Fun Facts from Around the World

If you are upset, just think about a T-Rex trying to drink a martini.
— Unknown

Why do you travel? To experience new cultures or to see amazing sites? There are so many quirky little facts about the world that you can find from traveling. Below I have included 20 fun facts from around the world.

Bangkok Thailand

1. What is the most visited city in the world?

 Bangkok, Thailand is the most visited city in the world. Over 21 million visitors visit Bangkok each year and that number is rising!

las vegas strip

2. Did you know the Las Vegas strip isn't really in Las Vegas?

The strip falls outside of the city limits of Las Vegas! The strip is in the jurisdiction of Clark County because it is located in unincorporated Paradise and Winchester.

central america

3. How far is it to the ocean in Central America?

There is no place in any country in Central America that is further than 125 miles from the ocean. Getting to a beach shouldn't be a problem!

colombia

4. How wet can it get?

Buenaventura, a port city in Colombia, is alleged to be the wettest inhabited place in the world. Could this be caused from the rain? Buenaventura gets an average of 247 inches of rain per year making it the rainiest place in the world! Better wear your floaties!

Shwedagon Pagoda

5. Are diamonds really a girl's best friend?

Shwedagon Pagoda located in Myanmar (formerly Burma) has a crown on top that is encrusted in magnificent jewels. The crown is covered with 2,317 rubies and 5,448 diamonds. The crown is also topped with a 76 carat diamond! You would definitely need some bodyguards to wear that diamond around town!

Big Ben

6. Who the hell is Big Ben?

The famous clock tower in London is often referred to as Big Ben. The official name prior to 2012 was Clock Tower, but in 2012 it was changed to Elizabeth Tower (named after the Queen).  Apparently, Big Ben is the name of the bell inside the tower. (Note: neither the tower nor the bell were made by anyone named Big Ben.) Crikey! My head hurts now...

Eiffel Tower

7. How many parts?

There are 18,000 metal parts held together by 2.5 million rivets while 20,000 light bulbs illuminate the Eiffel Tower in Paris. That sure is a lot of Legos! (The Eiffel Tower Lego Set actually has 3,428 pieces.)

salad olives

8. You saved how much?

American Airlines decided in the late 1980's to eliminated a single olive from each salad distributed in first class. This cutback save American Airlines $40,000 per year. 

Niue Coins

9. Pokemon coins you can spend for real?

The country of Niue which is located next to New Zealand has currency adorning many pop culture characters on them. Coins include Star Wars characters, Disney characters, famous battles from around the world, along with many other designs. This is currency that can be used to purchase goods!

free wifi

10. WiFi for free everywhere for everyone? WHAT???

The rockin' country of Niue (the country with the flashy currency) is also the first nation to offer free Wi-Fi everywhere in the country! I think I am going to need to visit Niue to verify all of this information in person...sounds too good to be true!

Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.
— Lawrence Block
great barrier reef

11. Now that's huge!

The planet's largest living structure is the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is 132,974 square miles in size and it's the only object made by living beings that can be seen from space! I definitely will be visiting here some day to dive on the reef.

Christmas lights

12. Clark Griswold is that you?

The Guiness World Record for a house with the most Christmas lights is located in Australia. There are 1.2 million bulbs that adorn the house of David Richards, who has set over 3 world records for Christmas lights! I wonder if he leaves them up all year?

polar bears

13. A requirement to bear arms against bears?

Anyone who decides to venture outside Longyearbyen, a town in Svalbard, Norway, is required to carry a rifle for protection against polar bears.  Longyearbyen is known for polar bears coming into the town but are extremely active right outside of town.

lake Toba

14. What an explosion!

The largest eruption of a volcano in the last 25 million years occurred about 70,000 years ago in Indonesia. The explosion was so large it is believed that most humans living at the time were killed. Lake Toba was left by the eruption and is the largest volcanic lake in the world.

penguins

15. Brrrrr!!! Too cold for me!

Antarctica contains no countries and also no permanent residents. This may be due to the fact that Antarctica is the driest desert on Earth and also has the coldest recorded temperature of -128 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Kilometers are shorter than miles. Save gas, and take your next trip in kilometers.
— George Carlin
Maldives

16. Go before it's gone!

The island nation of Maldives is currently 1.8 meters above sea level which is the lowest of any nation on Earth. The rise in sea levels due to global warming will eventually put Maldives under water. If you are interested in visiting Maldives, better make it soon.

Canada

17. Most lakes in the world?

Canada has over 3 million lakes which is 60% of all the lakes in the world. That means Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined! If you are looking to go fishing Canada may be the place to go!

Antigua Guatemala

18. Shaking things up!

Antigua was previously capital of Guatemala and it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1773. Guatemala City became the capital and it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1917-18. Guatemala City was again destroyed by an earthquake in 1976. In 2012 a 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit Guatemala, killing 48 people.

Palacio de Sal

19. Salty!

Salar de Uyuni, in southern Bolivia, is the world's largest salt flat. 10,582 square kilometers in size it is enormous!. Salar de Uyuni has a hotel built entirely out of slat. The walls, ceilings, floors, beds, tables, and chairs of Palacio de Sal (Palace of Salt) are all made from using over 1 million blocks of salt!

Sahara desert

20. Fellow nomads!

The Sahara Desert, located in Africa, is 3.6 million square miles in size and is currently growing at the rate of half a mile per month.  That is nearly the size of the United States!  Most of the people who live in the Sahara Desert are nomads.

Hopefully, you found some of these facts to be amazing enough to inspire you to get out and travel.  There are so many wonderful things on our planet to see and experience. Too many amazing things to see in our lifetime, but it is sure worth a try! If you have any fun facts about our planet, share them in the comments below!