For some people trivia isn't just a game, it's a way of life. Stat junkies and info nerds alike spend hours finding new minute details about places around the places, below the places, and sometimes even above the places.

Dear trivia geeks, today you are in luck.

Lonely Planet put together a list of their favorite random facts from around the world.

For instance! Did you know that Mount Everest, already at a whopping 29,000 feet, is still growing? Or that Los Angeles was originally called the less hyphen friendly "Our Lady the Queen of the Angels"?

Take a look at their list below to find out some factoids from around the world.

Know a random bit of travel trivia? Share it in the comments.

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  • Mexico City

    Mexico City meanwhile is sinking at an average rate of 10cm a year, 10 times faster than <a href="" target="_hplink">Venice</a>. The reason? Building on a soft lake bed then pumping out subterranean water reserves isn't a good idea. The alarming descent is evidenced in the cracked pavements, wonky buildings and the 23 extra steps up to the iconic Angel of Independence monument; added because the city has subsided around it. Fight that sinking sensation by floating on the ancient canals at <a href=";jsessionid=129683E01B1D6562B5AF86D978DBD81D.app01?threadID=1841256&messageID=16409305#16409305" target="_hplink">Xochimilco</a>. Each weekend this World Heritage Site transforms into fiesta-filled waterways packed with party boats, musicians and marimba players. Xochimilco is 17 miles south of Mexico City--hop aboard the light rail train from Tasqueña Metro station for the 40-minute trip <a href="" target="_hplink"></a>

  • Vatican City, Italy

    Encircled by design-conscious <a href="" target="_hplink">Italy</a>'s cutting-edge couture, the world's smallest independent state is sticking firmly to its sartorial traditions. The Vatican's Swiss Guard still wears a uniform inspired by the Renaissance painter Raphael (compare and contrast it with the garb worn by figures in his frescoes in the Papal apartments). In fact, the 44 hectare Holy See has many a geek treat. Point out the population (800), number of citizens (450), license plates (SCV, CV, international abbreviation V) and flag (yellow and white), not to mention the anthem (Pontifical Hymn) and coins, which are legal tender throughout Italy and the EU, you know. Procure geekish souvenirs at the gift shop of St Peter's Basilica, where you can even buy an (empty) bottle of holy water; <a href="" target="_hplink"></a>

  • El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles

    What's in a name? A whole lot less in <a href="" target="_hplink">Los Angeles</a>' case. Originally rejoicing under the not-so-pithy moniker of the Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels, this farming community sprung up in 1781 near what's now El Pueblo Historical Monument. Today its cluster of museums, ancient plazas and vibrant markets serves up a taste of LA life 1800s-style. For an ultramodern echo of the city's linguistic origins, head to the 21st-century Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. This innovative structure soars 11 stories into the sky, its alabaster mosaics flooding the immense interior with opaque light. Olvera Street is the center of the site; visit in early September to see the celebratory procession known as the 'LA Birthday'; <a href="" target="_hplink"></a>

  • Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Aire, Argentina

    Originally Our Lady St Mary of the Good Air, these days it's just <a href="" target="_hplink">Buenos Aires</a>. A seductive city of colonial avenues, cosmopolitan cafes and many an all-night party, BA is also the spot to savor that most deliciously melancholic dance: the tango. It pulses through faded ballrooms, leafy parks and vibrant squares, but do you know how to secure a partner? Gentlemen, fix the lady with a long look; if she returns your stare, just give a gentle nod. Ladies, sit with your legs outstretched so a man might stumble at your feet. An encounter occurs; an invitation can follow. Don't take the tango lightly--it's a complex business so learn the etiquette or face public humiliation; swat up at <a href="" target="_hplink"></a>

  • London Underground, England

    Great geek fact: London's Metropolitan Railway was the world's first subway. The nearly 4-mile section opened in 1863, ran between Paddington and Farringdon, and proved a hit despite steam trains filling stations and tunnels with dense smoke. Riding today's Circle Line from Paddington to Covent Garden and the <a href="" target="_hplink">London Transport Museum </a>retraces part of that original route. The museum has one of those original sulfur-belching engines; the Metropolitan No 23. As you trundle on a subterranean tour of the capital's grime and tiles, note the world's second subway opened in <a href="" target="_hplink">Budapest</a> in 1896, pipping <a href="" target="_hplink">Paris </a>to the post by four years. Ride the Piccadilly Line to Covent Garden to visit the London Transport Museum; <a href="" target="_hplink"></a>.

  • Venice, Italy

    It's one of those totally touristy things that you really can't resist: gliding around <a href="" target="_hplink">Venice</a> in a gondola. But as you go grandly down the Grand Canal, ponder a few factoids. Each elegant craft is made from 280 pieces of eight different types of wood. The left side is larger than the right by 24cm, producing a list to starboard, while the slender, raised bow means increased maneuverability. Most intriguingly, the parts of a gondola represent bits of this baroque, lagoon-laced city: the front echoes its six districts, the back is Giudecca Island, while the lunette is the Rialto Bridge. The first Sunday in September sees Venice celebrate the Regatta Storica, a procession of decorated craft followed by a race for expert gondoliers; <a href="" target="_hplink"></a>.

  • Great Wall of China

    Any geek worth their salt knows this is the biggest military construction on earth - and know to dismiss the 'only man-made structure able to be seen from space' claim as urban myth. Rippling across huge swathes of the Chinese countryside, around 1,200 miles still exists of its earlier 4,500 mile sections. They were built by independent kingdoms between the 7th and 4th centuries BC, and were unified under China's first Emperor Qin Shi Huang around 210 BC. Countless thousands flock to the wall's tourist hot spots near <a href="" target="_hplink">Beijing</a>, but do those snap-happy hordes know that bit is a Ming dynasty (14-17th century AD) reconstruction? To see more than the touristy bits, take a trip 74 miles out of Beijing to <a href="" target="_hplink">Simatai</a>, where more of the wall's original construction is yours to explore.

  • Table Mountain, South Africa

    You wouldn't think a 'table' this big could possibly have a decorative covering, but that's exactly what this immense ridge of sandstone has. Looming large (3,566 feet to be exact) over <a href="" target="_hplink">Cape Town</a>, the lofty plateau has its own cloud cover: the 'tablecloth,' which gathers quickly across the top and pours down the sides when the wind whips up from the southeast. While you're trekking <a href="" target="_hplink">Table Mountain</a>'s trails (or sneaking a lift to the top in the cable car) look out for the recently reintroduced klipspringer, a tiny surefooted antelope that can sometimes be spotted surveying the scene from rocky outcrops. Experience extraordinary scenery by hiking the six-day, 60-mile Hoerikwaggo Trail from Cape Point to Table Mountain, sleeping under canvas as you go; <a href="" target="_hplink"></a>.

  • Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia

    It's curious to think that without a little rust, <a href="" target="_hplink">Uluru</a> wouldn't be red at all. This extraordinary rock formation rears abruptly from the heart of Australia's dusty, russet desert and famously glows a fiery orange-red, especially at sunset. As you hike round the base of what's probably the world's largest monolith, think also about Uluru being made up of arkosic sandstone. This acquires its distinctive reddish hue when exposed to oxidation and the iron in the arkose rusts. So what color would this iconic, vivid chunk of rock be without a little chemical decay? A dismal, rather dull gray. Visit between April and October to avoid the scorching 113ºF heat of mid-summer.

  • Mt. Everest, Nepal

    Some things just don't know they can quit when they're ahead. Take this stunning snow-dusted peak on the Nepal-<a href="" target="_hplink">Tibet </a>border. At around 29,000 feet, Mt Everest is the highest point on earth. But is it satisfied? Oh no - it's actually still growing at an estimated 4mm a year, pushed ever upwards by a monumental meeting of tectonic plates. A trip to Everest Base Camp brings you face to face with countless climbers, a colorful tent city and truly extraordinary mountain views. Because they're still stretching skywards save on the legs; get onto that hike in the foothills sooner rather than later. Any number of adventure companies will guide you to Everest Base Camp - for a full list of local operators check the official tourism website <a href="" target="_hplink"></a>