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Because the Earth is not a perfect sphere but a little bit "thicker" near the Equator, the peak of Chimborazo (pictured) in Ecuador is the point farthest away from the Earth's center.
A running joke among Moscow's taxi drivers is to take an unwary tourist from one of the three railway stations around the huge "Three stations square" to another.
In the Earthquake Awareness and Preparation Center in Yokosuka visitors can experience a strong earthquake in controlled surroundings, learn how to avoid injury, put out fires, and escape a smoky building.
Perth (pictured) is the most isolated capital city of over 1,000,000 people in the world.
Aberdeen has got many nicknames - among others "the Granite City", "the Rainbow city", "Silver City" and "Oil Capital of Europe".
Gloucester is America's oldest seaport. Established in 1623, the city's roots are tied to the sea.
Table mountain (pictured) in Cape Townis the home of a small animal, the rock rabbit (known locally as the 'Dassie') whose closest relative, DNA-wise, is the elephant.
Wurstkuchl in Regensburg is thought to be the oldest fast food restaurant in the world.
Huangshan is a granite massif consisting of 36 separate peaks, rising above 1,800 m. Famous throughout Chinese artistic history, Huangshan represents the typical mountain in Chinese paintings.
Indiana's motto is "The Crossroads of America" (pictured).
The official book depository of the United Kingdom, the British Library in Camdenholds a copy of every book ever printed in the UK, and a wide variety of periodicals.
Tarifa is located on the southernmost point of the European continent and known as a Mecca for Windsurfing.
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The small principality of Andorra is probably the only country in the world ruled by two princes: the Bishop of Urgell and the President of France. (red-link article needs to be created and de-outlined)
All the houses in Piódão, Portugal have their doors painted in blue because that's the only ink the village shop had. (de-outline)
Devon Island, in Nunavut, Canada, is the largest uninhabited island in the world although it does have a cemetery...thee world's northernmost.
The world's largest pool is located at San Alfonso del Mar, Algarrobo. (de-outline)
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—museum is half buried and so it was only moderately damaged per French Wikipedia , should wait until it reopens before displaying)
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.