The Republic of Kiribati is located in the central Pacific Ocean, 2,400 miles (3,855 km) southeast of Hawaii. Its population of 100,000 is spread over its 33 atolls and reef islands. Those islands and atolls straddle the Equator, thus placing the country in both the southern and northern hemispheres. It also straddles the 180th meridian,... Continue Reading →
If you have ever been a renter, you know the value of finding good, low-rent property, especially when you can be confident the rent won't increase any time soon. Perhaps the best testimony to such an arrangement could come from the Seigneur of Sark, who cornered the market in low-rent property. The Isle of Sark,... Continue Reading →
Who would believe that the earth is hollow and home to underground vegetation and animals? Such is the fantasy of science fiction, not of reasoned, rational minds, right? Certainly such notions would not be embraced by the President of the United States! Or would they? John Cleves Symmes circulated a flyer in 1818 in which he... Continue Reading →
Manshiyat Naser is a slum of Cairo with a population of 60,000. Every space of this neighborhood is covered in garbage. For 20 million residents of Cairo, this where their garbage ends up. The inhabitants of Manshiyat Naser go door to door in Cairo and bring back the garbage to where they then sort through... Continue Reading →
There is one -- and only one -- operational ATM in Antarctica. source
One would think that living in the Caribbean paradise of St. Pierre, Martinique would be idyllic. Even the occasional volcanic activity of Mont Pelée seemed insufficient to ruin this tropical paradise. That's why no one paid much attention to the rumbles and steaming vent holes that opened along the mountain's sides in April 1902. How... Continue Reading →
The 85-characters long Maori name for a hill in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, is the longest place name found in any English speaking country. It is, Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturipukakapikimaungah-oronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, which roughly translates as, “the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as the land-eater, played his nose flute... Continue Reading →
The island of Foula in the Shetland Islands of Scotland operates off of a different calendar than the rest of the United Kingdom. When Great Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752, Foula chose to remain on the Julian calendar, except it did not observe leap year in 1900. As a result, the date in... Continue Reading →
In Calama, Chile, a town in the Atacama Desert, no rain fell for 400 years, from 1570 to 1971. source
Hamilton Mausoleum in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland holds the record for the longest echo of any man-made structure in the world. It takes 15 seconds for the sound of a slammed door to dissipate.
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch is the longest village name in the world (and third longest geographical name). it is located in Wales, and yes there are four l’s in a row!
In Switzerland, it is illegal to keep just one guinea pig. If you have one, you must have a second to go with it.
Rhode Island is the smallest state with the longest name. The official name, used on all state documents, is "Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."
Austin, Texas is home to the largest population of Mexican free-tailed bats. They reside beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge -- 1.5 million of them! https://twitter.com/commonplacefact