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Why do UK people stand on the right on escalators?

UK uses left-hand traffic. Traffic flows on the left side, people walk on the left. Is there any reason to stand on the right while using escalators?
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Is there a tourist destination where the new year starts first and at the same time the old year ends last?

We were brainstorming where to celebrate the next new year. It would be fun if it is possible to be the first in the new year to then with minor traveling enjoy yet a bit of the old year. Is there ...
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Where can I visit the only two escalators in Wyoming?

Someone was showing me a list of things learned in 2013, and one of their facts was that the state of Wyoming, in the US, only has two escalators in the whole state. Where are these two escalators? ...
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Do airlines fly directly over the North Pole?

I always like flying to/from north America, since the route usually goes over Greenland. I do like the idea that I am only 10 km away from this inaccessible land. I would love to be able to say that I ...
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The percentage of “missed flights”

What is the percentage of “missed flights”, on international flights, due to late passengers arrival at their designated hour to the airport?
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Why are there no 2,3,4,5 tier bunk beds on airplanes?

Lie-flat seats in business class, are a fact of life. Even private cabins and showers are now a fact of life on airplanes. I have traveled on bunk beds in economy style class train cabins for >22 ...
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Which mountain has the highest death ratio of hikers?

Which mountain is most difficult to climb? I know it's not only height but also weather etc. But would like to know according to the ratio of death of climbers and with respect to ratio of ...
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Where is the highest Bungee jump above sea?

I want to know, Where is the highest Bungee jump above sea?
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Why do passports expire?

Based on this question, why do passports expire? What possible function does it serve to limit their validity in time?
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How many 6,000 meter peaks are there in Asia? In the world?

Climber Maximo Kausch claims there are 118 "6,000ers" in the Andes. And according to Peakbagger, 6,000 meter peaks are found only in the Andes, Central Asia (including the Himalaya, the Hindu Kush and ...
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Pacific islands where you can still find native naked people that are wearing no clothes

Jacque Fresco once mentioned (http://youtu.be/kj21LpHUqnM?t=43s) that he find naked people in Tuomoto when he was living in South Pacific for 1 year. But that was in the 50's, so a lot has probably ...
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One foot in Belgium and the other in the Netherlands!

I come across this photo in Facebook where the borderline between Belgium and the Netherlands is drawn in the ground splitting a house in two sides one side at each country. One can literally put one ...
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Can you travel 'above' the control of a country?

To be clear this is not a question on doing anything illegal. The question is about realms of control, and when you're "visiting" the territory of a country. According to the UN's rules, territorial ...
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Why do people on airplanes often have tomato juice as a drink?

Tomato juice seems to be a favorite drink for many travelers to have on board an airplane. I've seen this on almost every flight I've been on, but I have never noticed this same trend at ground-level. ...
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Is brushing your teeth in the public toilet a culture specific activity? [closed]

I have seen on a number of occasions in Australia of people brushing their teeth in a public toilet, whether it is in a library or office building. I am trying to work out whether this is something ...
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What is the youngest new natural landmass that can be visited?

I recently visited the Vulcão dos Capelinhos, which is an extension of Faial Island in the Azores that erupted from the sea bed only 50 years ago. Visiting this area gives you a great sense of the ...
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Is there still uncharted land? [duplicate]

Recently I drove on a road not yet mapped on osm. As soon as I get back, I will add it. It made me wonder if every piece of land is already mapped, or if you could still have a bit of adventure, doing ...
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Countries with hi-tech toilets

While in Japan I was amazed by the hi-tech toilets I saw everywhere (even in rural areas) and I even felt a bit inferior because Italians' toilet don't offer anywhere near such a range of personal ...
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Why is the baggage allowance on flights to/from Brazil more generous?

It seems that it is common that the baggage allowance on flights to Brazil is more generous (both in number of pieces and weight) than to other countries. In fact many airlines, have a specific ...
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How punctual are Swiss trains?

Yesterday, I was on a Swiss train that was 10 minutes late. I thought perhaps it was the end of the world ... The Swiss railways have a reputation for being very punctual (the joke being you can set ...
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Oldest monument in Rome

I know this question might seem a bit weird, but this is really difficult to find an answer to me. Rome is well known to be one of the city in the world which has the biggest quantity of ancient ...
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Why do airplanes at every airport disembark at the left (port) side?

I travel by air a lot, and at virtually every airport I've ever been too, including where you disembark by stairs, as opposed to by jet bridge, the left-hand-doors are always used; and the ...
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Are there any man-only places in the world?

I know it is forbidden to enter to Muslim's mosques/shrines without proper Islamic cover or having your shoes during walking through temples/tombs/shrines in India and some other Hindu countries or ...
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What is the nearest underwater hotel to Germany?

I'm trying to find an underwater hotel that is not too far away from Germany. What's is the nearest one?
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What is the fastest speed a passenger airplane flies at?

How fast does the world's currently fastest passenger plane fly (cruise speed)? Do any passenger planes fly faster than the speed of sound?
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What's the longest take-off run of a commercial flight? [closed]

I listen to the Australian educator Dr Karl's podcast where in a recent one he stated the longest take off run was by a C-130 (Hercules) plane in Greenland a long while back (I gather it was some ...
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Longest distance ordinary road sign?

Outside Narvik, Norway (at Gratangseidet north of Bjerkvik, at the border between Nordland and Troms) is a road sign indicating the distance to Kirkenes along the E6 as 1042 km: Kirkenes 1042 km ...
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Can I land in a different time zone before my take off time? [closed]

Theoretically, it should be possible to land before taking off (if you go on a fast enough airplane between two cities close to a time-zone boundary). Practically, are there any such flights, even if ...
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Are there any mosques in Liechtenstein?

Are there any mosques in Liechtenstein? I like to visit a local mosque in every city I visit. Any Idea?
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What's the most complicated public transport tariff system in the world? [closed]

I wonder what's the most complicated tariff system for public transport on the world? Which city has this [inglorious] record? I'm trying to understand the tariff system for Nürnberg region (Bayern, ...
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Fastest public elevator in the world

The Main Tower is my favorite attraction in Frankfurt(Main) not only because of the wonderful public viewing platform, but also because of the amazing speed of the elevator - 25,2 km/h. I think the ...
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Is Vatican City considered a country?

I have a life-long goal of seeing at least 50 countries before I die. I'm behind but I figure I would see most of them over the next 20 years as I get closer to retirement and make my fortune. :-) ...
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Where is the coldest commercial diving site?

When I did my diving course, I was told that it was much easier diving in warm waters so if you finish your course in colder seas, you don't have to have a diving skill check before your recreational ...
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Are there any inhabited condominiums (joint sovereignties) apart from Brčko District?

The Wikipedia article on condominium (in the meaning of joint sovereignty) lists a number of present condominiums, including Brčko District, which has almost 90000 inhabitants and is a condominimum ...
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Visiting the sunniest place on earth - country and city

This is a two parter. Vancouver has rain for like, 9 months a year. I've been told it gets quite heavy. If you wanted to go to the opposite extreme... What country gets the most sunlight hours ...
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What is the cheapest hostel in the world?

I'm asking about the cheapest bunk-bed or similar in a hostel in the world if only one traveller arrives to the hostel.
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World's fastest ferry route

Last summer, I was impressed by the speed of the Norwegian hurtigbåt M/S Fjordprinsessa, operating near Tromsø, travelling so fast that travellers are not allowed on-deck and are recommended to remain ...
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Most radioactive places on earth

I recently visited Iwaki, Fukushima province to visit Spa Resort Hawaiians. Partially because it sounded interesting, and partially to buck the trend of overseas tourists avoiding Fukushima province. ...
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Places with unusual platform numbers

I just came across platform zero at JR Kyoto station. Are there places with more exotic station numbers, such as negative numbers, fractions or complex numbers? I'm interested in places that have such ...
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What's the highest number of countries whose borders meet at a single point?

What is the maximum number of countries meeting at a single point on earth? Where is it? What are the countries?
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Are there any women-only places in the world?

It looks like reports of a women-only city in Saudi Arabia are greatly exaggerated. But are there any other places in the world where the population is entirely or almost entirely female? The place ...
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Why are visas not electronic?

With our increasing reliance on technology why do we have to carry paper visa 'stamps' in our passport instead of using some electronic system? I am assuming a passport number is linked to a visa so ...
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Where can I visit the most northerly Australian fauna in the world?

In Asahiyama Zoo in Hokkaido, Japan (43.768533,142.482717), I saw a pair of emus. Are they the northernmost Australian fauna in the world, or is there a place even further north that has distinctly ...
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Hypothetically, how long would it take to circumnavigate New Zealand by foot?

This would include looping around the three major islands - the North Island, the South Island, and Stewart Island. Some calculation or reference would be useful, rather than a stab in the dark, ...
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What's the highest price a country charges citizens of another country for tourist visa?

Many countries charge money to issue visas to people wishing to enter, and many charge different fees for citizens of different countries. On my current trip the most I've had to pay was $20. One ...
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What are the two closest capital cities in the world?

Recently, there was a discussion here on Travel.SE about what are the two closest capital cities in the world. One user argued that it is Vienna and Bratislava. Another one stated either Vatican City ...
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What is the most expensive train ride in India?

Considering a lot of people use trains in India, train tickets tend to be cheap, depending on class of travel, of course. What I am interested in is finding out which train ride or which route (since ...
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What is the fastest theoretical route for the London “Tube Challenge”?

The "Tube Challenge" is the accepted name for the Guinness World Record attempt to visit all the stations on the London Underground network in the fastest time possible. The rules are here. The ...
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Why do mileposts on US Interstates increase South to North instead of North to South?

Not sure if this will be on topic but I'd like to know anyway: Why do mileposts on US Interstates increase South to North instead of North to South?
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Why do the Japanese wear masks like Surgeons in Tokyo? [closed]

In Japan, Tokyo it is common to see Japanese people walking around with masks like the kind Surgeons wear during surgeries. Why do the Japanese wear masks like Surgeons in Tokyo?