These are the world's droppiest wooden roller coasters.
The title of the droppiest wooden roller coaster goes to the Goliath at the Six Flags Great America park in Illinois, United States.The Goliath's track is 940 meters in length, rises up to 50 meters in height and has a drop of 55 meters.
At a close second, is the El Toro (or The Bull in Spanish) at Six Flags Great Adventure Park in New Jersey, United States, with a drop of 54 meters. The El Toro is 55 meters tall, 1,300 meters long and can accelerate to a speed of 110 km/h.
At third, is the Lighting Rod of Dollywood Park in Tennessee, United States, which can hit top speeds of 117 km/h - the fastest for a wooden roller coaster. The Lightning Rod runs on a 1,200-meter long track, rises up to a height of 50 meters and has a drop of 50 meters.
The Henley Passport Index is the ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access visa-free. The creator of this index, Henley & Partners, has analysed the visa regulations of countries in the world since 2006.
Scoring. The score is calculated as the number of countries that a specific passport can access becomes its visa-free
Globally. As of March 2019, the countries with the most powerful passports are Japan, Singapore and South Korea, with their holders capable of visiting 189 countries visa-free. The countries with the least powerful passports are Iraq and Afghanistan, with their holders being able to visit only 30 countries visa-free.
South America. Chile, Argentina and Brazil are the top ranked countries in South America with the most powerful passports, enabling visa-free access to 176 (Chile) and 171 (Argentina, Brazil) countries respectively.
The most limiting passports in South America belong to Bolivia and Suriname, which offer visa-free access to 78 and 79 countries respectively.
Wooden roller coasters are as safe as their steel brethren but they offer an extra bit of excitement to roller coaster enthusiasts that you may not find in a steel roller coaster. The wooden ones sway a lot more and sound and feel more rickety, adding much to the riding anxiety.
The Beast of Kings Island Park at Ohio, United States, has the longest wooden roller coaster track in the world. The Beast is 2,243 meters long and stands 34 meters tall. The track stretches over two hills. contributing to a riding duration of more than four minutes.
At second, is The Voyage of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Indiana, United States with a track length of 1,964 meters and a maximum height of 53 meters.
In third place, is T Express of Eveland Park at Yongin, South Korea. Built by Swiss manufacturer Intamin on a hillside, T Express stretches 1,641 meters in length and rises up to 56 meters in height.
Tallest Roman Catholic Churches in South America. At 124 meters, the Cathedral of Maringá stands the tallest in South America. It was completed in 1972 and its modernist, conical shape was designed by architect José Augusto Bellucci based on the inspiration from the Soviet sputnik satellites.
At second with 115 meters, is the Basílica del Voto Nacional located in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador. The basilica was blessed by Pope John Paul II on January 30, 1985, and it was consecrated and inaugurated on July 12, 1988.
At 113 meters, Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Rosary, Manizales, or Manizales Cathedral ranks third tallest in South America.
The top 50 busiest airports in North America processed a total of 1.5 billion passengers in 2017.
Handling the lion's share of this traffic at 104 million passengers, is the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Atlanta airport has been the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic since 1998. This milestone can be attributed to Atlanta's location as a major connecting hub and port of entry into North America. In fact, Atlanta is well situated within a two-hour flight radius of 80% of the United States population of around 330 million.
Toronto Pearson International Airport is the largest and busiest airport by passenger traffic in Canada, handling 47.1 million passengers in 2017. In 2018, the Airports Council International (ACI), the global organization representing the world's airports, awarded the Toronto Pearson International Airport the title of Best Large Airport and the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Award.
A useful guide for travellers North America in Europe: Today, about 13 North American countries and territories practise right-hand traffic (RHT) for their roads.
Right-hand traffic (RHT) is the practice of keeping to the right side of the road, in bidirectional traffic. In RHT, vehicles keep right and the cars are left-hand drive (LHD) with the steering wheel on the left-hand side of the car.
Click here for the list of North American countries and territories that practise left-hand traffic (LHT) driving.
This list looks at the international plug types supported by cities and countries in Asia.
There are currently 15 international plug types that are supported across 250 cities and countries. Each of these 15 plug types is assigned a letter by the US Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (ITA). Here are the list of cities and countries and their respective supported plug types - a useful guide for international travelers and tourists.
This is the current fleet of Thai Airways as of 1 Sep 2018. Among the newest aircraft models, Thai Airways has 4 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which were received in years 2014 and 2015.
THAI’s Dreamliner interior is based on the Contemporary Thai design concept, with 264 seats in a two-class cabin. Each of the 24 Royal Silk Class seats is fitted with a 60-inch pitch and 21-inch seat width, and can recline to a 78-inch-long bed in full-flat, 180-degree position. The seats are shell-typed seats with a partition screen between seats, and arranged in a 2-2-2 abreast configuration allowing for privacy and easy access to the aisles.
A useful guide for travellers planning to drive in South American countries and territories. Most South American territories practise right-hand traffic, with the remaining - Guyana and Suriname - practising left-hand traffic for the roads.
Likewise, left-hand traffic (LHT) is the practice of keeping to the left side of the road, in bidirectional traffic. In LHT, vehicles keep left and the cars are right-hand drive (RHD) with the steering wheel on the right-hand side of the car.