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 […]
There are two ATMs in Antarctica. They are both located at McMurdo Station and are operated by Wells Fargo. The challenges of servicing the machines are significant. Anyone who is going to […]
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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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 […]
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. Read about more strange laws. Read more fun […]
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! Tweets by commonplacefact
In Denmark, if, by the time you turn 25, you’re unmarried, you can expect your friends to ambush you with a cinnamon shower all day. That’s bad enough, but if you’re still […]
In Austria, Fingerhakeln – or competitive finger-pulling – is a serious sport, with very strict rules. Finger-athletes aim to drag their opponent across the table by just the finger. Fingerhakeln is also […]
Monte Kaolino is a sand dune in Hirschau, Bavaria, Germany. It consists of 35,000,000 tonnes (34,000,000 long tons; 39,000,000 short tons) of sand, a by-product of kaolinite production over the years. The […]