10 Crazy Facts About the World You Wouldn’t Believe

Ain’t the world a remarkable place? These 10 facts sound a little crazy, but trust us, they’re all true.

#1 This Hill’s Name

Try saying it five times really fast. No? Okay, just once then

Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatahu is the Maori name for a hill in southern Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. You can simply call it Taumata for short. Phew.

#2 Closer Than You Think…

But Finland is much prettier, for sure

North Korea and Finland are separated by only one country. And that country? It’s Russia.

#3 Girl Power in Russia

Wonder how many Russian nesting dolls there are…

Speaking of, there are 9 million more females than males in Russia.

#4 There World’s Deepest Underwater Mailbox

Yet walking down to the mail room seems like such a task

Is of course, in Japan. The underwater mailbox is located in 10 meters below the surface of Susami, Wakayama. It was created in 1999 as an attraction for the quiet fishing village. It worked, as it’s now in the Guinness World Book of Records.

#5 Queen of the Seas

This whale belongs to: Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II owns all the sturgeons, whales and dolphins in the waters within 5 kilometers from the UK.

#6 Saudi’s Big Secret

“Just call me Camo, mate”

Saudi Arabia imports its camels from Australia!

#7 Sweden Imports Garbage

IKEA, meatballs … Sweden does a lot of things right

For good reason — the Swedes are so good at recycling, that they actually run out of garbage and have to import more from Norway to fuel their energy programs.

#8 What Are You Saying?

Lucky there’s Google Translate

Believe it or not, only 4% of the world’s languages are spoken by 96% of the population. The most widely spoken language is Mandarin with over 1 billion speakers, followed by the English language with 508 million speakers.

#9 O Canada

Emerald Lake in British Columbia

Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. That’s 2 million lakes, but then again, Canada is the second largest country in the world behind Russia.

#10 The Sea and The Stars

Don’t forget to look up!

There are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach in the world. And if you’re wondering, there are 100 billion stars in the universe.

Where in the world would you like to go?

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Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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