simcoe, a gateway to the Upper Great Lakes. Actually, it starts on the Toronto lakeshore and winds its way northwesterly along Highway 11 to Rainy River, Ontario, at the Minnesota border. Yonge Street is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest street in the world at 1,896 km (1,178 mi), and the construction of this street is designated an Event of National Historic Significance.

16. Multi-Ethnic New York
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In New York, there are more Italians than in Rome, more Irish than in Dublin and more Jews than in Tel Aviv. The big apple stands out anytime, no matter who you are or what you’re interested in.
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  1. The Guinness Book of World Records was wrong, concerning #15. Yonge Street is less than 100km in length. Considering that Lake Ontario and Lake Simcoe are nowhere near 1000 miles apart, it would be hard to have an 1178-mile road running between them.

  2. Check here:
    1. - Wikipedia
    2. - Google Maps
    3. - Ask Yahoo
    Yonge Street мaybe not meet some conditions to be the longest street in the world, but she is officially the longest street, at the moment.
    Thank you for your interest...

  3. Fact 8 is incorrect about Mayotte. On March 31, 2011, Mayotte became an overseas department.

  4. Mayotte is an overseas department.
    Check here:
    1. - Britannica
    2. -
    3. - Wikipedia
    Thank you for your interest...

  5. This is somewhat inaccurate. Icelandic homes do not need water heaters as hot water is piped from hot springs. No geysers are harnessed in the process. The title should rather be "No water heaters in Iceland" not "No Water Heater at Iceland"

  6. Inaccurate number 10. way off with population prediction unless there is some sort of mass genocide

  7. Fixed. Thank you for your interest...

  8. Your sources are suspect. Yonge St neither physically nor in name continue for more than 100km. It`s a myth, and even though as a Canadian I`d like to claim it, there`s NO way it`s the longest road.

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  10. That one in China is no surprise. Their government are only so much into building all those impressive structures as a manifesto of their power. But the truth is that they are as 3rd world to most of their neighbors. Their most luxurious won't even come close to what I have in my luxury home builders maryland.

  11. Amsterdam: the city with the most different nationalities (170+) more than New York.

  12. Las islas canarias se llaman así por los pobladores de la isla de Gran Canaria, que eran "canarii". Lo de los perros casi que mejor es solo información de la wikipedia. Genial la pagina. Un saludo

  13. The picture about the Canary Islands fact is actually Gran Canaria (Las Canteras beach), not Tenerife. Awesome post.

  14. The seventh picture is not from Tenerife, it is from Gran Canaria. Could you correct it please?

  15. There are almost 3 million people in Rome. It's not possible to have more Italians in New York than in Rome.


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