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What flight has the highest ratio of timezone difference to flight time?

Inspired by crossing four time zones in six hours today: what commercially operated scheduled flight has the largest time difference per flight time? For example, if there's a 2-hour flight that has ...
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What is the most remote railway line in the world?

What is the most remote railroad in the world? By remote, I mean that: this railroad must be disconnected from any other railroad; this railroad must currently have scheduled passenger trains. ...
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What does this traffic sign mean?

I saw several of them around Paramaribo, Suriname. Left side looks kind of like "vehicles not allowed" and the right side like "parking prohibited" signs, but there was plenty of cars riding and ...
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Metro areas with the biggest daytime bulge in population? [closed]

Juneau, Alaska has a population of roughly 30,000. During the day, according to a taxi driver I utilized, cruise ships can bring in about 10,000 people. So during the day, the number of people in ...
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What's the cheapest flight in the world per kilometer traveled?

We already have a question about the cheapest flight overall, however that only covers the total amount paid for the whole journey. I am instead interested to know which route is the cheapest in the ...
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Place on earth with the highest minimum temperature?

It is easy to find the place on earth with the lowest minimum or highest maximum temperature ever recorded, but I am wondering where is the place with the highest minimum temperature ever recorded ? ...
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Which two countries are the most distant from each other in terms of number of flight segments?

For the purpose of this question, distance means the number of flight hops needed to get from one country to another, with the following conditions: Any two points within the two countries count, so ...
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What do letters “R” and “E” before parking slots in Spain mean?

In Spain, more precisely in the Basque Country, I have seen letters "R" and "E" before parking slots. What do they mean / stand for? This one is in the town of Zumaia. Picture is taken on Google ...
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What do these signs in the Czech Republic mean? [Picture included]

I cannot make sense of these lines and numbers, what do they represent?
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Which road connects the most countries?

European Route E80 connects 9 or 10 countries: Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, (Kosovo), Bulgaria, Turkey, apparently stopping at the Iranian border. Which officially ...
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What is the biggest altitude difference between two points visible from each other and where are they?

People who have been to Geneva surely have admired the view of Mont Blanc. On clear days it is possible to see the mountain which is 70 km away and more than 4000 m higher than the city. (To be honest,...
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Time zones and capital cities

What are the two closest capital cities in different time zones in order to celebrate New Year's Day in both capital cities?
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What is the longest journey made of 2-hour flights from London?

Starting from London, what are the furthest places that can be reached by commercial flights, with any number of flight segments and stopovers, but all flights lasting under 2 hours? For example, can ...
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What's the least difference in longitude on a flight between a pair of IATA airports?

The obvious partner to this question : What's the 'straightest' east-west flight?: I flew from CBR - Canberra [35.2809° S, 149.1300° E] to ADL - Adelaide [34.9285° S, 138.6007° E] on Tuesday and ...
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What's the least difference in latitude on a flight between a pair of IATA airports?

I flew from CBR - Canberra [35.2809° S, 149.1300° E] to ADL - Adelaide [34.9285° S, 138.6007° E] on Tuesday and noticed on the inflight map that it was very close to being perfectly west. As you can ...
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Is the “dark and stormy lab” in which Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson developed Unix still in existence and preserved?

Is the "dark and stormy lab" in which Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson developed Unix still in existence and preserved as of the end of 2017? I might take a trip to USA someday and go visit that lab. ...
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What do these pictures in public toilets on Madeira mean?

On Madeira, I saw in several public toilets pictures on the wall like this (made in Porto Moniz): What do they mean or stand for?
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Any railway stations more than 1 change from London?

This question is just for curiosity, rather than for anything practical. Is there any railway station in the UK from which it is not possible to get to London with only 1 change? The obvious ...
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What is the most expensive regularly scheduled flight? [closed]

What seat on a regularly scheduled flight is the most expensive? I'm assuming it will be some first (or higher) class seat on a long-haul premium airline, but I'm not sure which trip can lay claim to ...
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Where is the longest visible line of sight on Earth from point A to point B?

We've had some interesting questions on being able to see country A from B, and on visibility for miles in every direction. For a 6 ft tall person, the horizon in a 'flat' area is meant to be about ...
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Are there any places on earth completely barren with nothing on the horizon in any direction?

Imagine being on a ship in the middle of the ocean and in every direction you look, there is nothing on the horizon and everything you see is perfectly flat in every direction. Is there any desert (or ...
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Can a teenage Ethiopian legally drink in other countries using their ID?

The current year in Ethiopia is 2009 as they use something similar to the Julian calendar. Could this mean that an Ethiopian born in 1995 (using their calendar), could present their passport/driver's ...
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Did TGVs have restaurant-style dining?

The food on TGVs is just snacks in plastic and some bottled sodas. In contrast you have restaurant-like food in the dining cars of many trains in, for example, Switzerland. Did TGVs ever offer ...
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Which venue has been open 24/7 for the longest time without any breaks?

There are tens of thousands of various establishments worldwide which are normally open 24/7 - bars, restaurants, pubs, hotels, gas stations, etc. Many of them do have small breaks throughout the year ...
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What is the meaning of the NDK “underground” fountain in Sofia?

In Sofia, in front of the NDK, there are two fountains. One of them is underground, at the metro level: Now, I'm not saying that every single fountain in the world is expected to have a deeper ...
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What do the additional numbers on the side of houses in Rome stand for?

In Rome, many houses have large numbers. For example, 3187 as on photo. It is obviously not the post address of the house but something else. What do they mean? Is it a number in some catalogue?
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How many people/airliners are flying in airliners at any given time?

Is there any way to see an actual or estimate figure about how many people are flying (may be in airliners, only, if that helps) at a given point of time? If there's an airplane's count instead of ...
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What is the least frequent scheduled flight in the world?

We already have questions about the cheapest, shortest, most layovers and longest flights in the world. Now I am interested to know which scheduled flight has the least frequency. The constraints ...
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Strange looking region of France on Google Maps

I was idly browsing on google maps and came across this area on the Atlantic coast of France. The terrain looks intriguing. What is it, any idea? They look like water bodies. But the shapes are not ...
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Do road signs showing a country and a city as destinations really exist?

I was watching the movie "The Day of the Jackal (1973)", where Jackal was driving on a road, past this road sign. It shows one country(Italie) & one city(Paris) on the road sign. I never saw a ...
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Smoking marijuana on territory of the Netherlands embassy [closed]

As far as I know the territory of the country's embassy is considered to be the country's territory. So, is it legal, for example, to smoke weed on the territory of the embassy of the Netherlands (or ...
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Why do airlines not have you put your bag underneath your own seat?

On airplanes, they tell you to put your bags either in the overhead or under the seat in front of you. Considering that the front row doesn't have a seat in front of them, and the back seats don't ...
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Why is there no tray table in the front row of airlines?

With the exception of the front row, airlines give everyone a tray table for their enjoyment during the flight. Why do they not put a tray table on the wall in front of the front row?
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Which European (incl. Turkey) hub has the biggest seats capacity to destinations in Africa [closed]

I would like to know which hub has more seats to any destination in Africa, no matter where. For one particular airport consider how many seats there are available in total in a given month or year ...
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World's longest purpose-built pedestrian tunnel?

Where is the world's longest publicly accessible purpose-built pedestrian tunnel? Wikipedia has: List of long tunnels by type, bicycle and pedestrian. This is incomplete, as the only long ...
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Why does the window-side armrest never move?

The window seat always has two armrests, one of them between the passenger and the window. In several hundreds of flights taken, it has always been unmovable. Why does it not go up like the center ...
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Is there any European country where vehicles are driven on the left of the road?

In India, vehicles are right-hand drive (that is, the driver seat is on the right side of vehicle) and the vehicle should be driven on left side of the road. Is there any European country that ...
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How are the suffixes of railway platforms determined? [closed]

I have always wondered how the suffixes of railway platforms are determined. With the suffix, I mean the part after the track number. For example, platform 8a, its suffix is (a). I've heard that, in ...
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What does this symbol on a door mean? (福) [closed]

I live in the Czech Republic in an area where many nationalities live. This year I noticed this strange symbol on multiple doors, although I am sure it has never been there before. What does it mean?...
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Disaster-driven tourism to newly-exposed locales [closed]

There are a few questions here about whether tourism monies ameliorate the effects of a disaster, and this lends some credence to a theory that a disaster can drive additional traffic to a region that ...
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Which is the largest train in terms of passengers?

I wondered which passenger train has the largest capacity while travelling in a busy double decker double traction Ouigo train (low cost French high speed train), which according to Wikipedia offer ...
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Are there any railroads in Antarctica?

I am wondering if there are any railroads in Antarctica. Maybe on research stations, even those shorter than 1km?
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Countries with solely international trains

All trains in Liechtenstein are international (in fact, they all serve at least three countries). Are there any other countries with regular passenger train services where all trains are ...
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Drinking from the Chalice Well in Glastonbury (Sacred Spring in England)

The Chalice Well web site says this... To be at the well head, to drink the water and absorb the atmosphere in the gardens can be a truly inspirational experience. ...which I understand to mean ...
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Entering Emirates Stadium, Block vs Turnstile

I have never been to Emirates Stadium and have tickets for the match tomorrow (10 Dec) with a friend. The instructions say that unless we enter at the right place we can be refused entry altogether, ...
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Does the UK know whether I am currently there or not?

Just curious if they keep track of me entering / exiting the UK and whether that's saved somewhere? I want to apply for citizenship, and will be asked to provide information on my travels / when I was ...
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Starting from any commercial airport, can I reach any other commercial airport in the world with just scheduled passenger flights? [closed]

A commercial airport being any airport that has regular scheduled passenger flights. The mathematics of this question got me thinking: is the network of scheduled flights a connected graph? That is, ...
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What commercial flight route requires the most (minimum possible) stops/layovers from A to B?

For travel hacking (and interest) value, colleagues and I have been trying to work out which routes worldwide might have the highest number of required legs. That is, for a one-way flight from ...
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Can I travel between two countries on a “domestic” flight? [closed]

While flying from Osaka to Sydney via Canton on China Southern Airlines, I saw a map entitled "Domestic Flight Routing Map of China Southern Airlines" in the in-flight magazine, which included Taipei, ...
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What's the longest scheduled flight one can take within the EU?

Not counting Special member state territories what's the longest scheduled flight one can take starting and ending in an EU airport?