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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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I've been told one state in the US is the easternmost, westernmost and northernmost state. How to visit the points?

According to what I've been told, one state (Alaska) has land which is considered the easternmost, northernmost, and westernnmost in all of the USA. What are the three points that allows it to claim ...
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Longest possible single-fare journey in London Fare Zone 2?

I've noticed that it is theoretically possible to perform an almost complete circuit of London by rail without leaving fare zone 2 and without having to swipe in / swipe out with an Oyster card ...
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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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Are street numbers in addresses in geographic order in Taiwan?

Are street numbers in Taiwan addresses in geographic order, like in Australia and the USA, or are they in chronological order, as often happens in Japan?
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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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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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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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What is the most active volcano in Central America?

What is the most active volcano in Central America, in terms of eruptions, explosions, lava, gases, etc.? Is it possible to visit it?
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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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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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Does flying east to west generally take longer than west to east in America?

I noticed for a particular round-trip that the portion from the east coast to the west was scheduled to take over an hour longer than the return trip. I initially thought this was a mistake due to ...
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What's the longest take-off run of a commercial flight? [closed]

I listen to the Dr Karl 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 unusual condition and not ...
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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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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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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?
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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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Can an airline operate a flight on the same route with the same flight number twice in one day?

Can an airline operate with two flights in one day to the same destination with the same flight number for example DUBAI to MUSCAT ETD 0400Z SSV 221 and DUBAI MUSCAT ETD 1300Z SSV 221
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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 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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What are the top three healthiest drink options on a typical US flight?

To not turn this into a health or personal opinion debate, let's define "healthiest" as having the least sugar and most protein. Tomato juice seems like a solid option. Any others? I see Minute Maid ...
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Why are postcards of Cologne in ruins following WW2 bombing sold in the city? [closed]

Two years ago I visited Cologne and while I very much enjoyed my stay, one thing did stick out for me as incredibly odd. Souvenir shops in addition to selling key rings, fridge magnets and standard ...
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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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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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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, ...