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Just the Facts Ma’am

By July 6, 2012 No Comments

I’ve decided it’s time for more fun facts. Of course, some of these are completely useless, but I think you’ll find a few of the others amusing and perhaps worth sharing with friends.

6 oddly named communities in the United States:

  • Disappointment, Kentucky, USA – You could be disappointed if you wind up in Disappointment, Kentucky. It’s not actually a town, but more of an area that’s surrounded by the beautiful forested hills of southern Kentucky.
  • Why, Arizona USA – Why is a tiny, rural Arizona community with another strange name. The community sits where state highways 86 and 86 meet with each other at a Y-shaped intersection. The village founders then decided to call the place Why. They couldn’t just call it Y, since the law in Arizona states that all communities must have a minimum of three letters in their names.
  • No Name, Colorado, USA  – There’s been a horse with no name and a man with no name, now we have a town named No Name. The name might have been joke at the time, but nobody’s sure. Rumors have it that the state’s transportation department placed a sign on Interstate 70 to let people know about a small unnamed village. One of the residents wrote No Name on top of the exit sign and the name just happened to stick, even though the local government tried to change it.
  • Hell, Michigan, USA – I’m sure this isn’t the only Hell in the world, but it might be the most famous in the USA. It’s located in Michigan’s Livingston County and the small, charming town isn’t shy about cashing in on its odd name.
  • Embarrass, Minnesota, USA – This Minnesota Township lies in St. Louis County. The name comes from the French word embarrass, which actually means to hinder with difficulties or obstacles. Many years ago French fur traders found it quite hard to navigate the local landscape by canoe and decided to name the local river Embarrass and the river’s name was soon incorporated into the township.
  • Boring, Oregon, USA -This small locality lies just outside of the city of Portland. However, the story of its name is actually pretty boring since it was named after a resident named W.H Boring.

A few more fun, but somewhat useless, travel facts:

  • American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by taking an olive out of their First Class salads.
  • Club Direct, a travel insurance company in Great Britain, provides insurance plans for protection against falling coconuts.
  • Odds that you’ll be killed by an airplane falling from the sky are 1 in 25 million. Odds that it will happen today are 1 in 7 trillion.
  • France is the most visited country int he world. Approximately 80 million tourists visited France in 2010 and the Eiffel Tower was by far the most visited attraction.
  • At any given hour there are 61,000 people airborne over the U.S.
  • The world’s busiest airport, based on passenger traffic, is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with over 80 million passengers in 2010. The Sydney Airport is the world’s 27th busiest, with 33 million passengers in 2010.
  • The world’s most expensive plane ticket cost Sydney millionaire Julian Hayward a staggering $123,000. He was the first person to buy a seat on the Airbus A380 maiden flight between Singapore and Sydney in 2007.
Rose Pylidis

Rose Pylidis

Rose has been part of the Christopherson team for more that 16 years. When she's not building connections and solving business travel problems, she's volunteering on humanitarian trips. Find Rose on LinkedIn.

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