FUEL YOUR WANDERLUST
Weird and Wonderful World Facts
The world is an amazing place with so much to discover. If you enjoy learning about the world to inspire travel to new places, to explore and experience different cultures, then you will delight in this list.
After searching far and wide I’ve collated a plethora of random world trivia facts I’m going to share with you. Here you’ll find all sorts of interesting information on different countries, people, languages, food, wildlife, flying, tourism and so much more.
So let’s have some fun and dive into these 101 gobsmacking world travel facts to fuel your wanderlust and thirst for world knowledge.
Facts About Places
1. Firstly, how many countries are there in the world? There is no straight forward answer to this. If you define all places that have land, population and government as a country, then including independent territories, colonies and observer states, the total countries in the world is 249.
2. But the United Nations only recognises 195 of these countries.
28. There is a city named Rome on every continent, except Antarctica. All roads really do lead to Rome.
29. There is a floating post office on Dal Lake, Srinagar in India.
30. Australia is the land of beaches, with over 10,000 beaches.
Facts About Languages
36. About 43% of the world’s people are bilingual.
37. Spanish is said to be the happiest language, with the most ‘happy’ words.
38. The Hawaiian language has 5 vowels and only 8 consonants, 13 letters in total, including the glottal stop.
39. The Khmer language of Cambodia has a whopping 74 letters, the biggest alphabet in the world.
40. Over 820 indigenous languages are spoken in Papua New Guinea.
Facts About Flying
46. You can lose up to two litres of water during a 10-hour flight.
47. Wonder why airplane food isn’t very tasty? Because our sense of taste and smell is reduced by up to 50% when flying.
48. All airport runways around the world are numbered according to compass bearings.
Facts About Food and Drink
49. Japan grows square watermelons in boxes, which are more expensive than normal watermelons.
50. The Margherita Pizza is said to be named after the once Queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, and the unification of Italy with red, white and green toppings.
51. In Sweden, banana is often put on Pizza together with curry powder.
52. Up until 2011, beer was classified as soft drink in Russia.
53. In France it’s illegal for supermarkets to throw away food, so they must donate it or compost it.
54. Indonesia produces the most coconuts in the world.
58. North Korea and Cuba are the only places you can’t buy Coca-Cola.
59. An unopened bottle of white wine found in a Roman tomb is 1,693 years old. It is the Speyer Wine Bottle, housed in a German museum. Wine anyone?
60. Dragon’s Breath Chilli Pepper can kill you if eaten. It was developed in the UK and can be used as a topical numbing anaesthetic alternative.
Facts About Tourism
68. The most expensive hotel in the world is the Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, at US$100,000 per night, for the 2 storey villa.
69. The largest pool in the world is the Citystars Sharm El Sheikh pool in Egypt at over 23 acres.
70. When admiring a statue of a person on a horse, take note of the horse’s legs – one leg up means the person died of wounds, both front legs up means they died in battle, all legs down means the person died of natural causes.
71. There are more than 1,200 water parks in North America.
72. The biggest shopping mall in the world is Iran Mall in Tehran, a mega-complex of more than a million square metres.
73. The largest hotel, with the most rooms, is First World Hotel in Genting Highlands, Malaysia, with a total of 7,351 rooms.
74. The largest cruise ship in the world is Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas, with 18 decks.
75. It has robot bartenders to serve drinks.
Facts About People
76. China and India have the biggest populations, with over 1.4 and 1.3 billion people respectively.
77. Indigenous Peoples, or First Nations, make up 6% of the world’s population.
78. There are 5,000 distinct first peoples.
79. Africa’s population is expected to double by 2050.
80. About 30 million people in China live in underground caves, in Shanxi, Henan and Gansu provinces.
81. Two thirds of the people on earth have never seen snow.
82. Many playgrounds for the elderly are springing up around the world, especially popular in China and Spain.
83. People in Finland engage in a mobile phone throwing competition, a national sport, held annually in Savonlinna.
84. Travel is romantic, as it promotes intimacy between a couple.
85. Travel helps reduce stress and improve mental and physical health.
Facts About Wildlife
86. Turtles live on every continent except Antarctica.
87. Elephants are the largest land animal and have the largest brain of all animals.
88. China owns all the pandas in the world and they rent them out.
89. Polar Bears are the largest land predator.
90. Male giraffes know when to mate by head-butting the female in the bladder to make her urinate, then tasting it.
91. Koalas sleep up to 22 hours per day.
Other World Travel Facts
94. There are 180 currencies in use around the world.
95. Which is the oldest currency in use? The British Pound.
98. There is a World-o-meter of the current world population ticking over constantly with births and deaths around the world.
99. The average person walks the equivalent of 3 times around the world in their lifetime.
And that’s my gobsmacking world travel facts.
I hope I’ve given you some travel inspiration, as well as plenty of trivia knowledge to impress your friends with.
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