World’s longest place name is in NZ

Good luck trying to pronounce the longest place name in the world: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu although you may have an easier time with the shortened version Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu. How about Taumata? You’ll find the town on New Zealand’s North Island.

The real name of L.A.

We know it today as L.A., but the original name of America’s second largest city, Los Angeles, is El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porcincula,or, if you prefer in English, The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Porciúncula River.

The most northerly sand dunes on Earth

The most northerly sand dunes on Earth are found in northern Saskatchewan along the shores of Lake Athabasca in Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park. The dunes stretch for more than 100 kilometres and are as much as 30 metres tall.

The world’s shortest scheduled airline flight


The world’s shortest scheduled airline flight lasts a mere two minutes. Loganair makes the 2.73 kilometre flight between the islands of Westray and Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands. On days with a good tailwind, the flight can be even shorter.