The world is quite fascinating a place if one actually makes an effort to find out. It has its very own quirks, its highs and downs, its irregularities and its beautiful weirdness. And our Earth is nothing less than mysterious. 

And trust us when we say that there are things in the world that will boggle your mind and defy any sense of logic that you've so carefully cultivated over time. It will make you wonder and set aside whatever reasoning you have. Because our world is quite freaky in its own way. 

To make you believe, here are some interesting facts about our geography:

With a count of 163 letters in its name, this place in Thailand beat Taumatawhakatangihangak oauauotamateaturipukaka pikimaungahoronukupokaiwhe nua kitanatahu in New Zealand to claim the title of the longest geographical name in the world.  

 

A large village and community in Wales which supposedly means, 'St Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio of the red cave'.

 

The ecclesiastical capital and home to the biggest church in the world, Vatican City measures up to a mere 0.44 kilometre square.

 

While other continents cover a maximum of one and a half hemispheres, Africa covers the northern, southern, eastern and western hemispheres. 

 

With a total of 561 lakes, a good 9% of Canada is covered with freshwater lakes. 

 

When it comes to being the highest (in terms of sea level), Everest is the reigning champion. But, thanks to a weird bulge near the equator, Chimborazo in Ecuador is the closest to the moon. 

 

The third-largest country in terms of area, China generously shares its border with Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Laos, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Tajikistan, North Korea and Bhutan. 

 

The one-letter place named Ã…, means river in the Scandinavian language and is situated both in Sweden and Norway.

 

With Kangchenjunga and Mount Everest to boast about, the Himalayas have the most number of highest peaks in the world. 

 

An island country located in the Pacific Ocean, Nauru although bigger than Vatican City has no official capital. It does however have its government offices in Yaren. 

 

The buildings in Manhattan are so monumental that they warranted their own zip codes. Now there are about 43 buildings with their very own zip codes. 

 

The Bering Strait joins part of Russia and Alaska with two islands - Big Diomede and Little Diomede. Big Diomede belongs to Russia, while the little one belongs to the USA. The distance between them can be crossed in a span of a few hours.  

 

In Spanish, Los Angeles means 'The Angels' and is an abbreviation of the real name. The meaning of the full name for Los Angeles means, 'The town of our lady the Queen of Angels of the River Porciúncula'.

 

Well, the real name is actually Roma and yes, there is one in every continent. Rome in Europe, Italy. Roma in Texas, North America and Roma in Queensland, Australia. Well, you know how it goes.  

 

Located in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, the Sargasso Sea has the Gulf Stream in the west, North Atlantic Current in the north, Canary Current in the east and the North Atlantic Equatorial Current in the south. Therefore, no coastline.

 

Separated by the Bosphorus Strait, which acts as a natural border between the two continents, one part of Istanbul lies in Europe while the other one lies in Asia. 

 

With just 1.75 sq. miles of area, Pitcairn is the smallest island with the status of a country. 

 

Considering that most of the habitable ground is in the Northern Hemisphere, this actually makes sense.

 

Pretty fascinating, isn't it?  

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