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10 Fun Facts about New York City

Did you know that Central Park wasn’t completed until 1873? Bet you didn’t know that along with some other relatable and fun trivia regarding the most famous park in the world. New York is a big city with a lot of exciting facts and trivia about her key sites and herself too. It wouldn’t hurt to read up more about The Big Apple interesting characteristics just so you’re equipped with knowledge before visiting, right?

Here a couple of interesting facts about New York City:

  1. The principality of Monaco is comparably smaller to that of Central Park.
  2. Central Park holds about 9,000 wooden benches! So don’t give up hope about looking for a place to just sit down and relax.
  3. For the construction of 30 transverse roads, they blasted through almost 30ft of solid bedrock using gun powder. They also say that the blasting of Central Park for the construction of roads used more gun powder than the Battle of Gettysburg did during the Civil War.
  4. New York’s taxi cabs are yellow because according to a study that John Hertz chanced upon, yellow is the fastest color to spot by the human eye. If you didn’t know too, Hertz isn’t only a well-known taxi line, but he also runs the famous Hertz car rental too!
  5. New York’s Federal State Bank vaults in Wall Street located 80 feet below the bank holds 25% of the world’s gold bullion!
  6. There is a tough audition process for the NY Subway’s musicians. Most of which have played in Carnegie Hall!
  7. New Amsterdam was the city’s first name before it was changed to New York.
  8. Peter Minuit, a Dutch explorer, purchased the southern tip of the island (Manhattan) from an Algonquin tribe for tools and trinkets amounting to $24.
  9. There is a branch in the Metropolitan Museum of Art called The Cloisters. This branch of the museum is the only place in the country which exclusively features medieval art.
  10. And unsurprisingly, the state’s fruit is the apple.

 

 

Florida: Key West Fun Facts

keywestIf visiting Key West is part of your places to visit before you die, we think it’s important that you just a little bit more fun information besides the usual guidelines on where to eat and where to bunk beds.

We all know that Key West is a quirky little town filled with quirky personalities. Sure enough, there are a number of quirky little tidbits that are interesting enough to know just for the heck of it. So below is a list of not-so-useful information that we think you might enjoy:

 

  • If you want to see about 40 polydactyl kitties, you’ll find some at the Ernest Hemingway Museum. In case you guys were wondering, polydactyl cats are cats with 6 toes. Neat, eh?
  • At Sloppy Joe’s Bar, you’ll spot on their wall 2 of Ernest Hemingway’s uncashed checks!
  • One of the main roads, Duval Street, was named after Florida’s first and longest serving governor of Florida. It’s also the “world’s longest street” which runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Inhabitants of Key West are called Conchs (pronounced as ‘conks’). People who weren’t born in Key West but have lived in the town for 7 years or more are called “Fresh Water Conchs”.
  • The term “conchs” came from people with European ancestry that moved from the Bahamas. They say that a conch shell is placed outside their doorstep when a baby was born.
  • Robert the Haunted Doll, which was once owned by the artist Robert Eugene Otto, was said to be possessed by evil spirits. Today, the doll can be seen at Fort East Martello and Gardens.
  • The reason and history for Robert the Haunted Doll’s reputation was because, as they said, the doll was a gift to Eugene by a Bahamian servant who was skilled in black magic. The family said that they would see the doll changing expressions, moving from window to window when the family was out, or even threatens to kill its child owners at night.

It may be few, but these tidbits may just be that much needed push for you to finally search the net for the best rental car rates to get you to Key West from the airport in no time. Don’t forget to be extra careful in taking a photo of Robert the Haunted Doll, we don’t want him visiting you in your hotel room at night!

Orlando Sites: Disney Top Tips

disneyworldIt is part of every family’s bucket list to have Disneyland or Disneyworld be crossed out from their list of things to do and places to go; it’s every adult’s favourite childhood memory, and every child’s dream come true. Vacations taken with children is always a different story, you need extras for everything – extra clothing than usual, extra snacks, extra water bottles, and extra patience plus energy to keep up with them. This means, setting the kids free to run around and explore in the most magical theme park in the world requires more preparation than usual.

So before you head on out and hop on one of the best Orlando car rentals, read on through to see what tips you need to remember during your 1-3 days in Disney!

 

Go during off-peak seasons

This is before or after Christmas, usually the months of October or February. Never go during peak season as Florida’s heat is something else during those times. You’re bound to experience a meltdown, and if adults can feel really tired and dehydrated under the sun, imagine how much more that meltdown will be on your kids. So play it safe and never go during peak season.

Pack on the extras

Pack extra shirts, extra shorts, extra socks, extra underwear too if you must. Pack everything extra as there are plenty of rides where there are chances of children getting wet – not just from water rides but also from perspiration. It’s a hot day with a lot of running around, getting wet is bound to happen. And since you’re all perspiring, packing on extra water won’t hurt as well. If you don’t want the extra weight, all counters at Disney gives out free ice water, all you have to do is ask for it.

Wear comfortable shoes

There would be so much walking, running, and probably even jumping, that to wear flip flops, sandals, or even heels would be the worst mistake you’ll ever make.

Souvenirs as the last stop

Refrain from dropping by the souvenir shops too early in the day or else you’ll end up with less cash for more important things like food or beverages, less space in your backpack, and more junk that you and your kids might not really need. The best time to drop in at a shop is right before you watch the fireworks or right before you leave the theme park.

New York Sites: Statue of Liberty Fun Facts

If you have read our previous post, you’ll know that we talked about a couple of fun and interesting fact about the Empire State Building. Of course, if you’re doing a clean sweep of New York’s finest attractions and dining, it’s inevitable that you also visit the lovely lady Liberty herself!

Mounted on Liberty Island, formerly known as Bedloe’s Island, is the 305 feet and 6 inch tall statue from the French. Given as a present, this statue is that of the Roman goddess, Libertas who is known as the goddess of freedom, holding a torch and a tabulas ansata which had America’s independence date, July 4, 1776, inscribed on it.

What most people don’t know is that at the bottom of Lady Liberty’s feet are broken chains and shackles that symbolize freedom from oppression and tyranny.

The conception and creation of the Statue of Liberty began in the 1870’s where Frederic Bartholdi first constructed the statue in France. He then disassembled it to ship it to America and re-assembled it back up again.

The color of Lady Liberty was not painted green on purpose. The statue’s original color was that of dull copper. It changed into green because of years of weather changes has affected the coat to corrode which resulted to the ‘patina’. The US Congress has authorized to re-paint the statue but due to public dislike, they preserved the green patina instead.

Also, as an added tidbit, the copper skin is only 3/32ths of an inch thick (or thin). This copper sheeting’s thickness is less than that of 2 US pennies combined.

Frederic Bartholdi also stated that he designed he patterned Lady Liberty’s face by using his mother, Charlotte Beysser Bartholdi, as the model. He also mentioned that he created an uncomplicated silhouette on the statue which would take great effect because of the statue’s great placement on the harbour. Any immigrants or visitors to come towards the Americas would notice a changing perspective on Lady Liberty as they approach Manhattan.

Admittedly, that last tidbit of information isn’t so common as the first few and chancing upon this makes seeing Lady Liberty in possibly a whole new light as well. If this piqued your curiosity, and that vacation to see the Big Apple has got you excited, better make sure you double check your car rental rates so you’re sure to have a way to get to Liberty Island soon!

New York Sites: The Empire State Building Fun Facts

Surely there are most of you who have already looked up some interesting facts and trivia regarding New York City’s Empire State Building before hopping on to your Enterprise car rental with your camera and your change for the tower viewer. But for those who still don’t have an idea, here is a couple of fun information you might have never known about the tallest building in the city:

Top of the World

Back in 1931, the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world. Today, it’s been bumped down to the 4th tallest building with 1,860 steps from the ground up to 102nd floor which is the top most floor of the building.

Cloud Nine

On every 14th of February, there are a group of couples who get wed on the 80th floor of the Empire State Building. To be able to do this, you must first send an application indicating why you want to get married there. Couples are chosen based on their creativity and their originality. The couples who have gotten married on the Empire State become members of the Empire State Wedding Club where they are freely admitted into the observatories every 14th of February.

Bright Lights and Shining Stars

Besides being seen on the movies Sleepless in Seattle, An Affar to Remember, etc, the most popular movie where the Empire State was seen was first seen was in the 1933 classic, King Kong. Also, other popular celebrities that have been noted to visit the building was Fidel Castro, Queen Elizabeth, the band KISS, and Tom Cruise to name a few.

Statistics and Numbers

Here’s a quick statistic of the basic numbers involved in the Empire State Building:

Total budget: $40,948,900.00

How long it took to build: 1 year and 45 days

Number of workers on the building: 3,400 people at peak times