Christmas Islands Around the World

It’s June, which means it’s halfway to Christmas. Halfway, that is, unless you live in one of the numerous places around the world named for the holiday. Geody lists 171 places in its gazetteer with the word ‘Christmas’ in their name, including such places as Christmas Vlei, Namibia (a dry lake in the western portion…

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The Largest Cities With the Shortest Names

We’ve talked before on this site about the eight Scandinavian villages named Å, and there are a few other places in the world with just one letter for a name, but what one-letter town can actually claim to be the largest?  Not too many people can claim to live in such uniquely-named locales. The former…

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Capitals of Their Country, Not of Their Region

Ottawa. Pretoria. Ngerulmud. That’s right, Ngerulmud.  What do these three cities share in common?  Well, for one, they’re all national capitals (Ngerulmud, if you’re wondering, has been the capital of the west Pacific island nation of Palau since 2006).  Even more uniquely, they’re cities which are capitals of their entire country but not of the…

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The World’s Largest Book

Think of the largest book that you own. Not in terms of pages, but in terms of actual physical size. Chances are for many of you that it’s a large atlas.If you’ve strolled through the reference section at a library, you’ve more than likely seen some monstrous ones that take up entire tables. For many…

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Naypyidaw: The World Capital You Can’t Really See

A regime building a new capital in a symbolic or central location is a tradition that dates back to the beginnings of civilisation. In the past 60 years alone, massive cities such as Brasilia, Yamoussoukro, Abuja, Putrajaya and Islamabad have been constructed or reconstructed to serve as new capital cities for their countries; a way…

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