Campaign - Discover - North America - Quirky Facts
If you’re visiting the USA, chances are you’ll be coming by air. We’re also willing to bet that your journey will probably last a fair bit longer than 12 seconds, but that’s how long the Wright Brothers managed to stay airborne on what is recognised as the first successful flight.
- Ever since that fateful day in North Carolina, Americans have taken to the skies with gusto. In fact, the USA currently has a third of the world’s airports.
- Heathrow? JFK? Try Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, which tops these global hubs as the world’s busiest airport.
- Exploring the Rockies can see you working up a bit of a thirst. Not to worry – Canada is blessed with the highest amount of naturally occurring drinking water of any country of earth.
- Worried that you’re getting on a bit? Try telling that to General Sherman. OK don’t, he’s a tree – but a 3,500-year-old tree and unless there are aliens hiding in the ground, this Californian character is officially the world’s oldest living organism.
- There are approximately 618 roller coasters in North America, more than anywhere else in the world. Wheeeee!
- Los Angeles’ full name is 'El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula'. Try saying that with a mouthful of glazed donuts!
- Spam, Spam, wonderful Spam. Well at least to the Americans, who consume 3.8 cans of Spam every second.
- The world’s smallest park, totalling 452 inches, was created in Portland on St Patrick’s Day for leprechauns and snail races!
- The border between Mexico and the United States is the second largest border in the world (only the US-Canadian border is longer).
- Heard of the Boston Tea Party? Well in 1919, Boston had another spillage on their hands when 2 million gallons of crude molasses burst from a tank and pushed its way through the neighbourhood and city.
- North America is the only continent that has every kind of climate. Think about it...