Interesting facts around the world
As travel lovers, I’m sure you all love discovering new and interesting things about the world we live in. Here are 5 of the most interesting facts about some of the most famous and loved cities in the world.
At around 8800 m, Mt Everest is the highest point on the planet. The interesting fact is Everest is still growing, adding 3 to 5 mm to the height and moving north-eastward at 27 m per year.
On the opposite side we have Mexico City that is sinking at a rate of 10 cm a year. That is 10 times faster than Venice. WOW! The very alarming descent is evidenced in the cracked pavements and the 23 extra steps up to the Angel of Independence monument.
New York City
New York City was founded as New Amsterdam in 1626, but didn’t consolidate the five boroughs which make up modern New York today- Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx until 1898.
Another interesting fact: Dutch explorer Peter Minuit purchased the island of Manhattan from the Algonquin tribe for trinkets and tools worth about $24. 24$!!! And we are talking about Manhattan people.
Do you guys know why Paris is called the City of Lights? It has nothing to do with the power used to illuminate the Eiffel Tower or the streetlights of the city. Light, in this case, means intellectuals, referring to the high-concentration of writers, artists and academics that have always been drawn to the city. Very appropriate, we might say.
The people of the Alaskan town of Barrow, located just 800 miles from the North Pole, don’t have it that easy. Besides the cold, we mean. A day can last three months in Barrow, the sun rises on May 10 and it doesn’t set again for three months. Then in November, the sun goes down and doesn’t come up again for another three months.