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Visiting Prague? Go to Sedlec and visit the Ossuary where in 1511, a half blind monk used the bones of 40000 people to decorate this church. Skull were used to make Chambers, hipbones were used to make wall ornaments. It is about a 40 min walk from the center, real close if you're driving.
You can legally duel in Paraguay - as long as both parties are registered blood donors
Some European trains make use of ferry crossings to connect. So, really and truthfully, the ENTIRE train is put aboard the boat!!! … If you’d like to experience this you have to connect between Puttgarden in Germany to Rodby Faerge in Denmark or between Villa San Giovanni in Italy to Messina.
WEIRD OR WONDERFUL?
Visiting Amsterdam? The Cannabis Cup is a 5 day long celebration about marijuana. Officially it brings together cannabis experts so that they can vote on the best 'tasting' varieties of marijuana. Coffeeshops offer 'free tastes' and have 'menus' with marijuana names like SuperSilverMist, Dampkring's White Russian and Yellow Cab....
I love the Dutch sense of humour and friendliness...this proves the point.
"My wife and I lost our camcorder in Amsterdam. It was found by a Dutch couple who, incredibly, took the trouble to trace us through the serial number and the retailer's label. They phoned our house and my son told them where we were staying. The police returned the camcorder to us and when we played back our holiday tapes an unfamiliar room appeared, followed by a smiling policeman. He introduced the couple who had found the camcorder and then a row of police officers performed a brief dance for us and saluted farewell. " (Story by Munro Cunningham)
In Sarasota, USA, it is illegal to sing in a public place whilst wearing a swimsuit.
On a cruise to Alaska, I saw my very first glacier in the magnificent Inside Passage. Excitedly, I asked a ship's officer what it was called. "It's some dumb glacier," he replied.
Disappointed by his attitude, I bought a map to satisfy my curiousity. I found our location and then the name of the ice mass. It was called, just as I had been told, Sumdum Glacier. (Story by Chuck Merla)
At 840,000 square miles, Greenland is the largest island in the world. It is three times the size of Texas. By comparison, Iceland is only 39,800 square miles.
Europe is the only continent without a desert.
I'm going to be accused of 'stirring'...but here goes: French was the official language of England for over 600 years.
Aircraft are forbidden to fly over the Taj Mahal
DID YOU KNOW?
Q: Where is the world's longest bridge?
A: The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway at New Orleans, Louisiana is 37 kms or 24 miles long
The flag of the Philippines is the only national flag that is flown differently during times of peace or war. A portion of the flag is blue, while the other is red. The blue portion is flown on top in time of peace and the red portion is flown on top at times of war.
Q: What is the largest desert in the world?
A: The Sahara Desert is 3, 500 000 square miles
Q: Which zoo has the worlds largest collection of animals?
A: San Diego Zoo in California, USA