We hope these six completely random facts about the world bring a smile to your face today! If they don't, here is an adorable picture of a dog that should do the trick.
1. World's Longest Traffic Jam
The longest traffic jam in history took place in Beijing, China in 2010. It was a staggering 62 miles long and lasted for 12 full days. The traffic jam took place on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway and was reportedly due to road work. Construction trucks were blocking exits and unable to move. Reports claimed that cars were moving at the unfathomable speed of 2 miles per day. Some businessmen capitalized on the situation and sold food and water to the people that were stuck.
2. Goats in Trees
This fact often comes as a shock, but goats are commonly found hanging out on top of trees. This phenomenon is particularly common in southwestern Morocco and western Algeria. National Geographic did a report on why this occurs and determined that it was based on the fact that argan trees produce a specific type of fruit. Goats reportedly crave the bitter taste and aroma of the fruit and will climb up to 30 feet above ground to reach it.
3. Jousting: Official State Sport
This is not a drill! Jousting became the official state sport of Maryland in 1962. Jousting is the world's oldest equestrian sport and was developed in the Middle Ages. After losing its military connection, jousting reportedly became an extremely popular recreational sport. Jousting has been popular in Maryland since early colonial times but increased in popularity after the Civil War. Every year, the state holds a jousting championship.
4. Miracle Twins
Maria Jones-Elliott gave birth to her daughter, Amy, four months early. Three months later, 87 days to be exact, Maria gave birth to Amy's twin, Katie. The twins are now in the Guinness World Record for the "longest interval between the birth of twins." Both of the girls are healthy and happy.
5. Unicorn: National Animal
The official national animal of Scotland is a unicorn. According to Visit Scotland, The unicorn was a symbol of purity and innocence combined with masculinity and power in Celtic mythology. The unicorn was first used in Scottish history on the royal coat of arms by William I in the 12th century. Following that, kings continually sported a unicorn on their jackets or shields. The unicorn reportedly used to represent the Scots’ will to remain unconquered.
6. Chinese Dead Sea
The Dead Sea, bordering Israel, Jordan, and the West Bank, is a large lake that continually collects salt. According to National Geographic, It has the lowest land elevation on Earth and sits 1,385 feet below sea level. There is so much salt in the water that a person can float without even trying. While the official Dead Sea is the saltiest body of water on Earth, there is a Chinese “Dead Sea” that has become a phenomenon as well. The lake is in Yuncheng, China. The most remarkable part about it is that when extreme temperatures hit the water, it changes colors. Watch the video below to see the vibrant colors:
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