A Lesson in Travel Trivia

936 full moons in your lifetime - 312 seasons - 88 weeks vacation (I can beat that!) “Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.”  – Ray Bradbury, American author of numerous books, including “Fahrenheit 451

“Which states have the most and fewest passport holders?

New Jersey ranks #1 with 68%, a number that seems hard to fathom.  California ranks sixth at 60%, behind Delaware, Alaska, Massachusetts, and New York.  My guess is that these rankings correlate fairly well with per capita income.  The lowest states, with less than 20% were Mississippi and West Virginia.  As I would expect, a gaggle of southern states were also at the bottom, including Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, and South Carolina.

In Tokyo, a bicycle is faster than a car for most trips under 50 minutes.  Not to mention finding a parking space.

There are 18 different animal shapes in in the Animal Crackers cookie zoo.

There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.  I think they are trying to save on electricity.

The most popular name in the world is Muhammad, not John, Bob, or Bill.

Tipping at a restaurant in Ireland is considered an insult.  Some of my golf buddies will feel right at home.

A Boeing 747 airliner holds 57,285 gallons of fuel.

Almost half the newspapers in the world are published in the United States and Canada.

A two foot long bird called a Kea in New Zealand likes to eat strips of rubber around car windows.  I wonder if condoms come out the back end?

There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building.  Now, the tallest building in NYC.

The world’s termites outweigh the world’s humans by a factor of ten to one!  A termite nest can be bigger than a basketball.

The state of Florida is bigger than England.  It also has more alligators and Cubans.

Honolulu is the only place in the United States with a royal palace.

The city with the most Rolls Royces per capita is Hong Kong.  I did not know there were that many pimps in HK.

There is one slot machine for every eight inhabitants in Las Vegas.  Great if you are an octopus, or in a few years, Octomom.

The country with the highest percentage of internet users is Sweden with 75%.  It has taken them so long to learn anything, they never “hibernate”.

One third of American adults have not flown in an airplane.  The rest fly high without the help of jet propulsion or winged craft.


You really think Spam is king only in Hawaii?  In the Philippines, Spam can be found in every kitchen cupboard.  There is a restaurant in Manila called Spamjam that specializes in Spam dishes.  The menu sounds like a Monty Python sketch.

The position of the three Pyramids of Giza are aligned exactly with the position of the three stars of Orion’s Belt, both in position and size.

If you take the perimeter of a pyramid and divide it by twice the height, you will get a number that is exactly equivalent to the number pi, to the fifteenth digit.  The chances of this are small, though Pi was not calculated to the fourth digit until the sixth century.

One third of Australia is desert, but there are more than 100 million sheep.  Ninety percent of its population lives on the coast.

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest organic structure on earth.  And it is truly beautiful.

Australia is the only nation to govern an entire continent.  Among the inhabitants are 40 million kangaroos.  BTW, delicious to eat.

The first women flight attendants were required to weigh less than 115 pounds, be nurses, and unmarried, back in 1930.  Of, for the good old days.  Now, we have to put up with the Senior Mamas on United!

Hijacking of airplanes was not outlawed until 1961.

One fourth of Holland is below sea level, but has the highest concentration of museums in the world, with 42 just in Amsterdam.  Love the museums there!

Happy Travels, my friends.
Gerry Kataoka Written by:

Gerry is semi-retired after a career at Kaiser, and lives in Pleasant Hill, CA. He travels as much as he can, between short assignments performing Phase 1 clinical trials on investigational drugs. He also volunteers with two health care related relief organizations. He has traveled to every continent except Antarctica. His favorite places are: Angkor Wat, Amazonia, Hanoi, Laos, Queenstown, Torres del Paine, Penang, and Tokyo. His favorite US places are: Seattle, Washington DC, Pebble Beach, Antelope Canyon (AZ), Napa Valley, Hawaii, and New England. Sporting events and music (rock and classical) are special interests. He has recently taken an interest in Amtrak. Golf, cycling, and yoga are his primary forms of exercise. When home, he enjoys the company of his German Hunting Terrier, Buddy.