Random Fact Tuesday- Travel Edition

Yep, I’m back and ready for things to slow down a bit.  In the next day or so I plan on posting our vacation pictures, so it seemed appropriate to have a nice travel or facts about places themed, Random Fact Tuesday.  I need something to make my first day back to work a little happier!

  • Thailand has the world`s largest Crocodile Farm.
  • The most densely populated country is the Netherlands.
  • Kansas City has more fountains than Rome.
  • The Hawaiian islands are the most isolated group of islands in the world.
  • The Tokyo Zoo closes down for two months every year to give the animals a break from the people.
  • The amusement park with the most rides at 68 and the park with the most roller coasters at 17 is Cedar Point Amusement Park (roller coaster capital of the world) in Sandusky, Ohio, USA.
  • Indonesia has the largest number of active volcanoes in the world.
  • Zimbabwe has the “world’s lowest life expectancy” at 37.8.
  • Jamaica’s name comes from the Arawak Indian word Xaymaca, which means “isle of springs”.
  • Costa Rica means “rich gold”.
  • Thailand was once known as Siam
  • Finland is home to several odd competitions, including the wife carrying competition and the mobile phone throwing competition.Caribbean national Forest also known as El Yungue is the only tropical rain forest in the US National Forest System. It is located in Puerto Rico. Of the 240 tree species found in the park, 23 species are found nowhere else. There are more species of tree there than in any other national park.
  • New York City is the largest city in the US and was the first US capital. Washington D.C. became its capital in 1800.

Seeing how I just returned from New Orleans, Key West, and the Caribbean, I thought I would include some facts specifically about these cool ass places.

  • The first Mardi Gras, which means “Fat Tuesday” in French, took place in New Orleans in 1827.
  • Key West has the highest average temperature in the United States.
  • The largest barrier reef in the Western hemisphere is located within 10-40 miles of Belize mainland and is almost 185 miles long
  • Miami installed the first bank automated teller machine especially for rollerbladers.
  • New Orleans was the third largest city in the United States by 1852.
  • Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America because the city has 185 miles of local waterways.
  • More ships cruise the Caribbean islands than any other region in the world.
  • Louisiana is the only state in the union that does not have counties. Its political subdivisions are called parishes.
  • Florida is the only state that has 2 rivers both with the same name. There is a Withlacoochee in north central Florida (Madison County) and a Withlacoochee in central Florida. They have nothing in common except the name.

Okay… I guess I’m done for now.  I’ll be back shortly though.  I know I kind of disappeared for a bit, but dammit I’m back!!!!

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2 thoughts on “Random Fact Tuesday- Travel Edition

  1. Cool.
    One note:
    The official language of Costa Rica is Spanish. Translated to English it means “rich coast.” Spanish for rich gold would be Oro Rica.

  2. I’ve been to the Yungue. Very pretty but I was hoping to see monkeys. Sadly, there are no monkeys.
    How did you like NOLA? I could seriously just eat my way through that place… as long as I had a to go cup.

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