Amazing Facts From Around the World!

The city of London rented a property from the royal family 800 years ago! No one knows where the property is located, but at an annual ceremony the authorities still pay the same rent as at the beginning: an axe, a knife, sixty-one nails, and six horseshoes per year.

The last stop sign was removed from the city of Paris in 2013. Despite the hectic amount of traffic and the chaotic streets in ‘The City of Lights’, cars do not come to a complete stop at intersections without traffic lights. Paris is also home to one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, the Eiffel Tower. Check out some other famous landmarks from around the world!

Seattle, the birthplace of Starbucks, Boeing and the world’s first petrol station, also happens to be the most literate city in the United States. It also has the highest percentage of people with at least a college degree. Make sure to visit the stunning Seattle Central Library next time you’re in the beautiful seaport city.

On January 31, 1990, the first McDonald’s in Russia opened its doors in Moscow’s Pushkin Square. More than 30,000 people were served during the fast-food chain’s opening. Muscovites willingly stood in a line that stretched for several miles and paid the hefty 3.50 roubles for a Big Mac, which was more than a monthly bus pass.

Mexico City is a massive metropolis and the most-populous city in North America. The city was built on top of a lake called Texcoco. Because of this, the city is continually sinking at an average rate of one meter per year. It has even sunk by as much as nine meters in a single year!

There are eleven million poles supporting the city of Amsterdam. The poles are around fifteen to twenty meters long and are wedged into a layer of sandy soil that is approximately eleven meters deep. An average house is supported by about ten of these poles, while the main train station, Amsterdam Centraal, is supported by 9,000 poles!

How do you typically travel to work? Kolkata, the capital of India’s West Bengal state, is the only major city in India where more people commute to work with a bicycle than with a car. Approximately eleven percent of the city’s workers take the bicycle to work, whereas only eight percent take the car.

The city of Alberobello, in the Puglia region in Italy, is known for its distinctive beehive-like houses called trulli. The houses were constructed with the sole purpose of avoiding taxes. The houses, designed to be easily dismantled, allowed the city to evade being recognized as an inhabited settlement. Because of this clever trick, Alberobello did not need to pay the state taxes for its existence.

If you are visiting Singapore, make sure you are aware of the rules. If you sing, recite, or utter any ballad or obscene song in public, you could wind up in jail for three months! You can also spend time in the slammer if you connect to another person’s Wi-Fi!

When the famous Hollywood sign was erected in 1923, it read Hollywoodland. The sign’s original purpose was to advertise a new housing development in the hills. It quickly established itself as a cultural landmark and was left up.

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