Believe It or Not, Funny Travel Trivia Facts and Outrageous Fun from the Best Vacation Spots
My humungous collection of outrageous travel trivia and fascinating funny facts is waiting here for you to enjoy. It's full of curious discoveries, believe-it-or-not surprises, and truth-is-stranger-than-fiction treasures. You'll find funny, unique and compelling travel trivia facts. As you probably have guessed, I am an avid traveler. I'm like a rolling stone, ready to go at the drop of a hat.
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- Students of ancient history, did you know? Residents of Phoenix, Arizona, call themselves Phoenicians, too.
- In the United States, the lake with the coldest water is Lake Tahoe. Brrrrr.
- Some villagers in the Andes Mountains of South America speak a nearly pure Castilian Spanish no longer spoken anywhere else in the world.
- English thatchers expect a foot-thick thatched roof to last 70 years. And a historical house still needs a thatched roof.
- Believe it or not, pack camels in the Middle East are outfitted with phosphorescent harnesses. Don't they look weird out there on the sand, glowing in the dark.
- You can buy frankincense in Oman markets wrapped in a plastic bag for about $3.
- Deer on the Florida Keys are about the size of collie dogs.
- The beautiful apple orchards of Tasmania got their start from three trees planted by none other than Captain Bligh, he of the famous ship mutiny on the HMS Bounty.
- Grownups outnumber kids three-and-a-half to one at Disneyland. Now that's funny.
- The elephant is the only animal that can be taught to stand on its head. Except for people, that is.
- In ancient Rome, the time between sunrise and sunset was divided into 12 equal hours, no matter what the season. Winter hours were a lot shorter than summer hours. Needless to say, Romans didn't invent the wrist watch.
- The Seven Summits are the highest peaks on the seven continents. They are Mount Everest in Asia, Koscusko in Australia, McKinley in North America, Aconcagua in South America, Killmanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Europe and Vinson Massif in Antarctica.
- The wagon trains of the old West traveled a mile or two an hour, and maybe 100 miles in a 7-day week. It's a wonder the West was ever settled.
- Believe it or not, in the ancient tombs of Egypt, archeologists found honey, and it was still edible.
- Key West is closer to Havana than to Miami.
- The New England states have almost never had a serious earthquake, at least not since the Ice Age. Just another reason to travel there on vacation.
- King Kamahameha once offered to cede the islands of Hawaii to Great Britain, but Great Britain turned the offer down. Now that's funny!
- Mt Everest in Nepal is the highest point on earth, reaching around 29,029 feet above sea level. And it's still growing 4mm a year, as tectonic plates push it ever higher into the clouds. Edmund Hillary from New Zealand was the first person to reach the summit in 1953.
- Did you know, China and Russia each share their borders with 14 other countries? They also share the record as the countries with the most neighbors. Brazil, in third place, borders on 10 neighboring countries. Unusual but true.
- You can see the Aurora Borealis, the northern lights, in Canada and especially at the Northern Magnetic Pole. The lights are created when solar wind interacts with the Earth's electromagnetic field.
- The Great Barrier Reef, the national treasure of Australia, consists of 3,000 separate reefs and is home to thousands of species of fish, turtles and coral. It is threatened by global warming and may become extinct in 20 or 30 years.
- Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world, is near Livingston, Zambia, in southern Africa. It's over twice as high as Niagara Falls and more than a mile wide.
- A study done by Intrepid Travel proved that people who travel a lot are seen as more attractive than their non-traveling counterparts. Another great reason to pack your bags and get moving.
- Ride a gondola down the Grand Canal when you visit Venice, Italy. Gondoliers decorate their craft for the Regatta Storica procession and gondola race on the first Sunday in September.
- Contrary to folklore, the Great Wall of China cannot be seen from space, even though it is the biggest military construction on earth. The wall was built for defense between the 7th and 4th centuries BC, and rebuilt and extended by later dynasties.
- Table Mountain, South Africa, a sandstone plateau above Cape Town, is so high it has its own cloud cover. Take the cable cars or hiking trails to the peak for the view.
- Did you know that in the Vatican City there are two Popes per square kilometre, the highest rate of any other country in the world. Don't you just love statistics?
- Jericho on the West Bank in the Palestinian territories is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It was settled by humans around 9,000 BC.
- Chichen Itza is an ancient Mayan city built in the Yucatan peninsula in present-day Mexico. The pre-Columbian site is known for the step pyramid called El Castillo, a ritual center of Mayan civilization.
- Did you know, the modern piano was invented in Padua, Italy, by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the turn of the 18th century. It was based on the earlier harpsichord and the clavichord. More travel trivia to share around the dinner table.
- Thebes is an ancient Egyptian city around modern-day Luxor. Across the Nile River are the ancient tombs of Pharoahs in the Valley of Kings and the Valley of Queens.
- Uluru, in Australia, is a monolithic rock formation in the heart of the desert, one of the great natural wonders of the world and a famous tourist travel destination. Its firey orange-red color comes from oxidized iron. A monolith is a single large block of stone.
- The pub, or public house, is the center of Irish social life, for live music, gossip, a hot meal, storytelling and a foaming pint.
- The Borghese Gallery is a must-see vacation spot in Rome, a museum of sculpture, paintings, and an overwhelming art experience.
- The Berlin Wall that separated East and West Berlin until 1989 was 85 miles long. President Reagan's famous challenge, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall," was delivered at the Brandenburg Gate near the wall in 1987 to commemorate the 750th anniversary of Berlin.
- The Pantheon, Rome's best preserved monument, was built by Emperor Hadrian in 120 A.D. It was a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods.
- In just one year, more than 18 million people took a vacation on a cruise ship.
- Julia Tuttle is the founder of Miami. She convinced Flagler to entend his railroad to Miami by sending him a bouquet of orange blossoms..
- Celebrate American history. In Boston take a walk on the Freedom Trail, a red-brick ribbon path to 16 important sites in American history. Put this on your bucket list of travel plans.
- Believe it or not, Mexico City is built on a soft lake bed of subterranean water. As they pump water from the underground reserves, the city is sinking down about 10cm every year, 10 times faster than Venice.
- In ALASKA, one out of every 64 people has a pilot's license.
- ALABAMA was the first place to have 9-1-1, started in 1968.
- The world's smallest independent state is Vatican City. With only 800 people, it has its own license plates, flag and money.
- The tango, the dance of love, has its home in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It's also renowned for colonial buildings, cosmopolitan cafes, ballrooms and night-long parties.
- Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world's highest waterfall, 15 times higher than Niagara Falls.
- The Eisenhower interstate system requires that 1 mile in every 5 must be straight to be used as an emergency airstrip.
- Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits'. Now that's funny!
- In the Sahara Desert, there is a town named Tidikelt, Algeria, which did not receive a drop of rain for ten years.
- Damascus, Syria, is the oldest continuously inhabited city, begun a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded.
- Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1, because it was the first paved road anywhere.
- Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.
- Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. Canada is an Indian word meaning ' Big Village'.
- Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.
- Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica.
- The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that, 100 miles out in the ocean, the water is still fresh.
- The longest jump made by a rabbit set the world record of 9 feet, 6 inches. The bouncing bunny is named Yabo.
Just browsing travel trivia gives me suggestions for new travel spots. I wish you a trip full of adventure and happy memories as you plan your best vacation spots.
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