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When I travel next, I want to reach the point on the earth that is exactly opposite my home, how can I discover where that is?

It's very easy, and a quick google search for 'antipode' and 'map' will find sites that find it for you. For example, Antipodes Map either detects your location, or you can enter one, and it'll show ...
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Why do airlines not have you put your bag underneath your own seat?

I can think of two reasons. One, sadly, you have disallowed, which is the legroom answer. But what if the answer actually is about legroom? Since I don't have enough room for my knees, I have to ...
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What is the most remote airport from the center of the city it supposedly serves?

I nominate Paris Vatry airport. 147 km from Paris. Don’t even think there’s a direct link to Paris...
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What's the smallest non-capital city with a foreign consulate?

Russian Consulate General in Barentsburg, Norway. The settlement has a population of 470 people. Even if you assume that is also serves Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard (not connected by any ...
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Why is the food so bad on airplanes?

Consider this: why is the food so bad at large banquets and weddings? (Ever hear the phrase "rubber chicken" to describe an industry awards banquet?) why is the food so bad in prison? why is the food ...
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Strange looking region of France on Google Maps

In a curious coincidence, there was a question about this part of France just a few hours ago. You are looking at the Noirmoutier area of France, which in the past was one of the world's premier ...
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Where is the quietest place on Earth?

One journalist did attempt to research this - both the artificial labs and the natural spaces. He details it in his book - Zero Decibels if you'd like to read it. The highlights in nature: Several ...
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Direct flights between cities with the same name

Alaska Airlines flies nonstop from San Jose, CA USA to San Jose del Cabo in Mexico.
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Where is the Asia-Europe divide and where can we cross it?

There is only one location that checks all your boxes, and no others come close: Istanbul. The west part of the city (its historical center) is considered to be in Europe, the part on the eastern side ...
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Why is the departures level always above the arrivals level?

Warning, guesswork ahead -- I couldn't find anything definitive. Checked baggage is handled at ground level (i.e. that's where it comes out of the plane). Therefore it makes sense to have baggage ...
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What is the most remote airport from the center of the city it supposedly serves?

The defunct Ciudad Real Airport, also marketed as "South Madrid Airport", is/was about 200 km (227km from the Puerta del Sol, the official distance) away from Madrid
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What is the cheapest regular-priced scheduled flight I can book and fly?

A return flight from Westray to Papa Westray is a mere £21, or £10.50 per leg. It also happens to be the shortest scheduled flight in the world. Prices haven't changed since at least 2013 and tickets ...
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What commercial flight route requires the most (minimum possible) stops/layovers from A to B?

As with many questions about extremes, the answer depends on the precise rules you impose. Hops count as multiple flights: 13 flights. It's reasonable to argue that one should be very permissive ...
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Why are there holes in ice cubes in airplanes?

They have the holes because of the machines that made them (check DavidG's answer), anyway this ice cubes with holes are better for planes for a few reasons: Because they are lighter (believe it or ...
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Which non-stop passenger flight connects two cities with the largest temperature difference?

Bangkok to Ulaanbaatar in January: 27.0 °C – (–21.6 °C) = 48.6 °C. Nonstop flights are operated by MIAT Mongolian Airlines, twice weekly (Wednesday and Saturday) from November to March. Timetable.
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From what point could you view the most US states?

Mt Greylock, the highest point of Massachusetts provides a view of at least 5 states. Vermont New Hampshire New York Massachusetts Connecticut Hiking to the top gives one a sense of real ...
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Taming the nightmare of public toilets in the UK

There is a website that I was hitherto completely unaware of that aims to cater for this need. Great British Public Toilet Map For tourists with smart phones it would be useful as it geolocates the ...
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What's the longest scheduled public bus ride in the world?

I work at Busbud, where we're working to aggregate all the world's bus providers and routes. I had a look though our database. We're sure we don't know about everything yet, but we've found a lot of ...
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Why do airlines not have you put your bag underneath your own seat?

The gymnastics required to put your bag behind your feet in such a small space would be very interesting. Bending forward and sliding it in, sure that works. But pushing it back when you can't see and ...
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What is the oldest building in the world still in use?

This question is hard to answer since you would have to define "in use" very precisely. Here are some wild guesses: Wikipedia has a list of the oldest buildings in the world. Prominently feature ...
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What is the closest airport to the center of the city it serves?

San Diego, California and SAN: about 1.5km from downtown to the airport perimeter, and just over 3 km to the main passenger terminal.
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What are the closest international airports in different countries?

Aqaba Airport (AQJ) in Jordan and Ramon Airport (ETM) in Israel are 12km apart. Both have international commercial flights. When Eilat Airport (ETH) was still open and had international traffic, it ...
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Are there any railroads in Antarctica?

There are very few mentions of railways in Antarctica. According to this webpage by Glyn Williams, a train enthusiast, there used to be one railway in the French Dumont d'Urville station, used on a ...
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Why do taxis in Japan have mirrors on the hood?

Thanks @Doc for the useful link at Japan Times. The main reason taxi drivers prefer fender mirrors is that they provide better visibility,” Osuga explained. “There is less of a blind spot so it’s ...
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What commercial flight route requires the most (minimum possible) stops/layovers from A to B?

The United Island Hopper is probably a good candidate for that. MLL (in Alaska) to KSA (in Micronesia) will require 7 stops (at least according to Google):
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What is the closest airport to the center of the city it serves?

Your best bet is Eilat, Israel. The airstrip and the terminal is literally at the city centre. Eilat's population as of 2017 is 50,724, so it satisfies your condition of a decent-sized city.
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Can I see fireworks from a passenger airplane (at cruising altitude)?

Some years ago I was a part of an operating cabin crew in a flight bound to Dubai, it was the time for one of Dubai's festivals. Anyway, I was positioned at the back and at the time we already ...
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Which museums have artworks of all four Ninja Turtles' namesakes?

It seems that the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC has works by all four artists in their permanent collections, but for Michelangelo they may only have some simple drawings. I don't know if ...
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Where is the quietest place on Earth?

Anaechoic Chamber at Orfield Labs When it comes to soundproof chambers, the quietest place on earth is the Anechoic chamber, at Orfield Labs. Quoting from this article from the Atlas OBscura: A ...
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