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The name of Japan's northernmost city Wakkanai sounds like "wakannai" which means "I don't know" You can thus expect to get some ribbing if you answer questions like "Where are you?" with "Wakkanai"!
The Vatican is the only country in the world where ATM instructions are in Latin—the "dead" language.
A golf player boasting about having played a round in two countries has probably played in Tornio, Finland.
One of the highlights on the Trans-Siberian is the freshly smoked fish sold on the shore of Lake Baikal.
Iquitos, Peru is the largest continental city unreachable by road. The only ways in are by plane or river boat.
The Hanseatic salt warehouses in Lübeck have functioned as Count Nosferatu's house in both the original movie from 1922 and the remake almost 60 years later.
An alternative to the extreme summer temperatures of Dubai is the indoor ski center where you can ride the slopes even in the middle of the summer.
The closest relative of the tiny rock rabbits that inhabit Cape Town's Table Mountain is actually the massive African elephant.
The famous Sereer wrestlers in Palmarin still carry on the tradition of using talismans and drinking magical potions to give them the strength to win.
North Sentinel, one of Andaman Islands, is home to a tribe that have so far resisted all outside attempts to contact, including those by the Indian government.
Tünel in Galata, Istanbul is the second oldest underground railway in the world, after London's Underground, though from one end to the other, it's just 573 meters long.
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The anchor of Christopher Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria, is on display at the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien in Port-au-Prince. (must verify the anchor and museum were not destroyed in the earthquake)
The town of Kristinestad, Finland has a road called Kattpiskargränden, which means Cat Spanker Alley.
Hebron in Northern Kentucky is home to the Creation Museum, which teaches the Book of Genesis as literal truth. (de-outline)
Mt. Angel recently built the largest glockenspiel in the United States. Also hosts a Bavarian-style "Oktoberfest" complete with traditional German bands every September (de-outline, wait for September, 2008 dates are Sep.11-14)
A street in Lancaster, California was modified for a Honda commercial so that all cars driving over it at 55 miles per hour would hear the William Tell Overture due to grooves cut in the road.
The world's longest street is Yonge Street in Ontario, Canada, which runs from Lake Ontario to Lake Simcoe and is 1,896 km (1,178 mi) long. (de-outline)
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