10 astonishing facts about North America

The origin of Piña Colada, the longest street, or the most beautiful lake in the world. North America prides itself with some fairly unique features

#1 Starting in Toronto and stretching over 1,896 km (1,178 mi) to Lake Simcoe, the Yonge Street in Ontario, Canada, is the longest in the world. 

#2 Jamaica has one of the highest densities of rum bars per square mile. Similarly, it also has the most churches per square mile, probably to balance it out.

Toronto’s Yonge Street is the longest street in the world — BalkansCat / Shutterstock 10 astonishing facts about North America
Toronto’s Yonge Street is the longest street in the world — BalkansCat / Shutterstock
 

#3 In 2008, the Mexican city of Torreón introduced rather an unusual restriction. It banned people from shaving with an electric razor or putting on make-up while driving. Apparently, there were way too many accidents on the road related to this behavior.

#4 The Inagua in the Bahamas prides itself with the world’s largest breeding colony of West Indian flamingoes. The ratio of people to flamingoes in this paradise for birdwatchers is 1:61.

#5 The city of Comayagua in Honduras guards the world’s oldest clock. Constructed in 1100 by the Arabs ruling over Spain, it is reportedly still working. The city received it as a gift by the King of Spain in 1620. 

#6 Puerto Rico is home to the famous Piña Colada drink. It was first created at the San Juan Caribe Hilton Hotel bar in 1963.

#7 In the 17th century, Rihanna’s birthplace — Barbados — had a population of white slaves called indentured servants. It consisted of people who had been deemed enemies of the British Crown for various reasons. Becoming one of such servants was called “to be Barbado’ed”.

Lake Atitlán in Guatemala is the deepest lake in Central America as well as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world —Lucy Brown - loca4motion / Shutterstock 10 astonishing facts about North America
Lake Atitlán in Guatemala is the deepest lake in Central America as well as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world — Lucy Brown – loca4motion / Shutterstock
 

#8 When Queen Elizabeth visited Belize a few decades ago, she was served one of the country’s most popular delicacies — gibnut meat. Called Royal Rat by the locals, this large rodent looks something like a cross between a chipmunk and a tapir. It reportedly tastes like rabbit. 

#9 Virginia seems to be the right place to give birth to a future president of the United States. Out of 45 presidents to this day, eight were born in this very state. 

#10 With a maximum depth of about 340 meters, Lake Atitlán in Guatemala is the deepest lake in Central America. Many travel experts and travelers in general consider it the most beautiful lake in the world.