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Do you know how long the world’s shortest commercial flight lasts? (Hint: Shorter than the time it takes to make instant noodles). Like every other thing, travelling too comes with a lot of information – some of which is actually true while much of it is a myth. Scratch beneath the surface and it turns out we know very less travel facts around the world and a lot of travel myths!
News, current affairs, history and also travel – there’s a myth and a fact about everything in this world. Some are inspired by the University of Whatsapp while some are just folklore. But the best travel website in India is here to bust those myths.
One of the most intriguing things about travelling is discovering why things are the way they are today. From hidden secrets to strange phenomenon, here are 15 things about the world that may sound absurd at first but are actually proven to be true facts!
Japanese railways hand out ‘certificates’ for delays.
Japanese trains, reputedly the most punctual in the world, issue passengers with a ‘delay certificate’ if a train is running more than five minutes behind schedule. The documents can be shown to bosses or teachers to explain a passenger’s lateness
The UK has the world’s longest country name.
The UK’s official title of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland makes it the longest recognised country name in the world.
Pineapple is a popular pizza topping in Sweden.
Sweden is known for its unusual pizza topping but instead of pineapple, it is BANANA. And it is often paired with curry powder.
The Great Wall of China is visible from space.
Despite what people say, the Great Wall of China is not visible from space. Even from low Earth orbit the structure requires magnification to be seen by the human eye.
Egypt is home to the most number of pyramids in the world.
Sudan is claimed to be home to around 250 pyramid structures, that were built by the rulers of the ancient Kushite kingdoms between 2500BC to 300AD. Egypt is thought to have just over 100 pyramids.
The minarets of the Taj Mahal are slightly leaning outwards.
This was done deliberately to ensure that if the structure collapsed the minarets would fall away from the central tomb, and not destroy it.
Canada has the most lakes in the world.
Canada is home to over three million lakes, which is around 60% of the world in total.
Maldives has the most number of islands.
It is Finland that has the most number of islands - almost 180,000 islands. More than any country on earth.
The shortest commercial flight takes less than two minutes.
Incredibly, the shortest commercial flight, operating between the neighbouring islands of Westray and Papa Westray in Scotland’s Orkney islands, takes around one and a half minutes.
The current year in Ethiopia is 2013
Ethiopia maintains its own calendar, which, due to a difference in the perceived date of the Annunciation (the proclamation of the birth of Christ), is seven to eight years behind the Gregorian calendar (which is used as standard across most of the world). In Ethiopia the new year also begins on either August 29 or August 30.
Saudi Arabia only has one river in the entire country.
Interestingly, Saudi Arabia has ZERO rivers. More interestingly, it is one of the 17 countries in the world without a single river flowing through it.
In Australia, you could visit a new beach everyday for 27 years.
Australia has more than 10,000 beaches!
Venice is the only town in the world that gets around mainly by boat.
Within Giethoorn Village in the Netherlands, there are no streets, only footpaths and over 6 km of canal.The picturesque village is filled with rustic cottages and surrounded by tall trees — just like a fairytale! Visitors can either kayak through the scenic neighbourhood or ride a bike on the footpaths.
China has just one standard time across the country.
Despite spanning five geographical time zones, China only has one set time, which is observed throughout the country. China Standard Time is UTC+8.
Beer is not an alcoholic drink in Russia.
Russia only classified beer as an alcoholic drink in 2011. Before that any drink with less than 10% alcohol was considered ‘food’.
How many of these did you guess right?
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