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Did you know? Surprising facts to impress your loved ones

Surprising fact 1: Jet lag

Jet lag is worse if you travel from west to east. Recent research has discovered finally why this happens.

Our internal clock has a natural sleep/wake cycle slightly longer than 24 hours.

Traveling from west to east makes the day shorter, while traveling from east to west makes the day longer.

Therefore it is easier for the brain to adjust to.


Did you know? Surprising facts to impress your loved ones


Surprising fact 2: Working while on vacation

Working while on vacation is very worse than you think.

A recent study found that sifting through work emails on the beach has a significant impact of making you remember your vacation less well.


Surprising fact 3: Forget people names

When you meet new people on a trip, you often forget their names the second, they show up.

Science says this isn't because you're rude or stupid, but because your brain is focused on something else: how to make a good first impression.

The easiest trick to help your gray matter do its job is to use the person's name immediately after hearing it.


Surprising fact 4: Best part of your trip

Do you know what the best part of your trip is?

It's not during your trip at all, but during the planning and preparation phase.!

A 2010 study found that going on vacation does not necessarily make you happier.

The mere anticipation of free time, however, does lead to higher levels of reported happiness.

So, why not start planning now with your travel agent (if you're stressed out organizing it that kind of spoils the fun).


Surprising fact 5: Travel Vs problem-solving

Traveling can improve problem-solving skills and stimulate creativity.

New sounds, smells, tastes, languages, and sites create new synapses in the brain and promote neuroplasticity.


Surprising fact 6: The happiest language

 Did you know that there is research revealing which languages are the "happiest", i.e. those with the most positive words?

According to this measure, the happiest language is Spanish, followed by Portuguese, English, Indonesian and French.


Surprising fact 7: Russia and the US

Did you know that Russia and the United States are only...four kilometers apart.?

Indeed, it is at the level of the Bering Strait that it happens.

The Bering Strait separates the Asian continent from North America, and at its narrowest point, the distance is 85 kilometers.

But here's the trick: there are two islands in the middle, Little Diomede, which belongs to the United States, and Big Diomede, which is Russian.

The distance between these two islands is only four kilometers. Here is information to remember to stick your relatives at the next family dinner!


Surprising fact 8: Challenger Deep

The underwater world is as fascinating as it is disturbing.

But do you know how far down into the silent world you can go? The answer is 10.9 kilometers! It's called the Challenger Deep.

The deepest point ever measured below sea level. It is found near the Mariana Islands, in the north of Micronesia.


Surprising fact 9: Transamerican

Want to go on a road trip that really lasts? Then you might want to take the Trans-American Highway, the longest road in the world…

According to the Guinness World Records. No less than 48,000 kilometers of fun await you.


Surprising fact 10: the pyramid of Cheops

You know of course the seven wonders of the ancient world. But did you know that among these wonders?

There was only one that is still visible today?

It is the pyramid of Cheops, the oldest and largest of the three pyramids of Giza.

This is therefore a gift from the past that we can still admire.


Surprising fact 11: Scotland National animal

Scotland is a country that has as its national emblem, a mythological animal!

It is not a joke; the unicorn is indeed recognized as "national animal of Scotland".

As we know, myths and legends have had a place of choice in the popular culture of the country for centuries, starting with the Loch Ness monster.

Nothing unique either, since the Welsh have chosen the dragon as their national animal and Greece the Phoenix.


Surprising fact 12: twinning world rate

Don't ask us why, we don't know, but Nigeria has the highest twinning rate in the world.

Four times that of the rest of the world at about 18 to 30 pairs of twins per 1,000 births.


Surprising fact 13: Shifting continents

Did you know that the continents move at about the same speed as your fingernails grow? Hard to see with the naked eye in both cases...


Surprising fact 14: Heart Reef

When you see it in pictures, you immediately think that a graphic designer has gone through it.

He had fun with his image editing software to give this island the shape of a heart.

However, no digital work was necessary, this heart-shaped coral reef does exist, it is found in Australia.

In the Great Barrier Reef of the Whitsundays, it is called Heart Reef, to discover from a helicopter or a seaplane.


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