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  1. Amazing fact is that if you die in Amsterdam with no next of kin to attend funeral , a poet will write a special poem for you and recite it at your funeral.
  2. Bangkok , Thailand’s real name is amazingly the longest city name on Earth written with 163 symbols.
  3. Fact is breathing the air in Beijing has the same health risks as smoking 21 cigarettes a day.
  4. Blue Canyon , California is the snowiest city in the USA .
  5. Cedar Rapids, Iowa is the only city in the world to have its government located on an island.
  6. Amazingly Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world after Warsaw.
  7. Amazingly in Churchill, Canada , residents have to leave their cars unlocked as an escape for pedestrians to escape a polar bear attack!
  8. Fact is Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC.
  9. Amazingly in Detroit most police station are closed to public for 16 hours resulting in response time of about one hour compared to national average of 10 minutes.
  10. Dinosaur is a town in Colorado.
  11. Dubai’s Burj Al Arab hotel amazingly provides guests with Gold i-pads.
  12. High Wycombe is a town in the UK that weighs their mayor before and after their term as a tradition! The ceremony began in 1678 and has continued on to this day. It started because citizens were angry because they believed public officials were stealing money they didn’t deserve and getting fat of it.
  13. Honk Kong has the biggest number of Rolls-Royce cars per resident in the entire world.
  14. Amazingly Honolulu is the only place in the United States that has a royal palace!
  15. Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world that lies in two continents.
  16. Juneau , Alaska is the “largest” city in the United States covering about 3,000 square miles.
  17. La Paz , Capital city of Bolivia is the highest capital in the World at 17000 Ft. The amount of oxygen in the atmosphere is barely able to support fire.
  18. The fact is the city of Las Vegas has the most hotel rooms in the world.
  19. The 315,000 watt light beam shining from the top of the Luxor hotel , Las Vegas is the most powerful in the World visible from amazing distance of 250 miles.
  20. Amazing fact is Latvia has a prison hotel  where Guests are treated like convicts and hotel rooms are like prison cells.
  21. London is technically one of the smallest cities in the UK with only 7,000 residents! That’s because the City of London is a city within the greater London. The city’s boundaries have remained almost unchanged since it was founded by the Romans in 47 AD and today it covers only 1.12 square miles.
  22. Do you know that in London average tourist is being caught on surveillance cameras about 300 times a day ?
  23. Amazingly to be a London black cab driver , you are expected to know 25000 roads and 50000 points of interest and pass a test called “Knowledge”. To pass the exams applicants usually need 12 appearances and has to prepare for 34 months.
  24. Fact is when We think of Big Ben in London , We think of the clock. Actually it is the bell.
  25. Amazing fact is the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London has been going on uninterrupted since the 14th century !
  26. Los Angeles’s is named after river named “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula”. And can be abbreviated to two letters , “L.A. , just 3.6% of full name.
  27. Amazingly in the city of Mackinac islands , Michigan , cars have been banned since 1898.
  28. Madrid is the only European Capital city not situated on river.
  29. Marion , Ohio , USA has the only popcorn museum in the world .
  30. Mexico City is amazingly sinking at a rate of 6 to 8 inches a year because it’s built on top of an underground reservoir.
  31. In Mexico City, the average square yard of a sidewalk contains about 70 discarded gums.
  32. Mexico City has the most museums in the world, with more than 160, almost all of which are free on Sundays! The city also has over 100 art galleries, and 30 concert halls.
  33. Amazingly “Monowi” is a town of Nebraska which has a population of 1. The mayor pays taxes to herself.
  34. Montreal has an underground city, which has over 2,000 shops and 26 kilometers of walkways. This is in fact the largest underground network for any city.
  35. Amazingly Montreal is the second largest French speaking city after Paris.
  36. Moscow is the city with the most number of billionaires with 78 of them.
  37. In 1626, the Dutch purchased Manhattan Island from the Lenape Native Americans for 60 guilders (about $1000). The English conquered the city from the Dutch in 1664, and “New Amsterdam” became “New York.”
  38. Amazingly in 1698, New York City only had a population of 4,937 people.
  39. New York’s Wall Street was named such due to the 1340 Ft long and 12 Feet tall wall erected in 1653 by Dutch colonists for protection against enemies.
  40. Fact is New York city was briefly the U.S. Capital from 1789 to 1790.
  41. Amazing fact is there are enough restaurants in New York for you to eat out every night for 54 years and never visit the same place again.
  42. Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.
  43. There’s a restaurant in New York called “The Exchange Bar & Grill”  where menu prices amazingly rise and fall based on demand just like the Stock Exchange!
  44. The New York subway system is the largest mass transit system in the world with 468 stations and 842 miles (1355 km) of track.
  45. Unlike most major subways systems around the world, the New York Subway runs 24 hours a day. About 40% of the New York Subway system is above ground. The first underground section of the Subway was opened in 1904.
  46. The New York street network is in fact the longest in the world. It exceeds 10,000 km.
  47. The city of New York paid only $5 million for the land that would become central park . The land is now valued at $ 550 billion. It is visited by more than 25 million visitors per year.
  48. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (“The Met”) contains over 2 million works, making it one of the largest art museums in the world. It contains one of the most comprehensive collection of Asian art in the West.
  49. Hartsdale , New York amazingly has a pet cemetery with more than 12,000 pets buried.
  50. There are more Irish in New York City than in Dublin, Ireland; more Italians in New York City than in Rome, Italy; and more Jews in New York City than in Tel Aviv, Israel.
  51. Japan’s Okinava island has more than 450 persons living above the age of 100 and is the healthiest place on earth.
  52. Amazingly Paris is the only city in the world, where the «M» of the famous McDonalds logo is not written in yellow  but with white because authorities insisted that yellow environment is tasteless as advised by the city’s artists.
  53. Pierre, the capital of South Dakota, is the only state capital name that shares no letters with the name of its state.
  54. Fact is Sparta , a Greek city had 500,000 slaves and only 25,000 citizens att the height of its power (400 BC).
  55. Rome , Italy was the first city in the World to reach a population of 1 million people in 133 B.C.
  56. Every year visitors throw approx. 1.1 million Euros into the Trevi fountain in Rome. The fund is used to operate supermarket for the needy.
  57. The San Francisco Fire Department uses handmade wooden ladders for safety as the streets of San Francisco are filled with low-hanging power lines. Also wood ladders are much heavier, and remain stable when strong winds come in.
  58. Amazingly there is not a single graveyard within the city of San Francisco .
  59. Seoul has been the capital city of Korea for more than 600 years.
  60. Seoul, the South Korean capital, just means “the capital” in the Korean language.
  61. Shani Shinganapur is a town Maharashtra , India having population of 15000 that has no doors . There are only door frames even in toilets.
  62. St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest city in the US.
  63. Amazingly there is a town in Alaska , Talkeetna , which has had a cat as a mayor for 15 years.
  64. With more than 37.5 million people living in greater Tokyo, the city is the largest metropolitan area in the world. Due to limited space , a typical size of a one bedroom apartment is usually not more than 15 square meters (170 square feet). Most Japanese apartments have sliding doors.
  65. Tokyo is known for tiny hotel rooms in unique “Capsule hotels”. You get nothing more than a capsule or a box to sleep in.
  66. Tokyo’s subway is one of the busiest in the world. Millions of people use the subway and railway daily, and they even have staff cramming passengers inside the trains. In fact Japan has 82 of the 100 busiest train stations in the world!
  67. Toronto was the first city in the world with a computerized traffic signal system.
  68. The vatican city is home to only ATM that gives instructions in Latin.
  69. Venice has an underwater Train.
  70. The city of Venice stands on about 120 small islands.
  71. There are no skyscrapers in Washington D.C. The height restriction amazingly stems from a 1910 law prohibiting buildings from being any taller than the width of the adjacent street, plus 20 feet.
  72. Washington D.C. is dotted with parks that impede the flow of traffic. The city’s 19th century architects placed the parks at inconvenient locations to serve as impediments to any army invading from the water.
  73. Washington D.C. is home to 74 museums, including the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, the most heavily visited museum in the world!
  74. Amazing fact is Washington D.C. has 1 lawyer for every 19 residents, and 74 lobbyists for every Senator.
  75. Most of Washington’s streets are named for letters and numbers. But there is no “J” Street because in Colonial times, the letters “J” and “I” were interchangeable. “J” was not yet a fully recognized letter.

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