Truth is stranger than fiction.
Here are eight travel factoids to help prove it:
Pet Peeve: It is illegal to own only one guinea pig in Switzerland because they are prone to loneliness.
Not the Sharpest Tool: Preventing mealtime altercations, French King Louis XIV ordered that all dinner knives be ground to a blunt tip.
Wet Paint: The Eiffel Tower receives a fresh coat of 60 tons of signature bronze paint every seven years, painted by hand with circular brushes.
Epic Fail: A public holiday celebrating failure, United Kingdom’s Guy Fawkes Day, November 5, commemorates the botched attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I in 1605.
This piece, written by former National Geographic Traveler Executive Editor Paul Martin, first appeared in the magazine’s November 2014 issue.